I love my hometown, but I also love traveling and visiting new places. So when Kelsey told me she wanted to do her engagement session in So Cal because that’s where she and Jordan met, I was more than down. She told me that she wanted to go to Seal Beach where Jordan and her had their 1st date and then they were up for any other locations I had in mind. I have ALWAYS wanted to do a session at Griffith Observatory and I asked them if they were down and they were so thrilled I suggested it. So on a overcast Saturday, we went all around So Cal and took some great engagement portraits. Enjoy our results!

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It’s now officially busy wedding season for me once again. So I figured I might as well blog the wedding that kicked off my 2015 wedding season. I’ve worked with Kristin A TON over the years. She has amazing hair and makeup skills and has done almost all the makeup and hair for my fashion projects. She honestly helped me a lot when I was first starting my portfolio. From that point on, we went from being work partners to friends which is super cool. I was happy for her when she introduced me to Caleb. As soon as I found out he liked Star Wars as much as I did, then he was a keeper. I was ecstatic when Kristin was engaged to Caleb and even more thrilled when she asked me to be her wedding photographer. Since we had talked for years about her wedding would look like, I had an idea of what her wedding day would consist of and that alone made me excited. The day couldn’t have been more perfect for Caleb and Kristin and all their family and friends. Every detail Kristin planned went smooth as could be and their entire day was just full of love, ease, and stunning details. I’m so honored that I got to capture their special day and be a part of such intimate moments. Enjoy!

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Some of you might recognize Krystle. She is one of my second shooters and has helped at a lot of the weddings I’ve shot at for the last 2 years. She has such a cheerful and helping attitude when she works with me and that’s why I like having her around at weddings. I was so thrilled when she told me she was engaged last fall and I was even more thrilled when she asked me to be her wedding photographer for her wedding in 2016! Her and Rich are such a fun couple and said they wanted a really light hearted and romantic engagement session, so what better place to shoot but San Francisco. We spent the afternoon going around the city to some of their favorite spots and honestly just having a ton of fun. We also got some AMAZING macarons at Chantal Guillon, because macarons are Krystal’s favorite dessert and she wanted to use as “props”. In all honesty, it was just an excuse to eat cookies (any photo session where I get to eat cookies afterwards is a GOOD engagement session). Anyways, enjoy our results of that day while I go daydream about eating macarons.

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Lately I’ve had the opportunity to work with several designers on their lookbook collections. For those of you that might not know what a lookbook is, it’s an editorial shoot that features a designer’s latest collection that they’ve created. A lookbook shows the variation of the pieces in the collection, how they look on someone, and how each piece can styled for the customer’s reference. It’s a lot of fun to be involved in because you really get to be creative and come up with some cool stuff depending on what the designer wants for their collection. Sometimes the lookbook is more simple to really show off each piece, sometimes the designer really wants to tell a story for their collections so we do something more elaborate to create a world where the designer’s pieces live.

One of the lookbook’s I recently did was for Alyssa Nicole. She really wanted to create a story and wanted the lookbook to have a whimsical, dreamy quality. So we woke up early one morning and photographed her wearing her own collection in a dreamy backlit forrest. It was a lot of fun to experiment and create some cool effects to create a fantasy-like world for Alyssa Nicole.

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With all this beautiful weather and the time change, I felt it totally appropriate to post this family portrait session I did for the James Family a little while back in Santa Cruz. Here in California, most of the state doesn’t really get to experience true winter weather. We are luckily enough to have sunny weather and beautiful golden light almost all year round. So when Katie asked me to come to Santa Cruz and take some portraits of her adorable family at the beach, I really had no choice. I love how the James family’s fun and carefree attitude was captured in these portraits. Enjoy!

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