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Intimate Ceremony on Kehoe Beach

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Intimate Ceremony on Kehoe Beach

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Dorothyrose's first words to me were, "interested in photographing a tiny June wedding on Kehoe Beach?" UM YES, Dorothyrose. I AM interested. "Interested" is the understatement of the year.

Together, She and Josh live in Arizona, but both grew up in California. Josh spent much of his childhood on Kehoe Beach so it was a no brainer to have their ceremony somewhere with such history. A 15 minute walk to the beach from we had the shoreline almost all to ourselves. Vows were shared, applauses were made, and Josh + Dorothyrose became husband and wife.

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Amber + Camden's Mountaintop Spring Engagement Session

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Amber + Camden's Mountaintop Spring Engagement Session

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When we were trying to choose which location to choose Amber and Camden's engagement session, I gave them probablyyyy a few too many options. I have lots of places on my "dream shoot" list (ahem, death valley) and so I had given them several choices to see which fit them best. They landed on the mountains; a couple after my own heart. Don't get me wrong, I love the ocean, but the mountains are my *jam.*

We started the session with a beer and ended it with one of the best sunsets I've seen this year. The Eastern Sierras have a certain magic that is beautiful all year round, and I was so glad that Amber and Camden trusted my vision for their adventurous mountain-y engagement sesh. <3 

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Engagement Session: From the Sierras down to the River

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Engagement Session: From the Sierras down to the River

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We've had Lauren and Jason's Engagement Session on the books since January. They picked a day in late April, hoping for some blue skies and the chance of wild flowers. We went over location ideas and Lauren settled on both the Sierras and the American River. 

When the day finally came, we set off for the mountains in Jason't truck, not realizing he was on E. When we got to the next gas station, the pumps were down (What??!!). We were baffled but at the same time it was a completely laughable scenario. We made the safe choice to go back down (losing about 35 minutes of time) and fuel up at the last gas station. Once we were finally back on the road, Jason started talking about a super cool look out spot. Normally, I have the general locations more or less picked out, but the way his eyes lit up when talking about this amazing spot, I knew we had to go.

As we pull off the highway, I was beyond excited to realize that this was a place I've always wanted to go, but never really had the chance to explore. It was fate! We hopped out and got started shooting right away, having the spot to ourselves.

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From the epic view of Lake Tahoe, we drove all the way down to the river in Coloma - one of their favorite places to spend time together.  Even with the gas mishap, we still had plenty of light left and hiked up to get a good view of the sunset over the river. 

We literally ran around in the wildflowers and chased the sun going down. If this doesn't epitomize adventure, I'm not sure what does. 

Cheers to Lauren and Jason. I canNOT wait until your wedding next year; I'm already counting down the days.....only 525 to go....

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Winter Engagement & Family Session: Jayme & Jake

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Winter Engagement & Family Session: Jayme & Jake

To say weather this "winter" has been ideal would be the understatement of the year. Yes, we need rain. Yes, we are in a drought. I LOVE rain. And snow. But, I REALLY love not having to reschedule family/engagement sessions due to terrible rain (remember last year?!). I've been one happy gal with all of this sunshine and with spring being right around the corner.

Jayme and Jake had a two-part engagement session. The first one took place about two months ago and our second location had to be rescheduled because we arrived too late and ran out of daylight. We were bummed at the time but with gorgeous light like this, I will not complain! And bonus! They brought baby Cooper to be a stand-in model to make their family complete, dimples and all! <3

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