Shannon and Michael | Romantic Garden Wedding | Santa Rosa, CA

When Shannon and Michael started planning for their wedding, Shannon's vision was to merge rustic with romantic. She imagined a lush landscape surrounded by trees and greenery along with the whimsical feel of twinkling lights and vintage accents. When they discovered this backyard space in Santa Rosa, CA they knew they could make their dream wedding a reality. 

The couple worked together along with their friends and family to create Shannon's vision for the decor. They blanketed the backyard in antique chandeliers and dish ware, distressed furniture and signs, and twinkling market lights. Michael made a beautiful tree swing for the backyard, at Shannon's request, along with the gorgeous arbor for the ceremony. They also included a chic sitting area with antique couches and chairs for guests to enjoy. 

The color scheme of the wedding was mauve, blushes, blues and greys. Shannon incorporated these soft tones in her bouquet, her bridesmaids dresses, and the drapery on the ceremony arbor. She brought calm lavender touches to the wedding with a lavender toss at the ceremony, garnishes for the drinks, napkin accents, and wedding favors. 

I think my favorite part of the wedding day was seeing Michael's face during the couple's first look. I have never seen a man smile so big and with such awe. Every girl deserves to be seen the way Michael looks at Shannon. Michael would move mountains for Shannon and it's that kind of love that makes me treasure what I do so much. 

Venue: Private residence in Santa Rosa, CA | Bride's Gown: David's Bridal | Bride's hair by: Kimmie Ciccone | Bridesmaids hair by: Nicole Rogers and Kimmie Ciccone | Videography: Nick Patterson | Cake by: Kimmie Ciccone | Dessert bar: Gimme a Dozen | Band: The Snareheads | Bride's Make Up by: Herself | Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Men's Warehouse and J. David's | Rentals and Catering: DJ's California Catering | Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu | Florals by: Melanie Gibson and Leah Paul

Camarillo-wedding-photographer-taylor-kinzie-photography_0312.jpg

How to Capture Natural Moments on a Wedding Day

Often times, some of the images I'm the most proud of after a wedding day are those that are completely candid moments. A beautiful moment is rare and happens in a split second. This is why capturing a natural interaction on a wedding day is truly an art form. 

An awesome image should tell a story. It should conjure an emotion from deep in the viewer's heart and leave your audience feeling like they were there in person. Here are some of my favorite natural moments from previous wedding days and tips on how to capture them. 

This image was taken as the bride and her father drove up to the ceremony. Leah started beaming as she pulled up to see all her guests and future husband waiting for her at the aisle. I love this image because her and her father look so connected in their body language and they both have tears in their eyes. I was able to capture this in a moving car on my 24-70 2.8L lens making sure my shutter speed was over 250/s to ensure it was sharp. This image was taken while second shooting for Christine Chang. 

This image was taken as the bride and her father drove up to the ceremony. Leah started beaming as she pulled up to see all her guests and future husband waiting for her at the aisle. I love this image because her and her father look so connected in their body language and they both have tears in their eyes. I was able to capture this in a moving car on my 24-70 2.8L lens making sure my shutter speed was over 250/s to ensure it was sharp. This image was taken while second shooting for Christine Chang. 

I love the feeling of excitement in this image after Amy and Brian turn to see each other for the first time. Brian's expression is one of disbelief and Amy just couldn't stop laughing. 

I love the feeling of excitement in this image after Amy and Brian turn to see each other for the first time. Brian's expression is one of disbelief and Amy just couldn't stop laughing. 

This photo was a result of being at the right place at the right time with my camera on the right settings just in time to snap this. I was standing next to Brenna and Ben when Ben's grandmother walked up to excitedly see the couple for the first time that day. I took this on my 50mm 1.2 L fixed lens which helps me to capture moments quickly with beautiful bokeh.

This photo was a result of being at the right place at the right time with my camera on the right settings just in time to snap this. I was standing next to Brenna and Ben when Ben's grandmother walked up to excitedly see the couple for the first time that day. I took this on my 50mm 1.2 L fixed lens which helps me to capture moments quickly with beautiful bokeh.

I placed these two adorable flower girls under this greenery and asked them to stand and look at me. Then I asked them to look at each other and she stuck her tongue out quickly. I, of course, kept snapping as I laughed. Some photographers might not use this image, however, I love how natural it feels. The photo is fun and playful, a total representation of my brand. Sometimes part of the art form is choosing which moments you feel are important to show to your audience.

I placed these two adorable flower girls under this greenery and asked them to stand and look at me. Then I asked them to look at each other and she stuck her tongue out quickly. I, of course, kept snapping as I laughed. Some photographers might not use this image, however, I love how natural it feels. The photo is fun and playful, a total representation of my brand. Sometimes part of the art form is choosing which moments you feel are important to show to your audience.

This is a sweet moment between Samantha and her mom. Samantha is not a "lovey dovey" type of person so when I asked her mom to lean in and kiss her cheek, she made this hilarious scrunched up face. I thought it was really cute and reminded me of what Samantha may have done as a little girl if her mom was kissing her before she sent her off to school or something. Sometimes a good trick is to place your subjects in a beginning pose and then ask them to do various things that may make them laugh, anticipating the shot. 

This is a sweet moment between Samantha and her mom. Samantha is not a "lovey dovey" type of person so when I asked her mom to lean in and kiss her cheek, she made this hilarious scrunched up face. I thought it was really cute and reminded me of what Samantha may have done as a little girl if her mom was kissing her before she sent her off to school or something. Sometimes a good trick is to place your subjects in a beginning pose and then ask them to do various things that may make them laugh, anticipating the shot. 

On a wedding day it's really important to remember that there are moments happening all around you. I was photographing the bride putting on her dress when I turned over my shoulder to see her sister in tears as she looked on. I snapped a couple shots of this very quickly and then continued to get Amy in her wedding dress. I love how much love she has in her eyes. 

On a wedding day it's really important to remember that there are moments happening all around you. I was photographing the bride putting on her dress when I turned over my shoulder to see her sister in tears as she looked on. I snapped a couple shots of this very quickly and then continued to get Amy in her wedding dress. I love how much love she has in her eyes. 

This is a sweet image of my bride, Kaitland, and her sister. The two are very close so, at one point when they were getting ready, Kaitland's sister became very emotional. Kaitland wrapped her in a big bear hug and tried to comfort her. I love the love between sisters in this shot. Again, this is an example of knowing what would be important to your client. The image tells the story of love between sisters.

This is a sweet image of my bride, Kaitland, and her sister. The two are very close so, at one point when they were getting ready, Kaitland's sister became very emotional. Kaitland wrapped her in a big bear hug and tried to comfort her. I love the love between sisters in this shot. Again, this is an example of knowing what would be important to your client. The image tells the story of love between sisters.

The moment when a woman puts her wedding dress on is when she officially becomes a bride. This is 100% of the time when you can expect for tears to happen. I was shooting Rocio after she had just put her wedding dress on and turned around to see her mother peaking around the door with tears rolling down her cheeks. Of course, it made Rocio cry to see her mother cry and pretty soon it was an all out sob fest. As Rocio tried to comfort her mother, I kept snapping and was able to capture this raw moment between mother and daughter. 

The moment when a woman puts her wedding dress on is when she officially becomes a bride. This is 100% of the time when you can expect for tears to happen. I was shooting Rocio after she had just put her wedding dress on and turned around to see her mother peaking around the door with tears rolling down her cheeks. Of course, it made Rocio cry to see her mother cry and pretty soon it was an all out sob fest. As Rocio tried to comfort her mother, I kept snapping and was able to capture this raw moment between mother and daughter. 

This shot is the bridesmaid's reaction to seeing Amy in her wedding dress for the first time. It's important to realize that these women have probably been helping Amy plan her wedding since before she was even engaged. For them, it's just as much of a celebration as it is for Amy. This image tells the story of how sacred close friendship is. I was able to get this shot because of my second shooter that day. I was actually standing at a different angle with focus on the bride while my second had an angle on the girls. It's so important to have a second photographer on your wedding day!

This shot is the bridesmaid's reaction to seeing Amy in her wedding dress for the first time. It's important to realize that these women have probably been helping Amy plan her wedding since before she was even engaged. For them, it's just as much of a celebration as it is for Amy. This image tells the story of how sacred close friendship is. I was able to get this shot because of my second shooter that day. I was actually standing at a different angle with focus on the bride while my second had an angle on the girls. It's so important to have a second photographer on your wedding day!

I absolutely adore this image of Julie and her grandmother on the dance floor. Her grandma's expression is one of infinite joy and it makes me happy when I look at it. Keep an eye out for important family members (like grandparents) and any interactions they may have with the couple. Don't watch them too closely though...that's creepy.

I absolutely adore this image of Julie and her grandmother on the dance floor. Her grandma's expression is one of infinite joy and it makes me happy when I look at it. Keep an eye out for important family members (like grandparents) and any interactions they may have with the couple. Don't watch them too closely though...that's creepy.

This is a shot of the groom's sister and nephew listening to speeches. This little boy was so sweet and kept reaching for his mom's hand, it seems, just to be connected with her. I think this is one of those shots that will be cherished in 20 years when he's a grown man. 

This is a shot of the groom's sister and nephew listening to speeches. This little boy was so sweet and kept reaching for his mom's hand, it seems, just to be connected with her. I think this is one of those shots that will be cherished in 20 years when he's a grown man. 

There's always that one guy that gets REALLY into it on the dance floor. He was that guy. This image really captures the energy and movement from the dance floor. I love to use my light dragging technique to create more movement and liveliness in dance floor shots. 

There's always that one guy that gets REALLY into it on the dance floor. He was that guy. This image really captures the energy and movement from the dance floor. I love to use my light dragging technique to create more movement and liveliness in dance floor shots. 

This was captured during the couple's first dance as husband and wife. I love how gently he's holding her and his expression has a sort of tranquil completeness. I was able to get a bit closer on this shot with my 70-200mm 2.8 lens. This lens is great for capturing intimate moments without being intrusive. 

This was captured during the couple's first dance as husband and wife. I love how gently he's holding her and his expression has a sort of tranquil completeness. I was able to get a bit closer on this shot with my 70-200mm 2.8 lens. This lens is great for capturing intimate moments without being intrusive. 

This is a shot of the bride with her nephew after he saw her for the first time in awe and proclaimed, "You look SO beautiful!"  

This is a shot of the bride with her nephew after he saw her for the first time in awe and proclaimed, "You look SO beautiful!"  

This shot is when the bride's new father-in-law walked around the corner to see her for the first time in her dress. It was so sweet how excited he was to have a new daughter in the family. You can tell how much he loves the woman his son has chosen.

This shot is when the bride's new father-in-law walked around the corner to see her for the first time in her dress. It was so sweet how excited he was to have a new daughter in the family. You can tell how much he loves the woman his son has chosen.

Again, this was snapped with my 70-200mm 2.8L lens as the bride walked down the aisle with her father. The body language here is so natural and trusting. The expression on her father's face is one of pride and confidence. The way she leans into him like "daddy's little girl" is what tells the story in this shot. 

Again, this was snapped with my 70-200mm 2.8L lens as the bride walked down the aisle with her father. The body language here is so natural and trusting. The expression on her father's face is one of pride and confidence. The way she leans into him like "daddy's little girl" is what tells the story in this shot. 

Elliott | Newborn Session| Ventura, CA

I hold Erin and Eric very close to my heart. They were one of the first weddings I ever shot. I look back and feel so grateful to have had such an in love couple put 100% of their trust in me from the beginning. They have always had an ease together that I feel so inspired by and their love for baby Elliott is no different. 

Erin and Eric's home is a cozy place bathed in gorgeous window light that makes everything feel intimate and warm. I wanted to capture the close bond they now felt as a family of four...yes, I'm counting their adorable dog, Lacey, who made sure she wasn't left out of the photos.

Ashlee and Henry | Engagement | San Francisco, CA

San Francisco has been my favorite city since I can remember. From the bright pink old buildings to the intoxicatingly salty scent of the bay, my heart fell in love with this place in all its golden gated glory. 

For Ashlee and Henry's Engagement Session, I basically got to go to all my favorite places in the city and bask in the magical Northern California light. We weren't initially planning on it, but when I saw Ashlee and Henry's gorgeously lit apartment I knew we HAD to shoot some lifestyle stuff there. I love how intimate and sentimental those shots feel. I imagine they'll look back at the images and smile at the memory of when they shared their first apartment together. 

Our next three locations were at Presidio Park, Baker Beach, and the Sutro Baths. I swear, the light is different in San Francisco. Everything looks like a painting right before the sun sets! 

Ashlee and I have been friends since junior high school so it was a really special day getting to capture the love she shares with her amazing fiancé Henry. Not only does he ADORE my friend, but he's also an absolute gentleman. I couldn't have asked for a better person for her. 

My Love Affair with Paris | Paris, France | April, 2017 |Travel Photography

Whoever said happiness isn't a place is an idiot. Happiness is sitting along the side of the Seine River, devouring the savory remnants of a fresh quiche, pressing my finger into the buttery flakes so as not to miss out on any of it. Happiness is carelessly watching my feet dangle over an ancient cobblestone wall as I spend a lazy afternoon drinking in the view of the Eiffel Tower from my lunch spot and watching the beautiful Parisians walk by. Happiness is sitting on a park bench at magic hour in a Parisian garden and ravaging a warm baguette, letting the crumbs fall all over my lap and not giving one last shit who sees me. Happiness is walking aimlessly along the streets of Paris and stopping to look up. Happiness is picnicking in the French countryside with the echo of chirping birds and ancient church bells in the distance as your soundtrack. Whoever said happiness isn't a place hasn't been to Paris. 

I try to set an intention for each trip I go on. It is my belief that every place holds a lesson. For me, Paris was my lesson in self-love. I took myself on dates and indulged in wine and beautiful dinners. I wandered the city in a dream and enjoyed my own company and the company of dear friends. I admired the couples as they strolled by and smiled with a warm heart at love's purity. I walked through a park and watched a child twirl under the petals of the cherry blossoms as they danced from their branches in the soft breeze. There were many times I was brought to tears in private moments, not from sadness, but from the pure joy attained in the realization of life's magic. 

Photos of me taken by Sarah Zimmer and/or Margot Landen. 

Taylor and Robert | Maternity Session | Malibu, CA

Taylor's dress by Sew Trendy Accessories  | Taylor's Make up by Javier Mena at Garrett Markenson Coiffure

"Ask Me Anything..." | 3.27.17

"Ask Me Anything..." is a weekly blog segment where I take all your question about photography, business, myself, or ANYTHING else you can think of. I'll choose my three favorite questions from Instagram every Friday and answer them here on Mondays. Check back every week for new questions! 


What is your core value?

     I love this question because I think it's important to know not only what you value in yourself, but what you value in others as well. I think I would have to say I have two core values: integrity and ambition. 

     By "integrity" I mean that I try to live in a way that shows people I do what I say I'm going to do, I show up to the best of my abilities, I do the right things when no one is watching. It's important to me that the people I value know that they can depend on me. 

     My other core value is "ambition" because I'm a very goal oriented person. I'm always striving to be better than I was the day before. 

     I was talking to my friend about dating yesterday and she said that I should be looking for my own core values in the men I date. If they don't possess my core values then they're probably not a good fit for me as a partner. 

What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?

     When I was younger I wanted to be an actress. Unfortunately, my fear of rejection got in the way and I eventually stopped pursuing that dream. I think, if I knew I would be successful, I would probably want to do something as a performer. Maybe a dancer, singer, or actress. Triple threat baby!  

This was from my first ever dance recital. We danced to "ABC" by the Jackson 5. I was eight years old and absolutely fell in love with being on stage and performing for an audience. I danced for ten years and miss it all the time. Luckily, the costumes and my personal style progressed a bit over the years. My favorite thing about this picture is my toasty, golden thighs. 

This was from my first ever dance recital. We danced to "ABC" by the Jackson 5. I was eight years old and absolutely fell in love with being on stage and performing for an audience. I danced for ten years and miss it all the time. Luckily, the costumes and my personal style progressed a bit over the years. My favorite thing about this picture is my toasty, golden thighs. 

How do you manage to work with the videographer on the wedding day to make sure both of you get the best shots without bumping into each other's angles?

     I feel like there's this weird stigma about videographers and photographers competing with each other for the perfect shot. This is really silly to me because we're really all teammates on a wedding day trying to do our jobs and deliver the best possible product to our clients.

     For me to say I'm never going to get in the videographer's shot would be an absolute lie and impossibility. However, I can absolutely be aware of their angles and try my best not to stand in front of their shot during the ceremony. I think maintaining a good relationship with the videographer is really simple: communicate with them before the day starts to figure out each other's approach to capturing the story, ask them where they need to stand during certain parts of the day, leave time for them to capture the shots they need to get as well. Be courteous to one another!

Here's a behind the scenes shot of me having a pow wow with the videography team before the ceremony. I was probably telling them I'm going to get a wide shot of the bride walking down the aisle (aka please don't get in my shot). 

Here's a behind the scenes shot of me having a pow wow with the videography team before the ceremony. I was probably telling them I'm going to get a wide shot of the bride walking down the aisle (aka please don't get in my shot). 

"Ask Me Anything..." | 3.20.17

Southern-california-wedding-photographer

"Ask Me Anything..." is a weekly blog segment where I take all your questions about photography, business, myself, or ANYTHING else you can think of. I'll choose my three favorite questions from Instagram every Friday and answer them here on Mondays. Check back every week for new questions! 


Is it okay to take my camera to the beach? 

You know when you come back from a day at the beach and you find little bits of pesky sand hiding in crevices you didn't even know you had? Now, imagine that in the intricate parts of your expensive camera and lenses. 

When I was first starting out I heard from a lot of sources that I should avoid taking my camera to the beach for this reason. Unfortunately, as a wedding & lifestyle photographer I don't really have much of a choice. (I know, I know...I HAVE to shoot at the beach...life is so rough.) 

The good news is that there are a couple things you can do to make sure your camera stays safe: 

1) Keep your gear in a bag that stays closed to the elements. Invest in a good bag to carry your gear while you're on location. I use a Think Tank Roller Derby bag when I'm on location for a wedding. I make sure to keep the front zipped up when I'm not using it so I can be sure nothing can get in. It also has small sectional units within the bag to keep your gear safely secured while you're moving from place to place. My favorite part is that it's the perfect size for a carry on bag when you fly with you gear. I NEVER check my camera gear! 

2) Try to avoid changing out your lenses in open air when you're on the beach. Sometimes this isn't really an option so I always do this as quickly as possible, pointing the mount of the camera body away from the ocean breeze. You really want to avoid particles from entering the body and landing on your sensor. 

3) Keep your lens caps on when you're not using your lenses. Your lens cap protects the glass from dust so make sure you get in the habit of using them! 

4) Make sure your gear is insured! If something happens, it's better to be safe than sorry. 

Here's a photo from a recent engagement session I did on the beach. Most of the time I end up knee deep in the ocean trying to get an awesome shot. When the waves washed up during this moment, I took the shot and then immediately lifted my camera above my head and pointed the lens towards the sky to avoid the lens getting splashed.

Here's a photo from a recent engagement session I did on the beach. Most of the time I end up knee deep in the ocean trying to get an awesome shot. When the waves washed up during this moment, I took the shot and then immediately lifted my camera above my head and pointed the lens towards the sky to avoid the lens getting splashed.

What is your go to favorite lens? 

My absolute favorite lens is my 50mm 1.2L lens. This is a prime (or fixed) lens, meaning it doesn't zoom in or out. I love prime lenses because they force you to be mindful of your composition since you have to physically move your body to achieve the angle you want. 

I also love this lens because it lets me shoot really wide open. I shoot at an aperture of f1.6 all the time and it's nice to know that, if I need more light, I can go all the way to f1.2. This also gives me a gorgeous depth of field (blurry background). 

This lens is quite pricey so, if you're just starting out, the 50mm 1.8 is a steal for under $200 and gives you a pretty similar feel. 

Here's a photo of me with my go to 50mm 1.2 lens in Yosemite. I probably have this lens on 90% of the time. Photo by Tiffany Gentry. 

Here's a photo of me with my go to 50mm 1.2 lens in Yosemite. I probably have this lens on 90% of the time. Photo by Tiffany Gentry. 

What is your set up/process like when you are doing a Newborn Session? How do you get the baby to stay still the whole time?

My approach to Newborn photography is a bit different from most. I don't do really posed shots with studio lights and bean bag set ups. I love the look of that type of approach, however, it's just not my personal style. 

I shoot Newborn Sessions in my clients' homes, letting them know beforehand that I will be shooting in their bedroom, nursery, or any other room that gets great window light. 

I typically keep it pretty clean and simple, swaddling the baby in a white cloth. Posing is also very simple. Depending on if the baby is asleep when I get there, I'll start with shots of parents holding the baby on their bed, interacting with the baby, and close ups of the baby's ears/feet/hands. My goal isn't so much to get cute poses, but more so to tell a story of the baby being introduced to their new family. My goal is to capture the connection and emotion of bringing a tiny human into your life. 

The first three things I do when I arrive to a client's home are wash my hands, find the room with the best window light, and then search for furniture in their home that has nice fabrics/blankets. I use what I have available to me to create a narrative. And, since it's their home, it automatically feels more personal to them. 

Working with a newborn takes a TON of patience. I basically go with the flow of what the baby is feeling at their session. If they are fussy, I wait to see what they're needing and then start again. I find that keeping the room heated is very helpful. Making sure the baby is warm at all times definitely increases the chances of a sleepy session. Some Newborn photographers find it helpful to bring a small space heater to place near the baby.

I've also had a lot of success with playing white noise from my phone. The sound soothes the baby right back to sleep 9 times out of ten. When you're attempting poses make sure the baby is deeply asleep. Of course, stay mindful of SAFETY. I only do poses on big, soft beds.  Any time I move the baby into a new pose I will usually get very close to their ear and softly make a "SHHHHHHHHHHHH" noise. I don't really know why, but it usually works. 

Elliott was asleep in his crib next to a large window when I attempted this shot. The simple grey sheet against the white swaddle cloth keep the photo clean and the focus on the baby. While I was posing his arms this way I hovered above him loudly whispering, "SHHHHHHHH." 

Elliott was asleep in his crib next to a large window when I attempted this shot. The simple grey sheet against the white swaddle cloth keep the photo clean and the focus on the baby. While I was posing his arms this way I hovered above him loudly whispering, "SHHHHHHHH." 

This shot of baby Jack is as simple as can be. I placed Jack and his dad in front of a grey wall next to a window and simply had them stand there in this pose. I directed dad to look down at his son and waited for the expression. It's not really so much about the pose for me, but more about the connection. Look how proud his dad looks in his this shot. You can see all the hopes and dreams he has for his son in this simple expression. 

This shot of baby Jack is as simple as can be. I placed Jack and his dad in front of a grey wall next to a window and simply had them stand there in this pose. I directed dad to look down at his son and waited for the expression. It's not really so much about the pose for me, but more about the connection. Look how proud his dad looks in his this shot. You can see all the hopes and dreams he has for his son in this simple expression. 

Again, very simple pose using my client's bedroom. I had mom sit on the edge of her bed facing the window light. 

Again, very simple pose using my client's bedroom. I had mom sit on the edge of her bed facing the window light. 

This client's home didn't get particularly great light. In fact, the best lighting in the house was a small patch that hit their living room couch. I simply had mom and baby lay here together and captured them interacting. I love that the focus is on his tiny fingers grasping onto hers. 

This client's home didn't get particularly great light. In fact, the best lighting in the house was a small patch that hit their living room couch. I simply had mom and baby lay here together and captured them interacting. I love that the focus is on his tiny fingers grasping onto hers. 

"Ask Me Anything..." | 3.13.17

"Ask Me Anything..." is a weekly blog segment where I take all your question about photography, business, myself, or ANYTHING else you can think of. I'll choose my three favorite questions from Instagram every Friday and answer them here on Mondays. Check back every week for new questions! 


What made you decide to become a photographer are who are your inspirations?

Photography was always something I really loved and enjoyed. I usually brought a small point and shoot camera with me everywhere I went, but obviously, was frustrated to find that I didn't know how to recreate what I was visualizing in my head. 

I decided to purchase my first DLSR, a Nikon D200, on a whim and had absolutely no idea how to use it. Basically, I became obsessed with teaching myself about photography and practiced on all my friends and family. I have a distinct memory of experimenting with depth of field on salt and pepper shakers (so artsy). I can't explain where the obsession came from. I just felt inwardly compelled to learn how to create in this art form. 

When I first started out I'd have to say one of my biggest mentors, and now dear friend, was Christine Chang. I attended one of her workshops on destination wedding photography and fell in love with the idea of traveling and taking pictures FOR A LIVING. Her talent and life was such a huge inspiration to me and watching her follow her bliss helped me to believe my dreams could be a reality as well. 

My work is also heavily influenced by the film photographer, Elizabeth Messina. I refer to her book, The Luminous Portrait before most of my shoots. The way she captures light and textures is so captivating. 

Christine and I at a recent networking event. It's important to surround yourself with people who inspire you and support you. I'm a big fan of community over competition. 

Christine and I at a recent networking event. It's important to surround yourself with people who inspire you and support you. I'm a big fan of community over competition. 

 

Did you go to college for photography?

I sure didn't. I actually went to college for Communication and Media Studies...aka I had no idea what I wanted to do. When I finished college I thought I wanted to pursue the entertainment industry so I worked in post production for awhile and then actually had a career as a casting director for many years. 

There are so many wonderful tools you can access online to teach yourself photography. Some of my favorite educators are Jasmine Star, Jana Williams, and really anything from CreativeLive

Do you have any tips or tricks for indoor ceremonies?

Indoor ceremony can be really tough! This is definitely something I encounter mostly at church ceremonies where, most of the time, I'm not even allowed to use flash. In this case, I raise my ISO quite a bit and lower my shutter speed as much as I can without the sharpness of the images suffering. I try my very best not to exceed 1600 with the absolute MAX being 64000. Make sure you're camera performs well in low light situations if you're doing this. I shoot on a Canon 5D Markiii and love how it shoots in low light. The downside of this option is that the higher your ISO gets the more grain your image will have. I honestly don't mind grain at all because it fits with my personal style. 

I personally have never used flash during a ceremony because I feel it's very disruptive, however, not all photographers go this route. Another option would be to have an off camera flash set up for bounce light. I would absolutely run this by the couple and venue prior to the ceremony. Another less distracting option would be a continuous lighting source such as a soft box. 

 

Three Words That Are Holding You Back From Success

Have you ever been to a party, chatted with someone amazing, and then posed the question, "Why don't we hang out more?" 

This question is usually followed up with a phrase I have come to know well, "We should get together soon." 

Then you both leave the party with the best of intentions, life gets busy, and another year goes by without either of you having followed through on plans. No one is at fault here. It's just that the the choice of words was wrong. 

Was there coffee or champagne in this cup? I'll never tell...

Was there coffee or champagne in this cup? I'll never tell...

At the beginning of the year I realized I too was very guilty of this. So, I made a promise to stop creating situations like this for myself. It's important to me to live in my own integrity and having positive intentions with no follow through never got anyone anywhere. 

So, I sat down and thought about the patterns I kept seeing and realized there are three key words that are to blame: SHOULD, SOON, and SURE. 


When you tell someone you should do something together what you're really saying is that this is a good idea in theory, but not in reality. Look at this difference here:

"We should take a trip somewhere." vs. "Let's take a trip somewhere." 

Doesn't the word should make it seem flighty and disconnected from a reality? 

Now, let's talk about the word soon. This word is probably my least favorite word ever. The underlying message of this word is flaky and non-committal. How many times have plans actually been followed through on when the word soon has been used? Probably not very many. Now let's look at some examples: 

"Let's have lunch soon." vs. "What day are you free for lunch?" 

Okay, you might have lunch at some point but I'd be willing to bet it's several months later if you go with option 1. 

And, finally, the most underwhelming word of all time: sure

When someone responds with sure after you ask them to be apart of something with you, how does it make you feel? And, looking at it another way, how do you feel about something when you answer with sure? Probably not very pumped. Let's review: 

"Do you want to collaborate with me on this project?"....."Sure." vs. "Do you want to collaborate with me on this project?"...."HELL YEAH!" 

What you're bringing to the table needs to have great energy and excitement, not half assed indifference. 

I'm not going to sit here typing this and say I'm not totally guilty of doing all of these things, however, I have definitely noticed a change since I stopped using these three words. Not only are my plans actually followed through on, but I feel more positive and excited about them as well.

Success is the difference between being a dreamer and a doer and the words we use reflect that intention. 

Photos by Christine Chang

Photos by Christine Chang

Taylor | Boudoir || Studio 202, Los Angeles, CA

I'm so sad that I don't get to shoot Boudoir Sessions more because they're honestly one of my favorite things to shoot. I almost feel like shooting Boudoir is kind of theatrical...the subject is playing the part of someone she doesn't get to be everyday. 

I wanted this shoot to be clean and simply sexy. By "simply sexy" I mean sexy in a way that isn't obvious...the kind of sexy that has a little bit of depth. My model Taylor's beautiful spirit absolutely popped out of her soulful brown eyes. I feel like her eyes tell the story... playful, desirous, and a little mysterious. 

Model: Taylor Saxelby 

Make Up: Madelin Adena 

Brenna and Ben | Tribeca Rooftop Wedding | New York City, New York

I've always felt like New York City has an energy unlike any other place I've been. The fast pace of the people passing by amidst the ubiquitous city soundtrack can make you feel electric.

When I arrived to the posh Tribeca Rooftop for Brenna and Ben's wedding day the first thing I saw was Brenna having her make up done by Stacie Ford Weddings like a Victoria's Secret Fashion model getting ready for her runway debut. Brenna and most of her bridesmaids played basketball together, so the room was filled with beautiful amazonian women in pink, silk robes. It was overwhelming to look out the window from the getting ready room to see the blanket of rooftops along the city skyline... Brenna's Kelly Faitanini wedding gown draped elegantly upon the grand window pane. This is what wedding dreams are made of. 

The florals by McNino Design Floral & Events added an element of soft, femininity amidst the masculine urban landscape. The reception hall was bathed in statuesque, vibrant arrangements that gave the room an added splash of elegance and sophistication. Perhaps my favorite detail was Brenna's bridal bouquet, dripping with clean, white orchids. 

For Wedding Party and Romantics, I wanted to capture the character of the city. I love how authentic the shots of the bridal party feel posing with the construction workers we passed on the street. The cobblestone streets added an extra element of romance to the bride and groom romantics that I absolutely fell in love with. 

Throughout the day, we were all worried it was going to rain. During the ceremony, the sky was filled with ominous dark clouds and sprinkles started to fall just as the couple shared their first kiss. Once everyone made it inside the reception room, the sky opened and it started to pour, adding an element of intimacy as the guests mingled with each other and sipped on their chic cocktails. I love when the weather seems to know it needs to wait for something special. Love is pretty magical. 

The night ended with boisterous dancing and hilarious speeches. You could feel the love in the room as two families became one. Watching Brenna and Ben together (two of the most genuine, warm, and fun people I've had the pleasure of meeting) was truly a reminder to me that there really is one perfect match for all of us. Congratulations to Brenna and Ben on your beautiful wedding day! 

Venue: Tribeca Rooftop | Make Up: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Styles On B | Florals: McNino Design Floral & Events | Catering: Apogee Events | Cake: Audrey's Fine Baked Goods | Bride's Gown: Kelly Faitanini | Bride's Shoes: Pelle Moda| Ring Designer: Leo Ingwer | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Imparali NYC | Musical Entertainment: Hank Lane Music & Dane Wright Band | Second Photographer: Sarah Zimmer | Candy Buffet: Treat me Sweet

New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0970.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0994.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0974.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0947.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0992.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0961.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0960.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0991.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_1024.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_1026.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_1027.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_0996.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_1000.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_1014.jpg
New-york-wedding-photographer-tribeca-rooftop-wedding_1004.jpg

Amy & Brian | Casa Cody Wedding | Palm Springs, CA

Whenever I second guess my belief in love at first sight, I meet couples like Amy and Brian who prove that it exists. The two crossed paths over six years ago and connected immediately. Amy called her mother the very next day and told her she had met the man she was going to marry. "I didn't know what it was," Amy recalls. "I just knew he was going to be part of my life in a big way."

I think one of the qualities I love most about Amy and Brian is the way they love the people that mean the most to them. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they are loved by those they are closest to. It was so abundantly clear throughout the day just how much they are adored by their friends and family...and I have no doubt this kind of loyalty is a direct result of the generosity with which they give their whole heart.

When asked what they wanted the "theme" of their wedding day to be, rather than describing a "rustic chic" wedding or "romantic glamour" wedding, Amy and Brian simply replied that they wanted the theme to be tangible love. They just wanted to be surrounded by love.

One of my favorite relationships to capture through out the day was that of the Bride and her sister, Sara. There were so many tender and sweet exchanges between them that reminded me that weddings aren't just about the couple, but also about family. One of my favorite parts of the day was Sara's speech to her sister and Brian during the reception. She captured them, and love in general, perfectly:

"When I think of Las Vegas, a few things come to mind but most of all is luck; It got me thinking about the relationship between love and luck. So often, when we talk about our loved ones, we say “I feel so lucky to have Brian - or So lucky to have Amy - whomever. And Im not really into that. Luck is flighty. Luck is a fluke. A chance, short-lived, a gamble. Luck is a flash in the pan. Is not measured and lacking in substance. Luck is the tasteless top layer that tries to distract you from a bountiful fortune. Fortune should be what we seek.

From this day forward, I am SURE when you speak of your spouse you are conscious about your language. That you choose to invest in each other by investing in how you talk about one another, 'I feel FORTUNATE to have my husband...to have my wife.' Because this love has seen and will see deep fortune. Fortune stands the test of time. Fortune is worked for, pined over, built upon and manifested. Fortune gives a damn, is deeply rooted, and if sought, reciprocates a wealth that shows longevity and legacy. Fortune doesn't fade.

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. Tune into the words that surround your love. Tune into the decisions and greatness that lies ahead. You are so fortunate to have one another. I know you worked for this perfect love. You deserve this.

Amy, you deserve the goofy smile Brian puts upon your face. You deserve the couch snuggles and hair twirling. You deserve the Bieber loving, Chris Brown dancing partner in crime. He brings your sun to the surface. Brian you deserve this strong woman by your side. You deserve this ride or die, Hold you down chick. Someone who knows to put ice cubes in your milk and toss the egg yolks to the side. She keeps your feet stuck to the ground."

Fortune should be what we seek. And, Amy and Brian are so fortunate in love.

Venue: Casa Cody Country Inn |Make Up & Hair: Brianna Viera     | Bridal Gown: Sarah Seven   | Bridesmaids Gowns: Asos, Lulu's, Adriana Papel    | Groom's Suit: Groom's Grotto   | Groomsmen's Suits: Groom's Grotto     | Florals & Invitations: Celebrate Florals      | Catering: Fresh Start Catering      | Second Photographer: Mike Villa | DJ Services: DJ Essence     | Coordination: Taylor at Love & Laughter Events     | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0795
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0790
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0887
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0825
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0824
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0888
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0794
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0793
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0812
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0811
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0884
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0808
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0809
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0813
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0823
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0826
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0827
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0830
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0828
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0829
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0831
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0832
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0835
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0836
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0837
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0833
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0834
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0807
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0810
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0814
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0815
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0816
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0818
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0819
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0820
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0821
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0847
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0849
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0880
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0846
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0848
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0798
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0797
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0799
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0800
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0801
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0802
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0803
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0804
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0805
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0806
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0883
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0871
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0869
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0875
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0868
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0876
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0877
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0878
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0879
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0874
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0870
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0791
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0785
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0786
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0778
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0779
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0780
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0787
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0781
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0788
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0782
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0789
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0783
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0853
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0851
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0858
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0859
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0860
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0856
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0857
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0855
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0854
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0864
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0863
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0865
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0867
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0796
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0840
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0839
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0838
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0841
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0842
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0843
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0845
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0886
palm_springs_casa_cody_wedding_photography_sarah_seven_dress_0844

Drew and Elisa | Engagement Session | La Jolla, CA

There's nothing more romantic than a beach breeze. For Elisa and Drew's Engagement Session, we headed out to Windansea Beach in La Jolla, CA. Southern California was experiencing pretty crazy rain storms on the days leading up to the shoot but the clouds seemed to part just for them when their session day finally arrived. Not only was the sky completely clear, but everything seemed happy and green from the rain. I felt like I was shooting in Maui or some other exotic location. Thinking back on their shoot, I can't help but love how much these two trusted my vision. Sometimes, as the photographer, it's hard to put into words exactly what you're aiming for. When I asked them to play in the ocean in their clothes, they smiled and jumped in with no hesitation. I just love how romantic those shots are! Connected, playful, and spontaneous...that's what love is all about.

Elisa's skirt is by Morning Lavender | Elisa's top is by Pretty Little Thing San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0920San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0921San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0922San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0923San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0924San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0926San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0925San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0927San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0928San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0929San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0931San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0932San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0934San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0935San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0938San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0937San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0936San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0939San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0940San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0942San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0943San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0941San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0945San_Diego_Wedding_Photographer_Engagement_Session_Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_0944

Danielle and Anthony | Engaged | Santa Ynez, CA

I actually met Danielle and Anthony for the first time in person when they were guests at another wedding I was shooting. I knew the second I saw them together on the dance floor that night that they were going to be amazing to shoot with. Their chemistry is not only undeniable, but comfortable as well. Gentle and trusting body language is always something I strive for when posing my couples. For my Engagement Session with Danielle and Anthony, we ventured out to the gorgeous Santa Ynez, CA. We started the session at Bridlewood Winery. My absolute favorite part of the grounds was the stunning front driveway covered by rows of tress. There was something that felt very old world about the grounds there and I just love the character in the architecture. Also, wine.

We finished the session near Santa Barbara at one of my favorite locations to date. Watching Danielle walk along the edge of that wall in her heels nearly gave me a heart attack, but definitely made for some truly epic shots. Not a bad view huh? I just love that I get to finish everyday on the job with a gorgeous sunset.

Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0102Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0103Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0106Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0105Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0109Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0107Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0108Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0110Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0111Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0113Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0112Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0116Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0117Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0114Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0115Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0118Taylor_Kinzie_Photography_Santa_Barbara_Engagement_Photography_0119

By the Sea | Styled Bridal Portraits | Cayucos, CA

Sometimes it's important to create for yourself. For this styled bridal portrait session, we made our way to the magical Cayucos shoreline near San Luis Obispo for some stunning images along the coast. I wanted the images to feel kind of moody...perhaps a bit lonely. A solitary angel waiting for her lost lover. I played with shadows and full sun a bit as well, hoping to add to the mood of the images. I love the way her eyes pierce through in the sunlight. Special thanks to the amazing team I collaborated with to make this shoot happen:

Make up by: Candace Miller Make Up | Hair by: Amanda Duckett of The Wedding Beauty Collective | Model: Melia Patterson | Bridal Gown: Willow by Watters | Gown provided by Something Bridal

San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0892San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0894San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0895San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0896San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0897San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0901San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0902San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0899San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0898San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0900San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0905San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0918San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0906San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0911San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0907San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0909San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0910San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0913San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0912San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0914San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0915San-Luis-Obispo-wedding-photographer-watters-bridal-gown-taylor-kinzie-photography_0916

When She Goes

It was January of last year and I had just moved into a new apartment. Buried under the emotional weight of purging through and unpacking all of my boxes, I was perfectly content with the state of how things were looking when my mother arrived for a visit. There was still a lot of progress to be made but I was actually really proud of how my place looked and couldn't wait to show her my mad decorating skills. We sat and chatted for awhile about how everything was going and I described all the things I still needed to do to make my new apartment feel like "home." There was a light fixture that needed to be replaced. The hot water wasn't working in the kitchen sink. The landscaping on the grounds was less than desirable. But, I would get to it all...at some point.

"Do you have gloves?"...my mother asked casually, trying to hide her agenda.

"Mom," I groaned. "I don't feel like doing that right now." I was probably rolling my eyes.

"Come on," she said with a cheery disposition. "It'll make you feel so much better when we're all done."

We spent the remainder of the day raking, pruning bushes, and generally tidying up the forgotten state of my backyard. I dragged my feet every step of the way. My back killed me by the end of the day and I found myself wishing we had just gone to a movie or done something fun together instead.

I have since thought back about this story and realized that my mother has always done this. She comes into my home and rearranges things or makes me work on my "to do" list. It's the most annoying thing ever and it drives me absolutely insane. On her weekend visits, I will wake up to find her in the kitchen having reorganized my cabinets or moved a lamp to another place in the room. One time, she even redecorated my fireplace mantel because she didn't like the way I had done it. When I asked her what the heck she thought she was doing, she shrugged as if to say, "It just wasn't working for me."

When she comes for her visits I have started mentally prepping myself to accept the fact that my mom will probably rearrange my entire apartment. She'll move pillows and blankets to better suit her personal aesthetic and I'll sit there and let her do it, knowing I will just move them back the way they were when she goes.

But that's not the most annoying part. The most annoying part is that, when she goes I realize she was right. The lamp actually looks better at the other corner of the room and the fireplace mantel feels more symmetrical now. Every time I enter my apartment I admire how much better my plants and flowers look after our hard days work in the yard and I remember her words...I do feel better now that that's all done. Because my mom has an annoying habit of leaving everything better than the way it was before she touched it. Because my mom has an annoying habit of pushing me to be better. Because my mom makes everything better.

Last week I had the worst migraine of my entire life. It hit me like a truck and, after lying in agony for several hours, I grew desperate for anything that would help my head feel relief from the overwhelming sensation of my brain swelling out of my skull. So I decided to forget the fact that I'm a grown ass woman and called my mom for help.

The phone rang. "Hi honey!"

Prior to this I thought I had my shit under control but hearing the sound of my mom's familiar voice made my eyes swell up with tears of relief. She would know what to do.

She sat on the phone with me for an hour and a half while we waited for my medicine to kick in.  I began to sob from the pain and asked her just to talk to me to keep me from thinking about how much my head hurt. Lying there in the dark with a cold washcloth over my eyes, I let the sound of her voice sooth me. Time went on and I began to feel the tension lifting from my forehead. I was starting to feel better.

"Thanks mom." I said with sincere gratitude. "I just didn't know what to do."

It felt as though she had gotten me through the storm.

"I'll always be here for you honey." There was a pause. "Even when I go."

There was another thoughtful pause. "Except I promise I won't come back as a ghost and scare you or visit you when you're naked."

We both erupted in laughter at how dark her sense of humor is and said goodnight. There, in the silence of the lightless room, I felt a wave of sadness rest upon my heart at the thought of a world without her.

Even when she goes, I will long for the days she would push me to do the things I didn't want to do. I will appreciate the way she helped me to recognize strengths in myself that only she could see...and even the way she forced me to deal with the weaknesses I didn't want to see.

When she goes I hope I will be able to bring her light to my own child's life, the way she has brought it to mine. I will laugh at the way my stubborn nature has always resisted her help, forgetting that her help was always her biggest gift to me.

But most of all, when she goes I will miss the way her loving presence made everything around her better than the way it started.

But, until she goes, I will still find it completely annoying when she questions my furniture placement or forces me into involuntary household chores. Even if she's right.

13179412_10102053895888217_2981022677294415133_n-copy

When She Goes

It was January of last year and I had just moved into a new apartment. Buried under the emotional weight of purging through and unpacking all of my boxes, I was perfectly content with the state of how things were looking when my mother arrived for a visit. There was still a lot of progress to be made but I was actually really proud of how my place looked and couldn’t wait to show her my mad decorating skills.

We sat and chatted for awhile about how everything was going and I described all the things I still needed to do to make my new apartment feel like “home.” There was a light fixture that needed to be replaced. The hot water wasn’t working in the kitchen sink. The landscaping on the grounds was less than desirable. But, I would get to it all…at some point.

“Do you have gloves?”…my mother asked casually, trying to hide her agenda.

“Mom,” I groaned. “I don’t feel like doing that right now.” I was probably rolling my eyes.

“Come on,” she said with a cheery disposition. “It’ll make you feel so much better when we’re all done.”

We spent the remainder of the day raking, pruning bushes, and generally tidying up the forgotten state of my backyard. I dragged my feet every step of the way. My back killed me by the end of the day and I found myself wishing we had just gone to a movie or done something fun together instead.

I have since thought back about this story and realized that my mother has always done this. She comes into my home and rearranges things or makes me work on my “to do” list. It’s the most annoying thing ever and it drives me absolutely insane. On her weekend visits, I will wake up to find her in the kitchen having reorganized my cabinets or moved a lamp to another place in the room. One time, she even redecorated my fireplace mantel because she didn’t like the way I had done it. When I asked her what the heck she thought she was doing, she shrugged as if to say, “It just wasn’t working for me.”

When she comes for her visits I have started mentally prepping myself to accept the fact that my mom will probably rearrange my entire apartment. She’ll move pillows and blankets to better suit her personal aesthetic and I’ll sit there and let her do it, knowing I will just move them back the way they were when she goes.

But that’s not the most annoying part. The most annoying part is that, when she goes I realize she was right. The lamp actually looks better at the other corner of the room and the fireplace mantel feels more symmetrical now. Every time I enter my apartment I admire how much better my plants and flowers look after our hard days work in the yard and I remember her words…I do feel better now that that’s all done. Because my mom has an annoying habit of leaving everything better than the way it was before she touched it. Because my mom has an annoying habit of pushing me to be better. Because my mom makes everything better.

Last week I had the worst migraine of my entire life. It hit me like a truck and, after lying in agony for several hours, I grew desperate for anything that would help my head feel relief from the overwhelming sensation of my brain swelling out of my skull. So I decided to forget the fact that I’m a grown ass woman and called my mom for help.

The phone rang. “Hi honey!”

Prior to this I thought I had my shit under control but hearing the sound of my mom’s familiar voice made my eyes swell up with tears of relief. She would know what to do.

She sat on the phone with me for an hour and a half while we waited for my medicine to kick in.  I began to sob from the pain and asked her just to talk to me to keep me from thinking about how much my head hurt. Lying there in the dark with a cold washcloth over my eyes, I let the sound of her voice sooth me. Time went on and I began to feel the tension lifting from my forehead. I was starting to feel better.

“Thanks mom.” I said with sincere gratitude. “I just didn’t know what to do.”

It felt as though she had gotten me through the storm.

“I’ll always be here for you honey.” There was a pause. “Even when I go.”

There was another thoughtful pause. “Except I promise I won’t come back as a ghost and scare you or visit you when you’re naked.”

We both erupted in laughter at how dark her sense of humor is and said goodnight. There, in the silence of the lightless room, I felt a wave of sadness rest upon my heart at the thought of a world without her.

Even when she goes, I will long for the days she would push me to do the things I didn’t want to do. I will appreciate the way she helped me to recognize strengths in myself that only she could see…and even the way she forced me to deal with the weaknesses I didn’t want to see.

When she goes I hope I will be able to bring her light to my own child’s life, the way she has brought it to mine. I will laugh at the way my stubborn nature has always resisted her help, forgetting that her help was always her biggest gift to me.

But most of all, when she goes I will miss the way her loving presence made everything around her better than the way it started.

But, until she goes, I will still find it completely annoying when she questions my furniture placement or forces me into involuntary household chores. Even if she’s right.