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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!

Palo Alto, California

We built a teepee in the redwoods & frolicked amongst the trees. Celebrating love, little joys, and magic.

Part two coming up!

location: redwood grove park | makeup: lilyann nguyen | teepee styling: susan yee


san diego, ca

Ahh redwoods, I heart you so.

We jaunted from the Natural History Museum, through Balboa Park, and into the redwoods. It’s was magnificent.

All engagement sessions should end this wonderfully (not to mention, include an AMAZING red dress).