Romantic Outdoor Wedding | Coto De Caza | Rees & Kelly

The Details

Rees & Kelly's story is so sweet.  The two met when Rees' family moved onto Kelly's street when they were in high school.  It wasn't long before Kelly noticed Rees & while Rees thought Kelly was out of his league, he soon figured out that wasn't the case.  He asked her out & the rest is history. 

  Their wedding day was full of happy families watching their children join their lives together.  Since the families live on the same street, they all know each other well & have history with one another.

The Location

The Coto de Caza ceremony backdrop is stunning.  The rolling hills, wispy trees & lush greenery provide countless layers of depth, colors & textures ... everything a photographer dreams of.  

The Images

Desert Vacay | V Palm Springs | Me & My Man

The Details

To celebrate our birthdays, Michael & I decided that we needed a weekend away.  Michael is the co-founder & co-director of Angel City Games - a huge adaptive sports competition hosted by UCLA.  This year, our 3rd annual games concluded on his birthday, so we really didn't have a chance to celebrate him.  And since my birthday is just 2 weeks after his, we decided to get out of town for a joint birthday adventure. 

The Location

While we realize that Palm Springs may not be the ideal summer weather location, we were desperate for a restful, relaxing getaway & figured since most people don't enjoy 115 degree heat, it would be a great spot for some secluded relaxation.  The V Palm Springs provided the perfect location for our vacation.  The moment we arrived, we were greeted by Brenda at the front desk, who was so kind, friendly, helpful & even upgraded us to their absolutely beautiful & incredibly spacious signature suite!  From Happy Hour, to quad riding, from poolside drinks, to the most amazing gourmet dinner at the Workshop, this trip was exactly what we needed.  And to conclude our trip, we explored Joshua Tree on our way home, which was the perfect end to some much needed time off.

The Images

Engagement Session | Vasquez Rocks | Ryan & Lindsay

The Details

I have the greatest clients!  Today I'm incredibly grateful for adventurous couples who are willing to hike & climb ... yes even in that amazing Show me your Mumu dress ... for the shot.  If I could only give 1 tip to every bride, it is to find a photographer who you trust & connect with.  I'm a true believer that trust in any relationship is crucial.  As a bride, when you trust your photographer completely, it allows them to be inspired & fully immerse themself in the creative process.  Asking a photographer to "recreate" an image you've seen on Instagram or Pinterest is like asking a chef to take you to make you an Egg McMuffin a la McDonalds.  You're asking someone with vision & passion to replicate something that will end up feeling stagnant & forced.  Rather than your session being a true creation of art, your photographer will be focused on a specific image & will be posing you in a way that will mimic the photo rather than positioning you in a way that will feel natural, beautiful, interactive & will capture true memories.  Ryan & Lindsay arrived at their session full of trust & ready for anything.  I am SO thrilled with how their session turned out.  And I guarantee that the images that will mean the most are the ones that both capture & produce feeling & emotion.

The Location

Vasquez Rocks never disappoints.  There are so many layers, textures & points of interest that create such depth in a photo.  I love the variety that can be found ... the meandering paths that create a sense of adventure, the little alcoves that add a sense of intrigue, the strength of the vast rock formations as they contrast with the delicate greenery & soft light.

The Images

Bridal Boudoir Session | Downtown LA | Jennifer

The Details

As a photographer I'm often asked, "What's your favorite thing to shoot?".  My answer: "Bridal boudoir".  I feel like an artist when I'm shooting boudoir.  The simple, delicate details, the soft light, the classic beauty of the shape & angles of the body ... I feel inspired when I'm shooting boudoir.  The best part about boudoir is delivering the gallery to my client.  As women we are our own worst critics, yet there's something so rewarding about choosing to be vulnerable.  When you push yourself to step out of your comfort zone & see what everyone else sees in you, you'll find freedom & empowerment.  I love seeing women be confident, comfortable in their own skin & I love watching their perceptions of themselves transform as they begin to see how beautiful they truly are.

The Location

I wanted a location that felt light, airy & bridal.  Something that had detail & elegance, yet maintained a clean & simple palate to avoid anything that would distract from my beautiful bride.  I chose a beautiful loft in Downtown LA with tons of soft, natural light.

The Images

In Home Newborn Session | Santa Clarita | Jackson Fry

The Details

I've been photographing the Fry family for years & ALWAYS look forward to their sessions.  Anna is an incredibly talented graphic designer & that creative thread runs through everything she does.  Her house is always decorated perfectly & the clothing she selects has a great combination of color & texture without being distracting.  But the thing I love most about photographing these great people, is watching the way Chris & Anna interact.  They truly are a team & I don't think I've ever seen them get annoyed at each other.  They're always aware of what the other needs & they both take a very calm & understanding approach to life.  Often times photo shoots can be very stressful for families & a lot of self-inflicted pressure can be placed on making sure the baby isn't crying & that the 2 year old is smiling, looking at the camera & behaving at all times.  But Chris & Anna have come to the realization that the fun of photos is truly capturing memories & they've found that those images are the ones that they cherish most; not the shot of everyone looking perfectly at the camera, but rather the images that showcase real life.  Whether it's Lola's fun & spunky personality or her sweet interactions with her baby brother Jackson, the real raw moments are what counts.

The Location

In home sessions are so great.  In my humble opinion, there's something extra meaningful & personal about being welcomed into a family's home to photograph their family.  I love seeing the day to day interactions unfold.  And when you add beautiful interior design & tons of natural light, you know you've got a winner!

The Images