It was a beautiful sunny day in Santa Barbara, a phenomenon not at all unusual for the pretty town. I woke up with a stomach full of butterflies (I still get nervous and so excited before every wedding and every session I shoot) and started going over the game plan for the day with one of my best friends/favorite assistant; Lauren Kanegawa. We had both traveled for this wedding and we were so excited for the day to finally unfold.
Tera and Kirsten are so beautiful and their love is even more so. From the first look on the day flowed naturally with so much laughter, so much fun, and so much color. The wedding colors were bright pink and orange and it was a perfect fit for their personalities. Kirsten and Tera were both always ready to dance and always grinning from ear to ear. The day radiated joy. I am so grateful to have been able to capture their love, so thankful to have been given the chance to freeze their laughs for them. A huge thank you to Lauren for driving down from Sacramento to help me photograph this amazing wedding! You can see more of her work here: http://www.laurenkphoto.com/
I had the great pleasure of photographing Geneva and Jim a little while ago. These two are so beautiful and were such a joy to work with. Geneva is a complete sweetheart and working towards being a nurse which I think is so amazing….it takes a special person to want to take care of others for a living. Her boyfriend of four years is a fellow photographer and videographer. I always love photographing other visual artists, it feels particularly challenging.
I love photographing love. It is so beautiful to me to watch a couple be themseles and allow me to take portraits of their relationship. Thank you Geneva and Jim! You two are wonderful.
“A kiss is the rosy dot over the “i” of living.”
Love is so special. It is the universal language, it is all.
These are portraits of Laci and Micah, a couple who met in Fairbanks, Alaska (my hometown) and picked up everything to move to Ventura, California on an adventure. I love it when people take risks and make big changes when they want to so I admire that they have these traits. I photographed them on their anniversary and we all enjoyed a wonderful sunset and lots of laughs 🙂
During my very first internship with a fabulous photographer named Barbie Hull I noticed a pattern about myself at weddings: I am a crier. I was photographing couples that I had never met before that day and bawling behind my camera. Call it being emotional, call it being sentimental, I call it being connected 😉
It turns out that the tear factor is not absent when I know the people either. Cody was one of my best friends growing up. He is the cousin closest to me in age and I love him dearly. He met a beautiful woman and they fell in love and the rest I suppose…is history.
Thank you Cody and Georgi for making me a part of your day. I wish you complete bliss. I am so happy for you both.