I truly believe there are times we are meant to cross paths with particular people; for me, Jessica was one of those people. She discovered my work through instagram, and contacted me inquiring about a family session with her husband, their three year old daughter, and new baby girl. They lived three and a half hours north of me, but just minutes away from where I had already been planning to travel two weeks after her first email. The rest fell into place.

The bright midday sun flooded into their family room, creating the most lovely cocoon of soft diffused light. It was so beautiful to watch Jessica with her daughters. She spoke softly in Spanish to the baby, her bright blue eyes fixed on Jessica’s, smiling and cooing in response. Ryan fixed tea and cookies for the toddler, a welcomed reward for her sweet disposition throughout our time together.

It was such a privilege to preserve these intimate family moments. To witness the dynamic between new sisters, and that quiet but grand relationship between a mother and her new baby.

I am so in love with photographing families in their homes on film.  It’s a combination, that to me, just can’t be beat.  PLUS!  It’s perfect for those hot dry summer months, which will be here before we know it.  If you love photographs filled with love and light and real family interactions that you’ll be able to cherish for a lifetime, I’d love to hear from you!

all images shot on fuji film | featured on Fount Collective HERE.

Sometimes we miss it the first time.  But then we grab a coffee and take a seat and wait patiently until the next one; because we know another will come.  And soon enough we hear the rumble of the tracks and we run out to meet it.  We breath deep, smile big and take the leap landing right there where we were meant to ride all along.

Ashley has been one of my dearest closest (funniest) friends since the 10th grade, when things were all awkward and weird…. who am I kidding, we are still pretty weird.  She’s beautiful and kind and all the things that make you proud to know someone. She has this heart that offers grace to everyone, a heart that draws you in, and makes you warm and happy.

I was so honored to have had the opportunity to spend the afternoon in San Francisco with Ashley and Tom.  The love between them was palpable and real.  It glowed soft like that late afternoon light.

And here’s the reeeeaaalllly happy news… these two are tying the knot TODAY!

Congratulations Mr + Mrs Wilkinson!

all images shot on portra 400 film | developed and scanned by The Find Lab

I’ve been thinking so much about that idea of home lately.  How it’s so much more than brick and mortar. It’s the hearts of those you love the most tangled up with your own, your beacon, your perpetual cozy blanket. Your home is part of your story… and I can’t tell you enough how precious, your story is.

Lauren and her sweet boy, Holden shared their morning with me.  They snuggled, as slow mornings go,  they played, there was coffee (for her), and kisses (for him). I had come to photograph a home tour for Style Me Pretty Living, and snuck in a roll of film near the end, my favorite natural interactions, bed jumping, kitchen counter crawling, table sitting, and all.

images shot on portra 800 with a Contax 645

It’s true…these three are as genuine and lovely as they appear in these photos. We met for an afternoon shoot; the glowing afternoon sun beams were all warm and enveloping. It was just magic and truth all mushed into sixteen frames of real love and sweet life.

 I love photographing families in their own spaces at home, but I also find heaps of beauty in outdoor sessions and all their glowing twinkly warm sunshiney beams of light. It’s like an ethereal frame showcasing all that true love and real life.  Because this, these images here, the kisses, and snugs, that little hand clasp, and the way they’re all holding onto one another, those are real things, preserved in a photograph, begging to be hung on walls and saved in albums, hoping to be felt again one day.

(images taken on Portra 400 with a Contax 645 | scans by Richard Photo Lab)

I was so grateful to not only be able to photograph this incredibly special day, but to also be matron of honor.  The sun was shining and everything was perfect.

The bride was particularly stunning. Not simply in the way she looked, but in the bright joy that shone through her that day. She had a hand in every single detail of this weekend down to the napkins, and her style was so evident throughout every element of the day. She not only got to marry the man of her dreams, but the man who is now the father of her one year old son. It was such a special day to be a part of and to be able to photograph.

desserts/design: Jade Magnolia | dress: Sarah Seven | MUAH: Jesse Duncan | Flowers: Brown Bunny Flowers | Venue: private residence | invitation suite/signage: Red Calligraphy | film scanned by The Find Lab | featured on Style Me Pretty here | and a special thank you to Anna Lord for second shooting for me!