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

Product Feature | Stylish Wedding Invitations by Basic Invite

The Product

I was contacted by Katie Scott from Basic Invite to partner with them by featuring their beautiful products.  While engagement is an incredibly exciting time of life, it also comes with a lot of added stress & decision making.  But Basic Invite is here to help.  Whether you're in need of invitations for your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette or for your Wedding Day, this online stationery design company has a wide variety of products for any milestone.

The Details

You can start by creating your wedding invitation, which will of course be the primary focal point.  From there, you're able to build your invitation suite around the style elements you've selected.  Creating corresponding response cards, directions & thank you notes will result in a clean, cohesive & classic look.

Text

With over 100 fonts to choose from and more than 200 gorgeous wedding invitation designs you don’t need anything more than a simply elegant calligraphy invite. Choosing a foil design or upgrading to a fancy paper type will add that extra touch of glamour you may be looking for. It’s all in the details.

Color

Not only can you choose from 40 different colored envelopes, but there are over 180 color choices to use on any design you pick! Whether you want to color block your suite by using colored paper on every other enclosure card or use colorful details on your card’s design you are in for a beautiful treat that your guests will notice and appreciate.

Cohesion

Don’t forget to kick your wedding festivities off right by coordinating your bridal shower invitation to your upcoming suite for a cohesive and classic look. Check out Basic Invite on their social media accounts or their site’s inspiration gallery for all the ideas you need to create your very own stylish wedding invitation suite.

The Images

Santa Barbara Wedding | Nick & Amanda

The Details

I always love starting off a wedding day with getting ready photos.  Not only does this allow me time to capture some of the most beautiful details of your wedding day, but it also let's me see some of the last minute preparations.  Right as Nick & his groomsmen were about to head to the ceremony location, he realized that his vows were on his phone, so he took a moment to hand write them.

  I always try to remind my couples to have all of their details ready when I arrive.  Try to set aside important items.  For my brides this includes things such as your dress, veil, rings, shoes, bouquet, invitation, vows, jewelry, garter & groom gift.  And for my grooms this may include your suit, tie, socks, cufflinks, watch, tie clip, shoes, cologne, vows, rings & bride gift.  That way you can focus on marrying your best friend rather than scrambling to find everything day of.

The Location

I LOVED shooting at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.   The bridal room was gorgeous (did you see that mirror & light fixture??!!), the architecture inspiring, the ceremony setting was picture perfect & the reception space felt familial & interactive.

The Images

Images taken while 2nd shooting for Taylor Kinzie Photography.