Greetings Ranching Happiness fans! And I am truly sorry I have been gone so long!
This summer has been amazing and super busy all at the same time! So, I have taken a breather, much needed, and played a little!
School started back up here for us this week and when I mentioned school pictures, the girl hopped up, changed clothes, and insisted on a photo session. So, while these are not the official school pictures for the 2016-2017 school year, I affectionately call these the “End of Summer” mini session!
These girls really are best friends. They fight just like sisters but at the end of the day they can’t live without one another!
Earlier in the year I did an engagement session for one of my favorite couples. You can see the pictures from that rustic, country session by clicking here.
Well, their big day has finally come! Well, the rehersal dinner anyway. I went to the location and snapped some shots of the little details the grooms parents included in the decorations.
This family is western and rustic and their true charm showed through with the decor, food, and atmosphere. I could not think of better people to spend my evening with than these folks.
A sneak peek…
I know it is not always standard procedure to attend the rehersal dinner as the photographer but I am so happy I was able to be there and get some shots of this night. As a personal friend of this family, I am honored to share this special time with these folks. I could not be happier for these two and I can’t wait to see her as a beautiful bride walking down the aisle tomorrow.
We are doing a team sport this year for the first time. Our oldest is in 8U softball. They use a pitching machine! When she started softball, she had been hitting really well at the house. I would pitch it to her and she would usually hit the ball. When she started machine pitch softball, the ball was moving faster and further away. And accurate nearly all the time. She loves it! I love that she loves it!
So, when we got uniforms the other day, she requested a photo session. It was pretty impromptu but I am really happy with how they turned out!
I am going to offer a mini session this spring for the softball and baseball players. If we have any interest, I will do one every year for the parents.
Here are a few of my favorite shots!
It was a lot of fun to do this session with my girl! I can’t wait for the rest of the season!
It is spring and here in ranch country that means spring works. This is the busiest time of year around our house and I know chances are unlikely we will get a break until the works are over.
Last week some neighbors to the south of us had their works and hired me to come and document the day with my camera. My husband was day working for them as well so we hauled together. It was the first time I have taken my camera working horseback. Usually I am actually working cows and can’t be distracted by taking pictures. Imagine my delight when I got to go work and just take pictures. It was wonderful! And to make it even more special, I was hired by one of my favorite families!
The day started early with breakfast and coffee at the camp house. We hauled to where we were going to start the gather and trotted from there. I did the best I could to get some fun shots of that but it is big country out here and I had a lot of it to cover to get from man to man. We gathered to the pens where we started the branding. They used a wood branding fire to heat the irons which made for some authentic branding shots. We were plagued by some fierce wind this day and I struggled to hold my camera still. When a big gust of wind would come up, it would grab my lens and pull one direction or another!