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Stories From Behind The Lens

A couple stand on a shallow beach. She is in an orange knee length dress and he is in a tan sweater and jeans. They hold hands.

Katie and Mick have a lot going on in their lives. They are planning an out of state wedding, while planning an international move AND managing this during a pandemic. They are amazing. They reached out few months ago because I photographed another wedding at Mick’s parent’s home. They had recently gotten engaged but because […]

April 9, 2021

2 parents look at their daughter eating her 1st birthday cupcake

You may recognize Sam. She second shoots with Meghan and myself. I also assisted Meghan in photographing her wedding two years ago. And now her sweet baby girl is a full year old! In two seconds you’ll see why Sam and I get along so well. We both have, (what my husband calls) “vision”. I […]

April 2, 2021

A woman in a bathing suit sits in shallow blue water on a beach. She looks to the right.

It’s March 1st 2021 which means everyone in the next few weeks is about to hit a one year milestone since the pandemic started. March 13th is that date for me. That was the day our office closed. But before that, in what is the most amazing stroke of luck, we took a vacation! I […]

March 1, 2021

Six things to remember as we start our second year of the global pandemic. Nobody knew that this time last year that we were about to face a world-wise crisis. It forced us to change plans and adapt. In 2021, as I write this, vaccine roll-out has begun and the promise of “normal” is tantalizing […]

February 20, 2021

African American man in a navy suit stands with a beautiful Indian woman in a blush dress. She is wearing a long veil, carrying a beautiful bouquet of flowers. They are standing outside on a patio, guest chairs infront of them and large florals behind them.

As we hit April, and more and more weddings were either canceling, postponing or downsizing to an elopement/micro-wedding, Katharine of Everything But the Vows and I started talking. We both run our businesses part time but with full time heart. We wanted to do a styled shoot to show couples how to have a stunning […]

January 4, 2021

An engagement ring on a simple background

This the big question so many couples are wrestling with right now. In order to answer it, I find it helpful to ask a few other questions in order to identify what are your values in your wedding. What is the current state of safety? Safety is always first. If numbers are rising or new […]

January 2, 2021

Family vacation photosession on Hawaii

One of the best perks (or hazards) of traveling with a photographer is they document the trip and of course will ask you to do a photography session on a beach with lava stones and palm trees. Thank goodness I was traveling with Chris and Tawny. No one is more comfortable in front of the […]

December 14, 2020

Black Sand Beach in Hawaii

At the end of our first week, we packed our bags and headed to the airport. It felt like vacation had come to an end- and a week would have been a great vacation. Instead we got off our plane barely 35 minutes later on the Big Island and it gelt like vacation got started […]

December 13, 2020

Sunset at the North Shore Oahu

Chris and Tawny are professional travelers and have documented their trips on their blog, Captain and Clark. Ryan met Chris while doing a Semester at Sea program in college. Through his stories I felt like I already knew them before our wedding and I was so excited to spend more time with them in Hawaii- […]

December 12, 2020

This week marks the one year anniversary of our trip to Hawaii which has its roots in an off handed comment I made to Ryan’s good friends Chris and Tawny during our wedding week. Tawny grew up on Oahu, and living in Washington, they go regularly to the islands. I remarked “Let us know the […]

December 11, 2020


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