MacKenzie & Travis are Engaged! {Old Sugar Mill}..

You know that feeling when someone makes you blush? When you have that momentary sparkle, for a fleeting instance? The smile you try so hard to contain, but you are completely powerless over it? I have always wished I could bottle that feeling up. I realized when I shot MacKenzie and Travis’s session….it was built on so many tiny moments like this. There was something about the two of them…seeing them together..seeing how they looked at each other. It was the same sparkle. I kept flipping through the camera during quick breaks to make sure the camera was catching what I was seeing and feeling..and I’m so elated it was. This session was so timely for me…..I had been in a season of feeling a bit lackluster about so many things in life…especially where I was as a photographer, in a sea of a trillion brilliant ones. Sometimes you feel so small, and its easy to feel like nothing you do will truly have lasting impact, or will be something worth remembering. I was reminded in this session, that what we do for our couples in the short time we get to spend with them, the tiny moments of their love that we get to capsulate in a few hundred frames…..its priceless, really. And yes, while those snippets we share on social media, or have featured in magazines, or eloquently collage into blog posts, might eventually be forgotten by everyone else…they will never be forgotten by our clients. That is all that really matters in the end isn’t it? Its a simple truth, but its so easy to forget. MacKenzie and Travis completely revived me, and made my little heart pitter patter with excitement for this job of mine. So grateful for the amazing people like them who get placed in our lives. XO.

Heather @ Glitter and Gloss - August 7, 2015 - 11:09 pm

What a gorgeous couple, and I love her skirt!

It was great meeting you at Priscilla’s event!!


Midsummer Wanderlust With BHLDN..

First of all, let me start off by saying HELLO!!! Its been six months since my last blog post…how does that even happen? I used to blog 2-3 times a week!!!! Life has been so nutso friends..having another baby last year, buying a new house, home renovations, shooting a zillion weddings and sessions, and being more exhausted than I ever have been in my entire life. I swear, my all-nighters from high school and college are finally catching up to me..and well, my 3 rambunctious kids contribute t0 the craziness as well I suppose:) I gave myself the grace of taking a little break from blogging for baby Violette’s first year, so I could be as hands on as possible with her, while try to keep up with the business…..and sanity maybe? lol:) Now that she is 13 months, I’m finally settling into a new routine….will be doing a major facelift with the blog/website soon….and hopefully catching up on so many posts from the last 2 years and current sessions as well:) So thank you for hangin in there while I was totally M.I.A. I assure you, I am alive and well:)  But anyhow….

I wanted to share a super dreamy shoot I had the pleasure of being a part of last month. My dear friend, and blogger -Alicia Lund, of Cheetah is the New Black..teamed up with BHLDN to showcase some of their gorgeous gowns. Alicia dreamt up a casual-summer-wanderlust inspired escape for her and girlfriends. Her in-laws property along the creek truly set the stage for the perfect besties afternoon getaway. So grateful for projects like this, and working along side of my favorite girls!

Dresses & Accessories: BHLDN

Styling: Alicia Lund

Hair and Makeup: Priscilla Francine Makeup

Florals: Thistle and Honey

Heather @ Glitter and Gloss - August 7, 2015 - 11:11 pm

This is just dreamy!!

Kurtis & Brooke’s Wedding {Nestldown}…

Oh my goodness…It has been over 4 months since my last blog post! That is a new record for me..{#notsomethingtobragabout} I have never taken that long of a break!  Adding a new baby to the family this year.. without any maternity leave…and still taking on as many weddings as we normally do, left little time for anything other than editing and changing diapers:) We have dozens of events and sessions from the last two years that have yet to be shared, so I will do my best to catch up when I can! I have been wanting to share this wedding for so long. Its actually from 2 summers ago..but is probably one of my favorite weddings we have ever done. I maaaaay be a little biased..because I too, got married at Nestldown…which is the most amazing little slice of fairytale heaven, nestled in the mountains. It is truly the most dreamy property….some sort of wonderland, thats for sure:) I had the honor of photographing Brooke’s little brothers wedding that same summer, so I got a little extra time with these two than I normally do with my couples…and I aint complainin about that one bit!:) They have this insanely beautiful charisma about eachtother..and they are always always always laughing……you definitely get the feeling right away that there is truly no greater place either of them would rather be, than by each others side. Brooke+Kurtis….I’m absolutely smitten with this day, and am so grateful I got to share it with you.. XO.

Venue: Nestldown / Event Design: Bustle Events / Florals: Floral Theory / Brides dress, accessories: Haute Bride / Photo Booth: Tomfoolery - June 18, 2015 - 9:48 am

What a beautiful wedding! I love the shot of Kurtis and Brooke ascending the stairs. That angle is awesome.

Megan & Kyle {Are Engaged}..

“She knew he would change her life, but she could never know how he’d become her life”..

For those who know us closely….you know that our work life is predominately travel oriented. We are almost always living in and out of suitcases, dropping the kids off at grandmas on our way out of town, racking up mileage on our cars for tax time..and constantly balancing family/work life between two places. We moved to Sacramento almost 4 years ago..knowing full well that most of our client base was a few hours away in the Bay Area….but we really felt our family being called to a life in Sacramento. While it is at times ab-so-lutely insaaaaaane how much time we spend in the car traveling for weddings and photoshoots, I wouldn’t trade it for anything, because Sacramento has become more of a home than any place I have ever been.  We don’t really you can see how incredibly overjoyed I get, when somehow a darling couple finds me….and they live a few streets away from me. “Wait….it will only take me 10 minutes to drive to your engagement session??? Whhaaaaaat? ” Sign.Me.Up.

Megan and Kyle already had a photographer lined up for their wedding, but I loved having the opportunity to shoot their engagements. I always say engagements are my favorite..because your relationship lies in the “everydayness” of each other..and that is what we try to encompass for these sessions. We shot mostly in Old Town, which is equal parts awesome/touristy/quirky..but lends well to the things I gravitate towards for photos:) These two are seriously out of this world incredible to photograph. Kyle was perhaps the most comfortable person in front of the camera that I have ever met, he kinda just posed himself all afternoon:)…and Megan…well, I had to keep holding my tongue and NOT call her Avril, because certain angles she totally reminded me of Avril Such a beauty. Thanks for a super easy breezy session you two…. wishing you the best of EVER AFTERS. XO

Ashleigh & Nicks Wedding..

“Love like there is no tomorrow..and if tomorrow comes, love again.” -Max Lucado

Ashleigh & Nicks wedding was our first wedding earlier this year, and I could not have picked a better wedding to start our season. I have been so blessed to know Ashleighs family most of my life, as I grew up in the same church as them..and spent most of my younger years in life intertwined with so many of the same circle of friends. If I could say anything about Ash, its that she is incredibly graceful by nature. There is something so whimsical about how she carries herself, every word she speaks, is spoken out of love…and there is such a gentle beauty about her, that is woven through every aspect of her personality. She is woman of astounding character..and Nick it truly an amazing counterpart by her side. While I have only know Nick through the short process of engagements and actual wedding day…I could tell right away when I met him, that he was the real deal. Refined, attentive, witty, and may I say, suuuuuper stylish:) I loved sidestepping through peoples conversations at the wedding, getting to hear little tidbits of stories they shared about him. Mostly doting on the fact that he is demonstrative in his love for Ashleigh..he’s quite the gentleman…and above all, he is just genuinely kind. This wedding was filled with so many familiar faces for me…dear friends…people who helped raise me when I was little, running up and down the pews at church. What an honor to have front row seats to watch these two start their lives together. Ash & Nick…thank you thank you thank  for  choosing us to play this part in your day. XO

Venue: Decathlon Club, Santa Clara Ca. /Hair: Danielle Ashlee /Video: Anchored in Hope Productions.. Watch their video {HERE}


Sara May Photography - September 20, 2014 - 8:53 am

What a lovely session… :) The love is bursting out in each frame!