When Shubhi, Dan and I met this winter down in O.C. where Shubhi grew up, I was so excited to connect with this Bay Area couple. They found me through one of my favorite resources for couples A Practical Wedding -- which always sends me really great folks. So I knew we were going to have a great time together when we decided to do the engagement shoot in Bolinas. We meet up in Marin, hopped in one car and journeyed all around the peaking landscape. There is something about the earth up in that area, it undulated like savannah animal's sun-beat backs -- like enormous camels making up the land. As the sun began to get sleepy, the colors burst into the moist air, bending into the most magical colors. The mountains shifted to blues and purples and S&D moved through the pink light like the gems that they are. Helping each other walk up the rocky paths in such gentle ways, and taking it all in together. It was a dream to make these photos with them, their love unable to hide.
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How do I describe how dreamy, fun and rad these two are?!?!? I don't think I can in words. I photographed Lauryn and Mike's rustic, backyard wedding a couple years ago in Rhode Island and this year we decided to do a little shoot out here in SoCal. So we meet up in Ojai and went on a hike in the valley. Little did we know it was going to be a GOLDEN CLOUD WALK! The light was streaming with magic and love and these two were flowing with the universal force. After the hike they changed into their wedding garb and decided to do a spontaneous vow renewal in an orange grove, during sunset! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? How lucky am I to be a witness to their special commitment and love. Theirs is something to be honored and cherished and I'm so thrilled to be the one to document these special moments in their lives and love! Here's to the many phases of being in a love union and all of the golden places that takes you.
Today is the second Tuesday of the month which means us bad-ass, LA wedding vendors round up to talk shop, have a few giggles and hang out in the clouds. This month we had the privilege of using the top floor of the South Park Center in down town L.A. Tuesday Together was originally set up by the Rising Tide Society, who's objective is the build community over competition -- good call right!?!? Cheers to a wonderful meet up and conversation this morning!
Hello Dear Ones!
This April, I had the special honor of taking an art and architecture pilgrimage to Rome. My days were filled with wandering around the deeply historied passageways, tip-toeing through ancient ruins, languoring in chappels and galleries, having afternoon coffee in open air cafes, being present in one center of thousands of years of art. I took so so many photos ... and have a few to share with you here! I hope you enjoy my little journey through these photos!
Nancy and Will met years ago at a friends party. They hit it off and developed a friendship that has now bloomed into a life partnership. Their wedding, later this summer is going to be be on the east coast so they wanted to get some sweet photos of them in their home town -- Los Angeles. When Nancy suggested Griffith I was ecstatic. It's the perfect blend of lush nature and gorgeous art nouveau structures. Out wonderings around the trails and observatory at sunset was a total dream. The light, their giddy smiles and laughter, the views of the city, architecture that professes nature and love-- I could have stayed up there for days. Hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!
Last weekend in Malibu I caught up with Tara and Arley just a few weeks after they decided to tie the knot. Point Dume State Beach in Maibu is one of their favorite Sunday outings so we decided to make an evening of it on film. These super playful sweethearts were such a trip to photograph. Congratulations to them and their journey ahead!
Last Thursday LoveSpell Collective teamed up with Toasted LA to put together a super fun, indie wedding fair at Ruby Street in Highland Park, LA. LoveSpell went above and beyond -- designed invitations, created table settings, made beautiful circular floral installations, even hand wrapped sage smudge sticks...not to mention the three model brides! It was a total trip and I was psyched to drop by and document the event for them. They are a dream team of ladies making all of your wedding planning visions come true. All of the great vendors in the below photos are listed below. Hope you enjoy these dreamy wedding ideas!
Taking some time to explore the glowing, evening light that falls into my studio.
Ethereal and fleeting colors of shifting light.
I've been thinking a great deal about how lucky I am to have been born in U.S. territory when my immigrant mother had just returned from a long stay in her homeland of Czechoslovakia. It’s been a time of meditation on all of the privileges my dual citizenship has afforded me and that the color of my skin (white) has allowed me to blend in to the American status quo my entire life. No one ever asked me where I was born or what country my family immigrated from – I was always free to discuss or hide that part of myself depending on the environment.
These days, I see the tenuous calls for solidarity of my first generation neighbors from childhood – Iranian, El Salvadorian, Pakistani, Vietnamese, Lebanese. I see some of them posting pleas and instructions for their friends and family in case they are stopped in airports or on the street. I watch as they delete their Facebook and Instagram accounts in fear of having Green Cards or naturalized citizenship revoked. I listen in support and presence to their needs, and often feel powerless to stop the changes that are affecting them.
My mother left Czechoslovakia -- an oppressive communist state-- knowing that if she stayed a very hard life was ahead of her. Some of her artist peers had fled through political asylum, though the most stable exit route was via marriage. Luckily, she met an American with whom she fell in love, got married and had my brother. She was afforded her exit from that declining, fear-driven climate. After over 20 years in the states my mother kept her Green Card until her work as an engineer brought her to the Pentagon where they insisted she fulfill her U.S. citizenship for special access. She had refused for so many years due to the interview process being so personal as to ask her about her sexual preferences. What did it matter who she was attracted to? For some reason it mattered to the U.S. citizenship panel. If she was put through such embarrassing and grueling questioning, what have others experienced? In addition she had to forfeit her own passport, no longer a citizen to the land she was born. I can only speak to my mothers experience but I can see—with the new executive orders being passed -- things are getting much harder for those not born on this soil. Things are getting harder for people of color, indigenous peoples and for women. And it’s frightening.
So my response is to cultivate love and strength.
I take deep pride in my cultural heritage and I greatly revere all of the inspiring immigrant and first generation Americans I've had the privilege of working with. The union of two souls is an incredibly personal and vulnerable time. It is filled with tradition, ritual, honor, ancestry, deeply held values, and the creative now. A wedding is a day for all of the family members to gather and offer myriad blessings to their beloved. A sensitive and tender place. It is a space where I gather my best talents and creative abilities to support my couples by building a stellar photographic document of their monumental time. I look forward to providing my support, love and respect to all of my couples in 2017 – for everyone deserves beauty, ease and wellbeing. I look forward to continually supporting the wealth of diversity this great earth holds, and know that no political moment can change how strong we are together and how vast our roots reach.
Happy to announce Two Moon is one of the top 5% of wedding professionals chosen by wedding wire couples for 2017! Thanks so much for all of the incredible memories. I'm am honored to be a part of all of my clients fantastic and deeply moving unions. Thank you!
My dreamy pal Kate Jones, a gifted musician came by the studio last week. What a treat to span a little time and talk about life, politics, Los Angeles and our experiences. It's a wild time and talking with gentle friends is deeply soothing to my heart. And that she was game to catch a little of the golden, afternoon light with me shooting film was an additional treat. Thanks Kate, you are a shooting star!
To a great leader of nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement; I'd like to take a moment to thank for you for all of your work and dedication to change in a country riddled with inequality. You strived for a shift in consciousness and the momentum you fostered so many years ago is still vital today. We hold your loved ones and movement collaborators in our hears on this day of remembrance.
In a moment of change and uncertainty we look to your leadership and teachings to help us move through and stand up for our beliefs. I'd like to additionally thank Congressman John Lewis and his continued efforts. There is a need for our voices of dissent to be heard, and I am thankful for these leaders who create spaces for all Americans to do so.
On this day, the nation celebrates the birth of a true leader, Martin Luther King Jr. -- we honor and thank you for your service.
We had a super fun time last weekend coming out to Ladies Rock Camp and shooting band portraits. If you don't know about ladies rock camp you've got to check it out! It's a weekend long camp for women who get to come and learn an instrument of their choice in the comfort of an all female environment. The teachers, workshop facilitators, lunch time performances and volunteers are all women musicians ready to guide and lend a hand. Over the course of three days the participants learn an instrument, form a band and write a song! On the last day they get to perform at a rock venue. It's super empowering on all levels and I always walk away feeling like the world is a better place for it.
The proceeds from ladies rock camp go to giving scholarships to children in need to attend the week long Girls Rock Camp.
Here are some of the fun band photos from right before their first gig ever!
I've been collecting these old photos at flea markets for years. I just love how worn and yet so intimate they still feel.
The Metropolitan Building in Queens is a real trip. Around every turn are collections of victorian lamps, cracking mirrors and walls of velour chaise lounges. The setting fit the couple beautifully; warm, inviting, creative and fun. Thanks Colleen and Joe for an incredible day!
This is the time of year when the beautiful art rolls in via mail and I'm getting super jazzed about all the wonderful photos I'm taking and working on. Here are a few fun items that have swooped into my mailbox in the last few weeks:
Did you have a chance to check out this informative article about Obama's stance on marriage equality? Click the image for a link to the article.
Dude! Who doesn't want to feel awesome about making a donation to a rad non-profit?! Well now all Two Moon packages offer a donation to this stellar organization.
I’ve been a volunteer at Girls Rock Rhode Island since it’s first year in operation and volunteered at the Brooklyn branch before that. Having played in bands since I was 18, released a dozen CDs and vinyls with various projects, toured the US and Europe several times I’m happy to join up with this rad organization. They offer partial and full scholarships to many of their students every year, which brings in a great group of girls. One summer I taught electric guitar to a young girl who had never picked up the instrument before and was so shy she barely said her name when we did introductions on the first day. Every day we had group lessons, various workshops (women in rock, self defense, confidence on stage, etc), lunch performances by local female musicians and band rehearsals every afternoon. By the end of the week the shy little girl was on stage performing a song that her and her new friends wrote together. Although she was nervous she went up there and performed in front of hundreds of people who came to support the event and she killed it! It brought tears to my eyes to see such a change in one girl’s experience of collaboration, confidence and will power.
This video by E. Lee does a stellar job of describing the awesomeness that is GRRI:
That's it for now!
Congrats to the happy couple Ariella and Matt!
Walking around their neighborhood in Brooklyn a couple weeks ago we had a stellar time ducking into romantic nooks and finding shady lanes to stroll down. I love all the details that unfold when you spend a little time really looking at the architecture and human touch present in Cobble Hill. I hope you enjoy checking out these shots as much as we did making them!
I had a super fun time photographing Ariella and Matt in Brooklyn last weekend! Congrats to the newly engaged and stay tuned for more photos coming soon!