backstage at the ballet

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wintry loveliness

Had the pleasure of photographing the Hushed Commotion 2014 bridal collection in the Santa Barbara hills in January... We gathered wintry Camellia branches from my garden for the bouquet. I love these gorgeous wedding accessories; they are all lovingly hand-made in New York and can be completely customized... Lace top by Rebecca Schoneveld in New York and silk slip gown by Braided up-do and that dewy makeup by in San Luis Obispo. Our model was Paulina Shafir, Model Mayhem. Film scanning and processing by with See more on 100 Layer Cake Blog and Burnett's Boards Blog. Hope you love...

the flynn family

I've known Braedon, who's also a photographer, for a few years now, we met at Jon Canlas' FIND workshop in San Diego (which was amazing!) and have been friends ever since. I photographed him and Lindsay once before and was delighted to be able to shoot their beautiful boys too this time... I really love Lindsay's fashion - the greys, blacks, whites and earth tones are gorgeous! Can't wait for their next little one to join the family! Congratulations friends! See more of this Santa Barbara family shoot on!

oak forest love

I adore shooting in Santa Barbara. These images were for a recent one-on-one workshop for a photographer all the way from Florida! Beautiful Shannon and Jason flew in from Colorado to model for the workshop, so sweet! Dress:; Florals: (Lilies tied together by hand with maidenhair fern); Bowtie:; Hair & Makeup: See more details from this shoot published on 100 Layer Cake.

amy & patrick in santa barbara

The one year anniversary of these two love birds provided the perfect occasion for this shoot, which was a lovely part of a one-on-one workshop in Santa Barbara this fall. Amy wore a Jenny Packham gown, and a hand-tied bouquet of lavender from my garden, and changed into a beautiful blue silk dress halfway through... Patrick was so dapper in his bow tie by Gorgeous hair & makeup by; I particularly love the loose up do and angelic makeup paired with Amy's carefree nature and bare feet!

may your days be merry & bright

This is what the holidays look like in my home, although maybe not quite as picture perfect - the camera hides the mess! This year I've been decorating with herbs and cypress branches, keeping packages neat and tidy with kitchen twine and newsprint. It's amazing how simple items can look so beautiful! As the end of the year approaches, a few lucky clients will receive their wedding albums (by and the workshop studio is busy mailing out my book to the fans who have already ordered - thanks for a brilliant year, happy holidays from me to you!