Coping Like Champions

I can’t even believe that these two just had their one-year anniversary! I know you’ve seen a few shots from their amazing day, but I have not done a full story share… until now! This day was just full to the brim with emotions … all – the – feels. There was such tenderness, unabashed celebration, connection, inclusion,  laughter, passion, rolling with the punches … the day was a whirlwind of amazingness and I think it took me a full year to process and narrow down the myriad of amazing moments to share. Mark & Courtney, I still feel so ridiculously privileged to have had a front row seat to this extravagant love fest. The two of you take love from an abstract concept into a tangible energy that pervades everything about you. Thanks for letting the world see it. You make me believe in love. Here is just a peek at the fun, fun, fun shoots we did all over Pasadena and Glendale. Forever grateful to my day-of team/lifesavers Nicholas Arce & Lori-lynn Navarro. We are the Champions my friends.  xx

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Love That Grows

What an amazing weekend full of wonderful people. It’s such an honor to document these fantastic memories, time and again. Look at this darling little pricipetta! I love the results of this shoot so much.

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Silver Roots {Holiday}

Oh hurrah for fashion! I have so much fun shooting with my friends over at SilverRoots Jewelry. If you are on the hunt for fun, fresh, affordable pieces for yourself, for a friend, for a family member, check their site! Gift-giving is in the air my friends! The colorful holiday collection was just released and can be seen here as worn by the lovely Lauren, styled by the ever-incredible Tiffany Murray. Also, their Spring and Summer collections are on sale — get this original, limited quantity beauties while you can!

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Jason & Liz {REAL Country Wedding}

Typically I tend to keep the focus of the blog on the pretty people in front of my lens. This wedding blog, however, is tremendously personal. This was the second wedding I’ve shot at home (the first was Anthony & Jena’s, dearest of dear friends), the place I grew up under the fresh sunny skies, beneath the towering Sierras, in fields of billowing grass and wild flowers, and amongst cows… cows that don’t smell because they are wandering freely in all that grass…. it’s a thing, I promise. There are weird and difficult things about growing up in a small town, but so much beauty, so much knowledge about the way things really work, (like seasons, how meat gets on your plate, what the stars really look like…).

This place formed me, and there are relationships with people here that have helped make me who I am.On that backdrop, let me paint the story of this wedding.
First, allow me to introduce these two knuckle-heads.
2014-10-06_0007These are my brothers. Ok, so I don’t have any biological siblings. But these two have been my “brothers” for much of my life. They are ridiculous, hard working, mischievous, too smart for their own good, real-live actual mountain men who hunt and fish and know how to survive in the wilderness, brave servants of the land they love through law enforcement, oddly creative, loving toward children because they are big kids at heart, and in general just plain care about people. They are awesome. This is how they got ready for Jason’s wedding.

2014-10-06_0002Their friends were about to complain about the temperature of the water, until they saw I was already wading in, ready to get these shots.

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2014-10-07_0004Jason, despite all his knuckle-headed mischief, met and fell in love with a beautiful, genuine cowgirl, Liz. She is sweet, sassy and fun and I liked her instantly. If his proposal on top of a mountain that required a back-country helicopter ride wasn’t telling of his “all-in” affection, I don’t know what is! I’ll stop here with the play-by-play and let these pictures tell their story. SO.MUCH.LOVE. They truly are ready to love, honor, and cherish each other forever.

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Ariel + Chris {Wedding Part 1}

What a FABULOUS wedding. Ariel & Chris celebrated the uniting of their lives with a whole boat load of friends and family at the home of Ariel’s parents. What an amazing group of people. What love in the air, what a gorgeous house! There is something extra magical about a wedding day when you can almost tangibly feel the love and support of friends and family. I feel so honored and blessed to have spent the day with these two and their community. Here is the first post of their special day. I was thrilled again to have the lovely Lori-Lynn Navarro shoot this with me.

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Frankie J

There are hardly words to express my love for this little family and it’s newest member, Franklin Justice Shalom. Anissa has been my friend since our 2nd semester of college… and once we became friends we wondered why we had wasted a whole semester not together. It took her longer than she hoped, but God brought her her dream man, Benjamin and just last year they got married… much to my great joy and delight! They are all that you hope for in a couple – loving each other, having adventures, loving people. Now this little beautiful has burst on the scene and I am pretty sure she is the neatest person ever born. Let me introduce you to my friend Frankie J.

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Anna + Ryan {Baby Bump}

Oh.My.Goodness. I can’t even believe the delicious little post I’m about to make. These friends took a chance on me and their wedding was my first as a primary shooter. We made some beautiful photos that day. :) I feel so insanely fortunate that they called on me for maternity photos. These moments are so lovely; almost as lovely as the little one that will make her debut this summer. :)

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SilverRoots SPRING

All right friends, at least in So. Cal, spring seems to be rapidly blurring into summer, HOWEVER, it is still SPRING, for at least another month…even if it’s randomly 95 degrees. I had an incredible time earlier in the season doing this shoot for SilverRoots Jewelry and you know what? Their color choices and styles for their Spring Collection have been on point with fashion trends. Still loving the way these photos turned out and how these gorgeous, amateur models embodied the spirit of SilverRoots. Treat yourself, a special graduate, your mama, your sister, your bridesmaids to one of these amazingly gorgeous, fresh, original pieces. Styling by Julia of SilverRoots; hair & make-up by the stellar Tiffany Murray. 2014-05-28_0019 2014-05-28_0020 2014-05-28_0025 2014-05-28_0026 2014-05-28_0024 2014-05-28_0021 2014-05-28_0023 2014-05-28_0027 2014-05-28_0022