Yearly Archives: 2013

Hey everyone! We only are a few short hours away from finishing another year! Can you believe it?

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This year has literally been a whirlwind. I cannot remember another year where the months just flew off the calendar. There were so many times where I thought of days or events that I thought were just a weeks ago and in reality were months ago. But the reason why it was fast was because it was the busiest year I have ever had, both personally and for my business.

I did 29 weddings this year as well as countless portrait sessions, maternity sessions, newborns session, and everything in between. I’m not trying to brag when I tell you all this, but at the same time I am. I’m not trying to be boastful, I am just proud of my accomplishments. Almost 5 years ago when I quit my regular job and decided to throw myself 100% into this thing called photography. I had minor skills and lots of hopes and dreams. When I first started there were many moments where I thought to myself, “What the heck are you doing. You are crazy.” and honestly, I’d be lying if I still didn’t think the same thing from time to time. But God has blessed me so much over the past 5 years and this year has been the absolute best year so far. I accomplished so many of the things I have wanted and dreamed of.

1. I got to finally leave US shores and go to another country for the 1st time in my life. Not only that, but I got to go to a different country AND shoot a wedding there. Something that I put out there at the end of 2012 as something to accomplish by 2015 that became a reality just a few months later. Holy. Moly.

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2. Shot the most weddings I’ve ever shot in one year. As I was meeting with couples in the early months of this year I never imagined it would grow to 29. I remember looking at the stack of contracts and thinking “What have I got myself into.” But by the time of my last wedding of the year in November, I looked back and realized, I didn’t just do it, but I did it well. I had the most compliments from my clients than I’ve ever had in past years. And on top of that, I worked with some of the sweetest and kindest clients I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I could not be more happy to be a part of all of their special days. It was truly an honor.

3. I got my own office. Not only, that, but my dream office. That is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I had imagined of having a space to meet clients and work from since I 1st started shooting in 2007. Never did I imagine I would find a space that would fit all my needs, be in a prime location, and incorporate all my design ideas.  I still walk into my office and just stand there in awe.  This is no longer a dream, but a reality. I still cannot believe it, I feel so blessed that words really don’t do it justice. I am just in awe of what God has provided me with.

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Like I said, I am not try to brag whatsoever. I am just in awe of what God has provided me with this year. I asked him to guide me in the direction he wanted me to go and he took me for the wildest ride ever (He will do that when you trust him). He will take you and provide you with so much more than you could have ever hoped for. Maybe this year did suck for you. Maybe it was your worst year ever. But you know what, you are here. You are here with us. You made it through another 365 days on this swirling blue planet in space. Your heart is still beating, your lungs are still taking in breath, and you have people who love you and care about you. We are about to start a whole another 365 days and we don’t know what’s going to be in store. But that’s one of the cool things about it. We don’t know. 2014 could your best year ever! Plan that trip you’ve always wanted to take, plan those goals that you’ve dreamed of, plan to be extraordinary, plan it to be your best. Don’t be discouraged if everything doesn’t go as you planned (it rarely does), but at least you put those ideas out there and who knows, maybe they could become a reality this next year.

I want to wish you you all the happiest of New Years. Here’s to another year of  blessings beyond our hopes and dreams.

-Scot

 

A couple weeks ago, I headed over to Santa Cruz to do Jiaan and Amanda’s engagement session. When I met them they asked if we could start at one of their favorite coffee shops in Santa Cruz, Verve. Since I love to go to any specific locations that my couple’s like to frequent, I said sure thing! I was expecting a little cafe on main street, instead I was greeted of a beautiful coffee brewery and cafe with tons of hanging lights and wide open windows. Amanda asked me if this was going to work and I said “Um, yes. Yes it will.” So they got a cup of coffee and we had fun shooting inside. Afterwards, we drove up Highway 1 and stopped at a super cool secluded beach and shot for a while. Afterwards we went to another beach and tried an idea that Amanda and Jiaan had that involved paper lanterns. We soon discovered that idea wasn’t going to happen when one of the paper lanterns caught fire and decided it probably wasn’t a good idea to continue. But we didn’t let it stop us and continued on. Overall, the day was just about perfect as it could get and I have been eagerly waiting to share these images with you. Enjoy!

 

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I absolutely love Fall. I love everything about it. The weather transitions from hot to cool and crisp. The late day light turns a deep gold and dances among the tree branches. The tress start their slumber for the long winter months by changing from calming greens to bright red, orange, and yellow. They then shed their branches into a beautiful carpet of color all over the ground. The sun’s travel across the sky becomes shorter and sullen hues overtake the skies. That’s what Autmun is all about, transitions. My creativity goes through a similar transition this time of year too. My ideas go from bright colors and sun drenched images to morose and contrasted images. I wanted to capture this transition  of creativity into an actual shoot. So I got together with my friend and model, Lynnae and we did a whole shoot with this theme of transition in mind. I hope you enjoy!

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Hey everyone! Since wedding season is over, I plan on catching you all up to speed on all the awesome sessions and wedding’s I’ve shot over the last couple of months. So stay tuned for many more photos up on the blog. I had the pleasure to work with Elin and Kevin last month. They are soon going to be parents to 2 baby boys. That’s right, twins! We did their lovely engagement session in their home city of San Francisco. They are expected to meet their two baby boys in early January and I can’t wait to meet them and take their very 1st portraits. Here are the results from the maternity session. Enjoy!

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Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I am planning on getting back on track to regular blog posts very soon.  I am back from my hiatus with Daniel and Sarah’s wedding from this past August at Pageo Lavender Farms. These two were such a wonderful couple. I took their engagement photos over a year ago, but their chemistry and love for each other stuck with me. As soon as I started photographing them on their wedding day, that chemistry  was ever present the whole day. They chose not to see each other before the wedding, but still wanted to talk to each other to help calm their nerves, so we tweaked the 1st look a little and they had a sweet and private moment before they said I do without seeing each other. During the ceremony they had such personal and beautiful vows for each other that neither of them ( or the guests) had dry eyes while they said their vows. The whole day was just full of joy and happiness. I was so honored to photograph this special couple and I wish them nothing but happiness. Enjoy!

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