Blogging ,you guys, may be the hardest thing for me. I write and then delete and then do it again and again. It's honestly worse than me trying to take a selfie...which is also really awkward. So if I sound like a total fool just feel free to skip over to the photos because I'm confident you're going to love those. 

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Some might say that the most important decision to make is where you're going to get married, who your vendors are, etc. and those are all super important decisions but there is one decision that trumps it all.



Yep! You're thinking I'm crazy huh? don't give up on me yet. Stay with me here a little bit longer why I explain why.


All those other things that I mentioned most people would think are the most important...it's because they are SO SUPER IMPORTANT but without a correct timeline, those elements won't be showcased in their best way.


So since I LOVE a well written timeline, I've gone ahead and written you up a sample one.


Now since sunsets vary wherever you might live, this timeline is written all based on how many hours before sunset or after sunset. Just plug in your sunset time, do some simple math and voila!


You can download the free wedding sample timeline here below:


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This sample timeline includes a first look. If you or your clients choose not to do a first look, I would bring the ceremony an hour earlier and do family pictures and wedding party pictures after the ceremony.


This timeline is created with the opportunity to get the best possible light and time to fully photograph the elements of a wedding that are usually the most memorable for the client.


I would love to hear your feedback about the timeline and see if you found it helpful!






I had the best time with this sweet family in Santa Fe over Easter weekend. I absolutely love capturing multiple generations all at once in extended family photography sessions. There's over a 100 year gap between the eldest family member and the youngest. How amazing is that? My own great grandmother helped to raise me when I was growing up, so great grandparents are close to my heart.


Also can we talk about these outfits? I sent them over my wardrobe guide when we scheduled the session and they followed it so well. It made my heart so happy! And how good do these neutrals look against the adobe?


This Santa Fe Airbnb was so cute and had beautiful doors as every single building in Santa Fe seems to have. Have you been to Santa Fe before? I'm going to be honest. I haven't explored Santa Fe as much as I have wanted to. I've photographed probably more than 40 weddings there but usually drive to the venue and back without much exploring. Send over any Santa Fe recommendations for food or fun. Now that things are slowly starting to open up here in New Mexico, I'm excited to start to explore again.






One of the absolute best parts of being a wedding photographer is the opportunity to capture true love between two people. Liz and Adam are the absolute sweetest and I had the best time escaping to the Sandia Mountains with them to these stone cabins that are tucked away in the foothills of the New Mexico desert. One thing I definitely wasn't expecting when I first moved to New Mexico 9 years ago was how amazing the sunsets are here. I thought I had seen a killer sunset before I got here but yep...I was so wrong.


Also can we talk about the details on this insanely gorgeous dress is? Between the choice of form fitted dress or a loose and flowy skirt, I will choose flowing every. single. time. There is just something about the movement that it provides. Which is your favorite? What did you wear to your wedding or what are you planning to wear? I got married before Pinterest was a thing if you can believe it and there's so much I would change about my wedding details. Especially my dress! I'll have to do a blog post of my wedding day here soon!