When I was in the 7th or 8th grade there was a teacher who asked my class to stylistically write our names on a giant sheet of paper and put a bunch of magazine cut outs around it in an effort to create an ‘about me’ board. I suppose I must have always been a Pinterest-er at heart, because I filled up every last inch of that sheet of paper with photos and quotes – anything that I found to be an inspiration. One magazine cut-out that I kept through the years (but sadly lost it somewhere between all my moving up and down the coast) was a black and white photo of a ballerina doing an arabesque, on pointe and outdoors. I have always had a fascination with ballerinas, but that photo start my fascination with photography. I loved everything about that ballerina photo – the lighting, the composition, the moment of her dancing captured. I knew then that I wanted to photograph people and their stories for a living, and although my path took a bit longer than many others that I know (BA in Psychology from UCSB, then hello, dental and financial industry), I’m glad to call photography my career. I started doing professional wedding photography full-time almost 6 years ago, and have recently started taking on more and more bridal editorial and press shoot endeavors. This ballet wedding inspiration shoot was always in the back of my mind, and I finally had the opportunity bring some of my ideas to life. Gianna at The Dress Theory was kind enough to let me photograph some of the shop’s most beautiful gowns and pieces, and my friend from childhood that works with the ballet industry found me a wonderfully talented and beautiful ballerina, Brook Gunn of New West Ballet (thank you Christie for introducing us!). The team for this photoshoot was small but mighty – Amber Silva Makeup Artist, Alissa Bell Press, and Hannah of Modern Bouquet all contributed their loveliest work. This shoot was also the first time I left my digital set up at home and photographed everything on 100% film. Special thanks to Danny Goodman and the Goodman Film Lab for their hard work to ensure my photographs are presented at their best! Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot with Brook dancing in a Jenny Packham gown and Sara Gabriel veil. Stay tuned for more!
I had such a wonderful time photographing Karrie and Jay’s Hammersky Vineyards wedding. How amazing is her customized Hayley Paige gown?! And her hair was absolutely beautiful thanks to the talents of Chelsea at Twist Studio Spa. Karrie and Jay had perfect weather for their fall destination wedding Paso Robles. Their wedding guests cheered them with burlap flags on as they exchanged vows, and toasted them as they dined under the stars. I really love Hammersky Vineyards as a wedding venue. From Doug and Kim Hauck’s restored farmhouse to the white New Hampshire style barn, every last inch of the property is dreamy. I thought Karrie and Jay’s color palette of blues and grays fit well with the concept of an outdoor vineyard wedding. The sweet bridesmaids wore B2 & Belsoie gowns in ‘cornflower’ and the adorable flower girl wore Zara. The groomsmen wore gingham printed shirts… something I will never forget, since the shirt I wore that day looked exactly the same as theirs! You can see me trying to hide my embarrassment on instagram here! Lauren Tinnin was a wonderful coordinator, making sure every moment throughout the day ran as smooth as possible. Field to Table offered a delicious menu and guests mingled at long farm tables set with varying arrangements by Country Florist in Paso Robles. For dessert, Karrie and Jay had a sweets bar set on a vintage dresser with a naked cake, cupcakes and brownies from Cassie’s Custom Cakes, donuts from Sunrise Donuts, as well as kettle corn and other candies. Props to DJ Malik Miko Thorne for keeping the party going well into the night. Special thanks to Turned Wedding Films and my second shooter Troy for making work so much fun that day!
This lovely couple lives in Scotland and after deciding to elope in New York City, found me through a High Line wedding photoshoot I did with The Lovely Bride and Lo Boheme! They flew me out from California and we spent an afternoon exploring the city after they eloped with Genevieve of Cheerleader for Love at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was utterly romantic and made me wish I had done something similar with my husband! The groom wore a perfect summer Hugo Boss blue suit and the bride was just stunning in her Laure de Sagazon lace gown. I am such a sucker for a gorgeous French wedding dress. Designs by Ahn created an amazing ranunculus bouquet and boutonnière with a green, cream and white palette that remained flawless in the hot summer sun – now that’s a talented florist! For you flower lovers, she used veronica, ranunculus, andromeda, olive green, green thistle in these arrangements! We started at the Nomad Hotel in Midtown, took a cab ride to Brooklyn then made our way back to the High Line and the Standard Hotel for a celebratory drink. It was a lot of fun recreating a shot from inside the Standard Hotel of the bride and groom’s silhouettes, and walking along the High Line during a different time of year! Special shout out to People’s Pops for keeping us hydrated with your delicious High Line popsicles! If anyone out there is considering a New York City elopement, I say do it without hesitation! I also want to extend a special thank you to my husband for coming along with me on this trip. We visited his work headquarters at Colgate-Palmolive (my first time there!), went to the MOMA and ate a ton of delicious food in the short time we were there! He took the photo of the couple in the back of the cab and it’s one of my favorites from the day!
Equipment: Contax 645 | Kodak Portra 400 | Fuji GA645 | Canon 5D Mark III | Canon 50mm 1.2 | Canon 85 mm 1.2 | Canon 35mm 1.4
I was recently on Maui and really wanted to do a few Maui Wedding and Maui Bridal inspiration shoots. This feature was published today on The Bridal Theory and I couldn’t be happier. All of the creatives involved with the shoot were wonderful to work with. Our beautiful model, Jessica Blair looked stunning in the Truvelle ‘Nicolet’ gown as well as the Truvelle ‘Eden’ gown, styled with Percy Handmade bridal accessories. Her hair and makeup was done by one of my favorites, Ry-n Shimabuku (we met at Nicole and Paul’s Olowalu Plantation House wedding). The shoot was styled perfectly by Opihi Love, at owner Melissa Padilla’s husband’s studio. Kaleo Padilla of Padilla Designs is an artist who creates amazing estate metal sculptures and it was so inspiring to watch him create copper pieces for the shoot on the fly. Bella Bloom Maui provided the amazing burgundy and orange florals that I instantly fell in love with. Check out the feature for the amazing behind the scenes footage by Sunlit Films. Special thanks to The Print Fairy for the gorgeous purple and orange wedding invitation suite, Paia Trading Company for the swoon-worthy vintage pieces and Set – Maui for the perfect tableware!
Technical: Contax 645 Medium Format Camera | Zeiss 80mm 2.0 | Fujifilm 400H | Canon A1 | Fuji Superia | Canon 5D Mark III | Canon 50 1.2 | Canon 85 1.2 | Canon 35 1.4
I had the pleasure of photographing Michelle and Gareth’s Olowalu Plantation House wedding a few months ago. This Californian bride and Australian groom decided to have a destination wedding on Maui, a place where their worlds met. They flew me out to capture their wedding story and I just loved everything about their day. Their friends and family shared sweet and laugh-inducing stories about Michelle and Gareth individually and as a couple (I love a good toast), and their wedding details were over the top gorgeous. Their pastel centerpieces were a combination of muted blue, green, grey and peach… a color palette that was perfect for their seaside wedding.