fall

Fall.

Falling.

Flailing.

Fell:  flat on my face this past week.

August has come and gone in what felt like a blink.

I haven’t felt this busy in a very long time. East coast, Front Range, Alaskan travels, wedding and senior photo shoots…phew. It’s been more than a moment since I could take a deep breath. And now, I’m solo mom’ing while my amazing husband fights some wildfires up north. That guy is a rock star. My rock.

With all that, I think (now that August is behind us), I am ready to embrace the cooler weather, shorter days and changing leaves one of my favorite seasons.

Though it feels like I straight up stumbled, tumbled, and fell my way into this season/month, I am so ready for it. Firewood collection, big fall browns on the Rio, hungry trout on the high country  creeks…the list goes on! These warm days and cool mornings means added layers and flannels; and cool nights will bring some of my favorite starry skies.

On deck: new gear reviews, new mountain biking/fishing videos on my YouTube channel, and lots n’ lots of family adventures.

We planned to camp near Steamboat Springs this coming weekend, but since Sam has a fire assignment on the very forest we were planning to explore, we will have to hold off on that one. Instead, I think Forest and I will get after it on some more high country creeks.

So much to explore and the dwindling day light makes it feel like we need to rush through the days to get it all in. But, I keep reminding myself to take life day by day, moment by moment, soak it all in and, most important of all: be present.

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ride

It’s been and will be a whirlwind of a few weeks.

Work travel, photoshoots, toddler chasing, family trips, wedding attendance, cattle dog management, partner time, friend time…2017 is the year of Go.

But between it all, I am SO thankful to pause and take a moment to indulge in myself for more than an hour or two- an act that happens very rarely, I’ll admit. On Sunday, I had the opportunity to take an awesome ride with one of my closest friends I met since moving to CO.

Fat biking, fly fishing, and some real outdoor gal time is both refreshing and rewarding. We got covered in mud (and probably cow poop), caught fish, and drank some yummy beers…

Every woman/mom should have another chick/mama to let it all out with – whether it be one or a whole crew. Here’s to the women who support all of you through bike rides, beer drinking, or just front porch sitting, may all us mamas have a support system to remind us to decompress every now and then.

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Burro Creek Trail, Rio Grande NF
Get a little mud on the…
The sneak attack…
Small, but mighty.
Let her rooooooar!
Keeping it fat.
Success!!

family

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a family with deep roots to a beautiful spot within the San Juans. After forty years of vacationing in the area, they decided to hire a photographer to capture some family portraits – actually, three families portraits, senior photos, and 20th wedding anniversary photos. What an honor!

After three hours of running around the beautiful property they call home for a couple weeks every year, I headed back to my family. It was a gorgeous sun-filled drive home along the Rio Grande and as I reflected on our time together, I was reminded of how important it is to step away from that everyday grind and indulge in something that is uniquely yours: your family.

 

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adventure weddings 

Have I mentioned just how much I enjoy helping document a story? Whether our personal journey in this little family of mine or others’ via wedding and family sessions, having the opportunity to capture a moment that can then be shared with generations to come is an amazing thing.

First – thank you to Beau and Jennifer for giving me the opportunity to work with them on a couple of gorgeous days down here in southern Colorado. I don’t think the days could have been any more beautiful! And the love those two have for each other is down right inspiring!

Next – if those of you reading this are engaged, planning to get engaged, or about to have the wedding of your dreams, consider packing up the party and doing something like this…inviting all your loved ones to experience your joy right along side you for a few days before saying “I Do” – it’s just a thought;)

And If you need a photographer along for the wild ride, give me a shout!

Here’s some inspiration, just in case you need a little push…


rambling across the mountains of colorado seeking adventure and inspiration…