When Jen told me how long she had been with Darren, I could hardly believe it. These two don’t even look old enough to have had a 20-plus year love affair. Not to mention the way they look at each other. For reals. Within the first five minutes of our shoot, they were laughing like kids and Darren had already referred to Jen as yummy. And for the record, she liked it. Way. Too. Cute.
Happy Thursday, y’all :)
This gives entirely new meaning to the phrase. Matty and Ashley tied the knot at the beautiful St Jude’s chapel near Lake Mead, and then quickly switched into their running shoes. Those poor (but amazing) Badgley Mischkas never had a chance. She did don them again for a handful of photos, but in the end, the Sauconys won out. Their honeymoon consisted of the half marathon the very next day. And that makes them awesome. Congrats!!
I sat down this week with the intention of writing a classic ‘what I’m thankful for’ post – just like every other blogger does at some point, I’d imagine. But the truth is, I’m really only just learning what it is to be grateful, and to practice gratitude. I am very aware that I’m incredibly lucky to be in a career that is passionately inspiring on a near-daily basis. I’m married to a man that awes me with his dedication to his own craft and his love for his family. And I am blessed with a child that has opened a million little doors in my heart that I could have never imagined existed before he showed up. All of those things are amazing, and they all add up to a beautiful day to day life. But I’m learning to define gratitude in more ways than just the obvious. I’ve just started writing down what I’m grateful for every week. I want to remember the little things.
The little things are what really stack up and make my life, well, mine. I got 2 loads of dishes done in 1 day (omgwoohoo), my car has 100K miles on it and shows no signs of quit, I got a happy text from a grateful client (I get this one a lot and it always makes my day), my cat didn’t puke on the floor last night and therefore, I didn’t step in it this morning, my $5 bright hair colors haven’t migrated on to my expensive blonde highlights, I got a roll of film back from the lab (yes, I still do that) and they all ‘turned out’, and we had a dance-off in the kitchen yesterday (I’m pretty sure I lost to the 14 month old – yes, yes I did). The list goes on, and while some of the items are totally mundane and others are awesome, they’re all mine. And that’s what I’m actually grateful for. The opportunity to have things to be grateful for.
Happy Thanksgiving y’all.
We had all of 45 minutes to shoot before she had to hustle out the door to the Latin Grammys. I have never shot under an hour. Ever. At least that I can remember. I like to take my time and get to be friends. :)
Shiran had already started on her hair and makeup and I was setting up my gear. I tossed a black muslin up on the wall with my awesome neon gaffers tape, grabbed a single light, a stand and a reflector. And here we are. I’d call it a success for any timeframe, but for 45 minutes start to finish, I’d call it badass. And that’s how you hustle. Happy to help, and happy Wednesday! ;)
Oooooohhhh, saucy!! I love this pic. This bride came prepared with a few ideas for shots that she wanted and this was one of them. Of course, I interpreted her idea by adding a little sunflare.
Because sunflare is classy. And I have to interpret everything. It’s just how I roll.
Don’t lie, y’all – you know you love sunflare. Happy Monday!
There’s nothing quite like watching a wedding from the outside. You invite me into your space and your lives for what seems like a fleeting moment. Yet we quickly become friends, as I help you tame that one last unruly curl with an extra bobby pin or solve a last minute bridesmaid wardrobe crisis. By the time the ceremony starts, we’ve definitely shared a few laughs. The ‘getting ready’ part might be the most stressful for some people, but I love it. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. It guides me and helps me decide how to approach our time together. And just like that, I’m no longer just observing from the outside. I’m in it and living those moments with you – I just happen to be on the other side of the lens. Happy Saturday!
Ladies, run, don’t walk, and buy yourself a set of these limited edition undies from Victoria’s Secret. I mean it. Just looksie above and you’ll see why. They are everything I want in a pair of high-waisted panties. And I want a lot. Beautiful detailing, lace, garters – squeeee! So for reals, get to it. Victoria’s Secret is stepping up their game – I think you should, too.
Also, it’s Friday, and I have back to back boudoir shoots today, so the least you can do is put on something saucy and dance around your kitchen, whether or not someone is watching. Kick off the weekend right.
Welcome back from your long weekends :)
I’m so glad I got to go back to the Neon Museum last month – I really do love it there and while their fees aren’t in everyone’s budget, it’s fun when they are! This sign is one of the best – it says ‘in love’ right in the middle there, and makes a perfect backdrop for all those lovey-dovey moments we’ll be sure to capture. And by that, I mean I’m totally gonna make you guys stare longingly into each other’s eyes for at least two hours. Totally. You can thank me later ;)
‘Oh good, you’re here,’ breathed the mother of the groom as I hustled through the throng of groomsmen towards the ceremony area.
‘Well of course I’m here,’ I smiled. ‘I’ve never missed a wedding!’ After spending nearly 45 minutes in traffic, I had about 5 minutes to spare before my coverage was slated to start, and they were clearly glad to see me. Jesse and Lisa were getting married at Silverton on the same weekend as the Vegas foodie festival, rendering parking nearly impossible. So I did what any good photographer would do – I sweet-talked my way into employee parking and wiggled my way through the back entrance, arriving fabulously on time as always. :) Go me.
I started shooting some of the details of their day, including this table, covered in vintage-style postcards from all over. It reminded me of how much I love to travel, and that I am WAY behind on sending out fun postcards this year. Last year, one of my favorites was a postcard I mailed out from the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Those bad boys have to be hauled out by the resident burros that make the trip down to the river on a daily basis. So, congrats to Lisa and Jesse, and here’s to sending out a few more postcards before the end of the year. Happy Tuesday, y’all!
And after it was all said and done, he grabbed her hand and steered her out of the lobby door. We were wrapping up our last shots of the afternoon, and Justin and Michelle wanted a classic shot of the two of them, walking away from the camera at the end of the day. And who am I to deny them such a gorgeous shot?!?
Special thanks to the valet guys at The Artisan, who graciously helped me move all of their fancy valet gear (read, giant cones) out of the driveway for this one. I’m certainly not afraid to move a little ‘furniture’ for the right shot. Congrats again – I hope your first month has been amazing!! :)