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.
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!
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.
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
- Start working with motion again
- Create one self portrait a week
- No instagram looking at night in bed; pick up books again, watch documentaries instead
- Write in a journal at least twice a week
- Finish 4 Family Albums for Billy
- Have a more carbon conscience diet, less red meat
- Bring my camera on more everyday events, stop relying on my cellphone camera, document what might seem mundane
- Connect with more local people
- Find a charity that I can become passionate about
- Wear heels more
- Connect even more with the people I'm shooting
- Allow more spontaneity to occur in my daily life
- Continue to take care of my body
- Read more ART books!
- See more Art
- Continue to learn experiment with cooking and new recipes
- Make my work more like the masters
- Ignore any fear
- Show more women how beautiful they are
- 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
that your very existence
is an act of
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.
While the bride relaxed at the spa, the groom's best man helps him into his ensemble.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
poem by Emery Allen
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!
This ball of sunshine turned one last week! He got to celebrate at home with cake. Pure sweetness, check out that smile.
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.
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"
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.
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
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..."
Model: Azaria L @ Brand Models Makeup: Brittany Ball
I had shot Korryne's pictures when she graduated from college. Then, after shooting her cousin's wedding, where she happened to be the maid of honor, Korryne and her mama reached out to me about doing her own wedding! Nothing makes me happier than when clients come to me repeatedly. It means they love my work and trust me!
Turning out to be the most laid back bride-to-be ever along with her super chill fiànce, Korryne and Keller showed up for their engagement session on the most beautiful overcast day in laguna. I love shooting on these type of days. I can't help but see these two as characters in a most intense love story.
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...
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
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!