Photo Session Planning Tip: Create an Experience

These photos are from last summer on our family vacation but I had to get them up on our blog because I just love them too much. We were all spending the day at the lake and I couldn't resist a little impromptu mini shoot with my brother and my soon-to-be sister-in-law swimming together in the water. I just love the simplicity and the realness in these pictures: their love for one another, the joy in their faces, and their adventurous hearts filled to the brim.

If you or someone you know are planning engagement or anniversary photos, here is my advice. Plan a date! Like, an actual date. Let your photographer be your third wheel (trust me, they won't mind) and plan something adventurous! Go for a swim in the ocean or lake, take a picnic on a scenic hike, paddle board together, explore downtown together, try something new. Think about the things you love to do together and the places that you love to go. Don't just pick a pretty field... choose something that you will look back on ten or twenty years later and think "that was where we loved to be together."

I promise, you won't regret it. 


Jocelyn and Cheyne | Proposal Story | Redlands, CA

Last month, I received an email from Cheyne who was planning on proposing to his girlfriend Jocelyn (who is also one of our friends from youth ministry days) and I was so excited that he reached out to me to photograph it. Getting to witness and document proposals is honestly one of the sweetest, most joyful experiences. Cheyne put so much love into every detail for Jocelyn and it was beautiful getting to watch it all unfold.

From the Bride Jocelyn

"Cheyne's birthday dinner turned into a surprise scavenger hunt proposal! I showed up at the apartment and was greeted with directions and rules! First stop was our first kiss, and one of my best friends was there to greet me with my next clue. The next stop was where he asked me to be his girlfriend, and another best friend was there to greet me with my next clue, which led me to Olive Avenue Market where yet another best friend was there with another clue. That clue led me to the quad at the University of Redlands where Cheyne and I have had several picnics. There, in front of the chapel were my parents who led me to Cheyne. I walked inside of the chapel and there were pictures from birth to present of the both of us that led me to a choir singing in Latin "I have found the one whom my soul loves." I died some more. He brought me on stage and the rest is history because I don't even remember what he said! After the big yes, I turned around and all of our close family and friends were there in the audience! Someone pinch me, I get to spend forever with my best friend!"