I am very excited to share my time with the wonderful and beautiful: Kristin. She wanted to get lifestyle portraits done for her website and blog! Currently, Kristin serves as the editor of DESERT Magazine, which is a local magazine for Palm Springs. It incorporates fashion and what is going on in the valley, very cool! Kristin is from Orange County and decided to make the move to Palm Springs, and boy is Palm Springs lucky to have this one. Let me be the first to tell you all how amazingly creative this woman is. She has a vision and a dream for just about everything in her life and is a pretty inspiring individual.
Kristin graduated from North Western University with a bachelors in journalism and a masters in creative writing. It is awesome how she is living out her dreams every single day. In fact, she has some amazing tattoos that remind her just how precious each day is, and the true importance of living every day with intention and purpose. This is something we could all learn to remember from her. She enjoys telling other people’s stories both through visual aspects, such as photography, and creative writing. I can relate to this and I absolutely love working with another creative mind while doing what I love to do. Besides being an inspiring writer she also shows off her creativity with her taste in fashion! She loves shopping for vintage clothing and totally pulls this look off. It is unique, just like her fun-loving personality.
While taking her headshot during her lifestyle session, we both could agree that there is something really special about the desert landscape that was around us. We stopped by the ACE Hotel and then ventured out into the Palm Springs Mountains for more adventuring. We were still able to catch some of the super blooms we had, too! We appreciated being able to wander and get lost in the desert. Growing up, experiences like this helped me find out who I really was and wanted to be. So, to be able to take some pictures in the desert has us feeling like we have come full circle as we are both so happy in life. That’s pretty wonderful. There is nothing better than hiking into the wilderness to do a little soul searching every once in awhile.
I loved capturing Kristin’s infectious smile and showing off her personality and fabulous style through her photos! If you can’t already tell, I enjoyed spending time with this girl-boss and I hope you all enjoyed her photos as well. Kristin has such a great outlook on life that I think we could all take some pointers on. Follow your dreams and keep making new ones!
February 10, 2017. It is a time that speaks romance with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and couples worldwide express their love to one another remember their dedication and commitment to their partner. Why did I mention February 10th, do you ask? It was a day that I felt the love, specifically from a couple I am excited to share about: Laura and Don. These two love each other in a way that is so simple. The portraits taken in this shoot were in the breath-taking spot of La Quinta Country Club, often featuring the huge mountain-scape behind them. Absolutely beautiful!
Their vision for a wedding was to be intimate with their closest friends and family. Their wedding was planned to be not only the coming together of their own marriage, but also the coming together of two loving families. This is exactly what the perfect day was for everyone there. During preparation for the wedding, Laura and Don were really hoping that Laura’s mother would be able to attend the wedding, considering the medical condition that she was in at the time of their engagement. Laura’s mom was able to attend the wedding, and was extremely excited to be there. These two are very positive, and light hearted people who obviously love each other and the ones close to them. The reception was filled with lots of laughter and kind hearted people. Everyone was incredibly sweet and supportive for the two lovebirds!
Laura is very fun and energetic to work with. I would definitely describe her as a bubbly spirit with an infectious smile! She was a truly elegant bride whose main agenda was to spend the day with the people she loves most in this world! She wasn’t worried about any of the little wedding details (and she looked BEAUTIFUL), and if people were arriving on time, etc. Her new husband, Don, is absolutely hilarious and kept the fun energetic vibe of the entire night. The happy groom told a joke and it kept the entire wedding party and attendees laughing the entire evening. Don kept the dance floor going with his particular interest in classic 80s rock songs! Totally awesome.
A moment that I will not forget, was the truly heartfelt speech that Don’s daughter gave to her dad and new step-mother. It was heartfelt, emotional, and perfect. I definitely shed a tear during that one! Laura is such a fun person to work with and gives off a confidence and love for life that I found really amazing to be around! In her new step daughter’s speech, she told the story of her time after college, and feeling that she did not know where to take her life (A feeling that many people find themselves having after a big transition such as finishing college). What made everyone’s heart feel wonderful was when she mentioned that Laura opened her with welcoming arms and helped her build a life to be proud of.
This day was filled with love and happiness and reminded me how precious it is to have your family experience this big moment for two people getting married. I am excited for your journey ahead, Laura and Don, and see a lifetime of laughs and love in your future!
Today’s blog is one I am thrilled to share! The time spent with this particular couple was amazing (and all in thirty minutes may I add!). Brent and Derek are two awesome men who are doing fantastic things with their lives! This would explain why we got our shoot done in such a short amount of time (busy bees!). Let me start by telling the story of their love, which is my favorite part of it all!
Brent and Derek met in the Clock Tower Bar in the lobby of the Westin St. Francis. Derek is the Senior Director of Field Visual for Gap Brand North America. Explains their impeccable style, am I right? Derek was traveling on business trips to San Francisco a few times a month, and Brent was a General Manager at the Mulberry Store in Union Store. Their run-ins became more frequent when Derek came into town and soon their romance was undeniable. In fact, Brent started to join Derek on his work trips, one of the first being their trip to Tokyo and Seoul. After about a year and a half of a long distance relationship, Derek decided to move to San francisco to be with his love full time where they bought their first home together! Since then, these two have traveled to every single continent expect for Antartica, with more trips planned for the future! How amazing is that?!
This couple amazes me with their passion for life and love for one another. I know that it is often hard for couples to maintain an intense work-life balance, and have time for their partner, but it isn’t stopping these two! They often accomplish their work goals with one another which is pretty powerful. They are truly nurturing towards one another and just being with them for an afternoon had me falling in love with their love! Did I mention their shared-love for fashion, I mean, look at these two! World travelers, extremely fashion-forward, and starting a new chapter of their already exciting life: marriage! I am so excited for their journey mostly because, from the looks on their faces, I could feel their excitement as well, it was contagious.
For their engagement session, they wanted a desert vibe that could incorporated the visual aspect of the desert. We were all thinking that traveling to the windmills would be a great place in Palm Springs for a quick, bright session, before their flight back to San francisco, as they were in between vendor meetings that day. They had a vision that was perfect, and their fashion definitely made their photos that much more beautiful. It was only fitting having our session in Palm Springs as they are getting married in May at the Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs, a place where I love to photograph as well, for a destination wedding.
So yes, it is possible to have an engagement session in just thirty minutes! And yes, the session will be filled with memories that will last a lifetime. Congrats to you, Brent and Derek! Thank you for your creative eyes as we decided where to take your engagement photos, your fashion skills made the session even better. Another engagement session that has me feeling the love between the soon to be partners.
When shooting an engagement session, it is important that I capture a couple’s love. Feeling a connection with the couple that I am shooting for. It is amazing how many unique and inspiring, loving couples I can form bonds with in the short amount of time. One of my most favorite things to see on camera, is the authentic smiles of the bride and groom to-be diverted from a laugh while sharing the whole experience together. Brianna and Adrian made this engagement shoot full of love and bliss— as it should be!
The photos for this session were taken at Baloboa Park, which is an amazing park in San Diego that consists of multiple gardens, museums, and pretty amazing architecture! Also, it is HUGE. How do I know that? We took a two hour tour of Balboa Park to find the perfect spots to showcase Brianna and Adrian’s one of a kind love. There were endless amounts of beautiful, uniquely crafted areas to choose from to take plenty of shots and admire while doing so! I can definitely say that this location in particular, is one of my favorite locations to take pictures. It seems that each time I visit, I find it more spectacular. It truly is worth the trip, everyone—especially with good company like these two! They are a couple of bubbly-romantics that cannot help but broadcast their love to anyone around them. Brianna’s goofy sense of humor alongside her fun-loving groom-to-be (who ADORES her), is a sight worth capturing! One of the things that made these two so much fun to be around was that they were not afraid to go to the most obscure places of the park in order to get the perfect shot. They are an adventurous bunch, and I love it! Brianna and Adrian’s daughter, Ariana, also joined in on the fun! It is wonderful having the best parts of a couple’s life be a part of their session, as it showcases their family and love that they have for one another. I love having children, dogs, parents, and loved ones come along for photo sessions! It is fun to get some shots of a couple with the ones that they love. The more the merrier! It seems that being surrounded by what you are comfortable and familiar with will make the entire process easier as well.
After our shoot, we went to La Jolla Cove to watch the sunset. Oh, what a beauty that was! Following each engagement session, I like to take my couples out for dinner to break bread and get to know each other even further! This has become one of my favorite parts of every engagement session. The amazing people I get to meet every day are what make my job more than worth it for me. Raise your hand if you love your job too! What I have learned from the wonderful people I get to work with is when you are enjoying yourself, lasting relationships can form and you will both get something out of it. (Besides the photos you get to look back on for the rest of your life) That is the lasting memories that come along with it, too!
Happy blog love Wednesday everyone! I am writing today to tell you all of a lovely couple I had the pleasure of working with! Not only were they creative, quirky, and oh so in love, but they were also incredibly unique (As you can tell by their fun photos)! Before I tell you all a little more on their Elopement session, let me give you some background on what makes these two so special!
Their love story defines the term: “meet cute.” If you have not heard of the term meet cute it’s literal definition is: a fictional scene, typically in film or television, in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing. This word is especially fitting as they met at an improv class at University of Santa Barbara. Stephanie admits she had a crush on Bob since week four of the class. “It was like high school,” She mentioned. She asked him out for coffee and to his surprise, going out for coffee was actually a date. That coffee date, turned into even more dates, and eventually became countless amounts of happy memories between them both. It has been five years since their life-changing improv class together, and they have now been engaged for two years! They have continued following their dreams as Bob does casting and sketch comedy directing and Stephanie is an actress and designer. They love being creative together and seeing movies at the Beverly Theatre, along with living a life in the happiest of ways.
Immediately after meeting Stephanie and Bob I grew more excitement to capture their elopement session! They stayed at the L’Horizon Hotel in Palm Springs. It was essential that we show their cool and unique personalities through their photos so we got pretty creative with our shoot. First off, we took photos in a place many people may not even know existed! One of Stephanie’s interests is cacti, so we took a trip to the Moorten Botanical Gardens, which is actually the world’s only “cactarium.” The cactarium is right in Palm Springs. How cool! Here we saw a happy bride, and a loving groom who made the shoot as fun as the location was! In the photos, notice Stephanie’s amazing Anthropologie dress paired with a beautiful statement belt. The belt was actually made by her, so to all you DIY brides out there, it is possible! These two exude a fun-loving and creative vibe, and it is amazing how it can brighten a room. We took advantage of the amazing colorful scenery of Palm Springs, because, come on, look how excited these two are to be husband and wife! While getting to know Stephanie and Bob even more, it was easy to tell how much they love their pup! So, we decided to include his cuteness for a few shots as well! Their dog is part of their family and it is adorable to see them together. We traveled along various places in Palm Springs and even the desert.
This Elopement session left me feeling extremely excited to share such a wonderful and adorable story of two lovebirds that decided to tie the knot! It is people like these two that can be a happy reminder that love is truly, all you really need.
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Hillary, a woman that embodies the term “girl boss”. Not only does she spend her days owning and operating boutique hotels in Montana, but she is also an awesome fashion blogger as well! Did I mention she is doing it all while being pregnant with her baby girl? Yes, she does it all. We decided to collaborate creatively and that means Hillary had the chance to fly out to Palm Springs for a fun weekend getaway filled with capturing the type of girl boss she really is. She used Flytographer to book her session with me.
During our lifestyle session, we took advantage of many beautiful and unique qualities that Palm Spring has to offer. We made the trip down to the Saguaro Hotel and took advantage of the very colorful and vibrant hotel that overlooked the Palm Springs Mountains, officially known as the San Jacinto Mountains. One of the amazing things about not only California, but Palm Springs in particular, is the post modern vibe that the city has to offer. It seems that everywhere you go, there are simple yet extraordinary pieces of architecture and nature that can completely allure a person. It is clear that the combination of the many wonderful works of nature, along with Hillary’s amazing fashion (talk about a fashionista), called for a session that could really show off the adventurous, bright, and beautiful mother to be!
Let’s not forget that we took advantage of one of the many perks of taking a vacation; relaxing by the pool. Hillary is showing off exactly why she is a respected fashion blogger as she rocks her ADORABLE black ShopBop swimsuit while poolside. As she is expecting her baby girl soon, a much needed “me time” by the pool was in order. Her photos show her fun, bubbly, and carefree self, that I can tell is not just reserved for vacation, and I love it!
Lifestyle sessions give me the opportunity to work creatively with so many wonderful individuals, such as Hillary. It is exciting to have the chance to combine our own individual styles and end up with something quite wonderful; not only the pictures, but the memories to reflect back on. The journey included going to many amazing places I never thought I would embark on, to forming unforgettable bonds that one would not think you could get in such a short amount of time. How fortunate I feel to be able to connect with such wonderful people through my job! Three words to describe my experience with Hillary? Fun, Venturesome, & Fabulous!
Recently, I had the pleasure of capturing Evelyn and Ralph’s baby-moon in one of the most beautiful destinations. We had the opportunity to visit the one and only, Korakia Pensione Hotel. This was their last big milestone before they are due to have their baby, Olivia. Let me tell you all, I was very excited to shoot at this elegant, romantic, and breathtaking spot. The Korakia is one of the many locations in Palm Springs that can capture organic love with the help of many qualities and amenities available in the hotel. From their gorgeous giant Moroccan doors that sweep you into their lobby, or the waterfall feature that take away the noise of everyday stress.
This hotel feels like an oasis getaway, you forget you are in the desert landscape!
I was particularly excited for this session because from previously speaking with these soon-to-be parents, I could feel their excitement. When I met Evelyn and Ralph, it was obvious that true love was in the air. The way that Ralph looked at Evelyn, like the only women he has ever loved. These two are going to be the most loving, caring, and energetic parents. It is evident, that Ralph is going to be a very hands-on dad to their baby Olivia. It is refreshing to see such a positive and supportive role from a soon to be father. The Korakia brought out a of romantic, comforting feeling for these two, as they are about to embark on an incredible journey as they have their first baby girl!
It is couples like these two that make my job so rewarding. While I’m capturing this special time in both of their lives I can start to envision the type of happiness they will have in their future, and that is the best part of it all. Baby Olivia is in for an amazing journey with some pretty down to earth, light hearted parents. Their excitement and dedication to one another is contagious to anyone in the room with them. Baby-moon sessions are a time where we get to capture intimate photos that they can look back on and remember exactly how they felt in that moment in time. These photographs are a memory that they can also share with their daughter someday! The Korakia in Palm Springs was the absolute perfect place to capture their love. Evelyn and Ralph, thank you for including me in your precious baby-moon session, and sharing your love through my photos. I am excited for more sessions like yours where love is evident and can only grow stronger as time goes on!
In this day in age it is hard to be seen as the “cool mom”. With teenagers so focused on their appearance and social media posts, it’s no wonder we feel lost being the older generation. As new social media platforms arise what seems like every month, there has become a growing trend on posting in the moment. Even if that moment was captured weeks ago! For Brigit she wanted to take her daughter and friends to a fun weekend getaway. Were they could go pool hopping, clothes shopping, and trying all the trendy restaurants in town. Something that could make her the “cool mom”. A styled shoot was prepared as a surprise for the girls with Flytographer during their stay at the Saguaro hotel in Palm Springs.
For Anna, Alyssa, and Krystal is what all about creating Pinterest and Instagram worthy photos for all the world to see. Bright, vibrant, and fun photos of all the girls having a good time.
From the sunny pool, blowing bubble gum, and palm trees, it was a photo-shoot that quickly turned into a girls hang-out. With the bright colored property of the Saguaro hotel, it was hard not to be in a good mood!
Arranging outfits and backgrounds with these girls was just a blast. Who knew teenagers could be so much fun! Borrowing my sunglasses and purse I had on had to make the outfit look complete for the photo-op. These girls stopped at nothing to encourage each other to look their best. Not by what Seventeen magazine suggests, but being in the moment and enjoying the skin they live in. Being confident and supporting each other. This experience for them became more than just getting photos for social media. It became a bonding experience for the girls. So big props to mom for putting this together.
Have you ever thought about doing a girls trip? Maybe a weekend getaway within a few hours of where you live. Trying new restaurants, clothes shopping, and getting vacation photos done together. It will definitely add a new experience and meaning to the word friend!
Something I have always wanted to do is a weekend getaway to a winery. Lounge by the pool, eat at great restaurants, squeeze in a spa treatment. Does anyone else have this thought? If so send me a message and let’s make it happen!
Hiring a photographer from out of town can be an uneasy feeling. Questions immediately race into your mind like, will they show up, are they in fact a real human being, how do I know they will be on time and ready for what I envision? For Brianna and Travis it was having the trust and confidence in my abilities as not only an artist, but as going on a journey together through this time in their lives. I am so grateful when I get couples that are fearless when it comes to geographic location and going after what they really want.
It was a very long day for me, hoping on a 6:00 am flight out of Palm Springs and into San Jose by brunch time. Brianna + Travis toured me around San Jose, took me to local eateries, and just talked out hearts out. Being able to spend an entire day with a couple is definitely a luxury! So I am so humbled that they gave up so much of their time off to open up their hearts to me.
From rolling hills, backyard barns and horse corrals, to walking the streets finding a place to eat. Being able to have that much time together really allows to get comfortable with each other and in front of the camera. So when the big wedding day comes, it’s as if friends seeing each other after a long time apart. No awkwardness, no “who is this person with a camera in my face” nervousness, just hanging out and being who we really are in our natural state.
By nightfall we found ourselves walking the avenues at the famous Santana Row in San Jose. Filled with boutique shops, nightlife, and restaurants. We ended up eating at a new location called Roots and Rye. With concrete walls and wood overhangs, it was a industrial style tapas place. Really unique, filled with conversations, and creating a friendship that goes just beyond the surface.
Being a photographer in Southern California sure has it’s perks! Traveling through half of the state to capture beautiful memories for my dearest couples is an honor, to say the least! When I first met Katie-Joy and Kyle in a small hole-in-the-wall cafe in Old Town Pasadena it was a surprise. The sweetest red-headed Katie-Joy and the most genuine guy Kyle made for an interesting partnership. Going through the formalities of getting to know each other like a job interview quickly turned into laughing and becoming friends. From sharing the mutual respect and passion for sports down to the nitty gritty of both meeting our one-true-love’s on the internet!
Both Katie-Joy and Kyle were skeptical of the whole “online dating world,” but they both knew they had to take a leap of faith and just go for it. After getting matched up on blind dates from co-workers and friends, enough was enough, they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Besides, who wants to go back to strangers pairing you up? After a couple months of chatting they finally decided to meet. Learning of each others passion for the Chicago Cubs, coffee, and binge watching Netflix while ordering take-out, it became the perfect match.
As time went on, and one thing led to another, four years had past and Kyle was ready to commit to Katie-Joy forever! Kyle was very smart in finding a legitimate excuse during the proposal day to distract Katie-Joy from what was about to take place. Kyle and his brother tagged team El Matador beach to get some footage for his brothers video project. Wink wink!
Walking down the dirt bath to the beach alcove and walking along the rock formations led to just a nice stroll on the beach kind of feel. Katie-Joy being thrilled at the sense of adventure and trying something new, she had no idea what was about to take place. A perfect view of the ocean mid-day, on the beach, toes in the sand, Kyle got down on one knee and asked Katie-Joy to be with him forever. Katie-Joy covered her mouth in excitement, getting a grip on what was happening, while Kyle’s brother captured the whole thing. It was magical! To be able to have your proposal and wedding on video is such a rare combo, but so awesome to have for your children and grand-children.
The energetic and easy-going couple knew they didn’t want a traditional wedding venue. Not a hotel, not a private estate, or local park, but Duke’s Malibu restaurant. You may be thinking, “seriously Ashley, a restaurant, how could this be a viable option for a wedding?” When you love the beach and want a morning/afternoon wedding, it’s perfect. With waves crashing up against the rocks, a beautiful balcony overlooking the Pacific ocean, and your friends and family by your side, it was just what Katie-Joy and Kyle had envisioned. A small, intimate gathering of family and friends to celebrate the commitment the two were about to embark on.