Monday, August 10, 2015

courtney + tony | wedding

Though summer is coming to an end, it seems like this beautiful May wedding was just yesterday, and I'm excited to finally share a few of my favorite photos here. Courtney and Tony were married May 23, 2015, in Laguna Beach. It was a gorgeous day complete with perfect weather, lots of laughs and a ton of love. It was an honor to document a day capturing the love story of two people whose history goes back years, and now have years more of a new adventures to look forward to. Many congrats to Courtney and Tony on an amazing wedding day and an even more spectacular life as newlyweds!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

the saving grace of whiskey sours. | a poem

"the saving grace of whiskey sours."
for josh.

let us lay to rest
those nights in the South,
a childhood
cloaked in
horror movies and humid air.
we can
dance from cinema
to the bar,
where whiskey sours are the sweetest,
and we are drunk
in memories
at Mom's expense,
and admissions of
our teenage vice,
to be youthful in our aging days,
at ease in a partnership
once robbed of us
by August.

i, and ok. | a poem

"i, and ok."

surrounded by the same walls
of brick and black curtains,
the worlds are aligned,
in the red glows of exit signs
and street traffic.

he is here,
and right,
in the warmth of an arm,
of tone-deaf drives,
of afternoons
we've filled with
growlers and familiarity.

i swear,
as i scribble these lines
into the backs of receipts
along the streets
of San Diego,
the world could stop

and we would still shine.

Friday, May 15, 2015

baby slater | six-month portraits

If you know me even the tiniest bit, you know that six months ago one of my best friends had her first son - turning us all into unofficial aunts, and upping the cute factor of our day-to-day existences substantially. I'm pretty sure Baby Slater will never know what my face actually looks like since when he sees me all I'm doing is shoving a DSLR lens in his face, but I wouldn't have it any other way. To celebrate the kid's half-birthday, the family and myself made our way out to a nearby Tustin park to document the occasion. Slater hammed it up the entire time (his big brother Louis, however, was clearly not as excited to be there; quite a difference from the maternity shoot where he was the center of attention). Here's just a few of my favorite shots of this beautiful family that I'm lucky enough to get to call my friends.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

kaitlyn+ ian {wedding}

While it's hard to believe now, it was more than 5 years ago that I first met Kaitlyn. We were both working at a magazine, and it only took one night out dancing in South County to immediately know we were one of a kind. When she left the gig to explore the world working for a cruise ship, I joked she'd eventually be coming back with a husband. Well, turns out I was right! Ian was the librarian on the ship Kaitlyn worked for, and when I met him it was clear just how compatible the two are for each other. She brings adventure and a constant smile to his face, while his wit, intelligence and attentive nature round out their partnership perfectly.

I was honored to be asked to photograph Kaitlyn and Ian's wedding toward the end of of last year at a beautiful lavender field in Beaumont, Calif. The day went flawlessly and it's been a treasure to re-live it through these photos. Kaitlyn and Ian have since moved to Canada (slightly different weather than Southern California!) and are living it up as newlyweds. Here's to their continued happiness and a lifetime full of love.

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