When your best friend gets engaged and you’re in the wedding industry - it’s kind of a big deal. Years ago my high school best friend, Sarah and I reconnected. For a good time I was hearing about her boyfriend and at that time, she already knew this was the man she wanted to marry. Naturally I made it my mission to hang out with him asap and as much as a could. Does anyone else have a hard time breaking this wall down with their friends sometimes? Maybe it’s the boys not wanting to be judged or they just want to be with their guy friends? I don’t know. But for some reason it seems to always be a little difficult am I right? And now Nicky knows I’m the funnest so theres that!
So once I finally got in to Sir Nick’s busy schedule, I was absolutely in love with him - that is in love with him for my best friend to marry. Passed the test.
Years later when he started planning his proposal, I was so honored to be included in the planning process. It was one of the hardest things holding back as a creative, but I wanted this to be about him and his woman. So with just a tiny bit of help from me - and lots of photographs he surprised his bride and made (to date) the best night of her life!
I loved, loved being able to capture this for now, two of my best friends! XOXO
These two created the most relaxed, laid-back, joyful wedding. With just a handful of friends, they took to their longtime country club and said their vows surrounded by pink roses that matched the bride’s hair. Here’s just a few from the fun afternoon!
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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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!
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.
Venue: Crystal Cove State Park
Photography: Sidney Kraemer Photography
Wedding Planner: Pop the Champagne Events
Caterer: Beachcomber Cafe
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
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.
on location in West Maui, Hawaii
Bikini Boudoir Portrait 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.
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