Cate Takes A Gamble

Cate and Jon met on the beach.  He was a lifeguard and she was returning a book to someone else when they started talking.  It was then that she took the gamble, but it was August 5th that they made it official.  Destiny brought her from her home state of Minnesota to sunny Santa Cruz while Jon grew up in California.  I was lucky enough to get to know them both at the beginning of their relationship and never questioned that they were meant for each other! 

One of the many amazing things about this union is not only the couple but the people by which they are surrounded.  They were lucky to have the wedding on the grounds of Horse & Heart where they live.  Horse & Heart is a fabulous organization lead by Cate's dear friend Lori Halliday.  They practice and teach Natural Horsemanship and have rescued many horses. I was so excited to photograph everyone in their natural habitat on the hill.  Having your wedding at your house is an incredible amount of work but also very convenient!  I was amazed to see how the ranch was transformed for the wedding.  

During the rehearsal we could see the breathtaking view of the Monterey Bay. The view of the bay was obscured by fog for the wedding but the sun was shining on the ceremony and the hilltop felt like a whole world of it's own.  

It was a gift to be able to be there for Cate and Jon as their photographer because I love them both and getting to meet their wonderful families and friends made it an epic day to remember. 


A Rainey Day

On Monday I had the chance to photograph my high school advisor, soccer coach and friend Christie and her wonderful husband Ricky.  We had scheduled the session and were excited for it but when it was time to leave, it started to downpour outside!  I decided to leave anyway and have faith in the creative guidance that always shows up when I need it.  The rain stopped when I got there and we started capturing their matching shirts in the beautiful diffused lighting of a cloudy day. I love Christie's laugh and Ricky makes her laugh a lot so it's a great combination!

Christie & Ricky

Christie & Ricky

I always loved being around "Higgy" as we called her in High School because she has infectious energy and passion for her work and the people around her.  When I met Ricky I knew they were the best of teams.  Now they are adding a baby girl named Rainey to the mix and I can't wait to meet her.

Focus on what you love!

Focus on what you love!

Miracle of miracles the sun came peeking through the tall trees and we trudged through the wet grass to bathe in it's glory for a few moments. These are the moments I wait for, live for and love. 

When Rainey Days

Are the best ones...

Analog Inspired

I was lucky enough to have film photography in high school and learn the ins and outs of the darkroom.  I was resistant to so many aspects of film photography because I was impatient but now I have grown to have a profound respect for it and often crave developing with chemicals! 

The first photograph I took was a wedding party in Central Park in NYC.  Ironically it was of a bride and groom being photographed. 

The first film photo I ever took -  Central Park, NYC circa 2005

After learning how to use film, I saved up for a digital camera.  I researched for hours and talked to my scottish Uncle Graham, also a photographer.  I decided on a Nikon D50 camera with kit lenses.  I was ecstatic when I received it and made good use out of it.  My favorite thing to do was to recruit any and all of my friends to go on long walks and have spontaneous photoshoots.  It's still one of my favorite things to do.  Fortunately they were all compliant and to their own surprise, enjoyed the process :)

Focus on what you love!