Janae + Steve’s Maternity Adventure in the Redwoods

It all began as happenstance.  We met Janae + Steve in our birthing class. All of us anxious to learn and prepare for the births of our baby girls. As class went on, we began to realize that we had a lot in common with these two, and that this was not the first time our lives had crossed paths. These vegan, art loving new friends of ours used to co-run Hibbleton in Fullerton, which is part of the Magoski Arts Colony where we show work on a monthly basis and have our painting studio and darkroom. Janae also used to model at LCAD, back in the day where Paul and I met in art school.

We spent some time thinking about where to do their session, and decided to take their photos at their new home where they spend a lot of time, and in a local redwood grove in Orange County. The redwoods were not just chosen for their beauty, but for their meaning. This September, Janae and Steve will be welcoming their beautiful baby girl ‘Sequoia’ into the world.

The three of us can’t wait to meet her.

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Zabie + Garrett // Pasadena Garden Wedding

This is one of those weddings … well especially one of those couples … that my words will never be able to full describe. Zabie and Garrett share such a strong bond and love for each other but it doesn’t stop there, they extend that love to everyone in their circle. We we fortunate enough to meet them through a friend and experience the positivity that resides inside that circle.
Zabie spends countless hours working on emotional / physical therapy (and yoga) for trauma survivors. She’s bursting with compassion and there couldn’t be a better person for the task Garrett is an amazing photographer, who discovers and documents quiet unassuming beauty everywhere he travels. The Storrier Sterns Japanese garden in Pasadena, ca was really the perfect venue for their calm, nature inspired energy.

Two wedding dresses a tea house and a full day of emotion. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the story telling.

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all images capture with canon 5DmkIII, 16-35 2.8, 24mm 1.4L, 35mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.2L, 135mm 2.0L

the team that made it happen:

Venue – Storrier Sterns Estate

Planning/coordination – Orange Blossom Events

Hair / Makeup – DesignVisage

Flowers – Del Sol Flowers

Cinematographer – Surreal Films

Cake – Fantasy Frostings 

 

Jaclyn + Jason : Laguna Beach Engagement

These are two of the sweetest people we’ve ever met. Adorable and soft spoken in nature … but loudly in love with each other … it was a joy to document the engagement afternoon with them and their pooch in Laguna Beach. The park I wanted to take them to for part 2two of the shoot closed early, so we ended up on a hillside I had only seen distantly from the road. Needless to say the adventure level went to 11 with Jaclyn in her long elegant urban outfitters dress vs. the impossibly steep hillside. True champions.

Really looking forward to their french countryside inspired 2016 wedding.

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