Monthly Archives: November 2016

Michelle & Larry’s Yosemite Engagement Session

Michelle and Larry took me adventuring with them in Yosemite National Park! We spent the day wandering around and even climbed a hiking trail, which was something I was not ready for because I was wearing boots – and not hiking boots! (lol oops!) It paid off though because we got to shoot at a waterfall that Michelle and Larry really loved.

Luckily though I had Steven (my then fiancee, now husband) with me, who was wonderful enough to carry all of my gear. I’m so glad we did it though because it resulted in one of my most favorite images I’ve shot to date – the one of Michelle kicking up her foot while they stand together under the umbrella.

Some of my other favorite shots from the session are of Michelle in her gorgeous green dress standing in front of the creek. The way the light came through the trees and lit the scene was so magical! It was a total Disney-esque moment!

Michelle and Larry were so much fun to photograph and hang out with for the day too.  So much so that we ended up shooting with them for a bit longer than normal and had to drive home in the dark, but it was totally worth it considering how much fun it was and how many gorgeous shots I got of the two of them!

We had such a great adventure of a day with Michelle and Larry and I would gladly do it again!!!

Black and white portrait of a man and a woman

A couple standing by a waterfall

Yosemite engagement portraits

Man and woman standing by a creek

Engaged couple kissing

Engaged couple hugging

Groom to be sitting outside

Outdoor engagement portraits

Engaged couple standing on a bridge

A woman holding a bouquet of flowers

A couple strolling along a bridge

Yosemite National Park Engagement Portrait

Engaged couple standing together

Yosemite Engagement Portraits

Outdoor engagement portraits in California

Man and woman standing by a waterfall

Man and woman sitting outside

A couple standing together outside

A couple walking down a gravel road

Engaged couple standing by a tree

A couple sitting outside on some rocks

Outdoorsy engagement portraits

A woman's engagement ring


If you have an adventurous idea for an engagement shoot, let me know! I’m always up for a little excitement and would love to capture an adventure day for you. Get in touch with me so we can start planning now!

Maria and Jonathan’s Tehachapi Engagement Session

This was a Central California Outdoor engagement session with Maria and Jonathan. We went up to Bear Valley in Tehachapi for the day of shooting, and I shot most of this session on film too. I love how the colors turned out!

Maria wore two separate outfits for this one, including a short lace dress and a longer flowy tan dress. (I love them both, but if I had to choose the flowy tan one is my favorite! I’m such a sucker for long flowy dresses!)

Maria also had a flower crown for this session, which complemented her outfit and the gorgeous outdoors and green hues perfectly. It was simple but elegant, and fit Maria perfectly, beautifully complementing her really pretty smile and lovely eyes. I was able to capture some great closeups of her too to really show off those beautiful features of hers!

Since we shot in the afternoon and the sun was out, I was able to catch a little bit of sun flare in a few of the images. It gives the images a little something special and adds an ethereal feel to the photos.

Outdoor Engagement Portraits at Bear Lake California

A couple posing outside for engagement portraits

A fiance kissing his bride to be

A woman wearing a flower crown and long flowy dress

Engagement portrait of a ring

A soon-to-be-bride getting a kiss on the cheek

Portrait of a man in a dress shirt and bowtie

An engaged couple sitting together outside

A man and woman walking on a gravel road

A couple standing together outside


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Santa Barbara, California Styled Wedding Shoot | By The Sea

I was so fortunate that I got to collaborate with a whole group of amazingly talented wedding industry professionals for this Santa Barbara, California Styled Wedding Shoot.

We did the shoot on the beach titled  “By The Sea,” and all of the colors, accessories, details, etc. were chosen in order to complement the color palette you would see at the beach. The session was shot at sunset (my favorite time of day for shooting!) and all on medium-format film. The film photography gave the images the soft, pastel look and color palette that we were looking for and really pulled the session together.

One of my favorite parts of the entire shoot is that skirt! I love how flowy it is, and the dip-dyed colors. The blues and grays also mimic and complement the ocean in the background as well, which is exactly what we were going for!

Here’s a list of some of the amazing vendors and contributors that made this session possible:


Handmade calligraphy sign being held by bride and groom

Bride and groom walking on the beach

Bride and groom on the beach at sunset

Bride and groom portraits on a beach

Groom and bride posing for portraits on the beach

Portrait of a groom on the beach

Seaside portraits of a bride and groom
Beach-themed wedding invitations and shoes

Bridal portraits at the beach

Bride and groom standing on the beach

Wedding table settings and table linens

Wedding table settings and decorations

Portrait of a groom taken at the beach

Bride and bridal bouquet

Hand-made styled bridal bouquet

A bride holding her bouqet

Bride and groom drinking champagne

Picnic lunch table settings at the beach

Bride showing off her engagement ring

Engagement ring sitting in an oyster shell


Ashley Jelmini of Ashley dePencier Photography – Photography (of course!)

Kelsey Elizabeth of A Lovely Creative – Planning and Styling

Sophie Uretz of Sophia Loves Letters – Calligraphy

Jenny of Blushing Beauty – Hair and Makeup

La Tavola – Linens

Carla Wingett of Sylvan Floral – Flowers and Floral Arrangements

Whitnie Burke of Paper Cake Events – Cake

Chantel Lauren – Bridal Gown

Baxter Moermon of Baxter Moermon Jewelry – Jewelry

The Mrs. Box – Ring Box

Silk and Willow – Plant-dyed Silks

Bella Belle – Shoes

Jolie USA – Head Pieces

And of course, a huge shout-out and thank you to our two models, Bree and Tanner, for doing such a stunning job for us! Collaboration styled shoots are so much fun, I can’t wait until I get the opportunity to do another one!


Click here to check out some of my client’s wedding photography!

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