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Jorge & Vikki // Skyspace LA Proposal & Engagement

I have been sitting on the proposal & engagement for a while now. There were so many emotions that went into this, myself included. Jorge & Vikki have been together for a long time. I’ll be honest when Jorge contacted me and told me his idea to propose on top of Skyspace LA I was immediately excited and terrified at the same time. I had developed somewhat of a fear of heights over the past year. So not only did Jorge get to ask one of the most important questions of his life, but I got to conquer a fear in the process. But anyways this isn’t about me. This is about Jorge & Vikki.

This whole day was one giant build up of emotion, tension and excitement. I think because of that, this is easily one of my favorite sets of photos I have shot. From the opening shot of the beach, to 1,000ft above LA, to right back down to sea level. This was a physical & emotional rollercoaster that I cannot be more grateful to have been a part of. Anyway here are Jorge & Vikki’s engagement photographs!


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Renzio & Stacey // Shaver Lake Engagement

So can I just say this is a damn good looking couple. Well I mean I guess I can say that, this is my little slice of the internet right? Anyway I met this driven, intelligent couple (Renzio is studying pharmacy & Stacey is studying to become a nurse) because Stacey is the sister of another wedding client. They contacted me wanting to go up to Shaver Lake for their engagement photos so off we went. Honestly it was a great little getaway for me to escape the valley if even only for a couple hours. These two were such a nice, adventurous couple. I mean we meant as I am taking them up to Shaver. Plus it was their first photo shoot ever. And we all know how intimidating it can be to jump in front of a camera. Well I’ll just stop talking and let you oogle their photos. Enjoy!!




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Joel + Amanda // Glacier Point, Yosemite Engagement

Yasmeen and I went up to Yosemite the day before. On the drive up we got stuck behind this guy going 10mph under the speed limit. Now before you start telling me to be patient, there were at least 10 cars behind us. No exaggeration. We finally arrive at the tunnel and lo and behold they are doing construction. Damn. One way traffic into the valley. Not fun. Nothing really beats that view when you exit the tunnel off of 41 and emerge in Yosemite Valley. That entrance is such a poetic thing especially for those who are on their first visit but even to the rest of us who have been there before.


That evening I saw my first Yosemite sunset. Even with some of the lingering smoke from recent fires, it was beautiful. Sunset in the valley is very special. The way the light falls in there is so unique due to those rising granite walls on either side of you.


Cue the alarms going off at 5am. We stayed in a cabin just outside the valley so we could get up for sunrise and not have to make the extra early morning drive. There was a fair amount of smoke driving up to Glacier Point. Enough that it worried me. Another first for me was arriving at Glacier Point for sunrise. Honestly, there are very few words to describe it. Its beauty is awe inspiring. The kind that limits you to one syllable words. Breathtaking. Spiritual. Gratitude. Wonder. Joy. All things I felt once we arrived.


Amanda and Joel were such good sports letting me take them all around Yosemite. The one thing that I continue to learn throughout all my engagements is that each love is different. The way we interact with each other. The things we say to make the other smile. The small nuances that people don’t appreciate. That’s what makes it beautiful. So although there have been thousands of engagements shot here in Yosemite, the love that this two have, make it unique. Make it their own.



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What Makes Us Human


I like to talk about the things close to my heart. This blog & website are a lot of that. Love. Creating new directions. Those are all things that are great an awesome. But every now and then something touches me in a different way. A lot of times these instances are the ones that get “edited” from social media. That’s okay I don’t think we should talk about EVERYTHING to EVERYONE. But what I do want to encourage that we talk about the serious, emotional side with those who we trust. And I want to show people it’s okay to be “emotional”.


Recently I have felt very compelled to talk. To say something. I almost feel obligated to. The death of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park hit me hard when I saw the news. I would listen to Linkin Park so much when I was a kid. That was the first CD that I owned. Yeah I didn’t understand fully what the lyrics meant at the time. I don’t think a lot of us understood them as we do now. But that music was something I could relate to. I think that on some level we all relate. That’s what music does for us. It helped me get through tough times of the everyday struggles growing up as an adolescent.


When I saw the news a few days ago I was moved more than I anticipated. Thats not the right word, because we never “anticipate” something like this happening. But I was moved very deeply. So naturally like a lot of us probably have been doing, I flicked through my phone and put their entire collection in my phone on shuffle.


The raw authenticity of his voice, of their lyrics, was so clear to me. There is a beauty in it that you can’t really articulate. You just have to feel it.


So what I am leading up to is this. Depression & anxiety are very heavy words. For those who haven’t been there it can bring about a kind of pulling away response. Like “That’s definitely not me, and I don’t want to get anywhere near it” sort of thing.


Well I want to do the opposite. We have all felt sad. We have all been nervous. Anxious. Despair. Shame. Guilt.Lonely. Loss. And on and on. Let’s stop acting like we don’t. That is part of what makes us human.


That is okay. It is okay to feel those things. And even more, it is okay to talk about them. It’s important that we do talk about it we those we love. That part is hard. And scary. But fear is just another one of those emotions that we all feel too. So you are not alone.




My heart goes out to Chester, his family, friends & the lives just like mine that he touched. He inspired me to not be ashamed of what I felt and to create the art that inspires me. 

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Haylie & Drew // Downtown Fresno Engagement

Fresno gets kind of a bad rap. Especially downtown. I’ve even been one to be hesitant at times. But there is so much beauty to be held in our town if you only open your eyes to it. And more importantly your heart.

Now let’s bring in the main subjects of our story, Drew & Haylie.

Haylie is a teacher and not to mention she volunteers downtown helping the homeless. Drew works in outreach too with Teen Challenge  Ministry in Los Angeles. Both these two have huge hearts. The kind of hearts that truly see the best in people even when we sometimes find it hard to see it ourselves.

So it was only fitting that, both of them having grown up in the central valley, that we shoot their engagement here.

I hope you enjoy Drew & Haylie’s engagement photographs!



As a side note I have a huge announcement coming up soon about adding vide services to my repertoire so be on the look out for that!



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