Emerald and White Garden Wedding

Loved, loved this chic minimalistic garden wedding with stunning it couple Arron and Carly.

The ceremony took place at a family’s residence. Tall, beautiful trees surrounded the couple as they said there vows. After, the bride and groom and guests danced the night away at a rooftop reception overlooking the city.

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Summer Camp

because when you and your girls are artists and you want some pictures together, you go above and beyond

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inspired by bruce weber's summer camp

want your own summer camp session with your girlfriends? your sister? your puppy? book now! 

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement - Elisabeth + Etienne

Living in Paris, these two souls have a thing for history, architecture, and beauty. So when we booked their engagement in Southern California, my first suggestion was to shoot at the San Juan Capistrano Mission. 

The perfect backdrop for the effortless affection they had for each other. Here are just a few from their shoot! 

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Emily + Cory's Cinco de Mayo Wedding

If it had been up to this bride, Emily would have eloped but her fiance, Cory convinced her that looking back, she'd be glad they were able to celebrate with those closest to them! Her laid back cool girl vibes created the perfect effortless chic May 5th, Wedding. Cinco de Mayo holds a special place in their hearts as a couple. Borrowing from the holiday, the wedding incorporated bold vibrant colors, delicious comfort mexican food, and featured a breathtaking view of the ocean.

 

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Venue: Crystal Cove State Park

Photography: Sidney Kraemer Photography

Wedding Planner: Pop the Champagne Events

Caterer: Beachcomber Cafe

Florals: DIY

Wedding Gown: Reformation

Bridal Shoes: Nordstrom

Groom's Attire: Menguin

Bridesmaid's dresses: Lulus

Invitations: Bella Figura for Urbanic Paper Boutique

Hair and Makeup: Daniel Mendoza

Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery

DJ: Showcase DJ

Favors: Otomi print koozies at Moontower Rentals

 

Maui Beach Boudoir Session

I was so excited when my friend Sarah came to me and wanted to do a session. I've been encouraging her to do one for years now and despite wanting to, she is always putting it off saying she wants to lose weight before. It breaks my heart because this girl is so beautiful. So when we both were in Maui together, she couldn't pass up the location - her mama is from the islands and she grew up with a deep connection to these waters - so we planned a bikini shoot! Hip Hip Hurray! 

I believe every woman is treasured beauty. Often we just need a little help uncovering or remembering that reality. I've been blessed with the ability to see each woman's beauty and it is my purpose and mission in life to share this blessings with others. Especially those who cannot see it in themselves. 

When I first meet someone, my mind starts creating images that best encompass that person's unique allure - from the light, the colors, the ambience. Maybe it's a certain angle that you just can’t see in the mirror. Maybe it's the perfect lite environment. Maybe it's a mood or expression waiting to be released. Whatever it is, once discovered, an entire rush of positive feeling, confident emotion and authentic love is released. I believe this is where “sexy” starts and this is photography becomes so fun and rewarding for me.

For Sarah, it was here in the blue waters of Maui, sand beneath her bare feet, and the thought of surprising her love that she was able to see and feel the incredible beauty she is. 

Below are some highlights.

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on location in West Maui, Hawaii 

Bikini Boudoir Portrait Session

 

 

 

Newport Newborn Lifestyle Session

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Surprise Corona del Mar Proposal

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Summer Bridal Fashion

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Talent: Carrie T @ Brand Model and Talent

Photography: Sidney Kraemer

Makeup and Hair: Charlette Paul

Gowns: Ti Adora Bridal courtesy of Poppy Bride

 

Alexandra + Aj - In Studio Engagement Session

Alexandra and Aj are planning a most intimate wedding in the most beautiful Italy! As a gift, their maid of honor and sissy, gave them an engagement session with yours truly. We decided for a minimalist , organic in-studio session focusing on closeness and intimacy. 

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Matt and Greg's Rooftop Session

I got to shoot these two adorable human beings this year. Shot on my rooftop (finally!!) the results are just so beautiful. Here are some highlights from up above and also from within the confines of my studio. 

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Jordan's Maternity Session - Laguna Beach

The morning after St. Patty's day, with the beach all to ourselves, I met up with Jordan and her husband Nick to photograph their growing baby bump. They chose the same beach they were married and it made it a super special shoot. Jordan's inspiration for the shoot stressed a casual lifestyle, that is the epitome of their personalities. Just the two of them enjoying a most lovely day at the beach, waiting patiently to meet their new one!

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Long Beach Couples Portrait - Riley + Kylie

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Laguna Beach Engagement Session - Emily and Cory

Emily was a friend of mine in high school, when she reached out to me about shooting her wedding I was super excited about it! Meeting her fiancé over coffee and discussing her visions for their big day was completely full circle from giggling over boys between classes.

I am so honored to capture their sweet love story. Seeing the laughter and happiness shared between the two was a constant reminder that I love what I do. Below are some of my favorites curated. Enjoy.

New Year, Rebirth

Resolutions, 2018

 

A little late for myself, nevertheless I'm doing this! YES, another post about New Years. Ha! But still here it is. It feels almost incomplete without it...

and last year went by for me, in a blur--a big big blur. This year in order to hold myself accountable, and be able to look back, I am writing out my intentions for the next year,

as both a creative and a human being.

Here they are in no particular order 

  1. Start working with motion again
  2. Create one self portrait a week
  3. No instagram looking at night in bed; pick up books again, watch documentaries instead
  4. Write in a journal at least twice a week
  5. Finish 4 Family Albums for Billy
  6. Have a more carbon conscience diet, less red meat
  7. Bring my camera on more everyday events, stop relying on my cellphone camera, document what might seem mundane
  8. Connect with more local people
  9. Find a charity that I can become passionate about
  10. Wear heels more
  11. Connect even more with the people I'm shooting
  12. Allow more spontaneity to occur in my daily life
  13. Continue to take care of my body
  14. Read more ART books!
  15. See more Art
  16. Continue to learn experiment with cooking and new recipes
  17. Make my work more like the masters
  18. Ignore any fear
  19. Show more women how beautiful they are
  20. Look for, find, be, and create the beauty in a sometimes dark world

A bit of a manifesto for the new year. Like a giant todo list for me. I'm so happy I'm writing it here! What are your guys'?

Wishing all the success in yours on this time of new birth...

"The only way to deal with an unfree world

is to become

absolutely free

that your very existence

is an act of

rebellion."

-Albert Camus

Glamorous Beverly Hills Wedding - Tara + Sergio - Los Angeles

  I got to be a part of Tara and Sergio's most glamorous love affair. Mixing Old Hollywood charm and their own modern aesthetic, the day had the perfect mix of iconic nostalgia.

The bride and groom spent the morning separately, leisurely getting ready at the Montage, Beverly Hills with family and friends.

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While the bride relaxed at the spa, the groom's best man helps him into his ensemble.

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Cufflinks by Gucci, Shoes by Gucci

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Their first look took place in one of the beautiful gardens at the Grey Stone Mansion. The glint of light coming off the bride's shoulder-ugh! Just Kills Me!

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Tara and Sergio's comfort and ease with each other was beautiful. It was like seeing two people coming home. They were all smiles and sweet kisses before their ceremony.

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The cutest flower girls donned their flower crowns with their sparkly, lace white dresses.

The architecture of Grey Stone Mansion and the Bride's sleek dress was perfect.

In a special personal touch, the bride's brother ordained the ceremony adding lots of laughs and sweetness.

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Their reception took place at Wolfgang's Puck's Spago complete with a black cake covered in red roses.

The bride's Louboutins save her seat as she says hello to some guests.

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Getting Ready Location: Montage, Beverly Hills

Ceremony: Greystone Mansion

Reception: Wolfgang Puck's Spago

Photography: Sidney Kraemer 

 

 

Loveliness // A Long Beach Intimate Portrait Session

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. 

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Shot on location in Long Beach.

Makeup by Brittany Mercer

Photography by Sidney Kraemer

Inspired by the word lovely, light pink florals were mixed with a wardrobe of long laced nightgowns, grey robes and sweet negligee. We didn't want Banke to appear to made up. The makeup was kept natural with strong highlights. That extra bit of glimmer, adding a bit of fantasy. The smallest of flower petals were placed below an eye for one look, with tiny white pearls. A loose bundle of spray roses is held as a bouquet and a short white veil made an appearance with roses attached to the bottom.

In a world that demands loudness and seems made for extroverts, stillness can often be overlooked. In the quiet though, there is much beauty. In our natural state, we are lovely.

In a world, that can often be painful and ugly; be the beauty, be the light.

and hug your own curves // an intimate portrait session

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Finally sharing this most beautiful intimate boudoir session. Below are the highlights. We wanted to mix the modern boudoir ideas of the white sheet and bathtub with a warm, relaxed vibe. Drawing inspiration from classical paintings, the session was all about embracing oneself, connecting with the body in order to see the soul. 

Kiss your own fingertips

and hug your own curves.

You are made of waves of honey

and spicy peppers when it is necessary.

You are a goddess,

I hope you haven't forgotten.

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poem by Emery Allen

Historic Mission Family Session

Location, location, location. When it comes to your portrait session the perfect location makes it much easier to get amazing photographs. For the Meckley family the perfect location was an old mission in South Orange County. Not only did the scene encompass beauty, but it held meaning for the family, the wife, a California Native can trace her roots back to the first Spanish settlers in the area. After living in several different states, she came back to Orange County with her husband and their son and is now able to look back on these family photos with affection, feeling everythings come full circle. My heart skips a beat thinking of the history, the ancestral roots within the images now captured for the future, for generations to come.

The mixture of crumbling architecture and elegant black and white fashion creates a stunning juxtaposition. Capturing all this beauty combined with the family's obvious love and happiness is what makes me happy to be a photographer. For me, photographing a family is much more than shooting a couple pretty portraits. It's about providing the family with something tangible that they are able to look back on and see how they smiled together, laughed together, and gazed with affection towards one another. Husband, wife, and son together - what a joy to capture!

Sydney - Floral Inspired Boudoir Shoot

 

"Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first."

-Carrie Bradshaw

 

Sydney @ Brand Model and Talent

Styling & Creative Direction: Mac Meckley

Makeup & Hair: Mac Meckley

Photography: Sidney Kraemer