Charlotte & Tim // Botanical Engagement

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It was an absolute pleasure photographing Charlotte & Tim’s engagement at The Botanical Conservatory on UC Davis Campus. It was one of my favorite sessions to date. This is mostly due to how fun it is to be around Charlotte & Tim, but also partially due to newly offering a stylist with some of my packages.

Now do you need a stylist in order to have your engagement pictures taken? No, but I cannot recommend it enough. Here’s a few reasons why…

We sit down together and talk about who you are, what you love, and what’s your style. Not only does this help strengthen our photographer/client bond for the wedding day, but this is a chance for us to collaborate. For us to make something uniquely you and uniquely sweet.

Next, I sit down with a stylist who I love & trust and tell them a little bit about you. We work on a vision, location, vibe, & feel that we think represents you. All of us, email, text, and correspond with outfit pictures, pinterest boards, and location scouting to get the right fit for you. It’s a really fun, collaborative process that takes your shoot to the next level.

But one of my very very ucDavis-Engagement184 Charlotte & Tim // Botanical Engagement  engagement favorite things about having a stylist work with us is there ability to bring out the best you while being tasteful. They keep the shoot about you. Not about the props, the location, the trends.  You looking your best. You and your style. You and your love. Because that’s really what this is about. You and your babe.

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Location: Botanical Conservatory & UC Davis

Stylist: Kayla Kruger 

the start of year four

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I use to measure my life by school years, now I measure them through you. The seasons we go through. The trips that we take. I was making a list last night in my head of all the incredible things we’ve done this past year– I do this sort of thing often for when & if life gets hard.

some favorites include:

-camping in a tent in Iceland that was no longer waterproof & waking up to rain on our faces

-finding the best beignets at a food truck in Austin, TX

-all the hard conversations that make us deeper, kinder, and closer souls

-shopping at a vietnamese market in Iceland and making dinner in our little kitchen

-listening to Ben Howard driving up the coast

-getting sick of talking to each other on our road trip and turning to Harry Potter audiotapes for some much needed space

-announcing to our friends & family that we’re adopting

-taking an empty house and making it feel like ‘us’

 

All I know is that over and over again, I’d say I do.

Cheers to another year of living simply & adventurously.

The New Samantha Jovan

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She’s new! She’s back! & we’re in love.

This baby has been months in the making. Not quite as long as an actual baby, but close.

I took a step back, reevaluated my business, & with that saw that my site needed to reflect that growth. Traveling will do that to you. Take some time to get away and your personal & business life grow and mature in lots of amazing ways.

But where does one start? Rebranding is taking words that represent you and putting it into something tangible. Do you know how hard it is to translate authentic and intimate into a brand? Or clean with a hint of messy?  Um yeah… really hard.

I reached out to Jaymee, who was a dream to work with. She understood my heart & took everything I dreamed of into a comprehensive brand & a kick ass mood board.

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I was shocked at how easy she made the process and saw how important it is to find someone who’s style you admire. Really I cannot say enough good things about this girl.

And then there’s Scott, who is a coding wizard there to make all the hardest things be as easy as a warm breeze. Add those two together and we’ve got the magic bestowed on you all today.

So here she is. Shiny & new. Like a stylish boho bride.

And here’s me. Promising to put forth work that is intimate and true. To work for images that have the humanity in it, not the trends and to reflect a level of professionalism that is editorial, yet a little bit messy (because let’s be real, our lives are all a little bit messy).

Take a look around!

Old Pine

Steady as the stars in the woods
So happy-hearted
And the warmth rang true inside these bones
As the old pine fell we sang
Just to bless the morning.

 

i like you + naps

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our last day in this cozy place. i love this photo of Bryan among other photos of him peacefully asleep in the early hours of the morning. someday, I think I’ll gather them into a series… but this photo will always be a sweet reminder of the times spent within these walls.
And a reminder of how grateful I am for photography.
photograph your loved ones.
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Jamaica on film

These days I shoot my personal work on film, but it sure makes me want to shoot all film when I’m up to my eyeballs in editing and these babies show up on my doorstep.
I’m thinking in the next year, I’ll offer a film wedding package because film is just too good. Digital’s got nothing on it.
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Robbins Family// Lifestyle Shoot

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I don’t post family portraits often. To be completely honest, it’s more natural for me to shoot a wedding. I walk into a wedding knowing exactly what I want to shoot. The story, the emotions, the small in between intimate moments. Weddings are overflowing with it. Love is saturated all around you.
With families I want to shoot the same things–the story, the emotions, and the intimate moments. Often times what family photo shoots often lack is the story. And that is why I LOVE lifestyle shoots. They are family portraits with a story.
The way you get your little ones dressed in the mornings. Your daughter’s favorite book. The way you make meals together. The home you’ve made together. Your favorite tree in your backyard blooming. The way you do bath time with you newest addition.
Lifestyle shoots are all about celebrating person-hood.
I’m a huge fan of that.
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If you are interested in a lifestyle shoot, here are some wonderful questions that can get you started.
Where are you most comfortable?
What is something that your children love to do?
Where to you spend your family time?
What is your families ultimate treat?
What things do you not want to forget?
Do you have any special routines that make up a large part of your day to day life?
When your children have free time you will find them…
If you were to plan a perfect day, it would look like…
Some of your favorite family stories have happened when…

Zach & Jess // Wedding

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Zach and Jess got married in the Livermore hills at Poppy Ridge Golf Course surrounded by people who love them. The wedding took place four days before Christmas and as usual California winter is rather forgiving. Anywhere else would have been a snow storm, but in California it’s blue skies and
rolling green hills. Ah, California. Sometimes I think I want to live somewhere else, but then I realize that I probably couldn’t survive a winter anywhere else.
 When his bride walked down the aisle, it’s as if they found what they’ve been searching for. As if walking down that aisle both of them whispered, “oh, there you are.”
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