My brother is a quarter Italian, like myself. He’s got a mustache and small beard most of the time. He is a storyboard artist in San Francisco. He is not afraid to speak his mind and he devours books, documentaries, and series on anything historical. He has a black cat named Blondie. He’s an amazing cook. Oh, and he’s singgleeee. 😬 (please don’t kill me for saying that). ⠀ ⠀ I love my brother for many reasons but one very important reason is that he calls it like it is. I was not always the most agreeable or pleasant kid/teenager to be around because I wasn’t very self aware...but as we got older, he would call me on my crap. And it made me more self aware. Who am I? Why do I act the way I do? ⠀ ⠀ I think everyone needs someone in their life that can be real with them and tell them unapologetically when they are being an idiot. I really mean this!⠀ ⠀ So this is him, in Sausalito, looking cool and contemplating where we were going to eat lunch. Thanks for being you, bro.
WOMEN ARE INCREDIBLE! I love photographing women. I just do. I love that I have the ability to make women see how others see them, to make them feel beautiful. I love getting to know them and I love being one. I love empowering women, I love encouraging them. I love the women who empower and encourage me and I love the women who have the courage to tell me when I need to take a beat and realize that I might be wrong. I love femininity and I love the grace that every woman has within them. I love the braveness and passion of women who have come before me and have paved the way for women today to be who they are meant to be.⠀ ⠀ Tag some of the women below who have made you who you are today!! Women are awesome. 🖤🖤🖤 Workshop: @thepathworkshops Host: @darcybenincosa Stylist: @stay__co Model: @bcommebea Makeup/hair: @ckennedybeauty Clothing: @shopstressed
I miss green grass. I love summer weddings for the brightness, the sun, the freshness... and I’m getting excited for all of my summer weddings! ⠀ ⠀ I still have some dates available for the spring and summer! 🎉 I also just posted travel dates in my stories—let’s create some magic in London or Vienna this May! venue @patriotgolfclub florals @bridal_garden_by_lindi dress @theprincessbridaltx cake @merrittsbakery
“I’m waiting ‘til when I’m with you again...Vienna, my city of dreams...” 🖤 Can you imagine skipping your first semester of 8th grade to travel throughout Europe and live in what is basically a mansion?? When I was 13, my dad sponsored a study abroad trip for the university where he works and my family joined him and over 25 college students for a whole semester in Europe. We lived in Vienna, Austria for almost 4 months and traveled to over 7 different countries. 🖤 My brother and I spent our free time hopping on the strassenbahns, wandering the streets, soaking up the art and the culture of the city of music... it was here that I fell in love with this city. I love it so much so that when I went to college, I went on my own study abroad trip for 7 weeks in Vienna...and when my parents went back to sponsor another semester in 2015, my brother and I took a week off to join them again in this magical place. And just last October, I made my 4th trip (it was way too short!) 🖤 This city means a lot to me, too much to explain. It’s where I first fully grasped how big the world was and how much I wanted to be a part of it. How much I wanted to see all of it. I saw a different way of living and experiencing the world—it was a world where people sat in cafes for 3+ hours to eat a meal together and people valued traditions and music and art. It was a world where people didn’t work into the night and they were encouraged to take care of themselves. Vienna is also where I fell in love with photography, watching my dad take photos around every corner, trying to contain every memory of us on this huge adventure we took together. I don’t know if he even knows how much I watched him on that trip, making sure to get every shot just right. The lyrics above are from a song I sang once for solo and ensemble competition in high school (I was a total choir nerd) and I am remembering it fondly as I anticipate my upcoming trip in May! I can’t wait to bring Tanner to this city who has made me who I and that I love so much. Slide for some fun photos of my past trips (yes, even some when I was 13).
My favorite photos that I take, and often my favorite to look at, are ROMANTIC photos. Yes, I am a gooey romantic at heart and I absolutely love creating romantic photos for my couples. ⠀ ⠀ Romantic photos are at the core of what I do—it just makes sense. There’s passion in a lot of the photos I create for my couples and this is something I do on purpose. Because those photos are timeless and real. Looking back at those photos brings back an intimacy and a connection with your fiancé or spouse. In bad times throughout a marriage, it’s crucial to remember the romance. The connection. The reason you got together in the first place. It sparks something in you, in good times and in bad, and that is priceless.⠀ ⠀ Romantic photos are not always done well and they’re not always done at all. Choose your photographers wisely, friends—if you want romantic photos, make sure you see some romance on your photographers feeds and in their galleries!
🛑 STOP comparing yourself to people on your phone! ⠀ ⠀ Walking in confidence looks different for everyone. But for most people, this means you have to put your blinders up from time to time.⠀ ⠀ If you are in an unhealthy habit and cycle of comparison, it is time to make the decision to retrain your brain. And the way you do that is by unfollowing, unplugging and stop scrolling just to scroll. Don’t get sucked into the lies that social media tells all of us: everyone is perfect, everyone has this amazing life, everyone has it all figured out...wth am I doing? ⠀ ⠀ And NEWS FLASH —this message is not just for women. Men do this too. ⠀ ⠀ The only way that you will walk in truth, the only way that you will walk in your confidence is if you make a conscious decision to do so. Put up those blinders. Find your inner strength. And BASK IN IT. Walk in confidence this week. ⠀✊🏼✊🏼✊🏼 ⠀ ⠀ masterclass: @katiegrantphoto for @thehybridco styling + florals: @jannabrowndesign paper goods + assist: @lazywoodlane gown: @christoscostarellos from @thedresstheory makeup + hair: @jaxstudio silk ribbon: @silkandwillow