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..
This macabre bridal inspiration session took elements from the Autumn season, Halloween, and the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos to create a seasonal off beat bridal look. Jen from Urban Marigold created this amazing fall floral bouquet, Rani from Beauty by Rani did the incredible skull makeup, and our black lace Halloween dress and flower crown are from... Amazon.com :) I'm so grateful to these incredible creative women who helped me to bring this idea to fruition. Links below!Florals:..
Before Sam and David were married in the Salt Lake City Temple in August, we took to the beach in Ventura for a pre-wedding bridal session! As I'm sure you're aware, there are no oceans in Utah, so having wedding photos done on the beach was important to Sam, being from Southern California. And of course I'm not one to say no to fun opportunities like this! We had planned a sunrise shoot, but I had completely forgotten about the thick fog layer that Ventura has until the afternoon. We definitely..
Cameron and Daniel are planning a December wedding at the gorgeous Camarillo Ranch House, and wanted an equally rustic and romantic location for their engagement session. I knew just the place! Corriganville Park on the very edge of Simi Valley is an amazing location that is always different at different times of the year! I did a bridal shoot here back in January (See Here!) so I had an idea of how it would look, but I was SO excited to find these gorgeous red flowers all around when..
What's better than an intimate backyard wedding on a balcony overlooking the beautiful hills and trees of Arroyo Grande, California? NOTHING. Ok, well maybe not nothing but backyard weddings are pretty high up on the best things in life list. Amanda and Anthony chose to be married at Anthony's parent's home in this beautiful town in San Luis Obispo County, California. There was lots of emotion, prayer, and so much love in this sweet ceremony. A local Arroyo Grande bakery made honey la..
Growing up in Simi Valley, I took several field trips trips to the Strathearn Historical Park and Museum nestled in Ventura County. This historical park holds buildings significant to the history of Simi Valley and the surrounding areas- plus it's insanely pretty with tons of awesome photogenic nooks and crannies. This summer wedding was "jammed full" of rustic DIY elements- hand painted signs, insanely cute homemade jam favors, giant outdoor lawn games, and an incredible photobooth setup for fu..
Shelby and Rob's Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding was a photographer's dream! I love venues that have that perfect mix of gorgeous lush foliage, and also super unique architecture. The Courthouse definitely has both! This sweet ceremony took place in the Mural Room, named for the gorgeous colorful murals of California's history. Their ceremony was short and so sweet, followed by a lot of time to explore the Courthouse and grounds and take advantage of it's incredibly unique and very Santa Baraba..
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