Laguna Beach Engagement Session – Emily and Cory

Emily was a friend of mine in high school, when she reached out to me about shooting her wedding I was super excited about it! Meeting her fiancé over coffee and discussing her visions for their big day was completely full circle from giggling over boys between classes.

I am so honored to capture their sweet love story. Seeing the laughter and happiness shared between the two was a constant reminder that I love what I do. Below are some of my favorites curated. Enjoy.

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New Year, Rebirth

Resolutions, 2018

 

A little late for myself, nevertheless I’m doing this! YES, another post about New Years. Ha! But still here it is. It feels almost incomplete without it…

and last year went by for me, in a blur–a big big blur. This year in order to hold myself accountable, and be able to look back, I am writing out my intentions for the next year,

as both a creative and a human being.

Here they are in no particular order 

  1. Start working with motion again
  2. Create one self portrait a week
  3. No instagram looking at night in bed; pick up books again, watch documentaries instead
  4. Write in a journal at least twice a week
  5. Finish 4 Family Albums for Billy
  6. Have a more carbon conscience diet, less red meat
  7. Bring my camera on more everyday events, stop relying on my cellphone camera, document what might seem mundane
  8. Connect with more local people
  9. Find a charity that I can become passionate about
  10. Wear heels more
  11. Connect even more with the people I’m shooting
  12. Allow more spontaneity to occur in my daily life
  13. Continue to take care of my body
  14. Read more ART books!
  15. See more Art
  16. Continue to learn experiment with cooking and new recipes
  17. Make my work more like the masters
  18. Ignore any fear
  19. Show more women how beautiful they are
  20. Look for, find, be, and create the beauty in a sometimes dark world

A bit of a manifesto for the new year. Like a giant todo list for me. I’m so happy I’m writing it here! What are your guys’?

Wishing all the success in yours on this time of new birth…

“The only way to deal with an unfree world

is to become

absolutely free

that your very existence

is an act of

rebellion.”

-Albert Camus

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Glamorous Beverly Hills Wedding – Tara + Sergio – Los Angeles

 

I got to be a part of Tara and Sergio’s most glamorous love affair. Mixing Old Hollywood charm and their own modern aesthetic, the day had the perfect mix of iconic nostalgia.

The bride and groom spent the morning separately, leisurely getting ready at the Montage, Beverly Hills with family and friends.

While the bride relaxed at the spa, the groom’s best man helps him into his ensemble.

Cufflinks by Gucci, Shoes by Gucci

Their first look took place in one of the beautiful gardens at the Grey Stone Mansion. The glint of light coming off the bride’s shoulder-ugh! Just Kills Me!

Tara and Sergio’s comfort and ease with each other was beautiful. It was like seeing two people coming home. They were all smiles and sweet kisses before their ceremony.

The cutest flower girls donned their flower crowns with their sparkly, lace white dresses.

The architecture of Grey Stone Mansion and the Bride’s sleek dress was perfect.

In a special personal touch, the bride’s brother ordained the ceremony adding lots of laughs and sweetness.

Their reception took place at Wolfgang’s Puck’s Spago complete with a black cake covered in red roses.

The bride’s Louboutins save her seat as she says hello to some guests.

 

 

Getting Ready Location: Montage, Beverly Hills

Ceremony: Greystone Mansion

Reception: Wolfgang Puck’s Spago

Photography: Sidney Kraemer 

 

 

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Loveliness // A Long Beach Intimate Portrait Session

 

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. 

 

 

Shot on location in Long Beach.

Makeup by Brittany Mercer

Photography by Sidney Kraemer

 

Inspired by the word lovely, light pink florals were mixed with a wardrobe of long laced nightgowns, grey robes and sweet negligee. We didn’t want Banke to appear to made up. The makeup was kept natural with strong highlights. That extra bit of glimmer, adding a bit of fantasy. The smallest of flower petals were placed below an eye for one look, with tiny white pearls. A loose bundle of spray roses is held as a bouquet and a short white veil made an appearance with roses attached to the bottom.

In a world that demands loudness and seems made for extroverts, stillness can often be overlooked. In the quiet though, there is much beauty. In our natural state, we are lovely.

In a world, that can often be painful and ugly; be the beauty, be the light.

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and hug your own curves // an intimate portrait session

Finally sharing this most beautiful intimate boudoir session. Below are the highlights. We wanted to mix the modern boudoir ideas of the white sheet and bathtub with a warm, relaxed vibe. Drawing inspiration from classical paintings, the session was all about embracing oneself, connecting with the body in order to see the soul. 

Kiss your own fingertips

and hug your own curves.

You are made of waves of honey

and spicy peppers when it is necessary.

You are a goddess,

I hope you haven’t forgotten.

poem by Emery Allen

 

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Historic Mission Family Session

Location, location, location. When it comes to your portrait session the perfect location makes it much easier to get amazing photographs. For the Meckley family the perfect location was an old mission in South Orange County. Not only did the scene encompass beauty, but it held meaning for the family, the wife, a California Native can trace her roots back to the first Spanish settlers in the area. After living in several different states, she came back to Orange County with her husband and their son and is now able to look back on these family photos with affection, feeling everythings come full circle. My heart skips a beat thinking of the history, the ancestral roots within the images now captured for the future, for generations to come.

The mixture of crumbling architecture and elegant black and white fashion creates a stunning juxtaposition. Capturing all this beauty combined with the family’s obvious love and happiness is what makes me happy to be a photographer. For me, photographing a family is much more than shooting a couple pretty portraits. It’s about providing the family with something tangible that they are able to look back on and see how they smiled together, laughed together, and gazed with affection towards one another. Husband, wife, and son together – what a joy to capture!

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Mother Daughter Self Portrait Series – Long Beach

Happy Mama’s Day!

I can vividly recall a moment in time, long before my daughter was in my arms. It was in this moment, that it was so very clear to me what I wanted to be.

You see, I went off to college thinking I had to go. I had to learn something, that could get me a job and basically set up my life forever and ever. I had applied to colleges in an interesting matter. Each college I applied to was with the intent of studying a different material. I didn’t really want to be anything. So when the acceptance letters came in, my choice came with not only a school–but set up what I thought I’d be doing for the rest of my life. I throughly enjoyed art; I appreciated it earnestly and so after careful consideration the school that was my art path was selected and off I went.

But it was later in a moment of hysterical tears streaming down my face, brought on by a stressful, competition riddled college and a beautiful case of PMS, that I dramatically blurted out, to my boyfriend at the time, that all I really wanted to do was be a mom. I had broken down and thought I was never gonna make money (I was doing a lot of free work at the time). Therefore I would never have the funds to support a kid. I thought for sure I was just destined to never be able to have them. And the one thing I wanted, ever, was to be a mom. That’s all I wanted.

Looking back I clearly was amazing girlfriend material, so many guys love a super-young-crying over wanting a baby-girlfriend! While that was not the prettiest moment in my life. I was vulnerable. I was embarrassed. I even remember thinking it wasn’t right–so many woman had worked so hard for equality that  JUST wanting to be a mom seemed like a betrayal.

But every once in a while I like to remember that moment, that night. When my heart was breaking and I knew what I wanted, a single thing-my baby.

Maybe it was about a year later, that I got what my heart desired. My baby came without any plan. And despite the hardships, the trials that came with an unplanned pregnancy, I know She and I were planned, just by someone a lot smarter than me.


So when I asked Billy to take some portraits with my yesterday she said “sine” which is “fine.” She can’t quite get those Fs down. But as we went to her closet, she was adamant she didn’t have the right clothes. After pulling out her entire dress collection I said then you’ll just have to be naked. She looked at me, smiled, and threw off her shirt and that settled our wardrobe choices. However, I must say that taking self portraits, while trying to hide some delicate parts AND have your three year old insist she should click the wireless remote shutter and not  really know about hiding it, the “session” was one of the more difficult ones I have done.

 

From my Body

Here’s to my little budding photographer. A mommy and me collaboration.

 

 

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