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I’ve never cried at an engagement session before, until Allison and Johnny’s. But then again, I’ve never had clients cry at an engagement session before until Allison and Johnny. Thank you, both, for being present enough to feel that much. That’s more than I could ever hope for.

The love Allison and Johnny have, it’s beautiful. Like, make-your-friend-cry(AGAIN)-on-the-plane-home-from-your-engagement-session beautiful. Like thank-the-good-Lord-every-time-you-think-of-it beautiful. It’s that strong, I’ve-really-thought-this-through-and-I-mean-it love. It’s the I-want-to-take-care-of-you, admirable kind of love.

Johnny, you’re one of the kindest guys I’ve ever met — I’m thankful my friend has you and I’m so thankful you have her. Allison, I love being friends with you. It’s awesome because you know how to encourage me when I’m feeling fragile, you teach me (maybe multiple times) how to use SnapChat and I still can’t get over the privilege of being entrusted with your wedding photography (which I’m not gonna pretend isn’t mega-intimidating since you’re a crazy-talented photographer whose work I admire so much). Whatever, I love you guys and I’ll leave it at that.

Here some of my favorites from Allison and Johnny’s engagement session in beautiful, beautiful Bend, Oregon.

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One thing I always want to tell my brides is this: just be you, yo.

Be hilarious you.

Be comfortably quiet you.

Be awkward giggling you.

Be confident you.

Be your favorite you.

There is just about nothing that makes me happier than photographing a bride who embraces herself, owns it and refuses to apologize for it. Hannah does just that and it’s one of the many (many) reasons I love her.

Enjoy a few of my favorites from Hannah’s bridal session. Many thanks to Sydney for Hannah’s incredible hair and makeup + Gathered Floral Design for that beauty of a bouquet.

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve had such a soft spot for newborn sessions since bringing my own daughter home last fall. There is something so incredibly special about welcoming your baby home, getting to know her, putting in the hours to gradually become the only two experts on her in this world. It’s such a hazy season of life that seems to move so slowly in the day to day, and yet that newborn-ness is gone in a sleepy blink of an eye. So precious, this life.

And guys, that “Guess How Much I Love You” book paired with Kyle gazing at his daughter like that? I’m a MESS.

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Floral headband by Enchanted Bow Shop

Bunny crib mobile by MistrSandman

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I feel strongly about couples like Natalie and Kevin, about sessions like this one. And when I say “I feel strongly” I mean I want to wrap them up in a great big hug, squealing about how much I love them and not let go until well, ever. They had considered eloping in the mountains before eventually deciding on a wedding in Dallas this summer after all, so when it came time to brainstorm location ideas for their engagement photos, I wanted to give these two the closest thing to mountains as we could get. A three hour drive later we met up in the Wichita mountains of Oklahoma and basically just played together for hours. The scenery was gorgeous, the weather perfect, and Natalie and Kevin settled so comfortably into just being themselves  — there was no second guessing, they just went wholeheartedly for everything I threw at them. And that’s all my lil photographer heart could ever hope for — for people to feel like a true version of themselves in front of my camera.

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Natalie and Kevin, thank you for being so real in front of my camera. Thank you for trusting me with that. I’m up for an uncomfortably long group hug at the wedding in May if y’all are.

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