July 10th, 2014
Karin and I go way back. Way back. She’s been a bridesmaid in not one, but two weddings I shot over the past few years. (Melissa & Brook and Alli & Matt… it was so great to see you all!) She was always one the liveliest and most fun bridesmaids, always making my job so much fun. But last week she was my bride and it was so amazing to get to know her! She’s even more lively, even more fun and even more beautiful than I’d thought. And Doug got to marry her. These two, they are such lucky ones.
Karin & Doug met at work… he was her boss. I can only imagine how that all got started, but I’m so happy that it did. Karin & Doug are absolutely wonderful together, they make a great couple and their wedding day was nothing short of perfection. The were married under the trees at The Temecula Creek Inn, such a beautiful venue. Her brother officiated one of the most heartfelt ceremonies I’ve ever documented. It was sweet and funny and seemed a perfect representation of Karin & Doug as a couple. Each detail was impeccable, little treats everywhere you looked. But more than that, the warm and amazing welcome from every guests made me feel like we were attending an intimate gathering of the closest family & friends. It was truly a lovely day, and I’m so happy to have been a part of it!
Karin & Doug – I hope that the Maldives are treating you well and that you each have a delicious cocktail in hand. So many congratulations on a beautiful wedding and best wishes for the happiest of marriages. I am so happy for you both!
Venue: Temecula Creek Inn / Coordinator: At Your Door Events / Videographer: Forrey Films / Florist: Flowers, Etc / Hair & Makeup: Beach Bridal / DJ: Vox DJ / Cake: Cakes to Celebrate / Photobooth: Drunken Pixel
June 27th, 2014
June 26th, 2014
Two people couldn’t be more in sync with one another. It seems they’ve been following each other for most of their lives. Now, they are next to one another, standing side by side, as they take on this new life adventure together! These two, Michelle & Bryan, are so absolutely perfect for each other. Their wedding day will go down as one of my favorites, because it was so genuine. IT seemed to be a perfect representation of them, as individuals and as a couple. They have a beautiful respect for one another, an immense love for their families and true admiration for their friends. It was an incredible day, full of love and laughter and I couldn’t be more thrilled for the two of them!
Michelle & Bryan were married at Maravilla Gardens, one of my favorite little venues in Camarillo. It was the perfect backdrop to their sweet wedding. The Little Branch played off the soft nature tones of Maravilla with the most amazing florals and one of the most solid bridal bouquets I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting. On the longest day of 2014, we used up every bit of light we could and celebrated long in to the night!
Michelle & Bryan – so many congratulations! It was such a lovely day and I’m so happy to have been a part of it. Thank you so much for your trust and your ease, it was an absolute pleasure to photograph the two of you. I wish you nothing but the best in a long and happy marriage!
Absolutely loved their getaway car from Classy Chassis Rentals, it was perfect!
June 20th, 2014
June 11th, 2014
June 9th, 2014
I’ve known Jen for twelve years. Which seems insane to me. We were college roommates at Wake Forest and sorority sisters. There were many late nights, uncountable trips to Golden Corral (breakfast, break, lunch, nap) and innumerable cocktails. The stories we could share about each other are equal parts incredible and totally embarrassing. But suffice it to say, we laughed a lot, took care of each other and It was such an amazing time in my life, probably one of the best, and I have so many of those good memories attributed to Jen. Then we graduated, moved to new cities and started our lives as real people. It’s been almost ten years since I’ve seen her, but when I got her email that she was engaged, we picked right up where we left off!
Jen and Blake got married after ten years together. Ten years! They met in college and moved to Charlotte together after graduation. They are hysterical, they are kind and they are so happy together. They haven’t changed from the two amazing people that I knew ten years ago and I am so happy to reconnect with both of their lovely faces.
Since they’ve now claimed Charlotte as their home, the wedding was held at The Foundation For The Carolinas
in downtown Charlotte. This area is so incredible and has changed so much from my last visit, umm, 1990, when my family moved down to the coast. It was the perfect backdrop! And their vendors… I don’t think I’ve EVER been taken such good care of by a vendor team. Thank you so much I Do Wedding Consulting
and Queen City Catering
. If southern hospitality could just become world hospitality, the world would be a better place! Another sorority sister, Lily Greenthumb
, handled all of the florals and they were absolutely stunning!
Jen & Blake – It was so amazing to see you take this next step in your relationship. I am so honored to have documented it all for you and so thrilled for you both. It was such a lovely day! I wish you both nothing but the best and most incredible life together. So many congratulations!
While I was with the ladies, my dear Heidi Ryder was the gents.
May 20th, 2014
Los Angeles is such a big place, and it has so much to offer. It’s one of the things I love so much about it here, there are more interesting places than I’ll ever get to see. Having a reason to hang out in some of them is one of the things that makes my job so great. But, in all the years I’ve been shooting in LA, that’s six now, I’ve never once shot at the street light installation at LACMA. For such a popular place in LA, this seems kind of odd. So when Carissa & Jason suggested it, I was so excited! Seems like one of those shots an LA photographer should really just have.
Carissa & Jason are kind, and so sweet with each other. They really wanted their session to reflect their love of LA, and it’s vastness, so we started in the Venice Canals. It’s so lovely down there, and such an interesting part of LA! Then we headed over to LACMA to finish up as the sun was setting. It was PACKED there, but I love the images that we created. It was a great day!
Carissa & Jason – Thank you so much for an amazing tour of LA! It was such a great day and I couldn’t be more excited for your wedding! See you so soon!
May 13th, 2014
I’m always looking for ways to shake it up a little bit. It’s easy to shoot the same thing, the same way, over and over again. And honeslty, that’s part of my job… delivering a specific style of images, images that all have the same look and feel. I work hard to do that so my clients are getting images that they expect to get. But, to try something new, to stretch my legs a little bit, to get inspired… that’s part of my job too.
I’ve had an idea for a shoot, and my dear friend Jessi (who also happens to be a pretty amazing wedding planner!) was super in to it. I wanted it to be clean, simple… just a new mother and her daughter. I wasn’t really sure what we’d get, mostly, I wanted to play with lighting. So we tried all kinds of things. I experimented and tested and Jessi & Violet were absolutely the most amazing models. At the end of the day, I realized that I just love natural light too much. I turned everything off and kept it as simple as possible. And when everything else was stripped away, I just saw a strong, beautiful and amazing woman loving a tiny baby girl. And it made me so happy.
Jessi & Violet – Thank you so much for letting my practice on the two of you! You were absolutely the best and I adore you so much. Kisses to you both!
Tags: Baby · Children · Family
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