I have been wanting to visit Yosemite for years now. My last trip there, I was 10, so I didn't remember much besides the knowledge that I needed to go back. It was quite a long trek, but so worth it! We saw Redwood trees, and the most stunning landscapes. The entrance to the valley, is by far one of the most spectacular views, ever. I shot film and digital, and love both so much. One thing is for sure, you can definitely tell there's a drought in California, many of the rivers and lakes were almost dried up.
I just got back from my last wedding of the season! So happy to have time to put the finishing touches on all of these fabulous wedding days! Here are a few sneaks to come... Rachel + Garrett // Intercontinental Clement :: Monterey, CA
Jenn + Penny // The Liberty Warehouse :: Brooklyn, NY
Alex + Micaela // Alicante, Spain
Bex + Marcel // The Portola Inn :: Atascadero, CA
It's no secret that I'm trying to incorporate more film into my workflow...so when the itch to put together a styled shoot came on, I had to jump on it. I had the fabulous Elika model for me again, styling by Chelsea Preston and florals by Stephanie Brown. I decided to really challenge myself by shooting indoors and in varying light. I just love the way these unconventional bridal portraits came out! Portra 400 :: Fuji 400H :: Portra 800 :: Tri-X 400
Cinta (sin-ta): crafted with purpose to bring you comfort, function & style. The name Cinta means "love" in Indonesian, "belt" in Spanish, and "hyacinth" in Greek. Cinta is a name so full of culture and personal meaning that when it came up during a brainstorming meeting, it just clicked.
Cinta has been my baby for the past year. I'm still in shock that my simple idea has materialized into an amazing reality. Last summer, during wedding season, I found myself wondering why I didn't have a camera strap that was not only functional, but stylish and comfortable as well. I thought a lot about what I wanted in a strap, drew up some sketches, and asked questions of friends in the apparel industry. It came down to having a sketch, finding materials, and getting a prototype made.
I am proud to present my first style, this 1-inch leather strap is adjustable and has a shoulder pad for added comfort. Straps are available in three colors and expertly hand-crafted in Los Angeles.
I have a few other designs up my sleeve, but for now...I am just incredibly excited about Cinta's debut! Check out the Cinta online store & Facebook page! Every two weeks a photographer will be featured on the Cinta blog...so if you have any favorite photos using your Cinta strap, send them in and you might just be showcased!
HUGE Thank yous are in order to some amazing people who supported me throughout this entire process:
First, a big thank you to my lovely graphic designer, Jenny Ambrose. I have worked with Jenny for the last 2 years on branding for my photography business, and when I had the idea for Cinta, Jenny was the first person I contacted. She is amazing to work with, and I couldn't speak more highly of her!
Dustin Davis, you're a rockstar. Dustin was referred to me by Kristy Behrs of Wreckless Creative (who did my website/blog design). Dustin was a dream to work with and took our design ideas and made the Cinta storefront a reality. I am so impressed by his talents and recommend him to anyone in need of some master coding and design!
Ala Cortez...ahhh...I love you!!! Thank you for shooting the lookbook for me! I am so lucky to call you a friend! And to my lovely models, Megan, Adam and Autym...you three killed it for me! Hope you like seeing your faces everywhere now :)
My wickedly talented cousin, Kevin, who really showed me the ropes early on in the process. I would not have come this far without your help!
And, Vinnie Finn, for shooting all of the product shots for me! You have been amazing throughout this process, and I totally appreciate all of the work you did!
I recently went on another Traveling Hearts Society trip. We went to Palm Springs, and had such a blast. These trips are intended to relax, have fun, and bond...all of which we did :) I went on a mini-trip to Joshua Tree with a few of the ladies, and though it was absolutely freeeeeezing, Em and Megan powered through it and modeled. I had never been to Joshua Tree, so it was pretty special driving through it and admiring all of California's natural beauty. I am an avid landscape photographer, and this spot was definitely one of my favorites I've visited, I can't wait to go back...this time when it's not 40 degrees! I shot mostly film, but there are a few digitals mixed in.
For those that don't know...I started my own camera strap line. Cinta is a 100% leather, super comfortable strap line made for use with film and digital cameras. Online store coming this spring. Thank you Megan for modeling for me!
As a photographer who recently discovered the wonders of film photography, I wanted to learn from someone who would teach it to me straight. I have done a few mentor sessions with film photographers that I respect and admire, but Jonathan Canlas was the recurring name that popped up as the go-to in the film world. He's a film guru and wrote one of the better books on film I've seen. I read Film Is Not Dead cover to cover and followed Jon Canlas' formspring feed, but still needed the hands on experience. When his LA workshop was announced, I pounced. Never has such an experience made such a huge difference in my life and business. The three days spent with Jonathan, learning, watching, listening, and experiencing all that he has to offer...well that's a once in a lifetime opportunity. This guy is the real deal. There are no egos, just support, and advice and as much information as you want to get out of him. He is literally an open book. I learned more about myself and who I want to be in the photography world in three days, than I knew about myself in the last 5 years. Thank you for helping me uncover my "why," Canlas. I have a ton of images to blog from this workshop, but for now, these two were taken at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Processed at the FIND Lab.
As a photographer who loves mentor sessions, I jumped at the chance at working with Trent Bailey on a recent trip to New York. I recently ventured into film photography and built up a list of some of my favorite film photographers as inspiration. Trent was one of those, and when I asked if he offered mentor sessions, he said I would be his first. As soon as I sat down with him, I knew I'd made a great decision. He was an open book and answered all of my questions and gave me many great tips to improve my business. He also arranged for a model for the second half of our session so we could shoot together. It was an overall wonderful experience, and I cannot recommend him enough as a mentor! His lovely wife Dara, of Preston & Olivia, styled the shoot using some of her genius hats and bowties. Trent raves about Indie Film Lab, so I had to try them out. I got my scans done on the frontier, and it was definitely worth the extra week to get them back!
These last few frames were processed at ProPhoto because I forgot the roll in my camera...
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This year, I had the total honor of participating in my first A Traveling Heart trip in Santa Ynez. These 12 amazing female photographers are some of the kindest, and most inspiring, women I have ever known. We didn't shoot much this trip, but I took some film on the last day. You ladies complete me. Thank you, thank you for opening your hearts to me.
contax 645//eos-3// ektar 100, portra 400, hp5
Well, here it is, a BRAND new me! This process has been months in the making and I couldn’t be more excited to finally share it with all of you. Make sure to update your feeds!
I've never shared my story on my blog before, so allow me to take a minute to tell you a bit more about myself and why I decided to become a photographer. After attending college in California, I moved to New York City to pursue a career in education. I was fortunate to receive a position at a school teaching 6/7th grade in the city and couldn't imagine anything better. After that year, I realized I loved talking to my students, understanding their passions and dreams, and became energized by their enthusiasm. Instead of pursuing a teaching credential, I decided to pursue a degree in social work with an emphasis in school social work. I got my masters and was able to work at two incredibly life-changing (for me) high schools. Though it was a great accomplishment, I wasn't completely fulfilled, and decided to pursue another masters, this time in educational leadership with an emphasis in becoming a school leader. My dream was to be the principal of my old elementary school (ironically, that position became available this year). So, I did it. I got a second masters and was feeling like I could conquer anything. I worked for a couple more years in schools and then decided it was time to come back to California.
I took a risk. A huge risk. I decided to pause my career in education and pursue my love for photography full-time. I still have a deep-rooted passion for education and working with students; teaching them and listening to their stories will always fuel me. It was during my internships as a social worker that I really started using photography as a creative outlet. I have worked with students who lived more in their adolescent years than I have in my adult life. In social work school we learned one of the first rules of therapy: "you can't take it with you..." but, I did. I let it show in my photographs. And even today, every photo I make, I owe my perspective to those students who completely changed my life.
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by the most positive network of photographers - all of whom I am a huge fan of. I am so honored to call many of you my friends, and am grateful that I can share a piece of me with you through my work.
Now, on to the site :)
My inspiration was to make my personality come to life. I wanted my site and branding to feel mellow and airy (like my name) with pops of color throughout. I worked with the fantabulous Jenny Ambrose on my branding, and she accomplished my vision of ocean-inspired, anthropologie style patterns. The mermaid style fish scale is probably my favorite part of my brand. While we were brainstorming I tried to think of something outside the box, and when mermaid tails came to mind, Jenny made them feminine and beautiful with her watercolor talent. The "A" of my logo she made using my actual signature - I love that there are so many elements that are personal to me. She is literally a dream to work with and I love this woman. I highly recommend her for any design work you may need!
Once I had all of my branding finished it was a matter of figuring out how to incorporate it into my website and blog. At the time, it just didn’t look or feel like me when I tried to implement it, so I contacted Kristy Behrs of Wreckless Creative. Kristy has helped me with my site design before, so she definitely understood what I was trying to achieve. She suggested a fresh new blogsite that would combine all of what I wanted out of a site. After sending me a first draft, I was speechless. She just took what I imagined and put it to life. Sometimes, you have to put trust in others and let them show you what they do best. You know how people say, "you will never see yourself the way I see you?" well, she saw my brand and showed me how it could be even more beautiful. And, I love her for it. She took parts of my branding and designed my site and blog to really reflect who I am without overpowering the layout or design. I'm just giddy about it all!
A special thank you to Jill DeVries for my about photo.
You can view my portfolio on the main site. You’ll also notice there’s a Fine Art tab; this is where I have my landscape photography for purchase. I never had a seamless and easy way for people to purchase my work, and now, I do! It’s clean and easy and I will continue to update it regularly. I will use my old blog to post updates.
Lastly, I just want to formally announce that I have relocated to Orange County, California. After 9 years of living away from home, I am coming back to my roots! Although, my home is now Southern California, I am still available for travel - and love to do so :)
Well, this is going to be a great week...I am going on my first Traveling Hearts trip! Wooohoo. I'll be spending the next few days with these lovely ladies :)
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I feel so blessed to have been able to transition into full time photography and to have met so many amazing photographers. Megan and Mary came to visit a few weeks ago, so I made sure to take them to some of my favorite spots in San Francisco. We started our day at Brenda's, amazing beignets to power us through the day. I wanted to shoot only film throughout the day, and am still so excited by the results! Our next stop were the Sutro Baths because they are so fun to shoot around, they're bordered by the petrified forrest (I made that part up, but the trees do look scared), and the weather is always a mystery until you get there. Lastly, we headed to Tartine for some pastries, a rendezvous in Dolores Park with Gladys, and then a quick tour of the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square Park. All in all, a very successful day in the city by the bay.