Hello, LA

It was my first time visiting the City of Angels. Though I was born in Van Nuys, my family moved to the Pacific Northwest when I was barely big enough to hold a camera to my eye. So I was so excited to experience another grand city in the great U.S. of A. And she was good to me. Actually, I take that back. Lisa & Cyrus were good to me. They took Darren and I into their home where we bunked up with them and their three dogs, two cats and three chickens. Darren went to Brooks with Lisa and it was my first time meeting them. We fell in love with the city, with their home (also known as The Farm), with the animals, with the possibilities, with Lisa & Cyrus.

We beached it up in Santa Barbara. The boys surfed. Lisa and I lazily lounged in the sand. We rode beach cruisers by the Santa Monica Pier and goofed around at Muscle Beach. We went paddle boarding in Marina del Rey where Cyrus made me fall in back first when he ramed his board into mine (I'll get you back, I promise!). We ate killer food.

When I picked up the film today, I sunk in sadness because I wish I would have taken more photos. Just a good excuse to go back, right? Here are my favorites from our sunshine soaked vacay.

{all shot with Mamiya 645 • Fuji Pro400H}

Huntington Beach stole my little heart.

The puppies of the farm: Cali 'The Bug,' Luna, and Valentine.

I want to time travel and go back! I'm so happy we get to see them again next month when they come stay with us. Lisa and I are both attending the Musea Gathering in Tacoma. Benj Haisch's studio will the perfect setting to get inspired by the so very incredible Kirk Mastin. Until July, Lisa & Cyrus! xo

Sophia + Edel | Seattle Engagement Photography

S+E. Let me count the ways. I so very much wish I could document their Hawaii wedding coming up in October. I admire and adore their cuteness. We started our shoot in Downtown Seattle and migrated to Discovery Park for the never-to-disappoint-delicious-scenery this classic Seattle hot spot has to offer. And when there's a beagle with a bowtie in the mix, well, things just can't go wrong. Sophia is a co-worker of mine and I love seeing her smile everyday. Plus, if I need fashion or food advise? Sophia.

Edel had this creative concept to shoot an editorial-esc story with Sophia as his dream girl in a store front window. And you guessed it. It all ends with a fairy tale ending as his admiration makes her heart go ba-bump-ba-bump and springs her to life. To complete the story, I tossed them in a cab as they smooch away into the sunset of Discovery Park.

Sophia+Edel, I wish all the best for your wedding. I'll be there in heart and soul!

{Mamiya 645, Hasselblad 500cm | Fuji Pro400H, Ilford XP2}

Taylor + Lynae | Seattle Engagement Photography

Aaaaand I'm back! It has been so insanely long since I've shared my latest and greatest. I'm very pleased to be back in the blog-o-sphere. Please know that this post is so very special to me. I am dead set and fully committed to making the big switch back to being a film photographer. That's right. It's happening people! It's a big decision to make but it's what I need to do for myself as a photographer but also for my clients. Being photographed with film is such a different experience for all. Every image becomes purposeful and meaningful; not that it isn't with a digital camera. Every click is oh so satisfying. And that's the main thing that's driving me to provide the film experience for portraits and weddings. I'm happier when I'm shooting film.

This session was photographed with my fellow photographer pal, Taylor Grant and his incredibly gorgeous and energetic fiance, Lynae. They are saying their I Do's this coming July and I was honored they let me shoot their engagement portraits. Please enjoy these delicious film frames. It's so dynamic. So fulfilling. Be on the look out for a post featuring the gear and film that makes this all happen. The Mamiya and Hasselblad cameras in my bag deserve some recognition and serious love.

Congrats Lynae and Taylor! Want to see how Taylor proposed to Lynae? Your answer is yes, just like Lynae.

{Mamiya 645, Hasselblad 500cm | Fuji Pro400H, Ilford HP5}