When I was out in California back in May to photograph my sisters wedding I had mentioned the possibility of trying to get some engagement pictures for her. I tell all my couples that an engagement session gives you a good idea of what it will feel like wedding day and you will know exactly what to do, think of it as relaxed practice... and it was no different for my sister. So when I land in Los Angeles, we decided that evening to drive up to Vasquez Rocks in Aqua Dulce and snap some pictures at sunset. When we got there Kasey and I were waiting for Trenton to arrive, as I was testing the light and my camera on Kasey we heard a ranger announce over a loud speaker that the park would be closing in just 15 minutes. We were so bummed, but I chatted quick with the ranger and found out that they were only closing to parked cars in the park (meaning he wanted to close the gate and go home) but if we walked back in to the park that would be just fine. So we all put out walking shoes on and headed back into the park and captured the last few minutes of golden hour with a beautiful view! Since this session was just days before the wedding, it wasn't until just a couple weeks ago that it was brought to my attention that I never fully posted these pictures! I uploaded a couple the day of their wedding, but this session was too pretty not to share more of it with the world!
Kia contacted me months ago with the idea of doing some fun portraits for her upcoming 40th birthday! With all the chaos of the holidays and the fact that her birthday is actually in January we decided to do the session after the New Year and before her birthday. In the planning phase we bounced around a ton of ideas and ultimately landed on balloons and the fun of letting them go, because she was letting go over her 30's and turning 40. It ended up perfect and so much fun. We chose to shoot in the South End area for the vibe and look Kia was wanting. We started around Atherton Mill and ended by the light-rail. The whole session was loads of fun and I can't wait to do it all over again soon!
Our family has never been one to really make goals for the New Year. Yes I have my business goals, both short and long term and we have what we would consider well wishes or hopes for the New Year. But overall I know and trust that God will lead us to complete His will throughout the year whatever it may be. This year will bring about a huge change and one that we have been patiently waiting for and praying that is is His will; we will embark on building a house. Ten (almost 11) years ago when I moved to the east coast I never would have believed it. Our goal was always to head back to California and to figure out how to make life work there. But over the years God had a different plan for our lives. We grew to love this side of the country and planted some great roots that led us to purchase some land and take that next step in faith of building a home. I know that this year will fly by; with how busy our lives already tend to be, raising an almost 2 year old, and then adding building a home on top of it. But my prayers and goal for this year is to be present. To not miss the little things because I am so focused on this bigger thing, and to make sure I give the most of myself to Him and my family! Here's to wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year! I can't wait to see how 2018 turns out! (Be sure to follow my personal IG @kelliconley for updates on the building process).
I have been waiting to show this to you guys for some time! Fifi O'Niell, the magazine's editor and accomplished author among other things, (just Google her and you will see) reached out to me last summer asking me to be a part of their premiere issue for a brand new magazine she was starting called Rustic Weddings! I was honored and of course was happy to oblige when she said she wanted to feature Jordan & Summersby's beautiful wedding at Andrew Jackson State Park. (To see their full wedding click here) She loved all the DIY details and special touches they had on their day, mixed with the location being a state park and their use of the amphitheater! This magazine is full of beautiful ideas for anyone planning a rustic wedding! Go get your copy of Rustic Weddings on stands now and read the full story! (Or order it here)
Can't believe how fast two years flies by! These two booked me over two years ago and I remember discussing with them at the consultation about how although it was two years, it would be here in no time. And boy did that happen, but their wedding was everything they hoped for and more!