I wanted to experiment with something that I have been interesting in shooting more which is in home sessions. I fell in love! To be in a couples personal space and home environment adds such a level of intimacy and comfort like no other. Alexias and Maroon thank you for allowing me into your space, and letting me document the special moments that usually go undocumented. Look forward to seeing more intimate home sessions in the future!
Two of the most lovely people I know asked me to come to their hometown in New York to shoot their wedding. It was such a magical trip and wedding, I am so lucky to know these two and their families.
The day before the wedding we spent the day picking wild flowers from Holmquest Farms and arranging all the bouquets and vases.
“We met on a cold, winter night at my cousins bar called the Dark Horse Tavern in Rockville Centre, NY, where Chris grew up along with a ton of our family. We knew pretty much right away that we had found our forever. After a few weeks of dating I went to San Diego to nanny for a couple of weeks and because we didn’t want to be apart, Chris came for the last week and that’s really when the love grew. Chris proposed in the same exact hotel room overlooking the Pacific and had a bunch of our friends surprise us for dinner. “ - Kelsey
“We got married overlooking the gorgeous, forest-filled mountains by our great friend and the funniest person I know, Katie Heneghan, who had everyone laughing, but also crying as she spoke of times growing up together and also, getting to know Chris.” - Kelsey
Chris used to work for a moving company and helped move Scarlett Johansson, she was giving away some of her stuff and Chris ended up with this rug that they then stood on to get married.
/ Venue: The Hill at Hudson Valley, New York / Catering: Linda Laestadius, Grounded / Rentals & Bar: Kelly Dowd, As You Wish Services / DJ: Dj Gio / Dress: BHLDN by Anthropologie / Ring: Engagement @lunaskye by Samantha Conn / Beer: Luke Heneghan, Bright Eye Brewery / Jewelry: Necklace: Taryn Horacek
On May 25th 2013 I shot my first wedding ever. The amazing and talented Paige Jones after only a few weeks of mentoring me asked me to be her wedding photographer. I cried, I was nervous, scared, and honored. At this time I was shooting mostly film and had just gotten my first dslr, a canon rebel t2i with only the kit lens. Paige offered to lend me her gear and show me how to use it. The fact that Paige believed in me and my eye so much gave me the confidence to be able to handle the pressure of shooting my first wedding.
Fast forward to the wedding day, I was beyond anxious but oh so excited to do something I have always wanted to do. Once I started shooting I realized I had nothing to fear, I blew myself away and was extremely proud. Paige and her family showed me so much love and compassion as a baby photographer and made the day effortless on my part. It was such a beautiful, intimate wedding. Paige and Keith had worked on every detail from their wedding with the help of friends.
Read more about the wedding day...http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-ideas/indie-southern-california-wedding/
/ Venue: Casa Encantada in Malibu, CA / Makeup: Monica Giselle email@example.com / Engagement Ring + Wedding Band: Michelle Oh / Sweets: Figgy Bakery / Food Truck: The Border Grill / Table & Chair Rentals: Alex Party Rentals / DJ: The Flashdance / Camper Rental: Happier Camper / Tabletop & Decor Rentals: Casa de Perrin / Furniture Rentals: YEAH! Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Martha Webb / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew
I had the pleasure of being along side Jamie and Shaun on their wedding day. I am always so grateful to be asked to document such a special time in people’s lives.
They had a gorgeous ceremony at the San Clemente Historic Cottage, which is the town they both grew up in!
“Music choice was everything to us! We love going to Coachella and other music festivals and appreciate good music. One of our good friends, Parker Glen, would usually play DJ sets at our camping spots at Coachella, so we knew from the beginning that we wanted him to DJ for our big day. We really didn't want any of the typical wedding music, like the YMCA, the Cha Cha Slide, etc. Instead, Parker threw down mixes of both old and new artists, like Fleet Wood Mac and Dire Straights, Rufus Du Sol, Caribou, Classix, Kid Cudi, Kendric Lamar, and Janet Jackson. Our young crowd appreciated mixing it up a little bit, and not sticking to the same old songs wedding DJs typically fall back on.” - Jamie
Shot the beautiful and talented artist, Katelyn Tarver. Check out the independent music and art magazine, Local Wolves! https://issuu.com/localwolves/docs/issue55selflove
Big Sur is the place I will miss most when I decide to call somewhere new my home. California's hidden jem is on the coast between Santa Barbara and San Fransisco. This was the second trip I shot with my new Fuji xT20 and I played around with the film settings, and shooting black and white. I normally am not a fan of black and white images, but I think I have a new love for it.
This was my first time to the Joshua Tree National Park, I've been to Joshua Tree before, but never went into the park. I have been missing out all this time, because I had no idea how pretty it was! We went to a hiking trail to see one of the oasis' in the park and ended up leaving the trail. We put our bags with the water and keys on a rock somewhere and proceeded to climb up, over and around this mountain of rocks. 4 hours later we made it back to the start of the trail, found our bags and finally a sip of water. I brought my Fuji xt20 with me everywhere we went and captured some really awesome moments. I hope you enjoy!
I always say my latest shoot is my favorite, but really this has to be my favorite (just wait till the next blog post). Misako is an absolute angel and I had a blast shooting with her. Cracking jokes, singing to sza, and comparing what we eat for breakfast. This will not be the last time you see her! Check out her youtube channel and give this lady some love. https://www.youtube.com/user/MisakoElodeEnvela
Raced the sun for this shoot, (literally ran up multiple hills) but somehow got perfect lighting during sunset. More to come with Sunny in the future
Recently I wrote on Instagram about how I un followed over 50 people. I un followed people that inspire me, because I realized they were ruining my creativity and thus ruining my business. No matter how hard you try on social media you are constantly being influenced in some sort of way whether it is positive or negative. I love following and supporting other photographers and people I would consider my photography "idols", but that is where the problem lies. I will see a project or image from my favorite photographer that makes me wish I was them and wish I was creating that content. That mindset of comparison kills your creativity and inspiration. It is hard to avoid copying others because so much is out there already.
One of my favorite photographers did similar to something I had written down in my "ideas" journal. I first thought, oh no! Now I can't do that or I will be copying her. When of course in reality my execution, editing, models, locations, etc would have been different thus looking nothing like her shoot. But in the past that would have stopped me from creating, from doing anything and I would have kept looking on Instagram or a blog and be fed beautiful work that in the end makes me not create more art. So in reality I am not inspired by those other photographers, I am jealous and I stop shooting because of fears of copying. Even now realizing that my shoot will come out so much different than hers I will compare it to that shoot, or accidentally do a similar pose because that photo has been in my mind subconsciously. I still follow a few photographers that do different work than me or friends that have a different style than me so I just admire them but do not have any fear of comparison.
Since then I have been shooting more, trying new things, new ideas, and new poses. I am drawing inspiration from myself, movies, music, other art, nature, colors, etc. I think in the beginning as a photographer it is important to look at others and try what they're doing to see what you like and don't like and to create your own style. But as you grow there comes a point where you need to no longer take inspiration from them and start being inspire by your own work.
This is work from my latest shoot, where I tried different things that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I hope to keep improving and making myself proud of my work instead of feeling like I am not being authentic to me. Let me know your own thoughts and experiences with social media and if you think it can be harmful at times for artists!
Stella Rae is an inspiring 19 year old entrepreneur, social media influencer, youtuber and podcaster. We shot at sunset in Santa Monica and the lighting could not be more perfect.
Kelsey and Chris are some of the sweetest people I know. Being apart of celebrating their love and engagement was so special for me. These two are from New York and both had a dream to move to California which brought them close together to eventually move here together. Which I am so glad they did because I now get to call them my friends! Hanging out, drinking wine, eating hummus and seeing them in their element was so beautiful. They live on an amazing property in the hills of San Clemente, complete with a back deck and garden. Talk about goals! They are going back home to New York next fall to be with friends and family for their wedding day, and I could not be more happy for them!
Meet Tilly, their rescue pup that is such an angel.
Thank you for sharing your home, hummus, dinner, and laughs with me.
On December 31st I walked into a gallery in Laguna Beach and walked away with my first piece of real art. Before walking out with the painting I stood there for almost an hour debating which one to get after my boyfriend said "treat yo self". I was sweating, nervous and had to leave the gallery only to come back to buy the painting I was initially attracted to. Never in my life have I invested that much in art or anything that was not a practical item. I do not regret it one bit. The artist and painting I bought from was Laura Berger, but my particular painting is not on her site. All of them are equally as powerful and beautiful and I wish I could fill my home with all of them. I quickly became a huge fan of her work and now keep up with her on Instagram and I recommend you follow her, clearly I am obsessed.
I became so inspired by her that I knew I had to do a shoot inspired by her work and the feeling and meaning behind it, or my interpretation at least. Laura's work to me means femininity, vulnerability, freedom, friendship, beauty, love for yourself, love for others, and love for the earth. From this bloomed my series I titled 'Sisterhood'. I had an idea of all the shots I wanted and them went into deciding who to cast for the shoot. I knew my friend Hannah would be perfect and came to realize her sister Leah would be the perfect pair to execute my idea. They are both experienced in modeling and acting and made the day so fun and effortless. Thankfully I planned all of this during the super bloom we had here in California, so we headed to San Diego to find the flowers. We never actually ended up finding the flowers I was seeing in all the photos. We were chasing the sun, but made what we did find work. I am so happy with the shoot, of course looking back I have a million more ideas. This was my first styled shoot that I made for pure fun and I can't wait to do more projects like it soon. Without further ado...
I got to meet Sammi through an online photography community I am apart of. We explored a new place and talked about all things cameras and photography. She is as beautiful as she is talented! Yay for meeting new friends.
Syd wanted to give Jeffery the gift of photos of them for his 25th birthday, so sweet. When she asked if they can bring their dogs, of course I said YES! They were so cute and photogenic, I had so much fun taking photos of the 4 of them.
Isle and Sabrina's love for each other is contagious and was so effortless to capture. Being able to capture Isle in his element in his van was awesome. This couple loves to surf, do yoga, cook, and enjoy nature.
I spent 1 month traveling across the whole country of Japan. Being my first time out of the country, I was very nervous and excited. I was mostly nervous to be in a box in the sky for a full 12 hours, man planes are stressful! After a 12 hour plane ride and 4 hour train ride we made it to our first destination, Kyoto.
There is a whole island filled with bunnies and if that isn't heaven I don't know what is. They were so sweet and cute, I could play with them all day!
We visited Nara, hoping to sneak into the old abandoned knock off Disney theme park called Nara Dreamland. Sadly, we found out that it had been demolished a month prior. We still got to see the deer park which was much more frightening then expected. Ethan decided to put deer food in my pocket without me knowing. After being crowded by a group of deer, one bit my jacket and ripped it. I ran away and can never look at deer the same again.
We arrived in Japan in November and was there right before Christmas. Being able to see two seasons was incredible.