White Wedding

This was the wedding of the year in my book! Everything was absolutely perfect. I was nervous about driving to Tahoe in the snow since I had never done so, but it was soooo worth it. The weather worked in our favor the whole day. It snowed for the photos before the ceremony, stopped snowing for a crisp clear ceremony and started up again in time for the reception. I loved every second of this wedding and Megan and Chris were a dream couple to work with. I.want.more.snow.weddings!!!

First up, the “getting ready shots”. I don’t have many of the groom, because they didn’t care to have very many (and there were like 25 people in 1 hotel room lol). The getting ready and detail shots before the ceremony are probably my favorite part of photographing a wedding. I get to take my time a bit and be creative. Beautiful simplicity!

Next up, some formal portraits of the bridesmaids, bride, groomsmen and groom beforehand. Megan also did a “first look” with her dad which was soooo sweet. I love first looks of all kinds! This is the snowy part of the day and it created a super cool effect on the photos. I may have had to edit out snowflakes on everyone’s faces on all these images but that’s okay lol! Again, totally worth it!

This ceremony was soooo beautiful! I was so happy that they chose to have very few decorations and use the amazing natural backdrop instead. The sky was perfect, the snow stopped falling and we were left with a fluffy cloud beneath our feet (feet that I could not feel by the way, even with 3 pairs of socks and rain boots ;)). The bridal party alllssoooo sorta shot-gunned a beer before they walked back down the aisle LOL!!!

Okie dokie. Now we have the bridal party photos, some family photos (those who could stick it out in the snow) and photos of the newlyweds!! Can’t get over these, so stinkin’ beautiful!

Here’s the kicker, y’all! I was only hired for 4 hours so I was at the reception for about 1/2 an hour. In all honesty, I wasn’t heartbroken. The reception is always super fun but it’s probably my least favorite part of a wedding as far as photography goes. NOT saying I don’t like them, it’s just my least favorite is all lol. So, here are a few photos I got from the reception! Side note: Megan’s gramma made that wedding cake and it was BEAUTIFUL! Megan and Chris also brewed and bottled their own beer as wedding favors; so cool!

So there ya have it! I loved this wedding so so much, obviously! It’s all I’ve been talking about for weeks and I’ve shared so many photos from it on social media. I’m so happy for Megan and Chris and officially can’t wait for 2019 wedding season! XOXO

Wedding day

Alright, I definitely need to blog more. I especially need to blog my weddings so you guys can get a better idea of how the entire day goes and see a lot more of the images you’ll get from me. It’s just an easier way of showing you guys rather than posting a ton of images to my “weddings” tab on here. Blogging is so cool. I get to write about what I’m photographing. So here it goes…

Marcos and Ashley’s wedding was BEAUTIFUL! It was held in Ashely’s aunt’s backyard which backed up to some amazingly beautiful vineyards and we could see mountains and rolling hills in the distance. Such a sweet location and sweet people, too! Okie dokie, want to see some getting ready shots? I started with the girls and then drove to the guys who were staying nearby in a local hotel. I took some there (they were super fun!) and headed back to the girls to finish up the hair and makeup shots, as well as the dress and little details. I’ll just say, and you’ll hear me say this A LOT, but I LOVE detail shots from weddings. I could just make a book of all of them and drool over all the beauty. Sooooo pretty! Anyway, here’s the start of my day!

Next up: bride and groom, bridal party, and first look! If I could do my wedding over, I’d totally do a first look. It was awesome! Not only do you get super intimate and happy photos from a first look, but it’s such a special moment between the bride and groom. Don’t get me wrong, I totally get wanting to wait until you’re walking down the aisle for him to see you, it’s traditional and just as special and I wanted that for my own wedding, so I get it. But with a first look, you get to take a ton of photos before the ceremony so that after the ceremony you really only have to take family photos and then you can enjoy the party!

What’s next? CEREMONY! So fun! Witnessing a wedding ceremony is soooo special and I always feel honored. I also usually try not to cry lol. The words are sweet and the emotions are real.

Noooowwww, we have some signing of the license, play time shots, family photos after the ceremony (which I won’t share a ton of), then dinner (which I rarely photograph because who wants photos of people eating right?), then speeches!

I LOVE pulling the bride and groom aside at sunset for some awesome lighting, intimate couples shots. These are always my favorites from the day and usually their favorites as well. You CAN’T beat sunset lighting!

Now we party!!!!

So there ya have it! I hope you have a better idea of what you might receive from me and I hope you enjoy this story the images tell. It was such a fun wedding! XOXO

A bunny and me tea party

When you’re selling something that you personally made yourself, whether that be clothing, a souvenir or a piece of artwork, you put your heart and soul into it. You think of it, create it and give it to someone, not hoping they like it but LOVE it. I should actually rephrase that, it doesn’t matter if you’re selling it or not. Just the simple fact that YOU made it, it means something to you. This is both an exciting AND disappointing part of being a creator. We take everything to heart, every little comment, every word, everything. So when we feel like we have failed in some way, it’s quite depressing. I was feeling this way the other day and that’s when I knew I needed to get out there and photograph something for ME. My kids are the best little models right now so I always drag them out with me and to put it simply, I use them. There I said it, I use them lol.

I’ve been wanting to set up a little tea party shoot with my Riley girl ever since I found out I was pregnant with a girl. I’ve been dreaming it up in my head. A shabby chic, super girly, floral and fancy tea party. What’s the perfect location for this in the wine country in September? A vineyard of course! When I get an idea in my head, I run with it full speed and need to get it done IMMEDIATELY. I’m just built this way. So, I found a $5 used kids tea set in perfect condition, gathered a ton of stuff around my house and packed up the kids and the car. We drove to the cutest winery, DeLoach Vineyards, and got right to it. I love these, they totally fixed me. They were all I was hoping for and it sparked that creative fire inside me again. Thank you, my sweet kiddos. I hope you like these as much as I do!

I still have way more to edit but these are my favorites and I just couldn’t wait to share the with you all. XOXO

Tina and Jason

I've known Tina for about 7 years now and she is seriously one of the sweetest people ever!  She contacted me maybe a month or two prior to this shoot wanting to schedule a session for she and her boyfriend as they didn't have any "nice" photos of them as a couple.  We talked a bit and then sure enough, her boyfriend popped the question a week or so later!  We then scheduled ENGAGEMENT photos!  I'm so happy for she and Jason.  They're a lovely couple and they were so much fun during our shoot.  I always appreciate when clients have their own ideas and are also willing to run with ideas that I may have.  They were game for anything and I'm so so glad!  Tina wanted to take their photos at the beach but also knew of this amazing trail across the street that led to some amazing views overlooking surrounding mountain tops and the ocean.  We decided to hike up this trail, which took about 25 minutes to get to the top, holy workout!  The views were unbelievable!! So worth it!  They reenacted the proposal and we had some fun!  We then hiked back down and went down to the beach to take some photos in the sand and it had the most amazing rocky backdrop near the ocean.  These two were amazing!  I'm in love with their photos and can't wait for my next beachy session.  Don't be afraid to ask a photographer to hike up a mountain!  I'm young enough to do so (for now lol) and the views are amazing!  See their session below.

Dane is one!!!

You'd never know it but Dane actually didn't like his cake.  He played with it for maybe 8 minutes?  Didn't like the taste and was over it pretty quickly, BUT his facial expressions were PRICELESS!  So so cute!!!  I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE cake smash sessions!

31 and as dorky as can be

What the heck do I title this?  31 and Fabulous?  I'm 31! ? I'm getting old?  I dunno?  Dork seems to fit perfectly lol.  I've seen some of these "cake smash" photos that 1 year olds normally do where it's a 30 year old or a 40 year old or something and I've always thought they were hilarious! Last year (when I turned 30) I had a 2 month old baby, along with a toddler, and I didn't do much for my birthday.  This year felt like "the big one".  My husband and I planned a cruise trip with our best friends, calling it my "dirty 31" and then I thought, why not take these photos for my 31st birthday, who cares?!  It'll be funny, right? I'm not normally this extreme when it comes to birthdays.  Give me pizza and donuts and we're good.  This year I just got A LOT of donuts lol.  So here I am, a grown a$$ woman sitting on the ground in a tutu and mini tiara eating a $h*t ton of donuts and drinking wine (sometimes from the bottle ;) ).  My husband asked if I was going through a mid-life crisis.  Nope!  Just me being a dork! Shout out to the hubs for letting me boss him around and told him exactly what images I wanted, where to stand, what angle to take, how to focus the damn camera....he learned a lot, you guys! Haha!  Poor guy, such a trooper and doing it all to make me happy.  I'm a lucky girl!  Okay, enjoy my silliness, people! :)