Monthly Archives: September 2015

Under Water is my Art

This one is my art…..

I saved up for over a year to afford my first underwater housing. I worked a retail job I hated. I knew underwater photography was something I had to experience, something I had to get my hands into, something I HAD to create. And so it begins… This time a ten feet deep swimming pool was tarped at the top for this underwater styled shoot. The models were scuba certified and their training allowed them to feel very at ease underwater and be able to commit themselves to movements that would cause them to stay under for periods of time. A weighted vest kept me, underwater while the models danced through our underwater world.

The definition of art  is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. This embodies what my underwater photography becomes. Emotion evoked. Models, Savannah and Lauren embraced our creativity when they agreed to shoot with us. As they embraced the dance like movements underwater we could see what was once imagined come to life. The white dresses worn give way to an ethereal beauty as a mysterious world is traveled to underwater. The vintage wing foot bathtub prop created an odd balance adding complexity to the art piece. Anything with vintage flair adds to my style of romance meets modern contemporary. It’s safe to say, this one, underwater photography is my art.

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Our Fave Film Engagement Sessions

When the locations right, when the clothes are styled well, and when we hear the click of our medium format camera we simply remember our favorite things and then we feel excitement. Here are a few of our favorite film engagement sessions from this past year. We start the blog with Shane and Alyssa. They chose Hart Park as the backdrop for their session. Although the backdrop was rural, the styling of their outfits was chic and contemporary. We love being able to mix nature with high fashion. Adding an adorable hat and a tulle skirt (by Bliss Tulle), is a great way to add visual interest to photographs and it creates an unexpectedness that our eyes love. Some other fun things to add to your engagement session are props that represent  you as a couple. Samantha and John  had a very elegant styling with his suit and her more formal cocktail dress. Once they threw in a football their true personalities came out and we see pure enjoyment and FUN.   Jade and Jake went ahead and brought along their guns for their almond orchard session since they met at a gun shop where Jade worked. In the central valley, agriculture often becomes a photo location, as was the case with Courtney and Craig.  After working in the Bees and Honey industry, it seemed fitting that Craig propose in an Almond orchard. Not only are the orchards beautiful when they bloom they are a great filter for light the entire year through.  Choosing a location out of town is another way you can make your session personal. Larger cities often have old architecture and off the beaten path nooks and crannies that can be found.  Kehau and Justin definitely hit the jackpot during their session in San Francisco, California at landmarks such as Sutro Baths, Legion of Honor and Palace of Fine Arts. Medium format photography is one of our most favorite things we love being able to add to your engagement session and to our art form. Film photography creates a sense of nostalgia. The colors are richer, and the textures are bold. Like I’ve said before I can’t help but love when that Medium format camera makes that “click”… definitely  music to my ears.


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Under Water

Ethereal yet desaturated was the mood for this underwater shoot featuring Erica Morgan as our model. There is something spectacular that is captured in an underwater shoot, something magical and mysterious. In the water there is a natural resistance that is felt between the subject  and the water. As the model or subject is forcing their body down, nature is forcing them back up. When a subject/model can become one with the environment is when beauty is truly captured. Makeup artist, Erica George created a distinct look for our model with a bold red lip against nude skin and tousled dark hair and the  contrast was striking underwater. The photographic team puts in numerous hours to prepare for the day.
Usually consisting of a team of at least three people, there is much that goes into preparing for this type of shoot. The pool is prepped the day before with careful attention to the details of the lighting in order to ensure zero light leaks through the protective barrier.  Each shot is extremely valuable as it takes so much time to set up and limited amount of daylight to shoot. Special props are used and placed for the models, models are prepped on how to move in the water with heavy fabric or clothing. Much of the  team spends the actual shoot day attempting to bring the artist’s vision to life. What starts out as a gorgeous model or the neighbor next door in a standard swimming pool becomes artistry at its finest.


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Makeup: Erica George

Model: Erica Morgan

Talia and Evan’s Stockdale Country Club Wedding

Talia and Evan said I do on a warm summer day at Stockdale Country Club.  There ceremony was held outside on the patio with the beautiful green golf course as their background.  Talia wore a beaded mermaid style dress with a sweetheart neckline and Evan wore all black.  Their black, white, and dark purple color scheme perfectly contrasted the greenery around them.  Talia and Evan celebrated into the night, enjoying their friends and family coming together to celebrate their love.


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Venue: Stockdale Country Club

Dress Shop: Enchanted Bridal Boutique

Alterations: Mary Rita Nommenson

Flowers: Flower Bar

DJ: Countdown Entertainment

La Boheme Styled Bridal Shoot

Recently featured in Smitten Magazine, this La Boheme styled bridal shower shoot is everything a bride would want. Set in the backdrop of Central California, our eyes beheld cerulean colored glasses sparkling in the sunlight, tribal accents that flanked the table with an arrangement of rich succulents from White Oaks Florist and so many more beautiful details.  When Lotta (owner of Mint Design) and I met for collaboration, the idea of earthy colors and boho style was a must. The models in the shoot were draped in very textured fabric which added depth to the shoot. Models also wore sheer textiles for an airy laid back bohemian vibe. Thanks to La Dulce Vita Salon, big hair, braids and relaxed curls floated in the wind. One can’t help but notice the hair adornments from Jolie USA.

The styled shoot was shot in April with a medium format camera, Mamiya 645AFD.  I love the sound that a film camera makes.  It’s so old and loud…music to my ears.


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Vendor Love:


Design & Styling: Mint Design

Rentals: Borrowedblu

Sweets: Decoeur Bakeshop

Makeup: Makeup by Devina

Flowers: White Oaks Florist

Paper Products: Matinae Design Studio

Jewelry: @birdsofafeatherdesigns

Hair: La Dulce Vita Salon

Head Pieces: Jolie

Jam: Sweet Lady Cook


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