adventurous couples

Joshua Tree Couples Session | Aiko + Ramiro

Aiko and Ramiro are seriously the cutest ever and our shoots together are always so fun! For this session, we met up in Joshua Tree National Park, one of my favorite locations ever. All I really have to say is that I’m obsessed with all these photos so just scroll down to see them for yourself!

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We ended the evening taking some birthday photos for Aiko in the most gorgeous dress and of course balloons were involved. Click here to see it!

Azusa Canyon Engagement Session | Ashley + Chris | California Wedding Photographer

Ashley and Chris are such a sweet couple and I feel so blessed that I get to work with them!! Their engagement session was so fun and considering we couldn’t find a bathroom on the way to the location, I’m honestly surprised no one peed their pants with all the laughing we did hahaha. So excited for their wedding in March!

PS: there’s more #piggybackfunnies (refer to last blog post if confused) at the end so make sure to scroll all the way down ;)

Joshua Tree Couples Session | Mike + Zo'e | Adventurous Wedding + Elopement Photographer

Okay, I know I just posted the elopement shoot I did with these two, but we also took photos in another outfit and there’s too many that I love so I have to share them here, too!!

Please scroll to the end for #piggybackfunnies.
(I literally just decided I’m making that a new hashtag hahaha)

Santa Barbara Elopement - Taylor + Braden

Taylor and Braden are definitely #adventurouscouples GOALS. They’ve been all over the world together basically and got engaged at Machu Picchu after hiking a 26 mike Inca Trail!! This was a fun detail that we even incorporated into a few of their photos!

After being together for over 8 and a half years (!!) they decided to have an intimate ceremony at the beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse with just a small group of family members in attendance. I had so much fun photographing them (and their family - silly photos below for evidence of their fun-ness lol) in various spots around the Courthouse and then at one of the beaches nearby. Scroll down to see some of my favorites from the day.

Surprise Proposal at Joshua Tree National Park - Doug and Jey

This was a very special and exciting shoot because it’s the first time I’ve gotten to capture something like this for a couple that I know! Doug and Jey went to college with Jesse and I at Missouri State and they both moved here to LA shortly after we did. They’ve been together for over 5 years so as soon as I got a random phone call from Doug this summer I KNEW what was happening. We coordinated back and forth with dates, times, location etc. until we had a solid plan in place. They were going to take a trip to the desert for Doug’s birthday weekend so that seemed like the perfect time for him to propose!

Jesse came with me for this and he used my backup camera to take a video. We got to the trail a little early, looked around, and realized the spot we talked about meeting up was not the best so I was like “oh crap, I gotta text Doug and let him know to go to a different spot!” We headed back to the trailhead and just as we rounded the last corner we saw them! We hid behind a bush and watched them look at the trail sign for a bit and then they started heading straight toward us (turns out they would come to the right spot anyway lol) so we RAN back down the trail and found new spots to hide so we could capture the proposal. Jesse was stationed pretty close to where the trail opened up a little bit and Jey ended up seeing him and realized right away what was happening - she kept saying “I knew it!!” and ran away from Doug hahaha. Obviously, she didn’t run very far and Doug got down on his knee, proposed, and she said yes!! We explored a little more, took photos until the sun set, and then celebrated with drinks and dinner at a local bar/restaurant that reminded us so much of home in Missouri. Love these two and so excited that they get to spend forever together!

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Click here to watch the video. This was only the second time Jesse’s made a video like this so I’m excited to see what he’ll create as he continues to learn!

Wendell + Naela - Palm Springs Engagement Session

This was one of the most fun engagement sessions I've ever had! Jesse came with me for the road trip and we hopped in the car with these two as soon as we met up and drove around to find a few spots to take photos (with a slushy stop in between). It was sooo hot (as can be expected from a desert town in mid-summer) but we still managed to get some great shots and had an awesome time too! We ended the night with sushi and drinks and Wendell and Naela showed us around the downtown area. Pretty perfect first Palm Springs experience if you ask me. Hopefully we all get to hang out together again soon!!

Peyton + Kalyl - Franklin Canyon Couples Shoot

Hey you, thanks for reading my blog!! I don't normally start out my blogs like this but I'm doing an experiment to see how many people actually read these things hahaha. SOO when you finish scrolling through these photos, give the post a "like" (it doesn't tell me who the likes are from, just how many, so don't worry I won't know who you are) and if you're coming from IG and don't mind revealing your identity, comment a BEAR emoji on my last post to let me know you saw this! 

Anyways, thanks for playing along, now here's what I have to say about the photoshoot this post is actually for: 

It's one of my favorites. Like I'm very much obsessed with how cute these two are together! I also have all the heart eyes for this location. Just look at that golden grass, the lake, and those awesome freaking trees all over the place. AND I GUESS we can talk about that sunset too!! Creeping through the trees all warm and cozy like God shining his love right down on us. Okay idk if that analogy works but whatever. You get the point. It was an awesome sunset that made me squeal a little. Scroll down to see some of my very favorite photos I've ever taken. 

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Mason + Miranda - Point Dume Proposal

Okay, so ANOTHER proposal story. I hope you guys like these because they're my favorite!! These two are from Minnesota and Mason surprised Miranda with tickets to Malibu the day before he planned to propose at this rad location. Obviously she didn't know about the proposal part, but she found out soon enough ;) 

I had never been to Point Dume before and I usually hate shooting in the middle of the day (sorry I love my golden hour) so I was a little nervous about finding a good spot that wasn't crowded and if the light was going to be too harsh BUT everything turned out pretty perfect in the end. I got there early to scope things out, decided this spot on the edge of the cliff would be awesome and Mason was down for the idea, so I just waited for them to show up! 

Once at the spot, Mason asked someone for a cell phone photo of the two of them and after a quick snap he got down on one knee and you know how the rest goes... (hint: she said YES). Scroll down to see the photos!

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Maddy + Michael - Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks is a location I've been wanting to shoot at for months and I couldn't have found a more perfect couple to photograph there. Maddy and Micheal were so fun and even though it was super cold and gloomy they killed it! 

I had a really hard time narrowing these down to just a few so here are a million photos from this session because they're all my favorite!

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