From Cass + Ramit’s wedding in the woods 🌲 I’m back from my own extended birthday? anniversary? just because? camping trip and feeling ready to tackle all the craziness of these next few weeks! Let’s get on it! Planning + coordination by @brillianteventplanning, rentals and production by @redcarpeteventsanddesign, photographed at @ritzcarltonlaketahoe on @fujifilm_profilm with my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.
28 today! It’s a milestone that my teenage self envisioned quite differently – but here in this moment, I’m thankful for how life brings you gifts far beyond the scope of imagination. After all, where’s the fun in knowing everything that comes next? 😉 Cheers to another year of growing and seeking and figuring out most things with a little bit of hope and a whole lot of laughter. I feel very grateful to be a part of this world. Here is a lucky photo of some sea birds flying over Golden Gate Bridge. My bride that day was getting ready to step into her dress on a beautiful terraced balcony in front of me, when I heard a flutter behind us and I turned and - there they were. Photographed with @fujifilm_profilm on my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.
Saw the incredible news in my inbox last night and this definitely feels like an early birthday present: @nextlevelwardrobe and @ramit’s wedding has been published on @overthemoon! Cass is a personal stylist and the founder of Next Level Wardrobe, a men’s styling company. Ramit is a New York Times best-selling author on personal finance and self-development. Photographing their weekend-long wedding at @ritzcarltonlaketahoe has been one of my favorite memories for many of the same reasons that made the celebration so unique to them – a stunning outdoor venue in California, the most brilliant mix of her Mexican culture and his Indian culture, and a total emphasis on family and community. On that note, major thanks are in order to the entire vendor team that made this all possible: total dream design and coordination by @brillianteventplanning, rentals by @redcarpeteventsanddesign, videography by @daxvictorinofilms, hair and makeup by @makeupby_flynn, music and entertainment by @gogamusic, and all my love and sweat and tears to @kaylafphoto for supporting me selflessly through this entire production. Make sure to check out the whole slideshow feature on @overthemoon for all the amazing details! This image from Cass and Ramit’s first dance was photographed on @fujifilm_profilm with my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.
Take me to the feeling 💫 from Bri + Adrianna’s beautiful city hall wedding in San Francisco. Photographed with @fujifilm_profilm on my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints. Special thanks to @kiratedphotography for assisting on this one 💕
From Elisha + Adam’s beautiful wedding details. Knowing that we had a limited amount of time on the day-of, I had Elisha text me images of the paper suite beforehand so that I could start visualizing possibilities. Happy to say this arrangement took about five min to set and even less to photograph! Paper design by @rubythefox, styling board by @heirloombindery, photographed on my Sony A7iii and edited with @c1ickmatch.
The beauty in the details 🌿 From Rosy and Haj’s verdant, Singaporean luxe-inspired wedding reception. Artfully planned and designed by @andrialeighevents, floral design by @studiomondine, rentals by @theonicollection, linens by @latavolalinen, paper goods by @bournepaperco, easy breezy digital editing thanks to @c1ickmatch and film processing by @photovisionprints (but can you guess which images are film and which are digital?).
The journey with photographing on film is an ongoing one. I want to say the first couple of rolls I had developed were magical beyond belief (and in some ways, they were - despite the chemical science of it all, part of me still expected an entire sheet of completely blank exposures), but mostly, they were not. I didn’t quite have the language in me back then to even describe what it was that fell short, but I was stubbornly determined (story of my life) to follow through until what I assumed were my own inabilities disappeared. I started photographing on film at a handful of weddings back in 2016, but I found that even adding one or two rolls (16-32 images) was monstrously difficult. It was sooo much easier every time to reach for the digital camera (especially because I was still uncertain with how my film scans would ultimately look). It wasn’t until a full year later that I finally decided to just go for it and bring ONLY my film camera to a personal studio session. A month after that, I met Stephen Wood of @photovisionprints, a human being whose total wisdom and dedication to serving others completely floors me. These two moments together became the two most pivotal moments in my own film journey. From that film-only studio shoot, I learned to trust in my own abilities and focus totally on the process of creation - and the feeling I took away from that experience was incredible. From those early conversations with Stephen, I learned the utter importance of effectively communicating and developing a relationship with your film lab. I still go straight for the phone and call my lab whenever a new technical question comes to mind. Even now, the journey continues. Every single session continues to train my eye and expand my ability to read and recognize color. Now, in most lighting situations, I trust my film results over digital. That’s not to say one format over another makes someone a better photographer. The decision on how to photograph is deeply personal. The best advice I can share is to simply photograph. Photograph in great light. Weird 💩 light. Do it over and over and over again until you find what makes your heart sing and then - keep going.
The bride’s entrance. It never gets old. How could it? Alison and Will’s wedding was entirely about their people. With every moment, every speech, every gesture, it was obvious how much this community thrived on love and storytelling. I have to endlessly throw my thank you’s out there into the world because of how grateful I feel, getting to photograph these snapshots of boundless loves. More from this Tahoe lakeside wedding soon ♥️ Planning and coordination by @audereevents, hair and makeup by @grecorose, bridal dress by @amykuschel, floral design by @stemsbydiana, photographed onsite at @westshorecafe using @fujifilm_profilm on my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.
Busy season. Growing season. Still carving out pockets of time to enjoy spaces with friends, family, and my fat dog. With every week comes so much more to learn and explore. Grateful for a mind that’s never entirely made up. Photographed at @westshorecafe on my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.