Well, 2021 is already over. While 2020 was a year of wedding postponements and cancellations, 2021 was a year of "We don't want to wait anymore" with a lot of weddings and also bigger celebrations of elopements that had already happened in 2020. Actually, about half of my couples this year were already legally married! Lots of engagement sessions, and some family and maternity sessions sprinkled in. It's so cliché, but gosh what a cool job to witness the most beautiful moments in people's lives...
Growing up in Simi Valley, I can't count how many times I had a field trip or other reason to visit Strathearn Historical Park. Simi Valley and most of Ventura County was originally all ranches and very small towns, so the historical park pays tribute to that in having original houses and buildings from the 1800s and 1900s. Many buildings have ended up moved to the property to be preserved, such as the St. Rose of Lima church building, where Jordan (the bride) waited before the ceremony. The bar..
Kayla reached out to me about doing a couple's session with her boyfriend Brandon to celebrate their relationship. Kayla was nervous about their session because they had never had professional photos done before, which is really NOT uncommon! There's this misconception that if you don't know what to do your photos are going to be awful, but the truth is most people and couples that I work with have never had professional photos done, or modeling training. The best photos that I take are when you..
Gone are the days of “elopement” meaning running off to a Vegas without telling anyone to secretly exchange vows. The term “elopement” is now commonly accepted to mean a non-traditional, or small scale wedding. These were taking place far before Covid-19 restrictions and “micro weddings” which gained popularity in 2020. While some couples have always planned for an elopement or smaller scale wedding, many were more or less forced into it because of the restrictions Covid-19 has imposed on weddin..
I finished my first ever full month of a Project 365! If you aren’t familiar, a Project 365 or “365” is a common photography project in which photographers attempt to create one photo a day for an entire year. Another common one is a Project 52, which is one photo per week, usually under a certain theme and with a bit more planning and thought than just a day to day 365.I’ve started this project a couple times in the past but always ended up feeling either uninspired or overwhelmed. Luckily this..
It feels like a lifetime ago that I did this engagement session in Venice Beach. It was the early part of March, before Safer at Home, before stores and restaurants closed down, before things got as bad as they are now. It's just such a weird feeling to be posting these and looking at them now. But we soldier on right? I find that blogging and working on images, even just doing home photography now while we are staying inside is helpful to being able to feel "normal". And love and joy and happin..
It's always exciting to me to be able to photograph old friend's that I haven't seen for a bit. Especially when they're HAVING A BABY. It's been ten years since I graduated high school (Santa Susana High School Class of 2010). And in those ten years many of my friends have gotten married, moved away, had babies, are having babies, etc. So to be in a profession where I am able to see these lovely people again and be there to witness these special moments, is something I am so grateful for. L..
Oh gosh, is this my first blog post of the year? Apparently so. Well, at least it's a really really good one! Laura and Rob got married on 2-22-2020 (Uh yeah, best wedding date ever I think) at the Madera Kitchen in Los Angeles. They began their day getting ready at the Line Hotel in Koreatown, which is one of the coolest LA hotels in my opinion. I think you'll see why here from the view from their room. Their day was just chalk full of attention to detail in the best way, all their font matched..
As 2019 wraps up, I continue my tradition of a year in review blog post! In addition to showing off some work, and letting my clients know how much they all mean to me, it's really fun for me to look back and remember the special details of each of these days. I tried to consciously include photos other than bride and groom portraits, because although most any wedding photographer will you tell you that bridal portraits are our favorite to do, they really compose such a short part of the d..
I am so proud of myself to be sitting down blogging right now. Since becoming a Mom everything I set out to do takes about 10x as long, so honestly just having the photos sized and ready, and this tab open to be currently writing is a huge deal for me. AND I AM PROUD. I'm proud of my work, I've still been shooting gorgeous weddings, meeting amazing people, editing, and posting on social media (sometimes), but my poor website has really been set on the back burner. I'm still here! I'm still avail..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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