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Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 - 3 comments

Ben and Olivia Got Married!

There are so many amazing things that I could tell you about Ben and Olivia's big day. Like how they decided to have an Indian food buffet for dinner, or how Spice Girls came up multiple times through the course of the day, or how Olivia's brother and sister re-enacted the battling speech seen from bridesmaids as their speeches, or how they decided to forgo a wedding cake for otter pops... Instead of doing that, however, I'm going to share an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit that was read during their ceremony, because this is what the day boils down to. This is the most pivotal part of this phenomenal day.

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 - 3 comments

Olivia and Ben

There are many reasons why I am not a nature photographer. For one, I'm not a big fan of wild animals. Being in the perfect place at the perfect time (usually the crack of Dawn) just isn't my thing. Mostly though, it just doesn't call to me. Sure, I can admire my nature photography friends work, and really appreciate the work they put into capturing the majesty of the wild in one frame. But for me, people are what I love. Finding a person's story and getting a snap shot, showing the world a bit about them is my passion. Relationships between people; couples, families, friends... Creating a visual story of that bond that fully captures that connection in just a moment... That is my bliss. To be honest, Olivia and Ben made that easy for me! We met at Cline Cellars, a winery in Sonoma, and Ben and Olivia got to share a bottle of wine together while they showed me around and we got to know each other! Seriously, I think all my engagement shoots should involve a bottle of wine from now on!

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 - 1 comment.

Erin and Ty – Engaged!

I am so excited about Erin and Ty getting married! They are such amazing people! To see them together, on the brink of all their future adventures together is something really, truly special. Together we walked around the land in the country that Erin grew up on, met her adorable pet pig, and saw the place in their front lawn that she and Ty will be exchanging vows this fall!

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 - 4 comments

Tyson and Mia – Engaged!

I want to tell you all something. There are many photographers who will tell you how much they love taking pictures but hate editing. I totally get that, but I am not one of them. It's not because I do a bunch of fancy stuff to my photos because I don't really do that anyway. I like them to be as pure as possible, so that the image can speak for itself! The reason I love the time I spend at the computer, just as much as behind the lens, is because I have this amazing experience while I watch my images come to life. In the moment that I'm shooting, I'm vaguely aware of what is going on outside of my bubble. (That's why I didn't notice when Mia's cow tried to get in my camera bag on my hip.) I get in the zone, and shoot from the heart. It's a sensational experience in it's own right, but the time I spend pouring over the images at home with my head phones in, I get to fall in love with my subjects in a whole new way. I get to dwell in the image of the love they share with each other, without thinking about the next shot, or the light, or the dialog. I simply re-expiriance the session without any of the distractions, just the two of them and their story, and it's the most rewarding part of what I do. It's exactly why I do what I do.

So who are "they"? Well, for this session, it's Tyson and Mia. I shot them in Mia's back yard, with her pet donkey and cow visiting for a bit in the beginning. I have know Tyson, well... just about all my life. I met Mia in High School and she was quiet and sweet and much more mature than any other 15 year old I knew. Tyson is not quiet, at all, and crazy and animated, and boy can he make Mia laugh! That's basically all we did, I showed up with my camera and as Tyson and Mia caught up on their day Tyson made her laugh constantly. Here's the amazing part; Tyson and Mia have been dating for FIVE YEARS. They've done it all, high school sweet hearts, long distance relationship, the whole nine yards. They have waited for this for so long. I don't know if I have ever been so happy for two people to finally come together. Their love story is just simply amazing.

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 - 2 comments

Greg + Veronica = Married!

No words I write could do justice to this amazing couple and the day they joined together for life! Greg and Veronica are such a beautiful, wonderful, and fun duo! They had a country wedding at the home that Greg grew up in, but Veronica made sure to add some city-girl elements to the day as well. Veronica also wanted to make sure and bring in a bit of her cultural heritage to the wedding, so they had the most awesome Mariachi band ever! I seriously regret not having one at my own wedding, because these guys were awesome!

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 - 3 comments

Brittany and Jeff Get Hitched!

I am so excited to share with you Brittany and Jeff's wedding day. Weddings are kind of a big deal, right? I have two girls and we talk about their weddings even now. Not so much what flowers they will have in their bouquets or if the cake will be chocolate or vanilla, or any of the details. Details are great and important in their own right, but what we talk about, pray about, hope for is that they find good men who will truly love them wholly. Men who respect them and stand by them and nurture them. Men who cherish them. And we talk about, pray about, hope for our girls to become strong, smart, kind women who respect and love and nurture the men they fall in love with. By the time they get married we will have invested anywhere from 18 to 40 years of prayer and love into cultivating these girls! That's our job as parents! Marriage is a glorious thing, and the wedding that begins that journey is one of the most powerful events I could photograph. Cake and flowers are great, but what is really beautiful is the commitment and the love between the bride and groom. So, without further ado, grab yourself some coffee and look through this amazing novel of a post about Brittany and Jeff's commitment day!