INTIMATE PRIVATE ESTATE WEDDING | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA | MONIKA & JAKUB

Brides Gown | BHLDN

Grooms Attire | Cubavera.com

DJ | DJ CalBass

Cake | Over the Rainbow Desserts

Catering | LuLu’s

Officiant | Joyful Weddings & Events

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals & Signature Party Rentals

Florals | Vaso Bello Celebrations

Hair & Make-up Artist | Erica Mull/ THE POWDER ROOM

Joshua Tree, California | Romantic Desert Couples Session | Hilda + Alan

I was fortunate to have Hilda contact me for a portrait session on her and Alan's escape to the desert from Chicago!  This travel loving couple was so much fun!  So much laughter and love surround these two and it is seriously infectious.  

I love when my couples trust me and my vision and let me capture what I see through my lens!  Hilda and Alan's personality is so easy-going and flirtatious and that most definitely showed through in their portraits!  

Contax 645 | Richard Photo Lab | Joshua Tree National Park

JOSHUA TREE FAMILY PORTRAITS | SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FILM PHOTOGRAPHER | STOFFEL FAMILY

As sweet and as effortless family sessions appear to be in a curated feed on Instagram or even a blog post, we all know that is far from the truth.  Family sessions are a lot of work for both the family and photographer!  Having followed Savan of Savan Photography for quite some time, I reached out to her about a mentorship in photographing family portraits on film and boy, she did NOT disappoint.  

Savan is the queen of emotion filled photography in all aspects of her work.  The way she can tell a families story is enough to bring tears to your eyes!  She is driven and passionate about her clients.  I was so honored to have had the opportunity to learn from such a role model in this industry.  

We both had the pleasure of photographing Moriah's sweeter than sweet family here in the Joshua Tree desert!  I walked away from our time together with so much knowledge and a newfound love for creating art with my portraits.  More than that, I walked away with a friend and lifelong mentor.  For that, I am forever greatful!  

HAMILTON OAKS WINERY MATERNITY SESSION | SAN DIEGO, CA | KATRINA

It's always a pleasure to photograph other photographers, so I was thrilled when Katrina asked me to capture her third pregnancy in sunny San Diego, California!  Katrina is not only a talented photographer but a stylist with a killer wardrobe!  This stunning, yet simple, pink gown suited her so well.

Hamilton Oaks Winery in San Diego was so peaceful and complimented Katrina's glowing state perfectly!

I adore shooting maternity sessions.  They are a season in life I hold near and dear to my heart as a mama myself.  I know how important it is to document this fast season in our lives.  Once our little ones are here, it's hard to remember what it was like having them in our bellies!  I can't wait to meet little Ms. Penelope when she arrives soon!

Styling | Katrina Thaxton

Hair + Makeup | Ashton Lopez with Elegance by Ashton

Venue | Hamilton Oaks Winery San Juan