Lacey Dale Photography: Blog en-us (C) Lacey Dale Photography (Lacey Dale Photography) Tue, 01 May 2018 19:50:00 GMT Tue, 01 May 2018 19:50:00 GMT Lacey Dale Photography: Blog 120 80 Trevor + Kaylee Wedding I'll never forget the first time I met THE Trevor Barner and Kaylee, (used to be Reed, but actually I still call her Kaylee Reed haha).

We had just moved to Wyoming from Kansas. My husband worked for one of  their neighbors, and if you aren't familiar with the ranching community, branding season is one of the biggest deals EVERRRR. Like, I think it's one of the main reasons people even raise BEEF. Haha.


Anyways, back to Trevor and Kaylee. The first time I met them... It was our very first branding in Wyoming. I took our then, 3 kids, out to their place and met up with the crew my husband worked for. I met Kaylee's mom, first I think, and she said, "Ohhhhh, Kaylee is having a day."

What looked like to me to be a very organized, drama free gather, was in fact not. Unbeknownst to me until a couple years later. Calves kept crossing the creek, mamas were being silly in the chute, and I think a couple were escapees.  She wasn't in the happiest of moods, and to be honest at the time, I was like, "Who is this chick?! And just who does she think she is??"

Then there was ole Trev. He's got to be one of the most carefree, whatever-happens-happens people I've ever met, and he seriously has 9 lives...  

Fast forward a few months, that same year, we hung at our local Ranch Rodeo. We became fast friends. I can talk to Kaylee like no time has passed between the months that sometimes go by when seeing her, (because their place is in BFE lol). She tries to be a hard butt, but she's got one of the softest hearts I've met, and she truly loves her husband, friends and family.

And that is why Trev and Kay's relationship works. They have a love like no other. I was so honored when they asked me to take their wedding photos. I knew it would be a heck of a celebration, and that it was!!

Plus, they got married at like the COOLEST location ever. The Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage Trail and Hat Creek Stage Station ( is totally worth driving off the beaten highway to go see!! 


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Farm/Ranch Heritage Sessions One thing you probably will notice about me (if you really truly know me) is that I like to ramble when I get onto something. Instead of just getting to the point, I over-think and love it to death, and then those words come jumbling out of my mouth. Or in this case, through my fingers as I sit here and type like that Kermit the Frog meme that is circulating in GIFS and makes my die laughing every time I see it. HAHA. Okkkkk back to the blog post........

 Heritage. What is it to you? 

I grew up on a farm in northwest Kansas. In 1882, my great-grandfather August Henry, came to the United States, from Germany when he was just 17 years old, to get a new lease on life. He first settled in Nebraska to go to school and learn English. He also met his wife Clara May, and they moved to Kansas to homestead in 1892. Word is, he won the farm in a lucky game of poker. He built that farm from the ground up, where it still stands today. While the houses have changed over the years, from a sod house, to an old stick built farmhouse, and another newer farmhouse is the one that is still there today.

My great-grandfather and grandmother's legacy. Even way back then <3 1925-ish.

And another of my Grandpa (second from the left)with his daddy and brothers. 


My grandpa, was the youngest of 9. He was born in 1915. His parent's hard work and determination was instilled in him at a  very young age, and over the years, he eventually bought out his brothers and sisters shares. He busted his ass growing that farm even more than what it was. And eventually his son took it over. My grandpa was a quiet man that spoke volumes. He was so wise, and always had the answer to most problems or so it seemed. From sun up, to sun down, and right up until the day he died, he poured his heart and soul into that farm. 

My Grandma and Grandpa Miller <3

The old barn that that stands, is well over 100 years old, has seen the test of time. It's housed horses, cattle, hay, many, many of my grandpa's favorite barn cats (only he could catch), the occasional kid, some unwelcome skunks, and many tools and treasures over the years. It's been played in, loved in, danced in, cried in, and celebrated in. New life has been brought into the world and death has come knocking at it's doors. It's had senior photos taken in it, rebuilt broken dreams, and had way too many coats of paint to count. 

My Grandpa Miller in front of a photo of his beloved farm <3

While I was always there one way or another growing up, I started actual work (for a paycheck) at the farm the summer before my 7th grade year. I started out with the jobs no one wanted to do, and worked my way up into more responsible jobs. I did that every summer and after school, until I went off to college. When I came back, I brought home 3 of my 4 kids home from the hospital to that farmhouse. It's had just as many emotions if not more, as the old barn.

 We left Kansas because unfortunately some family things just don't work out no matter how hard you try. When the good Lord calls you elsewhere, it's your job to follow. And it's taken a long time, but I've come to accept that. 

Since moving to Wyoming almost 4 years ago, there's one thing that I have noticed year after year and time and time again. The people here are proud of what they have. Like so many agricultural families are.

Blood, sweat, and tears are just a portion of what goes in to building a legacy on a farm or ranch. I see that, and I want to help document it. I wish so badly that I, specifically had more photos of such a heritage to show my children. 

 I am going to be offering family farm/ranch heritage sessions beginning this spring and summer.

When your legacy looks back over the years, don't you think it is important to show them just what it takes to run something so, so important for the future of our world?

For these specific sessions, I will come to your farm or ranch on a typical day of work, whether you are branding calves, moving cattle, shipping, haying, cutting wheat or picking corn, I will be there, and document it. (No posing involved for those hard working men lol whew!) Then when the evening rolls around, and the light is beautiful, let me capture some family photographs of each generation on your farm or ranch. 

Each session will come with an online gallery to view images, a custom USB, and a signature album to cherish for a lifetime. 


****Please note that these sessions are an investment. I want to be able to pour my heart into your family's individual operation.

For more information, or to book, you can email me at



I need to thank my sissy, Shelly, for sending me the photos of my family. Annnnd for sharing years, and dates with me!! I love you Sissy Poo!! <3


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A Very Special Session we are, already in February, and I am just now getting around to blogging my families from this past fall!

Oh well.....I love revisiting that dreamy golden light that fall brings, so it's all good :)


This session was very near and dear to my heart. We had a friend have a devastating, freak horse accident back in July. With so many uncertainties for his family, my husband (being the cowboy he is), wanted to do something to help them. We threw together some ideas, and an online auction with all the proceeds going to them was born.

Me and another very dear friend, organized everything behind the scenes, and ran the auction at all hours of the day and night for about a month give or take a few days. The pay off (for us) was when we got to tell Clay's wife, Lexie, what the auction had earned.

The ranching community is one that comes together in crisis, and doesn't question anything. They just do what needs done, until it gets done. I'm happy to report that Clay has made the most miraculous recovery thanks to our Father's healing hands. And is well on his way back to his cowboy-ing days. 

This session is one I donated for his auction, and this cute little family ran the bid up and won it! It was such a special documentation for me, and one I'll never forget <3 I seriously love to help others in need! 


<3 ldp

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Wedding Special Hey Ya'll!

The year is kicking off to a great start, and I can't believe it is almost FEBRUARY! It's crazy how fast the years go the older I get.

During the winter months, is the time I spend working on my business side of photography, changing things up, figuring out what worked this year and what didn't. 

It was such a great year for me, and I wouldn't be where I am without my wonderful clients-so- THANK YOU!!

Right now, I am booking the 2018 wedding season. It will be here before we know it, with summer weddings underway in May! I've gotten several inquiries from some GORGEOUS brides-to-be! 

In the past, I have always run specials for my couples when they book during the winter, and this year is no different!

From now until the end of February, I am running a 10% savings special! If you book your wedding now, I'll give you 10% off my collection fee. ALL of my wedding collections include (at the very least) a complimentary engagement session, an online gallery to share with family and friends, and the digital downloads of your wedding day. 

If you or someone you know got engaged over the holidays, and is looking for that adventurous non-posey photographer to document their day as it TRULY unfolds, I'd love to chat! 

Here's a fun engagement session  (complete with goats!) I did last fall <3

much love,




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Pat + Koni Wedding  

I've been super behind on blogging this summer and fall, but I guess that's what will happen when you have a new baby, and a husbabe with a broken leg! So without further ado, I am starting back up!

This wedding was SO.MUCH.FUN. I really can't even tell you. So many laughs throughout the day. A bride about as laid back as you can get, a groom completely smitten with his bride, and lots of friends and family to help celebrate. Oh and they had a vintage couch that I was OBSESSED with....and the cutest little wiener dog for a ring bearer.

And then, they had a goat roping. How much more Wyoming can you get??? My husband even entered us, (and I seriously fell flat on my face because #flipflops) but it was so much fun! 

Totally my kind of day. Enjoy!!



Can all my brides and grooms hold a goat roping from now on?!!







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Pat + Tara Wedding I was super excited when Pat contacted me and said he and Tara wanted me to take their wedding photos. Their wedding was to be at one of the coolest little hidden treasures in the state of Wyoming, so I was all over it. The Ayer's Natural Bridge is located just a little past the town of Douglas along I-25. The first time I had ever gone was for a field trip for school, and I knew I couldn't wait to go back. 

When we arrived, Pat and his groomsmen were setting up the ceremony site. Little wooden benches were handmade by he and Tara, for their guests to sit on. Tara was getting ready, as they had not seen each other since the day before. The ceremony was small and very intimate, and I could feel so much genuine love between the bride and groom. When Pat and Tara said their vows to each other, they also gave their girls vow necklaces to show their commitment to their little family. 

After the wedding, (the groomsmen had to change my flat tire!! UGH HUGE shout out to them btw....) guests loaded up and headed back east to Lusk, where a fun BBQ and bon fire was held at the couples home. Dancing, drinks, cake cutting, and tons of laughs were heard well into the night. 

Such a fun day, and definitely one of the most laid back weddings I've ever been to!

Congrats again you guys!! I have the best couples I swear!!


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mommy and me Sometimes I need to be creative, and not have any expectations from a shoot. I asked my friend if I could do some photos of her with her littles, and she didn't hesitate to 'help' me out, even though she was the one really helping me. 

I needed a break from the kids, the baby, and husband demanding my attention. When Wyoming comes out of winter, and the green returns in the spring, I can't even describe the feeling it gives. It's a breath of fresh air, to say the least.

The kids didn't want to pose (and I love that anyways) and the wind was blowing, which at first was discouraging, but then we went with it........and magic happened. 

I hope you enjoy!




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Clay + Jenelle Wedding It couldn't have been a more beautiful wedding day for Douglas, Wyoming couple, Clay and Jenelle. The forecast earlier in the week was calling for rain, but the big gray clouds all made clearance just in time.

Clay and Jenelle went to grade school and high school together. They both showed in FFA/4-H and their families knew each other pretty well, although Clay and Jenelle were not close while growing up. After graduating high school, Jenelle moved away for several years. Upon her return she became close friends with his sister and re-met Clay. They became fast friends, and after about a year of friendship they started dating.

When I initially visited with Jenelle about their day, she told me it was going to be an elegant, black and white themed wedding, complete with a three string quartet, and that they had been taking dance lessons so they could do the waltz for their first dance as husband and wife. I was excited to do something a little different this time around unlike my usual rustic cowboy weddings.

When me and my second shooter, Ashiley, arrived, we set up and got to work. Clay and Jenelle's wedding party, as well as their family, were nothing short of a complete blast to be around, and belly laughs were a staple throughout the day. You could definitely feel the love they had for each other, and the love they shared with their family and friends. 

It truly was the perfect day <3



Vendor List:

Photographer//Lacey Dale Photography, Lusk, Wyoming

Wedding and Reception Venue//Ruthe James Williams Center, Wyoming State Fairgrounds

Flowers//MOB and A Fresh Attitude Floral, Douglas, WY

Catering//Stephanie Prado, Douglas, WY

Bar//Liquor Cabinet Douglas, Wyoming

DJ//Uptown Sounds Rapid City, South Dakota

Cake/Cupcakes/Home Bakery, Douglas, WY

Hair/Makeup//Holly Underberg, Douglas, WY

Ceremony Bridal Gown//Ceremony Gown: Atelier Pronovias 

Reception Bridal Gown//Reception Gown: Badgley Mischka   




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Pat + Koni Engagement After a both of us being super busy last fall, being pregnant with our fourth baby, and this crazy Wyoming weather, I was starting to think I wouldn't get Koni and Pat's engagement session done before their wedding this summer!

I offer a complimentary engagement session to all my couples who have a booked wedding with me for a few different reasons.

1. It gets those jitters out (for BOTH of us)

2. I really get to KNOW my couple.

3. I find out what poses work, and which ones don't before the big day :)

We've lived in Wyoming for three years now, and every May it has snowed; but only AFTER it's been 70* for two solid weeks and are so happy to see spring finally arrive. So what do you do when it snows 12 inches a few days before an (already rescheduled about 3 times session)? You EMBRACE IT!!

So many laughs happened for it being too early in the morning :) My favorite was when the Texas boy got stuck in all the mud. Don't worry he was able to get out before we had to call for help hahaha!




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Garett NCHS '17 As I come to my  last senior for 2017, I am letting you all know that I'm now booking 2018 (can you believe this??) NOW!! I've got some already booked, so if you'd like to get scheduled, contact me ASAP!! As we all know the summer tends to fly bye......... ;)


When Garett's dad contacted me about doing his senior session at their family's ranch, I was all for it. One of my most favorite things about photographing all these beautiful people, is getting to drive all over the place to do it. He said they lived at the end of the earth, and I laughed. Until I actually drove to their place, and realized he wasn't kidding.....haha.

The drive was beautiful, until the ground lightening started, and then I was sure we should reschedule, but I was already half way to the ranch, and in this part of Wyoming, cell service is iffy at best.  So when I arrived we waited it out and I'm so glad we did! It turned out to be a gorgeous evening!

Garett is the son of Ken and LeAnn Dixon. He plans to attend Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming this fall. Garett participated in basketball, golf, FFA, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He enjoys playing his guitar, hunting, and woodworking.  

Best of Luck to you in all you do Garett!! 


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Jasmine NCHS '17 Living in a small town, can be hard for me as a photographer who takes senior portraits. The class sizes are just a lot smaller than if I lived in a city; but I would gladly take on a smaller clientele if they are all as sweet as the seniors I had this year! What a great group of kids!

We had to break Jasmine's session up into two different days because of the weather, and I'm so glad we did because she is a stunner and I loved photographing her! She rocked her session, and with a smile like that she will go SO far in life <3 What a beauty!!


Jasmine Christianson is the daughter of Shelly Larson, and Kelly Christianson.  She will be attending Casper College in the fall.  Jasmine has competed in volleyball, basketball, and track during her school years, and she was also the wrestling manager at NCHS.  She loves anything that includes sports.  

Best of luck to you, Jasmine!!



(Lacey Dale Photography) wyoming photographer, lusk wyoming, wyoming senior photographer, travel photographer, niobrara county high school Thu, 18 May 2017 17:19:44 GMT
Isaiah As I sit here and type this, I can hardly believe that we are over halfway through the month of May.  At this ridiculous rate of speed, it will be Christmas before we know it!!

I'll be blogging my Niobrara County High School Seniors for the next few days in preparation for their biggest accomplishment so far!! Graduating HIGH SCHOOL!!!  


I'll never forget when I met Isaiah for his session, his dad had mentioned that he was super nervous.  Well he could have fooled me!  We had such a great time, and he was such a natural in front of the camera :) A big CONGRATS to you Isaiah!!  You will go SO far in life  :)


Isaiah is the son of Joel and Pam Richardson.  He plans to attend Frontier School of the Bible, in La Grange, Wyoming this fall.  Isaiah is the President of National Honor Society, a member of the Student Council, a track and field athlete, and was a member of FBLA his freshman year.  


Some of the things Isaiah loves are swimming, being with people, throwing the shot put and discus, and playing softball.  








(Lacey Dale Photography) wyoming photographer, lusk wyoming, senior photographer, travel photographer Wed, 17 May 2017 19:49:50 GMT
Branding Season IT'S BRANDING SEASON!!!

Let those words sink in for a minute.....


To a cowboy, (or a cowgirl) those are some of the sweetest words one could say....It means a long hard winter is over.  It means he/she gets to reap the benefits of what he's sown.  It means a time of fellowship with some of his/her greatest friends.  It means kicking those mamas and their babes out to fresh green grass.  It means a sigh of least for a little while.  

These are just some of the things that come to mind when the words branding season are said.


Trust your neighbor, but brand your cattle.... ;)

Happy Branding Folks! 








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Wedding Season & Blogging Wedding season is upon us, as ladies from all over are showing off their sparkly new rings they received for the holidays.  When I started in my photography journey, weddings were not something I ever fathomed of doing.  I used to do hair for a living, and when I had a wedding booked, it was almost too much anxiety for me to do a bride's hair, because oddly enough, it would be in her photos for the rest of her life!!

And now,......well look at me, I take the photos....which will more than likely be far more important than any hair do or make up job that bride had done!

Wedding Photography is something I've really grown to love.  I love how excited the bride and groom are to see each other, I love watching them take their vows, I love telling their story the way I see it, and want them to remember it.  I've been blessed so far with amazingly laid back couples, that are in the moment, and don't want to have to worry about anything. That's what I'M there for :) Blogging seemed like such a scary thing for me to try to accomplish too, but this year I'm going to conquer it! I want to share all these beautiful couples! I don't want them in hiding any longer!! so be prepared <3

Here's a few of my favorite photos from a wedding I did last summer, when it wasn't snowing....

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Project 365 I've been thinking about this for awhile, and just never thought I could get my words out in a way that anyone would care to understand...

It's New Years and how many times have you heard 'I won't do this anymore', or 'Things will be different for me this year'.... 'I am going on a diet'.... 'I vow to let this go'?? We hear it every single year. 

Maybe 2017 will be the big year for you, and maybe it will end up being the worst year of your life. That is the beautiful thing about this life. We cannot predict what the future will hold. I know for my little family, this year will at least be a huge adjusting year, with the arrival of a new babe. 

The real kicker for me was this morning at church. Despite it being so hot in the room, I thought I was going to pass out, (LOL) I took away some great thoughts from our Pastor. We were in the book of Job, and he very sternly, but lovingly, told his congregation that, "In order for you to truly know who you are, you MUST first know who God is." 

This struck me. It brought tears to my eyes. And made a pit in my stomach. I am guilty of saying and thinking that I know myself so well, what makes me tick, when truthfully, I don't think I do. I want to have a better relationship with God, but I've got to see Him in things that I normally would bypass, because life just gets too busy. I need to slow down, and work on that relationship a little more, because in the end....that's all that's going to matter.... 

I've decided I'm going to do a Project 365. What is that you ask? Well the concept is simple. You take a photo for one entire year. That seems to be a pretty easy task, considering everyone has a cell phone with a decent camera on it anymore, but I am going to (TRY) to do this with just my 'big girl camera'. Lots of photographers do this project, and I've heard it helps them by leaps and bounds. My hopes through this little journey, is to honor Him. I hope He shows and teaches me new things throughout my everyday life (even more so than He does now) that make me stop in awe of what He has done, can do, and is to me. 

I'll be sharing this daily, God willing, and I hope you'll follow along <3

Here's my first photo for January 1, 2017. 

Happy New Year Friends <3 ldp


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