Red Skirt and Tattoos

This set speaks for itself.

When I look through it, I hear a little record of Driicky Graham spinning in my mind [Think: Snapbacks and Tattoos, nice whips, fly chicks...].  Ya know, just to set the mood. ;)

Big thanks to my beautiful friend, Shandise, who hiked it out with me and shed the down parka in order to capture the moment.


Red October Engagement

I took a walk with Katie and James on a sunny and warm evening in October.  And let me tell you, Red October is no joke!  As the sun went down, we were engulfed in warm reds, oranges, and yellows.  We ran to catch the sunset and landed out in the Sound.  Katie danced- and got James to dance too!  We laughed and got to know each other.  I can't wait for their wedding!  Enjoy this glimpse of our time together!

Project Light: Just as the Sun Went Down

We have come to our final set of photos in my collaboration with Fashion Blogger, Carolyn, from Hey Pretty Thing.  We climbed a windy ridge and trekked to an old train bridge.  As we braced ourselves against the forceful wind and held onto each other as we walked, we managed to snap a few photos!  Carolyn is wearing a beautiful Acne leather jacket that she picked up in Europe.  Paired with a cotton dress and booties, its a perfect fall outfit for these sunny days we have been enjoying.  Check out her website or Instagram for more details!  And, if you have missed our previous shoots, scroll back in my blog or her's for more beautiful shots.  Enjoy!

We out.  

Project Light: Back to the Dune

Straight outta Beverly ya'll.  

Today, we are revisiting those beautiful, white, clean, warm sand dunes with Carolyn from heyprettything.com.  This might be my favorite set of photos from all that we took, but then again, it is so hard to decide; I have loved elements of them all.  Some high clouds moved into the area for most of this set of photos.  The light was beautifully diffused and even over the land and Carolyn.  At the end of the shoot, the sun came out for and bestowed upon us some strong rays.  So stay tuned for the end where we turn down (for what!) the exposure, catch some bright light, and end up with some lovely contrasted images, especially in black and white.  Enjoy!  And let me know what you think!!  XOXO

Oh snap, then the clouds moved!  

Senior Photos: Jessamyn

This lady: a beautiful, personable, friendly, and capable young woman starting her senior year of high school.  Jessamyn is ASB President and college-bound.  When I asked her how she wants to affect change at her school during her presidency, she responded (in so many words) that she hopes to support and acknowledge all students without prejudice for greater inclusion and community within her school.  Jessamyn is certainly a mature young woman who is wise beyond her years!

For her senior photo shoot, we headed out of town to find some wide open spaces that the city struggles to provide.  We walked around to find an old, crumbling building, a bridge, a river, and a meadow.  Check out our adventure below!

Project Light: Filtered and Spotty in the Afternoon

During the afternoon that I spent with fashion blogger, Carolyn, from heyprettything.com, I photographed her on a walk through brush, shrubbery, and long grass.  The light was filtered, spotty, and direct, in some instances.  We caught pockets of light and played with shadowing.  Check out Carolyn's blog for detailed outfit information as well as helpful fashion tips!

Project Light: A walk in the dunes...

I am so excited to share about a collaborative project about LIGHT in which I have been involved with the creator of and stylist behind the fashion blog, Hey Pretty Thing (www.heyprettything.com @heyprettything_), Carolyn.  We set out for an adventure and found a beautiful patch of land on a perfectly lit afternoon and went to work.  Carolyn was an ideal model, and I had such a blast working with her.  Over the next several weeks, I will share more images from this session, and I promise you that every image will be worth the look.  Enjoy this first chapter of our day!  Also, check out Carolyn's blog for detailed outfit information! 

During this first chapter of our session, we shot during the late afternoon.  The sun was streaming in from the high west side.  We embraced the harsh light and the bright sun on the sand for this portion of our shoot.

Harsh light… Low light… SCARY?

I recently took a photography class through the Define School called Movement and Light.  It was so good, and I can say that I certainly grew as a photographer.  I began the class with a generally nervous attitude about shooting in low light, especially indoors, and harsh, midday light.  However, I pushed myself to shoot in this light over the past few weeks.  I loved it and can sincerely say that I no longer find these lights scary.  I want to embrace the shadows and find pockets of light.  I will celebrate bright, sunny days and not worry so much about raccoon eyes.  I am looking forward to this journey!  So, here is a little tidbit of images I took and submitted.  Enjoy! XO  

Lovely Hallak Family

What an amazing shoot this was!  It was lovely to see a family enjoy time together just doing what they do… fixing hair, reading books, wrestling, watering their plants, playing on the swing set, looking for bugs, and enjoying an evening walk.  We had lots of laughs, especially when ants invaded their space and made everyone do the boogie!  A couple tips for family clients from this shoot---> clothing matters when you are being photographed!  Be yourself and let your creativity come through.  Take the time to coordinate, but don't be overly matchy matchy.  Mom, go buy a shirt you love that you will enjoy looking at yourself in!  Also, choose an activity.  It doesn't have to be complicated: blow bubbles, have a watermelon picnic, eat ice cream.  Be conscious of the environment: choose locations that you will like to look at for years to come.  And above all, embrace the activity and chaos of children and HAVE FUN!!  

Enjoy!! XOXO

Tim and Aubrey!

I had such a fun time shooting this engagement session!  It was goofy, romantic, refreshing, and authentic!  This is their love story, from their perspective:

We met at a Bible study that was held at Aubrey's sister’s house. It was a few weeks and a few casual conversations later that we ended up going on a hike together. During the hike we had great conversation and were surprisingly honest with each other. After another hike and a scoop or two of Blue Bird ice cream, the conversations got deeper and the attraction grew stronger. We got to know each other rather quickly, and it wasn't long after when we both made a commitment to be in a relationship. It was simply beautiful to be in a relationship so honest, loving, and passionate. As our love for one another grew we developed a unique understanding and trust. We truly believe that the Lord blessed us as a couple. We have already been through some tough challenges in life together, but have found support in each other like neither of us had before. We feel that our honesty towards each other and our faith in the Lord has developed our relationship into something amazing. We took the next step on March 22, 2015 when Tim proposed at our favorite restaurant. Since then there has been more love, support, and compassion. We are excited for the adventure of marriage, knowing it will be filled with joy.

One of my favorite families...

I freaking love these people: Luke and Karen and their two young girls.  They are genuine, refreshing, realistic, and gracious.  And, it is just an additional bonus that every time I am with my red-headed friend, people ask us if we are sisters.  Because if you have the same hair color, you MUST be sisters.  We have even gotten, "Are you twins?"  Silly, but I love it, and I will take it.  I would be honored to be your sister Karen.

Pleased to introduce this family… and this is a Saturday morning with them.