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Aly and Kyle came to their engagement session thinking I would be just posing them, telling them to smile, and taking there pictures over and over for an hour. They didn’t know that I would have prompts including some ridiculous prompts that would have everyone laughing or that I would make them play games. Thankfully they seemed to trust me and the pictures we got made everything worth it! And actually, we all had a ton of fun. Nobody is ever prepared for how much fun we end up having at our photoshoots.

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Having lived and worked in the 2 top tourist destinations in the US, I have come to love not only local couples, but also couples from out of town coming to have their destination wedding. I love how this social event turns into a multi-day celebration! Shelley and Bo’s wedding was no exception. They got married at the BEAUTIFUL Wynn hotel and walked across the street to Maggianos for their reception, where they had some incredible food and lots of laughs and dancing. Their wedding day was truly a wonderful event and I am so happy for them!

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So honestly, if I were just a professional photographer in this situation, the title would read “Caroline + Christian Proposal” but Tanner is my little brother, and although we do call him by his middle name, I just can’t bring myself to call him by Christian ever. So even though to the rest of the world he is Christian, he will probably forever be “Tanner” to me and my family and those who grew up with him.
2018-12-28_0123pintopinterestI’m not shy to jump in and help with a proposal, so after I got to go ring shopping with Tanner to pick out Caroline’s engagement ring (I went ring shopping with Caroline the week before to learn what she likes, but Tanner found this ring all on his own!), I pitched a couple proposal ideas and together came up with this plan. We would set up a photoshoot where he would propose. But we needed to keep it a surprise.2018-12-28_0124pintopinterest

Tanner is like most guys and isn’t some big fan of getting his photos taken for an hour, so we needed a plan. So I posted on my personal facebook account lying about a previously scheduled client who cancelled last minute leaving me left with paying the location fees and nobody to take pictures of and asked if there was a couple who could fill in. I even tagged a few couples in the post after rivately messaging them and asking them to reply that they were busy, it was great.2018-12-28_0126pintopinterest

It took a few hours, but when Caroline responded that she could, my heart skipped a beat. We were on! She was even nervous to have to tell Tanner what she signed them up for, but to her surprise, he didn’t fight it.
2018-12-28_0127pintopinterestI told them to pick 2 outfits. We did a few pictures in the first outfit, then while Caroline was changing into the second outfit, we went over our plan. The next pose I would do, Tanner would stop, then walk over to my camera bag and pull out the ring. I’m so glad that I was there to capture the entire moment!

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As you can imagine, the second half of this session had even more genuine smiles than the first half! Plus Tanner was a bit less nervous.

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Oh how I love a Calico Basin engagement session! It took moving away from Las Vegas to the swamps of Florida for me to understand and appreciate the beauty of the desert and how many amazing sites we have just outside of Las Vegas! These red mountains and 50 shades of green plant life are just to die for! And the fact that the temperature dropped several degrees once you get up there sure is a bonus because in Las Vegas this was a HOT day, but in the basin, it was absolutely perfect!

 

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Having been a wedding photographer for 8 years now, I just LOVE that my clients are now having babies! How fun to have this baby explosion over the past year! Kristen and Troy were married April 16th, 2016. Their wedding day was so beautiful and full of love! I didn’t realize then how much more love could possibly exist, but being able to come see their new baby girl before she was even a full day old was such an amazing experience. It’s a rare occasion in our lives to be able to visit and hold such a new, perfect little human! And how perfect this little human is!

 

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