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Our wedding weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea

The wedding weekend started with fish tacos. All good things start with fish tacos.   Jon, Duncan’s best man, came over for dinner on Thursday evening, and I finally got to meet him. (Don’t worry; Whiskey didn’t.)  We made tacos, and the boys told me about their two-day trip through the shadier parts of San […]

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Your significant other/partner hates having their photo taken, and you’d really love to do a portrait session. If you force them into it, yeah you’ll get images, but…more often than not, you won’t end up liking them. Because… It probably won’t surprise you to hear that attitude can really translate “on film,” so to speak. […]

What to do if your significant other hates having their photo taken

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8 Unconventional gifts to shake up your holiday season

I hate Black Friday. I hate how people spend a day being grateful and then immediately go full-scale consumer demon. How early they get up just to go shopping, sometimes so early that it’s still Thanksgiving. Sometimes so early that they don’t even have dinner at home on Thursday. That we make people work in […]

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How do you choose a photographer? What a loaded question. This can (and should, in my opinion) be a very personal question. “Photography” in general has become a very saturated field, and it can be overwhelming with so many photographers to choose from. I can’t make this decision for you, but I can give you […]

How to choose a photographer

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Our engagement story

I sort of threw a monkey wrench in Duncan’s plans. Three times. The first was pretty major, the others are just standard Rachel, oblivious to what was happening.   Before Duncan flew out in June, we talked about renting a motorbike. One of our favourite things to do when we were living in Pennsylvania was […]

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Feeling nervous or awkward before a portrait session is 100% normal. I’m definitely not a psychologist, but in an attempt to assuage that nervousness, here are some useful things for you to keep in mind: I’m not focused on how this will look on social media I’m not comparing you to anyone else You don’t […]

How to deal with awkwardness or nerves before a portrait session

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Halloween special: my encounter with a poltergeist in one of the most haunted places in Europe

Disclaimer(s): This has nothing to do with photography This has nothing to do with business I am a scientist and don’t necessarily believe in supernatural anything but ohhhhh boy does this still keep me up at night. Halloween is one of my favourite holidays, and this is a creepy ghost story. Just enjoy things, ok?  […]

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I first met Brit and Jose early in 2018; if you want to read more about their story and how they met, go check that out first. Don’t worry, I’ll be waiting right here when you get back.   After that first session together, Brit and Jose mentioned that, should I ever want to do […]

In home session in tiny SF apartment with Brit and Jose

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Tips for choosing a location for your engagement session that doesn’t suck

So you’re engaged–hell yes, congratulations! And you want images that capture your engagement–hell yes again! But how in the name of pants do you choose an engagement session location? There’s a lot to unpack here, so listen up, because I think this is really important: You’ll enjoy your session (and your photos!) so much more […]

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There’s no sweet preamble today, kids; we’re talking about branding, and we’re jumping in feet-first because we just don’t have time to waffle about.  If you’re in any sort of creative or service industry, I know you’ve been inundated with information about branding and brand awareness etc. etc. etc. You may have read books and articles, watched […]

Branding: what is it, and why do you need a designer?

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