Tips on Engagement Photos

Picture it. You and your significant other are walking along the Champ de Mars with the Eiffel Tower in view. Hand in hand, you walk closer to the monument. Smiling, as you both finish your second gelato of the day. Once you get closer, you start to notice them acting a bit funny. They are […]

October 15, 2021


couple standing on rocks and kissing

Engagement Photos on the beach | Sara + Joe

Sara and Joe had their Engagement Photos on the beach here in Monterey! This photo session was so important to us because it was our time to get to know each other before their wedding next month! These two reached out to me only a few months ago wanting photography services for their October wedding. […]


September 29, 2021

Engagement Photos on the beach

Engagement Session at Monterey Beach

Engagement Session at Monterey Beach On a chilly yet golden evening on the beach, Jon pulled his fiance into his arms. He wrapped them around her, giving her warmth from the sea breeze. The sun setting, he grabs her hand and pulls her in for a kiss. Maria shows a faint smile, and no words […]

March 13, 2021


Seabright State Beach Engagement Session

Tis’ the season for engagements! From Santa Cruz to Monterey, I have been traveling up and down photographing beautiful engagement sessions. Brooke and Sam won my heart over and I am excited to talk about them today. So, I wanted to sure their Seabright State Beach Engagement Session for all to be inspired by, for […]


February 27, 2021

Engagement Photography

| Tara and Josh | Tara and Josh’s photo session is perfect to showcase some Engagement Photography inspiration! They had their sunset engagement session at Palm Beach State Park here in California on a sunny and perfect evening. From the classic of facing the camera to a champagne pop at the end, this session was […]

February 10, 2021


Fort Monroe | Engagement Photography

This Fort Monroe | Engagement Photography photo session was a long time coming because after a nasty storm that cut their session short the first time (seriously.. hail, wind bursts, and lightning was crazy), and their reschedule session having to cancel due to more nasty weather….again… the third try for this session was a success […]


June 25, 2019

engagement session + photo of couple

Sold my Nikon for a Sony, but regretted it right after

Invested in education courses 

Shot my first solo wedding


Decided to go part-time photographer 

Took a photo of my friends naked son on a beach

Upgraded to a Nikon 5500


Thought I was so cool with my grainy photos of blurry horses

Took photos of landscapes for fun 

Bought a Nikon 3300


my first solo wedding – 2017

Met some incredible industry friends

Started to fill up 2020

Booked up 2019 in about two months


I moved from Hawaii to Norfolk, Virginia

Shot three amazing Hawaii weddings

Went full-time


experimented with all sorts of editing styles 

Prepared myself to go full-time

Switched back to Nikon and got my first full-frame


brand photoshoot – 2018

Established my brand and editing style- 2018

California has welcomed me with incredible 2020/2021 wedding couples

I booked a trip to Seattle and Alaska 

This year, I am making it all about creativity


I moved from Virginia to Monterey, California

I invested in my 2nd mastermind- I refuse to lose this business

Covid Hit the wedding business


I invested in my first mastermind

I figured the type of photographer I wanted to be

2020 was booked in full by the end of 2019


Week in Spain with my husband -2019



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