There's something a little extra special about Yosemite in the winter time. The crowds are gone, the skies quickly alternate between sunny and overcast. In many places the sun never gets high enough in the sky to touch the ground for weeks at a time. It's quiet and still, clouds hang on the cliffs and the waterfalls are either still, but if it rained recently they my have a modest flow. But overall, and most importantly, it's quiet. Those days are rare and fleeting in Yosemite and when you get one, it's magical. For a few hours you feel like you have the most beautiful spot on the planet all to yourself. I met Maxine and David on one of those days.
I will never grow tired of living just down the hill from the amazing Yosemite National Park. Somehow I hit the jackpot when my parents decided to pack us all up and move from Oklahoma to Fresno when I was only 7 years old. Yosemite in the winter, or the off-est of off-seasons is another level of magical. For Hilary and Kevin's session we bailed on all the Super Bowl festivities and headed to the park and were greeted by a beautifully empty valley. We had full run of anywhere we wanted to go, and took full advantage. FEATURED ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS
Spring is here so we headed up into the foothills for Sara and Ross' engagement session. It's still a little early, and we didn't get any winter rains, so the flowers and green grasses aren't up, but that didn't stop us from making some great pictures. FEATURED ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS
As promised, here's Michelle and Rhett's second wedding at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, CA. After a small, intimate wedding at the Mission San Miguel on Friday, they did it all again, and they did it bigger, on Saturday for a few hundred guests. The venue was spectacularly beautiful, every detail was thought of and executed. Even though there was a whole wedding the day before, that didn't stop anyone from being fully present on the day and powerful, emotional moments were abundant. This was an amazing cap to a wonderful weekend with this family and it was a joy to photograph. As with the day before, my talented friend James Collier shot this wedding with me and
I may be a little late to the party, but after photographing my first two weddings at Panoche Creek this year, it's quickly becoming one of my favorite venues in the Fresno area. The grounds are just amazing with massive, old trees, established orchards, and as I discovered at this wedding after the river waters receded, a beautiful meadow. To top it off I got to spend this day with the extraordinarily friendly and kind Hailey and Greg and their friends and family. Even though their bridal party was quite large, it was obvious that each and every person chosen had a close, personal, and unique relationship with them. Everyone was loose, happy and ready to have an amazing time
I never tire of visiting Yosemite, it's the most incredible landscape on earth and I'm beyond fortunate to live close enough to work there on a regular basis. Throw in an expressive, warm couple and a day couldn't be better. I spent a good portion of the day, really almost all of it, laughing into the back of my camera. Every family member, every friend was truly engaged and present with Helen and Nate and it readily shows in the pictures. So much love, so much laughter at every turn. Helen and Nate spend most of their free time climbing together, and while I'm not a climber, spending the day with people that have a love of Yosemite that matches
This wedding was touch and go for a bit - the Railroad Fire was bearing down on Paradise Springs for the better part of a month, but thanks to the amazing work by the firefighters, the venue was safe and Eunice and Chris had one hell of a wedding. Every wedding has moments, expressive people, beautiful surroundings, but I've rarely met a group of people so in tune to each other. It was a real treat to spend the day with everyone here - there were so many hugs, I truly felt I was among "my people" all day. Not even a 2 or so hour delay with the makeup could ruin the experience, and if you're a glass-half-full kind
A couple weeks ago, for the first time, I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at Moravia Wines. I've had, *ahem* plenty, of opportunities to spend some quality wine drinking and hanging out time at the winery, so I was excited for this one! To top things off, I got to reconnect with a family that I hadn't seen in several years. I photographed Connor's brother's wedding 9 years ago when I was still getting started at this career. THEN, on top of all that, my super-amazing-hot wife was a guest at this wedding - she's worked with Connor for a few years now. Enjoy a few of my favorites! FEATURED WEDDINGS
Kelsey and Cameron were married in a ceremony at Pilgrim Armenian Church followed by a reception at the ever beautiful Wolf Lakes Park in Sanger, CA. Every detail was perfect carried out by the wonderful Cassandra of Weddings by Cassandra. It was a special day to work with so many people so totally present and engaged throughout the day in a setting that couldn't have been more beautiful.