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I love doing engagement photography in Los Angeles. The weather is usually predictable, the locations are endless, and the people are unique and in love. These two were adorable. So easy to photograph. When I asked them about spots around Los Angeles that were significant to them, they mentioned a little village coffee shop where Zak proposed, and then a nearby beach-cliff area where they liked to hike. So we hit both, right around sunset, and got an amazing set of engagement photos!

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These two love each other. Yosemite was in full fall bloom when these two tied the knot. I love being a Yosemite wedding photographer because I get to wander around in all of Yosemite’s moods. And I get to photograph couples on one of the most important days of their lives.

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Fall in Yosemite is a risky time to go. The weather makes access to Glacier Point unpredictable. We weren’t able to go up to Glacier Point for Marie and Lane’s wedding, but you wouldn’t know it. We had a beautiful day in the moody clouds. We wandered around Tunnel View, went out to El Capitan meadow, took a nap, then met again for an evening wedding at Yosemite Chapel. I love being a Yosemite wedding photographer!

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I love helping plan surprise proposals in Yosemite National Park. Jackson contacted me about it months before, and we set up a plan. Originally, we were going to meet at Glacier Point at sunrise. I was going to be photographing my dog or my husband and just happen to turn my camera at the right moment. Unfortunately, Glacier closed early that year due to weather. I was on my way up there and we agreed to meet at Tunnel View instead. He sent me photos of the two of them so I could recognize them. I advised them on and out-of-the-way spot we could get away from the crowds. On the day of, it was going past their time and I didn’t see them. So I went down to the main area to find them. Jackson instantly recognized me and “happened” to ask about an “out-of-the-way, secluded spot” where they could watch the sunrise. So, still pretending to be a random person, I offered to take them up to my favorite spot. While we clambered over spots, I asked if I could take their photo. When we got to the spot, I set it up so she turned away, then when she turned back around, Jackson was down on one knee. She was so surprised!!

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I love doing family photos in LA, especially at Carbon Canyon. I love the challenge of bringing kids out of their shell. Carbon Canyon is really fun because there’s some walking involved, so the kids had something to do. It was kind of a cloudy morning, but it ended up being really beautiful!

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Eddie and Marissa got married! Since we were still working with regulations, I wasn’t present at the ceremony, but got to capture their beautiful outdoor reception at Serendipity Gardens. They love Disney and Star Wars, so we had to incorporate the light sabers into their romantic portraits afterwards!

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I will remember these two for the rest of my life. This was the smallest wedding of my Yosemite career, just these two. I officiated for them, and that was it. This was my ideal when I started doing Yosemite wedding photography.

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Frequently, a planner or family member will recommend a second photographer (or second shooter) for your wedding. Wedding photography packages with second shooters are (justifiably) much more expensive, typically. So do you really need a second shooter?

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