Hey all! I'm 39 weeks pregnant, no signs of baby yet. On the one hand: I'm pretty dang uncomfortable and annoyed. On the other hand: I have some free time to blog before he comes! This post has been in the works for awhile, and then my energy and focus took a massive dive the last trimester of my pregnancy and it got put on the back burner. But now I'm here!Heather and Patrick were my wedding clients in 2017. They were the sweetest, had such a beautiful wedding, and have kept in touch since then..
As the year closes I'm reflecting on everything that's happened in 2018, especially in regards to my business. And two thoughts keep coming to mind:1. I never in a million years expected to be on this path as of a few years ago.2. This path is hardI took my first photography class at 17. I loved it and never once considered it to be a career. I'm turning 27 next year (yikes) and I cannot believe how far I've come. From a Canon Rebel T3i to here, building a business and brand totally from scratch..
This amazing styled wedding/ bridal shoot took place over a year ago in November 2017 at the gorgeous MacArthur in Los Angeles. After patiently waiting- Bridal Musings picked up this shoot and published it on their blog recently! So now I can openly and proudly share these photos that I've been sitting on and dying to share with the world for so long! An incredible team of vendors came together to make this possible, mostly by the very talented Sabrina of Weddings By Sabrina who was the mastermi..
Lauren and Amber were married in June at Redbird LA in Downtown. They began at the Doubletree by Hilton across the street to get ready and then for the sweetest first look before walking over to Redbird for their intimate wedding ceremony with family and friends. Redbird is a restaurant in Los Angeles that features a private balcony for events (perfect for a small intimate wedding). Eventive Moments designed this reception space and provided the florals. Redbird provided the meal and the cake, w..
I am SUPER excited about this blog post, because it's something I've never done before! I get a lot of questions from clients about "raw/unedited" versus "edited" images. They often ask if I edit my images, what all that involves, and if they can have the raw/unedited images as well as the edited ones. And my answer to that last question is always "no". For the reason that photographers rarely if ever give out the raw/unedited images simply because they aren't a finished product. The truth is, o..
I did it! I blogged again! I am so blessed and happy to say that we are expecting our first child next January, which means I'm about 3 months pregnant currently. My first trimester has been a lot better than some, but it's also left me with some crazy fatigue that has really prevented me of doing much of anything, let alone blogging. So while thinking of that, and thinking about how overwhelming blogging was, I came up with a new solution. Blog more frequently, but with less images. Meaning, ju..
So fun fact: I had never been to Joshua Tree before this session. Joshua Tree is kind of a photographer's "bucket list" item, and so being able to go and do this shoot with my friend Lauren and her sweet son was an awesome experience! Also Lauren is a babe herself so we got to do some shots of her being a desert goddess while her cute little boy ran around and played on so many rocks. If nothing else, Joshua Tree is pretty amazing for rocks and rock formations. I don't like to do a ton of write ..
Excited to have this wedding up on the blog! Although my cat was not making it easy with her insistence on laying on my keyboard. She's a pretty terrible co-worker to be honest. Mackenzie and Jack had their wedding at The Oxnard Tower Club- which is such a cool venue. The Tower Club sits 22 floors up in the Morgan Stanley Building in Oxnard. It's views include the 101 Freeway, and the Pacific Ocean. Talk about gorgeous- especially at sunset! The staff is so sweet and the food is pretty amaz..
Happy Friday! We're
finally getting some rain here in Southern California. Rain always
makes me want to leave the house and go on crazy far away adventures. But since my car only has one working light, and my windshield wipers desperately need to be changed, and my tire pressure light just came on yesterday, here I am at the Starbucks down the street. And I
realized- I've NEVER done work at Starbucks before. I usually stay at
home to work, and I never really understood why so many peop..
So remember when I said I was going to blog every Friday all year? Me too. But hey, quality over quantity right? And it turns out quality involves going through galleries, choosing photos, formatting them for web, making diptychs of verticals, exporting, uploading, and creating a blog post. But you know what? It's worth it when it happens. Especially because I get to relive some awesome weddings all over again! And today's couple may look familiar. I did a beach session with these two cuties bef..
El Matador Beach is like the holy grail of beaches for photography in the Los Angeles/ Malibu area. Because of that there's always tons of other shoots going on no matter when you go- even in winter! But luckily there's enough prettiness to go around, and with some creative working around people, you can pretend like it's just you on the beach and no one else :) I was so excited when Jen wanted to do her maternity session here, as it's a beach that I really love anyway but then adding in some su..
It's such a weird feeling to be on the other side of the camera- being the model instead of the photographer. It's also a good feeling when it's to take pictures snuggling the love of your life. And it's an especially good feeling considering my husband does not love posing for pictures (which makes my life hard as a photographer). For New Year's Eve in 2016 we took a little road trip to The Grand Canyon, so for New Year's Eve 2017 we wanted to do something similar. I wanted to take Max to Zion ..
This was one of my first sessions in 2017! Natalie and Davey were so cozy and snuggly and it gave me all the warm feelings. Not like I needed warm feelings when our winters in California are about 80 degrees. But still! I really tried to get away from stiff posing last year, and lean more towards gentle guiding and then letting the couple just do their thing!I mean, how could I not choose this? Shawna and Derek are my best and closest friends, and I was so lucky to be able to use them as models ..
So many great things came together for this elopement inspiration shoot! A little backstory, when I went to Minneapolis to shoot a wedding in October, I went to the Mall of America and spent a ridiculous amount of time inside. While in the three story Forever 21, I found this white lace top on sale, and this shoot idea immediately came to me. Visions of the lace top, a bright red skirt, and a giant floral bouquet swirled in my head. And oh what a joyous day when visions turn into reality so perf..
I often hear brides ask for the pros and cons of first looks. So let me just say, I LOVE first looks. I love when my couple's do them, and I love them just in the general sense of being glad they exist.And here's 5 reasons (pros) why:1. You will be nervous before the ceremony. Both of you. First looks alleviate a lot of that tension, and allow you to focus more on the day rather than nerves.2. More time for photos! When you do a first look you open up time for family and bridal party photos that..
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