July 24, 2020:
July 20, 2020:
My little brother Aaron and his wife Cierra are about to knock out a 6th niece for me (apparently us Paetz’ don’t make boys), so with Regan helping me out as a second shooter, the four of us headed out for a maternity session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu. We caught the sunset from the cliffs and on the shore, now I just have to wait a few weeks to meet my new adventure buddy!
June 18th, 2020:
Photo shoots are back on! (with yours truly as a masked photographer). After nearly a 3 month hiatus from my camera because of California’s stay at home order, it’s so fantastic to hold a camera again and create some images with my clients!
For Alex + Mike’s session we started outside their place and wandered around the neighborhood which happens to be a couple blocks from Newport Beach. Needless to say it was exactly what this photographer needed to get back out there.
I can’t wait for more shoots this summer!
May 20th, 2020:
It’s been a long and strange couple of months in the social distancing world of COVID-19; time for me has passed infinitesimally slow while at the same time it’s somehow already almost June. Last month, while feeling like a caged animal and trying to figure out how to bring some joy to the world, I set out to capture some images of people on their front porch. I lined up about 40 of these sessions over the course of a week, put about 600 miles on the car and had everyone step out into the sunlight to document a slice of their homebound life. I had a great time doing this and it makes me lust for the days when I can be shooting weddings again.
** Social Distancing was maintained throughout this whole project; I essentially pulled up at the curb, shot them a text, they came out for a few minutes of photos and then I was on my way.
April 10th, 2020:
So we’re all in the middle of this Covid-19 insanity right now and I’m locked away in Southern California. I had just moved back from Seattle earlier in the year and was crashing at moms while apartment/house hunting when all this hit, so now, (with the majority of my things are all still in storage), I’m living in a weird limbo. As I guess we all are in one way or another.
I’ve been working with clients to postpone and reschedule their shoots and weddings until later in the year. As of now the calendar is clear until June and my days are (very lightly) packed with backing up images, rebuilding my website and cooking… lots of cooking… I am 90% certain I’ll come out of social distancing 15lbs heavier.
I also just got around to looking through some of the last things I photographed before moving that got postponed from the blog and I came across this shoot of Miguel + Lauren from late December (you might remember these two from the epic Star Wars astroshoot out in Death Valley in 2017). This was the second time these two went above and beyond for their pictures and I can’t wait to head to Austin for their wedding at New Years!
March 11th, 2020:
I can’t even say kind enough things about Shawna + Ernie, they are people who are really just that amazing. After dating in high school, they lost track of each other for 25 years before finally reconnecting and finding a whirlwind romance. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you both at Arroyo Trabuco and can’t wait to see what your future brings!
February 7th, 2020:
Last fall was a crazy time for me, major life shifts, I moved back to Los Angeles and headed off to Asia for more than a month. Also, I feel behind in blogging a bit, no surprise, huh? So I’ll be doing a little catch up now, starting with Megan + Julia’s fall engagement session at Discovery Park in Seattle. These two absolutely charmed me and I can’t wait to head back up there in the summer to capture their big day!
January 31st, 2020:
I flew up to Seattle last weekend to spend an afternoon wandering/photographing with Brittany + Alex (as well as brunching with friends and catching a beer with my old neighbors), and the three of us hit it off immediately; me in that goofy/charming way that I tend to be and the both of them in the purely charming sense.
The afternoon went too quickly as we bounced between the Seattle Arboretum and South Lake union and my biggest sadness during this time was that it was just in the last 3 minutes when D&D was mentioned and all of our super geeks came out.
Thanks for the epic session and I can’t wait to celebrate with you in July!
January 15th, 2020:
Now John and Sarah charmed me a long time ago at their engagement session, but I have to say, any couple who opens up the dance floor with he Pokemon theme song AND ALL THEIR FRIENDS KNOW THE WORDS, has pretty much won my heart forever!
Thank you both for being such awesome human being, for generally kicking ass, and for letting me celebrate with you at Padua Hills!