How Sweet It Is: San Diego Urban Family Lifestyle Session

August 1st, 2016

This sweet family session is definitely on of my favorites of all time. Brooke, Toon, Quinn, and Reese had a playful afternoon in downtown San Diego where Brooke & Toon had fond memories of living once upon a time. Equal parts colorful and relaxed, the fun atmosphere of Quartyard–a curated city block filled with food, drinks, games, and even a dog park–and the murals in the surrounding neighborhood were the perfect settings for this adorable family. Cuddles, connection, and babywearing were center stage along for a family who values their bond above all else. The show was slightly stolen by Quinn, who couldn’t have a cuter smile or better dance moves. Love you T family!

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You Really Got A Hold On Me: Daisy & Dylan’s Balboa Park Engagement Session

July 25th, 2016

Daisy & Dylan planned their San Diego wedding mostly out of state, but when they came to town to take care of some details, I jumped at the chance to photograph them for their engagement session. They were incredibly affection and natural during the session, which made my job seem effortless. A couple who is so in tune with each other and radiates passion and love are a dream to work with. Plus Daisy has a killer smile.

An engagement session is a wonderful way to have a “practice session” before your wedding day so that your photograph can get to know you as a couple and learn your love language–every couple is different. Engagement sessions also often help to calm the butterflies in your stomach that you might have about being professionally photographed. (Clearly Daisy & Dylan didn’t have those, but many people do!) Treat yourself by booking an engagement session with your wedding photographer. It will be worth it!

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(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher: Brian & Ty’s Wedding

July 1st, 2016

What can I say about these two to truly communicate their love for each other? They lift each other up, each knowing just the right thing to say (or not say); the twinkle in their eyes shines bright when they gaze at each other; they are each others’ strength, serving as one another’s harbor in times when the waters are rocky; like two sides of the same coin, yin and yang, soul mates.

And if that wasn’t enough, they are so much fun: charming, loving, embracing life with passion and vigor.

Surrounded by family and friends on their wedding day, who not only love them, but truly, madly, deeply ADORE them, Brian & Ty were married on a blazing hot day and then partied their pants off. While Brian & Ty got dressed together at the gorgeous Kiana Lodge, their guest rode to the venue in style on the Lady Mary from Argosy Cruises enjoying views of Seattle from the water. Their ceremony was led by their two pups Kaya and Bala, then co-officiated by Ty’s sister Tara and Brian’s best friend Christin. They were attended by a wedding party of 20 plus the cutest flower girl and ring bearer you’ve ever seen, Brian’s niece and nephew.

Dinner and the first half of the reception were hosted in a beautiful glass-ceiling building at Kiana Lodge. Everyone then boarded the Lady Mary to cruise back to the Seattle waterfront. Brian & Ty had planned some surprises for their guests, including a belly dance and burlesque performance by Fucshia Fox and a late night snack back at the landing dock. When they landed in Seattle guests welcomed Brian & Ty back with a tunnel of sparklers and this beautiful, love-filled wedding which was also an incredible, crazy party came to an amazing end.

Brian & Ty, thank you so much for choosing me to photograph your wedding and happy anniversary! I love you both and wish you all the happiness that the world has to offer. You truly deserve it.

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Vendors:
Venues: Kiana Lodge and Argosy Cruises Lady Mary Boat / Coordination: Weddings With Wendy / Videography: Pixel Dust Weddings / Musicians: Zarni and Will Smith / DJ: Magnolia Rhapsody DJ / Piano Rental: Langlois Pianos / Linens & Rentals: BBJ, ABC, and Platinum Designs / Desserts: Creme de la Creme / Photo Booth: 1000 Words Photo Booth / Oyster Shucker: Kevin with Taylor Shellfish / Dancer: Fucshia Fox

Walking in LA: Christina & Nathan’s Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session

June 24th, 2016

These two beautiful people are getting married tomorrow, so I thought now was a great time to get back on the blogging wagon. Christina and Nathan are downtown Los Angeles residents and live much of their lives in this historic, developing neighborhood. We planned their engagement session on what would prove to be one of the rainiest days of the year, but as luck would have it, the rain brought magic and life to the urban streets. Misty city skylines from the rooftops of tall buildings, the neon glow of signs on the street, the comfort of coffee in their DTLA loft the next morning, and classic LA architecture make this one of my favorite engagement sessions yet. Christina and Nathan’s chemistry lights up the grey skies and there’s a bit of dancing to boot.

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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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