I knew from the moment Christi walked through my studio door that we would be longtime friends. She and I share a similar alpha-like spirit. We both say it like it is, rarely take no for an answer, and we love to do things our own way…aka, we’re stubborn. So it was no surprise that she was single-handedly organizing every little detail of her intimate wedding at the Japanese Friendship Garden and she was ready to book a photographer that day.
When I met her husband Matt, I knew they would be one of those, “forever” couples. They are perfectly balanced for each other, her the fire, he the water. They compliment each others weaknesses like the most expert of couples, filling in where the other leaves off.
I remember our first session for their engagement where I stayed with them through the early evening, long after the natural light had faded. I put the camera down and I shared drinks at their house. It was the kind of session I didn’t want to end since we were having way too much fun. Just before I left, I snapped a final shot in their hot tub with their faces floating half way under the water. They were about to take the plunge into matrimony and this image summed it up.
Since meeting them in 2007, I’ve witnessed all their major milestones through my lens…engagement, wedding, pregnancy, birth (all natural!), baptism, 3 month photos, 6 month photos, second baby, birth (the second rarely gets the maternity session), 3 month and 6 month, 1 year. After having been witness to it all, I can still say that Christi is one of the most amazing women I have ever met and I’m so grateful that she walked through my studio door 6 years ago looking for a photographer and also finding a friend.
Love you Gonshorowskis!
This was one of the most gorgeous weddings! I’ve known Hallie since I was about 5 and I had the great opportunity to photograph her day. The ceremony was set in a barn at Desert Foothills and the decor was gorgeously arranged by Angelic Grove. I loved her hybrid of old Arizona style with contemporary elegance. She mixed stunning chandeliers and romantic lighting with rustic boots and bolo ties. As a sweet personal touch, she wore her mom’s veil.
What can I say about Jill and Allan…other than, these guys ROCK! We started at their friend’s home in Malibu. Fought off some overbearing insects. Waded through harsh brush in heels and flip flops for the sake of the image during the final 2 minutes of sunset. Had a shoot off with their favorite nerf guns. And they watched patiently as I ran around them like a crazed ninja with my sparklers. Allen is a comedic writer so we weren’t at a loss of humor and laughs throughout the shoot. Next time, I’m bringing my nerf gun too!
A few months ago, I flew to San Francisco to photograph a number of family and engagement sessions for the benefit of my dear friend who lost his life in a car accident. Surviving the accident was his fiance who’s wedding I was scheduled to photograph this September in Hawaii. You can see the story here.
I donated all the proceeds from the shoots to Nicole, to aid in her rehabilitation. I scheduled the majority of the shoots over the span of one day so I had to find a location that would give me some diversity. I found the gorgeous little park outside the MOMA which offered just that. Here is a small excerpt of my engagement and family sessions…