Tiffany and Ralph

"OH! And how was your vacation? I looked at all your pictures - I would have loved to been in California!"
"Do you have lots planned this week?"
"How is your friend - oh, whats her name? Natalie! Yes. How is she?"
"So any boyfriend or anything?"
"I'm your biggest fan. Really, I am!"

That ^ right there was what all "Vendor/Bride meetings" should be like. Tiffany nailed it. Tiffany had seen my work, read my blog and "got" what my style and business are about.
I honestly love Tiffany, even though I've only seen her four days in my whole life.

But because our personalities clicked so well, we had a fabulous experience working together. I had full creative freedom, and she was comfortable having me there on her most important day. She wanted me to sit and relax and get something to drink while she was getting ready, and I had to insist on shooting.

(Ps. Are these shoes off the hook or what?! I want.)

Tiffany pulled me over into her clean Ritz-Carlton hotel room, and showed me her gifts from the night before. One aunt gave her pearl and diamond jewelry. Another, an old watch from a grandfather. One widowed aunt gave Tiffany her wedding band. Another gave her a "something blue" hankerchief with her family nickname "Stiffany" embroidered in it. And one aunt gave Tiffany a charred silver dollar, the only remains from a house fire that killed the aunts six children. The dollar was in the youngest child's piggy bank and is obviously a precious item for the family.

I got chills as a teary Tiffany laid out all her gifts for me. I loved the real, genuine friendship we had, and was so grateful she took the time to tell me about her life and how special these items were to her.

Tiffany has a contagious smile, a big personality and a gentle, loving heart. Not to sound like a greeting card, but it's true.

I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again, but this moment right before going down the aisle is one of my favorites ever in life.


And Ralph. Ohhh Ralph how perfect you are for Tiffany.
No joke, God knows what He's doing when He brings two people together!

Hey there hottie!

They are so fun :D Can't you hear the energy? Happiness overload!

We headed outside for some blazing hot (in both meanings of that phrase) pictures. It was insanely bright sunshine, but I'll take it over insanely dark night :D

Too cooool for schooool

Hello colors!

Tiffany and Ralph are definitley a great "fit." I love how much they laugh and smile. I love how un-awkward they are together. I love how comfortable, normal and just pleasant it is being with them.

A little drama never hurt anyone.... ;D

But let's get back to those happy, laughing faces asap.

"Secret secrets are no fun, unless you share with eeeeveryone!"
Or unless you can get a really good picture during the secret-telling. Then it's also fun :D

I love how classic this one is

Ready to get the party started! Poor couple had to wait in the limo for a few extra minutes since one of their vendors got lost! Sheesh. How annoying is that? ;D

No worries, though. The photographer eventually arrived (only 7 minutes later than planned) and grabbed some wedding party shots by the water!

And here are a few last reception shots of the happy day!
There are those award winning smiles :D

Ah, the Single Ladies line up. Some hate it, some love it. Always a good time haha

And this single lady became an engaged lady that evening! Tiffany's cousin got engaged during the reception! How fun :D If you need a photographer, you know who to call ;D

Ralph and Tiff, thank you for being so above-and-beyond wonderful to me! You made me feel like family and you made my work a joy. I hope you enjoy the beach and I can't wait to see you again soon :D Congrats!


Kelley Park - Year 4

Once upon a time there were three best friends on a hot summer day.

The summer day was in May 2006. And May 2007. And May 2008. And May 2009.

For the fourth year in a row, right when school ends, my best friends and I have a photoshoot at Kelley Park.

Four whole years. I remember the first shoot so well. I remember what I did that day, who I saw, what I was struggling with in life, what my concerns were and what my hopes were.

Other than my mom and dad, no two people have been more supportive and "there" for me the last four years.
I just love them so so much :D

They have made me laugh too hard. Like, I am now ruined for humor because nothing is as funny as being with those two.

It's been a crazy four years, and we can't wait to see what the next four bring.
We joke about who will be the first one to bring their boyfriend to this shoot. Or the first one to have an engagement ring at this shoot. Or the first one to not be able to lay down under the swings because they are pregnant.

I love that I get to live life with you girls!

Ps. Props to our photographer, Ciera. She's visiting from San Diego!


One last hurrah :D

My little life is about to get tossed into an insane, but totally wonderful, schedule.
Friends flying into town, three weddings in one week, conferences, me flying to California for a workshop, then to Vancouver to see my friend and shoot a wedding, home for intern week, two more weddings and about seven or so other shoots just for fun.

I can't wait :D

Buuuut, before all the crazy happens, I went on a little weekend trip with two of my best friends (who just finished two whole years of college - they are Juniors baby!)

We spent two chilly days at the oh so glam Maryland beach, Ocean City.
It's not the most amazing thing you've ever seen, but it's simple and pleasant we love it :D

We spent the 48 hours swimming in awful indoor pools, looking for bike rental places at night, riding bikes in the morning, eating beach food, taking Old Time Photo pictures (ugh.), pretending the weather was warm, laughing and just loving life.

I just really like my friends :D

We found this little spot on the side of the highway on the way home. No Trespassing signs. Trailer park. Gravel road. Probably really safe?

Lydia and I, being the adventurous photographers, couldn't resist. Courtney, being wise and smart, didn't like the idea. But that's why we are all friends :D

Look how fun they are - 3 minutes of scary was worth it!

Now it's time to get some serious work done! Woop :D