Jen & Eric Wed

The Details

We've all heard the term "shit happens".  And sadly for Jen & Eric, ALL of the "shit" happened on their wedding day.  I was SO excited to photograph their Calamigos Ranch wedding.  However, as fate would have it, for the first time in my life, I came down with an incredibly severe (& almost life-threatening as my doctor's put it) case of pneumonia which caused me to be hospitalized for a month.  The month of Jen & Eric's wedding.  As I was sitting in my hospital room, progressively getting worse, I realized there was no way I was going to be discharged in time.  I cried.  I felt horrible to be missing their big day.  I'd never been late to, let alone missed a wedding prior to this hospitalization & the thought of letting them down broke my heart.  I had lost my voice from all of the coughing & was on oxygen, so I couldn't even make a phone call, but rather had to relay all of this information via email.  In the meantime I reached out to my amazing network of fellow photographers to find a replacement.  To my delight, my friend & mentor Jeremy Chou contacted me saying he was available & would love to help me out in this way.  I cried ... like literally bawling my eyes out.  I don't think I've ever been so overwhelmed & grateful knowing that these amazing clients were in such capable & talented hands.

Fast forward to their wedding day.  Jeremy gets into a car accident ... air bags & all, which totaled his vehicle.  After exchanging information, he literally uber'ed from the scene directly to the wedding venue!  Sadly there were issues with Jen's hair & makeup, florals, etc.  All of the details she had invested so much time & energy into weren't as she dreamed.  However, she's got a great attitude & outlook & at the end of the day they were happily married.

The Inspiration

For their 1 year anniversary, I thought it would be fun to put together a small styled shoot for this sweet couple.  I am so grateful for clients who are kind, compassionate & understanding & I wanted to give them something that would last a lifetime.  So I contacted a few of my wedding industry friends to see what we could come up with.  Thanks to the incredibly talented hair & makeup artist Emily Wright & our amazingly gifted florist Stacey Deutsch, we were able to provide Jen & Eric with a beautiful anniversary session! Hanger provided by the amazingly talented Jess.

The Images

Introducing "A Day in the Life" Sessions | Happy 1st Birthday, Whit & Corwin!

The Inspiration

Lately I've been noticing how much I love photographing life as it happens.  While I love gorgeously styled & perfectly posed portrait sessions, there are times when I long to be a fly on the wall & photograph life as it unfolds.  The good, the bad, the ugly.  The clean, the messy, the funny, the sad ... the moments that shape us into the people we are.  I want you to look back at your images & not just remember your wardrobe or the poses, but I want your photos to spark memories you shared with family, friends & loved ones.  This has led me to offering "a day in the life" sessions.  The purpose of these sessions is to spend up to 4 hours with you & your family documenting your day to day life.  These sessions are much more relaxed & intimate.  You may be spending a lazy morning snuggling with your little ones before making breakfast & then walking to the park.  Or you might be spending the day picnicking & exploring the zoo, followed by winding down at your favorite local coffee shop ... I'll basically be your paparazzi for the day.  I love finding beauty in ordinary, every day life.  My favorite memories aren't the most extravagant, but they're the quality moments being surrounded by love & the people I value most.

The Details

These adorable identical twins just turned 1!  And they also happen to be my nephews!  What better way to celebrate their first year than with some quality family time at home.  Our day began with Whit & Corwin waking up from their morning nap, snuggling some stuffed animals & enjoying some playtime in their adorable nursery.  Next, we got dressed & headed outside for some fresh fall air.  We crawled, we played musical instruments & some of us may have attempted to eat some leaves.  We finished up with lunch & one of our favorite books before our afternoon nap.

The Images

Rustic Ranch Wedding | Leo Carrillo Ranch House | Taylor & Saif

The Details

What I love most about weddings is the energy.  There's so much excitement & anticipation in the air that you can almost taste it.  This beautiful summer wedding in Carlsbad was the perfect start to Taylor & Saif's life together as husband & wife. 

The Location

This was my first time shooting at Leo Carrillo Ranch, but I had heard great things about this venue from fellow photographers & couldn't wait to see it for myself.  This spot is a gem & truly didn't disappoint.  It's somehow spacious yet intimate with some rustic charm mixed in.  The light here was absolutely gorgeous & there was a great cohesion of architecture & nature.  Just note that if you're terrified of birds like I am, there are peacocks who roam the venue.

The Images

Images taken while 2nd shooting for Taylor Kinzie

Romantic Engagement Session | Venice Canals | Jason & Angela

The Vision

As we discussed Jason & Angela's vision for their engagement session, they explained that they wanted something that felt fun & natural.  They wished for their session to show their personalities in an environment that felt romantic & candid.  Thankfully this crazy storm gave us a little window of time with no rain or wind which provided us with the perfect setting to capture the love they have for one another.

The Location

What I love about shooting at The Venice Canals is the color & character it brings to the shoot.  Each home has such personality, each bridge has it's own uniqueness, each dock has a different paddle boat, canoe or kayak.  And the lush plants provide a beautiful element of vibrancy & life.

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Montana Travels | Girls Trip

The Details

This trip is one for the record books.  The older I get, the more I learn how important it is to take time for yourself.  Getting super sick last year & ending up hospitalized for a month was a wake up call for me.  When we're feeling exhausted, burnt out, & in need of inspiration & motivation, be kind to yourself & take a day, a weekend, or whatever you can afford to be refreshed.  Your entire outlook on life will change when you give yourself a moment to step away from the chaos of life.  I used to think it was selfish to "take care of myself", however I'm learning that I am able to take care of others better when I do.  I'm more grateful & patient, I'm more kind & attentive, I'm more determined & focused.  If you haven't been to Montana, I highly recommend it!  The change of pace was so peaceful & serene, not to mention the landscape was absolutely breathtaking.  We were very ambitious this trip & decided that we wanted to see both Yellowstone & Glacier National Park.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the size of Montana & the distance between these two places, let me just say, it was quite a feat!  We spent several 12+ hour days in the car driving all over the state.  And while we may have been advised against it by those more familiar with the distance, we were SO glad we did it.  We were definitely exhausted by the end of the trip, but we made memories that will last a lifetime.  If I'm being honest, I don't even remember the last time I took a girls trip, but I will definitely be taking them more often!  

The Location

Literally EVERY time I told someone I was going to Montana, their immediate response was, "MONTANA??!!  What's in Montana??!!"  THIS is what's in Montana ... Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, wild horses, bison everywhere, wide open fields, hot springs, gorgeous golden light ... I could go on & on, but I'll let the pics speak for themselves.

The Images