KRISTEN AND SIMON // A FORT DESOTO ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Oh man. Where to even begin?

I had the serious honor of being hired by Kristen and Simon to shoot their spring wedding this April over in Sarasota when this gorgeous girl referred me to them last month, and the moment Kristen and I started talking on the phone, I knew I would love them both.

This engagement session worked out perfectly, as they live in Tampa and I was visiting for a couple of days while Trent took the bar. We met up at the unique Fort De Soto Park in St. Pete where we were given some of the most magical golden hour light.

You guys, Florida is the insane when it comes to magic hour I tell you.

Add crashing waves from the ocean and stretched out piers made out of rocks? I may argue that this is in fact, not real life.

I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to meet clients who are down to create and just be during these sessions. When you let go of the pressure of feeling like everything needs to be perfect, and instead find beauty in the wind taking over your hair, the waves getting you wet, or the in between moments while you move from point A to point B – you create authentic, genuine exchanges between two people who love each other enough to find complete satisfaction and comfort in the mundane, day-to-day movements.

Kristen and Simon are the real deal.

Their love is on fire and their chemistry is undeniable, and I for one am so lucky to have been able to capture them in their most organic element – wrapped up in each other (and their sweet pup, Chokie)

April 15th can’t come soon enough – x.

BRIANNA IN THE DESERT // A JOSHUA TREE PORTRAIT SESSION

Are you guys tired of these Joshua Tree photos yet?

I hope not. Because there’s more.

Insert, Brianna. The perfect raw edge with effortless beauty to accompany a backdrop as perfect as the desert.  Joshua Tree, in a way, ruined me because now all I want to do is shoot in the desert. (just kidding, the beach is rad, too) But if any of you are up for a session at the sand dunes, #CALLMEONMYCELLPHONE

GET BRIANNA’S LOOK

Leather Jacket: similar (less distressed)

Denim Jumpsuit: similar and budget friendly

Black Biker Boots: similar / similar + budget friendlyOkay photographers – ready to geek out?

I shot this entire session with my Mark III and 85mm 1.2 lens.  Why this one, you ask? Well quite honestly, I was shooting Brianna alongside 30+ other photographers at Heck Yeah, so I wanted to ensure I’d be able to crop anyone out that may be in my frame. (I feared the 50 mm 1.2 and the 35mm 1.4 for this reason) but it turned out to be a blessing using the 85mm.

In my opinion, it does portrait like no other. It’s so sharp, and gives off that blur effect pefrectly when shooting wide open.

For majority of this session, I was at about 1.4 during my close ups with Brianna, and at about 2.2/2.4 when far away. The 85mm is a fixed lens, which means I have to physically back up my entire body if I want to get a full frame shot, rather than a zoom lens where you can stay in one place.

I find this to be the way to shoot, because it forces you to see things from a different angle – to get creative.

If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer! Just leave them below in the comments.

 

LISTEN UP // VOL. 4

This week was complex, as some days felt like they just flew by before I could even cross two things off of my to-do list, while others dragged on and bedtime couldn’t come soon enough.

Now I’m to blame for this, for sure.

I didn’t do a great job of self care this week, and ended up not feeling too hot 3 out of the 5 days.  I stressed myself out wayyy beyond what was necessary (is it ever necessary?!), forgot to eat lunch because my head was in the computer due to irrational deadlines that I was putting on myself, and I found that even my eyes were starting to freak out from too much screen time.

I’d finish on my computer, move to my iPad, and inevitably would end up on my cell phone to check in with friends and family with TV in the background.

By night fall, I had nothing to give anyone (T, Jasper) and was just ready to close my eyes and start a new day, vowing that it would be better than the one before.

I had what a lot of us call an “ah-ha moment” the other night when I got so fed up with how I was feeling and knowing it was all my fault.

I told Trent, “I don’t know why I do this to myself. I have the hardest time embracing a slow season, and I convince myself that things have to get done right now or it will all blow up.”

So you know, in turn, when they don’t get done – I feel out of control and like there aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s so silly.  (perhaps I should listen to my own advice) 

a) there is nothing more important than our health

b) there ARE enough hours in the day – its how you choose to spend them

c) there is nothing that needs to get done TODAY that can’t get done tomorrow.

Due to my recent spastic nature, I took myself to vinyasa yoga on Wednesday night to chill the F out  which I needed more than anything.

Have you ever felt like you can’t take one more day in your body if you don’t stretch it out or get a massage? (I did that last night, too! If you’re in South Florida, Vanessa is the best)  It helped so much, and the whole way there, I was playing this playlist that I finally completed.

I started making it earlier last month, and it’s a collection of some of the most calming songs on the planet. (to me, anyway!)  So I of course wanted to share it with all of you, as you know, music can have a huge effect on our day to day mood and productivity.

So here you have it.

KATE AND JOHN // A JOSHUA TREE PORTRAIT SESSION

While in Joshua Tree this past January for the Heck Yeah Photo Camp, myself along with 100+ other talented photographers were so lucky to be set up with so many amazing shoots (remember this one?!)

Fortunately for us, Kate and John were among them.

Their chemistry is unreal, their fashion sense on point, and their pup so sweet.  They were actually quite addicting to photograph. I remember thinking, I could shoot them for hours on end and the only thing that would snap me back into reality is if the sky suddenly turned pitch black and could no longer get them in plain sight, or if my stomach started to growl from being hungry – ha.

It’s a really lovely thing – getting lost in what you love.

And with subjects like these two? They made it all too easy. Sit back, get cozy and take in the breathtaking backdrop (and couple, of course) – x