adventurous photographer

Vintage Airstream Anniversary Session | Joshua Tree Acres | Sarah Jane + Riz

Sarah Jane and Riz celebrated 8 years of marriage with a stay in one of the Joshua Tree Acres CUTE AF vintage airstreams. The whole place has this earthy boho vibe that I love and the desert is the perfect setting for it. We took photos on the porch, in the community room, amongst the Joshua Trees (and cacti - Sarah actually had to pull a piece of one out of my hand at one point haha), and cuddled up next to a fire. These two were so comfortable and natural together and that made my job so easy!

Towards the end of the evening, Sarah asked if they could just kind of dance freely on the porch together and I think that might have been my favorite part of the whole shoot. Those photos are allll the way at the bottom so make sure to scroll down and see them!

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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!

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)

Joshua Tree Boho Styled Elopement | California Elopement Photographer

Joshua Tree National Park is the PERFECT backdrop for a romantic desert elopement and the sunsets there are some of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. These photos are the best proof I can give you!

Zo’e is a model babe for real for real but I think we can all agree her husband Mike is also a model?! I love the hashtag she’s been using on instagram: #getmikeysigned hahaha. Seriously, they were just amazing to photograph together and so much fun!! Oh, and the FLOWERS. Ale created the dreamiest floral arrangements that complimented the desert colors and the overall theme of our shoot so perfectly!! *heart eyes*

Photography: Carrie Rogers Photography
Florals: Aquarela Gifts and Flowers
Couple: Zo’e and Mike Cole
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Tux: The Black Tux

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Want photos like this but don’t want to miss out on spending your wedding day with all your friends and family? Schedule an adventure session sometime after your wedding (or before — early first look, anyone??) in an epic location that’s special to the two of you! Any excuse to put your dress back on is a good idea, right??

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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Ally - Greenhouse Shoot + Imperial Sand Dunes

I was originally going to write 2 separate blogs for these shoots because they're from different days and different locations but since I'm months behind on posting (as per usual), I'm clumping them together here. But hey - you get to enjoy more photos of Ally all at once and I get to check blogging 2 shoots off my to-do list. Win win. 

Anyways, if you know me you know I'm obsessed with plants and if you've ever shot with me then I've probably positioned you next to (or completely inside) a bush or some kind of green grassy thing. So like a greenhouse is basically heaven to me and I was super excited to shoot here with Ally. We took some photos inside, out by the huge planters in the parking lot, and then walked around the neighborhood a little bit for a few shots while the sun was going down. Below are some of my favorites!

These next photos are from a fun little trip we took to the Imperial Sand Dunes! Ally was a champ being the only model and having 3 photogs with their cameras in her face the whole time. Also there was the wind. And the sand. We all ate so much sand and each at one point had to run around chasing our belongings that kept blowing away hahaha. Fun times. This is honestly still one of my favorite locations ever and I can't wait to go back again. 

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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