Cheska & Nigel: Pre-wedding Photos

These two lovebirds from Arizona recently came to Orange County not only to celebrate the 4th of July weekend, but their 4th year anniversary of being together as well.  They’ve known each other from a really young age, and though destiny may sound a bit cheesy, fate really did work to bring them together.  Cheska & Nigel had so much humor and energy that I had a really enjoyable day taking them around to some of my favorite places in Orange County, and taking their pre-wedding photos.  I’m honored, and look forward to meeting the rest of the families in December for the actual wedding day. 

Flow and Movement

Late last year, I started thinking of creating a photography series featuring people and body movement. I wanted to celebrate the beauty of strength and movement whether it be in the form of dance, yoga, or any other sport.  Luckily, the owner of the yoga studio I used to go to was interested in taking part in my little project.  She then introduced me to other yoga teachers who were also interested in the idea. One of which is Lisa Granger, one of my yoga teachers and whom I had the pleasure of working with on a photo shoot by the beach. 

If you’re interested in being part of my little project, please send me a message through the contact form on this site.

 

Cotton House Barcelona

Fashion comes and goes, but style is eternal… This statement couldn’t be more visible when we stayed at the Cotton House Autograph Collection hotel in Barcelona.  Everything about it spoke of old-world wealth and beauty.  We loved that it was so central in the city, but at the same time you could find peace within its walls whenever you need a break from the outside world.  We loved every single detail the hotel team had put their attention to, down to the cotton blooms you’ll find in your room and even bathrooms.

Before it was a hotel, it used to house the Cotton Textile Foundation, until it started an intense refurbishment in 2015 that leads to the beauty that it is today.  It’s surprising and inspiring how the interior designers were able to keep and retain so many original elements from the 19th century neoclassical building.  If you want to know more about the history of the Cotton House Hotel, click here

Moments in Spain, Andorra, and Portugal in video

Just recently I’ve realized that taking photos sometimes doesn’t suffice anymore, for me.  Most of my memories from the places I’ve traveled to, are captured in still shots – and they don’t always show what I might have seen or felt at the time.  So I invested in a 4k GoPro camera just before going to Europe in springtime this year, and I loved that it was so easy to carry around with me.  Here’s the video diary I made from our trip to Spain, Andorra, and Portugal. Enjoy!

Up and Down the Streets of Porto

Port wine may be famous all over the world, but it isn’t the only thing that makes Porto interesting.  Porto happens to be the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, and the city is one of the oldest European centers, so it comes as no surprise that Unesco has claimed it as a world heritage site since 1996.

What I saw in the streets proved more than enough reason to have the city preserved.  The Airbnb we stayed in, for example, was a beautiful 19th century home, with 15-foot high ceilings and verandas that welcomed a cool breeze in between spring and summer.  All the houses on the street had similar facades, and they intrigued me about the history and what it must have been like to live in this street more than a hundred years ago.