At home in Cardiff - The Peyton Family

Persephone is funny.  How can someone is such a small package be hilarious?  I had the chance to spend the afternoon with this creative family and capture some of the toddler magic.  If you keep scrolling to the bottom of the post you can see a short film as well.  Yes that's what I said, a short film!

xoxo Suzanne

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Tara and Jason Equestrian engagement

Tara and Jason won me over on a rainy Sunday in San Juan Capistrano.  I loved meeting their family and getting to walk the property where their wedding will take place.  Donna Urban introduced me to Tara, Jason and Tara's mom and we went to scout the ceremony and reception locations.  I loved taking the backroads on Tara's family property and getting to envision what the big day will be like.  I even got to meet Tara's grandfather.  Although it sprinkled and sometimes downright poured we made the best of it and got some beautiful images.  How cute are their dogs!  I couldn't be more excited to meet the rest of the family, see Tara in her wedding dress, and watch how Donna transforms one of the most lush green spaces into something perfect for Jason and Tara.  xoxo Suzanne

Street Photography -Copenhagen, San Miguel De Allende and Guadalajara

can't explain why these images go together.  They are a slow arc in the change of how i'm seeing things.  For so long I've lived in the beautiful watercolor world of backlighting.  It's defined me for so long that I'm struggling to find my voice and certainly how to find my new way to process images.  It takes me a while to know if I like something.  But every so often I'll find a shot and know it's just right for me.  I'm still looking for words to explain it.  I'm not sure how so many ideas can fit into one category but it seems to be really honest for me.  I wonder if I'm categorizing everything that isn't backlighting into one thing.  But I know it's more than that.  There's a certain feeling I get in my gut when I stumble upon a little gem and I feel so grateful immediately - a quiet happiness spreads and it makes me want to stay out side and shoot all day and never do paper work again.  I think in so many ways my love affair with photography is just beginning.

xoxo Suzanne

4 Things : Out of Office - Hawaii

Hey Wanderers,

This week, Mike has been photographing some rad parties while Suzanne headed to Hawaii with her cousin to photograph some national park beauties. #CousinTrip

Photographing and filming: Volcano National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Dreaming of: A more united country and a resurgence in the civil rights movement.

WatchingGood Girls Revolt on Amazon.  What a surprising find.  It's an inspiring gem that reminds us of how far we have come.

Gazing at: My cousin Amber loves waterfalls. She has a crazy deep love affair with them.  So we have been chasing them around the island and filling our hearts with their wild beauty and strength.

xoxo
Suzanne & Mike

Archive Cocktail Conference - It's a wonderful night for a moon dance...

When Krista and Regina decide to throw a party I want to be on the guest list.  What a great night.  I love cohosting parties.  It's so lovely to throw all of our talents together.  I so loved inviting some of our favorite industry people out for a night of cocktails and dancing.  Bravo everyone.  Last night was a dream.  #archivecocktailconference #moondance 

Rentals and Design : @archiverentals

Paper @brightlydesigned

Cocktails @barcon_

Bites @amihoexperience

Photography @shewanders

Flowers @bloombabes

DJ/Lighting @varioproductions

Photobooth @amigobooth

4 Things // San Miguel De Allende

Photographing : Daily photo walks around the artist city of San Miguel. Every night we went to sleep happy and a little exhausted. 

Dreaming of : This week we are throwing a super fun party with our pals at Archive. I'm excited to hang out with our friends and live it up at Luce Loft.

Learning : Mike and I took an encuastic painting class in San Miguel. What a treat. I loved the movement of the wax. This is a method we will explore. 

Loving : Canada. These murals were such an achievement. I could have stayed for hours checking every nook for a new surprise. This place is full of wonder and beauty. It was so easy to respond creatively. Guadalajara is cool and creative and I'm intrigued to spend some more time here. 

xoxo
Suzanne

4 Things : Ohh Mexico

Photographing : Mike and I captured Jessica and Adrian's wedding at his family's ranch home in Mexico. We photographed Jessica's sister's wedding a few years ago and it was so fun to be among friends. 

Listening to : The podcast, History of Photography. It's so fun to listen in on lectures.

Sightseeing : Around the town center of Tlaquepaque. There have been so many festivals this week; we hit the jackpot. I loved their ceramic museum. 

Dreaming of : Hawaii in a couple weeks with my cousin Amber. I will take a weeks break to celebrate the ending of a wonderful wedding season.

xoxo
Suzanne and the Wanderers

 

 

Inside Out :: My Flaws Are Hilarious To Me

"There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do." - Amy Poehler

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I love to watch the Big Bang Theory by myself because Sheldon is so hilarious and I seem to laugh longer than anyone else in the room. I'm so much more emotional than he is, but I think a lot of us can relate to his moments of misunderstanding.

My flaws are hilarious to me. Here are 10 of them for your enjoyment:

1)  In Cranium Anniversary Edition, I love CopyCat, but I speak as if I'm giving an autobiography of the person instead of using an accent. I can not speak in accents. Mike is certain I am violating the spirit of the game.

2) It’s been years since I’ve surfed because I jump off the board every time I catch a wave in grand celebration. The last jump I landed on a sting ray.

3) I can often be found packing at midnight before a trip.

4) A couple of years back we flew into Thailand around midnight, arriving in Bangkok at 2am without a hotel reservation. This is not odd for us.

5) I love music and can often sing along to an unusual variety of songs, but it will be off key. I rarely ever know A) who is singing the song and B) the name of the song. Pop culture and I don’t know a lot about each other.

6) I don’t actually know who Kanye West is other than I remember hearing he has a kid that has a direction name. See #5.

7) I’m also very unsure of who the Kardashians are and why they are relevant, but I know one of them has a big butt and tried to ‘break’ the internet.

8) I can ask for directions in three languages; English, Spanish and Italian. This is due to my shockingly bad sense of direction, but great love of travel. Thank you to whomever invented GPS.

9) I can also order dinner, and more importantly, gelato in three languages, but that is solely because I value eating and well, Gelato.

10) I often leave things places, but have the ability to collect the most understanding and amazing people as friends. For example: I went to Target with my mom. When I got home I realized I must have left my phone somewhere. I went into my condo and saw a note on the table next to my phone.

Dear Suzanne,
Stop leaving your things everywhere. I was your last call and I was near Target so I picked it up and dropped it off. Pull it together.
Love you,
Jen Morrison

P.S She has keys to my place for emergencies like this one.

xoxo
Suzanne

 

 

4 things : the wonder of it all

This week definitely felt like 20 things.  So many new and exciting beautiful projects are on the horizon.  But I'm most grateful for my nephews first trip to the waterslides.  My mom and I took him to the wave pool and he smiled non stop for over an hour.  I was a little worried about his cheek muscles, maybe I should have been worried about a sunburn because I also gave him his first.  ouch.  If he could talk, I'm pretty sure he's say it was worth it. 

Also this is Jenna's first week of maternity leave.  It's a wonder if I will survive without her.  

Photographing : Julie and Kurt's wine country wedding weekend in Los Olivios Thanks for the epic weekend friends!

a family shoot Mike and Rehana and baby Z.  I photographed M and R's wedding so many years ago and love following them on facebook and was so happy to find out they were in town and that I could meet their new love.  ps Mike has a new show coming up at the La Jolla Playhouse called Tiger Style - he wrote it.  

an early morning Engagement session in the cactus garden with Jenni and Matt.  I'm excited for their upcoming wedding in a couple of weeks at Estancia.

 

Hosting: Epic party with Cynthia and Aly at the Gold Leaf Project.  Aly and I were having coffee and decided we should collaborate and do something that would be incredibly fun and just went from there.  Who doesn't love a party with amazing cocktails, tacos, and smokebombs.

 

Watching  Mike and I decompressed with these two beauties this weekend.  Pure pleasure.  Netflix : Tallulla  and Finding Vivian Maier  

 

Old Globe Sense and Sensibility The musical  Sadly not my favorite production from the Old Globe.  Honestly we love nearly everything they do.  Something about Sense and Sensibility as a musical just didn't ring true. 

 

Still Dreaming of : so many little steps toward our living room remodel.  Eek I wish I could click my heels.  Voila.