I love this girl. SO MUCH! I met Hannah years ago when her mom and I would hang out together and learn photography back in Roswell, NM. I have watched her grow into such an incredible women. Hannah and her mom flew out here for me to take her senior pictures and I was so honored she would travel so far. We spend a day shopping and looking for new clothes and accessories (Hannah LOVES accessories!). Hannah was so comfortable in front of the camera, which I think is due to the fact that her mother is an amazing photographer and has had plenty of practice being a model for her. I so wish I could be there for her graduation and wish even more than we had more time to spend together or lived closer. Hannah and I both share a love for music and movies and we could have talked about both all day long. Did I mention I did her hair and makeup? I was pretty happy with how it all turned out.
This girl is going to do something big! I can’t wait to see what it is.
I was itching to do a styled shoot earlier this year but didn’t know what the theme was going to be and didn’t have any idea where to start. I knew I wanted to do something different and bold that would stand out from any work I have done in the past. I called out for some help on Facebook in some of the wedding forums I am on and found the amazing Julia from Wedding Wise! That girl blew me away with how she just took everything I wanted and made it all happen. She had everything planned and taken care of and was truly a joy to work with. Of course I had to work with Gina (previously Il Bel Fiore) from The Ground Up Floral.
I loved the new experience of working with Fremont Foundry. It’s a new(er) downtown Seattle venue. It was incredible! I love that it’s an old building with a touch of modern design. It has some incredible art in it as well.
I honestly can’t say enough good things about Tanya’s Take On Cake. She truly is amazing! I am telling you that her macrons are THE best (beats out Laduree’s from Paris any day)!!! Try them for yourself, you will thank me later.
I cannot thank everyone enough for the incredible work they put into this beautiful shoot. It was just as I wanted it to be if not better. I am so excited to finally share this blog post with you. I had to wait a little longer than expected since it was also going to be featured on Burnett’s Board.
I threw in a couple behind the scene’s as well. I especially love how Francys poses when she is taking pictures. Love that lady!
I think it’s about time I break my silence about Paris. I keep getting asked about my trip and if I am planning on sharing pictures (which I did little of on Facebook). The truth is I felt there were other things I could be doing besides blogging about my trip to Paris (like editing weddings and portraits I needed to be catching up on). I am honestly thrilled to be able to share my trip to Paris with you all! It was the best trip of my life and I so badly want to go back. It was so special to me and is so dear to my heart.
One of my favorite things about Paris was not just seeing the Eiffel Tower or the other amazing historical sights, but it was seeing and meeting my family who I had never met before. Its a strange thing to meet family from across the world to only find out you are so much alike. I love the bond I have with my family there. They are truly some of my most favorite people in the entire world. My cousin Julien (I’ll post a picture below), is such a fun, loving and amazing person. I mean amazing! There is no doubt in my mind that we are family! Carole, Juliens older sister who is also my age, could literally be my sister. The minute I met her I felt like we had known each other our entire lives. It was such an incredible experience. I was able to meet Carole’s fiancé Raphael and even had the privilege of taking their engagement pictures (I will post those after they share the photos with the family first). Raph is one of the funniest, nicest people and I am thrilled he will be joining our family! Those 3 people were truly what made my trip to Paris amazing. Truly amazing. I can’t wait for them to come visit me here in Seattle, but I will definitely be back to visit them. Family is the most important thing in this life and it couldn’t be more clearer to me now, especially after meeting them.
Now on to the tour of Paris.
When we flew in, I remember thinking that it reminded me of LA with all the smog. It was sunny but foggy and a bit cold. Julien took us to a local restaurant “Le Wilson” near the Eiffel Tower and where we were staying in Trocadero. It was so delicious (we had the duck)! Then again, nothing I ate in Paris was gross. Everything I ate there was incredible. Just their pastries alone were amazing! My favorite place that we ate had to be Angelina’s! OMG, their food was amazing! I had this appetizer that was crab, green apple and avocado. The way that they deliver your food to you is what makes it so special though. Everything there is so clean and in a perfect proportion. You can’t really overeat there because everything is perfectly sized, unless maybe you order two of everything. I loved listening to everyone’s French there. Some of my other favorite sounds and smells of Paris were the cars honking, lots of police and ambulance sirens (they don’t sound like the ones in America) and the smell of cigarette smoke. I wouldn’t trade any of that, even if I don’t normally like the smell of smoke. I only wish I could snap my fingers and be there again. I have been lucky enough to have dreams about Paris though! That’s close enough, right? Oh, I forget to mention that the crepes there are to die for! I had one every single day!
I loved all the arches, the doorways, the worn down steps (you’ll see in some of the pictures I took). I noticed that everything in Paris is in a circle (even their staircases) and they have a ton of roundabouts in the city. The roundabouts are hilarious too, because there are no lanes and it becomes pure chaos! It would be extremely nerve racking driving in it, but it’s pretty funny to watch. Since parking is so scarce there, everyone rode little motorcycles or mopeds. Some got super fancy too!
I loved seeing all the French dogs there. When we went to the Louvre, I loved seeing all the old paintings with dogs. It made me so happy to see that people had pets way back then. My heart was so happy.
Some advice for people going to Paris.
The first day I recommend going on the bus tour around the city. This will show you all the places you may want to stop and get off. We spent 9 days there, so we took the bus to see the places we wanted to go back to and spend more time at. Its also very educational. I recommend spending all day at the Louvre. Francys, Rob and my husband and I only got through half of the place and spend half of the day there. You definitely need a whole day to go. Also, a must is going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, walking up to the top of Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. You will not regret it! The view is unbelievable. Take the metro and just walk around the streets of Paris. The buildings and architecture are incredible. I am thinking of making a book of all the doors of Paris. I think I will need to go back to get more before I make it, though.
Don’t rent a car. Parking in horrendous and you can easily get around by taking the metro and walking. Bring comfortable shoes and make sure that anything you plan on carrying has a zipper and doesn’t leave your site. And don’t go to Paris with a budget for food. I’m being serious.
On to pictures. I took over 1,000 pictures, so these are just some of my favorite ones. I apologize for how many there are. Hopefully you’ll enjoy yourself, though!
These views are from the top of the Arc De Triomphe.
This was the view from our porch that we were staying in.
The flame here is above where Princess Diana died. They made it into a memorial for her. It is a replica of the flame that the Statue of Liberty is holding.
This is the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Its breathtaking (even if I got a little sick going up the elevator).
This is my darling cousin Julien. What a stud!
I loved this old French man. He was exactly what I expected to see in Paris.
A famous opera singer.
My cousins both work for Evian, which I believe is truly the best tasting water around. They definitely converted me.
Morgan is a big ball of sunshine, which I am sure you can see from her gorgeous bright smile. She recently moved back to the US from living abroad. I am so excited for her and all her new adventures when she graduates this Spring. I still love these photos as much as I did when I first took them. I was so sad to find out that the pink wall we shot at has been taken down. Such a sad day, but on to look for more cool locations.
Its hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I shot this beautiful wedding. I loved everything about this gorgeous wedding. Their families were so fun to talk to and their friends were hilarious. I was so excited to be photographing this wedding for another reason: Graham and his family are all from the UK! It was a real life Jane Austin love story. I have enjoyed following Mieke on Facebook and seen her adventures as she moved to the UK with her new husband and family. I am shocked I haven’t blogged this wedding already! Definitely a highlight from last year. The wedding was filled with lots of beautiful music, singing and laughter.
Mieke is an Opera singer and has such a classy look and style to her. I loved getting to know her and Graham. I am so excited to see what their new baby will look like!
Marina is such a gem! She is so sweet and I enjoyed spending the afternoon with her. It was fun getting to know her and seeing her break out of her quiet little shell as the afternoon went on. I wish her the very best and can’t wait to see what she does next. Congrats Marina!
When I first started my photography business back in 2010, I was counseled to photograph everything and figure out what I enjoyed most and then focus on just that. It really was a tie between Senior portraits and Weddings. For the last 5 years I have been gradually getting busier and busier with both weddings and senior portraits. and have decided to limit the amount of portraits I take on this Summer. I deeply love my seniors and love getting to know them. They are an incredible part of my life and I want to continue to photograph them, I just can’t take them all (I wish I could!). I am now booking for April-August.
I often get asked for one on one time with people wanting to learn how to take better photographs or how to start their photography business. I have so much good information to give and so badly want to share this, but I am so busy with photoshoots, editing and being a mom and wife. I felt inspired to put on a workshop for those who are wanting to learn photography and how to use their equipment better. Its been a huge work in progress, but I am really getting excited about teaching my first class on May 2nd! The class will run about 4-5 hours and includes a delicious lunch and a take home binder with notes and information that will be taught that day. The class is $250 and requires a deposit to hold your spot, which cannot be refunded. We will also have a model and some things to practice with, so you will be required to bring your DSLR camera and a memory card or two to the class. The very best way to learn is by practicing (trust me!).
If you are interested in this class, please be sure to send me an email and let me know that you would like to sign up. More information will be provided closer to the date of the class. The more the merrier! Hope to see you there!
Its been a while since I shot anything just for fun. Tressa and I go way back (she was one of my first boudoir models and modeled for me for a winter styled shoot I did 3 years ago in the snow). I love just shooting for fun, especially when I can get a little creative and do things I don’t normally do with my editing. I have always been drawn to bright, airy, whimsical type photos and felt like I was finally able to achieve this goal today. I may have squealed like a little girl when I was uploading them. Ha! I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do!
Look at this gorgeous new website and blog that Golden Fox Design designed for me?! I’m so thrilled to share this with you all!!! However, I need a day or two to really load all my pictures and update the blog. I appreciate your patience with me while I am trying to get this website and blog perfected.
In the mean time, feel free to message me or find me on Facebook.