May 24th, 2013
May 24th, 2013
I was, literally, in tears during their ceremony. It was so sweet and amazingly heartfelt. Brittany cried. Stephen cried. Really, I think every person on that lawn cried, and I joined them. When two people are so passionate about joining each other for this journey, and they, without a doubt, know they are doing the absolute right thing… well, that’s just beautiful. And I couldn’t be happier that my job is document this day for them. To make sure that they see the things that might have flown past them. To make sure that they can see how full of joy they are. And so that they can see how happy their love makes the people around them.
Brittany & Stephen couldn’t have had a more perfect day. Amazing weather, the most darling little venue I’ve ever seen, and googly eyes for one another. My job was a walk in the park! Thank you so very much to Erica at Twine Events and Ala at Love Ala for the incredible second shooting!
Brittany & Stephen – it was the most lovely few days hanging out with the two of you! These words can properly explain how much I love the way you love each other. You both are such beautiful people on your own. Together, you are just amazing. It was an absolute honor to photograph your wedding.
While I was with Brittany, Ala walked across the street to check in on Stephen.
I nearly died when I saw these framed images. A teeny Brittany & Stephen in KINDERGARTEN!
May 17th, 2013
May 15th, 2013
And wedding season has begun! I couldn’t be more excited at the beginning of a new year. After a lovely little hiatus, it feels so good to be back to a full wedding day. The dress and the shoes and the flowers and the couples and the dancing, there’s really nothing quite like it.
I’m so lucky to start the year with Melissa & Gus. It was an incredibly beautiful day, an incredibly gorgeous venue and an incredibly delicious couple… it was all I could ask for! And the images, so many images. I’d originally flagged over 400 images for this blog post. 400! I’ve pulled it back in hopes that some of you will make it all the way through this post. But really, with the amazing work that Melissa put into every single detail, the food that was as gorgeous as it was delicious and a couple that is so clearly in love with each other… just, well, perfection.
Melissa & Gus – it was such a gorgeous day and I am so happy to have documented it for the two of you! I hope you enjoyed it as much as Ally and I did, and that you’re reliving all the beautiful moments on a gorgeous beach overlooking the ocean. So many congratulations to the two of you!
Melissa & Gus were married at Triunfo Creek Vineyard, but I met Melissa and her family at The Hotel Bel-Air for the getting ready shots. I’m not sure how I’ve gone eight years living in LA without making my way up here… will definitely be returning soon!
May 10th, 2013
I love New York City. Even though it gets a reputation for grit and harshness, I find it to be one of the most connected cities I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Perhaps because everyone is on the street together. New Yorkers aren’t separated by cars and houses. They’re packed in together on the train and stacked into their apartment buildings. And even though their eyes never really meet each others, it feels like a tight knit community. That, and the food. So.much.food.
One of my goals this year was to start shooting in New York. And many thanks to Nathan & Anna, it’s going to start happening in August when I shoot their wedding! I am giddy excited to be making this jump, and so thrilled that Nathan & Anna will be my first. See, I met Nathan a hundred years ago. Well, not really, but it feels like that. Nathan is a close friend of Jess & Josh, one of the very first couples that ever trusted me to document their wedding way back in 2009. When I met with Jess & Josh I didn’t even have sample albums yet. I was sure that they hated me and I was never ever going to be able to make it in this business. Then, Jess emailed me, I shot their wedding, and they’ve become two of our closest friends.
So, back to Nathan… Nathan was actually the officiant at their wedding! He was so warm and funny, a great human being. A few years later, over brunch, I met Anna. Anna is sweet and kind, also, an excellent human being. They are the most amazing complement to each other and I was thrilled when Jess told me they were getting engaged! And then sooo excited to get an email from Nathan about shooting their wedding. It’s a little bit full circle here kids, and I’m so happy to document this next union of two really incredible people.
Last week, as the sun was shining and the temperatures rising, I set off for NYC to shoot Nathan & Annas engagement session. I was nervous about the weather, checking daily as soon as Saturday came up on the thirty day weather forecast. I feared rain. I feared clouds. I feared storms. But we were blessed with four of the most amazing days IN A ROW that I could ever have asked for! The city is just coming alive and it was absolute perfect timing. The idea was to shoot a perfect day in New York City. So, we started in Central Park, and then headed down to Times Square where Nathans’ show Motown The Musical has just opened. (If you’re in the city, go go go go go see it. Was absolutely incredible!) I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Nathan & Anna – you two are, well, you’re just wonderful! The way you love each other is absolutely beautiful and I am so happy to document it. I had such a great afternoon with the two of you and I couldn’t be more excited to do it all over again in August! See you so soon!
May 8th, 2013
What young girl didn’t have a horse obsession? I think it probably starts with My Little Pony, encouraging us all to beg our parents for real ponies. As we grew into young ladies, our obsessions changed and somewhere along the way most of us lost that absolute love and adoration of these beautiful creatures. But Piper held on to that and has found her way back to riding recently. So, when I told her I was going to be in New York for a bit of work, and she told me she wanted to shoot a super special session, I was so excited. Then she showed me her Pinterest inspiration board and I nearly died. Fell off my chair, dead.
Some of you might remember the most beautiful Piper from her engagement session and wedding in November. Shooting her again was, well, a dream. And the lovely horses & their people at Brilliance Stables were, well, a dream. Guys, this was so special.
Piper, you are just perfectly wonderful in every single way. It was my absolute pleasure darling.
So, less words, so many pictures…
Tags: Equine · Portraits
April 9th, 2013
April 2nd, 2013
March 22nd, 2013
Tags: Engagement · Personal · Seeing The World
March 14th, 2013
When I buy pants now, they’re generally black, shiny, super tight & water resistant. When I buy new shoes, they’re multicolor, have some nice grip and lace up. And when I get dressed, I am the most comfortable person on the planet. What has happened to me!? I’ve become a runner without ever meaning to.
I’ll be out of the office through Tuesday, as I’m running my second half marathon in New York City on Sunday! It’s supposed to be raining and/or snowing, so it should definitely be interesting. Whereas the goal is usually to just be alive when I cross the finish line, I’ll be adding on the “not frozen” addendum to this particular run!
So, I’ll be a bit slow on emails and whatnot until I’m thawed out and back to SoCal on Wednesday. Thanks so much for your patience!