I love to take photos of beautiful young women. Something about capturing the excitement, anticipation, hopes and dreams of a gorgeous girl brings me a great deal of happiness. I had the honor and privilege of photographing four such young women a few months back. All four are recent graduates of Cal State Long Beach with plans of becoming teachers. I met them while studying abroad in Ireland and quickly bonded with these warm, generous girls.
We spent the day taking pictures around our alma mater and then later the beach. We laughed, shared our lives, and had a wonderful time. I absolutely love spending time with people who radiate goodness, and genuine kindness. Thank you ladies for letting me document a beautiful time in your lives. I can't wait to see all the amazing things you are going to accomplish!
We moved into our apartment 4 days before he was born. We had only met his parents, our new next door neighbors, briefly but I was already excited for them. I remember noticing that they had been gone for a few days and watchfully waited to see them come home with their new little one. Who would have known that baby Jackson would be born exactly one year before my due date, November 5th.
Its been a joy having this sweet little boy live next door to us. He has been a window into what we will be experiencing next year as we welcome Nicholas Patrick into our family. Jackson is a handsome, happy, sweet little boy and I pray that our little boy will be just as sweet!
I'm a pretty humble person. Not one to brag or seek the attention of others. But without sounding too self righteous... these following photos have to be some of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen.
To me this session was a lesson in light. San Luis Obispo, more specifically Los Osos, CA has to have the most gorgeous light I have ever seen. The air is clear and the natural landscapes dominates the view. Its very untouched and therefore very beautiful. I learned so much about my style preferences as a photographer. The magic of both open shade and back diffused light. So different yet equally stunning.
This location set the scene for a photo shoot with my dear cousin Heather. She agreed to shoot with me while up in Los Osos visiting our Grandma. It couldn't have been better. He drove around the town for hours finding hidden gems of locations. It's so nice to have the luxury to take your time, really think through the shots and get EXACTLY what you want. When its your cousin you are shooting you don't feel too bad making her wait.
And making her wait is something I have definitely done. She's waited a long time for these photos from me but I have to say I think it was worth the wait. Heather, you are stunning and I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. They really are my favorite photos I have taken to date. You are a wonderful model and an even better cousin. I'm so glad we got to spend this time together creating beautiful images. I love you, Heather.
We started off in a beautiful and sunny grass field. I usually hate shooting in grass because I think it often comes across as tacky and unnaturally green... but not this grass. This is that luxurious, long, magical grass that you just want to roll around it. It couldn't be prettier.
And this tree! Gnarly in the best possible way.
I love the juxtaposition of her creamy smooth skin against the harsh crevasses of the tree.
It was VERY windy but somehow Heather still manages to look adorable
Location #2 A secluded wooded area with amazing trees and lots of sweet yellow flowers
Such a Quinn in this one
I gush over these next three. Heather you could not be more beautiful
One of my favorites of all time
And here we go into that different type of lighting more diffused backlight through the trees behind her. Totally different vibe than the previous photos but absolutely amazing
Cute as can be
Our third and final location: some industrial buildings with a cool modern vibe for her amazing third look a chic faux fur coat... too good
So many cool little spots at this location
This one is too good... the blue of the stairs makes her blue eyes POP
And to finish my three favorite shots from this location. The sun was setting and she's beautifully backlit. Its magical. She looks heavenly