Life is beautiful. Around my house, it is messy and sweet, full of chaos and laughter and 7 children! We ranch, so there are cattle - lots of cattle. We rodeo, so there are rodeos and rodeo horses. We homeschool and run the ranch and have a the best time doing it:) But everything moves so fast that if you blink - you've missed it! Therefore I believe in pictures. The raw, soulful kind that can take you back to that moment every time you see it. So that even while children grow and things change and people you love move on, the pictures will be forever.
A PASSION FOR RANCH LIFE, RODEOS & PHOTOGRAPHY WITH SOUL
OUR FAVORITE THINGS
I love ranch life. To me there is nothing more iconic and all American than ranch life. Sitting on horseback in a pasture watching the herd graze. Newborn calves every spring. Producing hay, branding cattle, boots and spurs. What can I say? Its pretty great...
RANCH LIFE. ENTIRELY.
There is no fun like a rodeo! Gritty cowboys and arena dirt. Fast horses and bucking bulls and rodeo clowns. I love it all! Plus, we are a rodeo family - and between all my kids I have a steer wrestler, chute doggers, a tie-down roper, break-away ropers, barrel racers and pole benders. I have kids who tie goats and steer undecorate, a ranch bronc rider and an occasional team roper. Where are we on Friday night? A rodeo, of course!
Among my favorite things in life are kids and horses. Not necessarily together, but I must say together they are pretty wonderful, too! The way they move, their honesty, their innocence and beauty. My camera can see it all and it is so beautiful to me.
KIDS + HORSES
Western style is my fave! I love trophy belt buckles on hand-tooled belts and cowboy boots with spurs. I love felt hats and faded blue jeans. I love pick-up trucks and turquoise jewelry and chaps with leather fringe. It is my style and my favorite style to shoot!
ALL THINGS WESTERN
Or maybe you are lucky enough to still have your parents, or your sweet sweet grandparents with you. Those people, those moments make for portraits that will be priceless.
Your beautiful life - the whole journey - and all of the moments and milestones and tears and laughter that come with it happen only in their moment. And then they are gone, just a memory. Therein lies the magic of powerful imagery. That is why photography has value. A great picture remembers all of the details for you. Takes you back to that day, that moment. And keeps it safe forever...
Take lots of pictures!
Because all of those old sayings are true... Life is short. They won't be little for long. You only live once...
So yes, take lots of pictures!!
But when is the right time for professional portraits? Simply said, there is no wrong time! Portraits capture what is precious to you in an artistic, beautiful format. Weddings? New babies? Graduations? Obviously. But do not underestimate the little moments... Little boys being boys. Little girls twirling. That big rodeo. An 8yr old with no front teeth!