Welp, my kid turned 3. I don't share a lot about him here on my business blog, but to be honest, I'm thinking that needs to change every once in a while. I like to share my life and I feel like being a real person helps you guys get to know me and my life a little better.
On March 12th (this past Monday), my Ollie turned 3 years old. I don't even know where the time went. It feels like such a short amount of time has passed, and yet ALL THE TIME has passed. I feel like only parents really get this concept because to be honest, I had no idea what they meant before I had a kid. The days are long, but the years are short. It's wild!
As I did last year for O's 2nd birthday, I got him a gold "3" balloon and took 3 minutes to take his portrait. I really need to do this more often, but I love our new yearly tradition of capturing him at his birthday. It's so special to look back at how much he has changed. This year, he really does look like a little boy.
Back in October, I second shot a wedding with the amazing and wonderful Katch Silva at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, CA. This was my 2nd time shooting with Katch and it was just as much a dream as the first wedding I shot with her.
Bill and Claire were married in the redwood forest in the preserve and it was just SO DREAMY. The greenery and towering trees made for an absolutely gorgeous setting and their vows made everyone cry. I got to hang out with the guys before the wedding and photographed them all together prior to Bill marrying his dream girl - they were such a fun group (probably my favorite groomsmen I've ever shot - shh don't tell them!).
We ventured up through the hills to a lookout for their golden hour portraits and it was so on point. The photos speak for themselves. They are some of my favorite wedding photos I've ever had an opportunity to capture. Now I'm sitting here on this rainy, dreary Thursday morning dreaming about sunshine rays beating against my skin and the wind whipping through my hair. Soon enough, summer, soon enough! Anyways, here's some of my favorite moments from Bill and Claire's Santa Lucia Preserve wedding in the redwood forest! Enjoy!
When we headed down to Joshua Tree to shoot Donnie and Kristen's engagement session, we knew we had to find a photogenic AirBnb...and this one did NOT disappoint. It was the perfect space for our 2nd shoot of the day - making breakfast together. They slow danced, and snuggled, and ate breakfast outside together. It was magic.
Three days after Christmas, I headed up to Healdsburg to photograph a very intimate wedding held at Thomas George Estates. You see, about 3 weeks prior, I received an email from a bride named Amy. She was going to be marrying her fiance, Sim Sarna, and they were going to be having a really special wedding with one major twist...their close friend, Anna Faris of Unqualified was going to officiate the wedding. I didn't freak out. I didn't get weird. But try as I might, I did fan-girl a little bit. I like Anna, a lot and it was SUCH a treat to watch her officiate her first wedding for 2 of her really close friends. It was such a beautiful day!
The day after the wedding was chaos. Within 30 minutes of Anna posting some photos I had taken from the wedding, I was contacted by People.com, E-News, and Us Weekly. They all wanted permissions to share my photos with the world and I was shouting from the roof tops! Heck yes you can share my photos! HOW RAD!? Within hours my photos from their wedding were plastered all across the internet. I still don't know exactly how many media outlets picked it up (I lost track/count), but I can honestly say it was a little crazy. So many publications didn't credit me (which totally sucks, btw), but it was a really cool experience to end the year with. Amy and Sim (AND ANNA) were all so incredibly nice and wonderful and their wedding was dreamy! It was low-key and filled with so much love.
For those of you wondering...yes, Anna really is that cool.
Donnie and Kristen...what can I say about them? My brother is a special human being and he's chosen a really special person to spend his life with. I couldn't be happier as his big sister, but even more so as his friend and business partner.
We ventured down to Joshua Tree in October to run around the dessert for a couple days and it was amazing. We shot multiple times in the park and in our AirBnb. These are some of my favorites from our sunrise engagement session (or Pt. 1) in the park. It was right before sunrise and there was no one around...we laughed, and screamed, and skipped around the boulders and cacti - it was magic.
Jessie and Danny opted for a quiet, intimate ceremony with their closest family members on a private estate called High Rock Ranch up in Yorkville, CA. It was a perfect early fall Thursday evening spent exploring the grounds and watching Danny and Jessie say "I do" under the sun drenched arch on the back lawn. We spent time wandering around taking portraits on the property. There was just so much to see and do - it was hard to head back to the party. They danced and then ate their hearts out at a candlelit dinner in the sun room. I sure loved every single thing about this wedding.
One of my favorite families returned to the bay area this fall and requested a Labor Day family adventure session IN A TREE HOUSE. No big deal. I'm not sure if you'll remember this family from last year, but the Tsais met me in Bodega at sunrise to photograph them with their 8 month old (at the time) baby girl, Parker. Well, this year their returned to their old favorite place, but this time they rented out a tree house for a night and asked me to photograph them on the farm and the property they were staying at. HELLO DREAM! We had so much fun tromping around and dancing in the fields. I can't wait until they return again!
A cozy, summer, backyard wedding in July is a perfect way to bring two families together. Sophia and Maxime met when she was living/working abroad in Paris and now, a handful of years later, here they are - married! Maxime's family and friends traveled from Europe to gather with Sophia's family and friends in her aunt's backyard in Sebastopol. They were married under the oak trees and ate wood fired pizza under the sunset sky. They later moved into a huge tent and danced the night away. Sophia and her dad even surprised all of their guests with the BEST choreographed dance I have ever seen. Some of Max's friends even gave Sophia a surprise when they made her play a German wedding game for fun! They had several guys (and a girl) sit in a line and she had to go down the line blindfolded to try and feel the hairy leg of her husband. We were shocked when she actually chose Max! It was a wonderful evening full of love and laughter. I am sure these two are going to have so many fun adventures together!
When Stephanie first contacted me about photographing her intimate wedding/elopement in Guerneville I nearly jumped with joy. Her and her fiance (now husband), Thomas, were heading to Sabor Mexicano, an organic farm and homestead nestled amongst the redwoods just outside Armstrong Woods, with their family to celebrate their marriage. It was the most wonderful afternoon. Steph and Thomas got ready together and then they were married on the lawn in front of the house. They spent their afternoon visiting with their family, drinking top notch cocktails, and eating homemade mexican food under the stars.
Ever wonder where you can find the best ice cream and pies in Sonoma County? Noble Folk is the place to go. When they contacted me to photograph their pies and ice cream for a summer vibes type shoot for a social media campaign, I knew I couldn't pass it up. What could be better than photographing all these yummy things? Eating them. And that's exactly what I did. If you're ever up in Healdsburg, promise yourself you'll stop by - it's SO WORTH IT.
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