Travel Diaries // California Coast Roadtrip

Roadtrip with Robert up the California coast. Los Angeles, CA / Cambria, CA / San Francisco, CA

 

 

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Ben and Anna // Malibu, CA Engagement

Today I want to introduce an amazing couple: Ben and Anna. These two are probably some of the biggest hearted, people-loving, prayer-loving authentic hearts I know. I can’t think of a couple who love  justice, prayer and mercy quite the way they do. When I took their story on, I decided to embark on a journey of capturing their story outside my regular means where I chronicle their lives leading up to their marriage.

I believe that all people have a story that deserves to be told and theirs was just one of the many that I get the honor of highlighting. In just 18 days they will be tying the knot because they believe in marriage. In just 18 days they will each be covenanting to one another because they’ve decided each is worth spending the rest of their life with.

Their story: It was a fine summer evening last July 4th at the Pasadena Rosebowl with the typical July 4th firework display and all. Little did the two know that when they met, they’d be united as one just one year later. What started with a friendly introduction became an in-N-Out date, which grew as they saw their paths converge. Just 8 months after their first meeting, their love relationship finally blossomed into a surprise proposal in Kona just 7 months later after their first meeting. Naturally being a lover of family, Ben bought tickets home just to propose in a place where family was thoughtfully interwoven into the proposal process. One year later and Ben and Anna will be tying the knot this July 5th!

Excited to celebrate them next month in July! You can also find me on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter.

 

 

 

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Shavato Veils // Altadena, CA


 Victoria Hall and Jessica Rebstock for Shavato Veils // Altadena, CA

Floral Design // Emblem Flowers, Styling Assistance // Poetrie Weddings

Proudly announcing the launch of Shavato Veils, a stunning collection of handmade bridal veils, this very week. Head on over to her new shop here for a visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girls in the Garden // Altadena, CA

Suzy Weeks and Rebekah Rossi // Altadena, CA

When I was 12 I picked up my first automatic film camera. It was tiny, black and sleek. I remember the first time I awkwardly loaded that first roll of Kodak. And then I took a look through that viewfinder, and in that moment, my eyes were opened to a whole new world. It’s been a long time coming that I revisit some of those roots. Last month, I challenged myself to try something I hadn’t done in awhile and I finally picked up some film again.

I find that as an artist, I’m constantly exploring ways to push myself while keeping things raw and authentic. I think it’s human nature to want to get back to the truest sense of things in all that we do. For me with photography, that looks like film and analogue shooting.

Last month when I rolled out my father’s old 1970′s 35mm Canon FtB, it was to capture a few of my favorite behind the scenes moments of wedding preparation at my friend Ruth’s wedding. It was an honor to be in the wedding and to share in the joy of two of my friends becoming one.

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Emblem Flowers // Valentine’s Day Flower Stand

 

Back in February I had the opportunity of capturing my friend Charmain of Emblem Flowers, hard at work at her Valentine’s Day flower stand hosted by one of my favorite local coffee shops in Pasadena, Lavendar & Honey Espresso Bar.  It’s obvious Charmain’s art is about connecting with community and making flowers and arrangements available to all people. I was inspired by her fresh take on the flower stand which featured a curated selection of atypical fresh spring blooms and greens made available to anyone and everyone wanting to make their own bouquet for a loved one. I found myself realizing that what drew me in was the fact that each bouquet was made with a whole lot of thought and care by the person gifting it. When I asked her why she was doing the stand a few days earlier she said, “Letting people flex their design muscles by choosing their own blooms, is important. All I do is wrap it. It’s more personalized and customized that way.” I love it.

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