I'm a fine art wedding and portrait photographer — creating a space that welcomes creativity and inspiration. Based in Colorado, my work has taken me across the globe.




Dani and Kendall opted for a fly fishing engagement session at Vail Pass in Vail, Colorado. How freaking cool is that!? These are two of the sweetest ladies I’ve met. After our first intro call, I was SO excited that they had chosen to work with me for their 2023 Crested Butte wedding.

Dani and Kendall planned a trip out to Colorado for a Red Rocks concert this September. We decided to kill two birds with one stone and fit their engagement session in while they were out here. Fly fishing is something that they love doing together. It’s especially close to Kendall’s heart as that is one thing her Grandfather loved to do. I told them we should absolutely try to find a place where we could get them out on the water.

We headed up to Vail Pass and romped around in a gorgeous meadow that overlooks several different mountain ranges before heading to an alpine lake. These two did a quick change from their adorable sundresses straight into their fly fishing gear. They cracked open some Coors Lights and walked down to Black Lakes. I had such a fun time capturing their bond over fly fishing and the seeing the love they have for one another. The sweetest part? Dani was wearing Kendall’s Grandfathers vest and Kendall used his rod.

Being able to capture this session was so unique and meaningful. I can’t wait to shoot their 2023 wedding as they tie the knot!

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Call it authentic, candid or genuine. Whatever the adjective, I want to create a wedding celebration that resembles you, from the big celebrations and the in-between moments to the images I deliver that help you relive the day for years to come. When it comes to your wedding day, the moments you want to remember aren't always perfect, staged or scripted, they are uncut, raw and true to you.


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Hello! I feel beyond honored that you've made your way here! In order to give you the best representation of who you'll be spending your wedding day (one of the best days you'll live) with, here's a brief run down!

First and foremost, I'm a mountain gal through and through. I was born and raised in Vail, Colorado and unless it's another mountain town, my husband and I will always call this home. It's the tightly knit community, the fresh air (but really, it hits different here), the scenery and most importantly for us, the recreation + lifestyle. This is something that will always come through in my work, and what I believe sets me just a little bit apart - I am, and will forever be, inspired by the poetry of love in landscapes. 

I have a deep desire to be on the move, to see everything before I don't have the opportunity to, and are therefore happiest when traveling and exploring new places (which I feel so lucky is a part of my work!) 


Spending quality time hiking/biking/skiing/camping with my husband and our two border collies, clocking in some R&R at home or catching up with a friend over a glass of wine/craft beer are things that always sit at the top of the priority list.

If you're in to it- I'm a Libra, A Manifesting Generator (6-2) and an Enneagram 7 Wing 6/8. In short, I'm a people person, an optimist, and for lack of better terms- like to get shit done and make things happen. I'm a feeler, with a strong sense of empathy and sense of what people are experiencing, both when it comes to myself and others. I'm a bit of a goof, a tiny little thing packed with some sass, and ultimately just want to live a fun and adventurous life that's packed with new experiences and people. 

..I guess that's why I do what I do. I feel so grateful to be on this journey of having my own business where I have freedom to curate the life I want to live, where I get to connect with truly so many amazing humans, travel to some really beautiful places, and document that as a whole, as creatively and beautifully as I can for you.

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