Guerneville Goods

Whenever I go to the beach, I always drive through the small town of Guerneville and see the cute old-bank-made-into-an-ice-cream-shop. I've always wanted to go check it out and last week I got the time to do just that. Before taking some visitors out in to the redwood forest at Armstrong Woods, we stopped into the beautiful Nimble & Finn's Ice Cream. My sister and I both got the lavender-honeycomb flavor and it was seriously something delicious! (And I don't even like lavender normally). There are even chucks of dried honeycomb inside and it's so good.

In the same building is a little shop called Commerce Fine Goods. My eyes were immediately drawn to every single item! It's filled with home goods, clothing, decorations, magazines, etc. So many little goodies that I want to buy! They even have an online store, so check them out! And if you're ever in Guerneville, stop by this little building to shop and grab some yummy treats.

The Making of Mountains

Hi guys!

I'm so excited to share these photos. One of my good friends, Eli Contreras, is about to release his album entitled "Mountains"! Back in November I had the chance to do some behind-the-scenes photos in the recording studio. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me to go on a day that they were recording vocals, so I settled for a mixing day...but that's okay! I love it. I love music and any time I get to take pictures of the making of music it brings me so much joy. Eli is a super talented musician/artist/singer/worship-leader and you should all check out his album when it's out!

Shout-out to Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati, CA for their awesomeness and sweet rooms!

Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii holds a special place in my heart. Growing up, I always loved the idea of living there and believed it would happen. Through a series of events, I ended up going to a missionary training school on the Big Island and living there for 2 years. It's the place where I experienced the goodness and faithfulness of God on such a deep level. So many great memories remain on this large piece of lava rock; from night swimming with manta rays to camping in the pouring rain to seeing tens of thousands of dollars raised for missions in the matter of an hour. Part of my heart resides in this place.

Back in July, when my friend Taren asked me to come second-shoot a wedding of our friend in Kona, I didn't hesitate to say yes. Of course, a tropical vacation in the dead of winter with one of my best friends sounded like a good idea! It's always interesting "vacationing" in a place where you used to live and work. I almost felt like I needed more of a purpose while I was there! But in that place, it's good to learn how to rest and enjoy where God has placed you in that moment.

We rented moped the first 3 days and cruised around town with our cameras strapped to our backs. We roamed up Hualalai (which my moped barely made it up the "steep" climb) and down to End of the World, which I once again did not jump off of. I'm such a chicken. That Saturday we geared up and photographed a beautiful island wedding (blog post about that coming later). But my favorite part was being able to hang out on the YWAM Kona base, catch up with old friends, go to Monday morning worship with the new quarter of students, and sit in the prayer room whenever I wanted to. It was a good time of seeing old friend and meeting new ones and God, yet again, moved in my heart to show me that he is faithful to complete what he has started in me. 

Here's some photos of our daily journeys. I wish I took more, but this is all I got, folks!

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Ending Thoughts :: My 2015 Favorites

A new year approaching is always a weird feeling. It makes you look back on the year you just experienced and evaluate what just happened. Who you spent time with, what really hurt you, how you spent your money, the places that made you the happiest...it all comes up in a bubbling mess of nostalgia. Sometimes it washed over you like a pleasing aroma and sometimes it hits you in the face like a brick wall. Either way, it's good to recognize the consistencies that you are grateful for. Those are the things that ground us to who we are and where we are going.

For me, my consistency is what my mind has deemed as "beautiful" and has caused my hands to create through photography. Images cause us to feel many emotions, but my favorite is when a scene can cause you to hope. It's like the feeling of watching the sunset over an ocean and wondering what lies on the other wise of that body of water in front of you. There's a curiosity that makes your heart well up with joyful optimism. 

These are my favorite photos that I took in 2015. They bring me back to the beautiful moments that my eyes saw this year. I even see my growth as an artist as I look through them, and feel accomplished because of it. Thank you to all my gorgeous subjects who graced these photos with their presence! Excited for what 2016 brings me and hope you can all join along in this journey of finding beauty in everything. 

Rock Day | Bodega Bay, California

    Often times God places people in our lives at the exact perfect moment. That’s how I felt when Isaac and Nate came to visit for a day. Not having seen them in a couple years, it was a great day of catching up and creating new memories. We meandered around Sonoma County to see and sights and sounds, so naturally we ended up at the beach. I’d never actually been to Goat Rock (crazy, I know) so I decided to drive towards it. On our way there, the guys were taken aback by a gorgeous view and rush of adventure to hike down to the giant boulders they spotted. We walked down in the warm sun and came up to the boulders, which provided gorgeous light as the sun was setting behind them. What we didn’t know is that this is a huge spot for rock climbers. There was only one guy left, and he was eager to share tips with the guys. I must admit, I did have a “mom moment” watching Nate climb rock faces in his socks & Birkenstocks (you would too, trust me!). The whole day was just a great time of exploring, but at the same time relaxing. It was so nice and life-giving. Not to mention, these turned out to be some of the favorite photos, capturing natural life as it happens...