At home with the Herricks

There’s nothing I like more than hanging out with people for a couple of hours, camera in hand, and seeing what happens. It’s such a pleasure to let the situation unfold naturally, as it would if I was not there. Inevitably, the moments that I capture during these ‘Real Life’ sessions lead to some of my very favorites images.

When I talked with Elizabeth and Sam, we decided that it would be fun to just capture a normal morning at home with their kids. I told them not to worry about getting ready for the session, just to do what they would normally do on a Saturday morning. That’s just what they did– making breakfast together, doing a puzzle on the living room floor, letting the kids jump on the sofa and play in their rooms. The Herricks are a family that loves being together, being present, just doing ordinary things. At first Gus and Grayson (two kids with big personalities!) paid attention to me, but after a little while, they seemed to forget that I was there. And that’s when I got a chance to see those special moments– the real ones. Thank you Elizabeth and Sam for the allowing me into your lives for a couple of hours.

Even though the pictures that we make during these sessions are simple and could be called ordinary, these portraits are special– we are all striving to live in the moment, to really experience being with our families without the distraction of everything else in life– and to be able to preserve a few of these moments is an extraordinary thing.






Watching Katelyn & John’s family grow

It is so much fun to look back at images from the last few years, and to see the progression of a family. I met Katelyn through her work at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts around the time that she and John started planning their wedding.

Here is an image from their engagement session…

They had the sweetest wedding at The Homestead…

When their son was born, we did a newborn session in my studio…

When little Harlan was 6 months old, I got to go their home for a sweet little session…

Now I can’t wait for Harlan’s one year session, which should be coming up pretty soon. Thank you Katelyn and John– it has been a pleasure working with you over the years!


Little Eamon turns two!

I know I have said this before, but I feel so honored to get to document families as they grow. I met Nichole and Aaron a few months before Eamon was born, and have had so much fun working with them ever since! Just for fun, I thought I would post images from the different sessions we have done as their family has grown over the last couple of years!

Here is an image from their first session, which was done in an orchard by the river where they always spent a lot of time walking with their dog.

A few months later, when Eamon was born, we took him to the park to capture the family with the fall colors.

We also had fun creating a similar image to the one that we did at their maternity session!

When Eamon turned one, we went back to the same park! Here are some of the images from that session.


And finally, last week, when Eamon turned two, we decided to do their session in Nichole and Aaron’s backyard, and walking on the bike path near their house. I love doing sessions at people’s homes, because not only are kids super comfortable in their own space, but in the long run, it is also so much fun to have great images taken in a place that is so special to you.

Thank you Aaron & Nichole for letting me document your lives over the past couple of years! I have thoroughly enjoyed it!


Allie + John and their fun Ketchum wedding!

Allie and John’s wedding was a great end to our super busy wedding season! I love the two of them and their sweet, fun and warm personalities. Their wedding was wonderful– a beautiful ceremony, a spectacular fall day and family and friends beaming with happiness for Allie and John!

John grew up in Ketchum, went to the Community School and has a super close group of friends from the valley (I actually met him years ago when I did his high school senior portraits!) He and Allie went to Gonzaga and met on a weekend skip trip to Canada through the GU Ski and Snowboard Club. They found they had lots in common and started dating shortly after.

I often ask people about how they got engaged, because it always tells me so much about who they are as a couple. Here is Allie and John’s story,

“As a tradition every year John and his family spend the 4th of July at their cabin in Stanley. This year, John and I were fortunate to have time off work and traveled to Idaho to join in the holiday celebrations. The morning of July 3rd John asked if I would like to go on a hike to kick off the day, which sounded nice before the day got too warm, so I said sure! We hopped on our bikes and headed towards the mountain directly across from the family cabin, which they had nicknamed years ago “Crystal Mountain.” John was carrying a backpack, which I found a little odd, but I didn’t think much of it. When we got to the top of the hike it was a beautiful view- we could see the cabin, the river and the snowy Sawtooth Mountains in the distance. I was taking pictures of the view when I turned around to see John kneeling down! I was completely shocked and thrilled, and said yes right away. From his backpack john pulled out champagne and his parents’ wedding glasses for a toast to a lifetime of adventures together.”

A super sweet story for an awesome couple! Thanks Allie and John for choosing me as your photographer– it was so much fun to be a part of your wedding day! I could not have enjoyed it more!

Thanks to a great team of vendors:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Megan Gergen of Sun Valley Company | Venue: Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Sun Valley’s River Run Lodge |  Catering: Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Kelly Martin (mother of the groom!)  | Makeup: Chantelle Conway | Hair: Stacy of the Sun Valley Spa |



Kimberly + Phillip’s Wedding at The Homestead

Kimberly & Phillip had a beautiful wedding at The Homestead. They were married on the lawn overlooking the mountains in a ceremony officiated by their friend Max, who grew up with Phillip here in the Wood River Valley. The ceremony was personal and fun and full of laughter. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, everyone moved into the tent, where the guests gave some of the sweetest and funniest toasts I have ever heard, which led to lots of tears, and more laughter, and then both at the same time! I have know Phillip since he was in high school and was so excited to be a part of his and Kimberly’s big day!

We were lucky to get to work with a wonderful team on this wedding:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Kelly Maybo of Blue Bottle Events | Venue: The Homestead  |  Catering: Mason Family Restaurants | Flowers: Kurt McNulty | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Hank & Sylvie’s  | Makeup: Ashley Hurley of Britt Davis Beauty | Also: That’s Entertainment, Emily Baird, Minted & The Idaho Photo Bus.



Katy & Brian’s Sun Valley Wedding at the Trail Creek

Katy & Brian had a gorgeous wedding on a beautiful, stormy fall day a couple of weeks ago. Although it threatened to rain during their ceremony (there were definitely a few rain drops!), the timing was just perfect– as soon as the ceremony ended, more than a few raindrops started falling– just in time for people to get into the warm, cozy tent– before it started pouring! As a photographer, I do love a stormy day– with the rich, saturated colors and dramatic sky– so I wasn’t complaining!

Katy & Brian were a joy to work with. It was so fun to see them surrounded by their closest family and friends, having a blast and really soaking it all in. Thank you so much for choosing me to document your day, you two!

A big thank you to all the vendors that put the whole thing together– I am so lucky to get to work with such wonderful people!

Second Photographer: Tessa Sheehan | Wedding Planner: Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings and Kat Stansberry of Sun Valley Company | Venue & Catering: Trail Creek Pavilion, Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Syringa String Quartet| Hair: Danielle Anspach of Mane Muse | Make Up: Chantelle Conway | As well as That’s Entertainment, Willow Paperie, Shine & The Idaho Photo Bus.


Rachel + George got married in Stanley!

I loved working with Rachel and George on their wedding in Stanley. It’s so great when a couple knows exactly what they want their wedding to be like, and then it all comes together.

I always ask people about how they met and how they got engaged, because I love to hear people’s stories. Rachel and George met on Tinder, and have a very cute story about their first date. They met in a bar, which was followed by another and lots of great conversation. When they found the Bridge Street Grill in Stanley, they thought it very appropriate to be married in a bar. Of course, a field overlooking the Salmon River wasn’t such a bad place for their ceremony!

Here’s the story of how they got engaged, “We were in Porto, Portugal over Thanksgiving.  While Rachel’s friends all predicted George would propose on the trip, 3 days in it hadn’t happened, and the thought had completely left Rachel’s mind.  The morning of the proposal, we left to walk around the city, and after touring a few 11th century churches, made our way to a bookstore (a traditional stop in every city we visit).  Unbeknownst to Rachel, George planned to propose in the bookstore.  However, the store was incredibly crowded that day, and shy George couldn’t bring himself to propose in front of 100 strangers (Rachel also gets stage-fright and is thankful he didn’t propose there too).  So we continued touring that day, and at sunset, George led the way to a monastery overlooking all of Porto.  It was there that George popped the question.  It was beautiful and perfect and words cannot describe it.  Rachel, of course, said yes.”

Rachel and George were so much fun to work with! Thanks to the great team of people who helped bring Rachel and George’s vision to life:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Ashley Dyer | Venue & Catering: Bridge Street Grill | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Mike Gradian of Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Luke Carter | Pies: Volcanic Farms |


Sweet Little Esther

My girls are getting so big (middle school and second grade!), and while this stage is amazing, it is ever so fun to get a little newborn fix every once in a while– getting to hold, play with and photograph sweet little babies not long after they are born! Little Esther definitely is a cute one and was a joy to photograph. Thank you Kaitana and Daniel for sharing her with me for a couple of hours!



The Wiggins Family

Throughout the year, but especially in the summer, I do lots of portraits of extended families. It’s alway so fun to see everyone together having a great time– cousins, grandparents, grown siblings. Thanks to the Wiggins family for a fun session this summer!


Exciting new print products!

We are so excited to announce a whole new line of print products! We spent some time last winter at trade shows, scouring the industry for great new products, and have settled on some fantastic items. We think you will be excited about them! Here’s a little preview for you!

Some great new WALL ART options.


Modern and rustic at the same time, our Wood Prints feature your image on a wooden surface with warm tones and natural grain. These come with the option to let the wood grain show through for a more rustic look, or with a white base (as shown below) so that the grain does not show through.


Brighten up any workspace with sleek, contemporary Metal Prints that have great depth and dimension. Images are printed directly onto high quality aluminum for a clean and lasting finish, which shows off vibrant colors in a way no other medium can. We offer metal prints in a variety of surfaces, from high gloss to low glare matte finish.



Our metal collections are a more contemporary take on our ever popular canvas collections. With our Metal Collections, a group of metal prints hang together, playing off each other and allowing you to display lots of great little moments from your session. The metal prints are crisp and vibrant, and have a more contemporary feel with their clean edges.



A more edgy take on our classic metal prints. With our Fine Art Metals, your image is printed on the face of a brushed aluminum box, for a stylish display. As with our wood prints, you can go with a clear base to let the texture of the metal show through, or with a white base (as shown below) so that the texture does not show through.



For a real fine art and tactile finish, check out our Framed Torn-Edge Prints. Your image is printed on beautiful fine art watercolor paper with hand-torn edges, and then framed floating in your choice of frame. We offer several different sizes and configurations of torn edge prints, which of course can all be printed in either black & white or color!

We are so excited about adding a new IMAGE BOX AND BOOK to our collection.


The Legacy Box makes a wonderful, versatile presentation for your images. Ten 8×10 fine art prints are matted in thick 11×14 museum quality mattes, and placed inside this beautiful image box with a printed cover.  The images can be stored in the box or can be framed individually, with the option to switch out a featured one or given as gifts.


Another innovative piece that we are super excited about– this book doubles as a display piece for a shelf or mantel, as it can placed on a table top or displayed standing up. Like our popular portrait albums, these albums are printed on beautiful paper with 30 pages of fun layouts to feature images from your session.

And some great new TABLE TOP & GIFT ITEMS:

We wanted to add some fun new table top options to our product line (both for your home and for gifts), and are so excited with the ones we found! Check them out!


We love these beautiful, tactile pieces. Images are printed on a stunning smooth surface and permanently mounted to a solid piece of a sustainably harvested bamboo.  The distinctive pattern of the bamboo is exposed along the edge of the panel with a smooth finish. They are ready to display with a carved out keyhole on the back for easy hanging, or can be placed onto a shelf or mantel.


Our table top Metal Print come with easel backs or curved to stand on their own. They are beautiful, durable pieces that come ready to display– no need for a matte or frame!