Another year has flown by and going through all of my shoots from the previous months has become one of my favorite rituals. I sit with a hot cup of tea, keeping warm and cozy during these chilly winter days, as I remember with gratitude all of the amazing folks that have chosen me to document their lives.See more “Highlights of 2022”
Best of 2021
2021 looked a lot different than year passed, one reason being that I relocated up to beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington and I had to travel down to Southern California for many of my sessions! I feel so honored that so many of you were willing to organize shoots around my travel schedule. I really do have the best clients ever.
My plan is to be in LA in the Spring and Fall and am also booking sessions in the lush Pacific NW (including Seattle/Portland) so please spread the news ❤ And for now, here are a few of my 2021 favorites!See more “Best of 2021”
Best of 2020!
Oh 2020…what a roller-coaster of a year you have been. Starting off strong with some of the sweetest in-home sessions and then halting suddenly when Covid shut down the world. No work for months led to lots of creative brainstorming (and bread baking!) and, despite it all, I feel incredible grateful that I was still able to create love-filled images with so many of you.
I will never take hugs and smiles for granted again.
Now for some of my personal faves from the year! It was SO hard to narrow it down since I love ALL of my clients & sessions but sharing 500 photos would just be too much. haha.
Thanks for stopping by & cheers to 2021 being better than the last!See more “Best of 2020!”
Jessamyn // Creative portrait session at home in Topanga Canyon
We are 3 weeks into “social distancing” thanks to Covid 19 & I hope you are all staying healthy, sane, & finding the silver linings wherever possible! It’s such a strange & uncertain time and boy do I feel lucky that my husband continues to have work, even though my photo sessions have all been on pause for the unforeseeable future.
I miss taking photos of people so much. But in the stillness, I have been feeling waves of immense gratitude (intermingled with worry & anxiety about the state of the world!) that I have a job that I actually miss. That I get to live in a place where I am able to go outside and lay in the grass.
I thought now was the perfect time to share this session of the one & only, Jessamyn, that I shot back in February in Topanga Canyon. It embodies what I have been really trying to focus on during these past weeks at home – to slow down, be gentle with myself, & to find joy in the small things.See more “Jessamyn // Creative portrait session at home in Topanga Canyon”
Best of 2019!
Hi friends & HAPPY 2020! After a wildly busy season of photo shoots & a restorative holiday (in which I mainly spent eating & laughing with loved ones! is there anything better? ha!), I’m feeling so ready to get back to what I love most – making photo magic with YOU!
I couldn’t think of a better way to start of the new year than by sharing some of my favorites from the last. I loved taking a trip down memory lane and, mainly, it just made me feel immense gratitude for all of you out there that chose me to freeze time for you over this past year. If that’s you, THANK YOU! I know there are a bazillion photogs out there and I am really so so honored.
Lots of love & cheers to this year being the best one yet. xxSee more “Best of 2019!”
Alix of Yoku Jewel // Creative portrait session in Topanga Canyon
When you meet Alix of Yoku Jewel, you can just feel the magic radiating from her. She is a craftswoman that makes the most beautiful handmade jewelry, as well as an energy healer, & I feel super honored that I got to make these images with her.
Since this shoot, I’ve received a Reiki healing session that left me feeling so light & peaceful and also took a workshop to learn how to make my own earrings! I seriously can’t get enough of this lovely lady. You can check out her offerings here.See more “Alix of Yoku Jewel // Creative portrait session in Topanga Canyon”
Wild indeed // Creative portait session in Topanga Canyon
I first met Meghan when I came across Wild Mesa, the space that hosts maker & wellness workshops here in Topanga Canyon. She is not only the founder of this magical space, but she is also an art director, singer, designer, world traveler, activist, and student currently getting her masters in Public Policy. #Badass
Photograph this inspiring woman in her element, as we laughed and listening to Bob Dylan on vinyl was a total dream. Here are some of my favorites.
shot on Kodak Portra 400 & 800 // developed & scanned by
White dress by the amazing MoonaStar
Shades of blue // Natural indigo dye workshop with the Dogwood Dyer
I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I am REALLY into crafts and learning the old ways of making things. From weaving, to making pickles, macrame, calligraphy. You name is, I have probably tried it. I’m not very good at any of them, but I sure enjoy the process! haha.
All this being said, when I heard that Liz Spencer, aka The Dogwood Dyer, was going to be in my hood teaching a natural Indigo dye workshop I leaped at the opportunity. She harvested her very own indigo plants and taught us how to prepare and extract the colors. We also learned some cool techniques like Shibori, to create patterns on our fabrics that differ from the usual hippie tie dye look. (which I am also into!) Can you believe that green leaves can make the most insanely gorgeous blues?! Total magic.
I highly recommend keeping up with the Wild Mesa event calendar if you live in the LA area and like these kinds of workshops. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there at the next one!
All images shot on Portra 400 & developed/scanned by The Find Lab
Poppy field adventure // Creative portrait session with Sulai
After all the buzz about the super bloom here is Southern California, my girl Sulai and I decided we should road trip out to the Poppy reserve to goof around & experience it in person. We marveled, explored, got silly, and of course, took TONS of photos. I really wanted to get experimental and played alot with double exposures, shooting through prisms, and opening the back of my camera to create light leaks and I am soo happy with the results!
Sophie & her pups // At home portrait session in Topanga Canyon
This gal is one of my favorite true blue Topangans. She grew up in the canyon, hikes almost everyday with her beloved dog gang ( Gia, Puma, & Scout), loves nature, and is so so laid back and fun to hang around with. She also lives in the most magical home (that her dad built for her, FYI and OMG ) and, from the moment I saw her in her element, I knew I had to document this time in her life. Thanks for letting me photograph you in your slice of paradise, Sophie!