One of my favorite things over the past few years has been when past wedding clients come back to me for maternity, newborn, and family photos as they grow into new stages of their lives. It’s such an honor to be a hired to document weddings and even more of an honor to be re-hired for other milestones and become someone’s family documentarian in a way! So I got to photograph Sarah and Todd’s lovely wedding in 2015, and now them and their sweet daughter Abigail. We went to one of my favorite parks in Pasadena for some pretty trees and scenery as a relaxing backdrop for their session. Abigail was a little skeptical of this stranger with a camera in her face, but she warmed up to me with lots of singing and dancing from her parents. And she has the most intense eyes when she’d stare at me, like she already had the Blue Steel look perfected, right? Doing some chill hiking, smelling some flowers, meeting this adorable baby, and catching up with Sarah and Todd was such a great afternoon and I had so much fun at this session!
A few years ago I got to photograph Christel and Hanna and their son Jackson, and then they asked me to take updated family photos of them with their 2nd son Franklin, who is about the same age Jackson was when I photographed them the first time! We went back to the same spot, my beloved Tree People park, but we explored some different trails and views this time. The boys were so adorable and funny, and it was great to catch up with their moms too, and we got to see a great sunset!
Carolina and Matt brought their families together in Los Angeles for a wonderfully woodsy elopement last month! They chose Cedar Grove in Griffith Park for their ceremony because, as Carolina said “Eloping in nature, which is something we both love, made the most sense to us. All we wanted was a beautiful outside venue and to have our parents and sisters with us.” I loved the way they decorated the grove and personalized the setting. The forecast was rainy the whole week leading up to their date, but then we ended up with gorgeous weather for the day and had stunning views looking out over the city before sunset, and it was all perfect! Congrats on your wedding, Carolina and Matt!
Cindy and Scott had two intimate ceremonies for their wedding and both were unique but very personalized and emotional. The first was a Chinese ceremony at their home with their parents and close family there to celebrate. Cindy’s sister officiated the Bai Tang, her friend served the sweet wine they drank from a gourd, and Cindy’s mother lovingly explained the history and meaning of all the decorations and traditions of the ceremony. Cindy herself made the handcrafted invitations. The second vow exchange ceremony was at a greenhouse and garden with a few more guests. This was such a gorgeous spot for a small wedding and had a vintage feel but fun modern touches, like the gold streamers everyone was cheering with after the ceremony. Cindy and Scott and all their friends and family were so sweet, so adorable, and so joyful!
Here are a few of my favorite images! Check out the rest and order prints here!
Jen and Chelsea are so adorable, hilarious, and in love! They started dating in college, moved out to California together, and got married around their 7th anniversary of being a couple. A lot about the timeline of their love story had parallels with mine and my husband’s, and that made it even more meaningful and sweet to be a part of their intimate wedding in Malibu. Once they were engaged and planning their wedding, Jen and Chelsea “really wanted the day to be completely about us with minimal stress and zero outside influences” and I think they pulled it off perfectly. They had a small backyard ceremony with family members, the most amusing confetti toss I’ve photographed, a mini-reception with cupcakes and champagne and lovely speeches, and then we went to Point Dume to take some portraits on the cliffs and near the ocean. Earlier in the week, the forecast had predicted thunderstorms, but we ended up without any rain, just a lot of beautiful clouds and a gorgeous sunset perfect for capturing the two of them in such a stunning setting. And I loved that they kicked their shoes off and weren’t afraid to get their feet wet and their dresses a little dirty to really take in the full beach elopement experience!
Congrats, Jen and Chelsea! See the rest of the photos or order prints here!
Jen and Chelsea wanted their engagement photos surrounded by nature in a place they had a connection to, so they picked Will Rogers State Historic Park where they frequently bring their dog for hikes. The Pacific Palisades location was the perfect spot for some hiking trails among eucalyptus and pepper trees, catching beautiful views of the city and the ocean from a hilltop, watching some friendly horses, and snuggling on a picnic blanket as the sun set. I loved the way these two beautiful brides-to-be were so smitten, and they kept lovingly brushing hair off each other’s faces in the most tender way that happened to look completely adorable in the photos!
Jen and Chelsea, thanks for braving rattlesnake season with me, and I can’t wait for your wedding this fall! You can check out the rest of the photos or order prints here.
Will and Melanie are seriously some of my favorite people. They are funny and goofy and sweet and I’m so lucky to have them as friends! I’ve done several elopements and family sessions at Griffith Park before, but when we were picking a location for their engagement photos, we decided to go to a new-to-me spot in the park – Cedar Grove. It was perfect for a shady hike that felt like we were in the middle of a Pacific Northwest forest, and the golden hour light streaming through the trees at sunset was so gorgeous. I can’t wait for their wedding next month and celebrating with them!
See the whole set and order prints here! Square shots are film – expired Portra 400 on the Mamiya 6 camera