Casey & Scott – Encinitas Engagement Session

Hi Everyone!

Please meet Casey and Scott. These two love birds met up with me at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas for their engagement session last month. Their wedding ceremony will be taking place at the Garden next month, and they wanted their engagement photos to have a similar look to the images we’ll be capturing on their big day.

We had a lovely time exploring the Garden! Take a look below!






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See you soon, Casey and Scott! :)


Xenia & Pat – San Diego Engagement Session

I’ve known Pat for a little less than 10 years. We met when we were both on the staff for the National Teen Leadership Program‘s summer camp here in Southern California. After several years, I was lucky enough to meet his girlfriend, Xenia, who then started volunteering with NTLP too! These two are both total peaches and I was so excited when Pat (finally!) shared the good news that they were getting married!

Xenia and Pat were in San Diego one weekend to visit friends, so we planned this engagement session as they headed back up to Orange County. We met up in San Diego at the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park for a short session and then waited until the sunset to meet up at Oceanside Pier and Beach for gorgeous beach photos!

Here are some of my favorites!

Thank you, Xenia and Pat, for meeting up with me for this fun engagement session! I can’t wait until your wedding next spring!


Exciting News for 2012!

Hi all! I’m really excited to let you know about a new direction I’ll be taking with my business this year! I’m proud to announce that I’ve partnered up with Aimee Westcott of Captured by Aimee as an associate photographer!

What does that mean, exactly? Starting NOW, we’ll be offering weddings that I’ll shoot as the sole photographer, but that Aimee will put her magic touch on the photos in post-processing. So, I photograph, and Aimee edits. What to see what I’m talking about? All of the photos in this post were shot by me at a Captured by Aimee wedding, then edited by Aimee.

If you are interested in booking a package with Captured by Aimee, please use the contact form here or email

First up is Megan and Brian’s killer wedding in Coronado at the fabulous Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa. The ceremony was held on the lawn, which overlooks the San Diego Bay and the Coronado bridge, and has an incredible view of downtown!

Here’s the gorgeous wedding of Maureen and Taylor. The ceremony took place at the amazing Mission San Diego de Alcala, with the reception following at the Junipero Serra Museum in historic Presidio Park. Take a look!

And, in case you need photographic proof of how well Aimee and I work as a team, here’s a shot of us from the photo booth at Megan and Brian’s reception! (Yes, a tripod was involved!)

I’m super stoked about being a part of the Captured team and I can’t wait to see where it leads! Many, many thanks to Aimee for allowing me this opportunity! And thank you to everyone who has supported my business so far, and to Jamie of A Desert Fete for introducing me to Aimee a couple years ago! :) By the way, don’t forget to check out the gorgeous Captured feature on Style Me Pretty today!

Happy New Year, everyone!


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San Diego Shooting Group – La Jolla Engagement – Cori and Lamont

On Friday, the San Diego Shooting Group had our first shoot of the year! We’re a small group that will be getting together every so often to have fun while practicing our craft. If you are a photographer and would like to join our next shoot, please head over to our Facebook page to join the group!
This time, we had a great turn out! A fabulous engaged couple, Cori and Lamont, met up with us at the Burger Lounge in La Jolla, where we caught them enjoying a delicious milkshake. We then walked around several surrounding blocks and took turns posing and photographing the two of them, before heading back to Burger Lounge for a well-deserved dinner!
Here are a few shots of the group with Cori and Lamont.

The following are a handful of the images I captured of the lovebirds! These two met twelve years ago while attending UCLA and remained friends for years before they started dating! Both studied Sociology at UCLA but later decided to follow different career paths: Lamont is now a writer while Cori does interior and graphic design. She’s actually the force behind the awesome design and inspiration blog, Pretty Haute Mess! Lamont and Cori joke that creative couples have more fun, and I definitely agree with them!
Isn’t Cori gorgeous? And how about that ring?! It is a vintage ring that belonged to her grandmother, Pearl, with whom Cori was very close. I don’t think it gets any sweeter than that… ;)
For the next few shots, Stephen Knuth set up one of Shari Barnes‘ speedlights to create dramatic lighting. She was kind enough to let all of us use the set up to grab some shots! The following image shows the great thing about knowing how to set up off-camera lighting. I used the available sunlight to create the image on the left, and the image on the right was taken using the speedlight that Stephen had set up. As you can see, Cori and Lamont didn’t change their pose at all–in fact, they didn’t move a bit! The only differences are (1) the introduction of one speedlight off camera to the left and (2) my location. What’s so great about this, you ask? I was able to come away with two very different images with zero changes from the couple. Cool, right?!?!

The following is my new favorite shot to set up! It’s one speedlight (I use a SB-600) triggered wirelessly from the camera. In this case, I was using the Nikon CLS system because other photographers were able to fire the flash as well. This set up requires a light stand, preferably one that’s voice-activated. Thankfully for us, Stephanie Zyga and Stephen were kind enough to be our stands. :)

A big THANK YOU goes out to Cori and Lamont for coming down and letting us shoot you! By the way, did I mention what a trooper Lamont was?? He had just had surgery on the Monday before the shoot, so he was on crutches the day! He would move to where we wanted to pose the two of them, then one of us would grab his crutches, we’d shoot, and then give them back. :) I can’t thank them enough for spending their Friday afternoon and evening with the group!

San Diego Shooting Group

Hey Friends!

I wanted to write a quick post to let you know about a new opportunity I’m taking on this year.

Last month, Stephen Knuth approached me to take over the reigns as organizer for the San Diego Shooting Group, since he’s moving to beautiful, sunny Florida to be with his new bride! :) He started this group last year as a way for photographers to get together to shoot, learn from each other, and build community. What’s the best part of this group, you ask? Well, shoots are kept small so that they can be offered FREE for participating photographers! It’s a great way for us to connect, practice, and learn! Typically, we’ll meet up for a shoot in the afternoon, shoot for a couple hours, then we sit down and chat over dinner at a nearby restaurant.

We have one shoot lined up right now, and my intentions are to hold shoots every other month. The upcoming shoot is happening on Friday, February 4. It will be an engagement-style session in La Jolla. If you are interested in participating, tickets will be released this Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 pm (Pacific time). As I mentioned earlier, this shoot is FREE but the tickets are a way for us to control the number of people that will show up. Click here to register.

Sound good? Join us on Facebook to get advance notice of upcoming events, and don’t forget to register for our next shoot!

See you soon!