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New Zealand!|Boise Photographer



Did you know I went to New Zealand a few months ago?!  Well, I did!  I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet but I had an amazing time!  I’ve been out of the country before right after graduating high school (we won’t discuss how long ago that was).  This was the first time for my husband.  I think if you’ve never been to another country NZ is a great first place to go.  The culture is very similar to ours.  No crazy foods, accents, or climate.  Very easy to get acclimated within a day or two.

We left Boise Thursday March 27th, and landed in Auckland Saturday March 29th.  Skipping Friday and not getting much sleep on the plane was a bit rough.  If you get the chance to go to NZ, or anywhere that’s a 12 hour flight and are able to fly business class DO IT!  It was amaaaaaazing being able to actually lay down and sleep for a few hours.  I was totally impressed with the food, wine, and service.  We were seriously spoiled really.

My husband and I were on this trip with my dad.  For him is was a bit of a business trip, but he had a lot of down time to hang with us.  One of his friends (Steve) lives in Wellington and drove up to Auckland to show us the city.  I LOVED Auckland.  It’s so beautiful and has a great night life.  We had some really good food there and just walked around the harbor mainly.  We didn’t spend much time downtown, I wasn’t really interested in seeing tall buildings and tourists.  I wanted to experience more of the local culture… the food, the water, the boats, the docks.  We don’t have that here, and it’s what I miss most about CA & FL and don’t get to see the ocean often enough.  We stayed in Auckland for a couple days and then we headed South with Steve.  We just took our time driving to Wellington, stopping along the way in some really cool towns and little fishing communities.  Steve has a beautiful farm in Wellington with horses.  I forget how many he has now but it’s somewhere around 50!  We also met up with two other friends of my dads.  One welcomed us to their home for a wonderful dinner after taking us out on their beautiful yacht for the day.  The other also had us to their amazing home for the best dinner I’ve ever had.  You’ll see photos of that dinner below with a big prawn on my plate!

 Here’s a list all of my favorite places we visited with links so this post is’t a mile long. :)   We visit Huka Falls, Huka Prawn Park where we went prawn fishing for dinner!  The Waitomo Glowworm Caves which were absolutely amazing!  Although you can’t take photos so that was sad.  We stayed in Taupo for a few days which might have been my favorite place we stayed.  We took a fishing charter on Lake Taupo.  You’ll see some photos below that look smokey, it’s actually smoke from the volcano there that is spewing!  We stopped at Ngarunui Beach lookout which was so beautiful.  A popular surf area.  We took a ferry over to Devonport, a historic victorian village just across the harbor from Auckland.  We stayed at the Museum Hotel in Wellington which was interesting.  Very cool hotel with really crazy art everywhere.  We also ate at their restaurant the Hippopotamus.  It’s super fancy, super French, and super amazing!  We had an incredible 6 course wine pairing meal that I want right now!!

Below are some photos I took.  Some are just from my phone, I took my camera along but tried to enjoy the experience of NZ without that thing in my face so much.  Sometime it’s nice just to take it all in and not worry about getting great photos.  At least for me anyway.  I hope when you see these you feel like you’re on a vacation too!  Enjoy!


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Endless Glow|Boise Boudoir Photographer



Happy Monday blog readers!  Just a short announcement…  Endless Glow By Kami and I have joined forces this summer! I’m excited to get you the hook up for a safe, natural, beautiful tan. Who doesn’t love that?! Kami does custom spray tans from her cute tanning room in Meridian. All summer long, if you book a spray with her for your boudoir session with me you’ll get double the photos in your boudoir album (a $20 savings). Go check out her site for more info about her and Endless Glow at http://www.endlessglowbykami.com/.


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Mr. & Mrs. Calixtro



Last weekend I shot another wonderful wedding!!  It was my first time shooting out in Wilder at Wild Heart Springs and I fell in love!  Such a beautiful venue, with the nicest owners.

I loved soooo many moments from this wedding!  A few that top my list… the fact that we had perfect weather (pretty much always my favorite thing),  Delila was there with me getting the girls all gussied up.  I just love watching her do her magic!  The bride and grooms adorable little girl wanted NOTHING to do with photos… except for taking her own with her pink camera.  During the ceremony there was a hilarious moment when a ring was lost in the grass (pictures below crack me up).  The bride and her father surprised everyone with a crazy fun dance mash up that included booty shaking, kung foo fighting, and tons o’ laughs.  There was also a surprise Hawaiian dance performance.  The reception had a total Dirty Dancing feel too it which I must say I LOVED.  I don’t think it was intentional, but I had so much fun pretending it was. :)

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Calixtro!!!  Enjoy reliving your special day!

 

 

 


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Baby Braylon|Boise Family Photographer



It was just a few short months ago I was taking maternity photos with this gorgeous momma!  Now she’s a mother of two handsome boys!  We had a fun time shooting together, and I just love the way big brother looks at baby Braylon.  So precious.  Thank you for working with me again Danielle, I always enjoy your sweet little family! <3


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Mr. & Mrs. Johnson|Boise Wedding Photographer



This wedding was so sweet!!  We had an absolutely beautiful day, perfect weather with a slight breeze.  There were soooo many beautiful flowers and details.  The entire venue smelled of roses and peonies.  It was heavily!  Everyone was so great to work with and took such good care of me all day.  The vendors are some of my favorite people to work with (see list below).  I got to bring home a beautiful floral arrangement that’s still sweet as ever on my table as I type.  Gorgeous venue, delicious food, lovely family, stunning decor, fun music, and the love was present.  Just Perfect.  Thank you Jessi, Daniel, and family for having me!  I enjoyed every second.  Congratulations!!

Vendors:

Florist- Matt Johnson at Edwards Greenhouse

Venue- Barber Park

Caterer- Big Sky Events & Catering

Photo Booth- Funbox

Decor & Styling- Ira & Lucy

Cake- Greg Marsh Designer Cakes

DJ- Tyrell at Sound Wave Musc & Lighting Design

 

 

 

 


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Rustic Love Wedding Decor|Boise Wedding Photographer



Any brides out there looking for rustic decor should check out Rustic Love!  Gena makes such cute pieces that you can buy or rent for your wedding.  Most pieces you could even keep and use as home decor.  I shot two weddings last year with her pieces that were to. die. for.  You can see them HERE and HERE.  We recently set up a little back yard wedding to showcase a few of her new and favorite pieces.  To find out more details and see more of her pieces check out her Facebook page Rustic Love Wedding Decor.


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Bridal Boudoir|Boise Boudoir Photographer



It’s no secret I LOVE boudoir.  I’ve been doing a ton already this year, and this is one I’m able to share with you.  Yay! :)  Some lucky groom is going to get the best gift ever!




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Mom & Me|Boise Family Photographer



The other night I took these beauties out for some mom and daughter time.  Just the girls, away from all the boys in the house. :)  Such a beautiful night it was!




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To Be Wed|Boise Wedding Photographer



A few days ago must have been one of the warmest days of the year!  I had the pleasure of wondering around with these two love birds and I swear I was sweating!  We had a blast shooting in such gorgeous weather!!! I have to give it to these two… they put up with my hair stuck in a tree, thorn in my foot, and running in circle screeches (those bees are always out to get me I kid you not).  I bet if someone was following us around they’d think I was a nut… and they’d be correct. :)  These two couldn’t be more adorable, I loved our session and can’t wait to be part of their special day.




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Mariani Family|Boise Family Photographer



Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, the weather is warmer, and everywhere smells like blossoms.  I love this time of year!  I especially love love LOVE doing sweet sessions like this one!  What a beautiful family, sweet as can be.  We had lot’s of fun walking around the other night and trying to get those adorable girls to want anything to do with me. :)  I’ve nicknamed the little tot jumping bean.  She loves to jump and dance and was a hoot to watch.

 




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