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
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.
We are thankful for the mommas and papas out there. Here is one of our favorite playlists from what used to be Songza and is now Google play music. Everyone at Shewanders wishes you love and time with your loved ones this weekend. Endless Cheer! From Suzanne, Mike, Hanna, Vanessa, and Jenna.
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.
Watching: Good 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.
Suzanne & Mike
This was such a sweet moment of a Minns family shoot. Belle showed me around her room. She adores all of her toys and how girlie everything is. What an adorable babe.
I adore Jen and John. I first met them at Karis and Blake's wedding years ago. I have such a girl crush on Jen, her smile lights up every room. I was ecstatic when I heard they were going to have a baby. It's so crazy wonderful to get to share these major life changing moments with people. I loved capturing their vows in Rhode Island just a couple of years ago and I loved being at her Grandmother's house capturing the last couple of days of pregnancy. Little Charlotte was just born safe and sound and I can't wait to get her in front of my lens soon. One day Mike and I will have our own kids. I feel like moments like this bring us just a little closer to our dream. Wahoo yay Launs thanks for sharing your dreams with us.