Santa Barbara California Sunrise Session on Leadbetter Beach :: Santa Barbara Courthouse :: Kelli and Jed

You can not help but feel good around Kelli and Jed. Their positive energy and love for each other, for life in general, is catching. I loved getting to be around them again. I'm not naturally a 'morning person' but there are just some things worth being up early for. Sunrise in Santa Barbara on the beach with these two.. that's one of them. We started at Leadbetter Beach right before the sun peeked over the horizon line, when there's that gorgeous glow to the world. The sand was pretty cold (though nothing like New England in March!) and the sun was welcome, it started warming everything up as we shot. 

After the beach, we went over to the Santa Barbara Courthouse. It was closed, it was still pretty early, but we spent some time photographing outside. It is such a beautiful building, definitely worth checking out if you visit Santa Barbara, and it is so different then anything in New England, something you might picture when thinking of Southern California architecture. The perk of an early morning shoot.. no one else was around! 

Santa Barbara California Sunrise Session by the Beach :: Kelli and Jed :: Sneak Peek

I had the pleasure of photographing Kelli and Jed's wedding a couple of years ago here in Massachusetts at a retreat in Worthington. So it was so incredible to catch up with these two again in Santa Barbara, CA where we hit the beach, with camera in hand, bright and early right before sunrise. And, even two years after their wedding day, they are still so obviously and beautifully in love. These are two photos from that session that we took at the very end at this little park theater that was just across from my hotel. 

*I couldn't believe the combination of timing and luck that put that seagull right in the middle of the image [on the left] here at just the right moment to compliment the scene!

Wedding Portraits in the Nevada Desert Outside of Las Vegas :: Niki and Adam

Niki and Adam braved a cold, rainy desert day in Nevada (I felt like I was back in New England!) for this session. I forgot all about the weather when I was watching these two though. You can just feel how in love they are. A few drops of rain can't compete with that! They told me that it has been three years since their wedding day and I would've sworn they were newly weds. Just look at those smiles, the way he holds her, all of it! 

Flowers by Opal Floral

Hair & Makeup by Your Beauty Call

Coordinated by Kristen Joy