Anne and Chris Secret Garden Wedding

This is one of those weddings where the bride is everything. Sweet beautiful Anne graced me with an email over a year ago asking me to be her wedding photographer and the rest is history. She was a dream from the start with her huge glowing smile and thankful demeanor. As you can see Anne has a beautiful sense for paper goods and florals. Her artistic sensibility showed through from her lovely Kinsley Bridal gown to the menu cards and paper goods from Minted. Such a beautiful and romantic garden wedding. You can see their wedding featured today on Style Me Pretty, click here for more! 
 
Coordinator @atouchofgrace | Florist @homesweetflowers | Dress @kinsleyjamescoture | Venue @barndivahealdsburg | Photographer @melissafullerphotography | Videography @lovespunfilms | DJ @gatsbyentgroup | Hair & Makeup @sarahdeanbeauty | Cake @moustachebakedgoods | Linens @latavolalinens
























































































































Jesse & Caito | Baja, MX

Our Sun is a second- or third-generation star. All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff.- Carl Sagan 
 
I am over the moon today to finally share photos from my favorite destination wedding last year. The wedding of Jesse Chapo and Caito O'Connor aka "Los Ochapos" at Pachamama in beautiful Todos Santos, MX. If you haven't yet checked it they are featured this weekend on Green Wedding Shoes Blog so head on over there too and check out the love.  
 
I was feeling so Inspired I filmed and put together this little vid of some favorite moments! 
 
Jesse and Caito wanted a simple wedding, with a small group of essential friends and family. The main priority? Hours in the surf and sun. I dragged Josh down the Baja coast with me to enjoy the magical union of these two star crossed lovers. We had a time, the kind of time that only grows fonder in memory as I look back at the trip and makes me wish I was right back in the moment.  
 
Josh and I knew we were off to a great start when we ditched our airbnb after wandering into the Todos Santos Inn, staying for a drink in their bar to watch the world series and then deciding to never leave. This hotel was a magical discovery, the old chipping brick walls were covered in vines and plants and layers of paint. The staff invited us in like family. Beautiful architecture and some of the most amazing and fresh sushi I have ever consumed at this spot! Truly a gem! 
 
We hit the dirt road the next afternoon for mid day surf for Josh and to meet with with Caito & Jesse (the bride and groom to be). I was still not allowed to go into the water since I was still recovering from being hit by a car a month and a half before. TORTURE! But we got out to the beach. The landscape was so flat and monochrome, it was beautiful like someone had taken a paint brush and painted 2 horizontal lives on a canvas. One the color of sand and one the color of the sea. 
 
Josh proceeded to mosh out too far up the beach, not heading my warnings of getting stuck in the sand. Well...we got stuck in the sand. Baja road trip checklist- CHECK. Oye! Well I do believe the photos speak for themselves. The journey was amazing and as you can see these two humans embody what I love and mean when I say "Photographer for Adventurous Souls." Jesse and Caito... here's to you! I love the way you do the things you do. You are creative, talented, deep living souls and I'm so happy I was chosen to capture your wedding week.














































































































































































































































































































Emma and Elias

Sharing some photos today from a recent shoot I did with Emma and her joyful son Elias on this Mother's Day. Emma's husband Michael was kind enough to gift her this session months back when Emma was still expecting Elias... low and behold the third trimester of business took over fate and we missed doing the photos while Emma was still pregnant. I'm actually so happy we ended up waiting to capture these because Elias at five and a half months was completely full of smiles and character! Loved this idea of taking time to make photos of just mom and baby; such a fun day of shooting and hanging with a very beautiful soul.


































The Stone Family.. Any Day Now

Something just turned on. I think I am finally old enough to take people's maternity photos. I'm 31 years old and though some of my peers have had kids I think that my in-home session with Lea and Zeda Stone is what I have been trying to get after with these things all along. 
 
At home sessions have been the thing since sliced bread, except for one thing.. people like you and I didn't really know about them. Up till' recently organically styled at home sessions of couples were reserved for the pages of editorial while family photographers were asked to photograph expectant mothers in studios draped in silk or outdoors in weird states of half-dress. I have clambered through a few of these myself but these kind of shoots usually created a few keeper photographs but there was something missing in the photos that captured my photographic style. But some thing just changed. And I think there is no going back. 
 
Lea and Zeda pour me guava Kombucha 'blessed•booch' from a big glass jug mid shoot. I am a fan. I spit it and realize I have eaten all of their perfectly arranged grapes off of the table in front of me without asking and Zeda is plucking the stems clean... tidying up behind me. I've only shot a few pictures in the past 20 minutes because we've been having such a good time chatting. I see Zeda look over at Lea as she arranges flowers in the corner of their little mirrored backsplash. It's like the sweetest moment ever.  
 
< Snap > My shutter flips. It's a keeper.  
 
My favorite of the session, to be honest and there is something so perfect real about that look he is giving her. Something that sums up the whole reason why I am here: to try and capture the excitement of this space between being a couple and being parents. It is inspiring. There is a calm in the waiting. 
 
I say goodbye to Lea and Zeda. We make some plans to try and meet up before this baby comes out but it's coming. Like any day now... and there is that fun feeling of leaving someone behind that you know is going to be changed for life the next time you cross paths. 
 
Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm Prine 1.2, 24-70mmL, Natural light, Laguna Beach, CA
























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