My desert anniversary babes, all captured on @fujifilm_profilm. Getting down to my last 35 rolls of this timeless film, and then it’s off to the next chapter.. Kodak, I’m coming for ya, weird lick-stick labels and all 😛🎞 Photographed with my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.
Spring blossom mania 🌸 my last time photographing Iris and Kyle was at the height of cherry blossom season, all the way across the globe in both Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan. I want to keep photographing these two wherever else the flowers are 🥰 photographed with @fujifilm_profilm (nearing the end of my final stash!) on my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.
Touchdown in San Francisco! And immediately off to Southern California I go, for some desert scenes and a truly epic anniversary session this week. I wrote this caption a few days ago, sitting in my window seat as fellow plane passengers played seat jockey for first rights to stand in the aisle. Five minutes into my California return and I was already looking at Atlanta photos on my phone because I miss my hometown friends and family something terrible. Still, I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to travel and see familiar faces in these odd times, something that I know shouldn’t be taken lightly. I’m also eternally struck by how insane it is to (still) be living by the means of this funny career, made entirely out of catching glimpses of the weighty life moments of others, which allows me to flit back and forth between time zones and reminders of community in all spaces. The actual time spent with loved ones is never quite enough, but the photos certainly help. Image from a dear friend’s at-home family session during the rainiest of Georgia thunderstorms. I love you infinitely @sofkrasny and aspire for half the strength you carry every day. You saw me through some crazy times spent mutually crying in parking lots and here we are now! Still crying at the drop of a hat but for much happier reasons now. Photographed with my @sony A7iii and edited with @thearchetypeprocess.
My final days in Georgia! Time always passes so erratically when I’m back in my hometown state. There are pockets where it feels like each minute is an eternity (mostly when I’m lying wide awake in my old childhood bedroom, shirt glued to my back thanks to sweat and humidity), but then huge swaths of time fly by in leaps and bounds as I look at the changing color of my mom’s hair, see the new buildings that stand on once-familiar streets, and hold the new babies of my beloved friends. Every trip back reminds me of how lucky I am to have grown up surrounded by so much love and intention. I used to constantly desire and dream of flying away to new places, fresh and unknown sights, but now every chance I get, my feet just want to point home. Until next time! Feels right to share some more snapshots from Tiffany and Dan’s wedding portraits, as these current times feel hopeful and anew. We took these photos at Baker Beach, just the three of us celebrating, right after their Zoom wedding appointment with San Francisco’s city hall. Photographed on a mix of @fujifilm_profilm on my #Contax645 and digital on my @sony A7iii. All film processed by @photovisionprints. Floral design by @amandavidmardesign, dress by @kamperett.
From Britni and Brantley’s seaside wedding at @highlandsinn. The clear umbrellas I had brought as a precaution stayed tucked away in my car as we chased that Big Sur coastal sunlight from beginning to end. Britni and Brantley have an incredible history, with more experiences together than many people witness in a single lifetime, and now a whole new world awaits them. What an unforgettable day for all those who love these two dearly! So many emotional moments to experience all over again as I prepare this gallery for final delivery. Special thanks to @helenawongphotography for assisting and going well above and beyond her duties to save the day after I managed to abandon an entire suitcase of my gear in a parking lot 🥲 All is well, and nobody who personally knows me is surprised. Floral design by @papillonfloral, hair by @muahmakeupandhair, makeup by @karikoerper (the bride’s very own mother!!), dress by @alonlivnewhite, alterations and veil by @asitbridal, shoes by @bellabelleshoes, vintage car by @montereytouringvehicles, photographed on a mix of @fujifilm_profilm and digital, all film processed by @photovisionprints.
Feels like I’m breaking some unspoken cardinal rule on Instagram by sharing same-day session sneak peeks on the grid, but seriously what is the point of waiting when @thearchetypeprocess makes editing SO easy (and @4cornersphoto and her family are just SO WONDERFUL)? I’ve said this about editing publicly and now I must bravely face the mounting pile of hard drives and unedited spring photowork 😬 still, I’m really-truly-beyond thankful to be continuing this season of documenting all these love stories while in the company of my own family and hometown state. Remembering again what it’s like to savor the small moments of growing up and finding love – whether that looks like a well-used rocking horse in the distant backyard, or blown dandelion fluff in a beloved mother’s hair. Photographed on my @sony A7iii and edited with @thearchetypeprocess.
Entering a season where many of my clients are welcoming new additions to their families, and I can’t help but think about the things I personally love to see most in maternity sessions. I love photographs in this stage of life that stretch beyond the current moment, photographs that recognize both the unguarded hope and expectancy of what the future holds, but also the foundation of the ties that already exist between those who’ve decided to embark on this journey. Or in simpler terms, maternity sessions that don’t only feel like maternity sessions. Those are the images that draw me in the most. Still, there’s always a shred of imposter syndrome, as I work to capture this experience I personally have very little familiarity with. Sometimes – or regularly – I feel a lot of doubt about what I am or am not equipped to do, based on standards made up entirely by my own imagination, standards that no one else holds me to. But then I remind myself that every session I take on involves storytelling for experiences I have not personally lived. We don’t have to have walked the same exact path in order to learn empathy. This lesson is becoming even more critical as these headlines of violence and race-related crime haunt our days. Over time, this art of drawing out the stories of others has become a lifelong reminder in both portrait photography and being human. To do the necessary work to make this world a safer place for all, and to raise children who feel the same. Who knew carrying a camera around would result in lessons like these! I look forward to this daily practice. Images from a recent session at Muir Beach, photographed on a blend of film and digital with my #Contax645 and @sony A7iii, all film processed by @photovisionprints.
The unmistakable pull I feel to this city and its surroundings grows deeper by the day. Wrapping up this gallery soon and it’s already a favorite ♥️ from Erin and Kevin’s engagement session in San Francisco, photographed on @fujifilm_profilm with my #Contax645 and processed by @photovisionprints.