Styled Shoot with Trent Bailey :: Mentor Session

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! Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0113.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0114.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0115.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0116.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0117.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0118.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0119.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0120.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0121.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0122.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0123.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0124.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0125.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0126.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0127.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0128.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0129.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0130.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0131.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0132.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0133.jpg

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Rachel + Garrett :: San Francisco Engagement Photographer

Rachel and I worked together in college and have kept in touch over the years. When I first moved to SF I made sure to see her and catch up on her life. She told me about her boyfriend, Garrett and how wonderful he was. So, it was no surprise that the two got engaged this year! They had a pretty clear idea of what they wanted to do for their engagement shoot, showcase the best of SF. We started in SoMa and worked our way through the Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio, Baker Beach and finally Pier 7. It was such a surprisingly clear and brisk day, it was impossible not to get a great shot of the two. Rachel and Garrett: I can't wait for your wedding this September! Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0084.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0085.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0086.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0087.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0088.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0089.jpg

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Ashley + Frankie :: Newport Beach Engagement Photographer

Ashley and Frankie have been together for 10 years, and to mark that anniversary, Frankie proposed to Ashley by surprising her with a gorgeous ring during a trip to Vegas surrounded by their family and friends. They were so fun to work with and I got to shoot film and digital. I'm kinda in love with these images, and it's amazing to see it radiate off the screen. We shot around Pirate's Cove and Big Corona in Corona del Mar. It was an absolutely gorgeous evening complete with a perfect sunset. Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0055.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0058.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0056.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0057.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0059.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0060.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0061.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0064.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0062.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0063.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0065.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_0067.jpg

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Kirsten + Darren :: Irvine Engagement Photographer

I had the pleasure of shooting Kirsten and Darren's engagement session this fall. They were up for anything, and we certainly made use of all of the gorgeous natural backdrops. Kirsten is a yoga instructor and Darren runs a nonprofit organization based in South Africa. They are both such kind, relaxed people, that it made the session that much cooler.Ariane Moshayedi Photography_030.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_031.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_032.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_033.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_034.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_035.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_036.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_037.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_038.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_039.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_040.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_041.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_042.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_043.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_044.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_045.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_047.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_048.jpg Ariane Moshayedi Photography_049.jpg

Mission San Juan Capistrano Wedding :: Orange County Wedding Photographer

Giovanna and Javier were married at Mission San Juan Capistrano, and I got to shoot their beautiful day with Heidi Ryder. The light at the Mission is absolutely stunning. There are so many places to shoot, and it was obvious because there were a few weddings going on that day. The reception was held at Giovanna's uncles ranch in Riverside. Acres and acres of land filled with animals and orange orchards. There was beautiful scenery all around us.

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Anderson Ranch Sonoma Wedding :: Orange County Wedding Photographer

This summer was full of jaw-dropping, gorgeous weddings. One of those was Ashlee and Chad's wedding in Sonoma. I was so happy to shoot this with Heather Kincaid. The Anderson Ranch in Sonoma is a beautiful venue tucked into the hills of Sonoma. It's enchanting really. Heather has known Ashlee since college, and it was so touching getting to see her document this wedding.

Here are just a few images.

Earthy Film Shoot :: Orange County Portrait Photographer

They say practice makes perfect. So, I listened. I have been practicing my film skills on anyone who will model for me, and this time, I decided to make it a bit more fun. Since I was leaving San Francisco, I decided to do a session on Baker Beach, and enlisted the help of Juna for some fun floral arrangements. I had a vision of what I wanted the shoot to look like, and with a quick trip to Forever21, my ideas became reality. The trees in the Presidio are really quite spectacular. I think I could shoot in them any day, they provide just the right combination of earthiness and moodiness to a shoot. I figured it would lend well to film photography, and I was right. Thank you to the lovely Leona for modeling. She was a trooper in the frigid weather and even got her feet wet. Jewelry & Apparel: Forever 21

Floral Arrangements: Junalene of Cup Full of Flowers

Film Processing: ProPhoto Connection

Contax 645 // Portra 800 & Tri-X 400

I did shoot a few frames with my digital really is amazing to see the difference!


Traveling Hearts :: Orange County Film Photographer

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

A BRAND New Me! :: Orange County Wedding & Portrait Photographer

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 :)

I have a few spots left for my fall mini-sessions, please contact me if you’d like to schedule one! Locations in San Francisco, Orange County, and New York!

Arista Winery Wedding :: San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Karmah and Dan's wedding was truly a community event. So many family and friends came together to make the wedding a joyous and unforgettable event. Karmah's aunt did all of the florals, another friend harvested the produce for the guest gifts of avocados and citrus fruits, another hand painted and wrote each seating card...The list is endless. During the ceremony they opened a bottle of wine given to them at the winery where they got engaged. Every moment of Karmah and Dan's wedding had meaning. And even during the first dance, when the power went out, their guests serenaded them with the final verses of their song, "Can't help falling in love with you" by Elvis Presley. The property was gorgeous with sprawling vineyards and farm animals providing endless entertainment. Arista Winery is one of their favorite vineyards to visit with friends, so it was more than fitting for their wedding.


Their wedding was recently published on 7x7 SF Magazine.



Elika Sadeghi (steakNstiffarms) :: Orange County Portrait Photographer

Elika is the sports writer best known on Twitter as steakNstiffarms and most recently for being a panelist on the Jim Rome show, Rome, on CBS Sports 6 times! She is the easiest model to work with, and she humored me by letting me shoot some film on the beach.

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Film and the Bay :: San Francisco Portrait Photographer

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.