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Summer Camp Wedding

My husband and I have spent about 10 years in youth ministry and have sent 100s of kids to summer camp.   One of the camps that we have had the opportunity to work with is up near Lake Arrowhead and since they don’t officially host weddings, I’m going to keep the name secret.  But…

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Palm Springs Boho Wedding – Moorten Botanical Gardens and Le Vallauris

Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs is tucked away between two main roads that run through the resort town.  It’s a family run cactus garden with meandering trails and a spectacular backdrop for Libby and Noah’s “Secret Garden” wedding. Friends and family from across the country came together for an intimate celebration on an unseasonably…

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Amanda and Matthew – The Living Desert Spring Wedding

On their first date her shirt was inside out and he nervously shredded a straw wrapper until tiny bits clung to his face.  They’re both in the medical field, so they understand each others’ struggles and initially hit it off “talking shop.”  These two were made for each other.  After 3 years, he proposed with…

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40 Days of Minimalism for Lent – Day 15 check in

I don’t normally celebrate Lent, but this year something popped up on my Facebook feed about 40 Bags in 40 Days.  I had been following my friend Allie’s rise to minimalism fame and each time I saw another post or Pin about it, I had felt a little tug.  I know that I work better…

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A Wine Country Wedding

I was able to shoot Ally and Jorge for their beautiful sunset engagement session (read more about that here) and was really looking forward to their wedding.  The weather was perfect, other than a random brush fire in Temecula that set the schedule back a bit for the day.  But Ally, in her absolutely contagious joyful…

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Ruthie and Spencer Are Having a Baby

I met Ruthie at church.  She and her husband had just moved from the desert of Tuscon to the desert of La Quinta.  She was pregnant and we connected on some marketing and social media lingo while she was on a tour of our church.  My husband and I lead a behind the scenes tour…

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Pioneertown Wedding

Part 2 of the love story I began in the engagement session of this lovely couple. The day began on yucca valley at the America’s best suites.  We packed as many people as possible into 2 hotel rooms.   The groom and his groomsmen are military men, so they were more than used to shaving…

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God's Grace and Oatmeal

Although this website is primarily for my photography business, I’d be remiss to pass up a chance to share about God’s incredible grace, since the name of the company – Sola Fide – means “By faith alone”.  As we get to know each other more, you’ll hear more and more of my story, but this…

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How I shot a Sue Bryce style backlit photo in my living room

Last week I had my friend come over to play with the idea of shooting from a home studio.  This is something I’ve considered since we’ve lived here, but until I went full time photog last month (no more safety net corporate job) I didn’t really think it was possible. Up until last week, I’d…

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