Street BBreaker's First Show @ The Phoenix

I missed Street BBreaker's second show last night, so I'm sitting here promising to get to their photos I shot at their first show a couple weeks ago... I've been over my head with wedding photos to edit, and I've been spending a lot of time shooting two other short documentaries, so I'm a bit backed up. 

Anyways, they rule, and I love these live photos of them.

Eliana & James' Engagement @ Castello di Amorosa

Eliana & James approached me about shooting their wedding video later this year, but first I got to shoot their engagement photos. The forecast said rain, so I had the idea of going to the Castello di Amorosa because I knew we'd be able to find a few places to shoot under cover...I've shot there before and I have a great relationship with a few of their staff members... 

We had a quick wine tasting, and the mood was perfect for some loving engagement photos. The rain never came either, so we had tons of spots to shoot. This turned out to be one of my favorite engagement sessions to date, and I'm looking forward to shooting their wedding film in a few months!

Yosemite, February 2016

My friend, Sean Ledbetter, was telling me about the beautiful phenomenon at Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park. If the conditions are just right, the last few minutes of light from the sunset illuminate a waterfall to make it look as though Lava is pouring down the cliff. My response to him was, "Let's go! I can put the trip on my credit card and you can pay me back!" A couple days later, we had a hotel reservation and we were going to make the trip!

Yosemite is absolutely beautiful. The two of us geeked out with our cameras and how Mother Nature was providing us with the most beautiful landscapes for us to capture for 3 days. We had each rented some lenses, and were just super excited to be out and about. 

These are my favorite photos that I shot on the trip. Enjoy!

A + B Wedding in Sayulita, Mexica

I was asked to shoot the wedding of dear friends of mine. Alex went to high school with my sister, and was class president in his senior year. A couple years ago, I happened to snap a very quick candid portrait of the two lovebirds in passing at the Apple Blossom Parade in Sebastopol. They ended up loving the picture, and had me shoot their engagement photos. That went so well, that they asked me to shoot their wedding. They didn't even have a date set yet, but I committed to them, because our relationship was basically the ideal photographer/client relationship. Everything happened so naturally and relaxed. Their engagement photos are still some of my favorite ever, and it all happened casually over a bottle of wine. Alex is a wine maker, so he knows what's good to drink!

Fast forward until a few months before their wedding, and they changed gears on me. I had originally agreed to be their wedding photographer, but now they wanted me to shoot their wedding video. They also told me that they would likely not be able to afford to fly my second shooter down to Mexico, so they were asking me if I would be able to shoot it by myself. I reluctantly agreed, but I'm glad I did, because this short wedding film came out as one of the best videos I've ever produced, period. And the fact that I didn't everything with my own two hands, makes it feel so much better, and I'm pretty proud with what I came up with.

It's eleven minutes, but it will probably make you shed a tear!

Brit & Jen's Wedding

I had the pleasure of shooting Brit & Jen's wedding in January of this year. I know them through mutual friends, and I just think of them as really fun, outgoing party people! Brit was even an officiant at a wedding I shot last summer, so we knew it would be a good match. 

The forecast called for rain on their wedding, but it was set in a wooden lodge type of venue, and it would be perfect for a winter wedding. We lucked out, actually, and didn't get hardly any rain at all the whole day, and the sun actually burned through the clouds when I was shooting the group photos outside!

It was an incredible wedding, and everyone there had the time of their life!

Heilyn's 1st Birthday Cake Smash

A couple weeks ago I had a cake smash shoot with an adorable little guy on his first birthday. I have shot portraits of him before, so it was cool to see him again and see how he would handle his awesome "Cookie Monster" cake.

If the photos tell us anything about how his day went, I'd say it was his best birthday ever, and that he absolutely LOVES cake!

Becca & Mark's Wedding - Hood River, Oregon

I was lucky enough to wedding of a long time friend of mine up in Oregon near the Hood river. It was a beautiful wedding with lots of really special people in attendance. I saw a lot of people from high school, and some parents of kids growing up... The wedding destination was breathtaking, so they ended up with some really amazing photos. 

They also had the brilliant idea to strap a GoPro camera to a bottle of Fireball whiskey, so I also edited that footage together into a fun little montage... Enjoy!