Took these two cuties to the park for a picnic and I can’t get enough of the beautiful golden light we got that day. Summer is here to stay! I made a new photoshoot playlist and I didn’t even need to tell them to dance because they already were, success!
Couples session from our trip to Washington Park Oregon.Read More
This is the youngest of my 4 brothers and his girlfriend Cat. Yes, I have 4 brothers and one sister, and I am the youngest! Please enjoy their cuteness.
Music, dancing, and snuggling tend to be major themes in these intimate home session. I love celebrating a couples little space they have created together on this earth. Thank you to Sabrina and Isle for sharing this time with me and to you for viewing!
My self timer skills have come a long way. So here’s the thing, every trip we’ve ever gone on I always forget to bring something. Our first trip to Big Sur together, I had my tripod and everything I needed but somehow the footage got ruined. Ever since then every time I am missing something I need for taking photos. This trip was no different, I brought the tripod but forgot the adapter to connect my camera. I didn’t let that stop me and just propped up my camera on some rocks. No excuses, but I really need to start writing a gear list.
I love you Ethan, thank you for loving me.
Such an incredible, simple bohemian backyard wedding in Orange County, California. Thank you Delyer and Andy for letting me document this special day of yours.
Another in-home intimate session that I am just in love with. I met Rachel because she was dating my brother, but we remain friends because she is one badass lady. In the past we attempted to start a fruit and veggie co-op together, which failed. Now Rachel is thriving in her nutrition business. I am so lucky to know Rachel and her soon to be husband, Sia. We had so much fun listening to records, making lattes, and playing with their adorable fur babies (who are the reason I adopted my lovely dog Blossom). Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and love with me!
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!