Descanso Gardens has always been on my bucket list of places to photograph at. The gardens are gorgeous anytime of year, but especially in the Springtime. Clarice asked for some garden location ideas and Descanso Gardens was the first place that came to mind. I love photographing weddings in Pasadena, something about the architecture and history is just incredible. We're lucky in Southern CA to have a few different gardens for weddings and engagement sessions, Descanso Gardens, the Huntington Li..
If you live in Southern California, you mostly like have "your beach". The beach that you like the most, the beach that your family went to growing up, the beach that has some attachment to it. For me, that beach is right by the Ventura Pier, right down the street from Main Street and downtown Ventura. Where I live in Simi Valley is pretty equidistant to either Malibu area or Ventura area, and Ventura just feels so much cozier to me. With its vibrant murals and historic architecture (hello..
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...
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..
I first worked at Reptacular Ranch in 2017 when it was just starting as a wedding venue. I had a few weddings with Vinny the sweet zebra before he passed away last year. I've seen the ceremony and reception area change after wildfires burned down almost the entire ranch a few years ago. It is truly one of my favorite venues because I always love seeing or hearing the animals. The couple's who get married at Reptacular have the option of incorporating the ranch's many animal friends into their we..
One of my favorite things about being a photographer is the opportunity to explore new places. It's just not practical for me as a Mom to randomly get in my car and drive an hour away to go walk around for a bit. So having clients who offer up suggestions of gorgeous places for their engagement sessions is always such a joy of the job. There are a few regular locations I use for engagement sessions around Simi Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area, but having new suggestions of meaningful plac..
Well here we are, what, five months later after my Part 1 blog post? To say that I don't know how it's already May 2021 is an understatement. Especially now that the world seems like it's all of a sudden just picking up again at lightning speed with the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines. It's a weird feeling, we all mourned the halt of the world and normalcy, but now that it is picking up again I know several people who are feeling anxious about how quickly we're being expected to just "go back ..
In other words: why should I hire a professional wedding photographer rather than using my friend or family member who will do it for free?Going into my own wedding at 21 (way before I was in the wedding industry myself), I was completely overwhelmed at the prices I was being quoted for wedding vendors. I had never researched pricing for myself beforehand, like I said I was barely 21! Honestly, my first thought as a college drop out who was completely overwhelmed was “I can find people to do thi..
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..
If you’re one of the couple’s who had their 2020 or 2021 wedding plans changed due to the pandemic, you certainly aren’t alone. And if you’re a newly engaged couple who is trying to figure out what the heck you’re going to do for your wedding in an increasingly uncertain world, this blog post is for you!Melanie and Aaron had their wedding booked at the Camarillo Ranch House, which is a gorgeous historical property and wedding venue in Ventura County in Southern California. I’ve done a couple wed..
October brought me three gorgeous backyard weddings to witness and photograph. Since Los Angeles and Ventura counties keep going back and forth on various restrictions, which has been so hard for both couples and vendors/ venues to navigate, many couples have chosen to use their own spaces to exchange their vows with just close family and friends. And you can't get closer than getting married in your childhood backyard in Simi Valley surrounded by loved ones. Because there were so many kiddos, a..
You know those various people from your past that hold a special place in your heart, even if you haven't seen them in years and years? Mady is one of those people for me. When I was a Senior at Santa Susana High School, Mady was a Sophomore, and we were in choir together. The choir we were in went to a few festivals, so we ended up becoming good friends through all our shared time together. We even went on a little trip to Big Bear Lake with some of our other choir friends. Mady also has a conn..
So apparently there's a fun thing in October for bloggers called "Blogtober" Clever, huh? The point is to try to publish a blog every day in October! And I will tell you right now, that is not going to happen for me with having a toddler. However, I do absolutely love October and there is so much that I want to share! So as with all things, I will just try my best. As I said, October is actually one of my favorite months, and last year celebrating Nolan's first Halloween and season was so extra ..
Michelle and Steven seriously knew how to roll with the punches. They went through a few different options for their wedding day, and then good ol' coronavirus came and really messed up everything. But as I always say (I really do by the way, I say this at every wedding) "The most important thing about a wedding is that at the end of the day, you're married." Everything other than that is really just fluff. Good fluff, magical dream fluff even, but it's not why we have a wedding (at least I hope..
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