Family First

Recently, my brother visited from Montana with his family. We don’t see them very often and I have a new niece since the last time we did see them. It was so wonderful to have them in town.

Of course, we pounced on the opportunity to snap a few family photos.

My parents have an amazing yard with custom landscaping. I have been wanting to take some pictures like this for a while and my sister in law asked for pictures that looked like west Texas, my mind started working on how we could make it work. I wanted to use a few other locations in the yard and take some more but the rain did not want to wait so we cut our pictures short. Still, I’m happy with the ones we did get and I am so pleased to have captured these memories!!

Wildfire Relief Fundraiser

Wildfire Relief Fundraiser

The following photographs are available for purchase to benefit the wildfire relief fund. There are three options available.

16 x 20 Canvas Wrap – $140

16 x 20 Print – $57

8 x 10 Print – $30

There is an option to purchase these prints at the bottom of this page.

“In His Eye”
good bull-1
“Good Bull”
good bull-1-7
“Bulls Eye”
“John Deere Green”
“On the Hunt”
“Spring Dreams”
“Gettin’ a Drink”

A Walk on the Ranch

A Walk on the Ranch

Last night our kids were staying with their grandparents so the hubby and I took a walk on the ranch. There are some huge changes coming in our lives and it was great to decompress and just chat freely about our emotions regarding these changes. When we got back to the house, I felt so much better. Renewed almost.

I just wanted to share some of the shots I got while we walked last night.

There are a ton of wild turkeys around the house and we did not have to go far before we spotted this little flock.


This cow was grazing with a few of her buddies and right before I hiked down into the creek, I got this shot.


Jackrabbits are everywhere in Brewster County. I did not notice this ones ear until I got these pictures on the computer but it looks like something used him as a chew toy.

chewed ear-1.jpg

My sweet catahoula loves to go running and she loves to chase. She chases rabbits, deer, turkeys, and anything else that might run from her. I have not ever known her to catch anything but dust.


The creek just west of our house had some really cool purple leaves growing out. I am not exactly sure what they are but it was beautiful!


Hello End of Summer

Hello End of Summer

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!

He’s going to be ONE!

He’s going to be ONE!

Yesterday morning I had the amazing opportunity to shoot a one year/cake smash! It was my very first one and for one of my favorite families!

I was so excited to head down to their house for this job. This little cutie has the most creative momma and she had it all planned out for props and locations. My job was made pretty easy!

I could not wait to get this up on the blog and up for a sneak peek!

Too cool for being one!
He is a real mover and shaker this one!
This is one cute little lumberjack!



He did not care, at all, about the cake. We had no smash.






I loved this session! It was fun, fast, and non-stop! This kid is just a doll and I can’t wait to watch him grow up!!

A Wedding in June

A Wedding in June

My favorite couple tied the knot!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Jake Elliott!

Here is a sneak peek at some of my favorites from the wedding!

The bride getting help from her mother with all those buttons.
A final look before she walks down the aisle.
Getting it all straight.
A daddy’s first look.


The groom had much the same reaction when he saw his bride.
A very sweet moment before he gave her away.
The men who stood with honor.
Tying the knot.
That first kiss!
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Jake Elliott
The couples first dance.
And baby makes three!
A cake made with love.
The first slice.
They were nice about it!
The brides bouquet.
A special dance with the groom and his grandmother.
The happy couple.
Enter a caption



These two are so photogenic and comfortable with each other. Their wedding was beautiful and brimming with emotions. I felt it portrayed their love for each other perfectly!

The sparkler send off!


A rehersal dinner

A rehersal dinner

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…

The drink table was so cute!
These tea dispensers could not have been a better match for the evening.
Each table had a can of silk sunflowers! Perfectly simple.
Camp plates, bandanas and a wicker basket to tie it all together!
These smores boxes were really cute and each box had a tag proclaiming the wedding date and names of the bride and groom.


What’s more southern than watermelon and more American than blueberries??
This was a great idea and YUMMY!!
Before the meal began, the grooms father led the group in prayer.
The food table waited patiently!
Once the food was blessed, the happy couple started the line!
Nothing beats cast iron cooking!!
Some personal suggestions for the bride and groom! I suggested a moonlight horseback ride, my favorite date!
One last kiss before they part ways for the night. Next viewing will be the “first look” at the wedding!

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.