im not a writer, so ill keep it short (basically the same sentence i always start with #lol).
Alison and Dan - you're amazing. Thank you for allowing me to share this incredibly special weekend with you and your sweet families.
here are a few favs!
UM. hold your dang horses - Caitlin and Phillip eloped to Nerja, Spain and Italy and I got to tag along for the ride. I can't EVEN with this entire elopement; it was such a treat to get to hang with them during a few days of their honeymoon and photograph all kinds of fun stuff + get to see them all over again for their reception back in Tennessee!!! if you have been thinking about eloping, this may def sway you in that direction ;) here are a few favs!
andi and reid are gettin hitched in october (CANT WAIT GUYS!) and when andi casually tossed out the possibility of an engagement session in amsterdam, i was all over it like wax on gouda cheese. it was s-u-p-e-r tight schedule and of course it rained quite a bit on the day of the session, but these two are pros and we made rainbows outta the whole situation. some of our initial plans were rained out but we ended up subbing some of those for an intimate indoor shoot since they had a beautiful city loft to stay in, and afterwards the rain had stopped so we were able to walk around the city.
here are a few of my favs
a few favorites from the day at Monserrate with Andreia and Bruno // eat your heart out at their cool laid back vibe
once in awhile you get a chance to work and play with other creatives and when you have that opportunity, GRAB IT BY THE UNICORN HORN AND MAKE THE MOST MAGIC YOU CAN. as a photographer i want to deliver beautiful and consistent work, but as an artist (which i still feel weird saying because i really don't consider myself an artist), i want to explore and try new things.
I've known Cortney and Tyler for several years before their move to cali so it felt right to see if they'd be in the mood to hang out, eat some food, and take some photos. (they were).
Cortney is 1/2 of blogger duo A Whimsy Wonderland and Tyler spits some pretty dope beats (is that how the cool kids say it these days?! no?! just trust me) so I knew working with the two of them together was bound to be incredible. I wanted to keep it funky for most of the day and see what kind of work i could do with some harsh midday light and I'm actually pretty obsessed with the results. check it out, and I'm linking Cort and Ty below so you can see a little more of what they're all about :)
And one more thing. If this is what like, 6 years of marriage looks like, then somebody needs to sign me up. These two are like teenagers and its absolutely adorable.
short on time this morning so I would just like to quickly say a huge thank you to Lauren and Thomas for exploring Palm Springs (the city and the land around it) with me! Such a quirky and fun little place and I wish we could have spent the entire day hiking the canyon - it was a real-life oasis guys!!
there are landscapes, and then there are landscapes. joshua tree is beautiful in this dr seuss kind of way, which was probably why nobody complained about the three-hour drive. there are lots of places in the world that have made my jaw drop but this is only one (of two, the other being some kind of sulfurous martian mud pit type of situation in Iceland) that has made me feel like I'm maybe on another planet.
nikki and randy met me at a coffee shop in town and drove out - there were clouds in the distance and we were sure we would lose a beautiful golden hour but instead the opposite happened, and we got some of the prettiest light (although cali is NOT short on pretty light y'all, i see why photographers flock to the west coast).
SO hard narrowing it down to my favs, but i gave it my best shot. hope you all enjoy!
new mexico has got to be one of the most stunning places i've gotten to visit. Sarah and Jeremy hiked to the top of the crest with me, pretended to not be freezing their butts off and got cozy in front of my lens. can we do it again?? like for real guys... thank you so much!!
Allison's got the best friends ever -- she must be a pretty amazing girl!! They drove up to Nashville with her for her bachelorette weekend AND surprised her with a golden hour photo shoot. we kept it fun and fancy -- danced in front of some murals, hit up the pedestrian bridge for that beautiful skyline, popped champagne AND glitter confetti :) here are some of my favs from the evening.
first birthdays are so much fun and they go by SO fast!!! at my own kiddo's first birthday i wish looking back i'd hired a professional - as a mama who knows how to work the camera i figured i would snap i went, but let me tell you:
nope. just, nope.
kristen has been a client of mine for several years (bride turned mama // family sessions etc!) and she's also a beautiful and artistic creative soul! so anytime she puts her mind to it she creates the prettiest little things that are always fun to shoot. if you're looking for fun and whimsical party inspo, here you go!
Anyone who travels a lot can tell you a lot of times the hardest (and most expensive part) is figuring out *how* to get there and *where* to stay once you're there. As someone who has been traveling more in the past couple years and is hitting an all time personal high this year, I feel like I'm slowly learning how to search for the best deals without compromising quality.
When I found out I was going to be in Amsterdam for 48 hours for an engagement session, I knew I needed something central to downtown (also the area my couple was staying) and since I wasn't going to be in town long, I didn't care too much about furnishings or how pretty it was as long as it was safe and budget friendly. The airbnbs in the area were okay, but another alternative I like to search for in big cities (especially ones that see lots of youthful travelers) are hostels.
Hostels get a bad rep sometimes, but I've always had great experiences. One thing I search for in particular are hostels with private rooms where you have a door and a key and are by yourself. I am all about staying in shared rooms and friends of mine have had the best experiences doing so but when you're a photographer traveling with 6k worth of gear... you just don't want to risk anything!
I really feel like a find like Cocomama is a rare gem! They describe themselves as a boutique hostel, so prices are a little higher than a normal private room (to compare, a private room at a hostel I stayed at in Portugal was $55 per night, this was I believe around $90 per night). The building Cocomama is in was a former brothel, and its got plenty of character. The location is ideal - its not quite in the city center but its a quick 8-min uber ride from it, and the area it is in is kind of the hip, younger side of the city (i'd compare it to east nashville).
They are all about their guests connecting and making friends from across the world - in their lobby there is a board where you can see whatever nightly/weekly activities are being hosted (including things like Red Light District tours) and their common area downstairs was just adorable, with things like a charging station, a fridge with snacks you can purchase by dropping a donation into their piggy bank, games and a courtyard garden out back. They also provide some cool stuff like skateboards and bicycles if thats how you prefer to navigate the city.
I think what really snagged my attention was the check in process; the girl at the front desk welcomed me, was literally one of the friendliest people I've met, lugged my 80 pound suitcase up 3 flights of steps; then took me down to the common room where she showed me where everything was, went over a map of the local area and told me where I could find some yummy food and -- BRACE YOURSELVES -
poured me a glass of champagne.
I mean, what?? I've stayed at some much nicer corporate hotels who cannot even touch that experience. (just goes to show you how shopping local wherever you go will ALWAYS serve you well).
ohhhh AND -- they have a resident kitty.
Anyway I just snapped some simple photos while there because I loved my super-short stay so much and if I'm ever passing through Amsterdam, would totally stay there again.
Ever since I randomly attended the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM, on the best 48 hr trip of my life with the renowned Megan Crowell, I have wanted to shoot a couples session there -- so when I had the opportunity to come back and work with Julia and Stephen in October, I was so, so so soo excited!! And it was a BLAST. Anyone who has ever worked / shot in a fair / festival atmosphere knows its insane, but waking up at 4am, freezing + drinking ALL the coffee, watching the earliest light come over the Sandia mountains while the hot air balloons get going -- SO thrilling and one of the most beautiful festivals you could ever attend, should you ever get the chance!!
We weren't able to snag a balloon ride that day, so we just kinda frolicked between them all ;)
Here are a few favorites.
So this is a very, VERY small portion of Whitney's swim shoot at East Ivy. My dream-team, always, is Whitney + Rachel Cothron MUA. Even when it starts to POUR rain (like it did here, which is why these images were cut short), they make the magic happen.
Jessica's got the best laugh EVER, and Robert knows how to make it happen :)
totally blessed with this 60 degree day in JANUARY y'all.