TO SEE THE WORLD, THINGS DANGEROUS TO COME TO, TO SEE BEHIND WALLS, TO DRAW CLOSER, TO FIND EACH OTHER AND TO FEEL, THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE.

- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

HI, FRIEND!! I'M THRILLED YOU'RE HERE.

I'm Payton, a life enthusiast with a love for the wild and celebratory. Most days you can find me eating pizza, hunting down the best iced lattes, watching Friends while I edit wedding photos, and looking at Airbnb’s just for fun.

Oh, and this dreamboat pictured with me? That’s my amazing husband and second shooter, Michael. Unless his other job calls him away, he shoots every wedding with me and it’s the best thing ever. Without this guy, yo girl would be lost. We just got married in April 2019 (woot woot!), and it has been so fun to be able to share the exciting season of engagement and now marriage with my clients as we celebrate their wedding days.

I'm a photographer because while I love creating beautiful images and art, I love people more. Photography is my dream way of spending my life loving on people, telling their stories, spreading joy, and speaking kindness. Bringing Michael on board, serving my clients together, and having him as such a huge part of what I love most has been the greatest adventure.

However you found yourself here, I already think you're the coolest person ever. Let's be friends and go get pizza and let me tell your story!


HER: enneagram type 2 // master of puns // loves the mountains + desert equally // dreams of being best friends with Tom Hanks // listens to the Lumineers, Vance Joy, + Taylor Swift on repeat // fully dependent on Spotify premium // believes fresh flowers + margaritas + watching the sunset can cure any problem // thinks cold weather is way underrated // professional wedding dress fluffer

HIM: enneagram type 5 // could definitely win Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter trivia // dreams of being best friends with Steven Adams // can have full conversations with The Office quotes // king of gifs // Mariokart champion // could happily survive on craft beer + good books // basically a bonus groomsman

BOTH: dream of being best friends with the Fab Five // love pizza more than any other people ever // prone to be utter goofballs // intent on spending married life traveling + exploring new places // believe Chandler and Phoebe are the best characters on Friends // 1000% obsessed with each other // seriously cannot wait to hang out with you!!!

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HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES:

Rocky Mountain National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park

California, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Chicago

United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales)

Israel


HERE'S WHERE WE WOULD LOVE TO GO:

(hit me up for rad deals on sessions/weddings in any of these places)

Iceland

Yosemite National Park

Washington State

Alaska

New Zealand

Ireland

Europe (especially Greece, France, Germany, or Italy)


AVERY REESE

In March 2019, my family lost my seven-year-old niece Avery to brain cancer. She was the light of my life, my little mini-me, and the strongest, most amazing person I’ve ever known. I watched her go through terrible things, yet she always had a smile and a hug for everyone. Avery and her life have inspired me to value every moment, to never overlook the little things, and to bring joy to everyone I meet. She has impacted every part of my life, and by extension every part of my business.

Avery passed away one month before my wedding. She had been so excited about it, couldn’t wait to dress up and dance with me on my wedding day. Every time I look through my wedding photos, I mourn that she is not in them. So ever since her death, I have been more determined than ever to capture unforgettable memories and irreplaceable moments for my clients. I treasure every single blurry iPhone selfie with my Avery, and I know one day my clients might need to cling to candid wedding photos of their loved ones just as I cling to every photo I have of Avery. Poses can be recreated; memories can’t. More than anything, I want to capture incredible memories for my clients.

And if you happen to notice the Harry Potter tattoo on my arm, just know that’s for Avery, the biggest Harry Potter fan of all. I’ll always miss my little Gryffindor.


 
 

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