4 Things // Ice Sculptures & Karaoke

What a week of fun and creative photography. I love the people I am surrounded by and how much they inspire me. 

Fun :: Exquisite Weddings launch. It was so fun to see our friends and meet new ones.  Our image made the cover!  Eek how exciting. 

Photographed :: Mike and I photographed a fun shoot with Hanna (First and Orange) and Sage (Sage Justice Photo). We wanted to do some location scouting at the Make building in Carlsbad and challenge ourselves to get creative and learn new techniques. I also had the chance to photograph an at-home family session for Abbey, Steve and their new love Louie. Mike and I photographed a dream inspiration shoot at La Valencia with Before I Do events. Oh how fun it is to play with your friends. My WICP group photographed ice forms this week.  It was interesting to photograph the abstract ice forms and watch them melt and unfold.  I shot them with a macro lens and it felt good to get really close.

Singing :: There may have been some incredibly fun karaoke singing at Lamplighter this week. Mike and I let loose and had a blast #FamilyTradition

Dreaming of :: An upcoming trip to New Mexico.  It's my first time there. I can't wait!



Adventuring // Death Valley

Hi Wanderers,

We are excited to liven up your Monday with a special adventure blog post. Every so often wanderlust strikes. I heard about the flowers blooming in Death Valley and jumped in the car. My mom and Miss Molly were my partners in crime for this trip. I love that about my family; if someone says "let's go" the other person is up and packed in less than hour. Happy wanderlusting. 


Best of 2015 : Family

It wasn’t always this way. 

I call myself the San Diego pioneer of my family. Everyone used to be spread out across the U.S in Indiana and Northern California. Slowly but surely, throughout 2015, they have all made their way to San Diego. Mom, Molly (mom’s poodle), Dad, Brother, Sister-in-law, and nephew. What a crew!

I’m realizing that having my family here has made me fall in love with the important things. Flat lighting, uncoordinated outfits and messy backgrounds don’t matter as much. Falling head over heels for my nephew and having my entire family in San Diego has added an extra layer to my love affair with photography.

I love it this way.


It was a wild week and I am grateful for every second of it. I can't wait to jet off for the next couple of weeks for family time, a wedding, and then more family time. We have 3 things this week, because 4 just didn't happen!Dreaming of: Today I fly to Wisconsin and I can't wait to see my family. What a treat. Cousins here I come! I can't wait to drink some coffee on the dock at the lake house.

Photographing: At the little del in Anderson's childhood home. I love photographing at homes; for me it's such a special story to tell. Courtney and Anderson's day was full of laughter, joy and a live band, woohoo! I've also been working on a few personal projects. One with motion, that has me mesmerized and hysterically laughing, is a project about Gaiden's toys.

Writing: Every day in my morning pages from the Artist's Way. "Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages – they are not high art. They are not even 'writing'. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only."

Hugs and smiles, Suzanne