It’s just such a joy to see my brides and grooms long after their wedding day when they have settled into their new life. While some say familiarity breeds contempt, time and time again I see that the day to day life and working alongside each other instead deepens their affection. They are even more deeply in love than they were on their wedding day!
So it’s even more special to be able to capture that love deepen even more with a new baby!
My family and I are really close. So while I may not know all my sisters’ friends, and they may not know all mine, we probably “know” them by name, where they live, etc. So when my sister brought Natalie home from their big music teachers’ convention, I’d heard enough to know that she was an amazing piano teacher and author from Kansas.
As I got to know her over the next few days, I came to realize she is also an amazing person with a heart for serving God by serving others! I will treasure the talks we all had together about being creatives, running a business, and how to do it all to the glory of God. Natalie and Julia have some exciting plans they’re putting together that I’ll be sure to update you all on when it’s time, but let’s just say that if there’s a trip to Kansas in the future, I might just tag along!
It’s probably a given that if you’re coming to my house for a visit, a photo shoot is going to take place!
Love her smile and laugh!
Not quite like the fields in Kansas, but the view wasn’t too bad!
After talking to Natalie, I’m inspired to journal and blog more often. Here are some tips on journaling my friend Sarah just shared!
Tea, black that is, is the beverage of choice!
Not only is Natalie a great teacher, but she’s also an amazing writer and speaker. Be sure to check out her books Pajama School and Born to Deliver!
There’s nothing better than friendship that goes beyond the wedding day! So when I drove down to Santa Rosa to shoot an engagement session, it was the perfect time to catch up with my dear friend and past bride, Angela! And what a sweet time as she and Crandon are expecting a little boy! We met at the Luther Burbank Gardens and were able to just catch up and take a few pictures to capture this special, new life growing!
The gardens were pretty even in the middle of winter, but my favorite part was this large cactus that made the neatest backdrop!
With the release of her last book, my friend and fellow photographer, Randy, invited me along to for a western bridal photoshoot to create some beautiful promotional pictures. It was so fun seeing my pictures in print for advertising all across the US! So I was thrilled to be invited along again to shoot portraits of western author, Chris Enss, herself!
Christian did an amazing job creating these stylish hats!
Burlap roses and features with vintage broaches for the most unique western bridal bouquet!
Location | Old Victorian in Grass Valley, California
You could say we met the old fashioned way: online. We were both active readers of The Rebelution blog and both so excited when their first ever conference was in California! As bloggers ourselves and team members that helped promote the conference, we were also invited to take a special picture that later got published on the blog. Fast forward a year to 2007 and our second meeting took place at the next California conference. Add one coffee meetup years later, and Lindsey and I were friends mostly by facebook and occasional greetings. So when her mom emailed me requesting a session for Lindsey’s birthday, I was so excited! Of the two things on her wish list–a rice cooker and a photo shoot–you’ve got to admit, the pictures are the most fun! ;-)
And while we’ve mostly been friends from afar, Lindsey has been such an encouragement and inspiration in my life! I keep telling her that I think of her as years older because she’s always been crazy mature! As a debate champion, co-founder of Beauty From the Heart, and still an active writer on Lies Young Women Believe, she’s able to use her gift of writing and communication to speak truth in a world of confusion! I’m so honored to have been able to spend an afternoon with her and her family capturing a little slice of life in this moment!
Look at this gorgeous birthday girl!
I was ecstatic about the light at the UC Davis Arboretum. Good find, guys!
So free and joyful, even in the hard times.
One of my favorites!
As an older sister to two sisters myself, this just warms my heart! I want a sister picture like this!
Based in northern California, in the little town of Grass Valley, and available for travel. Locally from Nevada County, Tahoe, Roseville, Sacramento, Napa, San Francisco, Bay Area, Chico, and Redding and down to Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Malibu, and San Diego are some of the places California has to offer. But I’m not only a northern California wedding photographer, I’ve had the joy to travel to amazing places like Seattle, Portland, Vancouver BC, San Antonio, Houston, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Virginia. And now that I’ve traveled to Albania, Rome, Florence, Venice, and the shores of Italy and over to Paris, France, I can’t wait to go back and capture more memories on film! Passport in one hand and a camera in the other!