Sometimes a client will come to me with a very strong visual idea of what they want their engagement session or wedding portraits to look like. We will share a pinterest board and talk about concepts and styling - we may even go shopping together for props or clothes. I feel so lucky to have clients like Nicole and Brian with great personal style and creativity, who are willing to experiment and play with ideas. These types of shoots feed my soul and I take full advantage of them when they come around.
A beach/bluff e-session is one of my favorite combinations. I was thrilled when Sami contacted me after having seen some of my work and wanted to shoot their engagement photos at Douglas Family Preserve and Hendry's Beach. It's like my second home! When the light is too strong you have some tree coverage up on the bluffs and when the sun starts to set you get to go play on the beach. If I ever complain about anything - someone please remind me I live in paradise and have my dream job. Now let's all enjoy Sami and Trevor's engagement collection. And take note of the fedora when you see it. It was the hat Sami was wearing when Trevor proposed. *collective AWWWW*
When Darin and Niko came to me with their request for a styled anniversary photo shoot commemorating 10 years together, through thick and thin, I was so excited to help give them photographs and an experience to remember. I immediately could relate to their story of finding one another in high school, growing apart, then reconnecting as partners for life. I have a similar story with a certain someone :)
Niko, being a photographer herself, had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted. She wanted to capture the romance of a bygone era, which would prove to be quite easy given their extensive collection of love notes and poems written to each other over the years. They also had an affinity for antique cameras and typewriters that I was pretty excited to incorporate into the shoot. We worked with hair and makeup artist Tawni Jones of 19 Blue Salon to create a classic 1950s look and pulled clothes from local Santa Barbara stores and our own personal collections. Honea Vineyards in Santa Ynez was kind enough to let us romp around their property for a few hours and it was an absolute dream! From atop a hill on their property we watched the sun set on one side and the full moon rise on the other. All-in-all, despite running up and down the hill about a thousand times, it was a pretty magical shoot.
Adam and Katelyn are SO fun and adorable and I want to be best friends with them and I loved every single detail of their event.
They planned a beautiful wedding on East Beach, here in Santa Barbara, with a reception at the Cabrillo Pavillion Arts Center. A color palette of pale pink, grey and white looked stunning against the coastline backdrop. Florals and decorative elements by Shannon Neels made the day feel so personal and lavish.
At the reception, Katelyn and Adam's 15-person wedding party and Rembrandt, an energetic live band from LA kept the dance floor packed all night, playing everything from Michael Jackson to Beyonce to Journey. I'll let you guess which of those three I captured in the last few dance floor images of this post.
I actually cannot stop myself from dancing when good music is playing. My body involuntarily moves to a beat, so I was doing a lot of dance photographing at this wedding. It's the latest in photographic techniques :)
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!
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I had the pleasure of meeting Sara and Matt face-to-face for the first time at Hendry's Beach, here in Santa Barbara. They live in Colorado but love to be near the ocean. While drinking celebratory champagne in honor of their newly engaged status, Sara and Matt shared with me the story of how they began their courtship. It was a long game of Cat and Mouse in College before Sara finally agreed to go out with Matt. Soon after, they discovered they share an insatiable love for traveling and exploring. So, it seems perfectly fitting that while on vacation in Hawaii, after an unexpectedly strenuous hike up a crater, Matt proposed and Sara said yes. Now, here they are, living proof that the right one is truly worth waiting for.