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  • The Hamborg Family

    I photographed these two three years ago when they were freshly engaged... and now they have a sweet baby boy. I was in San Diego for a week back in March and was able to meet up with Chapman and Hannah. It was a pleasure to meet their plump baby Shepherd... who isn't so much a baby anymore! These three are outrageously photogenic, and spending time with them went by too fast. Love you guys.

  • Yvonne and Chandler

    Yvonne is one of my bestest friends and was actually a bridesmaid in my wedding last fall. I'm so excited to say that I get to do the same honor for her this upcoming weekend! I was lucky enough to be able to capture some engagement photos for these two just a handful of weeks ago down in LA. Yvonne and Chandler- you two are so wonderful and we can't wait to celebrate your love so soon! Enjoy some of my favorite captures from our time together.

  • Corinne + Avi

    There was something in the way Corinne wrote her emails... I knew that I would love photographing her and Avi. She made pregnancy look so easy and it was wonderful for me to be working in a new environment... sun-drenched San Diego. Their baby girl is a lucky one. I loved everything about this so enjoy!

  • Shalom + John Engaged in the Redwoods

    Just a fare warning: this is going to be longer than my normal posts… but I can’t help it, because this is one of my very best friends and it had been something in the works for almost two months.

    Back in July, John had messaged me about his upcoming proposal. He mentioned that he wanted to do it over a weekend in late August or early September and that he wanted to do it in the Redwoods in Northern California. (Shalom looovess trees.) They had picked out a ring way back in January so this girl knew it was coming any day now. How were we supposed to catch her off guard?

    I was in Vietnam at the time and I wanted to get Shalom a gift because her birthday was coming up. However because I was across the world, I couldn’t very well send her anything. I thought I’d plan a little get-away for us to spend some quality time together; it had been ages since the two of us spent more than one day together. Shalom is a work-a-holic and I knew that the only way I could force her to take time off is if I said I had booked and paid for everything. It was perfect timing. I called her on her birthday, left a voicemail and said, “Happy birthday! Get August 24-26th off because I’m taking you on a road trip.”

    Over the next several weeks, John and I continued to plan and we almost had to figure out a plan B, because Shalom was panicking about taking time off of work. (Told you, this girl loves her job.) John ended up emailing her boss and filling him in and we were set!

    Fast forward to August 24th, I picked Shalom up early in the morning and we jet off. I forgot to mention… this girl pretty much lives in her workout clothes and prior to leaving I told her that she was only allowed to wear them while we were driving and while we were at the hotel. To convince her to bring some nice clothes for the actual moment, I told her I needed some new photos for an editorial project I was working on.

    The whole trip down, she was talking about her grand plans for the wedding as well as the moments of frustration she’s had about not being engaged by now. It was all I could do to keep cool and listen. I was pretty nervous about slipping, let’s be honest. We got in late Sunday night, caught up on all the things of life, drank Rose and watched the VMA’s before slipping off to sleep. Shalom’s last night as a ‘girlfriend’.

    The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel and then I took her to get her nails re-done (her paint was chipping and every girl knows that their nails have to look good for the moment, right?), as well as some shopping. I thought she’d like an additional outfit for the photos we’d be taking after John proposed, so as a birthday gift she picked out a few things. I was having so much fun, knowing what was about to happen in a few hours.

    We got back to the hotel and had a few hours to kill so she hit the gym and I hit the hot tub. As she was in the shower, I called John to see how he was getting along. John had flew in to Medford the night before and had driven down the same time we were. Because Shalom and John keep in touch pretty well, he did an amazing job not raising any eyebrows on Shalom’s end during the hours he was in the air. Anyway, John told me that he had found the perfect trail and gave me specific instructions as to where he’d be. I was really nervous about not finding the right place. The Redwoods are huge and I knew that once we were out there, cell reception would be unavailable.

    I had originally told Shalom that I wanted to do these photos on the beach, but as she was dressing I told her I thought we should hit the Redwoods that afternoon because we’d be way too tired on the drive back up the next day to stop to take photos. She was very nonchalant about it and responded with, “Whatever you think you need for your portfolio!”

    It took us about an hour to drive to the trailhead. As we were driving, she was telling me about her Pinterest board of the type of photos she wanted me to take when they were engaged. I was so tempted to ask her to show me them right then and there! Little did she know… I pulled in right behind John’s rental car (he had sent me a photo of it), and I knew that John was literally within a five minute walk of us.

    Shalom would be engaged in the next twenty minutes.

    John had asked me to come take photos of the proposal, but last minute I decided it’d be fun to make a video. I can’t really explain the emotions I felt when Shalom saw John for the first time, how her hands cupped her face, how she dropped to the ground. I can not imagine how these two felt- their rush of emotions. I can only speak for myself. But in that moment, the world literally froze for me. I’ve never experienced anything like that and I am so grateful that I was there for my friend- the spunky 7th grader with long blonde hair who was pumped on volleyball and loved her flute.

    I love you both. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives. 

    Also, yes... it is true. The first thing Shalom said to John when she saw him was, "I have jerky breath..." Damn me, I shouldn't have let her have that beef jerky prior to starting the trail. HA!

    *This video is definitely an amateur's hand at work so I apologize in advance for the shakiness.


    Can't wait for your wedding! LET'S GET YOU MURPHIED.

  • Chapman + Hannah

    Chapman is no stranger when it comes to being in front of my camera... I can't believe it's been three years since I met him in Italy and now we find ourselves here and he's married the beautiful Hannah. These two were married this past month, but while visiting I was able to grab some photos of them because why wouldn't I? They met in London, their love was at first conversation and I love everything about that.

  • The past month...

    The past month... whoa, it's been non-stop-let's-do-this. Weddings, road trips, seniors, engagements and proposals, maternity and friends and family and a backpacking trip. I've stopped for a moment in the midst of this beautiful season of life and realized that if my life were to end today, I'd be so content. I've produced some of my favorite images in this last month and I can't wait to share all of the stories and all of the goodness. So many feelings and emotions. I am very happy to be alive and to document such beautiful glimpses of God's grace. Here's a preview of what's to come. 

  • Erica, Nils + Anna Gray (in LA)

    Meet two of the most down-to-earth humans ever. Erica and Nills were married one month ago (HAPPY ONE MONTH ANNIVERSARY) and are soon expecting a baby girl this coming December. So many life things! I've been in SoCal for the past week and it is always THE best when I get to make new friends. My time with them consisted of sarcastic jokes and non-stahpp laughter and I wouldn't have it any other way. Can't wait to meet your star, Anna Gray.

  • Erica + Nills in LA

    Meet two of the most down-to-earth humans ever. Erica and Nills were married one month ago (HAPPY ONE MONTH ANNIVERSARY) and are soon expecting a baby girl this coming December. So many life things! I've been in SoCal for the past week and it is always THE best when I get to make new friends. My time with them consisted of sarcastic jokes and non-stahpp laughter and I wouldn't have it any other way. Can't wait to meet your star, Anna Gray.

  • A Day in Huntington Beach

    Maybe you recall my friend Chapman. Long story short, I met him while I was in Italy two years ago. About a month ago, I was in California vacationing and was able to make it down to Huntington Beach one afternoon to visit him before he headed back to Italy. Yvonne and I were able to check out his art show which was incredible, to say the least. You all should definitely check out his work here

    You guys, this day was one of my favorites of 2013 for sure. I know it's a bold statement, but Yvonne and I were just so blessed. We showed up, without any swimsuits, and Chapman had a pile of 'em to pick from. I met his whole family and some more, including his 91-year-old grandma who has energy from I-don't-know-where. We rode bikes to the beach and hung out in the ocean for a bit. Chapman's family owns the company Hamboards, which are basically long skateboards that give you the sensation of surfing (landsurfing). Over the years, they've developed other boards too. Anyway, we got to check all of those out around his neighborhood. We spent the rest of the evening hanging out, hot tubbing, eating dinner around a fire place and spending time with his fam bo bam. We were so honored to meet Emma, one of Chapman's childhood friends who is currently fighting bone cancer. She is an incredible human being and I loved having the chance to photograph her. 

    Chapman, thanks for this day.

    Hamboards was recently featured on the ABC show, Shark Tank. Check it out here!

  • Lam + Tonya

    Three and a half years ago, I was an amateur photographer in my first year of photo school still learning the ropes and these two people trusted me enough to photograph their wedding. I am so grateful that these two took a chance with me. (And boy, have I come a long way.) Weddings are a big deal and you can probably imagine how wrecked my nerves were that entire day. Lam and Tonya are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet. They always manage to put smiles on the people they encounter. They really know how to love. So I can say with full confidence that this kid that is on his/her way come this March is one lucky child. (The two of them want the sex to be a surprise). 

    I was in San Diego two weekends ago and man, it was so good to be in that sun. I photographed these two in literally only 20 minutes and it was the most fun I've had in awhile. Gettin' it done during that magic hour! Can't wait for little Lamya to join this world!