Kolby and Liz became friends, and then best friends, and then fell in love over their shared love of adventure, the ocean, and putting their playful hearts and souls into everything they do. It was only natural then that their wedding would be an extension of their earthy and easy-going style. From the paperless e-invitation to the friend's backyard venue to the barefoot wedding party to the sustainable reception (no disposables!), this ocean-loving couple celebrated their Earth Day wedding with intention and creativity.
I always wondered what it would be like to photograph photographers. Now I can say—it's amazing!! Grant and Sarah are both mega-talented photographers in their own right. Like me, they shoot weddings and events in Southern California. Not only was it a huge honor for them to ask me to document their engagement and wedding (no doubt they have a long list of other photographers they know), but it was SO much fun to spot backgrounds and imagine the shot together with them. This shoot felt like a collaboration of minds, rather than me running around bossing my subjects around. Thank you so much, Grant and Sarah, for being so lovely and creative and so gosh darn cute together. STOKED to shoot your wedding (spoiler alert: beach elopement) this summer!
Eric & Ljiljana threw the most amazing party at Eden Gardens in Moorpark, CA, surrounded by family and friends from around the world!
Venue: Eden Gardens, Moorpark, CA
Getting ready: Westlake Village Inn
Post-ceremony portraits: El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA
This lovely out of town couple wanted a mix of canyon and ocean for their engagement photo session, so we started out at Zuma Canyon Trailhead and then popped over to Point Dume Cove for a both/and that's for the books.
Santa Monica Wedding Photography | Patrick and Valerie at Casa del Mar | Los Angeles Elopement Photography
Patrick and Valerie eloped on the beach in Los Angeles. Well... sort of. They actually eloped kind of accidentally in one of the most beautiful and posh hotels on the beach in Santa Monica. Here's the story:
Patrick and Valerie stayed the night at the Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. They fully intended to just walk out onto the sand and say their vows, snap a few photos with me, and be done with it. But after getting dressed up, the hotel security guard just let them (and me, and the officiant) into the gazillion-dollar ballroom. Turns out a wedding dress is basically a carte blanche. Fifteen minutes later, these two were hitched!
Jessica and Kyle at Malibu Beach on a lovely cloudy afternoon = magic.
This time of year brings with it cloudy skies with a hint of rain. Sometimes during a shoot, someone will mention it, "Bummer it's not sunny..." but I feel the opposite. This kind of lighting is such a treat to shoot in because light is coming from every direction and falls softly on every surface. Pure magic.
How do you make a crowded tourist attraction like the Santa Monica Pier feel like you've got it all to yourself? With a little patience and a zoom lens, of course! Arpi and Edward have a classy, urban vibe but they still wanted to play up their Santa Monica home for their engagement session. So we headed down to the Santa Monica Pier on a busy spring weekend night to catch the golden light and find hidden corners for these two lovebirds to canoodle in. And it worked!!
This might be a new favorite spot.....
Steven and Ruth are Pepperdine sweethearts who wanted to celebrate the place where they met, fell in like, and then fell in love—on campus at Pepperdine University! This sweet afternoon session took us all over the usual (and not so usual spots) on campus at Pepperdine. We started in the middle of campus, sitting by the fountain (which wasn't running on account of the drought), then we popped over to the amphitheatre (the spot where Ruth first realized she like Steven), a quick snap in Stauffer Chapel, then we walked by the swing by Ruth's dorm where they had lots of heart to hearts. We had to make a stop at the most epic tree in Malibu, in front of the field house, then we wrapped up at Heroes Garden.
As a Pepperdine grad (and resident) myself, I must admit it was fun to see this campus in a new light!
Jake and Tawni are college friends turned card-game rivals turned sweethearts. Spend five minutes with them and it's obvious they're best friends and love every second together, whether it's a surf sesh, a grocery shopping date, or a car ride to work together. They're getting married in May at Jake's family's ranch, and they wanted to commemorate their Malibu love story with this engagement session at the iconic El Matador State Beach.
We rock-hopped, we cave-explored, we got a little wave-splashed, and we had the best time!
Nicholas and Sheena are doing it right: babymoon to Malibu before little Saylor arrives. The pair are from Chicago but visited Malibu for a few days to relax and enjoy one another's company (and some warmer weather) before their daughter arrives to rock their world. Though I met Nicholas and Sheena moments before I started snapping photos, they were game for a (pretty steep) hike up the cliffside to catch the golden light, then also flexible enough to pivot and hide from the (not cold but still blustery) winter winds.
Enjoy these sweet snaps from a session that was part maternity, part couple, and all perfection.
I live in Malibu, Calif.,