Julian & Nai | The Vintage Rose Engagement | Fresno, CA

This was my last session of 2015 and was it a bit of a surprise. . .a great one for sure. So Julian & Nai contacted me and asked me to photograph their wedding coming at the end of this month (Ahhh!). They gave me the information to also do some engagement pictures at Nai’s bridal shower. I had never heard of the place before but I tend to do some of my best work when I fly by the seat of my pants so to speak. So i show up and the exterior of the place  is not the most eye catching but it looks quaint. When I go inside it was like I was transported to another world. THIS WAS SUCH AN AWESOME PLACE.

It is called The Vintage Rose and is tucked away in Tower District. But man is it a cool little place. Well anyway you can check it out by the pictures to see what you think. Here is Julian and Nai’s engagement session and hopefully soon their wedding will follow!

I’m super excited and very blessed that my clients trust me and let me do what probably seems to everyone else as, to put it frankly, weird shit during shoots and experiment while pushing my creativity. These two are a beautiful couple and their is something about love that takes away all fear, even the fear inducing sight of a huge camera pointed at you. They were so natural and accommodating in front of the camera. I can not wait for their wedding!!

2015 Reflection

Boy oh boy. I sit here typing this 2015 is mere hours away from turning its page, closing another chapter and allowing us to glimpse the starting age of a new journey, a new chapter, a new adventure. This year in terms of my photography has been a bit of a rebirth. Investing more into my business, my craft, and biggest of all becoming comfortable in saying “Hi my name is David and I am a photographer.”For me that’s held such stigma over the last years. Its not enough. People will judge me. They might think less of me. They might look at me funny. Etc. etc. People might do those things but so what. If it gives me joy like I know it does then that’s all that matters.

But even when I find myself clinging to that thinking by a thread, on a day more trying than the rest, I can look back at the beautiful people that I have been fortunate enough to photograph this year. And so comes the meat of this post. I want to show case some of my favorite photographs from the year. Some of which you may have already seen and others which may have never fallen on anthers eyes other than my own. Here are 10 of my favorite images from the year!

My first trip to Yosemite!!! Such wonder and beauty.

A cute moment from a proposal session for one of my best friend’s Miles.

Another great friend who is getting married soon!!!

One of my favorites ever. My sister in my interpretation of those days you just feel down.

Another all time fav from my first maternity shoot ever!

These two close friends up in Oakhurst. They got married this year also!!

Spontaneous shoot in a random antique store!

A very personal portrait for me about vulnerability.

One of my favorite wedding shots of two beautiful friends this year.

Nature + Love AND a baby on the way…how could you not love this?!?

My family :)

Gratitude. I’ve learned that this is something that is soo important to have. THere are days when I get down on myself. Days that are just tough. Gratitude helps to bring me out of that in those times. And as you will see in the following photographs, I have a lot to be grateful for.

This was honestly one of the most memorable Thanksgivings that I have had. There have been years previous that have been permeated by sadness, tension, or whatever else. We all have those times. However this year was so awesome. My grandmother had the last minute, albeit wonderful idea to have a mini photoshoot with the family on this day and it turned out to be so much fun.

My family is imperfect. That is why I love each and every one of them. The last couple years have taught me that perfect is not something you want nor do you want to strive to have it. Rather to accept what is. And my family is weird. Imperfect. And beautiful because of it. Anyway here is a little look into a portion of my family and our day!

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Brandon & Tori | Fresno, CA Engagement Session

These two had never had their pictures taken before. Naturally they were a bit nervous. I always get nervous before my shoots, regardless of how many I have done. It just happens. However once we got going it was clear that this was going to be a great evening with some very genuine people.

Tori happens to be an elementary school classmate of mine. When she asked me to photograph her engagement and her wedding as well a couple things happened: 1) I was super excited and, 2) I started to feel rather old. Brandon as I would come to find out, is a fun, goofy, carefree guy. You will soon see through their photographs that these two just fit so well together. They compliment and enhance each other so well that honestly I did not have to do much at all.

I am definitely looking forward to this wedding next year! Here are there engagement images, I hope you all enjoy this beautiful couple!

Jeff & Katy | Ivanhoe, CA Wedding

This wedding has been a long time in the making.

Man oh man. This was a beautiful wedding. It was hectic, stressful, HOT and so emotional moving all at the same time. Yeah it was a bit of an overload. But definitely worth it. You may or may not have seen these two on the blog previously and know that these are two good friends of mine. Honestly I cannot express how beautiful this wedding was from the decorations, flowers, venue to the people and the words and emotions all going on this beautiful day.

Jeff is a junior high school friend of mine. We competed in track and field together as jumpers. Katy happened to be a jumper also. I remember one meet sitting with Jeff while he was checking out this pretty damn good long jumper from another competing school. That girl turned out to be Katy. Kinda weird and maybe a little creeper-ish at the time but now here we are 5 or 6 years+ later and I’m writing about their wedding. About having taken pictures at it. So amazing how life works out some times.

These two are beautiful people. If it’s not evident enough by just looking at them, you can see it through the company that they keep. Their families, friends, friends of friends that were all here on this day were all awesome. Really there are not words to describe what was in the air  this day other than love.

I love these two and am fortunate that I was there to experience and document this day filled with so much love. In this day and age we could all use a little more of it. Thank you Katy and Jeff for the opportunity and hope that all of you enjoy the images from the day. Also a huge thank you to Historic Seven Sycamoes and Kim for putting up with all my inquiries and requests. A thanks to Mr. Jordan Pulmano, dude is a crazy good videographer. Fleurie Flower Studio for doing an awesome job on the florals for the wedding! And my beautiful girlfriend for helping me shoot this wedding. She killed it let me tell you. haha. Honestly, I am grateful to all of you for making my job wayy easy!

Enjoy the images!!

November 6, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Fleurie Flower Studio - Thanks for so awesomely capturing this beautiful wedding! It was such a pleasure to do the flowers for this sweet couple!