Sending some warm California sun to any of you in Antarctica, I mean the midwest! I don't want to brag and tell you the temperature in AZ right now... but tell us how cold it is wherever you are!
1,2723531 January, 2019
Michelle and I started our relationship in middle school (over 9 years ago!). Yes, we have literally had the opportunity to grow up together. And let me tell you, it has been pretty unreal! Watching that little brace-faced girl who always wore plaid turn into this unbelievably beautiful woman blows my mind.
I’m going to be real about our marriage, because it is no walk in the park. 👎🏻 Growing up together brings on different challenges and blessings that not a lot of people have to work through. The biggest hardship is that we are still growing into the people that we are. There are only tiny slivers left of those two little 13 year olds that fell in love. I always tell people that if I showed 13 year old me a picture of what I look like now, he would probably have a panic attack! 😅 And although I do believe that we will constantly grow until the end of our lives, the biggest amount of growth happens in the years we are currently in.
In reality, there is not much that Michelle and I have in common. We do not share interests in music, activities, food, movies, etc. It’s often hard for us to find activities we both enjoy. Michelle is an external processor, I am an internal processor. Michelle regains energy through being alone while I get all my energy from being around people. I am more impulsive while Michelle is more cautious. Opposites attract I guess!
Yes, these things make our marriage a constant battle. We fight, we bicker, we crush each others spirits, we often have the urge to scream at each other. Marriage. Is. Rough.
But through all of this, we have learned something incredible. We have completely shifted our views on marriage and why God created it in the first place. Marriage is the most effective way to grow us as individuals. That is, if you go into marriage with the intention of growing. I will tell you this. If I had married someone who had the same personality type as me and shared all of my interests, I would not be half the man I am today. Marrying Michelle has pushed me to grow in so many impactful ways. It is challenging, but guys, we NEED to be challenged. ✊
Does this speak to any of you⁉️Do you have any thoughts
1,5092159 January, 2019
danced around the desert with these beautiful people last night. just can’t wait for their wedding in may 😻
took some time off of instagram this weekend to slow down and stop freaking comparing. @annigraham recently posted a ton of articles in her story about how instagram is the worst social media for your mental health & it got me thinking... how crazy is that. a platform meant to share art has turned into a comparison game shit storm. well i’m over being stressed about posting and worrying about if people will like my work yadda yadda yadda. so enjoy this photo of some two happy honeys and have an amazing monday!!! don’t let insta get you down.
I have my first wedding of 2019 tomorrow with these two beauties and it’s honestly making me a little emotional.
I have been thinking so much about what our lives used to look like before I started my business and it just blows me away. So much has changed in just one year. I truly thought that 2018 was the best year of my life (most challenging, but best), but I can already see that 2019 is going to bring even more challenges and blessings my way.
In just one year, my business went from 0 to 100 and I’m learning to really invest in the parts of my job I love most. I am no longer afraid of delegation and relinquishing control. I am not afraid to have others do things for me that I do not have the time for. And through that, I have found so much peace and trust that I will continue to grow.
I am so excited to implement all of my new business strategies and projects this year, and I cannot believe my wedding season is already starting! What are you guys most excited for this year? What is going to challenge you to grow? ⬇️
First birthdays! So, of course, I don’t remember my first birthday. But I have the memories of it from photos! I wore a puffy yellow dress that, apparently, I was obsessed with as child. It’s also probably where my love for desserts came into play. I’m so happy I can see these photos of a special moment in my life that I wish I could remember. So, if you’re wondering if it’s worth investing in a photographer for your baby’s first birthday...just remember that your baby will only turn 1 once!! And will definitely want to see the album one day ☺️. // Planning + design: @stylechicevents // Cake: @elisecakes // Cake topper: @letterstou // Wall backdrop: @irongracerentals // #alissanoellephotography
It always amazes me how fast kids can go from running wildly around like hyper puppies to turning into a puddle of snuggles.
49315 hours ago
Happy Weekend my friends! I woke up to a blistery cold 37 degrees this morning -- what the heck is happening in good ol' sunny Southern California these days? Let's be serious, I haven't been able to wear flip flops for weeks...🤣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is officially the weekend and I am headed out on overdue girls weekend with some gals who are definitely my kind of crazy. I've always talked about finding your people...it is so important to do it -- you never know when you need support from like-minded friends who will build you up and not tear you down.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My lady tribe, who are all photographers, has been connected to each other since 2007. We've worked together, went on adventures together and celebrated our life's milestones together. Our friendship journey has come a long way. These ladies inspire me - they are all such amazing artists, creative in their own right (no egos and all love), and are seriously some of the best boss babe friends a girl can have. Photography may connect us but our bond is what keeps us together⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Friends, have you found your "people"? If you have, what is it that you love most about them? Happy weekend my friends!
921516 hours ago
Loved photographing these beautiful creations by the uber talented Chiara Zuccolotto. Check out her work at @zuccolottodesigns 🙌🏼
56417 hours ago
Anyone looking forward to spending some family time this weekend... Our house got hit with the winter sickness this last week and it was horrible ... but alas I think we are on the up and up and I am so thankful... hoping for some fun family adventures this weekend!!
48417 hours ago
I couldn’t think of a caption so I typed into Pinterest “Instagram captions” BEST. DECISION. EVER.
I stumbled upon an article entitled “The 45 Best Taylor Swift Lyrics That Make Perfect Instagram Captions”. Here is a list of my favorite options from this brilliant and thought provoking read:
1. "I'll spend forever wondering if you knew I was enchanted to meet you." — 'Enchanted'
2. "I wanna be your end game. I wanna be your first string. I wanna be your A-Team." — 'End Game'
3. "I see sparks fly whenever you smile." — 'Sparks Fly'
4. "You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess. It's a love story baby just say 'yes.'" — 'Love Story'
5. "They say I did something bad. Then why's it feel so good?" — 'I Did Something Bad'
Hire us to shoot your wedding and I will sing all of these lyrics over you all day if desired.
54417 hours ago
So happy it’s Friday!
Tomorrow I will finally be executing my sons first birthday which has been a long time in the planning.
I can’t wait to enjoy all of our friends and family and watch Jaxon be celebrated.
28117 hours ago
"Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered." —Giorgio Armani
Ready for our San Francisco day, finally! Haha. It was kind of a rough start. Greyson only wanted to be in my lap, so that posed a little issue for me getting ready and dressed 🤦🏼♀️. But now we’re on our way to Pier 39 and ready to fill our belly’s with yummy food!
55118 hours ago
sweet moments of the day watching a friend, sister, or mom help the bride with her dress 〰 for any past brides or grooms, what was your favorite part about your wedding day?
Great models and actors need to be able to express emotion on demand, with very little cues from the photographer/director. They need to know their angles, be versatile, mold-able, and unabashed. @saradjermoun can do it all and do it well!
I frequently get asked by new moms when to do newborn photos. 👶🏻 There is no right or wrong answer and the timing totally depends on you! Here are a few things to consider when deciding:
Do you want to take photos at home or at the hospital? 🏡🏥
How are you feeling? Was your labor easy or do you feel like you and your baby would benefit from a little r & r before being camera ready? (If rest is even possible with a new baby?? 🤪)
Are you recovering from a C-section and need a little extra time? 💆🏽♀️
Are there other siblings involved who need to acclimate to the new addition before taking photos? 👨👩👧👦🐶
Or, is capturing the first 48 hours and all the newness of your sweet little bundle of paramount importance to you?
Whatever the decision, there is no wrong choice! All food for thought when deciding what is right for your family!
And now, some baby cuteness to kick off your Friday.
one of my favorite weddings from the summer. i just realized i barely shared any from this gorgeous day and i’m pissed!!!! i promise i’ll get better at posting all of my work. anyway look how perfect they are.
293922 February, 2019
Speaking of all the birth feels.. I had the pleasure of shooting my very first birth this week. There are no words to describe how superhuman this mama is and her amazing birth team. This was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again.
62222 February, 2019
I couldn’t help but reminisce in the back of my head all day about this day last year. We planned, learned, and studied to have this amazing birth and in the very end due to unforeseen circumstances everything spiraled out of control. With nothing going as planned it taught me a huge lesson about parenting.. Just that.. you will not always have control and a lot of the times thing will not go as planned. Even thought it was the scariest day of my life my husband was there to advocate for me when I couldn’t which made me fall even more in love with him. Everything is a learning experience in this life, some harder than others. It’s been a year but I’m still not done processing my birth so I just thought I would share that tid bit!
Looks like I ate a beach ball!
62322 February, 2019
My photographer said I’m gonna be in the next bond movie 🚨🎬💣
186922 February, 2019
You guys my babe is 1 today.
That is why I have been so MIA..
Planning a first birthday party is no joke.. I was not prepared. 🤣