I miss color. Fall season here in San Francisco doesn’t quite get to the level of Georgia’s autumn leaves 🍁 The next best thing is to dig through the archives and throw it back to this color party wedding, featuring Kavya and all her best girls 💕 Today I’m road tripping it to Napa for a romantic afternoon session at a real life castle, and then it’s a full day of holiday rest! I’m excited to announce that tomorrow... WE HAVE ZERO PLANS. Except for dressing up and attempting to score last minute bar seats at House of Prime Rib. Which we most likely won’t get, as I imagine Thanksgiving night has been booked up there since last year 😂 so there’s a strong chance we’ll take our dressy selves to Harry’s Hofbrau again. Is this how family traditions begin?? Tell me one of your favorite holiday traditions below in the comments! 😋
Rested and restored. Off to capture a beautiful weekday elopement! I can’t imagine a better Tuesday. Here’s a throwback to romantic coastal days. The full feature of this stunning, sun-soaked session is up at @bajanwed! The styling here was beautifully light and windblown. White pennants in the breeze, a sheer veil floating behind our bride, florals by @selvafloral that stretched into the sky.. @utterlyengaged’s creative direction set all our hearts aflame. . creative director + stylist: @utterlyengaged // workshop host: @donnyzavalaphotography // film lab: @photovisionprints // florals: @selvafloral // dress: @clairelafaye // suit: @duchessclothier // hair + makeup: @kate_tuma // ring: @susiesaltzman // hair accessories: @melindarosedesign // calligraphy: @kelseymaliecalligraphy // styling boards: @emma_natter // ribbons: @tonoandco // albums: @priscillafosterhandmade // film sponsor: @fujifilm_profilm // agency: @musemanagement
Homebound to SF! Well, more accurately: bracing myself on the wobbly skytrain to Atlanta’s airport, approximately 268 escalator rides away from the official gate and ✈️ that will carry me and all my various carry-on’s back to the west coast. Y’all. This weekend has felt like a lifetime and a heart beat all at once. I have met some truly amazing people, witnessed an incredible wedding celebration, checked some MAJOR life goals off the bucket list, and remembered over and over again why these late nights and redeye flights are worth it. Passion is universal. I want to chase mine all over the world. But first... 😴 snapshot from Sarah and Brian’s stunning downtown wedding at @bentlyreserve. Planning: @carriedovecateringandevents, dress: @moniquelhuillier, film processing: @photovisionprints, florals: @katharinastuart
Danielle and Craig have such impeccable style! They offered to make the trek to San Francisco for their engagement session, and our time spent adventuring around the city is still one of my favorite photo session memories to date. Plus they treated me to some phenomenal Persian food afterwards!! They are both explorers at heart and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have met them and helped document their story. Can’t wait to celebrate their wedding next year back in Georgia.
I like to set multiple alarms in an illusion of allowing myself more sleep. Five alarms, a handful of nightmares about oversleeping, and a quick pause to listen to the sound of rare rain in the Bay later, it’s time to head to the airport! Can’t wait to collaborate with Andrea of @beautifulwilddesign on some more magic this weekend in Atlanta. In case you missed it, I’m hosting a group mentorship on Sunday for fellow photographers and we have ONE SPOT LEFT. Come learn, play photos, and talk shop with me and local peers! DM me to get in on the fun!! Here’s a peek at my last project with Andrea 💕 planning + florals: @beautifulwilddesign, photo assistance: @4cornersphoto, space: @thegreenhousenorcross, model: @sara_kinskey, hair + makeup: @jjrozestudio, film processing: @photovisionprints
🍑 state, I’m coming for ya in t-minus 2 days! Headed home to a land of pine tree-lined backroads and numbered highway signs (WHY doesn’t California also do this) for some of my favorite kind of work: holiday sessions, graduation portraits at my alma mater, the sweetest lakeside wedding, and my first-ever teaching experience. I can’t wait to share more with you all soon! Truthfully, after years of constant travel, staring at my half-packed suitcase still turns me into a bundle of emotions and nerves, but I’m ready to channel it all into some incredible, memorable work. . Someone once told me you don’t quit your day job to pursue the freelance life unless you’ve naturally got an insane desire for instability. It’s such a weird thing to admit, but I truly value instability. My greatest dreams for both my personal life and business all involve some sort of risk - as well as about five thousand different methods of panicking before the leap. Yet when I look back, all my favorite decisions have been made that way. . How my dog appeared in my life 🐶 How we decided to move across the country. How pursuing this one-time day dream started, first like a trickle and suddenly, like an avalanche of happenings and assurances until there was (for me) no other option. . My poor husband is afflicted with the same instability bug. We want to live abroad. We like to book flights without return ones. We have a hard time eating at the same place twice, when the city has so much newness to offer. We eloped that way - a little unconventionally yet truthfully. We suck at buying furniture but are getting better with printing our favorite photos. Passion over stability. Love over everything. . I am thankful every single damn day for this journey and our ability to run. Some days I still lie in bed and question the balance between happiness and caloric intake for an entire bag of cheese puffs. But today is not that day. Let’s run!!
All I want is.. . creative director + stylist: @utterlyengaged // workshop host: @donnyzavalaphotography // film lab: @photovisionprints // florals: @selvafloral // dress: @clairelafaye // hair + makeup: @kate_tuma // hair accessories: @melindarosedesign // ring: @susiesaltzman // calligraphy: @kelseymaliecalligraphy // styling boards: @emma_natter // ribbons: @tonoandco // albums: @priscillafosterhandmade // film sponsor: @fujifilm_profilm // agency: @musemanagement
Sometimes I’m unsure about my closed mouth smile because I feel like it looks like I’m holding a mouth full of marbles (plus it’s a bad flashback for me to seventh grade school portraits - back when my retainer was so clunky it caused half cracked smiles and a lot of public shame ugh), but I think this is accurate and 💯 me and how I go about most wedding days: feeling overly full of emotions, face aching slightly of mania from smiling all morning, ready to repurpose the lens cleaning cloth as a tissue once the parent dances start. @sorellamuse magically captured me as myself - sometimes unsure, always curious - and I love her for that. . It’s somehow Friday and it’s time for another edition of #fridayintroductions that I pull out of my posterior. 1️⃣ My proudest moment of yesterday was finding and booking a last-minute, dog-friendly camping yurt for this weekend. WE ARE GOING OFFLINE PEOPLE THIS IS NOT A DRILL 2️⃣ I ate an entire jar of chicken liver mousse yesterday by myself 3️⃣ Currently on my nightstand is a Canon lens cap, Lonely Planet’s travel guide to Indonesia, and two broken ends of a dog biscuit 4️⃣ One time I left a dog biscuit in my nice purple rain coat and my dog chewed through the entire pocket to get at it ☹️ 5️⃣ @rustythebutt is currently lying on top of me, cutting off circulation to my brain hence all the weird doggo themed facts 🐶 . If you made it this far, tell me a random silly fact about you!!
We dined al fresco, with the softly fading sun as our backdrop and the sound of the courtyard fountain quietly bubbling in our ears. The centerpiece florals by @lovelifebloom were simple, yet elegant, created with love in crisp palettes of white and green to act in harmony with the surrounding majesty of @montalvoarts. The whole experience was otherworldly, as though we had someone slipped through some seam in time and space to a scene in Italy. I’m a huge proponent of finding the right vendors for something as important as your wedding day, which is why I respond to every inquiry with a question regarding other hired vendors and whether or not my referrals would help! I may sometimes arrive on the day-of alone, but it’s a tremendous team effort across all of us to keep things running seamlessly for our wonderful couples. The vendor team at Kaitlyn and Victor’s wedding created an unforgettable impression on me and all the guests, and truly treated everyone to a delightful evening. Check back on the blog for more soon!