I recently photographed a series of images for Novel Expression, the owners over there are dear friends of mine (Hi Sheridan and Ellen!), and it was so much fun collaborating for this project. Novel Expression is a stock photography collection specializing in romance and genre fiction for book cover art. This project really sparked a lot of creativity, it was fun to come up with the couples back story; who are these two? What period of time do they live in? Is this a break up story? A forbidden love story? I had to keep in mind that there would most likely be copy space and that most books are vertical. I’m excited to see where these end up and what their stories might be. Go over to their BLOG and check out the Q&A they did with me. Here are a few of my favorites…










Santa Barbara & Los Olivos |Sara & Ryan’s Elopement

This post is just a tad late, but just a few weeks shy of their first year Anniversary! Sara and Ryan just happen to be my very good friends, so when they asked me to photograph their Wedding, I was super excited, but admittedly a little nervous too.  Sara and Ryan are photographers too, and for whatever reason, it just made me more nervous than usual. I soon realized, as we got going, there was no reason for it, and I got into my usual groove of shooting, and it turned out to be fun and relaxed. Sara and Ryan had a private ceremony at the Santa Barbara courthouse, just those two, and my husband Louie as their witness.  They were married last year in September on Friday the 13th. These two are so perfect for each other.

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With a flower

I’ve always loved this poem by Emily Dickinson, and this photo I recently did of Hailey made me think of it.

I hide myself within my flower,
That wearing on your breast,
You, unsuspecting, wear me too—
And angels know the rest.

I hide myself within my flower,
That, fading from your vase,
You, unsuspecting, feel for me
Almost a loneliness.

Hailey in flowers

Marissa & Josh

Marissa and Josh are perfect together. They’re just one of those couples you meet that seem so adoringly in love with each other. I shot their beautiful Wedding a few years ago HERE, and have since done several shoots with them. They are two of my favorite people to photograph, its always so easy and relaxed, and they’re always up for anything.

Spent the morning with them at a lake…