Framed by Nature – Embraced by Fall

Wandering through the woods, surrounded by lush fall colors as far as the eye can see. The season brings out textures and tones unique to this time of year. The air, the temperature, and the mood all feel more like autumn than ever before. She wanders through the forest for what seems like an eternity, searching for something perhaps?


The light is perfect, constant, seemingly warm and unending. She moves through the woods slowly, enjoying each moment and the pure beauty of the surroundings. The sounds of nature echo for miles; the chirping of birds and chatter of squirrels. Friendly insects whirring overhead. The soft crunch of leaf underfoot as she makes her way through the scene slowly approaching the heart of the forest.

The only remnant of a world long past is the golden portrait frame she's brought with her. Heavy, hand carved wood adorned with a final coat of gold leaf echoing back to the craftsmanship of another era. Something about the scene feels right; the timing is perfect and the forest exquisite.

Her journey nears its end as she ventures deeper in the woods. All sound and memory of civilization has been drowned out by the perfection of this single fall afternoon. She has escaped the steady insanity of the cities and feels at home here in the forest.

The forest welcomes her with each step, sensing that she belongs. Her cherished keepsake, the golden frame, melding into the colors of the background. With each step now she becomes more at one with the surroundings. This perfect fall afternoon slowly shifting to evening, the air cooling ever so slightly. She's so close now to the forest's heart. . .not knowing what she'll find, there is a great sense of peace.

Just around the corner now, she's welcomed by the woods and embraced by the fall season itself. It's here now, the end of the journey. The very heartbeat of fall, inviting all who should persist to find it. Nature, magic, hope, and peace all in harmony with the spirit of the earth.


Thanks for reading folks, this was a bit of a new venture for me. I tried to come up with a simple fun little story that might accompany the images. Something easy, maybe a bit mysterious, with hopefully a slight sense of wonder. Not a novel, not a short story, just a little something extra. These images were such a blast to create, I couldn't be happier with how they turned out and I wanted to write up something new rather than just a recap of the shoot. Gorgeous images, good times with good people, and a fun little story to wrap it all up. Thanks again for reading <3

The Pursuit of Texture

     For as long as I can remember, one thing that I've always been drawn to is texture. Whether it's natural or artificial, from clothing or from the background. I absolutely love the way that it pops in an image and these past couple months I have been finding a whole new appreciation for the textures I've been finding in plants and in my surroundings outdoors. I would probably even say that I'm a bit obsessed at this point haha, all I want to do is find great natural plant textures that I can incorporate into my sessions and images.

     Whether it comes from the vibrant flowers of a blossoming and color-filled garden or from a single dense and leafy shrub, I'm probably going to want to shoot with it. My list of go-to locations for portrait sessions has expanded to included all kinds of great new places where the texture this time of year is positively wonderful.

     The thing that I'm really loving the most right now is the complete and total variety I can find in any given area. Each and every different kind of bush and tree offers something unique. Sometimes the leaves are small and matte while just across the park I may find a wall of ivy climbing up the wall or huge leaves shining with new growth. Not to mention both the subtle and drastic colors and hues that come with every different species. It gives me new found respect for those able to identify each and every different type of plant and flower and tell you the details like their blooming and color cycles.


     This pursuit of new and different textures has me so completely excited for the fall season in Colorado as I know that it will bring, aside from the gorgeous new and different colors, a whole new kind of texture that I can chase. The slow drying of the leaves as they get ready to fall to the ground. The crunch of them underfoot and the wind blowing leaves in every direction. . .how could I not be excited haha? All I can hope is that the fall season this year is a long one, lasting all the way through October, maybe even a couple weeks into November.

     Leave me a comment with some of the favorite textures that you seen out and about. Maybe they are natural like plants and flowers. Or maybe you prefer the urban textures found in the city. Rusty buildings or simple stonework. Maybe it's the texture of clothing haha? Is there a favorite sweater whose fabric is on another level?