In 2017, we’ve had struggles and we’ve seen grace.  Hope is on the horizon.

I’ve had the incredible honor of photographing so many beautiful families and events this year.  Heartful and joy-filled weddings, engagements, graduations, a bat mitzvah; brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents.  The most important thing is that you’ve trusted me to capture your love.  It’s been so fulfilling.

In terms of my personal life, our little boy is growing up so fast, I almost can’t believe it.  He turned one this year, and his latest trick is racing around our house on hands and knees, attempting, and often succeeding, in beating the cat and dog to their food bowls, or emptying an entire cabinet.  He is funny, bright, independent and sweet.  He fills our lives with light.

Here are some of my favorite images from work and home in 2017.  I can’t wait for more beauty next year!

This gorgeous couple had me from the moment they got in touch with me.  They’re decisive, clear, and absolutely crazy about each other.  It’s a second marriage for both of them, and they’ve both got pasts, hurts, plenty of experiences under their belts.  And even as those facts came through during the session, it was clear that finding each other had been the light.  Finding each other had been healing, and motivating, and cleansing.  They looked at each other with such gentleness and love, it was clear that they not only wanted to be there together, wrapped in a tight embrace, but that they’re making the decision to be together, forever, with gravity, intention, and joy.

I can’t wait to photograph their wedding this spring!

As we were leaving the park, this graceful beauty (below) swept into the lake nearby.  It lingered for a few minutes, just long enough for me to feel a wash of gratitude and light.  It’s a pretty good omen for their marriage, don’t you think?

From beginning to end, this wedding, which I second-shot with Sorella Muse Photography in Los Angeles, was all about joy and love and happiness.  The bride and groom were consistently so sweet, so appreciative, so loving — and not only with each other, but all of their guests and strangers they passed on the street.  It was a real treat just to be near these two on their big day.

It’s the kind of celebration that kind of knocks you over — I laughed — and occasionally cried tears of joy — through the whole event.

The entire day leading up to this absolutely beautiful engagement session, the weather was threatening to keep us out of the Denver Botanic Gardens.  There were dark clouds, occasional winds.  But we decided to just go for it.

As soon as we showed up, it started raining.  Of course.  At first just a sprinkle, but then a huge downpour.  Thankfully we’d ducked into the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, which basically looks and feels like a tropical jungle.  We spent the entire rainstorm exploring, and as soon as it let up and sun began peeking through the dark clouds, we got outside and spent the rest of the shoot wandering through the gorgeous outdoor gardens.

It’s no wonder that Yael and Max wanted their engagement shoot in those gardens.  The space reflects them so well: meticulously cared for, beautifully kept, absolutely lovely.  Ya and Max are such a sweet, joyful, loving couple.  Their love for each other runs so deep.  It was a delight to spend the afternoon with them.


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