PALM DESERT ELOPEMENT

Betsy and Brian flew out from Ohio for a beautiful mountain side elopement in Palm Desert. Their faith is a big part of their journey and they had a beautiful intimate ceremony featuring hymns and beautiful words surrounded by their close family and friends.


MALIBU PROPOSAL

My good friend Jenn had family friends planning a proposal in Malibu and referred me to Timothy to capture this special day. Tim and I had been in coordination for a couple months with his soon to be mother in law. The location and weather couldn’t of been more perfect. The bungalow laid up on the top of these beautiful mountains overlooking the sea. I snuck inside while Megan and Tim were enjoying a moment together in the backyard. He brought out the ring,  she said yes and we had a fun time getting some intimate moments together. Left these two with the biggest smiles on their faces. It’s beautiful to witness these connections and capture these epic moments. 


PANDEMIC CHURCH CEREMONY

I remember the excitement meeting with Anna & Brenton for the first, little did we know what lay ahead for wedding plans with the pandemic. It’s been a wild year to navigate for all of us. It’s been beautiful however to see couples pull through and handle these hard times with grace together. Anna & Brenton ended up having to do their Catholic Church ceremony at Saint John Neuman’s parking lot because of the CDC guidelines for indoor activity during Fall 2020.  A challenge accepted , Stanley my second shooter started noticing the tree lines around and shot from lower angles  to get rid of distractions. I used my lenses to create some depth of field and the beautiful side lighting to create a focus on my bride. After the ceremony we got to take some formals with the wedding party at their venue Heritage Museum. It was a big group but we had a lot of fun playing with safe ways to get group shots of everyone together. I will be returning back to Heritage Museum this fall to capture and celebrate their wedding reception! 


SANTA BARBARA COURTHOUSE MINIMONY

The Santa Barbara Courthouse has to be one of my favorites of all time, I will always take on weddings in SB. Loved this colorful chill day with Lani and Paul. They had a very limited guest count of their closest family and a couple friends. The session was only a couple hours but we got a lot of beautiful shots.  Santa Barbara Courthouse has so many beautiful locations on their grounds with stunning details. So grateful for all my couples who put their trust in me to create these beautiful memories together. 


ON SHOOTING OUTDOORS

The great outdoors can be so unpredictable and beautiful. I’ve worked weddings in the states of Florida, Georgia, New York and California and you get different challenges no matter the location. East coast has lots of showers but that can also make for some beautiful soft light like in Raquel & Clay’s Pre Wedding shoot.  Some light cloud coverage made for an evenly lit session around  St. Augustine.  Let’s all admire Clay’s Velvet Jacket. On the West coast the desert sun does not mess around. Had to get creative with the Gallagher Family and use the bright light to my advantage. Really enjoyed the texture the light brought in the group shot. Look for shaded spots when facing the overhead light. Play with shadows! 



WEDDING DESIGN THIS YEAR

Love working again with vendors Tasteful Tatters and Lark Farnum Design . Pinky owner of Lark Farnum Designs first started off as one of my brides and we’ve been working together for over 4 years. Her floral designs are always from the heart and just stunning works of art. Emille of Tasteful Tatters was introduce to me by Pinky and we have done a couples of weddings together. She is sunshine and brings that to her wedding designs with clients. Loved their treatment on this elegant colorful wedding at the Santa Anita Race Park.


REFLECTING ON THE PAST YEAR

Here for a little mid year check in because lets face it 2020 felt like 10 years. It was wild to say the least and 2021 half way through is still just a guessing game. 

The past year has been the most challenging, but maybe some necessary insight into what will be important moving forward. One thing for sure it’s been full of new adventures, growth and change.

These are some of my favorite recent images…

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