Small, intimate weddings are about the exchange of vows between the couple, the shared laughter amongst family, and just the love shared from everyone in the room. That was Ashley and Hakob’s wedding ceremony as they celebrated their union in front of parents, siblings (plus spouse), and grandmothers. Even though it was a big day for the couple, Ashley and Hakob were relieved after the ceremony – they were finally married and didn’t have to worry about anything except celebrating later with friends and family! We enjoyed some time at the beach afterwards taking fun photos and I am glad that Ashley and Hakob went along with the high tide, especially since we all got wet as we strolled along on the beach!

Congratulations again, Ashley and Hakob! I wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness and love!

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I met Mark in high school and I distinctly remember having Calculus with him, sitting in the next row next to me. (Side note: Yes, I took Calculus in high school and I survived…and passed with an A!) ┬áSince then we have kept in touch via social media and I have seen photos of his family, including his two lovely daughters. I was thrilled when Mark contacted me and asked me to take family photos and it was great to catch up, hear how life has treated him, and meet his parents, brother, sister-in-law, and niece! I especially loved how his mom’s eyes glowed when she was surrounded by her grandchildren and especially happy since she has all girls. She has been waiting for this moment and the girls are really lucky to have grandparents who shower them with love.

It was great seeing you, Mark, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to interact and photograph your two amazing girls, along with the rest of your family!

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A handful of times I was able to hang out with Taro and his coworkers, and during a Brazilian all-you-can-eat dinner, I met Grace and Matt (although prior to the dinner, I am pretty sure I met Matt and also saw him during Facetime sessions with Taro). We had a funny conversation that night and after that night, I still saw Matt through Facetime (Taro would show his face on the phone and Emi would become stone cold silent!) and would get tidbits of the lives of Taro’s coworkers. So it was definitely a pleasant surprise when Grace emailed me expressing interest on doing a Mad Max inspired photo session. I was instantly intrigued – where? when? how is this going to look? Luckily, Grace had a vision, but in the process of creating that Mad Max look, she realized it would take an insane amount of hours to make it happen! However, she came up with a great alternative – a crow scouting out a desolate looking landscape – and found the perfect location for our shoot together. Through months of conversing, I have to admit my excitement and nerves were building. I couldn’t wait to see Grace’s final look after getting sneak peeks at her costuming and wardrobe through email. At the same time, the perfectionist in me was worrying that I wouldn’t get the look Grace wanted, really nailing that post-apocalyptic look and feel. But the minute I saw Grace in her costume and we talked in the car on the way to the location – I am so grateful that Matt picked me up because I would have gotten lost and confused getting there! – I knew it would all come together. The result? A blend of the post-apocalyptic feel with a sense of desolation, Game of Thrones inspired crow element and landscape, and the grittiness of Mad Max with the magic hour of light. I love what resulted in the end and I especially love the mix of rawness, femininity, strength, and athleticism captured in Grace.

Thank you so much for this opportunity, Grace! I had so much fun behind the camera and I loved how your creativity inspired mine! I cannot wait to do something like this again very soon!

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