A letter to my best friend

Dear Sam,

I've put off writing this for as long as I could, half due to the fact I procrastinate literally everything and the other half was me not wanting to accept the fact that you would soon be living almost 1,800 miles away. But as much as I wish this day wouldn't come, it has. We've said our last goodbyes for now and you are on your way to starting a new adventure out in Arizona.

When I got to college, I didn't think I would find someone who was like me in every single way. From photography to dreams of being Insta famous to our never-ending obsession with All Time Low, it seems like our list of similar interests and loves grows daily. I still can't believe we grew up in the same town living minutes apart and only found each other three years ago. But I thank God that our paths finally crossed and I get to call you my best friend.

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You've been my biggest inspiration, supporter, and critic - I can truly say I would not be the person or photographer I am today if I didn't have you. You've gone along with all my crazy ideas and have never said no to an adventure. Thank you for waking up at 4 a.m. to watch the sunrise over waterfalls and chasing pink skies until the sun set. Thank you for all the amazing collab sessions we've packed in and taking the time to make each one better than the last. Thank you for spending way too many hours in the studio. Thank you for driving to Ohio with me to take photos at a really lame show (I'm still sorry about that). Thank you for helping me find my style. Thank you for understanding my goals + dreams and encouraging me to follow them. Thank you for being one of the only people who can take good photos of me. Thank you for listening to all the complaints I have about being a photographer + owning a business but in the end always reminding me why I do what I do. The list of "thank you's" could literally go on for days but I'll just end it by saying thank you for everything. 

I am so extremely proud of you. It takes a lot of guts to pack up your life and move it across the country, especially when it means leaving some of the people you love behind. You are one of the most talented and motivated individuals I've met and I know that you'll be successful in everything you do. I'll miss having you by my side at photo shoots and all the late-night pizza parties, but I am so excited to see what this new adventure brings for you (and just a little jealous I can't go with you but don't worry, I'll book a flight out there soon). I can't wait to see all your gorgeous photos and hear all the stories when you get those connections with our fav west coast photogs. Go get'em young renegade. I love you to the moon and back.

Your twin and best friend, 

Reagan

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"Dreams don't always have to exist when the sun's down and your eyes are shut." ALEX GASKARTH

Queen of the Gas Station

Shooting in unusual places seems to be what I'm drawn to nowadays while waiting for the spring green to grow back. A couple weeks ago, I shot again with Ruthie at a gas station + laundromat and it is one of my favorite shoots that I've done at an indoor location! I usually try to stay away from any place that has crappy lighting (and gas stations definitely are not ideal for photography) but I liked the challenge of working with off-camera flash and creating these moody images. Huge thank you to Ruthie for tolerating all the weird looks we got this day!

Month in Review: February

We're almost halfway into March which seems like a perfect time to finally post all my photo adventures for the month of February!

The winter months tend to be the slowest time of the year for my business, since everything is cold and dead and not ideal for beautiful golden hour photos that the summer + fall bring. It usually leaves me unmotivated, disappointed, and creatively dead. Thankfully, even though this month I've still felt all these things, I've been able to overcome these stumbling blocks and continued to create work I'm incredibly proud of. Stepping away from my business for a bit has allowed me to refocus on what I want this year to look like for my sessions + clients and to take some time to work on bigger personal projects - along with catch up on school work that I seem to always be behind in.

So here are some of my favorite highlights from the month!

 

February meet-up

Skin care lighting assignment

Go Nuts for Doughtnuts

cue the valentine vibes

I always tell myself each year when a holiday comes around I'm going to do themed photoshoots and after successfully doing Christmas and New Year's Eve, I had to go big for Valentine's Day. Thankfully, I have a photographer best friend who's just as passionate as me when it comes to creating the cutest sessions. Together, we planned and shot 3 different pink + love themed sessions to celebrate the season. It might have been a little extra, but we aren't the type of people to pass up good photoshoot ideas.

For my photo illustration class, we had another assignment where we had to show off some V-day chocolates, so here's Valentine's Day shoot number 4!

Until Death Do Us Part

This month, I also got to do my first big photoshoot for my internship with Pattern Magazine! I am in love with how this entire session turned out and so blessed to have the opportunity to fill my portfolio with work that showcases models, local makeup artists + hair stylists, and designer clothing. So here's V-day shoot number 5!

A day downtown

Thrifty

Good'ol Family

Sweater Weather

A mix of everything

Denim on denim on denim

You made it to the end! These posts are always so long, but I love taking the time to look back on what I accomplished each month. Give this post some love if you made it this far, and stay tuned for more blog posts this month with full galleries from some of these shoots!

xx

 

Happy New Year's Eve!

I thought my last post would be the last one of the year, but I decided I wanted to share these images a little earlier than midnight! NYE calls for some sparkly photos and we pulled out all the decorations for this shoot (plus a disco ball I found at Hobby Lobby for $6). I love how these photos turned out, so 2018 will most likely have some photos like this scattered throughout the year!

Thank you to Brooklyn for running with our creativity and being an amazing model! Check out Samantha Rose Photography to see more photos from this session as well!

Thank you to everyone who made 2017 a wonderful photo year! I'll probably post of Year In Review sometime soon to share some of my all-time favorite photos of the year and how I've seen myself grow into the photographer I am today. I'm SO ready for this next year!

xx

There's glitter on the floor after the party. Girls carrying their shoes down in the lobby. Candle wax and Polaroids on the hardwood floor. You and me forevermore. TAYLOR SWIFT