Cassie and Brady // Engagement

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 I love the small window of time I got to be in their life. Cassie and Brady are east coast natives who met in college in Utah. Newly engaged, they were visiting the west coast and thought that would make for a pretty awesome engagement shoot. Spot on, because getting pictures of Cassie touching the Pacific Ocean for the first time was awesome to witness!
But more than that, I get to witness the start of something incredible. A new start. So sincere and pure. She’s spunky and he loves her for it. He’s steadfast and she loves him for it.
Together these two fit. You can see it in how they hold each other and how they look at each other.
Somewhere in their hearts, they’ve made a place for each other. Carving out more and more room as they fall more in love with each growing day.


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Spring

“In our part of the country, spring passes quickly. If you haven’t been out for five days, you find the trees in bud. If you don’t see the trees for another five days, you discover that they’ve put out leaves. In another five days, they’re so green you wouldn’t recognize them. It makes you wonder: Can these be the same trees I saw a few days before? And you answer yourself: Of course they are. That’s how fast spring goes by. You can almost see it. From far away it comes racing toward you. And when it reaches you it whispers in your ear, ‘I’m here,’ and then runs swiftly on.”
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This is the time of year where we photogs take a moment to think.
To take a break and figure out this year’s goals.
This year I want more art in my life. 
I want to learn how to love the people in front of my lens better. kinder. authentic.
I want people to know how beautifully they are made and that they can make beauty with the very life, love, passion, desires they have inside.
So here’s to a year, of pursuing art and pursuing people. 
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Winter Film

Film is in line with humanity. Maybe because it’s not photoshopped… everyone’s natural beauty is on display. Or maybe because it’s hard to experience the moment with digital. With film you learn to sit back, breathe, and somehow take the moments in deeper. Either way it makes my heart happy to have my family on film.

Christmas at my parent’s home shot with Kodak Portra 400 // Contax 645
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Isn’t my mother gorgeous? I hope I look this good without makeup when I’m her age. 

Mike & Megan // Portraits

Sometimes I show up to a shoot exhausted. The week has been crazy–full of ups and downs. Then I get to be with this couple and everything melts. Stress is of the past and my heart is once again full. I think this means I’m in the right profession. I think this also means I have the best clients. They come with their hearts so full for each other that I can’t help but get some of that overflow.
I love love.
Mike, Megan, thanks for believing in me.
You guys are one good lookin’ couple.
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They brought their cute pup, Mayday [best name for a dog, right?]
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yellow

We were heading to the back side of Yosemite, when we saw these trees in the distance. 
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To some of you this isn’t a big deal, but for these California evergreen people, it was BEAUTIFUL. Our tires screeched to a halt as we piled out of the car, crossed a stream, sprinted across a meadow, and stood in awe of these babies. 
Uh, I would also like to mention that mid sprinting, I may have done a happy dance that caused my phone to fall out and be forever lost among the giant grassy meadow.  But seriously, God? Well done. Your creation is beautiful. 
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Yosemite: a cure for wanderlust

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”  – John Muir

“When’s your next day off work? Adventure?”
These are words I could always say to Chad. Our first 18 weekends our freshmen year were dedicating to gathering up people in a car and going. Anywhere. Somewhere. Nowhere. Our kindred hearts took us on many adventures. 

Living in the valley sometimes feels like cabin fever. The past couple of years I’ve worked hard to find contentment in this place and I think I have. But sometimes, you just need a mountain [and a waterfall doesn’t hurt.] So that’s what we did. Bryan, Chad, and I piled up into the car at 5 am. Just in time to watch the sunrise entering into Yosemite. 



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Kate & Justin Engaged

This is my favorite kind of engagement session. We pack up a car, road trip out together, talking, chatting, and getting to know each other. The day is spent in special spots that reflect what they love. It’s sessions like these where their love jumps through the photo: the way he puts her hand on her lower back, the way she smiles at him. These two have got it bad for each other. 
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