Shooting in California is something I am always excited about and Ashley & Ben’s retro-inspired Montecito, California wedding did not disappoint! A big thanks to Brides Magazine for featuring this wedding!
Ben & Hillary Rector asked me to document their new life as a family of 3 shortly after welcoming their beautiful daughter, Jane, into the world. It was an honor to capture this special time in their lives. Having recently become a dad myself I have a new appreciation for the importance of newborn photos. They are only little once!
During a shoot like this, I am obviously focused on photographing the baby, but what I find even more interesting is seeing the parents interact with their new child. Typically, I don’t give a ton of direction but instead, I allow space for them to interact with their child. With this approach, you will be able to find images that are more authentic and true instead of forced and posed. I take this mindset in almost everything I photograph from weddings to commercial shoots. Authenticity always wins!
I loved collaborating with Nisolo on this fun Summer getaway shoot. Nisolo is a beautiful brand doing beautiful things for the fashion industry while all along making a tangible difference the lives of the people that create their products. If you don’t know them, you need to check out their story here! You won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to Eric & Jen Staples for modeling and Ashley Peak for her brilliant creative direction and for bringing on my dream car for this shoot. Finally, thanks to Chris Peak for assisting, styling and creating all the fake wind!
Lydia & Brad’s wedding took place in late October after an early and very unusual cold front blew over the East Tennessee mountains. We were met snow covering every inch of RT Lodge on the morning of the wedding and even though it all melted quickly, the bitter cold lasted throughout the day. The best part of the event was the way everyone embraced the weather and relished in the beauty that came along with it. The wedding gushed with that familiar feeling of excitement you get when the seasons change, the heat finally dissipates and you are surrounded by close friends and family.
It is an honor to have this wedding published in the 4th edition of Geraldine Magazine!
The talented, Nashville based musician, Andrew Ripp, asked me to come take some photos of him for his upcoming album. This shoot ended up being quite the challenge because we only had about an hour of daylight left when we started shooting, but it forced me to think outside the box. I also think it gave the final images a very diverse look for Andrew to pull from. I shot color and black and white film using natural light, an off camera strobe and an on camera flash which really changed up the vibe from image to image. I also incorporated some “toy” cameras like the Holga and the Lomo to drive home the gritty look in some images, but I also shot with my beautiful Rolleiflex, Contax and Leica to capture the more crisp images with deep colors. Overall, I loved how these turned out!
This past Spring, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to explore the rugged, rocky and fenceless state of Alaska. It was the furthest North I had ever traveled and I was overtaken with awe at each bend in the road. The Spring in the north country lends itself to a wild energy as the land wakes from its frozen winter slumber. Everything about Alaska felt so alive and so wild which made me feel so alive and so wild, but I also knew I was at its mercy. I knew that there was nothing safe or tame about this land and, to me and my comfortable, controllable, routine city life, this was incredibly refreshing!
These are some of my favorite images from my trip! I can’t wait to head back someday! Thanks to Richard Photo Lab for the beautiful film scans.
Lost Love is a photo essay focusing on the invisible shift that happens when we suffer. After walking through my own dark valley and emerging on the other side, I wanted to create a personal project around the emotions that I felt. Donald Miller said it perfectly in his most recent book Scary Close, “There are pruning seasons in life and there are growing seasons. When I look back on my life, I can tell the greatest growth comes right after you get cut back.”
Unlike most couples on the morning of their wedding day, Katherine and Rob were ecstatic when they woke up to find out that it was raining at the foot of Monteagle Mountain. This meant that the campus of Sewanee, located at the top of the mountain, would be covered with the iconic fog that has become associated with The University over the years. Having both gone to school here, they couldn’t think of a more fitting forecast for their celebration.
It was such a pleasure working with the talented girls of Big Events Weddings who designed the event and implemented all of the beautiful florals.
See more from this wedding in the Spring/Summer edition of Weddings Unveiled Magazine!
Also, make sure to watch their Super 8 film here!
Beth & Scott did it right when they decided to kick off their D.C. wedding weekend by cruising down the Potomac River with all of their closest friends and family in a traditional paddle steamboat!
It was such an honor to work with the lovely and uber talented girls from Ritzy Bee Events on this one!