Faunah + Zach

She dropped her bags at her new dorm and headed up the hill to join a party on her first day of college. There, she met Zach, where he boldly declared his admiration and together in Texas the two have been inseparable ever since. This past spring while visiting San Fransisco Zach romantically proposed to Faunah at the Fairmont Hotel, managing to completely take her by surprise, continuing to sweep her off her pretty little feet. Next year they will dance and toast under the stars in Newport, Rhode Island but for now I had the pleasure of celebrating with them as they spent some time on Kaua’i. Stunning, charming and full of southern grace, this handsome duo had me wishing for longer days and more light. I mean, could they BE any more perfect?!?! Nope, absolutely not.

Faunah + Zach– wow wow wee wow! THANK YOU for being your good lookin’ selves in front of my camera, for tediously location scouting and blindly trusting my “mini hike to a beach” spot. I absolutely positively loved every minute with you guys and could take pictures all of you all day every day. How can we arrange that? I happily accept payment in the form of giant, sparkly pear shaped rings… ;)

To see more from their gallery click HERE.


September 22, 2014 - 3:00 am

Deborah Zoe - Could this be anymore perfectly Hawaiian paradise?:) Love the portrait of her and the flower… beautiful as always Ashely!!

September 22, 2014 - 3:45 am

Kristina - Her ring, these pictures, her style! These are fabulous!!

September 29, 2014 - 11:58 am

Meredith - OKAY, these are AMAZING. AHHHH. Can I come to Hawaii and see you? ;)

Is it Film or Digital?

There’s always this popular game in hybrid shooter (people who shoot both film and digital) Facebook groups in which the user posts two similar photos and polls others on their opinion on which is film and which is digital. I always smugly consider myself a master at these games because I know what to look for, the tell-tell signs of film that are what make me love the medium. So, feeling frisky and like maybe my “editing Canon to match my Contax skills” are getting better, I thought I’d throw a few shots out there, test your noggin and provide the visual comparisons of the two that I oh-so-love.

Quite frankly there are some times when digital just works better for the circumstance than film. However I am much better at deciding what a photo should look like before I take it rather than post-processing. Not to mention editing my digital images to come close to film takes for-ev-ver, and I can never get them exactly right…because I’m not an editor, I’m a photographer. Why bother when I can just shoot it in film and keep it moving? There are instances where I take a shot in both digital + film for good measure or digital in between rolls. You may ask how I edited the digitals and I’d say with a WHOLE lotta time. Ha! I’m sure a professional Lightroom editor could make these look even closer in comparison, but why take the time when you can shoot it like that? Okay okay you get my point. For these images my clients won’t get both the film and digital versions unless they are different (like the shot of the Bride + Groom, in one you can see her veil more than the other, I will actually give them both images). Take a peek and see if you can tell the difference between the digital + film shots. And if you’re really a smarty pants there will be ONE thing in ALL these photos that’s the dead give-away, you don’t even have to look at anything else, really. But don’t be a cheater cheater pumpkin eater! Answer key at the bottom.

ANSWERS: 1. Film left, digital right 2. Digital left, film right 3. Film left, digital right 4. Film left, digital right 5. Digital left, film right

And the dead-giveaway of the medium format film shots are that they are wider + shorter than their digital counterparts! It’s noticeable, right, that even with editing there are some things that you just can’t TOTALLY match in digital. That’s why I love film sooooo. :)

So, how’d ya do?



September 19, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Amanda Berube - I pretty much got all of them right but they are sooooo close! You did a really great job.

September 19, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Damaris Mia @ Southern California Bride - If I didn’t know the different crops, I would have had a hard time figuring it out! Great job friend!

Gary + Sarah

She quietly slipped into the polka dotted lace dress, the same one her mother wore on her wedding day, cinching with a gold ribbon. Her bridesmaids who had traveled from Tokyo donned beachy dresses and varying bouquets wrapped in burlap and popped on their floppy hats. Gary met Sarah while working overseas and when he saw her just knew he couldn’t let her go — his smile relishing the moment when she met him at the end of their ceremony aisle. Guided by both her parents Sarah and Gary committed their lives to one another on a beautiful, sunlit hawaiian day. Filled with cute handmade details (designed by the bride herself, an artist!) and full of New York love, the lawn hosted the ceremony as East met West at this whimsical Turtle Bay Resort, destination elopement. Brightly colored ukuleles, fake tattoos and PINK FLAMINGOS! Guests were given stylish aviator shades paired with fans to beat the heat and were greeted with luxe straw “welcome” totes. Every single element carefully curated with joy, a detailed eye and love, right down to the pineapple aisle markers…and of course a hint of Hello Kitty. This is my kinda party!

To see their wedding gallery, click here

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Leighann + Mark

They met living in the same apartment building. Leighann, taking a minute to decompress as she walked her dog encountered her downstairs neighbor Mark. He seized the opportunity of this vibrant woman passing by to engage her in conversation, boldly inviting her to dinner just before they parted ways. On the beach with friends and family Leighann + Mark celebrated their one year marriage anniversary with an intimate ceremony on Bellow’s Beach where Mark surprised her with a heirloom — a gorgeous and glittering family wedding band.

Wishing you both the absolute best of days and a joyful marriage that keeps growing stronger by the day. Cheers!

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