Sometimes it turns out even better than you imagined. I look forward to documenting Celeste and Michael's Sacramento wedding this spring, it's going to be a good one.Read More
Naomi is one of the most compassionate and driven people I know. She and I grew up in the same small town and became close as teenagers when we were both active in our high school's Peer Counseling program. We drifted apart after undergrad, but I continued admiring her from a distance. Naomi and her fiancé, David, moved to Chicago after grad school. I was beyond excited when I received her email last summer asking me to photograph their California wedding this September. And I immediately started dreaming about a trip to Chicago. In April I made it happen, and I am so grateful it worked out the way it did. We took some photos at the Field Museum (where Naomi works as an Instructional Design Specialist) and at Old Town Gardens, but most of our time was spent running around downtown. I loved embracing this city as a backdrop for their photos. The colors, lines, textures, patterns, lights, and movement (it was WINDY!) enhance the images and ground the couple in a time and a place they will remember fondly. We had a blast and I flew home absolutely LOVING Chicago and this couple. I cannot wait until September.
The afternoon I photographed Matt and Laura was a dream. They suggested we do the shoot at Goldeneye Winery, and it could not have been more beautiful. The sun sets early and fast in the middle of November, and so we had a short window of good light. The reflections in the pond, the fall colors, the vineyard up the hillside. I love Anderson Valley, and I love photographing people who know how to have fun. I can't wait for their Mendocino County wedding this June!
I envisioned these photos for months before we took them. And of course they turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined. They always do.
When Johanna first contacted me about shooting engagement photos on the Mendocino coast I was really excited. I met these two at the Dead on the Creek music festival two years ago (they help run the kitchen crew) and they are the best kind of people. Real and hard working and interesting and fun and kind. We spent the night before at Johanna's grandma's cabin in Cleone. We drank beers and ate fish tacos and laughed a lot.
Though excruciatingly beautiful, it was a very cold day on the coast. Chris and Johanna were such troopers. The clouds threatened rain all afternoon, and finally broke just when we lost the light and were packing out of Big River.
I can't wait until their wedding in June, no doubt it will be beautiful beyond words.
Flowers and greenery by Johanna's sisters, Andrea and Clare of Lily + Mint.
We could not have asked for a more perfect fall day. Jack London State Historic Park is gorgeous. When Michelle and I started talking about an engagement session, she knew exactly where she wanted to do it. It was my first time visiting the park I was a little overwhelmed. It just kept getting better.
Michelle and Trevor are amazing. I like them so much, I want to be their friend. I say it all the time, but I feel lucky that I get to photograph such incredible couples. We had a great time exploring the park with their beautiful labrador, Ash. These two bring out very fun and endearing sides of one another. At one point they were goofing around and I was standing back trying to work with the light coming through the silos, and I told them, "you guys are ruining my beautiful photo!" I was kidding. They made every photo what it is. I can't wait to photograph their wedding this summer. They're getting married in a redwood grove and it's going to be gorgeous.
Kalin and I have been friends since middle school. We both played dwarves in a Willits Young Actors Theater production of The Hobbit. During production he dated my friend Amber (who played Bilbo Baggins). In high school we were both active in our school's Peer Counseling program and there were a few memorable Halloween parties in his honor (his birthday being the 1st of November). So there's a bit of history there. We have also maintained relationships with multiple mutual friends and we have stayed in touch over the years.
Separately and coincidentally, Jennifer and I met in San Francisco before these two were an item. Back when I was working the buying counter at Crossroads on Market Street, Jennifer and I had a handful of long conversations, and they were both memorable and easy. I liked this girl, I liked talking to her, and I knew I wanted to get to know her better. But it isn't so easy to just ask someone to be your friend. Lucky for me fate stepped in and these two started dating.
Fast forward and they're engaged! Congratulations again! Together, they created LoveWorks, "[a company that] serves men and women who are ready to navigate their relationships in ways that support their higher selves. Through experiential retreats LoveWorks facilitates deeper connection, growth, and love within the container of partnership."
When Kalin and Jennifer asked me to photograph the two of them for their website (and their recent engagement!) I was SO excited! Though the website is still in the works, their facebook page is awesome and provides regular reminders about how we can be better partners and lead happier, more fulfilling lives. We planned for a sunrise shoot at Rodeo Beach, and we were completely fogged in, but it was so so beautiful. It was just us and the surfers and some dog walkers, and I think you can tell we had a lot of fun.
I met this beautiful creature in the parking lot. After our shoot I decided to take the scenic route home. I felt invigorated, both from spending time with Jen and Kalin and from getting up so early and still having good light to play with. So I played, and it was fun.
These two at Rodeo Beach. First we broke the rules and climbed up the cliff face. I had never been there before, but the California coast does not disappoint. What you can't tell from the photos is how cold and windy it was. Chelsie was a champ, laughing off the cold. And then she took her shoes off! I don't know if I've ever felt more envigorated during a photo shoot. These two are seriously fun, their wedding is going to be a blast, and I'm lucky to call them friends.
When Chelsie reached out and asked me to be her and Chris' wedding photographer I was elated. I cannot imagine having a more incredible couple (or a more stunning bride!) to photograph than these two. I mean look at them! They are so excited about their love for one another and are amped to spend their lives together. They radiate happiness and it's contagious.
We returned to the trail where Chris proposed to shoot their engagement session, and then trekked through the grasses and climbed the side of the mountain. I think you can tell how much fun we had, romping around with their pup Sadie, laughing the whole time.
Congratulations on your engagement, Chris and Chelsie! I cannot wait to photograph your wedding next year.
Stay tuned for part two!
When I first decided to pursue a career as a photographer I was both elated and relieved. For the first time in my life I could finally envision myself as a professional, and I knew I had it in me to do everything it took to get there.
What I couldn't anticipate was how much I would enjoy every aspect of the job. These beautiful people make me so grateful I started this journey. Grateful that I get to share in their love story and document this incredible time in their lives.
Jamie is from the Bay Area. James is from Ireland. They met in Budapest, Hungary where they were both teaching English after undergrad. They later moved to Krakow, Poland, where they lived and continued teaching English for two more years. They got engaged in 2013 (on a surprise return trip to Budapest, well done James!) and then moved to Auckland, New Zealand.
They just returned to the Bay Area, and a week from tomorrow they will be surrounded by family and friends in the backyard of Jamie's childhood home. They will say their vows and then they will be man and wife! I cannot wait to document their day.
Congratulations Jamie and James, I am so happy for you two!
Nicole is one of my very good friends, and our friendship is the effortless kind: we have so much in common and the conversation comes easy. I have known Ross just as long (they were already dating when she and I met working as shop girls) and I've liked him all along. But their pup Edie is brand new, and I'm a huge fan. Even more than I like each of them on their own, I really love them together. Together they're a family, and a really freaking good one. Relaxed, interesting, fun. They bring out the best in one another, and they look damn good together.
We found a jawbone and they did some tooth extraction, perfect opportunity for a ring shot (here's some backstory on the bones).
Ross is from Iowa. Nicole is originally from Alaska, but spent most of her adolescence just miles from this Lake County valley. After undergrad, Nicole's best friend Elaine was starting at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and she decided to tag along. "We went to a movie night to watch Rosemary's baby, which my mother and I had listened to together when she drove me out to Iowa. I met Ross that night and Elaine encouraged me to join Facebook so I could flirt with him and the rest is boring stable relationship stuff."
Ross and Nicole, congratulations on your engagement and welcome to the club of boring stable relationships, also known as a happy marriage! I couldn't be more thrilled for you guys.