Monthly Archives: December 2016

Our Favorite Photos of 2016

It’s the end of yet another amazing year that was filled with very amazing clients.  2016 brought us so much fun, adventure, and film photography…we just love it!  To celebrate the coming of a new year and new (even more amazing) adventures, we have collected some of our FAVORITE 2016 images!  From engagement sessions in Yosemite (scaling mountain trails in boots to find waterfalls) to styled shoots in Santa Barbara to fantastic weddings with amazing vendor friends, this past year has been everything!  Cheers to a great year and to all the greatness to come.  Thank you to our wonderful clients for being….well, wonderful.  We love you all and can’t wait to see what the new year holds!

(Ps. We have a few surprises up our sleeves for 2017, so keep your eyes and ears open on Insta and Snap Chat!!!!)


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The DeDonato Family Photos at Murray Farms

We ventured out to Murray Farms for the DeDenato family’s photo session and Dylan’s 6 month old photos.  This is my second time photographing them, I also captured Dylan’s newborn photos.  Dylan was so cute and mostly all smiles! He was having such a blast being the most adorable model ever.

There were so many great corners and nooks to take advantage of at Murray Farms.  We had a blast taking photos on the nice fall day.

Dylan’s little suspenders were possibly the most adorable thing I had ever seen, and I was just eating it up, that is until Bethany pulled out his Halloween costume at the end of our session.  After all the family pics and portraits of Dylan, we finished off the day with some costume images.  I didn’t think it was possible for Dylan to get any cuter, but he did it!  His puppy costume was soooooooo cute!  I just loved it so much.

It is always so much fun to document the growing families of my clients, especially when they are friends and I get to photograph cute babies in Halloween costumes!


Outdoor portraits of a family of three

Fall family portraits in central California

fall family portraits of a family of three

Little boy playing outside

little boy sitting in a pumpkin patch

Small child sitting in the pumpkin patch

Little boy smiling sitting with pumpkins

Little boy dressed up for halloween

Little boy dressed in his halloween costume


I’ve had the opportunity to do other sessions at the Murray Farm this fall and got to photograph another good friend of mine there as well. Click here to check out the Keeler’s Murray Farms family portraits!

James & Lauren’s June Lake Mountain Wedding

The June Lake wedding of James and Lauren was full of gorgeousness.  The Bride is stunning, the Groom is dapper, and the views are beyond incredible!

I have to say that love all of my wedding clients and every wedding is special, but this one in particularly was extra special for me.   James has been my friend all his life because his mom and my mom are best friends, so we go way back! In fact, I am married to James’ cousin, so now we are technically related.

James’ wife Lauren is also a good friend of mine and was one of my bridesmaids (I got married about six weeks before they did). And since neither of our husbands like Disneyland, Lauren and I are Disneyland buddies. I’m such a nerd for Disney and glad I get to share it with Lauren! But enough about that, on to this amazing wedding

Their wedding colors were blush and navy, which complemented the mountainside color palette beautifully.  I LOVED the guys’ navy suits, and check out those shoes!! It added just a bit more to the look of the wedding party.

Lauren’s dress is from Enchanted Bridal Boutique in Bakersfield, CA.  The way it flowed and all of the details on it made for some lovely images of this stunning bride.  It was perfect dress and her beautiful bridal bouquet was the icing on the cake.

Speaking of cake, the wedding cake was by Lauren’s close friend and bridesmaid, Courtney of GhilaDolci Bakery. It was a wonderful compliment to the beautiful June Lake Lodge where the reception took place.

One of my favorite and very unique detail about the wedding was that James and Lauren included their dogs, Maddie and Bodie, in their wedding, walking down the aisle as ring bearer and flower girl! (Ps. Lauren….Bodie is still mine!  Don’t come looking at my house if he goes missing!) Maddie and Bodie were super cute and very well behaved!

The bridal party rode up the ski lift to the ceremony, which I thought was also very original and super fun! After the vows were exchanged and the kiss sealed the deal, the bridal party did a little choreographed dance and all the couples danced down the aisle, so it was basically a party the whole day.

We did get to sneak in some sunset photos at the top of the mountain with June Lake in the background.  Of course I shot it on film and OH. MY. GOSH.  those images are ah-maze!!!!!  They are some of my favorites from the day!!!

It was so much fun to photograph a wedding where I knew almost all of the guests.  It made for some really great photos of the bridal party (hence the shots of the bridal party “passed out” at the Tiger Bar)!

Love you guys!

Bride getting her hair done on her wedding day

Bride getting ready

Mom helping bride with her wedding dress

Bridal portraits

Bridal party wedding details

Groom detail shots

Mom helping groom with lapel flower

Outdoor wedding portraits

Bride and groom standing by June Lake

Couple standing by June Lake

Bridal party portraits by the lake

Groomsmen standing at June Lake

Bridal party standing by a lake

Outdoor bridal party wedding portraits

bride and groom being held by bridal party

Wedding party riding the ski lift

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Bride and groom standing in front of June Lake

Bride and groom kissing

Outdoor wedding portraits by June Lake

Wedding details and wedding cake

Wedding reception at June Lake California

Couples dancing at a wedding reception

Wedding cake cutting

Groom taking off bride's garter

Bridal party at Tiger Bar

Black and white nighttime portrait


I’ve done quite a few outdoor weddings this season, so click here if you’d like to see more of my work!




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