Hello!

I’m Summer

So, yeah, this is me... when I say it's time to update your branding or even your family shots, I MEAN it! Man, did I have anxiety to be in front of the camera, but I am so glad I did it. No one wants to see me 10 years ago. My family wants to remain private, so that limits any pics we take together to use. SO I did the thing. And now you see who your photographer is right now.

Now, who is that? I am a girl who absolutely loves what she does and her camera. The word passion doesn't even touch it. I get to do what I love for a living, plain and simple. I have a ton of tattoos {still working on my sleeve} and do not believe that how people decide to express themselves is an indication of their souls {so no judgey/rude people allowed around here}, I am a foodie who loves small local places, my music and my personality are loud, I am sarcastic but love fiercely, especially my kids that I will literally fight for, oh.my.god. I can not forget about my dog babies {2 bostons} and honestly all DOGS, I am outdoorsy and love to get into the mountains as much as possible, we hike and when I say hike I mean far and up, no 1 mile flatlander stuff here, I was a 90's kid as a teen so if you know you know... Work hard, play harder.

Be silly. Be fun.

Be different. Be authentic.

Be YOU, because life is too short to be anything else.

It is... Your Life. Your Story.

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Tips When Choosing Your Photographer

When choosing a professional photographer, I recommend choosing someone who communicates easily. It is important for them to have the same vibe as you too! Your time is worth your money, so be sure they are readily accessible and running a legitimate business. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is...

- How long have they been a photographer?

{me: 17+ years}

- Check out their online portfolios and gauge the style, quality and consistency of the photographer.

- Do they have a large, diverse clientele? Or are they only showcasing their own kids, the same clients over and over, old sessions and not showing much work working well with a variety of other kids?

{me: not even close! I love kids of all ages and abilities and see well over 350 families a year}

- Are they insured and do they provide a contract for your session?

{me: Yes, of course! I would never think of not protecting my clients or myself}

- How long will you wait to view and receive your photographs?

{me: within a week typically, unless specified otherwise}

- Do they have a lot of repeat clients?

{me: a TON! My testimonials on google and facebook are a good representation of what to expect}

- Are they in your budget?

{me: I price myself to reflect my experience, quality and also remain affordable in our area, while also making a living wage}

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Do you think we sound like a good match? YES to the yessss if we are!

And if not, I totally get it and you should absolutely find your match. Photography is very personal. You invite me into your life.

I learn you, your people and how you tick to make your memories yours.

Not all sessions are created equal by. When you look at my website and social media, does my STYLE speak to you?

I do not copy shots. I do not ask you to be anything but who you are.

So let's do this.

Let's capture some epic shots of you and the people and things you LOVE

because at the end of the day, isn't that what this is all about???

I think so.

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Let's Talk

I have the feeling you and I will get along really well with each other.

connect with Summer today