Santa Cruz Mountains Engagement Session / Santa Cruz Wedding Photography

Santa Cruz Mountains Engagement Session / Santa Cruz Wedding Photography   Sometimes couples surprise me with how adventurous they are! Madie and Thomas were down to climb all over the place and tread through a creek during our session, and it was so much fun. We chased the light around as it beamed down through…

Moondance Bridal Shop / Northern California’s Unconventional Wedding Dress Boutique for the Free-Spirited Bride

Moondance Bridal Shop / Northern California’s Unconventional Wedding Dress Boutique for the Free-Spirited Bride     -My personal dress-shopping experience-   I heard a flutter of happy laughter the moment I swung open the door of Moondance Bridal. I planned this appointment weeks earlier to find my wedding dress, and I became stoked for this…

Intimate UC Botanical Garden Wedding, Berkeley / Berkeley Wedding Photographer

Intimate UC Botanical Garden Wedding, Berkeley / Berkeley Wedding Photographer   Back in the 1940s Emma’s grandparents were engaged in this very garden! I love that her and Andrew’s throwback vintage look is a nod to that family history in a way. The pair celebrated their marriage with less than 40 guests on a beautiful…

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Intimate Big Sur Redwood Forest Wedding, Limekiln State Park

Intimate Big Sur Redwood Forest Wedding, Limekiln State Park / Jack and Dana   What happens when you want to have the perks of eloping but you also want a few dear family and friends around? You hold an intimate wedding, aka a “micro wedding” and get the best of all worlds! Jack and Dana…

Where to Elope in Santa Cruz, California

Where to Elope in Santa Cruz, California / Santa Cruz Elopement Ideas   Why Santa Cruz is a great place to elope: California is a popular place to get away for an elopement, for good reason. Recently the most popular places to elope in California have been Big Sur and Yosemite. A quick look at…

1970s Beachy Boho Bridal Fashion

1970s Beachy Boho Bridal Fashion Summer is here and I’m sighing over and over at the feeling of sunshine. I collaborated with Madison of Beauty by M to put together this sunny, free-spirited styled bridal session at Panther Beach in Santa Cruz. I loved the 1970s style of the bell-sleeve gown, and wanted to play…

Carkeek Park Winter Portrait Session / Seattle, Washington

Carkeek Park Winter Portrait Session / Seattle, Washington   Even in Seattle there is an occasional sunny day during winter. Makayla, Cate and I got together for a shoot at Carkeek Park and lucked out with gorgeous, clear skies. It was so fun exploring the rocky beach and green trails throughout the park. Sunshine, ferns,…

Redwood Forest Bridal Portraits / Nisene Marks Aptos, California

Redwood Forest Bridal Portraits / Nisene Marks Aptos, California   Ever since I moved to Santa Cruz I’ve been exploring the incredible redwood forests that we are so lucky to have surrounding us.  I LOVE to hike, and I’m always on the lookout for gorgeous spots for portraits or elopement ceremonies. One day I was…

Margaret & Jason // Seascape Golf Club Autumn Wedding Aptos, California

Margaret & Jason // Seascape Golf Club Autumn Wedding Aptos, California   Ahhh that coastal haze … it creates the most perfect weather for an outdoor afternoon ceremony, and the most gorgeous sunsets!  Margaret and Jason’s fall wedding was . I met up with these high school sweethearts a few times over the course of a year and a…

Oakland Artist Warehouse Home Engagement Session

Oakland Artist Warehouse Home Engagement Session Michelle and Mark love their artist loft in Oakland, California and SO DO I… OH MY GOODNESS. I loved photographing this couple where they make memories every day. Someday when they’ve moved, they will be able to look back and remember this cool time in their relationship before marriage. They…

Big Basin Redwoods Engagement // Amelia and Simon

Big Basin Redwoods Engagement // Amelia and Simon Rewind to 2013: Dusty and exhausted, I hiked into my first re-supply stop on the John Muir Trail. I was dreaming of finding a burger- anything besides cold instant oatmeal and cliff bars. I picked up my supply box, flung off my pack and then collapsed in a heap outside the…

Eloping in California // Wedding Inspiration for an Adventurous New Generation

Eloping in California // Wedding Inspiration for an Adventurous New Generation If a traditional wedding doesn’t feel meaningful to you, maybe eloping in California is the answer. The gorgeous beaches and forests of Santa Cruz and the central coast are the perfect setting to re-invent traditions.  Let me help you make your elopement or tiny…

Intimate, Free-spirited Destination Elopement / Santa Cruz, California Elopement Photographer

Intimate, Free-spirited Destination Elopement / Santa Cruz, California Elopement Photographer Eloping isn’t for everyone, but there are many great reasons to consider eloping. It doesn’t have to mean secretly running off together and surprising everyone later with the news. Elopements can be a memorable way to have an intimate, meaningful ceremony with a few of your closest…

Thru-Hiking Couples Photography Project

Thru-Hiking Couples Photography Project         Have you thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Appalachian Trail, Te Araroa  or other long trail with your current significant other? I am looking for adventurous, thru-hiking couples for a personal photography story project.   For more information, please email me a bit of info about…

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Spain Winter Destination Elopement Ideas

Spain Winter Destination Elopement Ideas Miriam and Eduardo are featured here on the beautiful island of La Graciosa. La Graciosa is a tiny island in the Canaries off the coast of Morocco. Visiting this particular island is like stumbling on a long lost world. Paved roads don’t exist here. Dirt roads meander through little, white stucco…

How to Plan a More Meaningful Wedding

How to Plan a More Meaningful Wedding     The most meaningful moments begin with gratitude. It’s easy to get lost in planning the practical details of your wedding day, like what the decor will look like and what the seating arrangement will be like. Today I encourage you to give yourself a break from…

Best of 2016 / Santa Cruz California Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Best of 2016 / Santa Cruz California Wedding and Elopement Photographer What an incredible year it has been! I’m singing from the rooftops with gratitude for all the wonderful people I’ve met this year, the privilege to take care of important memories and the opportunities to shoot in some insanely gorgeous places with wonderful humans….

Sou’Wester Lodge Vintage Trailer Park Engagement // Washington Coast Wedding Photographer

Sou’Wester Lodge Vintage Trailer Park Engagement // Washington Coast Wedding Photographer I love photographing candid lifestyle engagement sessions because I get to focus on capturing you in your element and being yourselves. This vintage trailer park couple session was incredibly fun to photograph, as Tricia and Johnny brought their creative vision and natural chemistry to the…

Intimate Big Sur Bakery Wedding // Big Sur, California // Candace & Derek

Intimate Big Sur Bakery Wedding // Big Sur, California // Candace & Derek Bridesmaids were carefully arranging tiny wildflowers in Candace’s hair on the patio when I arrived. “Derek is waiting in a spot we picked out in the forest,” she told me. She slipped on her gorgeous vintage bohemian wedding dress and the two of us were off….

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