los angeles arboretum engagement session

louis + melody are two wildly creative folks (melody is an extraordinary violin player and louis a videographer for musicians and weddings) and one super cute couple. we met up one hot and humid day for their engagement session at the gorgeous los angeles arboretum (sassy peacocks included) and props to them for putting up with an hour of me saying "can you stand in/around/behind this plant?" 

motherhood | a portrait series

this is my one of a kind gal pal ashley. we met back in ohio after several mutual friends insisted we get together and i love thinking of our first semi-awkward coffee date, filling each other in on our respective creative endeavors. it was an enjoyable and sweet conversation, we left with the possibility of shooting together but didn't think much of it. fast forward five years : our first shared studio, three kids, countless shared meals, two cross-country moves, a creative collective, our own magazine and i've found in her one of the dearest and most genuine friends a gal could have. she is creative, honest, sassy, caring and a killer cook. she can make anyone feel welcome and her sense of aesthetic is out of this world. she is so generous with her time whether it be to snuggle a baby, drop off a warm quiche or help you work through a creative block. so naturally ashley was my test subject for the portraits i wanted to offer my mama friends for mother's day. a round of those hot mamas coming soon but first, ashley. 
needless to say, she killed it.