You know when you hear a story and your heart cannot stop thinking about it. That was this couples story. They have gone through a lot and persevered despite it all. They wanted a magical Joshua Tree wedding and did not how it would exactly work so I helped them plan one amazing day with […]

So the story of how I met Sadie was a God moment for sure. I happened to shoot her friend Madison’s pictures and before I even shot her pictures she recommended me to Sadie. Within minutes I got a DM from her and within hours we were Facetiming about her wedding and bonding over Jesus […]

This amazing Boulder, Colorado session was so dreamy. We were literally in the meadows frolicking in the wildflowers with the mountains as our backdrop. I mean could life get any better? I’ll answer it for you not it cannot! Literally I was stunned at how beautiful this park was and how many wildflowers were all […]

Chelsea and Matti was the first couple I ever got paid to shoot three and half years ago. They paid me in the form of a @williswinebar gift card and I was ecstatic. Ever since then she has had the pictures I took as her profile picture and printed on her walls. She literally is […]

This session was one of those ones I came away not only being inspired as an artist but truly being inspired by their relationship and friendship with each other. Not to mention I might have called my hubby and said we need to double date with them someday. They are just one amazing couple and their […]

Hands down Casey & Alex’s Joshua Tree session will probably be one of the best sessions I have ever shot in my life. I attended the Joshua Tree workshop by Phil and Sara and it blew me away not only to be taught by them but to have some amazing couples to photograph. The second […]

Kerri and I met a year and half ago when she booked a mentor session with me. As soon as we met I knew we were going to be friends. We both shared similar stories when starting out in photography, both value education in photography and love food. We bonded right away and honestly it […]

This time of the year, only a few things are as satisfying as a bowl of rich, hearty dishes. This tikka masala recipe from Half Baked Harvest gets the job done. It is so simple yet delicious. Packed with flavor and warmth. Got leftovers? Leftovers To Do Overs has got plans. Use your leftovers to […]

When I planned my wedding I was a stress ball case. I wanted everything to be perfect and wanted to please everyone. I had no idea what I was doing and looking back now would do so many things differently now that I have been in the wedding industry. Here are a couple of my […]

Liana won my giveaway couples session last month. From the moment I first wrote her, it was like we had known each other for years. We talked about food we loved and of course how much we loved Mendocino county. Ryan and Liana own an amazing property in Elk so of course had to do […]

Another year another valentines day. I feel like we all have a love hate relationship with this holiday. Who doesn’t love an excuse to indulge on chocolates, cards, flowers, and jewelry. But again why is everything so expensive around this holiday? A dozen roses at the grocery store cost almost as much as the downpayment […]

I am a foodie and a home chef in training so I partnered with one amazing chef & friend, Mimo, to create how to cook a 3 course restaurant worthy meal at home. Here is her story and her recipes. “Growing up in a small village in Ethiopia, I was always around fresh farm produce. […]

I have always loved Occidental, California. We grew up going to Howards for brunch for birthday celebrations and for dinner Occidental union hotel. My sister even got married in the redwood grove out in occidental, California and had her reception at Occidental Union Hotel (P.S. There food is unreal try the bruschetta you will not […]

Over the years I have helped quite a few brides elope. I understand that planning can be stressful so I offer help to my couples. I offer to help them find an airbnb, florist, spot for ceremony/reception and for some I have even helped with places to find their dresses and what to cook for […]

For a day that was supposed to be rainy for their Point Reyes engagement session, it sure turned out to be beautiful. We pranced in the meadows, chased the sunset and walked over a lot of dunes by the sea. It may have been super windy but man it was so stunning. The waves on […]

This was such a fun session! The rain held off and we were left with some amazing clouds and diffused light. The snow capped mountains were also the perfect background for this session. These two, as well as I, were in awe of the majestic look of the windmills meeting the sand dunes. These two […]

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