I shot Justin and Rebecca’s engagement photographs at the Japanese Gardens on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The joy that this couple brought combined with the absolute peacefulness and serenity in the gardens made for one stellar engagement session. I literally can not wait to photograph this couple’s garden wedding this weekend. Justin and Rebecca, thank you so much for allowing me the honor of capturing your love for one another!
One of the things that I absolutely love about being a portrait photographer is the people I have the honor of meeting through this little business of mine. Stephanie and Jeison have known each other for years and are actually high school sweet hearts. They’ve been through so much of their lives together- the homecoming football games, the proms, the first day of college as well as their college graduations. Their relationship is one of simply enjoying and choosing the other’s company- a friendship that can only come from years of being together. On a sunny summer afternoon we escaped to the forest where I photographed these two hugging and snuggling under huge pine trees. There was not a soul near us that day and it was truly special to observe the kindness and the authenticity of Stephanie and Jeison’s relationship. These two get married tomorrow, and words can not express how thoroughly excited I am to capture their big day.
Silvia- where do I even start with this sweet girl. She exudes the love of Christ in everything she does. She is able to start up a conversation with anyone and has a smile that puts you at ease instantly. Crazy and hilarious stories about her past, her family, her dreams, and aspirations come rolling off her tongue so effortlessly that they draw you in and you don’t mind staying a while. Silvia has a confidence about her that goes far beyond her years. She has a love and appreciation for the simple and beautiful things in life- which is exactly why she chose to be out in nature for her sweet sixteen photo session. When we were driving up to the forest for these photos she didn’t hesitate one bit when I saw wild flowers on the side of the road and suggested pulling over to pick some. She’s the kind of girl who tosses her sandals off and prefers to frolic barefoot in the woods. Silvia, taking these photos for your sweet sixteenth birthday was an honor for me. I am so excited to see where the Lord takes you on this crazy journey of life.
So to say that I’ve been dying to share these photos with everyone is a drastic understatement. Anastasia contacted me last summer in hopes to do a “trash the dress” session in the woods. Immediately I jumped on the opportunity and we brainstormed locations and different ideas for the session. I created some lovely little flower and leaf wreaths to give this session a very nature and outdoorsy vibe. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results. You might ask exactly why it’s taken so long to share these photos. Well, Miss Anastasia kept this entirely a secret from her husband and actually created an album with these images to give him on their one year anniversary (earlier this month). I know, the sweetest idea ever, right? Without further ado here they are!