Paige & Andrew : Desert Adventure

Drove two hours out to Anza-Borrego Desert with my friend and fellow photog, Paige Nelson and her boyfriend Andrew, for a dreamy adventure session in the slot canyons and night sky. Shooting post-sunset / dusk is my new “golden hour” – the skin tones and natural grittiness are just SO good. I absolutely love what Paige had to say about this shoot, so I’ll leave you with her words.

“I wanted to do this session just because. I was recently asked if we had ever had our photo taken the way I work with my couples, and the sad, true answer was no. It felt a little hypocritical for me to be so wrapped up in this process and not be able to relate the same way. You don’t need to wait for a milestone life event to have your photo taken with the one you love. The in between moments of your relationship are just as memorable and important as those days. I work with couples going on 10 years together who have never had images like these taken, and that’s a shame. Celebrate love on ordinary days. Dress up for the hell of it and go explore a new place. It’s so worth it.”

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Outfit : Strappy with Tobi

Laced Up High Shift Dress c/o Tobi

Back at it again with another style collaboration with Tobi! I absolutely love all their black dresses with interesting details. An all-black wardrobe can start to feel a bit repetitive, so I look for unique takes on simple pieces – like the eye-catching effect of this deep-plunging lace up front. Shift dresses are not usually my thing since they can look a tad boxy, but this dress shows off the right amount of skin to keep it flattering.

Dress: Tobi // Hat: Forever 21 // Boots: Nocona Boots (thrifted)

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Dusk to Dawn Maxi Dress c/o Tobi

Another strappy piece I had to have! I pretty much lived in long flowy maxi dresses all summer, but this one really made a statement with its super open back and criss-cross straps (my husband had to help lace me into it the first time I wore it, haha). I love the peacock-style crochet detailing on the front and the lightweight gauzy fabric. It even pairs nicely with a leather jacket, so I’ll be taking this style with me into Fall.

Dress: Tobi // Hat: Forever 21 // Leather Jacket: Muubaa // Wedges: Mossimo

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post provided by Tobi, but all opinions are my own – I really do love their clothes. ;)

Tyler & Melissa : Intimate Session

Oh my goodness, I am still swooning over this set. I had been dying to do an intimate in-bed session with a couple, so when Tyler reached out to me to book a mini-session with him and his adorable French girlfriend Melissa, I could not have been more excited. They absolutely killed it and the whole session just flowed so naturally. Thank you Tyler and Melissa for having me shoot these for you! Couples, take note – you don’t need a big occasion to take special photos with people you love.

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Jason & Alexis : San Elijo Lagoon Maternity

My dear friends Jason and Alexis have waited a long time for a shoot like this. Knowing just a bit of their struggle with fertility and spending Connect group nights praying over them for a miracle, I am so immensely excited for these two to finally meet the baby God has been preparing for them all this time. I was super honored when Alexis reached out to me to photograph her maternity photos, and the shoot could not have been more magical.

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