Thanks for stopping by. Check in every so often to see recent photography sessions, weddings, and family fun. I also post little tidbits about my life and work so you can get to know me a little better. Take a peek, enjoy, and let me know what you think!
Very quickly after arriving in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi, my husband developed a nasty ear infection. Knowing that we were planning to travel by plane up to Chiang Mai, we left for the main land a day early so we could get him to the hospital. This first image is after my husband returned to our hotel, all fixed, after going to the Tourist hospital in Phuket. Literally, he left in a cab at 9:30 am and was back by 11:30am completely healed. In 2 hours time (the hospital was 30 minutes away), we was escorted, treated and then they hailed a cab for him back to our hotel. The cost? About 75 bucks. Serious. He was a happy camper which meant I was now too.
We then flew the next day to Chiang Mai to go on a tour, counter clockwise around the Mae Hong Son loop. Ben Chrisman, who is an amazing photographer said that Pai was one of his favorites places to visit…so off we went. We hired a driver which was super cheap to chaperone us. His name was Tree and despite his English being just a nudge better than our Thai, we came to really enjoy this part of our trip…even despite the massive smoke from all the agricultural burning. It was another great adventure albeit smokey.
My handsome husband is healed and happy. Still unaware of massive Sierra snow storm.
We found Guinness in the Phuket airport. Something other than a lager. I think they were $10 an English pint. We did not care.
Much of Thailand wiring looks like this.
Tree, our fearless driver.
After a storm hit upon arriving in Mae Hong Son, a tree came down across the road and tore electrical lines down up and down the highway. A bit scary watching the seemingly unsafe methods being used to clear the highway–but alas—the job got done and off we went.
A very beautiful accommodation, Fern Resort, just outside of Mae Hong Son.
This is before Jeff and I ate our hottest Thai food of the trip (Phet mak mak)—I guess we asked for it. All smiles here….
Temples in Mae Hong Son
I spent yesterday afternoon with friends, Dottie Cole Mckenzie and Keri Goldman, staging and photographing this old, historical, farmhouse property in Placerville in the warm, luscious, California light. That spectacular tree is a 100 year old Walnut tree and encompasses the space. Such an amazing location for wedding ceremonies. To book this location, Contact Keri Goldman, General Manager/ Wedgewood Sequoia 530-622-5222×21. Limited availability. My sister business, Sunflower Field Photography is the preferred photography vendor for Wedgewood Weddings in El Dorado County. Can’t wait to shoot here!
If you know me, you know how much I love to travel. I enjoy adventure and the excitement of not necessarily knowing what is going to happen next. As a kid we moved around a lot so I guess I got used to seeing new things and meeting new people. I am grateful when I am able to travel internationally because it opens up my eyes to the world around me. One of my favorite things to do is immerse myself into another culture to find out more about how others live, love and experience the world around them. How are we the same? How are we different? As a photographer, it allows me new ways of seeing. This trip was a bit more vacation-like and a bit less about immersing due to it being one of our first major “kid-less” trips. It didn’t matter, the Thai people were so beautiful and accepting. The opportunities to experience were omnipresent.
Considering myself someone who is fairly good at picking up languages, Thai was definitely more than I could handle in the short 2 weeks we were there. Fortunately, English frequently was a common language(especially in non remote tourist areas) so I still had the opportunity to communicate- not to mention my good ‘ol Thai- English/English-Thai app. Traveling tests your communication skills which are not always fostered in spoken language. Music is a language we all share. Charades can be fun too!
Jeff and I decided to leave our kids behind, this time, even though I know the importance of the experience for them. That said, it was a good decisionSince I was required to wait until ski season was over to travel, we ended up in Thailand post ski season and pre-wedding season and also during Thailand’s agricultural burn season-AND the hottest time of year. I am pretty good at hot but it was ALOT of heat. My husband, who isn’t that great at heat, was a trooper despite the fact that the Sierras got their first major snow the first three days of our trip. I kept Jeff away from the weather reports for a couple days and we continued to experience the trip we had been planning for months.
Thailand Part 1. We started in Phuket, spent the night at this cool vintage hotel(US$20) and headed the next few days to the island of Koh Phi Phi. Not one our favorites place on the trip due to its popularity (Leonardo DeCaprio, The Beach) and overrunning of tourists…but the beauty around the island was awesome and oh, those cliffs. Our favorite time was cruising around the island on a long tail boat at sunset. Being on the water feels free, it always does.
love this one of Jeff
In it! travel love
The rock cliffs surrounding, “The Beach”
Jeff and I on The Beach- left bright and early to try to get there before the millions of people arrived.
How many monkeys do you spot in this image?
Ton Sai Bay, Koh Phi Phi
Katrina was an adventurous bride, and now she’s an adventurous mama-to-be! Big smile, big heart, and big beautiful belly. She happily tromped around the riverside with me while I hunted for that scrumptious light. She and Joe married in 2013 (You can see it here). Their marriage brings together two families, with kids Jordan and Shayla now eagerly awaiting their new little sibling. I met up with everyone again for a field trip. (No, really, in a field!)
One of my favorite things about being a photographer is when I get to watch couples grow into their marriage and then, grow into their families. When couples hire me to do maternity or birth sessions, it means they trust me to capture important milestones. It’s pretty humbling to be let in to such personal moments, and I never take for granted that they’re entrusting me to record the particular quality of that time.
Casey Joelle Moreland is expected to arrive in mid-September. Welcome, Baby Moreland! Congratulations to Katrina and Joe and their happy, growing family.
This marked the last session this summer for Reily, my summertime assistant who heads back to college this week. Thank you, Reily!
A Greek wedding! Courtney and Philip’s wedding was a beautiful, traditional Greek Orthodox wedding.
I started out the day with Courtney at her parents’ home in Stockton, while my second shooter, Michelle McDaid, met up with Philip. Courtney and Philip describe themselves as not big “picture people,” and they were looking to capture the day without making it all about the photography. Emily Faso of Embellish Floral, who provided amazing floral work, made the very kindly referral to Kristin, their wedding coordinator, after hearing they can be a bit shy around the camera.
It was a really windy day, making for fun challenges and great opportunities to get flying veils and streaming hair! Throughout it all, Courtney and Philip continued to smile and bask in the day. “We love to laugh and surround ourselves with the people we love.” That definitely shines through!
In the stunning St. Basil Greek Orthodox church, the ceremony included many traditional elements, including the centuries-old crowning of the bride and groom.
Wedding crowns, or stefana, are extremely important to a Greek couple; no Greek wedding would be complete without them. The crowning is the focal point of the ceremony and the stefana, blessed by the priest and placed on the heads of the couple, are the symbols of the unity of the couple and the presence of Christ who blesses them as king and queen of their home. The stefana are bound together by ribbon and the two crowns are to be kept intact for a lifetime. Originally, the crowns were made of materials ranging from lemon leaves and vines to gold and jewels. Couples today will often have the stefana handcrafted from some fine material such as pearls, diamantes, sterling silver, and Swarovski crystals.
Maybe not all that traditional, but pretty darn fun, was the departure from the church in the brides’s dad’s Mustang! The reception, held at the Stockton Golf and Country Club, was a mix of sweet sentiment and just a great party. David Alazzawi, the DJ, was mixing up some cool blends. The first dance was one of those, “C’mon down and join us!” dances, where the bride and groom were quick to invite their friends up as they didn’t want to stay in the spotlight too long.
Courtney’s dad’s moving toast included, “There are several things we as parents tried to give our children: one was roots, the other was wings.” There were baklava, doughnuts, and cupcakes, and a whole lot of traditional Greek dancing that as a photographer, was like being wrapped up like a cinnamon bun! Sliders and fries were served at 10 pm for a late snack.
Congratulations Courtney and Philip!
Ceremony Venue: St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, Stockton, CA | Reception Venue: Stockton Golf and Country Club | Event Coordinator: Kristin Sprague | DJ/Music: David Alazzawi | Florist: Emily Faso, Embellish Floral | Hair Stylist: Salon Avanti | Cake Artist: Frosted Flour | Second Photographer: Michelle McDaid | Photographer’s Assistant and also 2nd Photog: Cassie Leconte