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Laguna Beach Engagements // Amanda & Andrew


From the moment I met Amanda and Andrew, their energy was electric. Their love for each other was palpable, and they were so playful with each other. It made for some fun shots. I'm pretty sure I didn't even say very much during their shoot, as they were engrossed in their little world, teasing each other and basically just being the cutest people ever. This is what true love looks like you guys. Also, don't you dare forget to scroll to the bottom and see the last half of their shoot on the beach. Insane. Those outfits. So elegant. It was a perfect evening romping around Laguna Beach. I always jump at the opportunity to go back.

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Laguna Beach Engagements // Amanda & Andrew


From the moment I met Amanda and Andrew, their energy was electric. Their love for each other was palpable, and they were so playful with each other. It made for some fun shots. I'm pretty sure I didn't even say very much during their shoot, as they were engrossed in their little world, teasing each other and basically just being the cutest people ever. This is what true love looks like you guys. Also, don't you dare forget to scroll to the bottom and see the last half of their shoot on the beach. Insane. Those outfits. So elegant. It was a perfect evening romping around Laguna Beach. I always jump at the opportunity to go back.

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Los Angeles Bridals // Britt & Trent


I shot Britt & Trent's Engagements a few months prior to their bridals (check them out here). This day, we started out at a beautiful park in Long Beach and then ventured out to the cliffs at Palos Verdes. Although it was a foggy day, the photos turned out just how I imagined. Some trees at the park were in full bloom, showing off their lavender goodness, and the ocean is always a perfect backdrop. Take a look for yourself.

Los Angeles Bridals // Britt & Trent


I shot Britt & Trent's Engagements a few months prior to their bridals (check them out here). This day, we started out at a beautiful park in Long Beach and then ventured out to the cliffs at Palos Verdes. Although it was a foggy day, the photos turned out just how I imagined. Some trees at the park were in full bloom, showing off their lavender goodness, and the ocean is always a perfect backdrop. Take a look for yourself.

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San Diego Wedding // Kelsey & Tyler


I told you their wedding was beautiful, if you didn't catch their bridals the post before, here's more proof of how stunning the day and couple was. I love when you can just feel the happiness and love radiating from people, Kelsey & Tyler perfectly embodied that. This was their day and they wanted to celebrate it with those closest to them. I'm so happy I meet the people I have the honor of meeting.

San Diego Wedding // Kelsey & Tyler


I told you their wedding was beautiful, if you didn't catch their bridals the post before, here's more proof of how stunning the day and couple was. I love when you can just feel the happiness and love radiating from people, Kelsey & Tyler perfectly embodied that. This was their day and they wanted to celebrate it with those closest to them. I'm so happy I meet the people I have the honor of meeting.

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San Diego Bridals // Kelsey & Tyler


The LDS San Diego is meaningful to Kelsey & Tyler, as her family was sealed in this temple. They don't live in California anymore so it was a bit of a destination wedding, and the rain held off just enough for these two to have a beautiful wedding day. The day before, we got together for their bridal session, and boy were they both BEAMING. They are the cutest, and I'm so glad Kelsey & Tyler chose me to capture they're happy day. Stay tuned for their wedding day photos as well.

San Diego Bridals // Kelsey & Tyler


The LDS San Diego is meaningful to Kelsey & Tyler, as her family was sealed in this temple. They don't live in California anymore so it was a bit of a destination wedding, and the rain held off just enough for these two to have a beautiful wedding day. The day before, we got together for their bridal session, and boy were they both BEAMING. They are the cutest, and I'm so glad Kelsey & Tyler chose me to capture they're happy day. Stay tuned for their wedding day photos as well.

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Palos Verdes Los Angeles Bridals // Madison & Brad


These two beautiful people came down from Utah and we ventured through Los Angeles to take some incredible bridal portraits. First, Palos Verdes, which never ceases to amaze me. With it's breath taking cliffs and views it's one of my favorite coastal locations. Brad saw his bride, Madison, in her wedding gown for the first time and it was the sweetest thing.

Then we headed to the Los Angeles LDS Temple to end the evening at sunset. Did I mention how perfect Madison's dress is? So beautifully silky smooth with just the right amount of embellishment. Well, I'll just let the photos speak for themselves...

Palos Verdes Los Angeles Bridals // Madison & Brad


These two beautiful people came down from Utah and we ventured through Los Angeles to take some incredible bridal portraits. First, Palos Verdes, which never ceases to amaze me. With it's breath taking cliffs and views it's one of my favorite coastal locations. Brad saw his bride, Madison, in her wedding gown for the first time and it was the sweetest thing.

Then we headed to the Los Angeles LDS Temple to end the evening at sunset. Did I mention how perfect Madison's dress is? So beautifully silky smooth with just the right amount of embellishment. Well, I'll just let the photos speak for themselves...

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Los Angeles National Forest Portraits // Personal Work


Some rad photographer friends and I met up in the beautiful mountains of the Los Angeles National Forest and created a shoot just for fun. It's so important to take creative risks, especially as a photographer, and personal projects are a perfect place to experiment and just have fun. I think we shot for 3 or 4 hours and I could have gone all day. It's wonderful to get paid to do what you love, but sometimes I get so caught up in my paid jobs that I don't grow as much as I'd like to. So projects like this are perfect. And Britney, here, is surprisingly not a model, but she sure should be!

Los Angeles National Forest Portraits // Personal Work


Some rad photographer friends and I met up in the beautiful mountains of the Los Angeles National Forest and created a shoot just for fun. It's so important to take creative risks, especially as a photographer, and personal projects are a perfect place to experiment and just have fun. I think we shot for 3 or 4 hours and I could have gone all day. It's wonderful to get paid to do what you love, but sometimes I get so caught up in my paid jobs that I don't grow as much as I'd like to. So projects like this are perfect. And Britney, here, is surprisingly not a model, but she sure should be!

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Maternity Session in Riley Wilderness Park // Meghann & Juan


Having taken their wedding photos the previous year, found here, I was so so excited to hangout with the beautiful Meghann & Juan some more to celebrate their soon to be daughter's birth.

See, in southern California there's a rare couple of weeks in the hills where it's so lush and green. It's magical. We happened to frolic in the hills in Riley Wilderness Park during this time, and I definitely could have set up a tent and hammock and stayed all day.

Meghann & Juan have since become parents to a gorgeous little girl, Gabby, and are definitely the sweetest parents now living in Florida. I wish them the best and am always grateful for their friendship.

Maternity Session in Riley Wilderness Park // Meghann & Juan


Having taken their wedding photos the previous year, found here, I was so so excited to hangout with the beautiful Meghann & Juan some more to celebrate their soon to be daughter's birth.

See, in southern California there's a rare couple of weeks in the hills where it's so lush and green. It's magical. We happened to frolic in the hills in Riley Wilderness Park during this time, and I definitely could have set up a tent and hammock and stayed all day.

Meghann & Juan have since become parents to a gorgeous little girl, Gabby, and are definitely the sweetest parents now living in Florida. I wish them the best and am always grateful for their friendship.

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Newport Beach Nuptials // Erin & Evan


Getting to know Erin & Evan during their bridal session made me excited for their wedding. They were sealed in the LDS Newport Beach Temple followed by a lovely ring ceremony and reception with a darling backyard wedding feel. Many of the details were hand crafted which turned out beautifully. For obvious reasons, I had to start their gallery with the photo of Erin's bouquet. The rest of the evening was filled with dancing, a photo booth, yummy treats, and dinner provided by none other than The Habit. Thank you, Erin & Evan for having me a part of your fun and beautiful day.

Vendors

Photography: Meredith Lynne Photography

Florals: Native Poppy

Dress: Illume Gowns

Formal Ties: Dazi

 

 

Newport Beach Nuptials // Erin & Evan


Getting to know Erin & Evan during their bridal session made me excited for their wedding. They were sealed in the LDS Newport Beach Temple followed by a lovely ring ceremony and reception with a darling backyard wedding feel. Many of the details were hand crafted which turned out beautifully. For obvious reasons, I had to start their gallery with the photo of Erin's bouquet. The rest of the evening was filled with dancing, a photo booth, yummy treats, and dinner provided by none other than The Habit. Thank you, Erin & Evan for having me a part of your fun and beautiful day.

Vendors

Photography: Meredith Lynne Photography

Florals: Native Poppy

Dress: Illume Gowns

Formal Ties: Dazi

 

 

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Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach Engagements // Bailey & AJ


There are many reasons I love my job. Some of which include taking me to beautiful locations, and being able to reconnect with people I haven't seen in forever. AJ and I have known each other since we were young, and our families are still in touch. I was thrilled when he and his darling finace reached out to me for some engagement photos. Bailey is a kind and fun soul, I loved getting to know her and AJ together as a couple. They were troopers for adventuring with me over some prickly rocks, but it was definitely worth it! I hope these two the very best in their newlyweded bliss.

Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach Engagements // Bailey & AJ


There are many reasons I love my job. Some of which include taking me to beautiful locations, and being able to reconnect with people I haven't seen in forever. AJ and I have known each other since we were young, and our families are still in touch. I was thrilled when he and his darling finace reached out to me for some engagement photos. Bailey is a kind and fun soul, I loved getting to know her and AJ together as a couple. They were troopers for adventuring with me over some prickly rocks, but it was definitely worth it! I hope these two the very best in their newlyweded bliss.

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Huntington Beach Bridals // Erin & Evan


As a small business owner, marketing has become an intriguing and important component these days. I'm no expert, but I've found a handful of my clients through instagram. Which is so so cool, not only because it acts like a living portfolio, but it's free! Anyway, when Erin said she found me (and most of her wedding vendors) on instagram, I thought, wow all that boring hash tagging paid off. And I got to meet and become friends with the coolest girl ever. These two were all smiles, and it wasn't even their wedding day yet... stick around for their lovely wedding day post to come soon!

Huntington Beach Bridals // Erin & Evan


As a small business owner, marketing has become an intriguing and important component these days. I'm no expert, but I've found a handful of my clients through instagram. Which is so so cool, not only because it acts like a living portfolio, but it's free! Anyway, when Erin said she found me (and most of her wedding vendors) on instagram, I thought, wow all that boring hash tagging paid off. And I got to meet and become friends with the coolest girl ever. These two were all smiles, and it wasn't even their wedding day yet... stick around for their lovely wedding day post to come soon!

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Balboa Island Engagements // Emily & Ryan


Growing up with Emily was nothing short of fun. She is just the sweetest and I never laugh so hard than when I'm with her. You can imagine my excitement when she found her forever boyfriend :) We decided to take some 'pre-engagement' shots down at Newport Beach and Balboa Island. The rain teased us a bit with some on and off sprinkling, but these guys held out great. We had tons of fun from hanging out by the carousel, getting ice cream, and lots of frolicking on the beach at dusk. I love this sweet girl, her fiance complements her so well. I'm so excited for them to seal the deal this summer!

Balboa Island Engagements // Emily & Ryan


Growing up with Emily was nothing short of fun. She is just the sweetest and I never laugh so hard than when I'm with her. You can imagine my excitement when she found her forever boyfriend :) We decided to take some 'pre-engagement' shots down at Newport Beach and Balboa Island. The rain teased us a bit with some on and off sprinkling, but these guys held out great. We had tons of fun from hanging out by the carousel, getting ice cream, and lots of frolicking on the beach at dusk. I love this sweet girl, her fiance complements her so well. I'm so excited for them to seal the deal this summer!

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Palos Verdes Engagements // Britt & Trent


I love my job for so many reasons. But getting to reconnect with old friends is always a plus. Britt & I met our freshman year of college in the dorms. We lost touch for a few years as life took us in different directions, but I was SO happy when she reached out to me after she was engaged! Britt is from beautiful Palos Verdes so we took to the cliffs, quite literally. She and Trent were troopers for waking up for a sunrise session, however the fog never quite burned off. But I love these foggy photos probably even more. It was such a lovely, quiet, fun morning with these two and I'm looking forward to shooting their bridals real soon!

Palos Verdes Engagements // Britt & Trent


I love my job for so many reasons. But getting to reconnect with old friends is always a plus. Britt & I met our freshman year of college in the dorms. We lost touch for a few years as life took us in different directions, but I was SO happy when she reached out to me after she was engaged! Britt is from beautiful Palos Verdes so we took to the cliffs, quite literally. She and Trent were troopers for waking up for a sunrise session, however the fog never quite burned off. But I love these foggy photos probably even more. It was such a lovely, quiet, fun morning with these two and I'm looking forward to shooting their bridals real soon!

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San Juan Capistrano Wedding // Meghann & Juan


Honestly where do I begin with these two... Meghann has been a dear friend since I can ever remember. She is one of the most kind, genuine, and positive people I know. I couldn't have been happier when she asked me to take her wedding photos. I am always grateful for my clients and friends who trust me with such an important day.

The El Adobe Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano set the perfect mood for their "I do's". Nothing was sweeter than watching Meghann's dad give her away at the alter, probably one of my favorite photos to date. Having recently met the groom, Juan, I instantly knew he was perfect for Meghann. They met in Columbia and basically have a perfect love story. Juan is such a kind hearted soul and I can tell the love that they have for each other is so deep and real.

The rest of the night was an absolute party, these two are phenomenal dancers and it definitely made for a good time. Tacos, churros, ice cream, my stomach thanked me. I had such a wonderful day with this beautiful couple who are also expecting in May! I can't wait to meet their cute little girl. Happiest of wishes to one of my favorite couples.

San Juan Capistrano Wedding // Meghann & Juan


Honestly where do I begin with these two... Meghann has been a dear friend since I can ever remember. She is one of the most kind, genuine, and positive people I know. I couldn't have been happier when she asked me to take her wedding photos. I am always grateful for my clients and friends who trust me with such an important day.

The El Adobe Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano set the perfect mood for their "I do's". Nothing was sweeter than watching Meghann's dad give her away at the alter, probably one of my favorite photos to date. Having recently met the groom, Juan, I instantly knew he was perfect for Meghann. They met in Columbia and basically have a perfect love story. Juan is such a kind hearted soul and I can tell the love that they have for each other is so deep and real.

The rest of the night was an absolute party, these two are phenomenal dancers and it definitely made for a good time. Tacos, churros, ice cream, my stomach thanked me. I had such a wonderful day with this beautiful couple who are also expecting in May! I can't wait to meet their cute little girl. Happiest of wishes to one of my favorite couples.

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Dana Point Wedding // Megan & James


I shot Megan & James engagement photos on the beach so I was really looking forward to their wedding day! Southern California in December is just a dream. We were worried about some rain but it ended up being perfect. The bride & groom's family all came from out of town so it was a really special event. 

The reception was held at the Salt Creek Grille, and my favorite part was the cute milk shake bar they had! The bride & groom love milkshakes, so I thought it was a cute way to incorporate some personal details. The groom also surprised his bride with two beautiful songs he sang on the acoustic guitar, it was seriously the sweetest thing ever. Little things like that are what make a wedding so special.

Dana Point Wedding // Megan & James


I shot Megan & James engagement photos on the beach so I was really looking forward to their wedding day! Southern California in December is just a dream. We were worried about some rain but it ended up being perfect. The bride & groom's family all came from out of town so it was a really special event. 

The reception was held at the Salt Creek Grille, and my favorite part was the cute milk shake bar they had! The bride & groom love milkshakes, so I thought it was a cute way to incorporate some personal details. The groom also surprised his bride with two beautiful songs he sang on the acoustic guitar, it was seriously the sweetest thing ever. Little things like that are what make a wedding so special.

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Giracci Vineyard Wedding // Julie & Jack


In the beginning of fall 2015 I had the wonderful chance to meet and shoot with the talented Jenna Bechtholt. I'd been an avid fan of her work and had such a fun time during this warm, southern California autumn wedding day.

I'd say it was the most adventurous wedding yet, having crammed a wedding planner, videographer, two photographers, AND the bride and groom in one golf cart to make our way through rough terrain to locate a picturesque field. It was well worth it! Jack & Julie tied the knot with a gorgeous oak tree backdrop, topped off with lovely decorated chandeliers above them during the ceremony. It was perfect. 

Giracci Vineyard Wedding // Julie & Jack


In the beginning of fall 2015 I had the wonderful chance to meet and shoot with the talented Jenna Bechtholt. I'd been an avid fan of her work and had such a fun time during this warm, southern California autumn wedding day.

I'd say it was the most adventurous wedding yet, having crammed a wedding planner, videographer, two photographers, AND the bride and groom in one golf cart to make our way through rough terrain to locate a picturesque field. It was well worth it! Jack & Julie tied the knot with a gorgeous oak tree backdrop, topped off with lovely decorated chandeliers above them during the ceremony. It was perfect. 

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San Diego LDS Temple Wedding // Brooke & Dane


No better way to end the year than with a New Year's Eve wedding! Seriously, these two know how to party. Brooke & Dane are some of the most fun loving people, and it certainly showed the whole day. Check out that perfectly blush wedding skirt! I died.. plus, her reception dress fit the holiday so perfectly. The San Diego LDS temple did not disappoint. One of my favorite buildings, aesthetically. Oh, and they definitely had a sparkling cider tower to top off the night, so cool!

San Diego LDS Temple Wedding // Brooke & Dane


No better way to end the year than with a New Year's Eve wedding! Seriously, these two know how to party. Brooke & Dane are some of the most fun loving people, and it certainly showed the whole day. Check out that perfectly blush wedding skirt! I died.. plus, her reception dress fit the holiday so perfectly. The San Diego LDS temple did not disappoint. One of my favorite buildings, aesthetically. Oh, and they definitely had a sparkling cider tower to top off the night, so cool!

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San Diego Wedding // Ashlyn & Dallin


Ashlyn & Dallin are like those cool people you envy because they're gorgeous and outgoing and funny, yet it's impossible to hate them. The second I met Ashlyn she made me feel like we were long lost friends. They went out of their way to make sure I was taken care of and reminded me to eat even when I forgot! We had basically two seconds to shoot at the beach and of course they rocked every shot. Their reception not only had delicious tacos, but the absolute best churros in the world. I could have stayed put at the churro cart all night and been content. You can just feel the happiness that these two exude. 

San Diego Wedding // Ashlyn & Dallin


Ashlyn & Dallin are like those cool people you envy because they're gorgeous and outgoing and funny, yet it's impossible to hate them. The second I met Ashlyn she made me feel like we were long lost friends. They went out of their way to make sure I was taken care of and reminded me to eat even when I forgot! We had basically two seconds to shoot at the beach and of course they rocked every shot. Their reception not only had delicious tacos, but the absolute best churros in the world. I could have stayed put at the churro cart all night and been content. You can just feel the happiness that these two exude. 

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Laguna Beach Engagements // Megan & James


I love love love getting to know my bride & groom's better before their big day. Especially when one of the meet ups include engagement photos! It's like a test run to see how awkward I can be to make them laugh and feel at ease. Megan & James are the sweetest people ever and I had such a great time getting to know them and hanging out. They even pretended I was funny ;) Lookout for their wedding post coming soon!

Laguna Beach Engagements // Megan & James


I love love love getting to know my bride & groom's better before their big day. Especially when one of the meet ups include engagement photos! It's like a test run to see how awkward I can be to make them laugh and feel at ease. Megan & James are the sweetest people ever and I had such a great time getting to know them and hanging out. They even pretended I was funny ;) Lookout for their wedding post coming soon!

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San Diego Wedding // Lindsay & Brady


I especially enjoy taking a couple's engagement photos before their wedding because it gives us an extra chance to hangout and get to know each other. Here's a few from Lindsay & Brady's funfilled summer wedding day.

San Diego Wedding // Lindsay & Brady


I especially enjoy taking a couple's engagement photos before their wedding because it gives us an extra chance to hangout and get to know each other. Here's a few from Lindsay & Brady's funfilled summer wedding day.

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Orange County Senior Portraits // Haley


For a split second, southern California experienced "spring" where the oak trees were especially green and not all of the grass was dead. It was perfect. I've known this babe since she was a baby and man has she turned into a model. She's off at college now but these were her senior pictures during the spring time. 

Orange County Senior Portraits // Haley


For a split second, southern California experienced "spring" where the oak trees were especially green and not all of the grass was dead. It was perfect. I've known this babe since she was a baby and man has she turned into a model. She's off at college now but these were her senior pictures during the spring time. 

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Newport Beach LDS Temple Wedding // Carson & Collette


I hope you don't get sick of me posting about Bleudog Fotography because I love working with Shawna! The bride at groom at this perfect Newport Beach & San Clemente wedding were the nicest people ever and really knew how to party. Also, that floral crown...

Newport Beach LDS Temple Wedding // Carson & Collette


I hope you don't get sick of me posting about Bleudog Fotography because I love working with Shawna! The bride at groom at this perfect Newport Beach & San Clemente wedding were the nicest people ever and really knew how to party. Also, that floral crown...

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Laguna Beach Engagements // Alyanna & Drew


I just have to say that I love love love Alyanna & Drew. Drew and I became close friends during college, and once he started dating Alyanna I was thrilled. Alyanna is just a hip ray of sunshine that you want to put in your pocket. Not to mention that she is an incredibly beautiful Filipino girl. 

They flew down to California to visit Drew's family for a weekend and get their engagement photos taken. The Saturday of their photos, it POURED. I felt so bad, and they were to leave the next morning. So, we rescheduled to shoot right before their plane left! I couldn't be more pleased with how everything turned out, and Alyanna & Drew made their flight (double win!). We played around some beaches and cliffs around Laguna Beach and had a blast. They just got married this August in DC.. congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Tekulve!

Laguna Beach Engagements // Alyanna & Drew


I just have to say that I love love love Alyanna & Drew. Drew and I became close friends during college, and once he started dating Alyanna I was thrilled. Alyanna is just a hip ray of sunshine that you want to put in your pocket. Not to mention that she is an incredibly beautiful Filipino girl. 

They flew down to California to visit Drew's family for a weekend and get their engagement photos taken. The Saturday of their photos, it POURED. I felt so bad, and they were to leave the next morning. So, we rescheduled to shoot right before their plane left! I couldn't be more pleased with how everything turned out, and Alyanna & Drew made their flight (double win!). We played around some beaches and cliffs around Laguna Beach and had a blast. They just got married this August in DC.. congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Tekulve!

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Laguna Beach Engagements // Lindsay & Brady


I first knew the groom through church, as he is one of the most friendly and personable guys. When I met Brady and his bride, Lindsay, it was obvious they were good for each other. They both have very fun personalities, and are always a party. Stay tuned for their wedding gallery, which to no surprise, was a giant party with hundreds of their closest friends. In the meantime, take a look at these beauties at the beach by the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California.

Laguna Beach Engagements // Lindsay & Brady


I first knew the groom through church, as he is one of the most friendly and personable guys. When I met Brady and his bride, Lindsay, it was obvious they were good for each other. They both have very fun personalities, and are always a party. Stay tuned for their wedding gallery, which to no surprise, was a giant party with hundreds of their closest friends. In the meantime, take a look at these beauties at the beach by the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California.

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Temecula Wedding // Cara & Bill


Earlier this year, a local talented photographer reached out to me, Shawna of Bleudog Fotography, asking me to second shoot with her. Can I just take a minute to brag about her abilities as an artist, but also as a people person.. she fosters great relationships with everyone she works with and I learned quite a bit about client interactions with her. Not to mention, I always have a blast when Shawna and I shoot together. 

Anyway, I came along with her for Cara & Bill's beautiful wedding near Temecula, California. It was an intimate, lovely setting complete with horses (!!), a carriage ride, and a beautiful outdoor location. See for yourself the happy couple and what a celebration it was.

Temecula Wedding // Cara & Bill


Earlier this year, a local talented photographer reached out to me, Shawna of Bleudog Fotography, asking me to second shoot with her. Can I just take a minute to brag about her abilities as an artist, but also as a people person.. she fosters great relationships with everyone she works with and I learned quite a bit about client interactions with her. Not to mention, I always have a blast when Shawna and I shoot together. 

Anyway, I came along with her for Cara & Bill's beautiful wedding near Temecula, California. It was an intimate, lovely setting complete with horses (!!), a carriage ride, and a beautiful outdoor location. See for yourself the happy couple and what a celebration it was.

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Trabuco Canyon Portraits // Sarah


I'd been dying to take my friend Sarah out for some photos, as she has the most beautiful, perfect red hair and most wildly fun personality. Naturally, we had a blast frolicking through the wilderness in Trabuco Canyon. Love this hippie wild flower child of mine.

Trabuco Canyon Portraits // Sarah


I'd been dying to take my friend Sarah out for some photos, as she has the most beautiful, perfect red hair and most wildly fun personality. Naturally, we had a blast frolicking through the wilderness in Trabuco Canyon. Love this hippie wild flower child of mine.

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Valencia Los Angeles Wedding // Mike + Amanda


In March, these two beautiful people tied the knot in a gorgeous country club in Valencia, California. The weather was honestly perfect. I was shooting alongside the very talented Shawna of Bleudog Fotography which is always a good time. It's lots more fun having a sidekick to work with!

Having just met Amanda and Mike, it was so clear the love these two people had for each other. Amanda is a down to earth sweetheart while Mike is a fun loving gentleman. 

I'm excited to finally share some favorite moments of their big day. I like to share photos as if telling a story, so I hope these best depict their story as if you were there. More importantly, my hope is that you may see and feel their love surrounding this happy day and get a glimpse into their fun personalities. Congratulations to the Mr. and Mrs.!

Valencia Los Angeles Wedding // Mike + Amanda


In March, these two beautiful people tied the knot in a gorgeous country club in Valencia, California. The weather was honestly perfect. I was shooting alongside the very talented Shawna of Bleudog Fotography which is always a good time. It's lots more fun having a sidekick to work with!

Having just met Amanda and Mike, it was so clear the love these two people had for each other. Amanda is a down to earth sweetheart while Mike is a fun loving gentleman. 

I'm excited to finally share some favorite moments of their big day. I like to share photos as if telling a story, so I hope these best depict their story as if you were there. More importantly, my hope is that you may see and feel their love surrounding this happy day and get a glimpse into their fun personalities. Congratulations to the Mr. and Mrs.!

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Salt Lake City Utah Wedding // Kevin + Jordan


Kevin and Jordan are pretty much the coolest couple, they both skateboard, rock climb, and double dutch. Kevin and I met during our freshman year of college and later became climbing buddies. Once Jordan came around I immediately thought she was the raddest girl and that Kevin would be crazy to pass her up. Fast forward to December 2014 and they've tied the knot! They had such a fun wedding day and I couldn't be happier for the two of them. Here's to one of the most adventurous couples I know.

Salt Lake City Utah Wedding // Kevin + Jordan


Kevin and Jordan are pretty much the coolest couple, they both skateboard, rock climb, and double dutch. Kevin and I met during our freshman year of college and later became climbing buddies. Once Jordan came around I immediately thought she was the raddest girl and that Kevin would be crazy to pass her up. Fast forward to December 2014 and they've tied the knot! They had such a fun wedding day and I couldn't be happier for the two of them. Here's to one of the most adventurous couples I know.

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Trabuco Canyon Oak Tree Wedding // Joe + Brynn


Joe and Brynn have been family friends and close friends of my brother for a long time. My brother asked me to help shoot their intimate wedding in Orange County's O'Neill Regional Park - I was excited to have one of my favorite backdrops as the location.. it was a perfect fall day and the lighting at the time of the ceremony was idyllic. 

This dreamy wedding set the bar pretty dang high, and this couple and their families couldn't be any more fun or relaxed. It was more just like hanging out with some of the friendliest people and ridiculously cute kiddos. Oh, and Brynn just "threw" together her flowers and bouquet as if it were no big deal.. turned out perfectly. 

Thanks to this beautiful couple and congrats again... now that spring is coming can I photograph someone else's wedding in the woods? Too much to ask? :) 
I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Trabuco Canyon Oak Tree Wedding // Joe + Brynn


Joe and Brynn have been family friends and close friends of my brother for a long time. My brother asked me to help shoot their intimate wedding in Orange County's O'Neill Regional Park - I was excited to have one of my favorite backdrops as the location.. it was a perfect fall day and the lighting at the time of the ceremony was idyllic. 

This dreamy wedding set the bar pretty dang high, and this couple and their families couldn't be any more fun or relaxed. It was more just like hanging out with some of the friendliest people and ridiculously cute kiddos. Oh, and Brynn just "threw" together her flowers and bouquet as if it were no big deal.. turned out perfectly. 

Thanks to this beautiful couple and congrats again... now that spring is coming can I photograph someone else's wedding in the woods? Too much to ask? :) 
I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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Coto de Caza Family Photos // The Richardsons


I took my sister's family out for some photos last October, the best part is it wasn't even cold.. the temperature was in the 80's but we wanted the chilly fall look (like it's supposed to be...) ha. However, southern California has been super unpredictable lately so we worked with what we had. Their dog, Champ, has such an intense stare it cracks me up every time. 

Coto de Caza Family Photos // The Richardsons


I took my sister's family out for some photos last October, the best part is it wasn't even cold.. the temperature was in the 80's but we wanted the chilly fall look (like it's supposed to be...) ha. However, southern California has been super unpredictable lately so we worked with what we had. Their dog, Champ, has such an intense stare it cracks me up every time. 

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Coto de Caza Family Photos // The Marstons


I was so excited last year when I was contacted by a family/church friend of mine growing up. We were able to take some family photos in an oak tree grove near where we live. I love southern California for its beautiful oak trees... nothing quite like it. The Marston's are a sweet family and pretty hilarious bunch, with the cutest blonde and redheaded grandchildren. 

Coto de Caza Family Photos // The Marstons


I was so excited last year when I was contacted by a family/church friend of mine growing up. We were able to take some family photos in an oak tree grove near where we live. I love southern California for its beautiful oak trees... nothing quite like it. The Marston's are a sweet family and pretty hilarious bunch, with the cutest blonde and redheaded grandchildren. 

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Salt Lake City Utah Wedding // Taylor + Elizabeth


August 9, 2014 was a lovely day. I was able to travel to Utah to see my brother get married in Salt Lake City, Utah to the sweetest and classiest girl, Elizabeth. I love having an awesome new sister and these guys are just about the coolest couple around. A close friend of Liz's photographed the wedding, Anna Gleave Fabian. Anna's photography work is incredible and I'm glad to have such a sweet mentor who let me creep around her like a shadow at the wedding. Here are just a handful of photos I captured of the couple. xo

Salt Lake City Utah Wedding // Taylor + Elizabeth


August 9, 2014 was a lovely day. I was able to travel to Utah to see my brother get married in Salt Lake City, Utah to the sweetest and classiest girl, Elizabeth. I love having an awesome new sister and these guys are just about the coolest couple around. A close friend of Liz's photographed the wedding, Anna Gleave Fabian. Anna's photography work is incredible and I'm glad to have such a sweet mentor who let me creep around her like a shadow at the wedding. Here are just a handful of photos I captured of the couple. xo

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Park City Engagements // Taylor + Elizabeth


Back in September I was able to visit friends and family in Utah. It was a fun filled weekend and I got to see my favorite newlyweds, Taylor, who is my brother, and Liz. They have the coolest cat and live in a stylish apartment - didn't expect anything less with my new sister in law being an interior designer with fabulous taste! I love that these guys are always up for some photos, it's too bad they don't live closer. I look forward to seeing them this Christmas!

Park City Engagements // Taylor + Elizabeth


Back in September I was able to visit friends and family in Utah. It was a fun filled weekend and I got to see my favorite newlyweds, Taylor, who is my brother, and Liz. They have the coolest cat and live in a stylish apartment - didn't expect anything less with my new sister in law being an interior designer with fabulous taste! I love that these guys are always up for some photos, it's too bad they don't live closer. I look forward to seeing them this Christmas!

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Trabuco Canyon Portraits // Brooke


"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once" - George RR Martin 

 

Brooke is too good a person for letting me constantly pester her with my lens.. or maybe I don't really give her a choice... or maybe we end up at donut shops.. Either way she was up for an early wake up call the other weekend, I couldn't say no! Just look at that beauty and chic hair cut!

It was a beautiful, foggy morning in the canyon.. the fog was slow to burn off and I love the way it worked itself into the photos. Although most every plant out here is a nice shade of brown during the summertime, I still love it. Being outside. If only I had my hammock with me so I could enjoy the books I brought :)

The quote above is one of my favorites. I have an insatiable desire to read - if you have any great book recommendations, give me a shout. I'm weak for either some good non-fiction, historical, thrilling, or global issue stories. (ie: Half the Sky, Left to Tell... currently reading Unbroken). Now if only it didn't Netflix didn't tease me and fight for my time. The struggle is real. 

Though when I do read, I love the feeling I get when I'm completely engrossed in the novel, the world I've temporarily taken residence in. I also gain great insight to how others view the world, to think of things in a way I never would have imagined. It's beautiful learning how others have lived, loved, struggled, overcome, triumphed, and everything in between. Reading.. even watching films.. and storytelling in general can be so enticing and thought provoking, or simply adventurous and relaxing. 

Combine books, flowers, a crisp foggy morning, and an undocumented donut shop trip and you'll get one fine morning (perhaps 'day' is more fitting, like the movie... let's call it a day, shall we..)

What are some of your favorite books? I can never turn down a good recommendation! 

Trabuco Canyon Portraits // Brooke


"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once" - George RR Martin 

 

Brooke is too good a person for letting me constantly pester her with my lens.. or maybe I don't really give her a choice... or maybe we end up at donut shops.. Either way she was up for an early wake up call the other weekend, I couldn't say no! Just look at that beauty and chic hair cut!

It was a beautiful, foggy morning in the canyon.. the fog was slow to burn off and I love the way it worked itself into the photos. Although most every plant out here is a nice shade of brown during the summertime, I still love it. Being outside. If only I had my hammock with me so I could enjoy the books I brought :)

The quote above is one of my favorites. I have an insatiable desire to read - if you have any great book recommendations, give me a shout. I'm weak for either some good non-fiction, historical, thrilling, or global issue stories. (ie: Half the Sky, Left to Tell... currently reading Unbroken). Now if only it didn't Netflix didn't tease me and fight for my time. The struggle is real. 

Though when I do read, I love the feeling I get when I'm completely engrossed in the novel, the world I've temporarily taken residence in. I also gain great insight to how others view the world, to think of things in a way I never would have imagined. It's beautiful learning how others have lived, loved, struggled, overcome, triumphed, and everything in between. Reading.. even watching films.. and storytelling in general can be so enticing and thought provoking, or simply adventurous and relaxing. 

Combine books, flowers, a crisp foggy morning, and an undocumented donut shop trip and you'll get one fine morning (perhaps 'day' is more fitting, like the movie... let's call it a day, shall we..)

What are some of your favorite books? I can never turn down a good recommendation! 

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San Clemente Surf Session // Chelsea


First of all.. Chelsea is an ambitious girl with an infectious passion for life. She approached me with an idea to shoot some photos of her wearing a new rash guard given to her by the new fitness/swimwear company, Albion Fit. This isn't a sponsored post or anything, we were just excited to get our ideas out and share our vision with the company. 

This was actually a sunrise shoot, which paid off and we had a blast! No one was on the beach except for early morning surfers, and the lighting was next to perfect. Chelsea is a trooper for agreeing to wake up at 4:30 am and forgo some beauty sleep. This is definitely not my last sunrise shoot... (holler at me!)

San Clemente Surf Session // Chelsea


First of all.. Chelsea is an ambitious girl with an infectious passion for life. She approached me with an idea to shoot some photos of her wearing a new rash guard given to her by the new fitness/swimwear company, Albion Fit. This isn't a sponsored post or anything, we were just excited to get our ideas out and share our vision with the company. 

This was actually a sunrise shoot, which paid off and we had a blast! No one was on the beach except for early morning surfers, and the lighting was next to perfect. Chelsea is a trooper for agreeing to wake up at 4:30 am and forgo some beauty sleep. This is definitely not my last sunrise shoot... (holler at me!)

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Riley Wilderness Park Portraits // Brooke


I'm lucky enough to have my friend Brooke let me pester her with my lens.. we both love adventures and exploring the outdoors. However, beware of mean skunks! (*cue running*). Word from the wise: don't wear sandals while wandering the wilderness. You will inevitably find yourself in the middle of a prickly forest floor infested with spiders... of course all made worth it when I turn the corner and see the most magnificent oak tree and it's canopy around us. 

Riley Wilderness Park Portraits // Brooke


I'm lucky enough to have my friend Brooke let me pester her with my lens.. we both love adventures and exploring the outdoors. However, beware of mean skunks! (*cue running*). Word from the wise: don't wear sandals while wandering the wilderness. You will inevitably find yourself in the middle of a prickly forest floor infested with spiders... of course all made worth it when I turn the corner and see the most magnificent oak tree and it's canopy around us. 

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San Clemente Portraits // Emily


I had a blast meeting up with a dear friend that I'd grown up with. As with many long term friendships, our lives took us on varying paths. Just recently we've found ourselves living relatively close by again. I love catching up with Emily and seeing what adventures she's been up to. Emily has become a very talented hair stylist in Newport Beach, CA. Meeting up with her is always a good time... one of those friends where you pick up right where you left off, ya know? It doesn't hurt that she's up for anything! I admire her commitment which clearly shows in these photos. Maybe next time I can coax her beautiful pup to my lens :)

San Clemente Portraits // Emily


I had a blast meeting up with a dear friend that I'd grown up with. As with many long term friendships, our lives took us on varying paths. Just recently we've found ourselves living relatively close by again. I love catching up with Emily and seeing what adventures she's been up to. Emily has become a very talented hair stylist in Newport Beach, CA. Meeting up with her is always a good time... one of those friends where you pick up right where you left off, ya know? It doesn't hurt that she's up for anything! I admire her commitment which clearly shows in these photos. Maybe next time I can coax her beautiful pup to my lens :)