A couple months ago, I had the pleasure of going to the beautiful island of Oahu. While I did get to relax and soak up the Hawaiian sun (a little too much actually), I traveled there to photograph the wedding of Nikki and Rickie. Nikki found my work when I she saw the photos of Jennifer and Daniel’s Australian wedding and she called me up and told me how she loved the moments I captured and told me she’d be thrilled to have me as her photographer. So in June, a took a flight over to the Hawaii and then drove up to the North Shore of Oahu to capture their special day. As soon as I met her at the venue, I knew she was awesome because one of the first things she did was compliment my pokemon stickers on my laptop and told me how much Rickie loved pokemon too. I knew I had hit the jackpot as far as clients go. I wasn’t wrong, the entire day went so amazing and we got along so well. Nikki and Rickie let me steal them away so many times to get some awesome portraits around the stunning venue and Nikki and Rickie’s ceremony was so genuine and emotion filled. I’ve been waiting to share these images with you for so long and I’m glad that moment is finally here. Enjoy!

 

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As many of you who follow me in Instagram know, I recently went to Oahu to photograph a wedding. I got there a couple days before the wedding to relax and enjoy paradise. I decided to reach out to some models on the island and see if they wanted to shoot. I got in contact with Nieshia and we hit off right away and started coming up with some ideas. We both decided we wanted to do our shoot in the rainforest since I had only been once before 3 years ago and she had never been. So we hiked (and I really do mean HIKED) through the steamy, muddy, mosquito filled rainforest to the stunning Monoa Falls. It was worth every drop of sweat and mosquito bite. We ended up getting some OUTSTANDING images at the falls and we even had a little audience of other hikers as we shot. Afterwards, we hiked back to our car and quickly drove to a beach to get some shots right as the sun was setting. Our timing was perfect and we managed to get the beach we had all ourselves. Here are the results of our shoot. Enjoy!0G8A92770G8A92890G8A93410G8A94280G8A93880G8A95580G8A96050G8A96740G8A97390G8A97880G8A99340G8A99770G8A01540G8A02080G8A04670G8A03170G8A03150G8A03440G8A0526

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I’ve known James pretty much my entire life. I grew up with his family and his brothers are my best friends. I’ve seen him grow up from the “annoying little brother” to someone I now call one of my good friends. When I first met Paige, she was SO incredibly nice to everyone she met and it seemed like she had always been friends with you. It just seemed so natural for James and her to be together too. They love being goofy, love to laugh at all times, and compliment each other in every way. I was so thrilled to hear of that they recently got engaged and I was even more excited when James got a hold of me and said “Paige pretty much wants no one but you to photograph our wedding, so I hope you’re free.” (I love hearing stuff like that). Luckily I was still free for their date and then we started figuring out where to do their engagement session. James suggested Santa Cruz since our families had grown up going to camp in the Santa Cruz mountains every summer and him and Paige love the forest and to go hiking (James proposed to Paige while on a hike in Big Sur). I, of course, said yes since I love the mountains plus I knew we could go down to the beach afterwards (one of the really cool aspects of Santa Cruz). So the pictures below are the results from our day trip to Santa Cruz. Enjoy!IMG_0577IMG_0628IMG_0726IMG_0570IMG_1040IMG_0858IMG_1024IMG_0878IMG_0943IMG_1064IMG_1403IMG_1107IMG_1342IMG_1477IMG_1523IMG_1531IMG_1576IMG_1655IMG_1697IMG_1741IMG_1759IMG_1777IMG_1811IMG_1829IMG_1980IMG_1913IMG_1888IMG_1947IMG_2009

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Some of you may or may not know, but I LOVE the desert. I love the landscape, the weather, the eerie silence, everything. So naturally I also love Palm Springs. I get the beauty of the desert, but the comfort of air conditioning. So when I met with Julianna, we were trying to figure out where to do her engagement session and she said ” I want somewhere really different. Something opposite of the valley.”, I knew right where to do it. So one beautiful weekend in March, we drove down to the land of windmills, sand, and resorts and did an amazing engagement session. Julianna and Allen decided to stay at the GORGEOUS Ace Hotel. So we after braving the windy desert, we got to go and shoot around the grounds at the Ace. It should also be noted that it started POURING half way through our session. Luckily, we were back at the Ace and not out in the middle of the desert, so we were able to make it work. I love having unexpected things like that happen though, it makes get out of my comfort zone and makes the session more memorable. I’m so lucky to have clients that love me and trust me enough to shoot in the pouring rain. I hope you enjoy the results! Enjoy!IMG_6152IMG_6183IMG_6262IMG_6407IMG_6300IMG_6456 copyIMG_6664IMG_6523IMG_6803IMG_6838IMG_6922IMG_6994IMG_7014IMG_7154IMG_7210IMG_7350IMG_7386IMG_7469IMG_7534IMG_7552IMG_7572 2IMG_7614IMG_7672IMG_7702IMG_7746IMG_7758

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With it being Mother’s Day weekend, I figured it was appropriate to blog the latest delivery I got to photograph. Danelle and Daniel are 1st time parents and I got to photograph them just a few weeks ago during Danelle’s maternity session. Before I knew it, 3 weeks had passed and I officially on baby alert. At 2am on April 25th, I got the text from Daniel letting me know that Danelle’s water had broke and they were on their way the hospital. So I headed over at about 8am and started documenting the labor process. Danelle was VERY calm throughout her labor. Danelle’s mom and her mother-in-law were BEYOND encouraging, cheering Danelle along the whole way and giving her words of comfort. It’s always so special to see mom’s supporting their daughter during baby deliveries. There’s an unspoken bond that only moms can understand when they see another woman giving birth. They know every feeling, every emotion, the intensity, and the excitement. It’s a full circle moment when a mom gets to see her own daughter give birth to a child all their own. Being in the room and capturing these moments is probably one of favorite things I get to photograph. Danelle conquered her delivery like a true champion and before we knew it,  Baby Cooper was born! Happy, healthy, and with a head FULL of hair! Everyone was just so excited for the moment that they all had been waiting 9 months for. Every time I do a delivery I end up crying at some point because the pure joy, excitement, and love in room is just so contagious, you can’t help but catch it and get caught up in such a special moment with everyone else. I’m so happy I got to be there and capture for special time in this new family’s life and I can’t wait to photograph Cooper’s newborn portraits. Enjoy!IMG_5168IMG_5138IMG_5145IMG_5163IMG_5172IMG_5132IMG_5274IMG_5291IMG_5351IMG_5293IMG_5399IMG_5411IMG_5430IMG_5386IMG_5444IMG_5491IMG_5505IMG_5512IMG_5534IMG_5536IMG_5554IMG_5570IMG_5588IMG_5592IMG_5600IMG_5631IMG_5609IMG_5660IMG_5740IMG_5668IMG_5701IMG_5704IMG_5717IMG_5714IMG_5721IMG_5781IMG_5795IMG_5800IMG_5831IMG_5865IMG_5869 2IMG_5932IMG_5946 copyIMG_5977IMG_5989IMG_5995IMG_6064IMG_6069IMG_6107IMG_6110IMG_6112IMG_6115IMG_6119IMG_6122

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