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Albany A // Editorial

On a blazing hot day in August, BMG model, Albany met me in an abandoned warehouse & we played around. We were soaked with sweat & almost passing out from lack of air flow, but we made it through & this little bit of weirdness is the result. 

Hair & Make up : Diana Palo // Styling: Me

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Jordan & Lauren // Skyline Loft Chicago Wedding

Lauren & Jordan's summer wedding in Chicago was one for the books. From the sprawling lawns of a suburb mansion, to the streets of Michigan Ave, to ending the evening in a loft overlooking the city skyline- it was incredible! Chicago is one of my favorite cities & shooting here was a dream. 

Jordan & Lauren's deep appreciation for one another was so special to see & I had a blast dancing with their friends!

Thanks for letting me be a part of your day, you two! <3 

Ps. Shout out to Shannon Smith Jackson for being an epic 2nd shooter & catching so many great moments throughout the day!

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Cameron & Kelsey // Driftwood Beach Engagement

I'm gonna keep this one short & sweet. 

I've known Cameron & Kelsey for years now, I've gotten to photograph them several times for various modeling situations (because they are so hott, duh), but getting to photograph them together for THEIR OWN engagements was a dream come true. 

Ever since I found out about this driftwood beach about 3 years ago, I've wanted to shoot there, but knew I needed a couple who was down for anything (and for the 6 hour drive, eek!). When I pitched the idea to Kels & Cam, Kels shrieked with excitement & I knew we were in for a fun time. 

On a rainy July day, we road tripped north, hiked a mile to the beach, & ran around like giddy children taking photos for hours. It was legitimately so much fun & worth every single mosquito bite that plagued my body for the next week and half. We shot until there wasn't a drop of light left in the sky & my camera would no longer focus which you will be able to very clearly tell by the end of blog. ;)

To say I am a million trillion percent obsessed with these photos is an understatement. And to say that I love Cameron & Kelsey with my whole heart is also an understatement. 

Well I guess I didn't keep this short & sweet at all, but enjoy the photos, all thousand of them because narrowing it down was basically impossible. <3 

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Winston & Adrienne // Atlantic Center for the Arts Intimate Wedding

I sure love me some intimate weddings - Winston & Adrienne's was no exception. It was such a relaxed day & it truly felt like Adrienne & Winston were slowly soaking in each drop. They leisurely got ready with the help of their parents, then braved the rain for some portraits. The literal moment we stepped outside for the first look, the skies unleashed. With a little bit a sweet talking, we were able to convince an art gallery manager to open after hours so we could duck inside while it monsooned. This "Plan B" turned out to be the best thing we could have asked for- portraits in an art gallery are pretty much a giant YES for me. 

My favorite moment of the day (& probably top five for weddings this year) was the holy space that came immediately after Adrienne & Winston were pronounced husband & wife. They both exited the chapel, tears streaming down their face & spent the next few minutes in this sacred atmosphere of emotion. I felt so honored to bear witness & I've choked up every single time I scroll through that portion of the images. 

It truly was a special day with two incredibly tender, kind, warm & intentional people.

Winston & Adrienne, you are lovely. 

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Jamie & Suz // Winter Park Racquet Club / Rollins Chapel Wedding

Jamie & Suz, man what is there even to say? Sometimes you just get lucky & I mean REALLY lucky.  From the moment I met them in their Brooklyn walkup, we clicked. Throughout the whole process, Suz texted me photos of her dress, her accessories and highlights from her Bachelorette weekend. She even sent me a care package when I moved into my new house- this girl is beyond thoughtful. By the time the wedding came, I felt like I was there to watch my friend get married rather than be a random vendor. 

This is what I hope for with all my couples & I'm so blessed that it's usually the case, but Jamie & Suz just went above & beyond making me feel at home. 

Their wedding was amazing & one HECK of a party. Anytime the night ends in half the wedding guests jumping into a pool is a MAJOR win in my book. It couldn't get better than this. 

Jamie & Suz- ya'll are warm, welcoming, alive & have the most contagious excitement for life. Knowing ya'll has been a blast & I can't wait for many more hang times to come! 

Ps. Shout out to Rachel Burkhart, second shooter extraordinaire!