La Jolla Engagement Session | Windandsea Beach | Lauren and Ben

I am so excited to share this La Jolla engagement session with you all! It's definitely one of my favorites because it's light, bright, fun and all shot on my trusty Pentax 645n with Fujifilm (except for the last photo where the wave is about to get us, you'll see what I mean)! 

It doesn't get better than sunshine, a cute pup, and a gorgeous couple ;) I met Lauren and Ben last year while I photographing Lauren's sister's wedding at the Omni La Costa (which was also absolutely stunning!). Ben proposed at Windandsea beach on Christmas Eve and a few days later Lauren reached out about their engagement and wedding photography! Of course I was more than elated, I love working with friends and family of my previous couples!

I always suggest that couples try to find a place that they'll feel comfortable and relaxed in for their engagement session, which is why Windandsea in La Jolla was the perfect spot for Lauren and Ben! These two lovelovelove the beach! They got engaged in La Jolla and are getting married at the Hilton Waterfront in Huntington Beach this October so make sure you stay tuned for even more beachy goodness from these two!

 

Can we just all agree that Slater is like the cutest Chihuahua of all time?  

The wind was definitely our friend for this session! I love the way flowy dresses look on the beach paired with the light sea breeze.

Sweet kisses as the waves and clouds started to roll in <3 

Ben did SO good picking out Lauren's ring! I love the classic and timeless look!

Thank you rain for bringing in all the pretty greens and flowers!

Don't worry, no one got wet in the making of this engagement session ;) 

Los Angeles Engagement Session | Danielle + Eric

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite engagement sessions to date! Everything from the location, the outfits, and the fact that I shot most of it on film makes my heart so happy! If you've been following along on my social media you'll know that I have recently started shooting film again. About five years ago, I learned on a 35mm film camera and large format cameras while in college earning my BFA in Fine Art Photography.

To be honest, I was totally turned off by shooting film with my couples at first. Not because it's not the most beautiful medium ever (because it is!), but because its pricey, getting it developed and scanned can take a week or two, or the fact that I have to pause and change rolls during my sessions didn't seem like something that I could add into my already busy wedding workflow.

But all of these "turn offs" actually ended up being positives in my shooting techniques. You see, film slows photographers down a little bit (in a good way!). It helps us think, anticipate, and compose photographs. With only 16 photos per roll of film we have to be very careful about what we are shooting. This, I believe, has made me a better photographer over the past few weeks of my new film journey in weddings. I am so excited for the upcoming weeks because I have an endless amount of shoots and film scans coming back to me left and right. Every time I get that golden email from Goodman Film Lab my heart races with excitement and it feels like Christmas! 

This particular film session was with Danielle and Eric, who I absolutely LOVED hanging out with! Their love radiates and they know how to have fun together! I love couples who laugh a lot, it brings so much life to their images. We chose LA Arboretum because of the lovely colors, even on a cloudy day the flowers and trees still looked amazing. Afterwards we headed over to Pasadena City Hall where the sun came out just in time for the end of the session! 

Congratulations Danielle and Eric! 

Desert Editorial Shoot | Red Rock Canyon | Las Vegas, Nevada

It's finally here! I am so excited to share every favorite image from when I traveled to Las Vegas earlier this month. You see, once a year, thousands of photographers come together in Las Vegas for WPPI. WPPI is an organization that serves the educational and business needs of wedding and portrait photographers. This conference and expo is a professional organization that exists to help photographers by providing them with exclusive information, programs and professional services to assist with their photographic artistry and business needs. I always walk away from the expo with new benefits, valuable industry information, and, of course, some pretty photos.

This year I decided to attend a "shoot out" at Red Rock Canyon, about 20 minutes aways from the Las Vegas Strip. This shoot consisted of 33 photographers, two educators, great styling, and gorgeous models. It was insanely windy but we used every bit of that to our advantage to create beautiful, flowing, imagery. 

I truly believe that as creatives, we need to keep growing, keep learning, keep inspiring, and keep teaching others. This shoot did just that, I learned, I helped others, I created content that I was proud of and was photographing something that inspired me. 

This particular trip, while I didn't shoot any film, it inspired me to start again! I am thrilled to announce that this year I will be adding film into my photography workflow. Although I am not a complete stranger to film (I began shooting film in 2009 while getting my BFA in Photography), I have not yet had the chance to incorporate into weddings. I can't wait for what's in store, and I hope you all stay tuned for this new journey! 

Cheers! 

 

 

 

Vendor Credits:

Shoot out hosts: Julie Paisley Photography and Jeremy Chou Photography

Creative direction, styling, and florals: Janna Brown Design

Hair and Makeup: Natalia Issa

Gowns: Claire La Faye, Tara Lauren, Lovers Friends LA

Paper goods: Julie Ha Calligraphy 

Rings: Susie Saltzman

Silk ribbon: Silk and Willow and Frou Frou Chic

Suit: The Black Tux

Sponsors: Fuji Film, The Find Lab, and Sixteen and Grain

Models: Diana Rykun, Erin Muller, Shelbi Byrnes, and Annelise Temple

 

Montage Laguna Beach Wedding | Orange County, CA | Amber + Rob

  

 Amber and Rob's intimate, October wedding was one for the books! They are not only one of the most fun-loving couples I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, but to sweeten the deal, they have the CUTEST daughter - which just so happened to have matching style to Amber! The day was filled laughter, tears - of joy, and love. It truly was the most perfect beachside, intimate wedding.

Since we're talking about the beach, we were outstandingly lucky to have a beautiful engagement session in Corona Del Mar a few months before the wedding. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. Between the wedding and engagement session, these two sure brought the love and the style!

The day started in one of the suites at The Montage in Laguna Beach. It was a warm, beautiful day and the ocean breezed flowed through the room as Amber and a couple of her friends and family members prepped for the ceremony. Rob arrived shortly after and received a special note from Amber in lobby before heading over to relax with his friends.

Amber helped hand bead her own dress for customization, accessorized with Lugano jewelry and had the most gorgeous pair of Valentino heels. To keep with the black tie affair, Rob wore a black tux to keep it simple and classy.

The ceremony overlooked all of Laguna Beach while their closest family and friends watched them exchange vows and rings. To top it all off, there was a floral chandelier, yes you read that right, a floral chandelier! The setting could not have been more perfect.

After the ceremony we took photos with friends and family before heading into the reception space at Montage's Studio Restaurant. All the while, the lighting started to switch over to a golden soft light, perfect for wedding day portraits. I was lucky enough to steal these two away for some romantics down on the sand! Besides, who doesn't want a little alone time on their wedding day and get epic photographs at the same time? ;)

The rest of the evening was filled with mingling overlooking the ocean and some really fun moments - including a cake fight! 

Amber and Rob, I could not imagine a more perfect day for a fantastic couple. Here's to family and a lifetime of love and laughter.

XoXo

 

Vendor Love:

Planning: Details Details - Sarah
Floral: Florals by Jenny
Beauty: Hair and Makeup by Nazeera
Shoes: Valentino
Jewelry: Lugano Diamonds