Hi! I am so happy you are here. I truly appreciate every person who shows interest in having me be the photographer to document your precious moments.
I’m Ruthie. I believe having your photographs taken is a deeply personal experience. I work extremely hard to build a true connection between my clients and me. This is how I am able to create my best work. I want to know you + your person to serve you the best way I can, so it’s only fair that I let you know me too.
My best go at me in a nutshell: I believe oldies songs are the best songs ever written. You’ll definitely hear Bennie and the Jets + It’s a Beautiful Morning during our session. If you don’t know these songs, look them up immediately. I will argue till the death that “hell” is not a real swear word. I am equally terrified and obsessed with True Crime stories. The podcast My Favorite Murder and the various documentaries on Netflix are my go-to’s. If Tyler had it his way though, I’d never listen or watch another one in my life. I get to listen to the true crime story during the day, he gets to deal with a consequently terrified Ruthie later that night. Sundays for me are for God and spending time with loved ones. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know for certain that my life would be an endless shit show without my Heavenly Parents guiding me. I am naturally a procrastinator, so to overcome that I am organized to the point of insanity. I love it. My life runs on a meticulous calendar + lots of lists (and trust me, I will help make sure your wedding runs just as smoothly as my calendar).
I come from a family of 11 children. 8 girls, 3 boys. I am 8th in the lineup. My parents + siblings are all pretty opinionated (to put it lightly), out-going, and usually loud. And I can’t say that the apple fell far from the tree. According to my siblings and husband, I love cuddling more than a normal person. What can I say? There’s something so soothing about worming your way in between two cozy arms–when I visit my home in PA, I cuddle and hug my mom any chance I get. So naturally, one of my big sisters started a running joke that I want to climb back into the womb. Creepy, I know… but slightly valid. Let’s move on.
Family is a huge part of my identity. It’s a huge part of all of our identities. Blood or chosen, they’re our safe haven + home in this world. They are our people who we’ve gone to hell and back with. Thinking about the love I have for my family – the kind of love you grow over time from persevering together – brings such strong emotion that it’s hard to articulate. The feeling is best described by deep appreciation, strong friendship, and loyalty towards my family. That appreciation for my connection with them is what fuels my work. This is why connecting with my clients is so important to me–I will find my motivation to do my best work by having appreciation and care for the connection I see with you and your human(s).
I want you to know that I know what it means to trust someone else to preserve my precious memories. From the big, exciting times to the smaller, more ordinary moments. I know the weight that comes with making sure you get a meaningful photo with your grandparent who’s “getting older” on your wedding day. I know how happy it will make you to see a photo of your parent and new spouse talking and laughing with each other. I know the profound connection that you can feel through looking at photos taken of people you love enjoying a moment together. I know how worried and excited you are for someone to “get it all” in a beautiful way. …And I want you to know that when you choose to trust me to be the one to preserve your moments, I will take your photos with you + your memories + your loved ones in mind.
I will capture the love being felt between you and your person at your session. I will capture all the love being shared by your people on your wedding day. I will capture every thoughtful detail of your wedding day that make it yours. The vows, the guests, the butt grabs from your human to you (and maybe from me to you…we’ll take it slow and see where we end up), the details + decorations, the portraits we sneak away for, the toasts, the food, the party, the childhood friends laughing with you, alllll the dancing (especially the drunk dancing), the tight hugs, the sweet getaway that night–you get it. I will get it all. So you always remember. So you can always go back and relive those moments with the people you love. So you can always know the love that was felt in your life.
As of summer 2019, I am based in Boise, Idaho. I have traveled around Treasure Valley and am already in love with locations for sessions here. I moved here from Utah for my husband to start medical school. I still consider myself to be based in Utah in addition to Idaho. I currently travel down to Utah for weddings with no extra travel fees, so fill out my contact form if you are getting married there!
Ru + Ty
I've been married to my better half, Tyler, since July 2017. Currently just a family of 2, but hoping to get a golden doodle in my arms sometime soon. He is my entire world. Being married has been the hardest and most fulfilling thing I've ever done in my life so far.
He is my complement in all things. I am filled with a passionate, romantic, loud, fight-it-out and work-it-out, big love. Ty's love is a much quieter, more patient, soft love. I like to think we've taught each other a little bit of each other's ways these last years, and have become more understanding people in the process. So here's my plug for "opposites attract": If someone tells you that you and your person are too different, know that that just means you have found your perfect complement and you two are going to help each other become the people you hope to be. It will be the sweet and painful refiner's fire, and the freaking time of your life.
Ty is hysterically funny. And I am obviously biased, but it's also completely true. He has THE driest sense of humor I have ever seen a person have. When I first met him, he made a joke that he delivered like he was just telling me the weather that day. So, obviously I didn't think he was joking, and I asked my friend if he was "socially off". Now, I get to have my very own comedy show every night at home. That is, when he is ever home. The medical school student schedule is absolute hell, but seeing Tyler work for his dreams of becoming a doctor fills me with pride and inspires me. He has also inspired me to be able to quote a shocking majority of The Office. I watched The Office before I met him, but I never knew it could be an everyday, white-noise background for your home before I met him. We frequently quote not notable, not funny lines of The Office to each other. We don't even laugh while we do it anymore. Yes, we, like the rest of America, are sick in the head from being so obsessed with The Office.
Ty is my very best friend. We push each other. We help each other overcome. We believe in each other. We show each other the bigger picture...that all the hard work will be worth it in the end. And we remind the other of their worth when they start to forget it. Me for him and him for me. My partner forever.