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The most common question amongst couples and families before their session is “what do we wear?” Well, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the family portraits on the beach where everyone is sporting their matching khakis and white t-shirts whilst starring awkwardly at the camera. Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to do that. In fact, I may not even have you looking at the camera most of the time. My goal is to take natural and relaxed portraits, and the only way to make this happen is by following the golden rule: Dress comfortably. When you are wearing clothes that you are comfortable in, it’s much easier to feel at ease in front of the camera. Can I get an AMEN?!

Now that we have covered the comfort part, it’s time to address outfitting. Below are some examples of outfits I would choose for my theorical “family.”. Not only do these outfits reflect MY personal style, but they are also comfortable and complimentary to each other. I went with rich shades that I knew would POP in photographs, and I stayed away from colors that would blend in with an outdoor background.

Accessories are another way to add personality and fun into your photos. For him, I choose some jazzy socks that might peek out in certain poses – and for a little boy, I picked a cute bow tie which brings a little extra playfulness that I love to exhibit in my photographs.

These outfits may not represent your style, but as long as you stay along these guidelines, you’re sure to love the results.

For more outfit inspiration, visit my pinterest.




If you’re anything like me, the second there’s mention of the word holiday before the month of December, you begin sweating through your clothes. When you haven’t even stopped wearing shorts and you’re already getting holiday cards in the mail stacked higher than your bills, it’s enough to make anyone panic. Have no fear, I’m here to tell you that when you brag to your friends that all of your Christmas shopping is done & your holiday cards were mailed out before Thanksgiving, only one of those things has to be a lie.

Mini sessions are the best way to check off those family photos you’ve been wanting to do all year, get the perfect gift for the grandparents, and knock out your holiday cards, all in one thirty minute time slot. So sign up today and start planning your outfits, because this opportunity will not last long!

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Sunday, November 3rd:

2 – 2:30pm

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Saturday, November 9th:

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Sunday, November 10th:

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*Only 6 people per grouping, additional $20 per person


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I am so happy to share yet another stunning wedding I photographed with Kaysha Weiner this summer at Alta Vista Country Club. Her couples are always so energetic and fun, which makes the whole day that much more exceptional. Maggie and Anthony were the perfect example of this, as they are two of the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Their colorful wedding was the perfect reflection of their bright personalities, and was filled with happy tears, snorting laughs, and just all around fun.

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For a full list of vendors, visit Kaysha’s blog post.

I consider myself extremely lucky that my job takes me on so many amazing adventures. Last summer I traveled to Seattle for a wedding, and this year I was able to go to New York City (for the second time this year) to shoot a wedding with my good friend and fellow photographer, Kaysha. Whenever I do get the chance to travel for work, I always try to add a few days of fun, turning it into more of a “workcation.” This time we were able to stay for a whole week, and boy, did we make the most out of it. I mean, it’s not everyday that you find yourself in the greatest city in the WORLD.

It’s true, I love New York City. Maybe it’s because it’s NOTHING like where I grew up in Orange County, it could also be the culture, the people, the food, the energy, or maybe it’s just a feeling. Whatever the reason may be, it will always be my favorite city in the world. Here are some of my favorite photos taken on my iPhone from our trip.


(From left to right)

  1. Standing on the Tribeca Rooftop where we photographed the most beautiful NYC wedding
  2. A colorful New Yorker and his dog (and bird? Yes, there is a bird on his head)
  3. John Mayer concert in Jones Beach.
  4. Grubbin’ on a tasty Shake Shack burger.
  5. Dancing the night away at a club in Williamsburg.
  6. A sunny view of the city from the rooftop of the MET.
  7. Sweating our butts off in the train station.
  8. Having drinks with old friends who live in the city.
  9. Smorgusburg spoils.
  10. Checking out the view in Tribeca.
  11. A rainy day brunch outing.
  12. Eerily quiet streets on Labor Day.
  13. Enjoying a mid day cocktail in Central Park.
  14. The cutest (and tiniest) cappucino at Momofuko Milk Bar.

BEST TRIP EVER!!! Can’t wait to go back and do it all over again!

There’s just something about a wedding in the mountains that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Especially when that mountain wedding happens to be at Pine Rose Cabins, the same venue I was married at almost three years ago. You know I did a little happy dance when Kelly of Truebliss Photography asked me to second shoot this wedding with her.

Another thing about mountain weddings…unpredictable weather. Even though the forecast was showing nothing but sunny skies, we were shocked to see storm clouds rolling up when we arrived. It rained pretty heavily as Tessa + Matt put on the finishing touches for their big day, yet neither of them complained once. Thankfully, the sun burst through the clouds right in time for their ceremony, and all was right in the world. Now THAT is what I call luck.

For a full list of vendors visit Kelly’s blog.