E N G A G E M E N T || Tori & Tommy || Sunset Shoot

Tori is my secret twin–but with more tattoos, and better fashion sense. She laughs at lame puns, loves to doodle, can hang out at the kitchen table for hours and rock out to chill and happy music, and understands that a good vent sess is occasionally needed to make a heart right. Tommy is her incredible fiance. The way he holds her like he knows she’s meant to fill his empty spaces, the way he cherishes her smile, and the way he looks at her with joy and genuine interest when she speaks tells me that he’s her perfect other half. Plus he cracks me up, which gives him a huge thumbs up in my book. Together, they’re an amazing couple.

Moreover, they can BRING IT to a shoot. We shot the first half of this shoot at the good ol’ Finch Arboretum ( I love the variety it has to offer) and the second half of this shoot in an undisclosed field in the middle of the Northside of Spokane. A small distance away, cars hummed away on the freeway, and fires made the air slightly hazy. It all came together to create a sunset shoot that I just adore. Completely.

I hope you adore it too!

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W E D D I N G || Mickie & Jake Lettrick, Mirabeau Park, Spokane, WA

When Mickie and Jake told me they were planning on saving even their first kiss for marriage, I was moved. And impressed. And excited. I think I tried to hug them and the table.

On a bright and sunny July afternoon, Mickie ran to a white tent, covered in blankets so no one could see her, and waited anxiously. Did Jake see her? Was she running late? Why was it so hot?

When she took her first step onto the aisle where Jake could finally see her, they both immediately burst into huge grins, and from that moment on, everyone dissolved away. The ceremony was one man, one woman, a lifelong promise to wait faithfully for one another, and a new promise made to be faithful for one another, in every way.

Mickie & Jake made me cry on several levels, they made me laugh, and they made me proud. I hope you enjoy their Sneak Peek as much as I enjoyed capturing their day.

A special thank you to my partner in crime, Jamee Pilmore, of J. Lynn Photography, for being my life saver and best friend, as per the norm. I love you, seester.

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Every girl should have pockets in her wedding dress. F’reals.

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Oh, you’re in a white tent? Excuse me while I use it as my new studio!

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I love how sassy Mickie looks in this picture, haha.

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E V E N T || The Myer’s Baby Shower

When I was of the average young, naive college age, I went to a church in the middle of a sweeping, wide valley. There, I was completely welcomed, embraced, and loved on by an amazing group of young adults, lead by the wise and approachable Michael.

Then, I met Kristin, the love of his life, and I immediately thought “I want to be more like her!” She was comfortable with her curly hair, laughed infectiously at everything, and when she prayed—ho, man, she prayed in a way that made you *feel* every word she said. She was one of the most beautiful women I had met, inside and out.

When her and Michael got married, I was so pregnant, I almost had to be rolled to the ceremony site. Be it hormones or just incredible joy, I bawled my eyes out when they said their I Do’s. It was a perfect, vintage-fairy tale come true.

And then on Saturday,  I finally got to meet all the women in her life–the ones that raised her, that showed her how to love others, how to graciously accept faults, and how to love herself–even when she didn’t want to. The way they honored Kristin and the next step in her life was incredible, and I cried again. This was a family to strive to become–one that loved Christ and honored their family, that was close knit, that cherished each personality as the day progressed.

Kristin’s mother, Sandee, did an AMAZING job decorating and planning this beautiful event, and should become decorator professionally. F’reals. She can start with my house.

Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the day:

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Because I’m a photographer, I have this really awesome thing where I’m like “For your gift, I give you my awesome.” So I did that with Kristin, and we’ll be doing maternity pictures later this week or next week, depending!

Want to see the whole PASS gallery? Click the link below, sign the guestbook, share images, download favorites, order prints, and more!

http://shmilyfacephoto.pass.us/myerbabyshower/

E N G A G E M E N T || Heather + Don

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Heather and Don have been an amazing influence on my life, even though they really didn’t know it. Heather was the incredibly generous soul who gave me Momo, my tiny dog that consistently photo bombs my photographs. When her and Don decided they were getting married, we immediately got together, and started talking through their dreams, and I seriously can’t wait for their wedding.

Here’s a few favorites from their engagement session:

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It takes a brave, brave client to hunker down in tall grass in a dress. ❤

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You can see their entire PASS Gallery HERE!

Day 2: Smiles…or…How to Find Joy On A Day That Pretty Much Blows.

When I woke up this morning with the intention of capturing smiles for today’s assignment, I didn’t think it would be so hard. My husband was grumpy, and didn’t want to get out of bed, Liam was impatient, because he was *almost* crawling, but not enough. He was so fixated on the position of trying to get his knees under him–he barely acknowledged I was there.

Then one thing after another started going down–one person cancelled a morning hang out, and then another, and then another. Three in one day. I felt so lame. SO. LAME. Then my Pot Roast shrank from being over a foot long (and so beautiful, barely any fat on it) to the size of a softball. I’m still trying to work out that mystery.  And then I saw local photography work that I totally hated myself for judging, but I totally judged. This photographer was being published, was doing stylized shoots with people I wanted to mingle with, and I couldn’t see how. I became so FIXATED on the fact that all these people were part of this great big community, and I couldn’t get a greeting in edgewise.

I began to fall into a cloud of self-doubt. Don’t you hate that? I’m pretty confident in who I am, and I am unabashedly in love with life. I know I’m plus size, I know that I can come across as someone who can’t take anything seriously, and I really hate confrontation. But I LOVE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVENESS. Clearly, since I just wrote a whole paragraph about *someone* who had threatened me in *someway*–but the point is, I know who I am–and I love myself. Every extra pound, extra pun, and extra insecurity. I still love who I am. But today, I really began to feel like I was maybe unworthy of being liked.

There was no light bulb moment. In fact, I really didn’t notice how much my mood had lifted until I was uploading the images. But at some point through the day, I began to FIND joy, and it found ME.

Today’s theme is SMILES, and rather than capturing a smile, I decided to capture things that had made me smile throughout the day. Turns out, a lot!

While scoping the place I'm doing mini-sessions tomorrow, I found this incredible MINI LIBRARY. F'reals, you guys, this person generously places books in this library, and people can borrow them, and even drop them off at other tiny libraries.  This made me smile because it reminded me that the majority of humanity--well, they're pretty awesome.

While scoping the place I’m doing mini-sessions tomorrow, I found this incredible MINI LIBRARY. F’reals, you guys, this person generously places books in this library, and people can borrow them, and even drop them off at other tiny libraries.
This made me smile because it reminded me that the majority of humanity–well, they’re pretty awesome.

The sign reads "2 Ugly 4 Prostitution."  I mean, really, I couldn't stop laughing.

The sign reads “2 Ugly 4 Prostitution.”
I mean, really, I couldn’t stop laughing.

My incredible husband had me laughing all afternoon. He knows just how to shake me from my funk.

My incredible husband had me laughing all afternoon. He knows just how to shake me from my funk.

My baby Grump, Liam. He pretty much always smiles, but lately, when I put him in the car, or he's just looking at me, he squeezes his eyes super softly, as if to say "I love YOU more than ANYTHING." It seriously makes my heart ache with complete pride and joy.

My baby Grump, Liam. He pretty much always smiles, but lately, when I put him in the car, or he’s just looking at me, he squeezes his eyes super softly, as if to say “I love YOU more than ANYTHING.” It seriously makes my heart ache with complete pride and joy.

Usually, we meet up with TJ's best friends and have fish tacos. Unfortunately, there seemed to be some digestive disagreements the week before--so to err on the side of caution, we went and had chicken chimichanga's at a little Mexican Bakery.

Usually, we meet up with TJ’s best friends and have fish tacos. Unfortunately, there seemed to be some digestive disagreements the week before–so to err on the side of caution, we went and had chicken chimichanga’s at a little Mexican Bakery. I love our weekly get togethers, because we all get to laugh, eat, and catch up. This week was just as awesome.

Whenever we drive anywhere, I'm constantly watching for ornamental fences, beuatiful graffiti, lush vines, and strangely colored walls. I found this ornate fence--and then we found this rad praying mantis inside--and apparently, it's been around forever. My husband used to drive around with his Mom and brother, and find the mantis whenever it was moved, and make noises when they saw it.

Whenever we drive anywhere, I’m constantly watching for ornamental fences, beuatiful graffiti, lush vines, and strangely colored walls. I found this ornate fence–and then we found this rad praying mantis inside–and apparently, it’s been around forever. My husband used to drive around with his Mom and brother, and find the mantis whenever it was moved, and make noises when they saw it.

This genuinely creeped me out. Who puts a creepy, stalkerish skeleton of a Sabertooth Thing in the bushes of a parking lot. F'reals. But then the oddity of it won me over, so I had to get a shot.

This genuinely creeped me out. Who puts a creepy, stalkerish skeleton of a Sabertooth Thing in the bushes of a parking lot. F’reals. But then the oddity of it won me over, so I had to get a shot.

This is the winged-liger-gargoyle that sits in front of our apartment complex. Personally, I like to think he's the "Fashion Crisis Liger," Because I think he looks like he's saying "Guuuuurl, you did NOT pair those leggings with THAT jean jacket, Uhn-UHNNN."

This is the winged-liger-gargoyle that sits in front of our apartment complex. Personally, I like to think he’s the “Fashion Crisis Liger,” Because I think he looks like he’s saying “Guuuuurl, you did NOT pair those leggings with THAT jean jacket, Uhn-UHNNN.”

This is my official photo for SMILE: I found this tiny little BMW cruising, and then suddenly a Great Dane and a Smaller Dog emerged from the Sun Roof, jowls flapping in the wind, ears fluttering, nose snuffling all smells.  It seriously delighted me so much, I couldn't stop taking pictures...and then the owner saw me, and I'm pretty sure he was all creeped out and stuff.

This is my official photo for SMILE: I found this tiny little BMW cruising, and then suddenly a Great Dane and a Smaller Dog emerged from the Sun Roof, jowls flapping in the wind, ears fluttering, nose snuffling all smells.
It seriously delighted me so much, I couldn’t stop taking pictures…and then the owner saw me, and I’m pretty sure he was all creeped out and stuff.

So, there you have it. Joy is everywhere, and you can really change the whole tone and feel of a day, if you just step out your front door. ❤

Have a great weekend, peeps!