Charmaine & Richard’s maternity at the Salt River

I don’t do a ton of maternity sessions, but I wish I did more! Thoroughly enjoyed hanging with Charmaine and Richard back in the fall!

The Arreola Family

A fun family shoot from this past fall!

This was 2018

One of my annual traditions around these parts is to post a nice recap of the year in photos. They range from road trips with friends,  family pics, wedding, photoshoots and of course, storm images. It felt like a different year overall, a little more subdued, with spring chasing offering slightly less excitement this time around and a couple less weddings. But wow it was a blast of a year regardless!

The year kicked off at a little shoot with a former bride and groom from Australia and their new baby girl, and then I was off on a road trip with Jay, Jason and Andrew to Death Valley and the eastern Sierras. From there it was wedding season, then storm chasing on the plains, followed by epic haboob and lightning action across Arizona during the monsoon, and finally fall weddings and family portraits. Toss in some wonderful family moments, it was a year to remember.

It also marked my fourth year as a full-time photographer and it keeps getting better and better. I still feel incredibly blessed that I get to do this everyday.

Hope you enjoy this look back at some of my favorite images, including at least a photo from almost every wedding and family session!

The Gray Family

Jake, Sydney and Bennett used to be our neighbors but sadly moved out of our wonderful culdesac. We miss them dearly, so it was so fun to get together with them to celebrate the little dude’s first birthday and do a little cake smash!

Oh and toss in their doggy Fran…it was just perfect!

The Tinder & Giesinger Families

Spending each year with these two families is such a treat…seven years in a row. Love watching them grow up and hearing all the latest news!

The Shell Family

Just over a month ago I did a photoshoot for the Shell family. I know Emma and Brian from their wedding years ago and then a couple of family shoots since then. Very special people to me, such a beautiful family.

The purpose of the shoot was to get the entire family together to capture some memories, especially with Heather, who had gotten real sick and was going through chemo. At the time of the shoot they had gotten some bad news that the cancer had spread more than they had thought it would.

I am just so devastated to hear that Heather passed away peacefully with her family yesterday. To meet someone so beautiful, so happy and funny, and to watch her enjoy being with her family, her niece and nephew…and then a month later to be gone. I have no words for this. Shoots like this remind me of how important photography can be to people who lose loved ones. I’m honored to have been able to be with the Shell family for a bit and capture some moments.

If anyone has anything extra, they are trying to raise money to help pay for her medical costs. Give it a thought if you have a moment.

https://www.gofundme.com/healing-fund-for-heather

Hoisington, Kansas

Not gonna lie…I wish that bolt hadn’t blown out. This was shot at f/8 and ISO 100 during the DAY and it was still so powerful it blew out like this. However, the storm itself was so awesome and I still dig that bolt enough that I wanted to edit it and share it with you all.

From May 1st near Hoisington, Kansas…this supercell eventually would cross I-70 and drop a wedge tornado near Tescott.

The Rice Family

An unbelievably fun family shoot, with a dad tossing his daughter so high at the end, my heart jumped! Love it!

The Mannarelli Family (and 1 year birthday cake smash!)

Every now and then I get to do a cake smash shoot…I think the last was like 4 years ago haha. This was a blast. Not to mention I’ve know Jenae and her mom & dad forever. So amazing to think that Jenae used to be this little girl who adopted me as a big brother way back then (goodness like 20 years ago), and now here she is married with a boy of her own. Congrats guys!

And so fun to have the grandparents along as well!

The Tillinghast Family

This is about the third time I’ve shot the Tillinghast family and it’s always a blast. Nick is an incredibly talented photographer who has been killing it lately, and it’s been awesome watching that happen! Love this entire group, hope you enjoy these images!