After five weekends of back to back weddings, it was so refreshing spending an evening playing along the coast with these two for their engagement photos. I can hardly wait for their wedding this spring in Los Gatos!
Once upon a time Justine was out for a night on the town to celebrate a friend's birthday. Peter spotted her from across the crowded room and time stood still. He walked straight over to her, and the rest is history. Fast forward to a hot summer day in the rolling hills of Mendocino County where these two started the rest of their lives together.
I'd like to introduce you to someone very special who has been keeping me quite busy this month. Welcome to the world Maslow Oliver Winningham! Arriving at 5:47pm on January 15th, he immediately had us wrapped around his little finger and we couldn't possibly be more in love with him.
I've struggled coming up with the words to put to this session, but "holy shit" seems to sum things up nicely. Shannon and Iain emphasized from the very beginning how important it was for me to get photos of them hiking through the park since it was incredibly special to them, so we planned an afternoon in Yosemite the day following their wedding that was equal parts laid back and adventurous. After all the excitement and anticipation of the day before, it felt invigorating to venture out along the rocky granite trails with fresh mountain air hitting our faces. We spent the whole day laughing together and getting dirty while we climbed over rocks and through brush just to chase the best views and last bits of sunlight. It's a shoot I will never forget, from the magical scenery to the best company I could ever hope to have shared it with.
A million thanks to my friend Grace Hurtienne for second shooting the whole weekend with me, and for hustling at such high altitudes to make sure my 28 week pregnant ass didn't pass out. Often the best adventurous photos require actual adventure, and I'm so thankful to constantly meet couples who are ready to go all in.
Where do I even begin with this wedding? I hit it off with Shannon and Iain from the moment we connected through FaceTime over a mutual love of hiking, camping, and exploring the great outdoors. They have been dating for 11 years and have experienced love and loss, new jobs, and a cross country move to California together. At first they felt lonely in their new home but embraced their love of nature, exploring Yosemite National Park and the magnificent Sierra Nevadas that were now sprawled out before them. Somewhere along the way, California began to feel more like home as they slowly found themselves building a community of lifelong friendships. When they imagined their wedding day, there was no uncertainty that they wanted to share the wilderness that had become so special to their relationship with the people they loved most.
I spent the entire weekend with Shannon and Iain for their wedding and watched them light up every single time they looked at each other. I was humbled to stand by their sides as I took in each moment and witnessed how truly adored they are by family and friends. These crazy lovebirds are in for a lifetime of adventuring together and I'm so lucky to have been there for part of it. Mega shoutout to my talented friend Grace Hurtienne for second shooting this wedding and day-after session alongside me while I was 28 weeks pregnant and still climbing Yosemite's many boulders and steep trails.
Don't miss Part Two for Shannon and Iain's epic day-after session exploring Yosemite National Park as newlyweds!