Archive for December, 2014

echo park, los angeles, ca

When good friends get engaged, it is such a delight, because I often get a chance to be a part of this new chapter in their lives. Either photographing it, or being a part of the process, I always feel incredibly honored when I am able to participate in some way.

I’ve known Emily since we were young, growing up and going to the same church in Sacramento. Emily is a bright personality, always looking to the sunny side of things, and an incredibly wonderful friend. I was happy because when I moved down to San Diego she was also still here, so we were able to reconnect and grow our friendship. Over the years, we have been in and out of each other’s lives, with her moving from SD to NYC, then back to SD and working with me (which I will be forever grateful for her for), and then finally to LA, where she lives now. I miss having her close by, and don’t always get a chance to hang out with her when I travel to LA, so when she called me about her engagement, and then asked me photograph it, I was thrilled to get a chance to spend time with her and her fiance Carl.

Carl and Emily are two people who are so fun together, and bring out the quirky cute in each other. Carl was the one who kept the beats going during our shoot, and Emily kept the eats going. We explored and played and danced and frolicked in their neighborhood of Echo Park. (Which is something Emily and I love to do, as evidenced by one of the last times we shot together, after she made herself a “Where the Wild Things Are” costume and we needed to get it dirty.) I admire their sense of adventure together – they often go hiking and climbing – they even got engaged at the summit of a mountain! (The rocks pictured with her ring are from their engagement summit.) I had such a blast photographing these two, and I am thrilled that they are going to be getting married tomorrow!

So Emily & Carl, here’s to a special occasion to celebrate, and to many many more years of quirk, fun, and bringing out the sunniest in one another!


To New Adventures.

About 10 years ago I was a fresh-out-of-college-graduate, living in Sacramento with my parents. I had dreams of starting a photography business, and I had dreams of starting it in San Diego where Zach had moved down t0 only months before. I knew I could make it work, so only after a few months of being out of college, I immediately set off to Southern California; with big dreams and big hopes.

Over the last 10 years, I’ve built my business from the ground up. Building my client base, working with some amazing people, and honing my craft. Living in the San Diego area (specifically Encinitas where we ended up settling) has be wonderful, and such a treat. There really is nothing like being able to walk to the ocean everyday. San Diego/Encinitas became the place where I grew into myself as a person, and the place where I began listening to my voice, and trusting my gut. The place where I found my wings as an artist and a person, and where I started to fly.

The place where the adventures began.

But even though San Diego created so many wonderful things for me (and us), it was missing something else – namely family, and the community of people we grew up with. And the trees. Man, I missed the abundance of trees up there.

So, after many hours, days & weeks of going back and forth, we came to the decision to start the next chapter in our adventure, and move back up to Northern California, specifically Sacramento where we were raised. Where our family is, and where Zach can fulfill his own dream of finishing his degree.

While I will be living in and based out of Sacramento starting January 2015, I will be serving both Sacramento & the San Francisco Bay Area for weddings, photo sessions & other photography services.  

We are sad to be leaving the relationships & life we’ve built down here, but we know that this next step in our lives is the right one. We will be closer to family, be able to accomplish more life goals, and I will be able to work with my Northern California client base to build my business and my art further.

So, farewell San Diego. Here’s to new adventures!


If you’re in Sacramento or the Bay Area and are interested in inquiring or booking for a wedding or session, please email me, I would love to hear from you! I will be offering booking specials for the first few months of 2015, drop me an email to hear more!

In addition, I would love to collaborate with fellow creatives on shoots, so if you’re interested in getting some photos of something unique & creative, or have some great ideas and want to potentially get it captured, I would love to hear from you too!