27 Favorite Photographs in 2017

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 ..

Autumn Elopement Inspiration Session at Vasquez Rocks

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..

Pros of First Looks

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..

Halloween Bridal Inspiration Session

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:..

Samantha and David's Ventura Beach Bridal Session

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's Simi Valley Engagement Session

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..

Amanda and Anthony's Backyard Arroyo Grande Wedding

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..

Lenae and Jarrod's Rustic Simi Valley Wedding

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

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..

Woodland Fairytale Styled Wedding Shoot at Reptacular Ranch

I have a lot to say about this styled elopement shoot at the gorgeous Reptacular Ranch in Los Angeles County, and I'm excited to be blogging it on this Monday afternoon. This shoot was planned and put together entirely by me (wedding planners- I have mad respect for you). It was so exciting to be able to do this in the winter here in CA while we had a lot of rain that made things so green and gorgeous. The only downside was that we had the worst storm in 10 years the day before our shoot was sch..

Tessa and Brian's Corriganville Regional Park Maternity Session

I had the privilege to photograph Tessa and Brian and their little one(s) in Corriganville Regional Park in Simi Valley. We had just had some nice rains the couple of weeks before so everything was still beautiful and green. This family was so fun to work with and their little boy had such a great personality! I love being able to photograph families in love!"A plane!"..

Christina and David's Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

These two chose such a fun and unique spot to take their engagement photos! The Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park Los Angeles is such an iconic place, and the architecture and views of Downtown Los Angeles made for some super fun photographic opportunities! These two were so fun to be with and weren't afraid to show off their love in front of some crowds visiting the Observatory. I'm so excited to shoot their wedding in a few months! Enjoy these photos of Christina and David!..

Queen of Hearts Styled Wedding Shoot at Hartley Botanica

This Alice in Wonderland inspired Romantic Tea Party styled shoot took place in Somis, CA at the beautiful Hartley Botanica Gardens and Nursery. This was a coming together of many wedding professionals in Ventura County, CA. The couple is a real couple who met through a shared love of swing dancing. We wanted to incorporate both the "tea party" theme of the bride wearing a tea length dress and quaint tablescapes, as well as the Alice in Wonderland "Queen of Hearts" theme- with her tiara a..

Natalie and Davey's Simi Valley Couple's Session

Natalie and Davey were such a joy to work with for this cuddly golden hour couple's session. What a joy to be able to photograph people in love. <3..

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