Hey everyone! It’s been a minute since I’ve blogged hasn’t it? This year was so incredibly busy with many adventures and amazing clients. Now that my busy season is over, I’m going to start blogging some of my favorite sessions and weddings from 2015. I’m kicking off my blog update with Matt and Maria’s mountain engagement session. Matt and Maria are one of my 2016 couples and we traveled up to the camp where they’ll be getting married next year and took their engagement photos. Since it’s off season for the camp, we had the entire place to ourselves and we got to explore all the trails. While taking their photos, we were treated to a special surprise. What looks like little orbs in some of the photos are actually thousands of ladybugs flying around! We were all in awe at the sheer amount of ladybugs we saw all over the forest trails (and on us). It’s said that ladybugs bring good luck, so it’s that’s true, then Matt and Maria have all the luck they could ever want. These are the results of our session. Enjoy!

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Ever since I met Tawny way back when she came to my high school and talked to us about her art and her fashion line, I knew one thing. I had to become to friends with this amazing young woman. Fast forward to now, me and Tawny have collaborated on countless shoots for her line Armour Sans Anguish and we both have grown so much as artists and as friends. As soon as I was introduced to Peter, I knew that he was not only a perfect fit for Tawny in every way imaginable, but also an amazing person all around. They really are perfect for each other and balance each other out in a way I rarely see now and it’s just magical to witness them together. So it was no surprise when Tawny called me one day to tell me Peter had proposed and they were finally engaged. I was so over the moon happy for them and was even more ecstatic when she asked me to take their engagement photos. This is how the actual conversation went

Tawny: So… me and Peter are engaged!

Me: Oh my god! YAY!! Congratulations! I’m so happy!!

Tawny: Thank you! And we would love for you to be our photographer for the wedding and to do our engagement photos. Would you please be our photographer?

Me: UM YES! Oh my god, I feel like I just got proposed to!

Which was followed by about 30 seconds of just straight laughter from the both of us.

Peter and Tawny decided that Palm Springs would be the best place for their engagement photos since they both love nature and the desert. I was more than happy to go out there since I had heard about the magical city in the desert known as Palm Springs and had been DYING to go out there for years. It did not disappoint. Everywhere I looked was a photoshoot waiting to happen. These two were beyond naturals in front of the camera because their love is truly cosmic and it was an honor to be around them and photograph their boundless love. You can see all the magic we created below. Enjoy!

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Well it’s finally here, the last part of my trip to the Great Down Under! After my trip to Australia, I flew over to New Zealand and met up with my cousin Ben. Ben is form LA, but while I was booking my trip a few months before the trip, I nonchalantly suggested he come with me. Before I knew it, he was looking at flights to New Zealand, booking said flights, and then all the sudden I had a travel buddy for my stay in New Zealand!

There are many similarities in culture with Australia and New Zealand and the differences were big and small at the same time (to me at least). To get an idea of the difference, I would say Australia is like Los Angeles and New Zealand is more like Seattle. Our 1st stop was Auckland, the bustling metropolis of the small island nation. It’s big city with a small town feel. Everyone we talked to was so kind and welcoming to us as we wandered the hilly streets. There are TONS of park where you hike up ancient volcanic cones (small volcanic cones but still challenging) where you can get great views of the city. After a few days in Auckland, we made our way to the middle of the north island to a place called Rotorua. Rotorua is FULL of volcanic activity. So much in fact there are giant sulfur pits in the public parks. Pillars of steam and the constant smell of eggs emit 24 hours a day. After being there for 24 hours, we got used to smell of egg and the small city on the edge of a giant lake was ours to explore. There were A TON of outdoor activities to do in Rotorua. We went to Hobbiton (where they filmed The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings), went Zorbing (being rolled down a big green hill in a GIANT inflatable hamster ball full of water), went zip lining through the rainforest where we learned all about the wildlife and animals of New Zealand (maybe one of the best things we did on the trip), and hiked the Tarawera trail to Hot Water Beach (where the hot springs pour in to Lake Taraweara). Again, I could go on and on about all the adventures and things we saw and experienced, but showing you is way easier. Enjoy a glimpse of the STUNNING little island country known as New Zealand!

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So it’s now time for part two of my trip to Australia: My stay in Sydney. Sydney was such a lively and vibrant city. It was the perfect balance of historic and modern. I loved just wondering up and down the streets and just taking in all the amazing architecture and beauty Sydney had to offer. Just a short train ride and then a quick bus ride away was Bondi Beach. The closest thing I could compare it to something stateside would be Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk except no rides, super clean, more surfers. Muralists have painted all the walls along the beach and they had THE COOLEST swimming pool right next ocean. It was absolutely beautiful. After a full few days of exploring Sydney, I hopped on a train and went to meet my new friend Elise, a local aussie, who wanted to show me something most tourist who visit Sydney don’t know about: The Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains are about an hour and half train ride from downtown Sydney out in the Australian “Bush” (aka: the wilderness). Elise was THE BEST tour guide and told me SO many amazing things about her country’s history, all about the native floral and fauna, and took me to all her favorite spots which of course were off the beaten path so we literally had KILOMETERS all to ourselves. They are called the Blue Mountains because of the blue gum trees that cover all the mountains. As you look out in the distance, the blue gum leaves reflect the light of the sun, making the mountains off in the distance appear blue. Cool, right? After we explored all the mountains had to offer, Elise made sure I got to try a proper Aussie pie at her favorite Bakery. Aussie Pie is very different from American pie. For one, they fill their pies with mince meat and a sauce I would describe as a barbeque sauce, but more tomato cased and not as smokey flavored. Elise told me I had to add Tomato Sauce (aka: Ketchup) to my pie which did make it quite delicious. I could literally go on and on about all my adventures and the beauty of New South Wales, but it’s better to show you a glimpse of what I experienced. Enjoy!IMG_0844IMG_4219 copyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_0788OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_4412IMG_0824IMG_0832IMG_4270 copyIMG_4268 copyIMG_4255 copyIMG_4305 copyIMG_4346 copyUntitled 15Untitled 8Untitled 23IMG_4402 copyIMG_4434 copyIMG_4446 copyIMG_4467 copyIMG_4479 copyIMG_4555 copyUntitled 5Untitled 7Untitled 11Untitled 14Untitled 24IMG_0867IMG_0920IMG_4589 copyIMG_4731 copyIMG_4790 copyIMG_4796 copyIMG_4820 copyIMG_4836 copyIMG_4867 copyIMG_4871 copyIMG_4877 copyIMG_4897IMG_4902 copyIMG_4925 copyIMG_4976 copyIMG_4962 copyIMG_4981 copyIMG_4992 copyIMG_5003 copyIMG_5005 copyIMG_5013 copyUntitled 25Untitled 26IMG_5033 copyIMG_5053 copyIMG_5066 copyIMG_5076 copyIMG_5084 copyIMG_5101 copyIMG_5105 copyIMG_5111 copyIMG_0925

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So after I shot Daniel and Jennifer Destination Wedding, I had the opportunity to explore the amazing little town Port Douglas and surrounding area. Imagine the quaintest little beach town you can imagine and put it right on the edge of a dense rainforest and you’ll get an idea of what Port Douglas looks like. It was one of the more unique areas I’ve ever been to full of amazing floral and dangerous fauna. The mangroves, basically a salt water swamp, were home to salt water Crocodiles and giant jellyfish.  The rainforest was FULL of plenty exotic animals and birds. We got to the Cairnes Wildlife Zoo and got to see all the Australian animals including dingos, salter water crocodiles, parrots, snakes, and my 2 favorites, Koalas and Kangaroos.

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After exploring the local land animals, it was time to head out to ocean and see one of the natural wonders of the natural world, The Great Barrier Reef. Now why I’m quite happy with these photos, they are merely A GLIMPSE of what I actually saw while snorkeling. There’s no real way to describe visually what I saw. The closest thing I could say it was like was flying over an alien world. Just seeing all the different types of coral was a experience, much less their surreal colors. But again, instead of describing, I’ll just show you.

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