2016: A Year in Review

I know I say this every time but I'm going to say it again:  Time flies.  I cannot believe we are nearing the end of 2016!  It seems like it was just yesterday I hung up my military uniform to indefinitely pursue my passions.  And it seems like just yesterday that I wrote my first-ever 2015: Year in Review blog post. 

2016, you brought me some indelible memories--both the good and the bad.  But I'll always remember you as the year that allowed me to be fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire.  While there is so much that could be said about you, I'll leave it to what I do best.  Here are my highlights from my first year as a wedding + portrait photographer.

I'll always hold Nick + Angela's wedding very close to my heart.  This was my first official wedding as a California wedding photographer.  They took a chance with me and it was so humbling to be the chosen one to capture their memories.

I'll always hold Nick + Angela's wedding very close to my heart.  This was my first official wedding as a California wedding photographer.  They took a chance with me and it was so humbling to be the chosen one to capture their memories.

One of my favorite images from Nick + Angela's wedding

One of my favorite images from Nick + Angela's wedding

This was a styled military wedding photoshoot that I put together using a very real, sweet, fun-loving, couple stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base.  They have two kids and have embraced the military lifestyle, endured the struggle, and made sacrifices to protect our freedom.  I wanted to give them an opportunity to feel beautiful/handsome, revel in their love for each other, and provide them with photos that could last them a lifetime.  I borrowed this sweet red car from a stranger, Katie May provided her stunning dresses from their newest collection, and Emerald enhanced Becky's look with her hair + make-up skills.

This was a styled military wedding photoshoot that I put together using a very real, sweet, fun-loving, couple stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base.  They have two kids and have embraced the military lifestyle, endured the struggle, and made sacrifices to protect our freedom.  I wanted to give them an opportunity to feel beautiful/handsome, revel in their love for each other, and provide them with photos that could last them a lifetime.  I borrowed this sweet red car from a stranger, Katie May provided her stunning dresses from their newest collection, and Emerald enhanced Becky's look with her hair + make-up skills.

Cassandra Lynne was also so sweet and sent me some of her boho-glam jewelry pieces for this collaborated photoshoot.

Cassandra Lynne was also so sweet and sent me some of her boho-glam jewelry pieces for this collaborated photoshoot.

We got a few dresses but this was my favorite.

We got a few dresses but this was my favorite.

Rosi + Daniel's engagement shoot at El Matador.  You can never go wrong at this spot!

Rosi + Daniel's engagement shoot at El Matador.  You can never go wrong at this spot!

Another wedding that I hold very close and dear to my heart is Lucy + Charlie's wedding.  Their wedding was held at Kuloa Ranch's Secret Moli'i Island and everything about it (and them) was perfect.

Another wedding that I hold very close and dear to my heart is Lucy + Charlie's wedding.  Their wedding was held at Kuloa Ranch's Secret Moli'i Island and everything about it (and them) was perfect.

The view is AHmazing!

The view is AHmazing!

This view is pretty freaking amazing too.  What a beautiful girl and soul.

This view is pretty freaking amazing too.  What a beautiful girl and soul.

Of course, while we shot this destination wedding, my husband and I took FULL advantage of Hawaii and took in all that the beautiful aina had to offer.

Of course, while we shot this destination wedding, my husband and I took FULL advantage of Hawaii and took in all that the beautiful aina had to offer.

Flor + Umair's engagement shoot.  AH, I was and still am so obsessed w/ these two.  The second you meet them, you understand why they were meant for each other. 

Flor + Umair's engagement shoot.  AH, I was and still am so obsessed w/ these two.  The second you meet them, you understand why they were meant for each other. 

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I was itching to organize another collaborated styled wedding photoshoot in between the weddings I had booked.  This was a bit more intricate than the previous styled shoot but everything went so very smoothly.  Dresses were provided by Patricia from Lezu Atelier , grooms attire provided by The Black Tux, the venue provided by The Unique Space in Los Angeles, hair & make-up by Jessica Lee and Emerald Monzon, and florals + design by Grace Song of Charis Events.

I was itching to organize another collaborated styled wedding photoshoot in between the weddings I had booked.  This was a bit more intricate than the previous styled shoot but everything went so very smoothly.  Dresses were provided by Patricia from Lezu Atelier , grooms attire provided by The Black Tux, the venue provided by The Unique Space in Los Angeles, hair & make-up by Jessica Lee and Emerald Monzon, and florals + design by Grace Song of Charis Events.

Lezu's dresses were so breath-taking.  If only I could get married again :)

Lezu's dresses were so breath-taking.  If only I could get married again :)

These models had never met before but you'd never be able to tell!  They look very much in love.

These models had never met before but you'd never be able to tell!  They look very much in love.

So beautiful!

So beautiful!

All these pictures were taken at The Unique Space venue.  Surprisingly, the building itself was pretty small but the space and interior decor was BEAUTIFUL.  Perfect spot for any modern-hip L.A. wedding.

All these pictures were taken at The Unique Space venue.  Surprisingly, the building itself was pretty small but the space and interior decor was BEAUTIFUL.  Perfect spot for any modern-hip L.A. wedding.

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Suit provided by The Black Tux fit him like a glove.

Suit provided by The Black Tux fit him like a glove.

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Our dear friends Sarah + Kyle needed portraits for their holiday photos and I very happily.  I mean, very happily obliged.

Our dear friends Sarah + Kyle needed portraits for their holiday photos and I very happily.  I mean, very happily obliged.

Another wedding that meant so much to Sean and I.  Some of our closest friends, Geoff + Danielle got married in a lush-ously green botanical garden. 

Another wedding that meant so much to Sean and I.  Some of our closest friends, Geoff + Danielle got married in a lush-ously green botanical garden. 

This beautiful pond perfect for their couple portraits.

This beautiful pond perfect for their couple portraits.

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The Brook's family.  These kiddo's were so adorable no matter how antsy and short-attention-spanned they were during this shoot :)

The Brook's family.  These kiddo's were so adorable no matter how antsy and short-attention-spanned they were during this shoot :)

I'll never forget the way she stared  at the beach.  So in awe of something so natural.

I'll never forget the way she stared  at the beach.  So in awe of something so natural.

This wedding meant a lot to me because this was a second marriage for both Lois + Thomas.  They taught me to believe in second chances and that it's never too late to fall in love.

This wedding meant a lot to me because this was a second marriage for both Lois + Thomas.  They taught me to believe in second chances and that it's never too late to fall in love.

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My first official bohemian-styled boudoir shoot with this lovely lady. 

My first official bohemian-styled boudoir shoot with this lovely lady. 

Ashley oozes perfection!  She's gorgeous, intelligent, go-getter, hustler, and SEXY!

Ashley oozes perfection!  She's gorgeous, intelligent, go-getter, hustler, and SEXY!

Another memorable wedding: Stephanie + Richard put their wedding on hold when they were unexpectedly expecting their beautiful baby girl, Emma. 

Another memorable wedding: Stephanie + Richard put their wedding on hold when they were unexpectedly expecting their beautiful baby girl, Emma. 

Stephanie wanted to do a 'First-Look' with her pops and it was an emotional moment to shoot.  The power of love between father-daughter was evident.

Stephanie wanted to do a 'First-Look' with her pops and it was an emotional moment to shoot.  The power of love between father-daughter was evident.

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Um. I'm going to have to start practicing my shooting face. 

Um. I'm going to have to start practicing my shooting face. 

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This maternity session with Ashley was unforgettable.  Now they have a beautiful baby girl.

This maternity session with Ashley was unforgettable.  Now they have a beautiful baby girl.

The Espinoza family :) Their outfits, the location, their love--everything so perfect!

The Espinoza family :) Their outfits, the location, their love--everything so perfect!

These two...Vanessa + Anthony were my last wedding clients for 2016 and they were PERFECT for it.  They were so sweet, full of love, and genuinely good-hearted people.  Capturing their love was a breeze!

These two...Vanessa + Anthony were my last wedding clients for 2016 and they were PERFECT for it.  They were so sweet, full of love, and genuinely good-hearted people.  Capturing their love was a breeze!

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The best weddings are the ones you can shoot with a friend.  This is Alex.

The best weddings are the ones you can shoot with a friend.  This is Alex.

I was so obsessed with Vanessa's style.  The beautiful lace and intricately buttoned vintage dress with these amazing metallic heels--a modern take on the glass slippers!

I was so obsessed with Vanessa's style.  The beautiful lace and intricately buttoned vintage dress with these amazing metallic heels--a modern take on the glass slippers!

This cute family <3 Jessica + Colton w/ their perfect little blue-eyed pup.

This cute family <3 Jessica + Colton w/ their perfect little blue-eyed pup.

Couldn't forget this moment with the Sheehan family.  <3

Couldn't forget this moment with the Sheehan family.  <3

Collaborating with this Uwodoo beauty <3

Collaborating with this Uwodoo beauty <3

Wow.  While there is still so much to learn, I'm so grateful for the humbling opportunities and memories from my first official year as a photographer.  Thank you to all who took a chance on me, who supported me through and through, and who continue to lift me.  

2017, I'm ready for you.