June 15, 2015


January + February were wild months for us. At the end of January, we moved out of our newlywed apartment, and just a few short weeks later, I started my first teaching job. So, when Valentine's Day aligned with a three-day weekend, we seized the opportunity to escape for a little adventure. It had been a while since we had last been to Joshua Tree, and despite busy crowds, we packed our gear and drove out to the desert. It was magical. 

Joshua Tree holds a special place in my heart. It is simply magic, and I can't find any other way to describe it. The boulders, the yucca trees, that lovely desert light. It's quiet and disconnected and almost other-worldly - there is simply nothing like it. On our trip, we also ran into a sweet German couple who reminded me so fondly of my adventurous grandparents. We spent an evening around the fire listening to their story as they travel from South America to Alaska. It was inspiring and heartwarming. Weekends like this are treasures for our marriage, and I can't wait for the travels we have planned this summer! 

June 8, 2015


Summer break is officially here, and I am so looking forward to few months to catch up and give some intentional purpose back to photography. And this gorgeous wedding seems like the best place to start!

Luis + Amanda's wedding day was one for the books, and one of my favorite weddings to date. From the stunning venue at The Ebell Club of Long Beach to Amanda's gorgeous BHLDN gown and the fabulous bridesmaid dresses to the stunning details, every moment of this day was simply beyond. Above all, it was the sweet, excited love between the bride and groom that made this day so memorable and special. Amanda and Luis have had quite a journey, and their wedding day was a day of celebration and unspeakable joy as they moved into the next chapter of their life together. 

As a photographer, the success of a wedding day depends largely on the amount of trust I receive from the bride, and Amanda was a dream bride! From the moment I stepped into the bridal suite, Amanda gave me her trust and the freedom to explore and create - and that made all the difference. 

Wedding Gown: BHLDN
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Rent the Runway
Florals: Handmade by friends + family