My Girl: Sydney & Heather’s San Diego Engagement Session

September 25th, 2016

Engagement sessions are the best when you can capture a slice of a couple’s everyday life. Sydney & Heather visit Dark Horse Coffee in North Park on the weekends, so we started their engagement session there, and then took a walk around the neighborhood to visit the colorful murals that Sydney & Heather love. They brought along their pit bull Mikey, which was the perfect touch to make their session even more meaningful. Mikey put up with us pretty well for the better part of an hour and charmed my pants off. Sydney & Heather’s wedding is less than a week away and I cannot wait to photograph this amazing couple again. Their relaxed and warm personalities are going to make for the best day ever.

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Celebration: Tanner’s Senior College Graduation Portraits

September 20th, 2016

When Tanner contacted me about photographing his senior portraits to mark his college graduation from CSU San Marcos, I was so excited! Tanner had been my photography student and I also had the pleasure of photographing his high school senior portrait session just a few years before. It was wonderful to see the grownup Tanner who is as handsome and sweet as ever. He wanted photos both at CSUSM and a second location, so we chose the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The architecture and strong lines of both spots perfectly accentuated Tanner’s tailored and modern look. Tanner was so easy to photograph and we had a great time chatting and trying out some more unconventional ideas, resulting in what I think are some of my most creative senior portraits. Thanks Tanner! I can’t wait to catch up again.

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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

 

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