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This is the year of elopements and honestly its been so refreshing for me to just document couples in love getting married against all odds in beautiful places. This couple is the sweetest. Always smiling and putting others first despite all that has gone on this year. While their original Joshua Tree plan and date […]

Back at my favorite place once again, Mendocino Grove. It was 74 degrees, and still sunny at sunset. This is very rare for Mendocino and I was beyond grateful. Loved having these two in front of my camera again. It’s been about a year since the last time and man have they gotten even sweeter […]

After years of being instagram friends we finally got to see each other in person again! These two have such beautiful hearts for Jesus, the kingdom, the children of the world and of course each other. An honor to meet them and hope we can do a double date in the future! Here is their […]

Finally got to meet my best friends, best friend. I have heard about how amazing Janet is for years from Alyssa. I felt like we were already friends before we even met so it made this day that much more special for me to document. Janet and David had to re plan their wedding so […]

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 […]

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 […]

Valentines day and my love for chocolate inspired this healthier vegan lava cake dish. I used Minimalist Baker Vegan Chocolate Lava Cake recipe and twisted it a bit. I used maple sugar instead of cane sugar, used slightly less chocolate and subbed in applesauce for the beet puree. It turned out dreamy and perfectly lava […]

Coming out of 2020 I knew I wanted to create things off my bucket list. I usually base my dream creative shoots around locations I want to go to, but this year I wanted to base it off concepts I have always wanted to shoot. For example, retro shoots, motorcycle shoots, tennis court shoots and […]

2020 was the year of pivoting. We all pivoted in one way or another. Some pivoted to just work less, some went from weddings to just sessions, some a combo of micro weddings & sessions etc. My usual slow season is from January 1st-March 1st each year. So I started the year with only a […]

Tiffany and Josh thank you for being down for some fun ideas for this shoot. We did some valentines day shots and all about Adidas shots. I had so much fun creating with you guys at creative space studios co. Thank you for eating lollipops for me, standing on a TV and helping me move […]

I have dreamed of doing a retro shoot with a old TV for years. Thankfully Sam heard my vision and was down to help make it come alive. Also, creative space studios co. inspired me as well to come up with fun backdrops and props for this shoot! This session fueled my soul and gave […]

Recently I posted this on Instagram. For some people they know all my story so this may come as a surprise that I am not that open with every little thing going on with me. For most people they have no idea the amount of doctors, diagnosis, procedures I have gone through. So here is […]

Been wanting to meet Mattie for probably a year now. My sweet friend Alyssa L. met her at a wedding in Hawaii and the first thing she wrote me after the wedding was you & Mattie need to be friends. Alyssa is always looking out for me when she meets someone she knows I would […]

I am taking Abi Q. class on beauty in the mundane. It has inspired me to post a day in the life with my boy. We are mostly in the house these days and in the backyard due to the pandemic. Life is simple yet beautiful. It is full of play time, eating, walking in […]

This year has been one interesting year for us all. Usual years I work 10 months out of the year, however, this year I only worked for 6 months. I sure got in so much in those months from Joshua Tree elopements to Los Angeles elopements to Mendocino weddings. My heart has never been more […]

Years ago Eli and I went on my dream trip to Iceland. I shot in some amazing places that had my jaw literally dropping. During this shelter in place order I have decided to re-edit these to give myself a little hope for travel again in the future. Hope you all are inspired to travel […]

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