When I find my life in pieces and begin to reassemble, there is unique opportunity to pick up each fragment and keep only what I want. When we shatter, we can put ourselves back together with purpose. I’ve had the fortune of never staying in one piece for long, so what remains of me is intentional. But with every revision, there’s a period where I’m put together, but the glue is still drying. This is when I travel. The experience questions, “am I still my best self here?” and the answer is always a confident, absolute yes. A new environment gifts me the freedom to be un-apologetically myself; it solidifies the work I’ve done thus far. From the moment I step into the airport, I feel a satisfaction that is mirrored in few other places in my life. I am more receptive, and I see beauty and opportunity in everything. (Okay, that’s kind of all the time… just a little extra then). I find new places to photograph, to run, to write, and each interaction with someone feels poignant; I remember every conversation in vivid detail.
Life’s always a little poetic. Erik and I had always discussed a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco. He had been to San Diego before and wanted to return (as with me and San Francisco)…but I didn’t seek out this trip here, it came to me. It ended up being beautiful, peaceful closure.
What a beautiful, natural moment. Just kidding. In reality I was directing her with awkward hand signals across the floor of a swanky bar, muttering to myself about how badly I want to photograph a wedding here.
Devin proposed to Ashley using long exposure photography, so why not make light play of their photos? This type of photography was an entirely new experience for me, so I brought along Ben Ruch of Bejamin Photos, who specializes in this exact thing. (He’s awesome – check him out). Ashley and Devin were patient despite some chilly weather, and the four of us worked together to create some beautiful photos.
First we did my normal snuggly, evening light photos, so scroll to the bottom to view the light play!
These second anniversary photos was my fourth time photographing Joy and Nate. This time, we featured their new home and beautiful pup. But as always, the star of the session was their connection.
I feel privileged to work with Meaghan and Shane. Not only are they wonderfully kind, which always makes my job more fun, but so snuggly and sweet together. What I love in couples’ photos is the connection, nuzzles, and the beauty of a couple who are happy to simply exist in each other’s presence. These two brought so much of that to our session. I’m so grateful to be working with them, and can’t wait for their wedding :)
Location: Lock Ridge Park