This amazing wedding was set deep in a classic Georgia horse farm. It was a beautiful, muggy day, at the very beginning of summer, before the bugs were real, before the heat kept you from wanting to stand outside in the lush greenery. And these two love birds exchanged vows under a tent as it started to thunder and rain, and eventually rainbows streaked the evening sky.
As the new year begins, so does a whole new chapter in my life.
My husband and the baby and I, and our dog and cat, are moving from our cozy, sweet home in Atlanta to a lovely home in Denver later this month. We're excited to start our life in Colorado, but also so sad to leave our wonderful and amazing family and friends in Atlanta. It's been such a rich and beautiful three years.
2018 alone has been an incredibly interesting and challenging year.
I have had the absolute honor of photographing so many heartful, amazing individuals. I've been brought in to witness sacred spaces, family milestones, and moments of personal growth.
Professionally, I've stretched my craft into areas I hadn't really considered before: the moments of bliss and pain and relief and joy of the families of brand new newborn babies. I've gotten to spend hours and hours in hospital rooms and birth centers and homes with the most honest, beautiful, loving parents and their children. Being with people during these first few hours after giving birth is one of the richest experiences of my life. It's seeing mothers and fathers at their most vulnerable and emotional. It's watching siblings meet for the first time. Witnessing grandparents cradle their first grandchildren. It's all been revelatory for me. This is what I want. This kind of humble, unselfconscious beauty. This rare look into the blossoming of new love.
I've also turned my camera to the emotionally difficult and joyful world of dog rescue. I've gotten inside looks into foster families and their rescue dogs, and shelters that want more than anything to spare the lives of the thousands of animals in their charge. What began for me as simple portraits of animals to help them become more attractive on the website has transformed into my documenting as many dogs as I can in a more complete way. I hope to be able to communicate the dogs' individuality, their spirit, and their capacity for connection and love. It's something I've been working toward with human subjects for a decade -- trying to capture something deeper, something richer. And now I'm using those skills with homeless dogs in order to find them truly loving companions and a forever home.
Over the course of 2018, I've also had the pleasure of photographing a gorgeous boudoir session with a young bride, a surprise engagement on an Atlanta rooftop, weddings and bar mitzvahs, dance parties, a traditional Vietnamese engagement ceremony, and beautiful, love-filled family portraits.
And, during this past year, I've had the joy of watching my little boy grow, ever more curious, joy-filled, empathetic and loving.
But 2018 has been a difficult year overall -- families separated at the border, refugees refused entry, war and famine, and a growing unease about violence and climate change and the future of, well, everything. The only thing I can say about it is that I'm working to not become complacent. Not to get lost in the sadness and the overwhelming nature of it all. That as a person, and as a photographer, I'll keep shining a light on inequality and keep working to make the world a better place.
It's been quite a year. 2019, come at me. I'm ready for you.
I'll be working full time as a photographer in Denver, and would love to photograph you and your loved ones! Send me an email to book a session, wedding, anything you like. I'll also be traveling to Atlanta at least twice a year, so if you're in Georgia, drop me a line, and we'll organize in advance.
Love to you all, and Happy New Year!
Victoria and Vaughn are one of the most energetic, loving, and charismatic couples I’ve ever met. Victoria laughed and cheered through the entire wedding, and Vaughn looked at her with such admiration, such joy. And the sentiments were absolutely contagious.
I second-shot this wedding with Anna Wu in the middle of Northern California at the Ruby Hill Golf Club.
This day. This shining, bright, beautiful Atlanta day. I arrived at the Park Tavern in Piedmont Park already filled with the kind of anticipation and joy that only comes with knowing that the bride and groom of the day are so perfectly matched, so beautifully aligned and in love. Menucha and Austin are two of the most genuinely loving, gentle, kind-hearted and wonderful people I know. It was so much fun seeing them come together on their wedding day, surrounded by the boundless love of their communities. A truly beautiful modern Jewish wedding, this event had it all. It’s impossible to say which was my favorite part. Was it the bedekken — where the bride and groom saw each other for the first time in days — surrounded by the dancing, singing community? Or maybe it was the ceremony, where Menucha and Austin so lovingly held on to each other, and read their wonderful vows? Or maybe it was the dancing after the ceremony. So. much. dancing.
I feel so lucky that I got to be there, let alone be inside so many intimate moments of the day.
From beginning to end, this wedding 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.