These film scans from Allison+Rob's sweet wedding day just hit my inbox and I couldn't contain myself! I had to post a couple of sneak peeks because I just love them so much!! Full blog post coming soon!
Welcome to the world sweet little Cole!
One of my very favorite Manhattan Beach families is expecting #2 in April! A little boy! So we decided one last girly mama+me session was in order while little Andi was still an only child.
These two lovebugs live in Australia but planned their summer wedding in Tahoe, CA! It was my first time going to Tahoe and I definitely hope to shoot there again, the light was perfection and we had trees, lake and sand to shoot at which is basically a photographer's dream. Planning, florals, decor and music was on point but the smiling faces of the sweet couple was by far the best part! They totally enjoyed every second to the fullest!
Taryn and I met in college back in my NYU days and when she asked me to shoot her wedding in her hometown in Wisconsin, I was all over it!
I love these two! We are actually neighbors and ever since their engagement session, I just knew that their wedding was going to be so incredible because they are just so fun and in love! Jessica crafted every detail of this wedding herself (yes, the florals and all of the signage were done by the bride!!)
I shot this super cute couple's wedding in Palm Springs back in February and while I was in New York for another wedding we decided to snap a quick newlywed photos in Central Park! The bridge in these photos is the spot where Robb proposed to Helen - I just love that!
I first photographed this sweet family in Manhattan Beach but after their move to NYC, they welcomed their second little boy so we did their photos in their new home on the west side of Manhattan!
I can't wait to shoot this sweet duo's wedding at the Lombardi House. We were worried that the weather was going to be iffy for their engagement session but in fact we had some amazing pink hues through the clouds!
Baby boy coming soon!
These two had me laughing during our whole session! They're so funny, comfortable and loving!
I absolutely loved shooting with this fun young family! They just moved to the South Bay and are loving the beach life!
In the last 6 years, I've shot a TON of weddings. I'm so grateful that my wonderful clients have trusted me to capture their special days all over the country and the world. I wouldn't change those experiences for anything! After speaking with a close photographer friend (and getting a taste of the travel bug on our honeymoon), I realized that I need to find a new balance in my business. I've always been a believer that when your heart desires a little change, you shouldn't suppress the urge. After 7-day work weeks for the last three years, it's time that I reclaim some of my weekends. I'm going to start focusing more on family photography and lifestyle projects, shooting on weekdays, and the biggest change of all: I'm planning to be much more selective with the number of weddings that I accept in a year. I will be capping the number of weddings that I accept in 2017 from my typical 30 weddings down to 10-12 so that the weddings that I do take on get 3 times more of my focus and creative energy! I love ALL of you for your continuing support and I'm so excited to make this shift in my company!
Seaside summer loving!
We rounded out the last bit of our honeymoon by visiting one of my best friends in London and hopping over to Amsterdam to stay in the coolest Airbnb we've ever encountered. It was right in the center of the city and had an indoor hammock that I spent hours in reading while Taylor slept in the mornings. In Amsterdam we wandered the gorgeous canals, went to museums, danced at a music festival and silent disco, and ate top-notch food at diverse restaurants around town (salads, juice bars, and wraps were my go-to after all of the carbs in Italy but I'd be lying if I said I laid off the beer and apple pie.) On our last day, we got a couple's massage and ate dinner inside a castle. We loved how walkable the city is and can't wait to come back one day! Also, Amsterdam is Nutella-crazy (just like myself) so I felt pretty at home here.
After our days in France, we planed-traned-and-automobiled(and ferried!) our way to the island of Capri off the Amalfi Coast in Italy where we spent a couple days taking lots of photos, swimming into magical grottoes, and starting what would be about a 10-day binge on buffalo mozzerella, prosciutto, fresh tomatoes, pasta, prosecco, Peronis, and espresso. We had an amazing private boat tour around the island (highly recommend it) and then ferried over to what would be our favorite spot of our honeymoon: Positano! Such an incredibly breathtaking cliffside city with plenty of fun restaurants, bars, beach clubs, and lots and lots of stairs! We spent a few more days in the city of Amalfi. We swam a lot, rented a boat, Taylor jumped off a super high cliff, and we made some amazing meals from our fresh finds at the market.
After Paris, we hopped on a flight to Nice where we spent 3 wonderful days on the pebbled beaches, frequenting a jazz club and a hookah bar, hiking up to a castle, watching the Euro cup madness, staying in a charming Airbnb in the center of Veille Ville (old town) and drinking a lot more coffee! We then took the train to Cannes for two nights to wander the narrow streets of the old town on hit some happy hours. Next, we spent one night in Monaco Monte-Carlo before jetting off to Italy (the last shot is a double exposure of a building in Monaco and the sunset from our Airbnb on our first day in Capri.) Here are the film photos we took on the Cote d'Azur, the lovely French Riviera.
We took a month off after our wedding to backpack around Europe and it was one of the best decisions we've ever made! About half of my bag was taken up by my Contax 645 and a crapload of film and when I got these scans back from the lab, I knew it was TOTALLY worth it! Our first stop was Paris for 6 days. We took a pastry making class, drank lots of coffee, went to a concert, took time to laze around our Airbnb, had an outrageously delicious speculoos eclair from PainPain in Montmartre, and cooked fresh meals from our booty from the markets. We love Paris, the city breathes creativity and one day we hope to own an apartment there!
El Porto Beach, CA // This sweet little family wanted one last photoshoot as a family of three before they welcomed baby number two! Love their love.