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Dark & Moody Pismo Beach Engagement

Tabitha & Andrew recently got together with me for our engagement photos, with this dark & moody Pismo Beach engagement session. I’m so stoked on how these came out and hopefully you can see why! We started at the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove and took a nice little stroll through some beautiful bridges & beach...

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Spreafico Farms Wedding

This place is my all-time favorite venue on the Central Coast ~ there truly is nothing quite like a Spreafico Farms Wedding! When Catalina & Dylan hit me up to photograph their wedding out here, I was so stoked. I mean, between having the nicest owners ever (Brandon is the man!) and the sweeping 360...

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Los Osos Couples Portrait Session

Ahh, nothing like a Los Osos Couples Portrait Session ~ it is my hometown, after all! Which also means that I know pretty beautiful locations to capture couples portraits at, such as Montana de Oro State Park & Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. But you didn’t hear that from me… 😉

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Montana de Oro Senior Portrait Session

Rozy brought fierce vibes to her Montana de Oro Senior Portrait Session with vibrant red attire and striking Vogue-esque looks. High fashion for sure. Rozy is the daughter of one of my dear friends and we had a grand adventure exploring the natural wonderland that is Montana de Oro. Ahh, we really are spoiled out...

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Hammersky Vineyards Surprise Proposal

When it comes to dropping the knee, there’s no better plan than a Hammersky Vineyards Surprise Proposal in beautiful Paso Robles, CA. Yuri reached out to me a few weeks before his plan would come to fruition, and so we arranged a stealthy scheme for me to candidly capture his surprise proposal with his partner,...

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Downtown San Luis Obispo Portraits

Madhuri met up with me for some Downtown San Luis Obispo portraits recently! It was so fun to switch things up from my usual natural scenery to something more urban & modern. Forced me to tap into some different creativity and I learned a lot! Side note: I’ve known Madhuri since we were kids but...

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Santa Barbara Courthouse Elopement

So, funny story… Alizah + Nick booked me literally the day before their Santa Barbara Courthouse wedding! Things fell through with their original photographer, but with a stroke of luck I was available to capture their special day, and wow…how special things turned out to be.

Downtown SLO Wedding at The Penny

Vineece & Kiyoji brought such radical authenticity and raw emotion to the table throughout their gorgeous wedding at The Penny in Downtown SLO. I loved every minute with these two, especially when we drove out to Madonna Mountain (or Cerro San Luis to true locals) for beautiful sunset portrait action. The unfiltered love these two share is so palpable in their final images, ahhh ~ can you feel it? <3

Sarita & Jeddy ~ The Cliffs Resort Wedding

Going out with a bang for my last wedding of 2020! Sarita & Jeddy tied the knot at The Cliffs, a highly popular beachside venue that I’ve become very familiar with over the years…so familiar, I decided to mix up my style for their winter wedding and try out some new tones and compositions! With a little help from a magnificent vendor lineup, these photos turned out better than I ever could have expected. I hope you enjoy this look through the wintery vibes of this elegant, timeless Pismo Beach wedding. Happy New Year!

Chelsea & Mathew ~ Flying Caballos Ranch Wedding

These two lovebirds were incredible to work with on what has been a beautiful journey to their wedding. We first met at their friend’s wedding that I was working last year, and once they saw their friend’s wedding photos they made the wise decision to book me. 😉 We soon met up again for a gorgeous engagement session up in San Francisco, where they showed me some cool local spots and treated me to my first authentic Korean restaurant experience! Then a few months & a pandemic later, we were finally reunited for their intimate, COVID-conscious wedding this fall, where all guests were tested beforehand to keep things safe enough to party. The result? Well, see for yourself! 🙂

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