ISABEL + TRAVIS // pinecrest, fl
i have known this girl for a decade. we've been through it, but i am so lucky to have such a light in my life (and for her to have a boyfriend who loves her like only the stars would know). thanks for jumping right into the rain for me without a second thought, and for having a socially distanced picnic with me before the rain came down.
SHELLY + SCARLETT // live oak, fl
photographing another equine photog was simultaneously one of my most fun and stressful shoots. shelly is amazingly talented, and i felt so honored when she reached out to have me photograph her and her spunky mare. shelly keeps her horses at home, and has an incredibly beautiful field behind her property. her good friend/makeup artist stuck around to help us out, and honestly the whole shoot was a blast. shelly picked two fantastic outfits, and knew exactly what she wanted (which definitely made me feel more confident and active).
TAKING A PAUSE // lloyd harbor, ny
i was deeply saddened when i received an email a few days ago that our barn would be shutting down in coherence with the status order that barns bee closed to boarders. our last day was my two year anniversary with my mare, and i spent the whole day crying, laughing, and carrying and aching pain in my chest. i know this will pass, and things will get better. we just need to keep washing our hands, sneezing into our elbows, and being cautious when within proximity of anyone.
i had my camera at the barn for a last minute portrait session, and grabbed a few shots while i was at it. i waited until the end of the day to grab some shots, and regret it, because the quiet of the day dwindling down made me feel paralyzed-- with fear, sadness, anxiety, and anger. but i tried to breathe, and tried something new (keeping my beautiful friend lisa and her style in mind, and doing my best to feel inspired by it).
here's hoping chanel enjoys her break from me (but not too much!).
DANIEL + TYSON // new york, ny
i cannot say enough about how much i enjoyed following these two through their engagement to their wedding. we first met over coffee at the spot they would be having their reception, or what was wonderfully renamed coffee & desert. we discussed details of the shooting schedule we would later build: engagement photos, coffee + desert, and their big day. they told me about how they met, about their dogs, and how the theme kind of their engagement/marriage turned into a basement celebration, as they lived in a basement apartment, were having their coffee + desert in a basement coffeeshop, and were getting married in a wine cellar. what has stuck with me most about these two is when i asked them what they were looking for most in a photographer. daniel and tyson said this key trait was "the queer sensibility", a term i have now adapted into my own vocabulary (both professional and personal).
as a queer woman, i know how this functions in my daily life, whether it's the way i talk about issues of gender and sexuality over a drink with friends at our favorite bar, or how i use my experience and those of my friends to discuss these issues with people who might have questions or don't understand what it is like to be a part of this community. i realized, however, that this was not evident in my portfolio or on my site: i needed to update my contracts, the language i used, and how the way i wrote on my site spoke to all couples or prospective clients who were considering hiring me. so i made my contracts more inclusive (adding a field for both partners instead of just the signee), and made my site more bride/groom neutral, instead of just catering to the bride (which is the industry's default most of the time).
we shot their engagement photos at riverside park, which is not too far from their apartment and where they walk their pups, woodford and digby, two very good boys with drastically different personalities. the park was crowded, but we were able to find some quiet spots and play with light as the sun moved its way through the sky. it was also tony sunday, so we mutually had to time it so we were home for the broadcast.
the chipped cup is an lgbtqia+ basement coffee shop with a backyard in harlem. the walls are adorned with pride flags, fairy lights, whimsical photos, and sconces right out of your favorite childhood home. the backyard area is cozy, and the ideal spot for reading or spending time with your friends on a summer afternoon; but that night, it was the perfect spot for celebrating everyone's favorite couple. the space was filled with laughter and love the entire evening (and the coffee was delicious).
the morning of their wedding, i met them at the standard in the east village (which just so happens to be one of my favorite places to go dancing), just a few minutes from their venue. the lighting in their room was naturally bright and diffused, and the cover of the new yorker was, serendipitously, centered around pride (though maybe not so, as it was june... but i'll call it fate). between their perfectly lit room and the whimsical garden downstairs, i was in photog heaven.
lafayette, an east village restaurant with a wine cellar downstairs, was definitely a turn in tone, though equally as beautiful. the brick walls and wine filled shelves lining every wall made the whole place feel sophisticated while still offering a setting warm enough for you to settle into as soon as you walked down the stairs. their pastor officiated the ceremony, and the space was filled with such love and joy.
later that evening, i met them at the august wilson theatre, where they were given early access to the lobby before mean girls (real quick... if you haven't seen this... do yourself a favor and see it. you can thank me later). while wee had limited access to specific section of the theatre, it was still a thrill, and my inner musical theatre kid was beaming.
i could go on and on about so many of the amazing people i meet through this job, and obviously daniel + tyson (and digby + woodford) are some of them. here's to 2020 getting it's shiz together so we can keep capturing all of the love and all of the dogs. wash your hands, and stay safe!
KATIE + PAISLEY // jacksonville, florida
pumpkin hill creek park reserve is a hidden spot just west of jacksonville, and it was the perfect spot for this maternity shoot! paisley brought all of her spunk, and katie brought her patience and kindness. katie wasn't afraid to walk through the tall grass, climb through bushes, or walk a mile or two between each location. here are some of my favorites!
KAREN + WITH WINGS + CELINE // wellington, fl
i was lucky enough to work with karen for an upcoming edition of sidelines. while i cannot release all of the photos at this time, i was able to include a few sneak peaks below! i cannot wait to share the rest of the session.
ELLI + COPPERFIELD 39 + WALIBA VDL + STAKKATA BF // colts neck, nj
elli is a repeat client of mine, and one of the most fun at that! her horses are gorgeous and always so easy to work with. this past fall, we shot a spotlight for sidelines, and i cannot wait to be able to share the rest of the shoot!
EMILY + JORDAN + CODY // new york, ny
while waking up at the crack of the dawn is often challenging, sunrise in central park is worth skipping snooze on your alarm clock. emily, jordan, and cody definitely made bracing the cold on top of all of it worth it. they adorable (and spunky) pup cody joined us for their shoot, and their gracious and close friends hung out with us to help hold cody in between shots. i could not believe the colors, and loved laughing with everyone all morning. i cannot wait to shoot their wedding next year!
MARY KATE + WHITE DIAMONDS // st. augustine, fl
mary kate + mia made all of my spanish moss dreams come true for my last shoot of 2019 (literally). we closed out 2019 with a new years eve shoot with just enough time for me to run home and make dinner for my family before waiting for the ball to drop, as we have done every single year since i was born. her mom even hopped in a few shots, since the two share their adorable mare. mia was hilarious, very vocal, and incredibly expressive. i'm a sucker for a cute grey, and these three had me smiling the whole time.
this shoot helped me break in my new camera, and i was practically drooling over the in-camera previews.
i never make new years resolutions; but i am looking forward to a fun, adventurous, and fruitful 2020!
KIA + SHEENA // brooklyn, ny
to say this wedding was a dream would be an understatement. while i love every wedding i shoot, i am particularly touched by queer weddings. as an avid and enthusiastic member of the lbtqai+ community myself, i always find it hardest to hold it together. it makes me hopeful for my future, and the future of the world we get to live in, that love is no longer a privilege, but a right.
i met kia and sheena over coffee (coincidentally) the day before nyc pride. they are two peas in a pod-- kia more quiet and stoic, and sheena full of energy and incredibly organized. laughter was never sparse, and the room was filled with such love and joy over their wedding brunch. thank you for sharing your day with me, kia + sheena.
ISABELLA // miami, fl
this shoot was really special to me. i made a trip home to shoot isa's senior photos at my high school. i met this girl when we were in my junior year production of the wizard of oz (i was dorothy and she was a munchkin, naturally). it had been so exciting to watch her grow up. i started at carrollton in the 7th grade, and loved (almost) every second of it. sacred heart is a very special network of schools. they teach courage and confidence, and raised women and men to be well rounded, orienting their education around the five goals.
carrollton is in the heart of coconut grove (my favorite part of miami), and backs right up to the water. the campus is decorated by cupcakes and peacocks. it's definitely a weird place, but in the most special way. our class rings read caritas vincit omnia, which translates to love conquers all. who wouldn't love being surrounded by that every day?
like me, isa is an aspiring actress who is currently in the middle of her college auditions. it was so special to be able to go home and share this experience with her, and of course, being able to visit my favorite place in the world!