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.
HI, FRIEND. I'M SO INCREDIBLY 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 (forever and always amen), scouting out the best places for iced lattes, watching Criminal Minds while I edit wedding photos, and planning my next trip, preferably to the mountains or desert.
Above everything else, I am a worshiper of Jesus. He is the joy and strength fueling every part of who I am. I'm a photographer because while I do love creating beautiful images and art, I love people more. Photography is my way of spending my life loving on people, telling their stories, spreading joy, and speaking kindness. I'm not satisfied with living or loving half-heartedly.
If you've even made it this far into my ramblings, I already think you're the coolest person ever. Let's be friends and go get pizza and let me tell your story. We'll laugh and have dance parties and take pictures and it'll be grand. (I hope you're cool with hugs because handshakes are the worst.) Keep reading if you want to know even more about what makes my day...
pizza (duh) // puns // the Lumineers // tacos // traveling // London // iced lattes // Colorado // laughter // true crime // Spotify premium // mountains // Tom Hanks // margaritas // playing the piano // TSwift // my pup // hiking // sunsets // plaid flannels // succulents // the Oh Hellos // classic lit // hammocking // bonfires // waking up early // coffee dates // Olan Rogers // quality time // jam sessions // road trips // fresh flowers // cold weather
OH HELL NO
burlap // thin pizza crust // sharks // bad coffee // drivers who don't use turn signals // Chris Pratt // bananas // sinkholes // hot weather // fast food (except for Chick-fil-A and Panda Express, God bless them) // being high-maintenance // sushi // going with the flow
I don't take myself too seriously. I dance like a maniac anytime there's music playing (I might be terrible, but I own it). And if it's Disney music, you can bet I will be singing every single word. I never want to be so concerned with messing up my hair that I don't drive with the windows down and my arm sticking out surfing the wind. I'd much rather spend my money on traveling and experiencing new cultures rather than trendy clothes or manicures or the latest apps. I am rarely happier than when I'm sitting on a mountaintop watching a sunset. Sometimes the most random songs will make me tear up and I don't know why. I love to have dinner parties and make margaritas and stargaze and get lost in new places and hammock and make my friends laugh. I want to spend my life loving on people and singing around bonfires and telling stories and eating good food and seeing how many plaid flannels I can acquire in one lifetime. There's too much goodness and beauty in this world to sit back and watch it all go by without me. I want to dive in and soak it all up and live in every single moment. And I love that photography gives me the chance to capture all of those beautiful moments, for me and for the people I get to work with.
That's my story. What's yours?
HERE'S WHERE I'VE BEEN:
Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, California, Joshua Tree National Park, Utah, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Texas, Oregon, Chicago, Indiana, Kansas, England, Scotland, Wales, Israel
HERE'S WHERE I WOULD LOVE TO GO (for your destination wedding or session??):
Iceland, Yosemite National Park, Washington State, Alaska, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy
I WANT MY EVERYDAY TO MAKE GOD GLAD THAT HE GAVE LIFE TO SOMEONE WHO LOVES THE GIFT.
- Shauna Niequist