Down the Aisle: Buzz + Andre

You know you're in for a treat when the bride's nickname is Buzz! Being in residency in NYC, she's crazy busy, so her dad did most of the wedding planning, and I didn't get much interaction with Buzz until I walked in Saturday morning and introduced myself. I was immediately smitten and instantly knew the day would be a blast. And wouldn't you know, I was right! Then I met Andre and I thought—how does this keep getting even more awesome? What a gorgeous couple! And so in love. When you look at the photos you can tell they were radiating joy all day long. An adventurous gal myself, I was fascinated to learn that Buzz climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with her brother and dad. (It's on my list!) And later in the evening, after a first dance that was too smooth for words, I found out that Andre, a scientist who's originally from Jamaica, was a professional ballroom dance instructor in college. Because—of course he was. He's fascinating and talented like that. See what I mean? Spending the day with these two and their families was like much needed medicine for my heart. Thank you all!


Down the Aisle: Lindsey + John

I'm sure Lindsey has been chomping at the bit to see this sneak peek... and the truth is, when I first went through and had my own sneak peek at everything, I originally picked 167 images for the blog. As much as I would love to post them all here, 167 images is a bit crazy (even for me). So it took me awhile to come to terms with saving some of them for later (not too much later, just later this week when their entire wedding edit and album design are finished). There's not much I can say that the pictures don't already convey: The day was perfect, Lindsey was a vision, and everyone had a rockin' good time. Lindsey assembled an all-star team of vendors to help make her dreams come true including Lovestruck Weddings and Events, JF+M, and The 402.


ShootShack: Lindsey + John

In a fun departure from our classic ShootShack backdrop, Lindsey opted for gold sequins to fit the rest of her gold and pink theme. It was a huge hit—I love these images! ShootShack_0019ShootShack_0061ShootShack_0138

ShootShack_0232ShootShack_0167Yours truly alongside Jeff and Adam from JF+M. (They did a phenomenal job on the wedding video—watch it here. If you want cinematography at your wedding—contact them!)

ShootShack_0277ShootShack_0335ShootShack_0544ShootShack_0605ShootShack_0628ShootShack_0712ShootShack_0731ShootShack_0764And this, ladies and gents, is Candace from Lovestruck Weddings and Events. She's a wedding planning super star, and it was WONDERFUL to work with her and her associate, Lindsay, on this event. If you need help with your wedding plans—she's your gal!


Down the Aisle: Adrian + Holly

Hastings, Nebraska was bursting at the seams with love this past Saturday as Adrian and Holly tied the knot and became "The Carlsons." (How fun is that?) 01540201

Isn't the lace on Holly's dress gorgeous? I love wedding dresses with some sort of strap...



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I love the expression on her face here... like she's not quite sure about that corsage...


Congrats you two—enjoy Estes Park!!!

Down the Aisle: Clar + Mike

Being invited back to photograph the wedding of a sibling of a previous client is among the most ultimate in compliments. It's been nearly four years since I shot Trevor + Allison's wedding, and it was a blast to see everyone again (along with a new grand daughter to boot). Clar and Mike are both fortunate to have such loving, supportive, and connected families. From the toast Mike's brother gave to Clar's dance with her dad... there were plenty of joyful tears to go around. 0088017603520440048405320597061806780694069607920804

Trevor, Allison, and Lillia! (Guessing on the spelling... hope I'm at least close?)


Love Shoot: Halley + Chad

Often times, I come into my clients' lives amidst a sea of chaos and change: graduations, studying for the bar exam followed by taking the bar exam, wedding planning, showers, rehearsals, and—not to mention—starting a new life together. Despite the whirlwind of to-do's, these two are incredibly at ease. 'Tis the season of life! I look forward to celebrating with you in August... until then—remember to breathe! 0002001100190022003600400052

Down the Aisle: Amanda + Chelsea

I first met Chelsea years ago when I had the honor of creating her senior portraits, and to hear that she was planning a wedding made me feel as excited as it did old!  (Where has the time gone anyway?) Mother nature smiled on us last Friday as we captured these portraits in the gorgeous light of the setting sun...


A frame and two adorable flower girls are like frosting on the cake, making any image that much sweeter...


Chelsea nailed the schedule for the day, and we reaped the benefits with this light...


The kids! So sweet, so helpful, so eager to be part of the fun...


Congratulations ladies... I'm so thrilled to be part of your day!

Get This Book and Learn to Use Your Camera. Finally.

Whether you have a shiny new camera or an old battle scared one, learning how to use it (I mean really use it, not just crossing your fingers and shooting in auto-mode) is guaranteed to change your entire photo-taking life. Going from snapshots to great shots is a whole lot easier when you have some help. And it just so happens that Peachpit Press has a whole series of books to help you do just that—literally. A couple years ago I wrote Your Camera Loves You: Learn to Love it Back. I'm proud that it's been repackaged to fit within the Snapshots to Great Shots series, featuring the new title, Getting Started in Digital Photography.

Same great content, apt new title. (And cover). Yes, that's my adorable nephew and brother-in-law on the cover. Aren't they cute?

Get it. Love it. (Then—for bonus points, write a review about it. Emir loves to track that stuff, and it's sad to see a book with little to no reviews! ;)

Happy picture making!


Getting Started in Digital Photography

Favorite 2013 Wedding Moments

Few things remind you how much you love doing what you do, like taking some time off. I made the decision to keep the fall/winter months of 2013 to myself, and it has recharged my batteries—big time.  Now that 2014 is upon us, I can't wait to dive into another great season spent documenting ceremonies of love and the beginnings of new families. In celebration of that, here's a look back at some of my favorite wedding photo moments (in random order) from 2013.