These two had their big, traditional wedding planned for the end of the year, but in the midst of planning it, they caved and decided to elope instead and have a reception afterwards and I was so happy when they called to tell me the news! They decided to elope in Yosemite in the fall when the tourists had gone, but the park is as beautiful as ever with glowing orange leaves and frost covered fields. We woke up while it was still dark out and drove into the park to a field where Half Dome was towering behind us and with thermals on under their wedding clothes, they had their first look.
From the first time I talked to these two, I knew right away that they were the most relaxed, down to earth couple and we would all have so much fun together. They had found this spot on Canon Beach where the tide goes down far enough to access a different, secluded beach, and their dream was to have a little private table setting, in the water, as the sun was going down. It was nothing short of amazing.
Then we spent the rest of the daylight dancing in the waves and I just stood back and captured these two playful souls be together just as they are.
We started our adventure in Vegas, driving out to Zion National Park for a first look at sunrise, but kind of left late and ended up in the full desert August sun aka 100 degrees. Not to worry, we wiped off all our sweat in Lake Powell for a little afternoon dip. Addie clipped up her hair and got in too. This is the most BA couple every by the way, they are nuclear scientists and I hardly felt worthy to be hanging with them.
The big event was their personal vows they wrote to each other that they planned to say while the sun set over Horseshoe Bend. These two had initially wanted to elope, but realized that having a wedding was just too important for all their family + friends, which I think is the case for most people. So instead, they met up with me a week before their wedding to say personal vows in the desert on the side of a cliff and it was nothing short of incredible. We all cried.
The next morning, we timed it just right and went to Antelope Canyon right when the sun was peaking through. The adventure of the year.
One of the most meaningful shoots I've ever been a part of. Erin + Dirk spent 10 days adventuring around Iceland for a belated honeymoon/anniversary and asked if I could come out and capture their vow renewal - I couldn't have been more excited. Dreams came true in every way for me here, flying to Iceland, hanging out with the sweetest couple in the world, complete creative freedom, and honestly just the best few days spent together.
If there's one thing that I love the most about photography it's the opportunities I get to travel to some of the most amazing places, learn about different cultures, and have this thing I call "work" be an experience. When Allison, an amazing photographer based on the east coast, reached out to me to shoot her wedding in Bulgaria, I was so incredibly flattered I didn't know what to do with myself. These two met and fell in love when Lyubo lived + worked in the US for a while, and due to some unfortunately tough visa situations, they had been doing long distance for long enough. So this day and wedding was quite the celebration of two people finally able to be together. I am forever grateful to have been a part of this incredible weekend.
Jessica and Critty are amazing photographers based out of South Carolina and decided to come to Oregon for a much needed vacation to celebrate their anniversary. These two had never been out to the area, so hiking through the lush PNW forest was quite the experience in itself and this was before we stood under this massive waterfall cascading off a cliff as a little sliver of sunshine peaked through illuminating the falls for 10 minutes. It was just incredible.
Every huge smile on her face in these photos is exactly what she is like in real life, and meeting and hanging out with Candace + Brett was such a treat. This little ridge is just off the side of the road, and doesn't look like much, but I've always wanted to take photos here and they were so down. The grass was so pretty in the sunset, but we didn't last too long before we were begging for some shade to dry those pits - I'm not kidding it was 110 degrees. Even in the heat, these two were as happy as could be to be getting married and taking engagement photos. Love them so much.
Jet lagged and tired from pretty much no sleep, these two met me at the famous Skogafoss waterfall to catch the last light on the falls with no tourists around. It was such a dream come true to shoot here, and the blue hues from the black volcanic rock was just insane. Brian kept taking iPhone photos mid session because who wouldn't, it's crazy the first time you see it.
We spend the whole next day together, road tripping around the southern part of the island, stopping at so many of these iconic spots that we finally get to see in person. It was so fun to explore together and capture these two just as they are.
A few weeks ago I flew down to Napa, California and met up with Tara & Shaina, the masterminds behind Tara Lauren's incredible wedding gowns. We spent the day at Beltane Ranch photographing their new, dreamy, boho Spring Collection called Ember Dusk. I have never done anything like this before, and it was such a treat to have the first time be with such incredibly talented designers + model (the one and only Sydney Hafen). Here is a collection of some of my favorites from that day.
The sweetest backyard wedding in one of my favorite places in the world, the Northern California coast. Brittany and Brandon decided to do their wedding portraits the night before the wedding, so everything on the day of could be relaxed and stress free, and I can't tell you how much I loved that they did this. We went out at sunset and they had their first look in a field of purple wildflowers while their childhood friends hid in the trees behind us.