Jianna + Matt | Engagement Portraits

This couple made my job easy! Not only are they so incredible sweet together, they look like Barbie and Ken, but they were super comfortable posing in front of the camera for their engagement shoot.

I photographed them last month when I was back in Florida. We covered a lot of grounds in the River District of Fort Myers, FL capturing their engagement pictures.  And we lucked out with some awesome natural lighting, thank you clouds! 🙂

It was hard to narrow down my favorites engagement photos to put up here, so warning..there’s a lot!

Congratulations, Jianna and Matt…looking forward to your wedding day! 🙂

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Photography Competitions – Wyoming and Montana Photographer

I finally got the results back from the competition I entered last month with my local photography guild back in Florida.   I’ve enjoyed being a part of the local SWFL chapter (Professional Photographers of Southwest Florida) of the PPA and FPP for the past 4 or 5 years. This year I served as the Vice President and Program Director, but now with my move to Wyoming, I will be stepping down.

Being a part of this group has helped me in all areas of my photography business…but being a part of the competitions we held 3 times a year, definitely helped with me with my skill level. It also allowed me to photograph personal projects for myself, not just for clients.

The photography competitions and I definitely had a love/hate relationship! It was completely nerve-wracking getting my prints ready to be judged live in front of all my peers. And every competition, without fail, the judges would completely dissect all my hard work! AH! Haha. But I definitely think it made me a better photographer.

So before I get back to Christmas orders and my never-ending editing (haha!), here are a few of my pieces from my last competition…

Allure: (we had to name our pieces, which proves to be the absolute hardest for me!)  Allure

Harvest Hunt:

Harvest HuntOff the Beaten Path:

Off the Beaten Path

Golden Grandeur:

Golden Grandeur

5 Things to Do to Prepare for Senior Portraits

Preparing for Senior Portraits:

There are lots of lists and tips out there but here are a few things I recommend, as you get ready to have your senior portraits taken.


  1. Find a Photographer.  First things first, you need to find the right photographer for YOU! I definitely know my style isn’t for everyone, so it is important you check around and see what you like best. Ask to see the images of an entire senior session (not just the one photo that is on display). It’s also important that you are comfortable with your photographer, someone who puts you at ease. I remember when I was having my senior portraits taken (a couple years ago…?!) how at ease they put me…and even to this day I keep in touch with them and love them to pieces!
  1. Decide What to Wear and What to Bring.  “What should I wear?” is the main question I get. I recommend around 3 outfits. Layering is a perfect idea…that way we can get a few different looks with just one outfit. I also suggest that you pick one solid outfit (nothing too busy). It tends to be a bit more timeless (think about the 80s, any regrets there?!). 😉 Above all though, we want these images to represent you…so what do you like on yourself? When in doubt ask a friend or text me a picture! In addition to your outfits, I always encourage my seniors to bring props! Whether it is your tennis racket, flute, dog, or best friend, it’s a great way to express you!
  1. Hair and Make-up.  For girls: I think getting your hair and make-up done professionally is a great idea. It alleviates the stress from you having to have THE perfect hair day.  And even if you don’t wear make-up, I recommend a little – any good make-up artist will know what photographs best. For guys and girls: don’t get a haircut too close to your session and don’t start tanning a couple days before your session!  I think we can all guess why this would be a bad idea. 😉
  1. Pick a Location. Definitely discuss this with your photographer. I’m constantly looking for new locations so that I can recommend a scene that would fit my client’s vision. Be mindful of what time of day your chosen location’s lighting will be best. When I lived in Florida, the beach was a popular choice…but the beach lighting is only best around sunrise and sunset! You don’t want to be squinting in all your photos.
  1. End Result.  Think about what you want to get out of these photos. Get your parents involved in all this! What do they want and what is the budget?  In this digital era we now live in, it is so easy to ask for all the images on CD and then you go home with the CD…and then what?



Ok, that photo is just a joke, not a recommendation! 😉

So I challenge you to think of what you want as an end result…an album, gallery wrap for the wall, wallets to hand out to friends, framed prints for your grandparents, announcements, etc. One of my absolute favorite products we offer seniors is our Senior Memory Book. It is a great way to show off ALL your senior portraits to your friends and family, AND have them write you a message or answer a fun question.

Memory Booksm


Here is a senior session I photographed back in Florida.

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Senior Portraits | Wyoming Senior Photographer

It’s crazy we are already in full swing for our 2015 senior graduates…wow, 2015!  Time just keeps flying!

Caleb graduated last year and for his senior photos we did a little variety in our location.  I love taking senior photos in a downtown/urban setting because of all the variety it provides…cool old and new buildings, pillars, water, colorful storefronts, etc.  Then to end our shoot, we went back to my studio and took a few more.  This first photo of him in his football jersey (B&W) is my favorite!

Enjoy these photos as you start getting some ideas for your own senior pictures!  We are now booking for 2015 seniors photos so feel free to call anytime to reserve your session.  🙂

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Karly + Brandon, a wedding at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort

This was a beautiful and intimate wedding I photographed last week.  Karly and Brandon tied the knot on Cove Beach at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa.  And before they jumped onto the Sanibel Princess Cruise for their reception, we were able to go to some of my favorite spots on the property for some great bridal portraits!

Here’s just a sneak peek of their day….

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Katie + Nathan, Boca Grande Wedding (sneak peek!)

Who would have thought that in the middle of a Florida summer you could have a really nice (not too humid) wedding on the beach?!  This is exactly what we got for Katie and Nathan’s day and despite the rainy week, we had a nice 2-3 hour window of no rain- all during the ceremony and picture time! Yay!  So here is just a few photos from their wedding.

Congratulations Katie and Nathan!  So excited for you and really hope you guys move down here one day! 😉

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Sibling Love {child portraits}

I can’t get over how cute these two little kiddos are!  And they were so sweet with each other for the whole shoot, I’m sure they never ever fight! 😉  Here are a few of the photos that made me smile…

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Summer Family Portraits

I love this family!!!  Not only are they wonderful and sweet friends, but they are quite stylish and a blast to photograph!  And it was the first shoot in a long time where I didn’t have to dance around and act like a clown trying to get youngsters attention, haha. 😉

I told them I want to use their portraits as a great example of what you can wear.  While not being too matchy-matchy, they coordinated well, each with their own personal style.  Love it!  Some food for thought as you start planning your holiday portrait session.  Call me and we can discuss!

Beautiful Bouquets {White Orchid Florals}

I have to give a shout out to Mindy with White Orchid Florals, I love her work!  She did all the flowers for my wedding.  When I met with her, I remember listing all the things I wanted…black feathers, peacock feathers, white flowers, brooches, damask material, etc.  I love details and probably too many elements, but she did such an amazing job and made it look so amazing!  We had a photoshoot last week, so we got to use a couple more of her beautiful bouquets (thank you Mindy!).  The first couple photos are of my bouquet, and yes I did have my camera handy at my wedding 🙂

My kitty stopped to smell the roses 🙂 …

My hubby photographed this last one, his private photograph lessons with me are paying off! 😉

Sarah + Brandon, Engagement Shoot

Whoa…it’s Friday again!  Another crazy week but I have to get this hot couples engagement photos up here!  I met with Sarah and Brandon the very day they got engaged, talk about on the ball, haha!  They are such a sweet couple and was glad to hear they had a good time on the engagement shoot.  It is always good prep for the wedding day!  And I just have to say, I love Sarah’s smile, its beautiful and she uses it all the time!  Congratulations Sarah and Brandon, I can’t wait for your wedding day!!!