Nicole’s Graduation Photos

A bit overdue, but here are some of my favorites from Nicole’s graduation shoot in Laguna Beach!

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Engaged: Molly + Hunter

This week I’m headed to Santa Barbara for my long-time friend Molly’s bachelorette party and I am seriously ecstatic! I had the pleasure of taking Molly & Hunter’s engagement photos in December while I was home in Sacramento. While they are way overdue for sharing, it’s better late than never!

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New photography website now live & other exciting news!

Recently, I decided to separate my photography from the blog to make sure I devote enough attention to each individually. That said, I’m excited to share that my photography website and portfolio is now live here!

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been taking engagement photos and lifestyle pictures for about a year and a half. I absolutely love love, which is why engagement photos are a huge interest of mine – it’s so fun to see my couples enjoying themselves and caught up in…well, love! I also love photographing people in general, so lifestyle photos like family photos, graduations and portraits in general are definitely my jam.

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Prints on Society6

Some of my favorite travel & beach photos are now for sale as prints, canvases, iphone cases, mugs, pouches and more fun gifts on Society6, which you can also access through my website. Matt and I are traveling to Montana/Yellowstone in September and Costa Rica in November, so I’m hoping to add more photos to my collection then!

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Blogger Project

I’ve been working on a fun new project with Brittany, the blogger for She’s All Smiles. As an eating disorder survivor, Brittany’s inspiring blog discusses wellness, fashion, food, and more – all to promote leading an all-around healthy lifestyle. Working with her has been awesome and I’m really happy to be a part of such a great project. You can see some photos from her blog posts here.

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7 Things to Do in Mammoth When It’s Not Ski Season

For Memorial Day Weekend, we took a trip up to Mammoth Lakes. Even at the end of May, there were still some snow caps and the mountain was open for half days. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, there was plenty to do around the area.

1. Gondola to Mammoth Mountain

At over 14,000 feet with some ridiculous drop offs for skiers, it’s pretty cool (and a little scary) to near to edges. But anything for a photo right?

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2. Hiking

Less snow means easier hiking. And there’s plenty of it!

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3. Mammoth Brewing Company

With flights, Mammoth-made beer and corn hole overlooking a snowy mountain, how can you go wrong? Just keep in mind that 2 beers is more like 4 there. I may have forgotten the affect altitude has on alcohol tolerance…

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4. Whitmore Hot Springs

About 20 minutes south of Mammoth is a really awesome place called Hot Creek. Scenic views? Check. Stunning winding creek? Check. Steaming geysers? Check!

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5. Convict Lake

We only got to do a drive by of this lake but it was very visually pleasing. In case you’re curious how it got its name, it’s a story about inmates.

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6. Twin Lakes

There are a couple places to check out at Twin Lakes – top of the waterfall, besides the waterfall, and on the bridges that look up to the waterfall. Any way you slice it, the waterfall is obviously the main feature and it’s a pretty great one.

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7. Visit Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is only 45 miles north of Mammoth! If you have the time, I highly recommend taking a half day to go explore. See photos from our trip to the park.

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BONUS: Enjoy the Ride

Depending on where you’re coming from, the drive can be a bit long. From Southern California, we took the 395 north and packed the truck full of my old cds (think Brittany Spears, Elvis Presley, Now 6-14, and Garden State Soundtrack) and tons of snacks. It’s actually a very unique drive full of lots of surprises, including fun mini hills that make for a great little roller coaster ride.

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What’s your favorite thing to do in Mammoth? I’d love to hear!

 

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Yosemite in a Day

Can I first just say WOW!? Matt and I have never been to Yosemite National Park but it’s always been on the bucket list. When his family planned a trip up to Mammoth Lakes, it wasn’t long before I realized Yosemite is only an hour north – and a beautiful drive at that.

Since we had a few days in Mammoth over Memorial Day Weekend, we cruised up to Yosemite early one morning and spent half the day “driking” around the park. [Driking is a term we made up whichΒ means drive hiking – our favorite way to explore. Drive a bit, stop when we see something too pretty to resist, get out and explore the area, repeat.]

Every part of the Yosemite we were able to see was absolutely stunning. The constantly changing terrainΒ which was absolutely incredible. One moment, you’re in a lush green valley and the next you’re standing high up on top of a snowy mountain. I am so glad I brought layers!

Since we entered on the East side, we walked around Lembert Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, Ellery Lake, John Muir Trail and Olmsted Point.

Here are a few of my favorite stops during our short time in the park.

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Ellery Lake

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Lembert Dome

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Dana Fork/Tuolumne Meadows

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Ellery Lake

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Olmsted Point

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Tuolumne Meadoes

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Ellery Lake

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Lembert Dome

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Olmsted Point

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Lookout over Warren Fork heading East

 

 

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