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

 

Mother Daughter Self Portrait Series - Long Beach

Happy Mama's Day! I can vividly recall a moment in time, long before my daughter was in my arms. It was in this moment, that it was so very clear to me what I wanted to be.

You see, I went off to college thinking I had to go. I had to learn something, that could get me a job and basically set up my life forever and ever. I had applied to colleges in an interesting matter. Each college I applied to was with the intent of studying a different material. I didn't really want to be anything. So when the acceptance letters came in, my choice came with not only a school--but set up what I thought I'd be doing for the rest of my life. I throughly enjoyed art; I appreciated it earnestly and so after careful consideration the school that was my art path was selected and off I went.

But it was later in a moment of hysterical tears streaming down my face, brought on by a stressful, competition riddled college and a beautiful case of PMS, that I dramatically blurted out, to my boyfriend at the time, that all I really wanted to do was be a mom. I had broken down and thought I was never gonna make money (I was doing a lot of free work at the time). Therefore I would never have the funds to support a kid. I thought for sure I was just destined to never be able to have them. And the one thing I wanted, ever, was to be a mom. That's all I wanted.

Looking back I clearly was amazing girlfriend material, so many guys love a super-young-crying over wanting a baby-girlfriend! While that was not the prettiest moment in my life. I was vulnerable. I was embarrassed. I even remember thinking it wasn't right--so many woman had worked so hard for equality that  JUST wanting to be a mom seemed like a betrayal.

But every once in a while I like to remember that moment, that night. When my heart was breaking and I knew what I wanted, a single thing-my baby.

Maybe it was about a year later, that I got what my heart desired. My baby came without any plan. And despite the hardships, the trials that came with an unplanned pregnancy, I know She and I were planned, just by someone a lot smarter than me.


So when I asked Billy to take some portraits with my yesterday she said "sine" which is "fine." She can't quite get those Fs down. But as we went to her closet, she was adamant she didn't have the right clothes. After pulling out her entire dress collection I said then you'll just have to be naked. She looked at me, smiled, and threw off her shirt and that settled our wardrobe choices. However, I must say that taking self portraits, while trying to hide some delicate parts AND have your three year old insist she should click the wireless remote shutter and not  really know about hiding it, the "session" was one of the more difficult ones I have done.

 

From my Body

Here's to my little budding photographer. A mommy and me collaboration.

 

 

Old Towne Orange - Rainy Day Newborn Lifestyle Session

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I started reminiscing about when I first became a mother. I remember being worried that I wouldn't know what to do. I still can recall the first night with my baby and thinking I shouldn't go to sleep--I thought I should be doing something (How silly is that?) I ended up watching my kid sleep and missing out on those precious hours that could have helped a few nights later! Oh well, first time mom mistakes! What I do know is that taking pictures, even though that is probably the last thing you want to do in the first few days, is so incredibly special. Babies change so quickly in the first weeks/days/hours. Having those images, you can recall just how you felt in that moment.

Below is a newborn session I never shared more than a few images despite how beautiful these pictures show mom and dad with their week old babe. I always have a heart for moms, but it gets worse at this time of the year. Share in it with me here through this session!

"And so the adventure begins"

 

 

Sweet Anaheim Hills Wedding - Korryne + Keller - Orange County

I am so excited to share with you some highlights from Korryne and Keller's wedding! Marine and southern stud met Socal beauty Korryne, a no fess, laid back, say it like you mean it woman...Keller was hooked and how do they say it?--the rest was history! These two know how to have a good time and their wedding reflected just that. Priorities were made for this day and it was all kinds of fun, filled with dancing, laughter, and heartfelt tears. This is what love looks like!

 

Blessed by southern California rain in the weeks prior, the beautiful canyon where their ceremony took place was lush and green.

 

 

 

 

Chandeliers sparkled above their heads as they smiled, laughed, and shed a few tears.   

The kiss.

Enjoying a few intimate moments together after becoming husband and wife.

Love capturing those in between moments like this. 

Driven away in chic red falcon...

First dance goals.

Mother of the bride's tears matched her daughters as the father-daughter dance took place. 

Bride and groom were surprised with these Mr. and Mrs. cups when they took their seats.

Grandma on the bride's side, shared with me she wore this same dress to her wedding and wanted to wear it here for good luck to the young couple! 

A little selfie action on the dance floor. 

Sharing special moments on their dance floor.

 

Ceremony Venue: Oak Canyon Nature Center

Photography: Sidney Kraemer Photography

Florals: Kat's Creations Floral Design

Reception Venue: Yorba Linda Community Center

Catering: Blue Agave 

 

Laguna Beach Maternity Session

I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful little family a little bit ago. Pregnant with her first child, Jensen reached out to me eager to set up a shoot in the last weeks of her pregnancy. She confided to me that she hadn't thought of documenting this time but now aware of the practice really wanted to make it happen. I was so happy we were able to set it up. Photographing motherhood holds one of the most dear places in my heart. It was during my own pregnancy path that I truly gained a new perspective on life-on myself. You are growing a little person inside yourself! Mothers are strength. They are goddesses. They are pure beauty, pure life.

It make me the most happiest when I am able to capture this time-this new life.

I know for a lot of women, a lot of times, being pregnant is hard. But I encourage you to take lots of pictures despite what you feel like. To hold this memories in your hands after and know that is your baby growing in there, is absolutely amazing.

 

Congratulations to these lovelies--who welcomed a baby boy into their home last week!

"A mother's love for the child of her body differs essentially from all other affections, and burns with so steady and clear a flame that it appears like the one unchangeable thing in this earthly mutable life..."

W.H. Hudson

 

Romantic San Juan Capistrano Wedding - Mikaylah + Evan - Orange County

This was one of those weddings were I went home and I was so happy with what I do. I am a firm believer that photography should be one of the biggest investments in your life. It might be from the many many times my family would look through the giant albums my mom made, but photographs have always been a big part of my life. I love looking back and being able to recall a memory because of a photograph or asking about an image that goes beyond me and learning something about my family history. When I began photographing weddings, I felt like a part of history. These are the images tell a family's real story.

Mikaylah and Evan's wedding was by far a favorite of mine. There was so much family, so much love throughout the day. The baby of all her sisters, Mikaylah was surrounded by her best friends for life. As the evening progressed the bride and groom danced surrounded by all their nieces and nephews. It was truly a sweet, sweet affair that will be remembered fondly from all different perspectives, all different generations.

Below are some highlights...

 

 

 

 

 

Some reception fun...

 

 

Venue: Plaza de Magdalena 

Coordinator: EVENTS by Robin

Photography: Sidney Kraemer

Videographer: Ellie Meade

DJ + Lighting: VOX DJs

Florist: Fantasy Floral

Hair: Dry Bar

Cake/Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cake

Officiant: Jeremiah Ramer

 

Alta Vista Country Club Wedding - Katie + Brandon - Orange County

It was all smiles and laughter, as Katie and Brandon prepared for their nuptials at Alta Vista Country Club in Orange County, California. There is not a better word I can think than to describe their day but-- perfectly happy! The bride, Katie lounges between makeup and finishing hair.

 

What a gorgeous ring! Here it sits atop pearl covered converse sneakers that the bride wore allowing her to dance the night in style and comfort.

Mama, sis, and maid of honor help the bride into her dress.

I love the effort couples put in. It's the little details that really make it yours. Check out the cute hanger.

Katie, you made such a stunning bride!

The bridesmaids wore navy mismatched dresses.

Flower girl sweetness!

In traditional fashion, the bride and groom waited for the ceremony to see each other.

The groom, Brandon eagerly awaiting.

Smiles right before walking down the aisle.

The flower girl was also their daughter and stayed close to Mama's side throughout the ceremony.

Alta Vista Country Club's spacious green golf course was such a beautiful backdrop to showcase the couples portraits.

 

The cake was navy with gold to go with the rest of the wedding design.

The couple sneaked out for a few moments to themselves.

 

 

Venue: Alta Vista County Club

 

Florals: Victoria's Garden

 

San Juan Capistrano Engagement - Mikaylah + Evan

Mikaylah was at a coffee shop, when mutual friends called Evan telling him there was this cute girl he needed to meet. They fell in love. Coffee + friends could there not be a more amazing set up. These two are absolute salt of the earth and there love for each other was glowing when I met them for their engagement session. With their wedding just around the corner, I wanted to share this beautiful story.         

 

I can't wait so shoot their wedding!