December 9th, 2013
My grandfather always wanted to drive a Winnebago across the country. Apparently it was something that he talked about a lot, even though I can’t even begin to imagine my grandparents rolling up to Yosemite in a motorized living room. It was something that he had planned on doing when he retired, when there was time to do that kind of thing. But he had a stroke at 64 and lived the rest of his years in a nursing home, confined to a bed. Not that my grandfather didn’t have a million adventures, but I always found it so sad that this one went unrealized. It always seems like there’s going to be time to do these things, no? We work hard now, reap the benefits later. But, as morbid as it sounds, we’re not guaranteed later. So I plan to live, all out, now.
If we’ve ever met, you probably know that I have a special affinity for France. The food, and the wine, and the language, and the culture. It’s my place and I try to get there as often as I can. My dream is to live there, but just picking up and heading out isn’t really an option, at least not now. So, we’re going to go test it out. We’re going to leisurely walk the streets and only eat one dinner a night because we don’t have to squeeze twelve restaurants that I’m dying to try into seven nights. We’re going to relax, with no projects and no renovations. We’re going to walk through the Louvre, and maybe not just hit the major attractions, maybe stroll to see it all. We’re going to sit at cafes and maybe spend an entire afternoon with a cafe au lait. We’re going to reset from one of our busiest years yet. And we’re going to live. Maybe it will get the living abroad bug out of my system. Or maybe it will become more clear that we should figure out how to do it for real. But I never want to regret waiting, I want the adventure.
Getting everything to line up so we could make it happen hasn’t been easy, but I could absolutely not be more excited to spend six weeks with my love in the country that I adore! So, heads up for my dearest clients… if you’ve been finalizing image selections for albums, or are thinking of ordering prints, or need anything at all image related from me before February 1, please let me know ASAP. I’m going to be finishing up everything in my office by December 15, and won’t be returning until February 1. I will definitely be available for emails and chats, but I won’t be bringing all of the hard drives and whatnot with me. For new clients, I will be available by email, and would love to Skype or Face Time with you about your wedding, just shoot me an email!
There will be lots of pictures I’m sure, and I’ll be back with some pretty images of my place. Can’t wait to share it with you!
December 4th, 2013
December 3rd, 2013
November 14th, 2013
I can’t believe it’s been an entire year since I’ve hung out with Nicole, Bobby, Jordana, Cameron, Ryan & Quinn. Where does the time go!? Jordana is spunkier than ever, one of the most composed and thoughtful nine year olds I’ve ever met. Cameron is so funny, such a cool little guy! Ryan is everywhere, so much energy and has one of the msot incredible smiles. And little Quinn, those cheeks are as fabulous as ever and he now as so much hair! So much amazing hair on these kids! Each of these kids is so different, but every one of them is so great, so well-behaved and so helpful. I don’t know how Nicole & Bobby do it, but they’re doing it amazingly well.
Last year we shot their session at home, but this year we ventured out to Malibu for a little day at the beach. The warmest November day we’ve had since I’ve lived in LA and the beach was PACKED, the water was warm (well, as warm as it gets) and the sun was bright. We played in the sand and surfed on the rocks. It was a lovely day with one of my favorite families!
Nicole, Bobby, Jordana, Cameron, Ryan & Quinn – It was my absolute pleasure to see you all again! The six of you are so great and it has been so wonderful watching your family grow. Enjoy this years’ set!
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November 13th, 2013
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November 5th, 2013
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October 22nd, 2013
Approximately one million years ago, Carey & I freshman at Wake Forest University. It’s a small campus, and we lived in the same dorm, but we likely would have just passed each other in the hallways during our time there, maybe sat across from each in a class or two. But in January, we were lucky enough to pledge the same sorority. So, instead of passing each other on the quad with that vague sense of familiarity, Carey became my sister. We spent three years together, dancing at formals and singing at recruitment and drinking really really bad champagne. It was one of the most amazing and ridiculous (see the photo below for a little peek into that) times in my life and I’m so happy to have Carey a part of so many of those memories.
But a decade has quickly passed me by (what!?), and I’m so so so bad at keeping in touch. So when I saw her name in my inbox I nearly fell out of my chair. She’d met a wonderful man and was getting married. She wanted me to come to Virginia to doucment it all and I was so incredibly thrilled! Done & done.
Carey & Brian were married at the Westfields Marriott, a gorgeous hotel in Chantilly, Virginia. The leaves are just changing and the yellows & oranges & reds absolutely took my breath away. The hotel perfectly embodies that perfect southern grace & charm and it was such a lovely backdrop for their sweet ceremony. They were married under these beautiful trees, just starting to change their colors. Their reception was one of those perfect dance parties, with guests on the dance floor all night long. It was so much fun, and Carey & Brian were absolutely brimming with excitement and happiness!
Carey & Brian – Congratulations! I am so happy for the two of you and I am so honored to have been there to capture it all. Thank you so much for your hospitality and your trust. It was an incredible day and we had so much fun! I hope that Jamaica is wonderful and that you’re relaxing so hard! Congrats!
October 12th, 2013
October 3rd, 2013
October 2nd, 2013
It’s so easy to get all caught up in the hoopla of a wedding. I mean, I loved the details and the months and months of planning, I really did! But deep at the core, a wedding is the beginning of a marriage and I think that can often get overlooked. That’s why I love elopements so much. It’s the wedding day with all the stress, all the details and all the hoopla removed to leave only the absolutely most important part… two people, their love for one another and perhaps a few close family members.
Kerry & James did just that at the Santa Barabara Courthouse last week. Two people, so absolutely head-over-heels in love with each others (seriously, you could feel it!) and their five incredibly well-behaved and amazing children. They drove in from Utah to tie the knot at one of the most beautiful courthouses I’ve ever seen. We walked the grounds, found a perfect little corner for an intimate little ceremony and, after four years together, Kerry & James were married. It was so perfect and I am so happy to have been there to document it all!
Kerry, James, Julia, Kayla, Taylor, Olivia & Jaxson – Watching your family become one was so beautiful, and I feel honored to have been a little part of it. So many congratulations on the beginning of this new journey together… I hope it’s full of fun, love & lots of laughter!