Tommy + Amanda -- HISTORIC LINDLEY-SCOTT HOUSE WEDDING

I'm not sure I even know where to start with Tommy & Amanda's gorgeous wedding! Amanda contacted me early on in their planning process and I was so thrilled to hear from her. She had been a bridesmaid in a previous couple's wedding several years ago and I have worked with her parents (florists both for this event and several others I've photographed) many times. I knew that this was going to be an incredibly special day from the first conversation. 

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Seth + Elisa -- BACK TO THE FUTURE + HARRY POTTER WEDDING

It's not everyday that I get a script - an actual script - for a wedding. But that was so not surprising given that we were talking about Seth + Elisa. You may recognize them from their Back to the Future themed engagement shoot featured on Buzzfeed last year, so it's no surprise that these movie-philes took their wedding to the next level. Featuring themes from some of their favorite movies and shows (Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Star Trek & Star Wars, and of course, Back to the Future...), the entire event was custom-tailored to the two of them. It couldn't have been more perfect!

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April + Tyler + Leo -- BRAND PARK FAMILY PORTRAITS

When April originally contacted me, our plan was to do underwater maternity images. Of course, that was before Leo had his own plans. Arriving about 6 weeks early, Leo decided to do start off life like the little lion he is, making himself known and showing off just how strong he is too. April and I regrouped, which meant that Leo's dad got to be a part of Plan B too -- family portraits! Leo was amazing and slept through the entire photo shoot like a champ. This amazing multicultural family (Philly-meets-Jamaica!) brought their A-game and absolutely rocked their session. It was such a true pleasure getting to meet them all, including their little lion, and make some memories! Congratulations to all 3 of you!

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Ayannah -- MELROSE PLACE SENIOR PORTRAITS

I first met Ayannah when she contacted me for a school project. As an aspiring photographer herself, she needed to shadow a photographer during a session. Ayannah joined me for a shoot with several models for eco-couture designer Deborah Lindquist's bridal line. She was not only on time and pleasant (not guaranteed things anymore), she was helpful, knowledgable, and brought an overall great vibe to the atmosphere of the photo shoot. I was more than impressed! Which meant that when Ayannah let me know she wanted me to shoot her senior portraits, I was extremely thrilled and excited. 

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Wade + Rachel -- CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER PROPOSAL

If you know anything about my alter-ego, you know that I direct a giant christmas musical every year (no, the space shuttle isn't from THAT.... and if you've seen the scale of the show, you'll know why some people might actually wonder about that...). Working on that show the last few years is how I met two of my favorite people - Rachel and Wade. Rachel served as my Production Designer, Stage Manager, and Wonder Woman (no, literally. She played Wonder Woman...). She's a genius, incredibly creative, a wealth of comic book and general nerd-dom information, and experienced in all things stage, tv, and film. Wade is similarly gifted and served as the primary Set Builder for the shows, bringing Rachel's ideas to life, oh, and stepping in to play Dr. McCoy too.

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Raelyn -- MONO LAKE

Sometimes you get an opportunity that is just too good to pass up. Like when you're driving back from Lake Tahoe with your assistant photographer and you're headed down your favorite highway (395 South) and there it is, one of the most amazing pieces of nature in the state. Mono Lake. You have to stop. You have to pull the gear out. And if you're lucky, your assistant doesn't hesitate to get into the briney lake. 

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Going Rogue (artistically, of course)

Like just about everyone else I know, I've spent a lot of time in the last few weeks reflecting back on the last year and, for me at least, the some of my most favorite photo shoots. I made the decision to split out my instagram feeds at the beginning of the year (professional, personal, and underwater) for the sake of organization and effectiveness. But don't be surprised if some of these types of sessions creep up in any of those feeds. This, right here, was one of my most favorite experiments to date. There was no real reason, per say, for this session, other than the synergistic blend of three amazing female artists. Rochelle's floral genius, Alex's incredible skills with makeup and modeling, me with my camera and lighting, and we were off to the races. Just, you know, in the middle of the night in Rochelle's floral studio. Using her tub. Like you do....

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