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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Matt and Laura said their vows at the River's Bend Retreat Center in Philo. From a photographer's perspective, these two are the absolute best subjects—happy, relaxed, and having fun. It was a joy hanging out with them on their wedding day. And they had It's-Its for dessert! Which I sincerely hope becomes a trend. :)Read More
Summer is past, but we're still harvesting incredible amounts of tomatoes and squash. Hopefully the forty degree nights don't halt production. I never shared a photo of our 13-foot sunflower, here it is in all its glory (with Ethan in there for scale in early August). We FINALLY finished our fence, installed shelving in the living room (details here), purchased new windows (just waiting for our install date) and we've gotten quotes to begin our kitchen remodel. We have to level the floors and move our water heater before we can take down the kitchen/dining wall. Squirrel continues to grow into the sweetest little girl. She curls up with me on the couch at night and most mornings she sits on our chests and purrs. I think she actually thinks she's a squirrel. She watches them with astute interest and continues to climb higher and higher. So far she hasn't had any trouble coming back down, fingers crossed.
Currently reading: All the Light We Cannot See and LOVING it. This story follows its beautiful characters through France and Germany during WWII. Some are fleeing Paris on foot while bombs are falling, while others are coming of age at a school for boys during the height of Hitler's reign. Both scenarios are utterly terrifying and I have so much compassion for them all, particularly the older generation who is living through hell for the second time. It's incredible how destructive humans can be. And in our current political climate it has me slightly terrified. One more month before we can [hopefully] put all this idiocy behind us. #imwithher
Tomato soup for dinner tonight. I'm going to roast these beauties with onions and garlic, blend with basil, and serve with parmesan sourdough toast.
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
An extraordinary amount of love goes into this festival and I feel privileged to be a part of it.Read More
From the moment I walked in the door, this family exuded warmth. And they trusted me, which, to a photographer, is everything. Little Maya was exercising her independence by not wanting to be held, so we had to get creative to get all three of them in the frame. It makes the strong captures that much more gratifying.Read More
These are good people. I have had the privilege of photographing them twice before, last fall when Kai was a baby bump, and back when Liam was only one. Documenting families blossom and grow is the best, especially when they have babies this beautiful.Read More