These Arms of Mine: Brian & Ty’s Engagement Session

August 10th, 2015

When I traveled to Seattle for Brian & Ty’s incredible wedding (a BIG blog post will be coming later), I was so happy we were able to fit in an engagement session before the wedding. Brian is an old yoga friend from San Diego, but I had only met Ty via Skype previously. Engagement sessions are a great way for the photographer and couple to get to know each other better, for the couple to have a chance to feel comfortable with the photographer’s direction and approach, and for the couple to have a professional collection of photos of them outside their wedding and all the hustle and bustle of their day.

Brian & Ty’s dynamic was so affectionate and warm. During their session in Gas Works Park, there were lots of smiles, laughs, and tenderness. Their relationship is a beautiful balance–each one offering just what the other needs intuitively. Their interaction was like a subtle dance, drawing each other closer, wrapped in each other’s arms under Seattle’s setting sun.

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This Must Be The Place: Annelise & Sean at The Carlsbad Flower Fields

July 8th, 2015

The lyrics “home is where I want to be” played through the DJ speakers as they made their entrance into their wedding reception. A perfect representation of their relationship, because home for Annelise and Sean is each other. Their wedding was a celebration that solidified that place in each other’s lives, but it had been the truth for a long time.

They first connected over a shared dance at a party, which probably sealed their fate.  As a natural performer, Annelise’s great passion in life has always been dance, and with a few collective shimmies and shakes, she was captivated by Sean, and he by her. Another connection shortly thereafter “and that was it” as Annelise put it; the doors to each other’s hearts were permanently open and they started moving their metaphorical furniture in. They raised dog children together, traveled the world, bought a house and made a home, became part of each other’s families. They cheered each other on in their individual pursuits and developed new passions together, offering lovingly encouraging and acting as the sunshine that spurs on new life. Each day a brightness and light grew between them, connecting them even more deeply.

On their wedding day they radiated.

Filled with excited nervousness, they were married by their friend Summer, who brought them together at that fateful party years ago. With an abundance of style and grace, Sean sang his vows to his bride. They both said I do with a light in their eyes. And later, they danced.  With a few shimmies and shakes (not to mention several awesome dips), Annelise and Sean were home.

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Thank you so much Annelise & Sean for allowing me to capture your gorgeous wedding and your captivating love story. I am honored to be able to now call you friends. Also a huge thanks to both Annelise’s parents who were beyond hospitable and have such a sweet and nurturing love for their beautiful daughter and son-in-law. Finally, thank you to Annelise and Sean’s amazing wedding planner, Nicole George, who seamlessly worked behind the scenes to make magic happen on their wedding day.

 

Vendors:
Venue: The Flower Fields / Planning & Coordination: Nicole George Event Planning & Design / Catering: Curiocity Catering & Philly Soft Pretzel Company / Desserts: Kristin Fuller Naylor & Cupcakes Squared / Florals: Sweet Pea Flower Company / DJ : JMC Events / Musicians: Miguel Lopez & Megan Johnson / Invitations: Ashley Zoe Designs / Hair & Makeup: Jazmin Strobelt / Lighting: San Diego Socialights / Linens: Wildflower Linen / Photobooth: Mobile Photo Booth / Rentals: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals and Design & Abbey Party Rentals / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley

Just One Look: Brian & Ty at Kiana Lodge, Seattle

July 6th, 2015

I was so honored to photograph Brian & Ty’s beautiful wedding over the long holiday weekend. Check out more previews on my Facebook page.

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I’ll Always Love My Mama: Christina & Paige’s San Diego Mama & Me Session

June 16th, 2015

In honor of Mother’s Day, I had the pleasure of photographing some beautiful mamas and babes. Christina and Paige were one of my favorite sessions thanks to Christina’s kindness and Paige’s spunk. There is such a special dynamic between a mom and child that reveals itself though play and cuddles. It’s in a mother’s presence that a child can be her true self, without any inhibitions or limitations. Christina and Paige’s session captures that beauty and truth perfectly.

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Just One Look: Annelise & Sean at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

June 10th, 2015

I’m working on their full blog post, but here’s an epic photo of Annelise & Sean to tide you over!

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