Salvation Mountain with Lazaro Floral

I met up with Natalie of Lazaro Floral the other weekend and we charged out of San Diego to the desert. Hit up Salvation Mountain first and it was hot AF out there. It felt like the heat was coming up from the ground. Salvation Mountain is a really rad spot. We came upon it and all of it’s beautiful colorful glory and the photos I’ve always seen online do not do this place enough justice. There was a row of cars from out of state parked and people were scattered on the mountain. I found a spot off to the side and we began to unload the gear. It was a scorcher day and there was a local lady chilling under an awning yelling up at people who were not being respectful of the rules that were clearly posted around everywhere. She happened to catch us walking up and noticed Natalie in her white stiletto boots. “Ma’am, you can’t wait your boots up there. We don’t want ya to chip the paint. I love your boots but ya just can’t wear ‘em up!”

So we walked back to the car to grab Natalie’s Doc Martens. Got back to the mountain- again- and thanked the lady for giving us the heads up. We SO appreciated her letting us know. We weren’t trying to disrespect this awesome space nor the locals. Totally LNT was on my mind. (Leave No Trace) The lady said we were “fine” and then shared a story with us of a time when Martha Stewart came out with a big crew to photograph a bride on the mountain. The wedding dress train went down the staircase and it took a entire crew to carry it up. I later found the article and am posting the link here for you to see. If you go up to Salvation Mountain be respectful of the signs, stay on the path, bring a can of paint and a cash donation.

Here are some of my favourite shots from Salvation Mountain… We continued onto other parts of Niland and will share those in another blog post.

FLORALS : Lazaro Floral

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Shoes: Doc Martens

Escape to the Coast

Winter was coming and the holiday season was around the corner. I knew that after the New Year I was going to need something to refresh my perspective on my creativity. I was talking to a friend and she mentioned going to Cannon Beach, Oregon for a meet-up with other creatives. I immediately went online to book my flight and Air B&B.

Let me tell ya the Escape to the Coast meet up was pretty amazing. . The Pacific Northwest has a magical, mysterious energy. It takes some getting used to looking thru the thick of the trees but around every bend there was something special to see.

Even more special were the people I met and the newfound friendships fostered. Before I went on this trip I was having a motherhood crisis. My youngest goes into Kinder next year and I struggled with losing my little muse. I’m always so used to having a child connected to my hip, I was afraid of losing that crutch of having company and not being alone. It was an interesting time and this escape was just what I needed to reset. I learned that there is so much growth to be had from this for both my daughter and I. This was a time for her to learn how to foster friendships, learn her alphabet and explore the world without me next to her. And the same goes for me. To learn how to face the world and explore what I am capable of without a child connected to my hip. This was going to be a time for both of us to blossom. Anyhow this trip showed me a lot of what I have to look forward to .

I’m STOKED as shit to share them here with you.


 


Rios Family

The Month of May was a special time in the church for many families. I had the chance to photograph the Rios Family. They were so lovely. Gorgeous husband and wife couple with three darling little girls. I photographed their family session and then also photographed their eldest daughter’s communion portraits. This was truly a joy to capture them being themselves. Happy and so in love with each other. I’m happy to share some of my favourites from each session.

 

Wolf Honey Farm

Wolf Honey Farm is seriously one of my favorite venues in Southern California. It is located somewhere off in Temecula Wine Country and it boho eclectic style speaks to so many couples and is one of the coolest hippest locations to have a wedding. I was invited to second shoot for my amazing friend Rachael Bernstein with Uriel Photography- the soon to be MRS. JONES! Rachael was recently engaged so I’m super pumped for her.

This wedding the King Wedding and the afternoon ceremony took place out in the open under this frame of a teepee. There were old church pews and cool old Persian rugs running all of the aisles. The bride pulled up in this cool old blue truck and it was perfection. There reception took place under the stars and after the first dance the Groom stole the show when he grabbed the microphone and sang, “Sweet Caroline” to his doting bride. I’ve second shot several weddings and this one will always stay with me. Congrats Mr. & Mrs. King!

Alison, Nathan & Paige

Making it a point to blog and share more of my work this year. This was a session gifted to this gorgeous mama by a couple of her girlfriends. I mean how rad is that?! And if you’re wondering if you can gift a session to someone, The answer is YES! We all need to celebrate ourselves and our special moments- SO.. hire me to document them for you! HAH! So, I chose this location because I loved the rocky coastline and it was close to the setting that I work with back home in Imperial Beach. It was a location in Orange County, that had crappy cell service and of course parking by any beach in California is the pits so by the time Alison found parking and located me on the beach at the bottom of this cliffside cove, we realized we had maybe about 15 minutes of sunlight and blue hour left. Looking back at these, It’s crazy to think that even in that little time we had together I scored some killer photographs. She later told me this was her first family session and well that just made my heart even more happy. Check out the gallery.

Lifestyle session Corona Del Mar