Just two short weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Donny Zavala Workshop in Oahu. I walked away with a deeper appreciation for film, a love for island living, and some pretty wonderful, new friendships. Here is just a glimpse of one of the three shoots I got to photograph. I can’t wait to share the rest!
Host: Donny Zavala Photography and Lucia from Utterly Engaged| Gown: Claire Pettibone | Venue: Dillingham Ranch | Florals: Catalina Neal
Yet another session to completely swoon over! Whitney and Joe are probably one of the sweetest couple’s you could ever meet, and so laid back and trusting! I remember trying to plan a location for this particular session and feeling like it had to be perfect. I had found a location that I thought would work out beautifully- it was an open field covered in gorgeous purple wild flowers. So, I ran the idea by Whitney and Joe and they were all for it.
But, as fate would have it, I drove past the location on the morning of the shoot and of course there was a guy on a red tractor, mowing it all down… Yep… I was pretty heartbroken.
So we went with Plan B, which was another gorgeous and open field but with white wildflowers instead of purple. When we got to the new location, it was so plain to see that fate took us where we needed to go, and we couldn’t have even imagined shooting at the original spot. The way everything came together was truly perfect and every bit as magical as we had hoped.
It’s always fun taking pictures of family, especially in a winter wonderland! Taylor is my husband’s cousin, and he and Annie have been together since I fist started venturing into my photography business. They have been through a lot together- college, career changes, moving to Green River and back, and even a new way of eating: paleo. Paleo is basically a diet in which you only eat foods presumed to have been available during the paleolithic period. Annie, however, never saw it as just a diet. She saw it as a lifestyle and truly a new way of living.
Over the past 17 months, Annie has dropped over 40 pounds, and I’ve seen her body and confidence soar. You can find her at the gym, pretty much every day, or running in the mountains (yes, even when it’s snowing). And she is always willing to share her new found paleo recipes on her Instagram page (go check her out– @blissfully_balanced). Right by her side is Taylor, who is always supportive and lives the paleo lifestyle with her, even though he’s already naturally skinny (that bastard! lol).
She has always been a huge inspiration to me , so when she came to me and asked if I could take her photo’s to help document how far she has come, I couldn’t say no. I was so happy to have the chance to document Annie’s journey, but most importantly, Annie & Taylor’s love story.
This wedding was truly one of my most favorites and I can’t believe I am finally just now blogging it! Brooke and Jayce live in New York City, but decided on marrying in Salt Lake City. Brooke is a designer/ art director, so every detail mattered and was not overlooked. They chose Finca, an intimate restaurant located in downtown SLC, as their venue for dinner. From the black and white checkered floors, to the floral wallpaper, you instantly got the feeling that this was no ordinary restaurant, and that it’s style was the inspiration for Brooke’s vision.
Ceremony: Salt Lake LDS Temple | Dinner Venue: Finca | Floral Design: Mel Haupt Floral | 2nd Photographer: K Ell Photography | Film Lab: Alpine Film Lab
Renee, from City Blossoms, and I decided to get together and create something special and unique to Las Vegas. We wanted to create something slightly bohemian, yet modern, and rich, with warm colors, but without looking “too fall”. While still in the early stages of planning, we first came across this lavender gown from Gossamer. We both instantly knew that was “the one” and ideas started spiraling from there! We chose the Red Rock location because we thought the lavender from the gown and the red from the rocks would compliment each other in a stunning and unique way. We then contacted Rick from cakelava (one of the most talented cake artist’s in the Las Vegas industry) and asked if he would be interested in collaborating with us. Rick created a custom “marbleized” cake out of fondant and texturized parts of it, which was inspired from the rock formations in Red Rock Canyon and the The Valley of Fire. We chose the plates and chargers from Crate and Barrel to give a minimal look, and Renee hand-dyed the fabric for the table runner and napkins out of blueberries and red cabbage to soften the look. We also decided on using my new vintage Persian rug, which I recently purchased while shooting a wedding in Nashville, Tennessee.