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sacramento, california

What’s really cool about the current art scene in Sacramento is the bloom of interesting events like Art Hotel that came about two years ago. The concept was take an abandoned building that was set to be demolished (in this instance, it was an old apartment building), and allow artists to decorate each room as their hearts desire. What came from it was a maze of interesting and magical tucked away spaces, that transformed you to the artist’s world, and brought new delights to your senses. It was intensely refreshing, and I’m loving how the Sacramento art scene is developing, since moving back.

If I had a list of all the artists, I would credit them in their pieces below. If you know it, please let me know.

Originally photographed for City Scout Magazine.


Everyone knows the right setting and details can really bring out the mood and atmosphere of a place, especially at a wedding! Since I am still fairly new to the Sacramento area market (with most of my weddings out in the Bay), I’ve been slowly working with and getting to know local vendors. One that I collaborated with not long ago and had the joy of photographing inspo for is Botanica Specialty Rentals, which is owned and operated by the talented Audrey Chaney. She has an eye for style, and photographing her set ups (and being in her large warehouse) is like being a playground! Seriously, so much eye candy! If you’re in need for rentals for your event (wedding, party, shindig), be sure to check her out!

winters, california

Thanks to the constant barrage of rain that we’re getting in Northern California lately, I’ve had to postpone so many shoots around here, which is such a bummer! I do love rain, but it’s making me yearn for some sun drenched summer days (minus the 100 degree heat of course), like this one I shoot for my friend Ashley of Hither & Thither. Ashley, her husband, Aaron and I met up about an hour outside of Sacramento in Winters, next to the charming little Putah Creek. They grabbed some canoes & treats (and we stumbled on that magical hammock) while I captured them enjoying the water and sun for a piece for Ashley’s blog (link to her original post here).

After shooting this, I was on such a HIGH! I felt like I had shot for a magazine, and I dream of a couple would also do something like this for their engagement session! So any recently engaged couples interested? Let’s do this, I’m game!!

The holidays are upon us, which means gatherings galore! We are having Thanksgiving at our place for the first time ever, and I am so very excited, because I simply love hosting. Zach and I have lots of wonderful things in store, and the emphasis is going to be something low-key, yet meaningful, and lovingly put together. Since he also has a lot of food allergies, we’re focusing on making a menu that is “Zach-friendly” (as we call it), while at the same time, putting together an atmosphere that is warm, cozy and inviting.

While planning for our Thanksgiving, I can’t help but recall the gatherings that I have been a part of this year. This year has definitely been the year of Friendsgivings, and I don’t blame anyone – who wouldn’t want to put on a beautiful gathering and bring people together for a shared meal? One of my favorites this year was definitely the one put on by Lonny Magazine x Shelter Co, which I was invited to by my friend Alicia. I’ve been following Lonny since they began and obsessing over Shelter Co’s tents, so it a huge treat for me to see this all in person. It was such a magical day that I’ve been keeping the feel of this event on the back of my mind, while we plan our own little Thanksgiving get-together. We have some fun projects in the works that will result from our little gathering too, which we’re very excited to share. In the meantime, we can just soak in the loveliness from this day. <3

The twinkling lights, tents and long table set up outside in the wild made for such a magical affair.

Some of my favorite elements for the table were their pomegranate decor, enamelware plates and bowls, and menu designs!

A craft tent was also put up, where we all made fun feather hangings to take home.

Salt Point provided the delicious meats (I still think about that yummy turkey chili)

And of course, one had to end the night with some cast iron apple pie, and a bonfire.

Other inspiration:
- Lonny’s post about this event
- Alicia’s write up from this day
- Some Friendsgiving tips from Hither & Thither  (I became a fan of honeycomb that day!)

Here’s to hoping your holiday gatherings this year are inspired and wonderful!


cute paper + adorable gifts + stationary + invitations + two stellar ladies + all around awesomeness = <3

I love stationary/paper stores. Like LOVE them. I could spend hours in them. It’s an obsession, really. So of course I was beyond thrilled when Sweet Paper had me along to photograph their store! It’s the cutest store filled with paper goodness, and non-paper goodness to! It’s owned by two amazing & sweet sisters, Julie & Teresa. They are two seriously fabulous ladies, and I loved spending time with them for this shoot!

I also love the fact that in their store, they have a “bridal table” where they like to meet with brides to discuss their wedding invites! So if you’re in need of some beautiful letterpressed invitations, or just want to drool over beauitful paper & products, go check them out!

Sweet Paper
7527 La Jolla Boulevard, Number 1
(between Pearl St. and Prospect St.)
La Jolla, CA 92037
phone: 858.456.1446

blink lash boutique.

March 13, 2011

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I recently had the pleasure of photographing the studios and ladies of Blink Lash Boutique. If you’re ever in the need for lash extensions for your wedding, shoots, or anything like that, these girls are for you! They have two locations – Mission Valley and Solana Beach. I had a great time photographing these beautiful gals – thanks for having me! <3