The Beaman Family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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the beaman family invited me into their home in jackson hole, wyoming to document their summertime in this beautiful current chapter of life for their family.  they all planned to meet in jackson hole at the river house and i would meet them there as well… the place where they all gathered each year for summertime and Christmastime and to pack in as many memories as possible in the short time they were all together.  the barn out in the flower pasture was brought to the property all the way from virginia and put back together out there in the perfect spot.  as their daughters flew in, each from a different school, i got to spend a magical afternoon beforehand with a good man and his boy and their dog, their favorite thing to do together.  i got to stand back and soak in all in, a true postcard of scenery before my eyes with the snow peaked Grand Teton Mountains in the background!  the next morning as everyone trickled in, i sat at their breakfast table and listened to stories from years past and crazy summer adventures along the water’s edge in that house.  i had fresh pancakes made by mama with extra butter to the sounds of laughter.  the boys were out kayaking, the ladies knitted and then played volleyball out in the yard (they were competitive, it was awesome) and i had the honor of photographing the rest of their day in the sunshine.  i loved the whole experience of this.  the gathering.  the time set aside with intention to love and savor.  and then the documentation of memory making where the whole family can be themselves, doing the things each of them hopes the children remember most when they are grown.  i am so looking forward to photographing more of these family reunion weekend gatherings in my harvest sessions this coming year.

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Wildflowers Workshop Reunion Party!

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when i began teaching workshops a few years back, i never imagined the community that would grow as the fruit from my taking that first step towards telling my story.  these women have become some of my best friends.  they are the real deal.  they are honest and brave and gentle and strong.  they are mothers and sisters and artists and dreamers.

apart we are a flame trying to stay lit, but together the fires of creation burn wild and free; it can be intoxicating!  something happens when women gather that stirs the soul.  i think oftentimes the attendees arrive dry and simply just wanting more.  out of life and the art of photo taking and quietly hoping for someone to perhaps give them the permission to do that one amazing thing that they never thought they’d be brave enough to do.

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i’ve had the honor of seeing women release years of burdens piled upon their own shoulders, i’ve watched galleries be unveiled and passion projects emerge from the women that perhaps came with the most fear.  because i teach, i feel so strongly about never becoming stagnant in in own personal art.  for me to inspire others i must always be inching closer and closer towards my own truth to tell the story of my own family and those of my clients’ in the most heartfelt and focused way.

not too long ago i felt a personal shift in me occurring and, since, i have been so open with my workshop attendees about my personal feelings and the evolution in my own photography.  that fire burning within me for true authenticity in imagery.  i never want to stop digging.  what a gift i have been given in facilitating an experience that fills my own cup, time and time again, while also giving these women a place to feel safe enough let their fires rise up and burn brightly from the ashes.

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we opened up our home to all of my past workshop attendees from over the years and scheduled it while our apple orchards were in peak harvest season.  basically, we put on a big party… lots of hard apple cider, dancing in the pouring rain, good comfort food, sleeping on stacks of quilts and laughing into the wee hours, coffee on the porch, apple crumbles with vanilla ice cream and balsamic reduction for a midnight snack and crying and bonding and catching up and sitting in the hot tub beneath a rainstorm and picking flowers and resting and just letting it all go.

it was glorious.  the second day was pretty wet so we picked up a bunch of the maple leaves from the yard, left our muddy boots by the door, everyone dried their leaves by the wood stove and then we started to paint them.

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i dug out all our kid craft supplies and the most imperfectly perfect wildflower crowns were created.  i think a good flower crown brings out the giddiness in a lady because from there on there was a bit of magic in the air as we danced in the orchards and then sat beneath the willow tree by the pond and each spoke about our journeys toward gratitude.   reunion-108 reunion-117 reunion-118reunion-280reunion-147 reunion-151 reunion-155 these women are incredible.  i didn’t properly document each woman but i will hold them dear to my heart always.  (and take a lot more photos at the next reunion!)reunion-159 reunion-163 reunion-165 reunion-166 reunion-167 reunion-169 reunion-170 reunion-178 reunion-180 reunion-182 reunion-183 reunion-184 reunion-187 reunion-188 reunion-190 reunion-201 reunion-206 reunion-208 reunion-215 reunion-216 reunion-217.3 reunion-217.4 reunion-217 reunion-218.4reunion-222reunion-231 reunion-237 reunion-244 reunion-246 reunion-247 reunion-251 reunion-252 reunion-253 reunion-255 reunion-256reunion-259 reunion-262reunion-269 reunion-270reunion-101

a few of my favorite wildflowers also wrote and documented their time at this reunion party and i would be so honored for you to go visit their posts and enjoy their gorgeous photos and soak in their heartwarming words about the wildflowers workshop & reunion experience (they documented more than i did of the whole 3 days).  here are the links to four posts about the reunion in particular that made me laugh and cry all at once:

Apples & Honey Photography – Kelsey Clark,

Paper Deer Photo – Jayme Ford,

As Ever Photography – Jenny Corbett,

Sarah Libby Photography – Sarah Thompson

and you MUST watch this breathtaking video that amy teague at happily situated created with footage from this reunion.  i adore the feeling and the motion of it all so much!

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