the moore family: welcome to the world, folger

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the moore family: welcome to the world, folger

"birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. for what has happened? a miracle. you have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything." -william macneile dixon

a few weeks ago while in nashville, i had the joy of photographing my sweet friend, lyss and her family during this new season. they welcomed their baby boy, folger into the world a week or so before. i absolutely loved photographing them in home and on some family friends' property.

i always ask mama's their favorite part about motherhood - 

"my favorite part about motherhood is feeling my heart expand larger than i ever thought it could; the sweet newborn stage, but also watching my toddler be fearless and grow - and now seeing how my babies love each other makes my heart so full, I could cry!"

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"as it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew." -Rachel Cusk

welcome to the world, folger . . . . 

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joshua tree motherhood session

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joshua tree motherhood session

in april, we traveled back to one of my favorite places, joshua tree, ca. we stayed in a cozy airbnb about 20 min from the park called, casa panorama joshua tree. while there, we hiked a bit, went to the unbelievable restaurant in flamingo heights, la copine (it's a must!) and i was also able to book a motherhood shoot with the gorgeous, rhi and her son, louie.

rhiannon drove all the way from san diego to shoot with me and i am so thankful. we started in the airbnb and made our way outside to shoot around the property. i've been wanting to photograph her ever since i stumbled upon her instagram many many months ago. so glad it worked out this trip.

can't handle her beauty. . .

or squishy baby bums.

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green dirt farm visual diary

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green dirt farm visual diary

back in may, i photographed a beautiful visual diary at green dirt farm in weston, mo.

the diary was inspired by scenes of summer, femininity, lush greens and beautiful pieces from one of my favorites, shop doen.

i had a talented group of women alongside me who made this editorial come to life -- styling + muah: lynn magelli, model: julia zukus, videography: gold hairpin films and location: green dirt farm.

also, brace yourselves for the teeny tiny baby sheep! i had never seen a black and white spotted sheep until this shoot and they were so fun to work with.

below you'll see a short film that keera created for this shoot and it's absolutely magical - shot all on 8mm film.

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palm springs lovers session

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palm springs lovers session

i met up with these two babes in palm springs back in april and documented their wild love.

i had been wanting to work with them for awhile and was so happy we were able to meet up. it was an instant friendship, bonding over travel, adventure and sharing wedding stories. i had been following their beautiful work for some time so it was nice to spend real time with them.

"this is our love, there is no in between."

meet josh + sam

the arroyos.

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roller hockey lovers session

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roller hockey lovers session

a few weeks ago, i taught a mentor session with the lovely, haley sieben.

she wanted to get out of her comfort zone, to experiment and really get comfortable with a couple whom she's shooting. so we did just that.

i was able to work with one of my favorite couples, bitti + isaac who are always down for anything. last time i photographed them was in an abandoned pool so I knew they'd be the perfect couple to use for an adventurous, experimental mentor session.

they have this crazy connection that comes out so well in photographs. not to mention, they are both crazy attractive.

here they are, being themselves (goofy, serious, intimate, fresh, weird, all of it) in a roller hockey rink in kansas.

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a moody lovers session with josh + hannah at smithville lake

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a moody lovers session with josh + hannah at smithville lake

kicked off my mentorships earlier this year and they are off to a great start! i am so excited to teach other creatives and share my knowledge, tips, tricks and also allow them to watch my process.

for gage's one on one, we took josh and hannah out to smithville lake for a lovers session. these two were so fun to work with and were adventurous enough to brave the shift in weather - about halfway through the shoot, the wind picked up and the sky went dark which made for some beautiful moody, twilight shots. we also had them hop in the water at the end of the shoot. 

happy wedding month, you two!

meet lovers, josh + hannah

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ymca camp campbell wedding

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ymca camp campbell wedding

where do i begin?

katie and andrew are two of the kindest souls you'll meet. i was so lucky to document this day and i am happy to get this wedding out into the world.

it was moody, outdoorsy, imperfect, wes anderson inspired and about halfway through we found the most magical patch of trees with this heavenly golden light just highlighting this forest beautifully. we parked the car, katie put on her tennis shoes and we booked it. 

a huge thank you to my gal, sara for second shooting this with me.

introducing the winslow's - meet, katie and andrew.

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a rainy afternoon at home with the harman's in grant park

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a rainy afternoon at home with the harman's in grant park

back in january, i was invited into rebecca's beautiful 106 year old home to photograph her and her family.

i asked rebecca her favorite part about being a mother - 

"it's such a challenging question - i love seeing their personalities develop. my heart swells with happiness when i see them treat those in their life (and each other) with kindness and observing their special bond as brothers."

meet the harman's.

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brooklyn lovers, kevin + julia

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brooklyn lovers, kevin + julia

photographed these two loves in their new home of bedford-stuyvesant in brooklyn this past week. i am so happy to have documented this season in their lives.

julia is a talented designer (she made my blush jumpsuit that i wore while getting ready on my wedding day) check out her work here.

meet, kevin + julia.

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at home with the williams family

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at home with the williams family

spent a beautiful saturday morning with the williams family at their home in kansas city.

laura is about to welcome a little boy into the world so we documented this season for them. did i mention she has the cutest baby bump of all time? seriously! just wait.

meet kyle, laura and their little babe, eloise wilde with a special appearance from their new pup, king.

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