I've been so lucky lately and have gotten to photograph the prettiest things and learn from the most talented people! Totally exhausted and sore from the long day, but so grateful to have met so many incredible photographers and vendors. I will definitely share more in a later post! For this photo, many thanks to all the talented vendors it took to make this happen, especially the designer of the concept @spreadinglovely and the fabulous, kind-hearted @cassievalentephoto who hosted the workshop. Florals: @twfloraltruck Stationery Design: @bowerbirdatelier Rentals: @theonicollection Linens: @latavolalinen
Let's do #fridayintroductions today! Here a few facts you may not know about me. 1 - My husband Sam and I would have NEVER dated if not for the persistent efforts of our friend Jon. He managed to keep throwing us into the same place over and over again until we finally noticed each other! To be fair, the first time we met was at their house warming party where Sam had many of his friends to hang out with... and a subsequent time Sam spent the entire time making a Hello Kitty pizza with their other roommate David. In case you're wondering, I found this hilarious, but it definitely did not make me see him as boyfriend material ;) 2 - I stumbled into my day job as a hardware engineer at Waymo by total chance. The summer after my senior year at Stanford (I still had one more quarter left and a co-term), my friend Sasha asked if I wanted to layout PCBs for the summer. I said yes, despite having only ever done one board layout in my life. They hired me without an interview since it was supposed to be a short term job and he recommended me. I ended up loving it and deciding I had no interest in pursuing a career in Materials Science (which is what I had my undergrad degree in and was getting a Masters in), and continued working part time while I finished my coterm. At the end of the year, I asked to stay on and was converted to full-time. Since then, I've picked up everything I know about electrical engineering on the job. It has definitely given me some imposter syndrome at times, but it's ended up being amazing and I love my job now. 3 - I love crafting! I prefer to have something to do with my hands at all times, even when watching movies or playing games. I get bored easily and feel like I am wasting time, haha. I sewed the lace onto my chapel length veil by hand over the course of a few months while my sister, brother-in-law, Sam and I played various games. Bouquet made during a class with @lamusadelasfloras with lots of help from @sweet_kvitka and @dafioridesign
Throwing it back to one of the very first weddings I ever photographed back in 2017. I was SO nervous for this one, because it was for my best friend at an incredible venue. Luckily, the amazing @inloveness was my second shooter and totally rocked it! Of course, I wish that I knew then what I know now, but there are still so many photos from this wedding that are all-time favorites... like this beautiful bridal portrait of Jocelyne, taken on the porch of the Inn where she got ready. I went back and re-edited this slightly to brighten it up a bit more and soften the distractions in the corners for a cleaner image. Makeup by @tymiayvette and planning + coordination by @rodickell Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or a seasoned pro, we all love watching the magic of a before and after image. For myself, it often makes me wonder, “ohhhhh how did she do that??” and it makes me want to step up my editing game! Welcome to our #clickproeditingloop ! Each Monday, we will show how we transformed a RAW into a JPG! Swipe to see the SOOC and follow the loop to see more magic starting with the very talented @staciezphotography
This seemed like an appropriate photo to celebrate International Women's Day! Thank you to the incredible, badass women who made this photo possible. Host: @cassievalentephoto Planning and Design: @spreadinglovely Hair and Makeup: @marisaperel Florals: @twfloraltruck Dress Boutique: @bridesonhartz Dress Designer: @desireehartsock Model: @chic_dev
If you've been following my stories, you know that I've been making some paper the past few weekends! I've been trying to recreate the gorgeous green of Irene's dress here, but haven't quite nailed it yet... maybe this weekend?? What are your weekend plans?
In June I will have been at Waymo/Google for 7 years (one as a contractor), which will mark two years where I get 5 weeks of vacation. In the past, I've been a bit reluctant to take off work for photography purposes, but this year I decided to commit to furthering my photography business, even if that meant it had to happen during the week. Let's be honest now... Sam can only take 3 weeks of vacation, so that leaves me with 2 weeks to do anything I want! I'm so glad that I took Monday to attend @cassievalentephoto's incredible group mentorship for many reasons. Cassie is incredibly generous with her time and knowledge and genuinely wants to support everyone around her. Most importantly though, my time with Cassie has given me the push I needed to reach out to other creatives in the industry. I'm an introvert at heart and I have always felt so much more comfortable staying in my already established friend circles. So it is hard for me to send those emails and meet up in person instead of hiding behind the quick and easy comments on Instagram... but I know it'll be worth it! Cassie, you are so amazingly talented, but I think your greatest strength is your heart. Thank you!