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..
Monica told me "We just want to celebrate and gather with our friends and family after 2020. We just want to have fun". So they chose Enegren Brewing Company in Moorpark CA to have their wedding ceremony and reception. The Alley in Moorpark hosts Enegren Brewing Company and Lucas Sellars Wine, as well as Fire and Vice Pizza. The whole Alley participated, where guests could select their food and drinks while they hung out in the Alley. The groom wore traditional Scottish attire, and other guests ..
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..
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..
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'm very excited to be sharing this blog post today of a recent October wedding! The California wedding industry is so interesting, because we have weddings basically year round, there's no "off season" here. October, November, and December are just as busy as Spring and Summer! And for good reason, outdoor Summer weddings in Los Angeles can be pretty rough with high 90's weather, so it's nice to cool down a bit in the Fall. Not that this October wedding was really any cooler, it was in the high..
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..
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..
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..
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