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The Greatest Gift – Maternity Session at Knapp’s Castle

The beautiful Carrie and Jacob have been in front of my lens multiple times already. This time they came for a short baby moon stay in Santa Barbara and it was my absolute pleasure to document another milestone in their lives together and to do a maternity session with them. We took the short hike to Knapp’s Castle. Looking over the vast landscape, basking in the golden moments of the late afternoon light and photographing them in this setting felt like looking into their future and the promise and potential of the new life to be born into their loving family. Carrie is a gifted poet and I want to share her words here with the images that were created together on this day filled with golden moments. Carrie and Jacob, thank you so much for spending time with me and my camera. You two …this is how love looks like.

‘We planted a life in the broken soil of a country divided by Klan rallies and burning cities. Inside the cracked ribcage of the other. Where bodies of color are disposable, violently dismissed and dismantled. Amidst the eerily familiar echoes of a soul crushing intolerance. We planted a life in the hurricane and in the flood—in the unbearable heat of the fire next time.

But we planted him in promise too. Will teach him to swim in hope and with a strength much bigger than this volatile current. His will be the face, the blood of multiple continents. He will answer to a better self, a borderless and boundless love. A love that looks more and more like us everyday.

To the bonds that free us and the golden moments that remind us why we’re here. We can’t wait to embrace you, Papoose.’




Destination Wedding Tiffany & Cody, Fess Parker Santa Barbara, California

Tiffany and Cody get engaged at the LACMA in Los Angels and chose Santa Barbara for their destination wedding. Family and Friends gathered in the Rotunda at the Fess Parker for an al fresco ceremony and reception on a beautiful September day. The wedding was beautifully planned and designed by Felici Events and flowers by Sarah Hinton of Rowan Oak Events. Gavin Roy, of Gavin Roy Presents, DJ extra ordinaire made sure his music kept the crowd moving on the dance floor until the wee hours. Tiffany and Cody, you are awesome. Thank you so much for letting me document your wedding day. Wishing you a wonderful life together.

Planning Felici Events

Venue Fessparker Doubletree Santa Barbara

Destination Wedding Louisiana – Kaitlyn & Salem

Kaitlyn and Salem got married in a lavish Destination Wedding in Louisiana on New Years Eve at Nottoway Plantation . Kaitlyn wore a stunning Romona Keveza gown and had the most beautiful peonies in the winter bridal bouquet. More than 400 guests had traveled far and wide to celebrate their nuptials and to ring in the New Year in style. Candlelight and abundant  flower arrangements made for a romantic setting. A firework was launched from a barge on the Mississippi River at midnight and the party went well into the early morning hours.

Spencer & Dustin


I had the absolute pleasure of assisting my good friend and photographer extraordinaire D’Arcy Benincosa shooting the wedding of Spencer Stout and Dustin Reese in Salt Lake City, Utah on a cold and snowy Saturday in February. Spencer and Dustin were married on Jan, 26th 2014 by Queen Latifah during the Grammy’s Award Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA and were then surrounded by the love of family, friends and special guest Betty Who in Salt Lake City, UT for the ring ceremony and the exchanging of vows.The love and happiness was so abound and Betty Who played “Somebody loves you”  live while they were walking down the aisle. Spencer and Dustin’s wedding was one of the most moving and joyful events I have had the honor to attend and photograph and I am very happy to be able to share some of the images here on my blog. Thank you so much D’Arcy for having me.