Archive for the ‘Engagement Sessions’ Category

mono lake, california

When clients fully trust me and my vision, magical things can happen. <3

Usually when couples approach me to do a shoot with them, they have a general idea of where they’d want to shoot. We will talk about a few potential locations, and brainstorm something that works for them. Rarely do I ever get a “do whatever you want to do creatively,” but that’s exactly what Tommy & Rosemary said to me, in regards to this shoot. Um… *anything??* That’s a bit overwhelming. There were so many places in the world I’d love to shoot, but what was something we could do in a day, that really sparked my curiosity and interest? After a bit of pondering, one thought immediately came to me: Mono Lake & the Eastern Sierras. Looking at things logistically, I said, no…. that’s way too far away! It was an 8 hour drive round trip to & from Sacramento! After that realization, I thought: we’ll just do Lake Tahoe. It’s still pretty, has a lake, and it’s a much closer drive. But my heart kept tugging at Mono Lake. Finally, after thinking about it (and listening to a podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert, talking about how creativity “isn’t going to make sense,”) I decided to just go with my gut desire and curiosity and follow it to Mono Lake, even if logistically, it was a bit crazy. These two were totally on board, as they explain that they wanted me to be as creative as I could. So off we went! In the end, I was SO glad we decided to go for it. What sparks your curiosity creatively will lead you to interesting places! Lake Tahoe felt like settling for me in this shoot (which I know sounds crazy, but my heart just kept wanting to go here!), and I was SO JAZZED about this location and working with them – I felt my creative juices just flowing everywhere. That’s the feeling that I love to feel when I’m in creation. That flow that allows me to be present, collaborate with the people in front of me and make some amazing images. :) So enjoy the images from this magical day!

point reyes, california

I love shooting in Point Reyes.  The hills, the trees, the air, the ocean, everything about the area coalesces into a beautiful landscape that captures the imagination and takes you back to eons gone by.  Growing up in Northern California, I sadly wasn’t a regular to this area, but my significant other loves taking me here to reminisce the adventures he had here and swoon over the curiosity of youth spent galavanting on the trails.  When Nayomi and Alan asked to shoot here, I jumped at the chance to once again visit this beautiful area, and I look forward to spending even more time here as the years go by.  I hope it has become a place where they can go back to after decades of marriage, relive their engagement and remember the love they wished to embody by capturing the start of their commitment together here.

 

a look back at 2016 .

January 2, 2017

I rarely get my act together at the end of the year to do a post like this, so it was a real treat for me to pull some of my favorite images from 2016. There is something pretty satisfying in seeing work that you’ve created in the past year all in one place!

Looking back as well, I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I had, and the people I got the work with. On top of all the beautiful couples, weddings, families and bloggers, it was most exciting to work with companies like Chipotle & Whole Foods (and all the people I met working with them)! Those were amazing opportunities, and I hope for more in the future!

So with that, a cheers to the coming year. I can’t wait to share what it looks like!

 

What do you get when you have two adventurous lovebirds frolic together in the rocks? You get these amazing images. <3

One of the fun things about moving back to NorCal is all the new places to shoot and explore. I find myself always gravitating towards the water though, I must definitely have an affinity for it (even though I can barely swim!).

Believe it or not, this is Folsom Lake, with the water being very, very low. This was shot before all the rains came in recently though, so this may all be underwater now!

Adventuring is one of my favorite things to do in the world, and I love adventuring with my couples the most. A sense of fun, freedom, connection and joy should always be infused when creating, I think!

Styled by: Susan Yee

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!

 

san francisco, california

After part one of our session, we headed down to the Sutro Bath ruins in San Francisco (one of my favorite places in the city), raced the rain (it was raining during a few of these shots — you can see it in the water), and finished off the rest of the shoot. I loved Jennie’s gold dress, and Herman’s dapper suit — I think they look Mad Men fabulous in a very unique setting!

I can’t wait for the wedding!