Aw, I miss photographing boudoir

When we moved back here to New Mexico from Montana, I was thinking I was only going to photograph weddings. Mostly because I’m spending more time painting and there are only so many hours in the day. Plus the studio space isn’t quite finished and my art has kind of taken the space over. It’s almost there. I need to put flooring over the concrete. So … I haven’t really advertised women’s sessions or tried to book any.

Here’s the thing though … I love photographing women’s portraits and boudoir. So much.

I was going through one of my hard drives looking for a specific file and I came across this:

The first thought through my head … ohhhh, I miss photographing women. So much.

And … I still have my amazing vintage couch and chair set.

And … I already have an off-my-regular-website boudoir web page. And … It’s so easy to just put A LINK TO IT RIGHT HERE!

Now, see? Look what I did. Oops. 😉

Actually, I’m not sorry at all.

Go here and click “Request Consultation” to start chatting about your session.

The love of a dog

When I was a kid, I wanted a horse. I decided a mini horse would be fine, because then I could keep it in the house, right? I would take care of it myself and my parents wouldn’t have to do anything at all. It could live in my closet. Somehow, my parents weren’t as into this idea as I was and they just kept saying no. I can’t imagine why.

As long as I can remember, I have had dogs in my life. There are tons of photos of me rolling around on the floor with dogs. At some point, I saw a great dane and I just thought that was the best dog I had ever seen. A dog the size of a mini horse. Yes. I had to have one. Someday.

Of course, they eat a ton of food, and that food makes a lot of poop, and they have larger bodies and larger vet bills … and that’s a serious commitment to make. So when my husband and I had bought a house, and we had a yard of our own, and no rental size requirements, I finally got my baby dane.

Can you even? What? How is anything on earth that cute?

She went everywhere with me. I was in grad school, so she went to hang out in my office with me, she went in the field for field work, we went to training classes, and she was just the best girl. Then she got sick and we spend a huge amount of money to make her better. She had food and skin allergies and we changed all the dogs to her super expensive food. We had three dogs at the time. She got better but had to take meds for a long time.

She was there for the pregnancy and birth for both of my boys. She took great care of me when I was pregnant. So concerned and gentle. She was super sweet with my babies too. Everyone loved her. Everywhere we went. She was the sweetest, gentle head butting, leaner of a dog.

I have spent almost all of every day for the last 10 years and 8 months with my best friend and doggie soul mate. She followed me to every room, even when she was having a hard time with her legs. I would tell her she could stay on her comfy bed, but she would still follow me. Right next to me always. The last couple of years were hard because I could see her slowing down and I would never be ready to lose her. Ever. And that happened last weekend.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we brought home a puppy a little over a month ago to see if we could pep her up a little, and for the boys to love on. And she liked the puppy, so she would play with him a little. She was so sweet with him. But she was so tired. So one night she wouldn’t get up from the kitchen floor, so I slept on the couch to be near her, and when I woke up to check on her, she was already gone.

My awesome friend Amy Jones took that photo of Sephie after she helped us buy our house in Corrales. Sephie was so happy to be back in New Mexico and she loved it here as much as we do.

Dogs like to have friends, and even though Sirius (the Dog Star) was only with her for a month, he already loved her. He was looking for her and needed a friend. So we picked up one of his sisters to come live with us too. We named her Artemis. (Yes…we are nerds) Siri and Artie have some really big paws to fill.

Persephone, Sephie, Tyrannosephus Rex, Super Pooper. 1-12-09 to 8-31-19. Miss you forever.

We’re moving back to Albuquerque, NM!

Well, Corrales, really.

If you know me, you know that I went to college here in Missoula and I met my awesome husband here. He’s from Montana and he went to high school here in Missoula. In 2003, we moved to Albuquerque together. We went to grad school, made a bunch of friends, got married, and had both of our boys there. We were there for nearly 12 years. We made it our home.

We love Albuquerque. So much. But my husband missed his family too. We always kind of talked about coming back to Montana to be closer to his mom. Then, in 2014, I don’t know why, but I felt like it was more urgent…we needed to come back. Sometimes I just feel things and know to trust it. So we came back to Montana and not long after, we found out his mom was sick. We were here, and the boys got to be with their grandma for a while. Both grandma and her mom have passed since we came back. We are so grateful we were here to be with them. And we have loved being with our other family here too.

We needed to be here and now we need to go home. We love our family and friends here so much and Montana is a wonderful place. We will visit and we’ll love Montana forever. But the desert calls us back…we made a life and home for ourselves in NM and we miss it so much.

So a while ago I said that I didn’t renew my studio lease here and that I had an announcement. We’re moving back to NM!!! Yaaaayyyyy!

We will be in Missoula until about the middle of June. If you’ve been wanting to schedule a session, I will be available for limited sessions until we leave. We’re also packing, wrapping things up, and selling our house here and closing on the new one in Corrales…

I will be back for a couple of weddings in 2019. I do love travel and Montana. So if you wanted me to photograph your wedding and you’re super sad I’m leaving, send me a message and we can chat about that.

We bought a bit of a fixer-upper under asking price. It needs work, but we see what it can be. There is a studio space attached and I will keep you updated on the progress. It will be a combined art and photography space, because I’m going to be doing some different things there, which I’ll tell you about in a different post. Look at the awesomeness of this place though! I’m so excited!

To schedule a session here in Missoula until June, in Albuquerque/Corrales/Rio Rancho/Santa Fe starting in July, or to chat about your wedding in any of those locations or anywhere in between, send me a message here: contact me

Emily + Ron – Hamilton, Montana Wedding July 2017

Are you ready for some wedding blogs? The software I use to make albums has a blog collage feature! What an awesome thing! This is a fraction of the photos, but I can post so many more this way!

Ok. Enough about me…

Emily and Ron’s wedding, you guys! Not only are they completely adorable with each other, their wedding was super. It was on private property in the Bitterroot with a glorious view of the mountains and a private little field. They couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous sunny day (we could have turned the heat down a little…100 degrees most of the day) and during the ceremony we got some clouds which made for really nice light.

They had this RZR driving around that was super fun, and they had a horse and carriage! The guys rolled up on the RZR for the ceremony and the ladies were brought over in the carriage. So many cool details at the reception area too. There was a big sitting area with hay bales and a chandelier next to the dance floor and there was a sweet little family memory area.

And the most important part. All the love going around all day. So much love from friends and family and for each other.  Everyone should have someone who looks at them the way Emily and Ron look at each other. <3 <3 <3

Vendor information for their wedding:
Planner/Coordinator: Erika’s Event Planning
Catering: Caffe Firenze
Flowers: Flower Happy Florals & Gifts
Cake/Cupcakes: Petals & Pastries (Red Rooster Artesian Bakery)
Music: RMF Entertainment DJ Services (Jordan Waldo)
Horse/Carriage: Pioneer Carriage Services  (I don’t think they have a website, but they’re in Corvallis 😉
Rentals: Hamilton Party Rentals