“We just had our 5th photo session with Lauren and she is worth her weight in gold. We’ve hired her to take our maternity photos, newborn, 6mo/holiday, 1st birthday, and now our holiday photos again. They’ve all turned out amazing! At our latest session, our (now) 18 month old was tired, hungry, and extremely cranky. All he wanted to do was eat his cheerios and yell/scream/cry. Lauren was amazing, just rolled with it and kept us all laughing and lighthearted while my son had a total meltdown. I thought it was a complete disaster. However, we just got our photos back, and you’d have no idea that my son was so miserable! She managed to capture the few moments when he was actually happy and smiling and made the session totally worth it! I am in love with the photos and can’t wait to order our holiday cards. Cannot recommend Lauren enough!”
I think Jess’s online review of these Tahoe fall portraits says it all.
And look at these photos. She’s right. You’ll have no idea that her son was miserable. But we know the truth.
Kelli and Lucas came to me by way of another one of my favorite couples, Sara and Will. In fact, Lucas is standing in half the photos on their blog post. I am equally excited about Lucas and Kelli’s wedding. If there’s anything I know about this crew of friends, it’s that they surround themselves with awesome. I expect nothing less than another amazingly beautiful, love filled, raging dance party and sing-along celebration for Kelli and Lucas!
Kelli and Lucas really wanted to get married at Cavallo Point Lodge, across the bay from the Presidio, but it was (not so surprisingly) out of the budget. It’s a little spendy over there y’all. Next best thing: engagement photos in the Presidio, clearly! With a travel loving, adventure seeking, wine drinking photographer who is always willing to climb into the bushes for her clients.
I had such a blast with these two, sharing stories about half marathons and trips, both taken and future, and their November Sacramento wedding is one of the ones I’m most looking forward to this year!
I was thrilled when Ashley and Tim told me they were interested in having their engagement session done in my hometown of Dallas, TX and even more ecstatic when they picked the shooting itinerary that I secretly was the most excited about: a romp around the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. I’d been wanting to photograph a Bishop Arts District engagement session for years because of it’s quaint shops and bright colors and textures. I had a feeling that it was going to be fun, urban and colorful and it totally paid off. I always like to start sessions off with an adult beverage and this one was no different. Unfortunately, our original plan was to meet at the uber colorful and outdoor space of the Foundry but I arrived to discover it was closed for a special event. Womp, womp.
Instead, we ended up at the beginning of the district at Parker Barrows, which had fantastic open windows, local beers on draft, and cool subway tile. We wandered our way through the district, stopping when inspiration struck and sampling chocolate (a must do!) at Dude, Sweet Chocolate, where the employee went above and beyond to let us sample almost everything in the shop.
We finished up at the Old Kemp House where local artist Eric Mancini has given it his colorful make-over and created a work of art. There was a swing! Finally, we drove over to the nearby Trinity Overlook Park to capture some golden hour goodness and the Dallas skyline.
No trip of mine to Dallas ever goes without a stop at Fireside Pies for dinner, usually in the company of my mom and her sisters. My aunts weren’t available but Ashley and Tim accepted my invitation and we had an awesome evening over amazing pizza and great wine!