I’m going to share with you some of my favorite images from the course of 2018. I am so unbelievably thankful thankful thankful to all the people who trusted me to document their lives this year. I know these moments are precious, I feel it in my bones, and I never take that responsibility lightly. I witnessed the very first day of many families, the additions of new life into the world and homes. I captured the momentous and also quite a bit of the everyday. With my camera I documented stories of love, hope, growth, waiting, beauty and joy. So much joy. What a beautiful year spent photographing some of the most beautiful souls. Thank you all.

It started off with Jessica + Ryan’s Hall of State wedding

Included a whole lot of families photographed in their homes (my favorite place to photograph families)

Shai + Brent made Dallas look real good for their engagement session.

My first ever round of mini sessions at The Lumen Room were so much fun that I planned a second round of mini’s just five months later. Here are some from the first round:

More state park weddings in 2019, please. I so enjoyed Adi + Julian’s relaxed and intimate Huntsville state park wedding.

I got the honor and privilege of photographing several previous brides’ and grooms’ welcoming new babies into their families!

I documented Jacob + Liz in their first home before they jumped into a brand new adventure together.

In April I flew to South Carolina for Emmaline + Nikita’s engagement session on Duke University campus.

Aanchal + Nick had two full days of wedding celebration complete with mariachi + barat!

Esther + Trevor’s SMU Perkins Chapel + Filter Building wedding day was a dream dream dream.

I so enjoyed shooting at The Darkroom studio for the first time for Taylor’s bridal portraits.

I don’t always get to do birth photography with my wedding schedule but it just so worked out for me to be at little Ella’s birth and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Taylor + Johnny’s Brik wedding with Cloud Creative Events + Everly Alaine Florals was dreamy as all get out.

Annnnnd then came the second round of mini sessions at The Lumen Room (shot while I was 32 weeks pregnant).

Emmaline + Nikita’s wedding was my first Russian Orthodox wedding ceremony to photography, which was so fun. I so enjoyed their portraits + reception at Hotel Crescent Court.

Jessica + Kolby’s Cliff House morning wedding was such an absolute delight.

And I wrapped up 2018 with Katie + Kyle’s Oklahoma wedding at Southwind Hills.

If you’re still reading, GOOD JOB! It’s a longgggg post, a whole year’s worth, in fact!

 To end, I could think of no better way to further illustrate how much I value documentation and preserving memories than by showing that I do the same for my family. This year we were so blessed by the addition of baby boy Jones Cedar to our family. Here are a few of my favorite images I’ve captured in my own home over the past couple months since his arrival.

Okay, okay, okay, it’s been three months since I’ve posted to the blog. IN MY DEFENSE THOUGH, I have had a child in that timeframe so that’s a pretty dang good excuse for being behind on blogging, ammiright? But if there is a reason to come back to it, it’s that maternity leave will be ending tomorrow with Katie and Kyle’s wedding and I just realized I’d never gotten their rainy day Oklahoma City engagement session up here. We had game-planned for a sunny (hot) June evening but a huge rainstorm blew through OKC just an hour before we had planned to get started. We rolled with it, changed locations to a hotel rooftop bar that we could shoot indoors until the rain chilled out and turns out I’m completely obsessed with the images we got that day of the city lights reflecting off the watery midtown streets.

My most favorite memory from this day was when Kyle opened the champagne *but* it wasn’t as big a POP as envisioned so he shook it and tried again and guys, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you it went everywhere. Katie’s hair was wet, her dress had champagne all over it. My camera lens had champagne all over it. When you look at the photos, you can see champagne dripping off of Kyle’s hands. Their reactions were hilarious and made some of my favorite photos from the day.

Katie and Kyle, cannot wait to meet back up with y’all tomorrow for your wedding day! My wedding day wish for y’all is may there be plenty of champagne to celebrate but may none of it be dripping off your clothing (but if it is for any reason, you had better believe I’ll get some photos of it).

It required a 5 AM wake-up call for this summer sunrise session in Fort Worth with Allie and Connor but I’d take that alarm over and over again to spend another morning documenting HOW. MUCH. FUN. these two have together. It is always seriously such an absolute ball to spend any length of time with Allie and Connor and I’m already counting down the days to their wedding next January.

Thanks to Meagan Betchel for waking up super early to do Allie’s hair and make-up before our 7 AM start time — ‘ppreciate you!

Allie + Connor, y’all are awesome. Keep up the good work.

Hannah + Jonathan will always have a most special place in my heart. I’ve known Hannah since college and have always been both impressed, as well as personally blessed, by how fierce an encourager she is. I met Jonathan when I had the joy and privilege of documenting + witnessing their proposal, their engagement as well as their wedding. Because of the season of life I was in during the majority of that timeframe (they got engaged when my daughter Juniper was very much a NEWborn + I have a distinct, sweet memory of having to wake my sleeping squishy baby to kiss her goodbye before I left the morning of Hannah + Jonathan’s wedding) I sadly didn’t get most of those images up on my blog. That first year of my daughter’s life was such a (happy) blur and I was doing my best to balance work + life in this starkly different season of life that I had to learn from scratch how in the world to navigate (MEANING like a grand total of four things got blogged that year hahahah). But oh, what joyful memories Hannah + Jonathan’s proposal, engagement, wedding are for me though. I’ll never, ever, ever, ever be able to wrap my mind around the blessing of being entrusted with capturing those for them. So when Jonathan reached out recently about surprising Hannah with a session just because around some of the same spots we hit up at their engagement session two years before (SWEET HUSBAND POINTS, AMMIRIGHT?) I was immediately on board. Here are a few of my favorites from that session around Denton.

I’ve also had the distinct pleasure of seeing Hannah start her own wedding photography business and just BLOSSOM in that. I am so proud, just as a friend, watching her excel and thrive. You can view her work here.

 

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