2016 highlights

2016 was such a great year for me. It was the year I got my business license, upgraded equipment, and really dove head first into this photography gig. I’m so glad I made that leap of faith. 2016 made me step out of my comfort zone, become more confident, and it allowed me to meet so many lovely people and capture their happiest moments.


I started off the year by doing something for me. My good friend Lindsay Gillon and I put together a styled bridal shoot. It was so fun to work with our good friends as the models. (Thanks Kate + Jason) We couldn’t have done it with out the talented Emily Lords who was our hair + make-up artist. That girl has some serious talent! This shoot was so much fun working with a horse. It was the icing on the cake for this wintery shoot. Couldn’t think of a better way to start out the year.

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My first wedding of the year was this cute couple. I went to high school with Mary and was so happy to see her so in love and happy with life. I was so glad they chose me to be apart of their gorgeous day. They were both smiling ear to ear their whole wedding day. Such a fun loving couple.

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Lauren Maternity

Have you seen a cuter baby bump? I think not. Lauren is one of the kindest girls I know. She is a master at hair (especially braids) I was glad to sneak a few maternity shots of her during a collaboration we worked together on for a mama + baby shoot that kept me busy January-May. So much work but so worth it.

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New friends


Lindsay Gillon and I organized a styled shoot for mama + kiddos highlighting over 100 companies that we adore. This was our kick off session. We shot at The Charcoal Loft in Salt Lake City and worked with a few talented make-up + hair artists. Thanks Liz + Miriam!

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 mama + kiddo series

Over 100 companies, 20+ adorable models, 5+ locations, 4 styled nurseries, and so many pictures.


Bow: Finn + Olive

Dress: Humble Hilo

 Rug: Lorena Canals

  Teepee: Tiny Teepees

                Campfire: Two Tiny Sunshines

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Sweater: The Crafted Co.

White dresses: Baby Beau + Belle

Bow: Free Babes

Paci Clip: NomiLu

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Handmade Dolls: Finn + Ivor

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Bonnet: Links + Co.

Blanket: NomiLu


Pacifier: Natursutten

Towel: Puj

Baby Wash: Wash With Water


Swing: 4Moms MamaRoo

Rug: Vintage Rug Shop

Bow: Finn + Olive

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Headwrap: LemonBerry Designs

Romper: Sparrow Collective

Shoes: JolieBerry


Bonnet: Petite Soul

Romper: Sparrow Collective


Bonnet: Hello Charlie!

Shoes: Mason Dixon Made

Book: BabyLit


Dress: ARQ

Shoes: Little Pine Outfitters

Bunny Bonnet: Tortoise + Hare Clothing

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Dress: Tortoise + Hare Clothing

Shoes: Humble Hilo

Skirt: ARQ

Headwrap: LemonBerry Designs


Dress: The Crafted Co.

Art: Beth Allen Art


Shirts: Sparrow Design  + Friday Apparel


Carseat Cover: Milk Snob

Diaper Bag: Humble Hilo


Dress: Holley + Sage

Carseat Cover: Milk Snob

Diaper Bag: Fawn Design

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Felt Garland: Hello Maypole

Puzzle + Tic Tac Toe Board: This + That Etc.

Crib: Babyletto

Mountain Pillow: Dawn + Copper

Tree Pillow: Nature + Needle 

Wall Vinyl: Atlas Roots

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Swing + Knit Overalls: Little Cottonwood

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Doll Pram: Ooh Noo

White Poof: Andie’s Shop

Wall Macrames: Natalie Ranae


March brought another lovely styled shoot. This was my first time shooting at Antelope Island, and I fell in love! So many gorgeous places to shoot and so much open space (my favorite)

Dress: Alta Moda Bridal

Hair + Make-Up: Emily Lords

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This is one of my favorite families. They are some of my close friends and I was thrilled that I was able to do this sweet in-home session for them. I love returning clients. I was lucky enough to shoot their maternity session as well as their birth story/fresh 48 for sweet Cole. Aren’t they the cutest family of 3?


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I tagged along with Lindsay Gillon for this gorgeous bridal session. They have some of the most genuine personalities and sweetest souls. I loved seeing how smily they were with each other and were such naturals in front of the camera. Can’t get enough of those pretty spring blossoms.

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Deric + Tenisha

I loved being able to spend sometime with this cute couple in my hometown of Evanston Wyoming! I was so happy that they booked me to capture their engagements and their wedding. Such a sweet couple who are perfect for each other.

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This is my cute cousin Katie and her (now husband) Parker. They are the real life Barbie and Ken! They are adorable. I loved shooting their engagement session. Missing those gorgeous green canyons in Logan Utah.

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Remember that talented make-up artist from the mama + kiddo series? This is Miriam. I was absolutely thrilled when she booked me for their engagements, bridals, + wedding day. These two were so much fun to hang out with and were such naturals. I hardly had to direct them, they are basically models. Loved getting to hear their love story and share their special day with them.

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Bridals in Salt Lake City

Dress: Latter Day Bride

Florals: Modern Display


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Maternity Pictures + Lifestyle Newborn

2016 led me to find my best friend. I could write a whole blog post about Lindsay. She took me under her wing and showed me the ropes of photography and how to run a business. I will forever be grateful for her and her generosity. Aside from mentoring me with photography we also managed an apartment complex together and saw eachother every day. I loved living so close to my best friend. Hopefully one day we can live close again. We stayed up way too late and laughed way too hard most times we were together. I was able to shoot her maternity session, her birth story for Nora, and a lifestyle session for them. Truly the sweetest most genuine person I’ve ever met.

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I was so happy when this cute family hired me to take their pictures. I was also thrilled they wanted them taken out at Saltair by the Great Salt Lake. This was a place that was on my bucket list to shoot at and I couldn’t have picked a cuter family to shoot here. They were so much fun.

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Family Session season! Loved all of the cute families I got to take pictures of this year!

Heiniger Family

Leff Family

This cute family won my birthday giveaway mini session! It was so fun to meet them, they have the cutest kiddos and were such a breeze to photograph!


October also brought the proposal of my cousin! I was so happy that I was able to be there and witness it! Such a happy time of life! She found the greatest guy and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding May 2017!


I ended the year shooting this gorgeous sealing for a sweet friend. This was such a gorgeous temple to shoot at, its now one of my favorites! I loved the Provo City Center Temple.

Dress: Ella Bloom Boutique

Floral Crown: Wild Rose House

Tie: Called to Surf

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