Emma and Hudson Are Hitched!

I cried multiple times while photographing your wedding, and then again while editing it. Emma Joslin – little Emma who I met ten years ago while she was in Grade school – you’ve grown into a gorgeous woman who has found a man she can grow old with. A time old tale, this love story never gets old and every moment of the wedding day was a reminder to cherish the ones I have in my own life. Both your vows were thoughtful, honest and soaked in true love. You should have given everyone tissues with their ceremony fans! It was an absolute honor to have witnessed and photographed the first day of your marriage. You are truly better together and I can’t wait to see where your life together will be in 5 years!

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. When Harry Met Sally

I love it so much when bridal parties take a quiet moment together before the craziness starts to pray and commit the day to God together. Something sobering and calming happens as everyone closes their eyes and reflects on the promises that will soon be made.

Lulu was the flower girl and she killed me all day! Her posing and camera awareness was on point! She had no problems holding her own around so many older bridesmaids.

This is my favorite photo of Rachel to date – she may be the mother of the bride, but this shot rings a little more like The Godfather to me. She’s a boss.

You took his breath away Emma! And I’m pretty sure this is when everyone started crying… good job. 😉

Congratulations you two!!! I hope you’re having a blast together in England!!

Wedding Vendors:
Photography – Woodfield Creative
Videography – Anchor and Light Films
Hair – Rebecca Carnes
Makeup – Maria Rojo
Bridal Gown – Mira’s Bridal Couture
Floral Design –
Day of Coordinating – Coree York

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Tim and Laura Got Married!!

Laura’s wedding was the main reason I came back to visit California this summer. (Aside from Devin, of course!!) The maid of honor reminded me that in our sophomore year, the two of us had strung all of Laura’s clothes across the main campus driveway in the middle of the night. It was retaliation for a prank that Laura had played, but I sure am glad she eventually started talking to us again. She became an honorary member of our dorm hallway and has been a faithful friend for the last nine years.

When Laura first told me about Tim, I was a little bit nervous… the relationship had progressed so fast and he sounded too good to be true. I was excited for her – but a part of me wondered how long this smooth talking man from across the country would be able to hold his perfect facade. I should have know better – Laura has learned to ask the hard questions wasn’t going to be played. I Skyped with them both a few days after their engagement (yay talking about love stories) and was quickly convinced that this Tim guy was as caring and respectful as she claimed.

Fast forward to August, and Devin and I are driving through Oregon and up to Tri-cities Washington to be a part of the wedding celebration. I’ve been photographing Laura for the last nine years, so it was a quick “HECK YES” when she asked if I would do the honors at her intimate backyard wedding. Wildfires filled the air with intense haze that created a romantic light I’d never photographed in before – but I love the unique look it gave these images. It’s an atmosphere I could never recreate on my own – as unique as Laura herself! 🙂 <3

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Night Photography and Roadtripping to Wanaka

Last year I tried to photograph the night sky in the Hawkes Bay and failed epically! I was determined to try again at some point and my latest trip to Christchurch in June was the perfect chance! I’ve also been dying to photograph ‘the tree‘ in Wanaka, so I threw out the idea of a quick overnight roadtrip from Christchurch to the tree and my Aunt Ali was eager to join. (Yay for spontaneous adventures!)

With a driving buddy in the seat next to me we left around 11:00 pm, making it to The Church of the Good Shepherd at 2:00am. This cute little stone church sits on the edge of Lake Tekapo which is itself in the middle of a dark sky reserve and the views above are breathtaking! I was nervous when weather app said it would be cloudy, but rolling up to the site there wasn’t a wisp of cloud in the sky. All I could see when I looked up was an immense vastness covered in stars. I could have watched them all night… a clear view of the Milky Way is the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen in my entire life. No exaggeration.

I had read a few articles on night photography before jumping in the car (master of preparedness) and felt better about the images I was seeing on the back of my camera. A few of them show slight movements in the stars… proof that my shutter speed was too slow at times. I’m thrilled with the results, though this is one of the few places that are more impressive in person than in a professional image. A photography can’t capture the fear and wonder that run up your spine simultaneously when you stand under a dark, expansive, night sky.

From there we continued our drive to Wanaka… remember how I said I wanted to photograph a tree? This particular tree grows in Lake Wanaka, completely surrounded by water. The mountains in the background frame this odd tree in a stunning way. We arrived before sunrise and took a quick nap in the car. We woke up at the first sign of light, only to see ‘the tree’ on dry land. The lake had receded. I was so disappointed I didn’t even TRY and get a photo of it. I’ll have to go back another time. We grabbed breakfast at a local coffee shop and headed to Wanaka Puzzle World… a childhood favorite. It was as wacky and fabulous as I remembered (though less of a mystery for sure). Ali and I had so much fun I didn’t take any photos – other than a couple on my phone.

The drive back to Christchurch in the daytime was spectacular too. Honestly, I think the South Island is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s sparse habitation means the vistas are broken only by winding roads. We stopped by The Church of the Good Shepherd again and actually saw Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains. 🙂 I may have been sad about Wanaka’s photo bomb, but the drive home made it all worth it.


A few nights later, there was talk of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) being visible from Christchurch. Another Aunt (Rachel) and I drove out of town to the tip of the Christchurch peninsula to get a straight view south. It was too cloudy to see the lights, and once we got home we realized we had been an hour late, but I loved the moonlit images I got of the beach anyway. You can see a handful of stars peeking out from all the clouds. 🙂

I’m so thankful that I don’t have to do all these little trips alone – Thank you Ali and Rachel for being down for late night journeys with a hope of getting interesting photos. Landscape photography is very difficult, not just technically, but also for the amount of planning, hiking, cold (or hot) weather endured, and hours of waiting without always getting ‘the shot’ that you’re looking for. If you want to see New Zealand beauty through a pro who IS willing to bridge disappointment and struggle, I think you should check out Rach Stewart… she’s incredible!!!

*****FULL GALLERY HERE*****

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