heck yeah! joshua tree, ca .

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heck yeah! joshua tree, ca .

"something happens to us when we travel. our suitcases are heavy, but our footsteps are light, our minds ready for action." 

-kinfolk vol 20

i attended heck yeah photo camp a couple of weeks ago in joshua tree, ca. it was a magical experience and something i won't ever forget - a great time to become inspired, gain a new perspective and connect with other creatives who are wondering the same thing, who are after what i am after and who are connected to people and places the same way that i am.

thank you to ben + katch, the lineup of photographers who poured their hearts out and to new friends -

here are some photographs from my time there. 

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a day in may with amanda and alfie: a collaboration with noble carriage .

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a day in may with amanda and alfie: a collaboration with noble carriage .

back in may, i worked with the ladies over at noble carriage on a story about motherhood, wellness and simple living with my dear friend, amanda and her littlest, alfie. i spent a morning with her in her beautiful home and outside in her garden. here is a little excerpt from the blog post over on noble carriage's blog; amanda's thoughts on healthy living - 

"healthy living means choosing the path of intentionality and presence as we go about our day together. it stretches beyond the borders of eating well and making sure we cook with a lot of greens and veggies, although that too is important to us.

for our family, to live healthy means incorporating consistent rhythms for each of us that benefit our whole selves, like spending time outdoors on the weekends as a family, using essential oils for wellness, taking trips around the city to the library and museum for cultural purposes, spending time to read books before bedtime, and letting the kids make art and be creative each day. We make most of our meals from scratch because i love to cook! i try to get the kids involved too because they are getting to be really interested in all the things mommy does around the house, cracking eggs and stirring bowls has gotten to be their favorite. because I stay home with them, i am able to infuse a slower-paced, mindful style of living into our day to day and I really value that."

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YFW nashville .

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YFW nashville .

a few weeks ago, i went to yanfamway in nashville and was able to watch the amazing, yan palmer work her magic. it wasn't about finding myself as a photographer or about re-defining my style, it was about becoming inspired, getting fresh air, fresh perspective and learning from others.

i was able to meet and connect with a lot of wonderful women during this trip and really hone in on what i love about shooting families. we broke up into groups and were able to photograph three separate families at the airbnb yan was staying at. it's something i have never done and was out of my comfort zone.

something that really stood out to me during this workshop was a story that yan told us about one of the families she shot where the mom, misty would notice her kids getting a little rowdy or too excited and she would look at them and say, "return to you." this struck a cord and just like that, they were themselves again.

i'm ready to put out some trickster energy and become better at falling in love with people. thank you yan for teaching me to just go for it, stick to my guns and stand in the way of beauty.

here are a few of my favorites from the two day workshop in nashville, tn .

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a simple saturday at home with dreamer, sami .

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a simple saturday at home with dreamer, sami .

a few weeks ago, i spent a little time with my dear friend, sami in her mid-century inspired home. she put on andrew bird and showed me a few of her favorite things. sami went through her daily routine which includes a slow start in bed, putting on a great record and getting ready with her favorite skin-care line, glossier.

"in the night forlorn when the morning's born. and the morning shines with the lights of love. you will miss sunrise if you close your eyes and that would break my heart in two."

-ab

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a styled bridal shoot with the lovely, bride kc  x  the hair parlour .

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a styled bridal shoot with the lovely, bride kc x the hair parlour .

2016 is the year of collaboration.

i have made it a point to start collaborating more with kansas city artists, makers, shop owners, dreamers, doers, explorers. with that said, a styled shoot has been in the works and ever since laura opened bride kc in the crossroads, i have been dreaming of photographing in her space. 

as told by laura, BRIDE was inspired by the confident. those who won't settled for the traditioal. life lovers. those who don't like all the fuss. who think outside the box. the passionate. the up + coming. the romantic. the effortless. the refined. the creative. the gypsy soul. the chic. the free spirit. the vintage. the discerning. the dreamers. the doers. even the anti bride. we could go on forever, but are guessing by now, you get the picture. while we might not carry the most gowns in town, we have tirelessly crafted a bridal capsule full of independent, creative, and emerging designers that we think you'll find very refreshing, very you. 

the boho aesthetic, crisp white walls, the blue velvet couch, the gold mirrors, the wall hangings. all of it. it was all matching perfectly with my aesthetic and brand.

so one morning, we created a styled bridal shoot with the beautiful, alison peck and hair by the talented, jamie miller of the hair parlour kc. i had such an amazing team and everything turned out beautifully. here are some of my favorites .

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an afternoon at home in hyde park with kinsey + banjo, the mountain dog .

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an afternoon at home in hyde park with kinsey + banjo, the mountain dog .

"the words never meant much, that's not how i loved, it was when she stroked my hair, when she thought i was asleep, that i knew she really did." -atticus

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i spend most of my days at home since it's where my office is. i always start the day off with a cup of coffee and a chapter or two in the whichever book i am currently reading. i'm finding so much value in taking at least the first thirty minutes of my day to enjoy the quietness. the rest of my slow day at home would include, playing with banjo (of course), small home projects, gardening and having friends over to sip on wine and spend a cozy evening indoors.

kinsey's home is so beautiful, warm and inviting. i instantly felt like our aesthetic's and home inspo were very similar.

i find inspiration between natural elements - wood, metal, plants, neutral colors - and inspiration from the era in which our home was built which was 1905. my husband and i have often romanticized the idea that so many different stories have been created here, lives experienced and childhood memories rest in this home. in the 70's, it was used as sort of a commune and our neighbor across the street rented a room on the third floor for many years. he's now in his 60's. i love that he hasn't moved from this street in decades, just homes.

my favorite treasures in our home are our photographs and art we have displayed. as a very visual person, my style is constantly changing and evolving, but photos and art are the few things i hold dear and would never get rid of.

"we were together, i forget the rest." -walt whitman

here are some moments i shared with my sweet friend, kinsey + her husky, banjo .

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lifestyle .

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lifestyle .

meet stephanie. what started as a trip to the little christmas tree farm in town ended with us discovering an abandoned house right off the highway. our fingers and toes were numb on this january afternoon, but wow did we make some magic. i will never forget our time here.

be brave.

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