Magnolia Silos

Visiting Waco to see the Magnolia Silos has been on my wishlist for the last couple years. We finally had a good opportunity to go on a road trip and meet some of our friends there for Spring at the Silos weekend. It was a really amazing event with lots of cool vendors and food trucks. The lines to get into the bakery and the Magnolia Market store were fairly long since it was an event weekend but totally worth the wait. We also got to eat at Magnolia Table which is the restaurant Chip and Joanna opened in town. If you visit the Silos, definitely make an effort to eat there–the food as amazing! Spring is such a nice time to go to Texas, it was sunny and a little bit cool, and there were lots of trees and flowers already in bloom. We drove up to Ennis, TX to find some bluebonnets as well. See some photos from our trip below…

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Jordan

Over Thanksgiving, we visited my sister and her family in Jordan. Nathan and I had gone there the first year we were married, but it was really special to bring Noelle this time. Her cousins loved seeing her and and it was great to all be together over the holidays, which doesn’t happen frequently.

The first day trip we took was to the ruins at Heshbon, a biblical site where the Israelites battled the Amorites. This time in Jordan, we really focused on seeing more sites from the Bible, which we found to be so interesting.

The next two nights we stayed at Tala Bay on the Red Sea, which was about a 4 hour drive from Amman. The water was beautiful there and with it being November, the temperature was perfect. As you look across the water, you see Israel on the other side. We also saw some beautiful tropical fish.

We came back to Amman for Thanksgiving and had a big meal with some of my sisters friends. Brian made both turkey and duck!

On Friday, we went to visit the Jordan River and saw the site where Jesus was baptized. We also walked around the location that is now thought to be Sodom and Gomorrah in the Jordan Valley.

Our last day we travelled to the city of Um Qais which is where the Sea of Galilee is. There are also a lot of Roman ruins there. We ate at a really pretty restaurant there overlooking the valley and saw lots of beautiful old olive trees.

We had an incredible time overseas and Noelle did amazingly well, all things considered. It was definitely harder to travel so far with a little one but it was well worth it.

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Savannah & Charleston

These two cities have been on my list of places to go for quite some time and they did not disappoint! Nathan was in a wedding in Greenville, SC labor day weekend so we decided to extend our travel for the week and make a trip out of it. After the wedding and visiting my brother for a day, we drove down to Savannah, Georgia. It was absolutely charming—Savannah has an old, historical feel and almost all the streets downtown are lines with huge trees covered in Spanish moss. Everywhere you walk it feels like you are in a tunnel of trees. Our first stop was Chippewa Square Park. (If you like movies, it is where Forrest Gump is filmed sitting on a park bench) It seemed like every couple blocks there was another little park or garden. Later that night we visited Tybee Island. Both the black and white lighthouse and the beach were beautiful. We saw the prettiest sunset and Noelle got to dip her toes in the ocean for the first time.

The next morning we visited Wormsloe Historic Plantation in Savannah, which I was probably the most excited about. This place has maybe one of the most iconic “tree tunnels” in the area. The humidity there was unreal though, as you can probably tell from my frizzy hair in the photos. It was actually a challenge to take photos there because the moisture in the air kept fogging up my camera lens. Nonetheless is was pretty impressive to see. We stopped at Forsyth Park before heading out of Savannah and driving up to Charleston. One the way we found a little roadside stand selling freshly picked grapes- literally the biggest grapes I had ever seen.

When in Charleston, we checked into our Air BnB and then walked into the historic downtown area. We walked through the Battery and White Point Garden and along Rainbow Row. Charleston is also very historical but is more colorful than Savannah was and a few less Spanish moss trees.

The next day we visited Ft. Sumter in the morning, where the first battle of the Civil War was fought. We rode a boat out to the Fort and did a tour there. Then we spent the afternoon at Sullivan’s Island Beach which was lovely. That night we visited Middleton Place along Ashley River Road, where a lot of historic plantations are.

Overall, the south was a lovely place to vacation/visit…We had a great time and can’t wait to go back!

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Nathan’s parents came out to visit for 4th of July week and we took them up to Rocky Mountain National Park. We did the out and back hike to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald lake and then also drove up the Trail Ridge Road area of the park which was lovely. Noelle did really well with the hiking…she’s definitely an outdoor girl!…ZB7A9524ZB7A9529ZB7A9545ZB7A9556ZB7A9584ZB7A9586ZB7A9604ZB7A9612ZB7A9619ZB7A9620ZB7A9624ZB7A9626ZB7A9629ZB7A9640ZB7A9654ZB7A9662ZB7A9665ZB7A9671ZB7A9677ZB7A9680ZB7A9686ZB7A9692ZB7A9695ZB7A9706ZB7A9707ZB7A9718-2ZB7A9718ZB7A9725ZB7A9727ZB7A9731ZB7A9735ZB7A9739ZB7A9740

Albuquerque Anniversary Trip

Nathan and I made a spontaneous decision to drive down to Albuquerque for our third anniversary for a weekend trip…We had been planning on camping for our anniversary but there is a state wide fire ban in Colorado so we had to come up with a plan B.  It was a really fun town with a great southwest vibe. We really liked the dry heat and pretty mountain views. The first day we went to Old Town, Albuquerque which is kind of the historic district of Albuquerque. There was a  lot of neat adobo style buildings and cute shops there. The town was super colorful. We met some friends of ours for lunch and ate traditional new Mexican fare which is similar to Mexican food but served a little differently with lots of green chile! Later we visited Los Poblanos Historic Farm and Inn and walked around the Rio Grande River area. That night we drove up Sandia Peak to do some hiking on La Luz trail and watch the sunset, which was beautiful.  The next day we went to Tia B’s Waffleria which is a must-eat place if you ever find yourself in Albuquerque. We spent the morning in a park called Tent Rocks National monument which is essentially a white sandstone slot canyon with some pretty rock formations at the top view. Noelle wasn’t up for the whole hike so we ended up just walking through the slot canyon portion which was really neat.

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Arizona/ Utah Babymoon

This February Nathan and I decided we wanted take a “babymoon” road trip to Arizona and Utah. We love to travel and explore new places together and wanted to take last trip with just the two of us. First of all, we discovered that February is a wonderful month to take a road trip out west, for a variety of reasons. The weather was in the 60’s for us during the day which was great for hiking and the parks were not as busy as in their peak season in the summer. Also a lot of motels have lower prices during the off season and we were able to find some pretty good deals. We had many roads and trails all to ourselves which was pretty cool.

Our first stop was Page, AZ. With the popular places like Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend I expected Page to be more of an established/built up town, but it was quite small, run-down etc. A lot of the land in Page is owned by the Navajo Indians and you have to get a permit to access some of the sites.

Page area is famous for its slot canyons, most notably Antelope Canyon. However Antelope is super touristy and pricey to get into. We found one called Waterholes Canyon near Horseshoe Bend which was about 1/8 of the price and did not see a single person during our whole hike through it. The further you went into the canyon the narrower and steeper the walls got. The floor of the canyon is like a soft sand. It made for a really cool/ peaceful hike.ZB7A4332ZB7A4338ZB7A4397ZB7A4403ZB7A4408ZB7A4410ZB7A4415ZB7A4418ZB7A4421ZB7A4424ZB7A4426ZB7A4427ZB7A4437ZB7A4438ZB7A4442ZB7A4446ZB7A4449ZB7A4450

Horseshoe bend had been on my list to go to for a while. This was probably the busiest place we went to this trip, but there is something really astounding about the view. Both of us agreed it was much more massive than we thought it would be. Nathan and I were able to go at sunset time which was really beautiful. For those of you that take pictures, I was definitely glad to have a wider lens for horseshoe bend, it was hard to get a picture of the full view without it.

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The next day we travelled to Zion National Park. The word that comes to mind for Zion is majestic. It literally has some of the tallest, grandest, cathedral like mountains and rock structures I’ve ever seen. Driving through the park we couldn’t even see the tops of the mountains without getting out of the car. We did do one fairly difficult, steep hike called Angels Landing. The view is really beautiful you can see down what looks like a long hallway of mountains from the top. We also drove through the rest of the park which is quite impressive in itself. Court of the Patriarchs, and Temple of Sinawa were really neat. Again I was really happy to have a wide angle lens for Zion, I ended up leaving it on the whole time we were there with how grand all of the mountains were. We had planned on trying the Narrows, but with the water level and water temperature we weren’t able to.

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The following day we went to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce is only about an hour and a half from Zion but has completely different geographical features and a totally different feel. The main view point of Bryce is called the amphitheater–essentially a huge valley of bright orange hoodoos (the tall finger like rock structures). There are multiple trails down into the canyon. We took Queens Garden trail to Sunset point and then walked back a long the East Rim trail. Whereas in Zion the structures are tall and majestic, in Bryce the views are more vast and expansive. Both are so incredible. I especially liked seeing the snow throughout Bryce Canyon, everything looked so pretty. Bryce is not impressive to drive through, you pretty much have to get out and hike a bit to see the views, whereas Zion is pretty impressive from your car. After three days of hiking I felt pretty worn out, especially being pregnant, but I was able to do a lot, we just went a bit slower and took a few more breaks than I would have otherwise.

I really felt in awe of God’s splendor and glory in the things he has created on this trip and we also both felt really blessed to live within driving distance to all of this beauty out west.

“In His hands are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also.” Psalm 95:4

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Maternity Pictures

“While I cannot speak much about motherhood yet, I can tell you that being pregnant is a miracle in itself.” -Jamie Crawford.

         It was probably a tad early to do my “official” maternity pictures (I’m about 32 weeks in these), but I had in my mind I wanted Nathan to take them while we were on our road trip at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona, because I knew we probably wouldn’t be in a cooler location than that. Knowing me there will still be more pictures to come in the later weeks anyway haha. We are praising God for a healthy and uneventful pregnancy thus far and are so excited to meet our little one soon. Photo credit: Nathan (;

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Ice Castles

This year we went to the Ice Castles up in Dillon, Colorado. It was definitely worth the drive and the cold temperatures! They make these castles every year at a few locations throughout the U.S. Definitely somewhere I’d like to go back to again! Some recommendations if you decide to go: wear warm, water proof shoes (you walk through what is essentially shaved ice, so your feet can get a little wet) and make sure to buy tickets ahead online (http://icecastles.com/) because they often sell out on the weekends. See some photos below…ZB7A4028ZB7A4030ZB7A4038ZB7A4042ZB7A4044ZB7A4047ZB7A4055ZB7A4060ZB7A4063ZB7A4088ZB7A4095ZB7A4098ZB7A4104ZB7A4111ZB7A4112ZB7A4142ZB7A4144ZB7A4148ZB7A4150ZB7A4152ZB7A4159ZB7A4161ZB7A4163ZB7A4164ZB7A4177ZB7A4180ZB7A4181ZB7A4189ZB7A4204ZB7A4207ZB7A4214ZB7A4222ZB7A4231ZB7A4237ZB7A4241ZB7A4246ZB7A4252ZB7A4253ZB7A4256ZB7A4258ZB7A4262ZB7A4265

Year in Review: 2017

2017 was a great second year for my business! I think I settled into my “style” a bit more and got a lot of shooting experience. This was my first year trying my hand at weddings, and I loved them! Thanks especially to all of my lovely wedding clients who trusted me to capture your big day this year! Also a huge thanks to my husband who was greatly supportive all of my photography endeavors and was my second shooter for all of my weddings this year. I think we are becoming quite a good team (; See some of my favorite shots from 2017 below…IMG_5753IMG_5903ZB7A0109ZB7A0121ZB7A0176ZB7A0260ZB7A0448ZB7A0525ZB7A0762ZB7A0772ZB7A1355ZB7A1957-2ZB7A2376ZB7A2633ZB7A2709ZB7A2734ZB7A2879ZB7A3542ZB7A3892ZB7A4276ZB7A4289ZB7A4395