published again! tea party engagement shower.

I am overjoyed to share with you that another makeup and styled shoot creation of mine has been published on the Dancing With Her Blog!

"Dancing With Her is the world's leading wedding resource for lesbian women. It's more than just a magazine, Dancing With Her is also an online blog, journal and directory of some of the very best vendors from around the world."

Not only is my work being published, but to a LESBIAN wedding blog. Such an honor as it is part of who I am. Fingers crossed this publication will bring me more two bride bridal parties! I have my first in March and they could not be a better fit for me. Sometimes it's a little surprising how similar they are to us. 

I had the idea to put together a tea party because one, tea parties are adorable and two, I could get professional images of several gals at once. 

Since meeting at the start of last year, I wanted badly to work with Jen Vazquez. I felt immediately comfortable with her. When I approached her with the idea, she was sold without questions. She added to the concept by making it about the bride proposing to her gals. What a cute idea! She coached me through some of the process, and together we gathered a fabulous team! 

The true glue and team all star was Kayli from Crush Co. She took our idea and made it sparkle. I was absolutely blown away with her attention to detail. Not to mention that she is as big an Anthropologie fan as I am! 

For me, what set this shoot apart from others, was our clothing designer, Stephanie of Taste Studio. Each piece was meticulously hand made and oh so fitting- pun intended! You could see how fabulous the girls felt in their frocks. 

The shoot came to life with each of our other vendors as the layers and icing to a fabulous cake! Isabel Jackson Beauty worked along side me on hair. Salt and Honey baked up the beautiful and delicious tastes. Seascape Flowers provided the lovely floral. Katie Kubitz was the fabulous creative behind the calligraphy. One True Love Vintage and Abbey Party Rents SF furnished our tea party. Mod Mix Studio and Mod Mix Studio adorned the tables with linen. Tea Cups to Candles filled our gift box with her creations. And I honestly could not have stood upright without the assistance of Megan Donovan on two of the models. 

Last but not least, the always beautiful Fitz Place graciously hosted us and set the scene for the most beautiful shoot. 

styled shoot: winter wonderland.

When I set out to participate in styled shoots at the end of the past summer, this was the first one that was put into action. I had such a fabulous time meeting new vendors and creating together. I got hooked on the style shoot train immediately. 

Cross your fingers for us! We are still waiting on publications to respond. 

Cooordinator: Hermosa Weddings and Events / Photographer: Michelle Change Photography / Venue: the Fitz Place / Florist: Wildrose and Thyme / Catering: California Inspirations / Invitations: Boxed Wedding Inspirations / Hair: Beautiful One Makeup / Rentals: Williams Party Rentals / Wedding Dress: Collezione Fortuna / Groom’s Attire: Stitch and Tie / Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films / Linens: Party Crush Studio / Jewelry: Nik's Candi / Models: Tiana TranDon 

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kinsey + colin.

You know that feeling of instant connection? In August, Quianna Marie Photography referred her client, Kinsey to me. I was in Spain at the time, mostly disconnected, but happened to be checking my phone at just the right time. 

Kinsey text and we hit it off right away. 

Within the third text we already were on the topic of teaching. Her with high schoolers, myself with preschool. And we both agreed that the other is a saint for dealing with their age group. 

Then the wedding planning talk started. And oh do I feel her pain. Ever since my own wedding, working with brides has felt different. I am significantly more patient, more communicative, and feel more connected to each gal. 

Confession! Sometimes I tear up... ok, even full on cry, while driving to my weddings just thinking about my own, all the feelings, and knowing exactly how my bride is feeling. It is the most overwhelmingly happy feeling ever. I am so fortunate to recall this feeling so often. 

If you don't already know, moms are often my favorite clients- sorry brides! I do love you too. When I opened the door to see Kinsey and her mom, I was so excited! Mom got cozy on my little couch and I got to work.

The conversation was effortless and so enjoyable. We discussed everything from what I was doing, to parenting, and our careers as educators. I even got some in site on parenting an only child- bonus! 

My favorite part of the conversation is always when my bride talks about her love: how they met and what she loves about them. 

Kinsey and Colin met at the gym! He was training for a show and was quite "yoked". They chatted several times, but it wasn't until meeting again at church that they solidified their feelings for one another. 

And you can clearly see their love captured in their photographs. 

It was beyond hard choosing some favorites. So, I chose a lot. 

The styling. Locations. EVERYTHING! I am just so in love with these images of Kinsey and Colin's love for one another. 

"I like it when you smile, but I love when I'm the reason."

october is for darkness.

Traditionally, my job as a bridal artist is all about accentuating features, bringing light to the face and helping my clients to feel their best. 

Not today. 

I teamed up with Victoria Elena from Persephone Studios to get creative. We found inspiration in the Black Swan and all her grungy dark glory. 

Starting with the White Swan, I found the light first. Victoria has a gorgeous fair complexion that required very little foundation. Thus, I worked more so with various white products ranging from cream to powder and matte to shine. I enjoyed playing with the different textures, layering products to create dimension despite their monochromatic nature. 

But looking at my work, it felt incomplete and too pure. Thus, the gray eyeliner and the representation of imperfection.

IMPERFECTION. The true drive and theme of this photoshoot for me. 

From here, I continued to deepen the darkness. Thus, the final and photographed looks.

I had so much fun drawing outside the lines. Creating imbalance. Darkness. Grunge. The complete opposite of my usual art. 

The most difficult task of all for myself, was posing in front of the camera. It was hard to push aside my naturally uplifting personality to portray darkness and mystery. This is where Victoria was a true help. With her direction I was able to achieve our desired look. 

For your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!