Until April, I'd never been to Hawaii. I never went as a child, never craved the hot, sandy beaches as an adult--other places have always beckoned to me more. Banff, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Rome, Nepal... Hawaii never quite made it to the top of my list, until Jen & Tyler, dear clients and friends, invited me to join them and take their maternity portraits...Read More
It’s a beautiful day in the Oregon countryside. The clouds puff happily through the blue sky above us, the sun is glowing down, and there’s a sweet, gentle breeze. I stand with my camera at my eye, waiting for the bride to turn the corner with her father and start walking down the aisle. Everyone stands, and we all grin at her as she tries to hold back tears and laughter at the same time as she walks. Slowly, she joins hands with her husband-to-be, I move around to the front to shoot back at the guests, to see the looks on the faces of the front row of parents and very best friends…
What do I see?
A wall of phones and tablets.
What are we doing?Read More
We were standing on the beach, sand between our toes, the wind ripping at her hair--she, a beautiful accomplished woman, rueful smile tugging at her lips, dress dancing in the wind. Unmistakable, raw beauty is exuding from every pore of her being, and yet she believes, like many of us do, that she isn't photogenic.
Gaaaahahhhhhh. I feel you, girl.Read More
I have stopped vacillating about saying what an avid nut I am about wedding albums, and not because I want to make you spend a wad of cash on a book. I know you're consumed with planning a wedding, or maybe your wedding is over now, and spending more money on something wedding-related might not sound fantastic. It is so easy to say, “hey! I’ll get an album later”, or “I’ll have the disk. I don’t really want a big, clunky, expensive album.” I thought the same thing before I became a photographer, and then I listened to some people who are a lot smarter than me. Like Grandma.Read More
There are things I want to tell you about your wedding day. Important things. And while I'm a photographer and therefore biased toward making sure you get the photos that will be very important to you when it's all over, I also want to tell you these things as a girl-friend. A fellow bride. So here we go...Read More
Weddings are a celebration of love. It is an opportunity to bring together lives, families, and friends all in one place while having a splendid party. They can also have a surprisingly small amount of time for the couple to spend time together--and if you don't plan for it, you'll be swept up into the storm of events, family, seeing people who you rarely see, and taking care of last-minute details...Read More
When planning a wedding, we see a 6-10 hour day in super-slow-motion. When it finally arrives, everything happens so damn fast that it almost feels like a cheat. Wait, I want to revel in this amazing feeling of being beautiful and surrounded by love in this gorgeous place! It's 10pm already? WHOA. When it's over, we're left with a glorious pile of memories, some killer photos, and all this knowledge. Now what? ...Read More
There can be pressure to invite everyone you know (and your parents know)--distant relatives, co-workers, classmates, old and estranged friends--but there really shouldn't be, unless you're throwing the event of the season in the Hamptons...Read More
Pinterest is not in your wedding party. It is not your soon to be mother-in-law. You do not have to take its advice on your dress, decor, or food. Wedding blogs, magazines, and Buzzfeed articles do not dictate your schedule, traditions, colors, or any piece of your wedding day...Read More