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In Love Session at the Lake + Idyllwild, CA

Over the Summer I decided to take a break from Wedding photography. Many of you know that I work full time and I run my photography business on the weekends. My goal was to escape the heat that comes with living in the Palm Springs, CA area and learn to rest. My mentality is to always go go go, and I am not quite sure why. But sitting still for me,  unless I am asleep is pretty difficult. So with the break I decided to dive into growing my business and I was hit with a rude and painful awakening. It's called Self Comparison, who's heard of it. With down time I had MORE time to pay attention to the talented creatives around me. Even virtually I was bombarded with gorgeous images and immediately started to compare. What came of that was a lot of insecurity, doubt and sadness. 

 

I'm not one to wallow so I decided to take my downtime and dabble in other creative ventures, obviously I would never put down my camera - it's my true love and passion. So instead I started to use it for my own creative happiness and from the ground up I pursued photography sessions that filled my heart, added to my growth and had me leaving with a feeling of happiness instead of self sabotaging doubt. Here's one of sessions that really met my needs in ways that I am happy to share. My first step was imagination; I wanted water, a lake and someone who would be happy to play in it if asked. Then I decided to take a look at loving couples who I've had a great energy connection too. Lastly I decided to use lenses that I've put away for awhile and start to challenge myself to get different angles, and looks with them. Here is my most recent session. I left feeling totally clear and fresh and so darn happy! 

Travis + Ashley \\ Camp Round Meadow, Jenks Lake, Big Bear, CA

Get Ready for a RIDE because Travis and Ashley have booked a cabin for you at CAMP ROUND MEADOW, a.k.a. their WEDDING!!

 

How amazing to have an entire camp to yourself, in the woods and you get to walk down the aisle among family, friends and pine trees! These 2 gorgeous people committed their life and love to one another and provided a timeless memory for every single person that attended! Not only was this wedding beautiful but so was the bride! Ashley is very non traditional but you'd never know from the dress she was wearing. Elegance through and through... I will say it over and over again, this wedding kept my jaw dropping because not everyone gets the opportunity to say "I Do" in a meadow, with mountains full of snow while all their loved ones watch. Congratulations Ashley and Travis!!

Cameron + Cheyenne \\ Jack Rabbit Ranch, Big Bear, CA

Let me tell you; if there ever was a time where we immediately connected, it was the night we met Cameron and Cheyenne. As these 2 love birds lived quite a ways away from us, we decided to meet in the middle at our most favorite spot in Redlands called the STATE. It overlooks the historic main street in Redlands, and the ambiance is one that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Upon our first encounter, I wanted to be able to work and capture the most perfect memories for Cameron and Cheyenne. They were a little bit of edgy, quirky and definitely kind. Just take a look, their wedding encompassed their personalities to a "T"! Red and Black, wedding bliss on Friday the 13th in Big Bear, CA on the most perfect ranch. This was such a fun wedding, amidst nature with loving family during sunset.