We hiked into this incredible cliffside trail in the mountains of Oahu for one of the most beautiful engagement session I’ve ever captured.
I am such a huge advocate for making your wedding, engagements, vow renewals, fill in the blanks, into more than just a day, but an experience. It takes away the stress of needing everything to be so perfect because what you are doing isn't for a picture, it's for a feeling, a memory, a moment in time that you can look back on and remember more than just a photo,
it's a weekend of memories,
a meaningful place,
the person you shared this with.
My husband and I got married on the Lost Coast - a rugged, mostly inaccessible part of the Northern California coast where we had both been on extended backpacking trips and it had become one of our favorite places in the world. Now, every time I go back to that place, I can't help but feel overwhelmed by our memories from that weekend and I relive it all over again from beginning to end. Tears stream down my face, and I feel everything.
I think the place that you choose to document your love is a big deal, it holds those memories just as much as the pictures do. These two did just that.
Jillian + Eric spent the week road tripping through Arizona + Utah and I met up with them in the middle of their trip for some epic engagement photos in the desert. We camped out in our cars above Lake Powell so we could wake up before the sun and capture their love in an incredible place. It was everything + more than I expected, and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. We spent the whole day together and it was unforgettable.
Rich and I finally went to Hawaii for the first time, and it was everything we expected and more.
Walking around barefoot, a constant ocean breeze, humid warm air that made my skin feel amazing, giant trees and leaves, chickens everywhere, and slow paced life.
The best part was hanging out with these two, hiking barefoot in the mountains and chasing the sun on a very stormy + cloudy day.
This island has the be the most magical place and I would go back here in a heartbeat.
The region we were in for this shoot is called Rajasthan. It's a part of the country that is most famous for camels and brightly colored women in the desert. And then there's Udaipur - the city of lakes - a desert oasis full of palaces, restaurants right on the water, narrow streets and sunset boat rides. I had never been here before and was so blown away by how beautiful and unique it was compared to anywhere else I had been in India.
I met up with Sydney + Dexter at one of the palaces you could stay in and we bonded over experiencing India for the first time, something I have never been able to do with any other couple before. It's experiences like this - tying my love for photography and travel with such a huge part of my past - that make me feel something I've never felt before.
I'll just start out by saying if you don't know who Dawn is, then you probably should. She's an amazingly driven photographer who lives in Oregon and has a huge love for adventure and the outdoors. I was so honored when she asked me to shoot her engagement session and her plan to go into the mountains and adventure around for an afternoon was so perfectly her, I didn't expect anything less.
We drove out towards Sisters, OR, stopping along the way when we found pretty forests, braving some epic winds that left our hair in one giant dreadlock, and laughing so much my abs were sore by the end of the day. If you can't tell through the photos, Dusty is a character and these two together is an experience to be had.
It was so cool to be a part of their story, not only because I think Dawn is the sweetest/coolest/most bad-ass photographer, but because as a wedding photographer, you know the ins and outs of the whole industry, and every decision you make for your OWN wedding is well-informed and thought out. That being said, they are doing everything exactly the way they want to, no outside pressure or following obligation, but making it just about the two of them, and I love this so so much.
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.
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.
When Tina + Matt suggested the idea of doing their engagement session here, I didn’t hesitate for a second, and we went straight to work, sorting out permits and travel details. The location itself is no easy feat. Driving from LA on only a few hours of sleep, Tina + Matt met us at the trailhead and we hiked in 10 miles to the most breathtaking waterfall we could ever imagine. The water was so unbelievably blue and next to the red desert rocks it’s like no other place in the entire world. We slept out under the stars, giddy as ever to shoot the next day. We woke up early before the other hikers arrived and had the whole place to ourselves. The whole trip was such an unforgettable experience, and the most inspiring place to capture their love and spend time together. This is definitely my favorite shoot of all time.
Two of the best people I know. We parked as far as we could in Lassen National Park (the roads aren't fully open for the season yet) and walked into a meadow full of mosquitoes and incredible views. We spent the night just hanging out, talking about life, barefoot and drinking beer till the sun went down. This is what summer nights are made of.