Hawaii's Big Island // December 2016

Hawaii's Big Island // December 2016

Some images from our trip home in December. Highlights include: a couple nights away on the Kona side and an incredible hike to Makalawena beach, memorable meals at Village Burger in Waimea and Lotus Cafe in Kona, quality time with my family (and time with my mom in her quilting studio), a Christmas feast and cooperative family portrait (thank you tri-pod!), and photographing and listing my parent's new airbnb studio. It's definitely a challenge living so far away from my parents, but I'd like to think we make the most out of our visits and never take any of it for granted. Until next time, Big Island!

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henna, aki, mateo + helena // Chicago Family Photographer

henna, aki, mateo + helena // Chicago Family Photographer

Last spring, I flew to Chicago to photograph Naomi and David's engagement and to finally meet (in person) my friend and soul sister, Henna. We met online a few years ago, back when Teo was a toddler. She is one of the most inspiring people I know. You know the kind of people you just get, and they get you? And you stay up way too late talking because you have so much to tell one another? Those friendships are rare and valuable and worth nurturing.

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Anna + Michael // Sneak Peek

Anna + Michael // Sneak Peek

It rained on Anna and Mike's wedding day. And not just a little bit of rain, more than I have ever seen on the Mendocino Coast. Sheets of water fell from the sky, pooled on the roads and made it scary to drive. Most of their guests came from out of town or flew across the county to be there, and Anna's main concern was that everyone make it in one piece. They had planned to get married in a field, and luckily, the Caspar Community Center could accommodate a last-minute indoor ceremony. So much love surrounded this couple, the rain stopped just before the sun went down, and these two got their moment in a field. 

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FogDog Farm // North San Juan

FogDog Farm // North San Juan

The evening before the first big rain storm of the year, I visited FogDog Farm in North San Juan. I met Wil and Kristen at the Nevada City Farmer's Market, and learned that they were one of the smallest, youngest farms in Nevada County. I snapped some photos as they gave me a tour of their surprisingly large farm, and fell instantly for their kitten, Foley (who bears a striking resemblance to our kitty, Squirrel). Support your local farmers, people! Brimming with knowledge and surrounded by beauty, they are some of the kindest and hardest working folks around. 

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Danielle + Brandon // Married in Mendocino

Danielle + Brandon // Married in Mendocino

Danielle and Brandon did it right. They said their vows on a bluff overlooking the town of Mendocino, surrounded by their closest friends and family, and celebrated with a beautiful brunch with ocean views. It was one of the warmest days I have ever spent on the Mendocino coast, and from a photographer's perspective, the bright, mid-morning sun proved to be a challenge. But the love and gratitude radiating from these two made every moment meaningful, and I am really proud to share these images. This is what can be achieved in two short hours of wedding coverage. Who needs golden hour when your couple is so full of light.

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