Myriad of 2016

When I started 2016 Matt and I sat down and wrote out yearly goals for ourselves - or I forced Matt into a booth for brunch and prodded him to listen to all the things I wanted to accomplish. Like many resolutions they didn't stick around.

I never climbed that V5 at the bouldering gym - but we stopped going there cause I bought a house that was too far away. Lately, I'm diving full into learning Aerial Silks (literally diving cause I just learned my first 360 ° drop). 

I didn't finish one book a month - but I spent the last two and a half months slowly making it through Matt's favorite book ever: The Count of Monte Cristo. Not nearly done - kinda bored - but I'll keep going cause I'm determined to figure out why he loves it so much.

I had a number pulled out of thin air for how many photo shoots I wanted to create or attend this year. No, I didn't make it to that number, but guess what? I did 55! Fifty-five times this year I pulled out my camera with intention. That's more than one a week = I'm super stoked! 

Maybe my biggest accomplishment of all was finally pressing play on our "someday" plans to travel the world. As of today our 2 weeks notice is given and our bags are half packed. We'll be spending 2017 in South America doing the slow travel I've dreamed of for what seems like every. And we leave 7 days!

2016 was a pretty random assortment of amazing moment so my year in review had to be just as varied. Cheers to 2017 - I have a feeling it's going to be my year! 

ThICK BUsiness performing at Treefort 2016 at el korah shrine

ThICK BUsiness performing at Treefort 2016 at el korah shrine

Roaming the park hunting for pokemon

Roaming the park hunting for pokemon

Love before the big day - A bogus basin wedding

Love before the big day - A bogus basin wedding

Historic Warm Springs home Under construction

Historic Warm Springs home Under construction

behind the scenes of swipe - a short comedy by platform boise

behind the scenes of swipe - a short comedy by platform boise

A wedding at brundage mountain - second shooting for two bird studio

A wedding at brundage mountain - second shooting for two bird studio

Good morning australia - the burnt leftovers that kept us from our campground on a winter drive along the southern coast

Good morning australia - the burnt leftovers that kept us from our campground on a winter drive along the southern coast

Ellen waiting on set of Swipe - a short comedy by local boise acting group

Ellen waiting on set of Swipe - a short comedy by local boise acting group

LED performing at boise's treefort music festival 2016

LED performing at boise's treefort music festival 2016

circular quay in sydney harbor from a may trip to australia

circular quay in sydney harbor from a may trip to australia

My love & partner enjoying treefort 2016 at the rose room

My love & partner enjoying treefort 2016 at the rose room

favorite mobile photo shot while assisting two bird studio in ketchum

favorite mobile photo shot while assisting two bird studio in ketchum

waiting for their chance at pray for snow - shot for thisisboise.com

waiting for their chance at pray for snow - shot for thisisboise.com

from a sunny fall afternoon at a kuna apple orchard

from a sunny fall afternoon at a kuna apple orchard

enjoying the color run - shot for thisisboise.com

enjoying the color run - shot for thisisboise.com

In love - from the let's do this workshop by victoria greener photography

In love - from the let's do this workshop by victoria greener photography

all the yellow at the color run in boise - shot for thisisboise.com

all the yellow at the color run in boise - shot for thisisboise.com

anniversary photo session at lake lowell

anniversary photo session at lake lowell

matt at the chinese garden of friendship while traveling in sydney australia

matt at the chinese garden of friendship while traveling in sydney australia

newly married on payette lake - second shot from two bird studio

newly married on payette lake - second shot from two bird studio

catching pokemon while walking along the boise greenbelt

catching pokemon while walking along the boise greenbelt

an outtake from a headshot shoot on the boise greenbelt

an outtake from a headshot shoot on the boise greenbelt

catching air while dedicating the new rhodes skate park

catching air while dedicating the new rhodes skate park

feeding the pidgeons - caught while wandering the streets of sydney, australia

feeding the pidgeons - caught while wandering the streets of sydney, australia

taking the jumps no footed  at pray for snow boise party

taking the jumps no footed  at pray for snow boise party

christmas in july at graeber and company - shot for thisisboise.com

christmas in july at graeber and company - shot for thisisboise.com

waiting for the next scene - shot in intermission of white people christmas by platfrom boise 

waiting for the next scene - shot in intermission of white people christmas by platfrom boise 

The highlight of the year - led performing this way to egress at the morrison center

The highlight of the year - led performing this way to egress at the morrison center

Boise Foothills Engagement Photos | Ashley + Levi

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Four years ago they both started a journey to make an impact on other's lives and quickly changed the trajectory of their own. Amidst the chaos of their first year teaching Ashley and Levi found each other. Through busy times, early mornings and working on weekends they created the space to fall in love while fighting for equality in the education system.

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This love has brought them across the country and opened doors to new friendships, opportunities and a lifetime to learn from each other.

We started off exploring Freak Alley and all the street art that fills downtown Boise. 

These two are recent transplants to Boise from South Carolina so I got to introduce them to the Boise foothills out at Military Reserve.

Ashley and Levi prefer to spend time together running, bike riding, and playing with their adorable dog, Millie. Oh yea, and playing board games!

Speaking of Millie,  she had a blast running - and pulling - along the trails.

Life has become a lot more settled for these two since these golden early-fall days - they just became homeowners!

Thank you so much for trusting me on this little adventure. I'm so thrilled to have you in Boise. Welcome Idahahome :)

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Cascade Idaho Backyard Nature Wedding | Jenise + Kyle

Since elementary school Jenise has had an important place in my life. She effortlessly guided our dear friends and I through the annoying awkwardness that was adolescence, and emerged without many embarrassing teenage moments. She throws a mean Halloween party, or any party, and has always supported us in every adventure, and misstep, we might attempt. 

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This lovely girl, and my dear friend, married her soulmate on Saturday, August 22nd in an intimate ceremony overlooking the smoke covered meadows and mountains of Cascade Idaho.  I could not have imagined a better man for her journey through life than Kyle. His smart mouth keeps us all in check and his hilarious, yet distinctly dad-like, bad jokes will entertain her for years to come. 

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The whole backyard wedding was inspired by succulents. The girls wore shades of green,  paper succulents decorated the signs, and guests took home a hanging air plant as favors. 

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J.A.R.V.I.S and Sophie were decked out in their wedding finest for the special occasion. 

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"We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love" -Robert Fulghum
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A close friend of Kyle led the couple through a Dudeist ceremony, complete with a couple of rugs that really tied the room together.  And of course the dogs got to be front and center as well. 

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Growing up with Jenise, she's always been known to have a beat up pair of All-Stars in constant rotation. For their wedding day, Jenise & Kyle got a fresh pair to start their life off together. 

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White Russians were served at the reception, in true dude fashion. The Dude himself even made a quick appearance, though he ditched the bathrobe (and wig!) to take a special moment with his daughter. 

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The night ended with a Beersbee tournament on the hillside. Many catches were made, missed, and beers drank, but no winner was crowned. Which is probably better, since these two newlyweds certainly got the best prize of the day, someone to spend a lifetime with!

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Congrats Jenise & Kyle!

Succulent Bouquet: Blooms
Location: Cascade, Idaho
Decorations: Homemade

Rhodes Skate Park Is Flowering

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Rhodes Park is a Boise classic which is finally getting some love from someone besides skaters. Over the next six months, or however long construction takes, I've got the chance to document the changes! I'll be sharing my images through the Boise Skateboard Association, who is a guiding force in this remodel.

While it currently looks like dirt, I'm excited to see the process of building skate parks. These lovely lavender bushes are just finishing up their season, so it's fitting that Rhodes Park is as well. Both will bloom next year, new and shiny.

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