Adventure Shoot

Arizona Airstream In-Home

So we have these amazing friends, and they just purchased their very first home!! Plot twist: it’s the cutest 1977 airstream known to man, and her name is June.

We all met up in Phoenix Arizona, and some how Jamie & Lauren agreed to house us in June for a whopping 8 days. We knew then, it was true love. Nobody will truly understand how nice this actually was until they experience living in 162 square feet with two other people. Even though it tested our friendship and patience, we had such a freaking sweet time with these two amazing people. Airstream livin was a lot harder than we thought, basically we have some mad respect for anyone living on the road. We stayed up sharing embarrassing stories we’ve never shared before, we were introduced to Lauren’s “pump up” playlist (and her gangsta dance moves) on long drives, we got to experience Jamie’s insane omelet making skills, Cole learned how to wash my untamable mane in the sink, in the evenings we got to enjoy Jamie playing the guitar and Lauren's accompaniment, and really we all just figured out how to make a long period of time in a small space unforgettable.

Jamie & Lauren deserve all the good they have coming to them, and we are so happy they found June.

p.s. Jamie & Lauren got June from two incredible bad ass women doing the most over at The Modern Caravan. Kate and Ellen put their hearts into all of their work and are just some dang good people, it was so special getting to see their work and to experience it for ourselves. We feel so lucky to have such cool and inspiring friends!!!

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Arizona Cliffside Vow Renewal

Just so you know, before every client meeting, every shoot, every wedding, I get so incredibly nervous to the point where I can’t even think straight and am about 99% sure I am going to vomit. It has nothing to do with our clients, it has everything to do with me, and I can’t help it.

The reason I am telling you all this unnecessary information about me, is because this time around was different. And I’m not just saying that. Something about Cody & Erin is different.

We met Cody and Erin for the first time in Flagstaff, Arizona. Cody, Erin, & Erin’s mom, Theresa, planned to meet up with Cole and I as we were passing through on our road trip home to California. When Erin and I first began talking over email she told me her and Cody had been married for a year and were just really looking to celebrate their first anniversary by going all out and doing a little couple’s shoot out at Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona. (Mind you, this was going all out since they were coming from Kansas City, MO) After arriving in Arizona, meeting Cody & Erin at an Airbnb, Cole and I slowly began to uncover some major key points about this weekend that we were so blindsided by. We found out that the main reason why we were here and why they were going all out is because of an insanely devastating experience they had, and every photographer’s nightmare for their clients. Cody and Erin after hiring a photographer for their wedding, because of many reasons, found themselves with almost no good/keepable photos from their most important day. Including not even receiving what was most important to Erin, a photo of her and her mom on her wedding day. Insane.

So Cole and I had a mission. Step one, have a kick ass time. Step Two, get a photo of Erin and her mom. Step Three, to try and give these two incredible people absolutely everything they deserve. And that’s exactly what we did.

Let me just say this. Our weekend in Arizona with these three was unforgettable. Not ONCE did I feel pressured, or nervous, or sick. I felt totally at peace like our purpose was to be there, with them, right in that moment, giving them this gift that they so deserved.

We enjoyed a dip in Lake Powell over some guacamole and big waves almost taking away all our belongings, followed by a sweet and peaceful night on the side of the canyon where Erin & Cody renewed their vows to each other at dusk. We ended the night with sparklers, in honor of a sparkler run they had had at their wedding a year before, and quietly watching the stars as their first dance song played and tears streamed down our faces.

This is what we live for. This is why we do what we do.

Erin & Cody, you guys touched our hearts, big time. We feel so blessed to call you guys forever friends.

We love you, and cannot wait to meet baby Callow come this December.

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California Coast 30 Year Anniversary

The most fiery and everlasting love I have ever witnessed, and I get to call these two people my soon-to-be parents-in-law. Woah.

For starters, my parents have been divorced my entire life. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I have never really had a strong example of what love between two people could look like. Until I met Cole’s parents.

After 30 crazy and beautiful years of marriage and 3 one-of-a-kind kids later, these two treat each other everyday as if they just met, and their “honeymoon phase” just started. To now have such an incredible example of a successful and loving marriage right at my fingertips, I cannot tell you how much I truly appreciate this strong, strong, love they share.

Denise and Laurence, I cannot wait to call you mom and dad. Your love inspires Cole and I every. single. day.

Cheers to 30 years. xoxo.

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California Sandy Dunes Engagement

I don’t really think it can get much better than to get to roll around in the sand for your engagement session. Katie and Tanner were our meant to be friends from the get go. They love kittens, in-n-out, and being just as adventurous as our crazy souls are. There sure is never a dull moment with these two with Katie snort laughing and scrunching her forehead or Tanner stealthily licking Katie’s face, you could say we had a good time. After playing capture-your-fiancé in the dunes we headed to the beach for some bubbly and a sweet sunset.

Even though we are all still attempting to get all the sand out of our ears, hair, and cracks, we love you both to the ends of the earth.

Wowee what a sweet day.

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