I have known Chelsea my whole life so this wedding was very special for me. Chelsea has three beautiful boys, and as I watched them get ready with Brock, as he helped them put on the leather belts and suspenders that he handmade for them, I could tell this was already an amazing family. I have been visiting her childhood California home for so many years, but it’s never looked so beautiful as it did this day. Every detail was meaningful, from the Wandering Goat coffee from their favorite Eugene coffee shop, to the backdrop that friends lovingly made for them. Chelsea’s sons and father walked her down the aisle to meet Brock, and they exchanged rings that Brock made for them. Chelsea’s grandfather played the grand piano in the living room for their first dance, as guests typed out well wishes on an old typewriter. We all say weddings are magical, but this one really was, a warm California night on a porch under twinkly lights and so many happy tears for these dear friends. One of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken is the one of Chelsea’s tattoo during her ceremony, it says ‘Everything’ and that is what this day was, it was everything.
I’m excited to finally share a very personal project that was published in the current issue of The Village Magazine. I have become increasingly involved in the breastmilk donation community over the past year and completed the first part of a photo essay on a few of the donors and donees I have met. They share their stories as they address issues ranging from cancer to adoption. It’s initially an uncomfortable and/or emotional topic, but our goal was to bring awareness to this wonderful resource that can save money and even lives. Thank you to the wonderful people at The Village Magazine who gave these families a voice. I am giving away a year’s subscription to the magazine on my instagram page if you would like the chance to see the story for yourself!
One thing I love about living in the Baltimore/DC area is the exploding art and small makers scene. I was excited when DomiCile Magazine asked me to pair up with Claire Harper for a tablescape for their current issue. Claire’s styling and creativity amazed me as she created a woodland themed setting with gorgeous watercolors and kokedama. I love photographing living things but it is nice to mix it up with beautiful objects that can’t wiggle away from me. Head over to Domocile for local food, art and activities in the Maryland area!