Charlie and Melissa Rey

Toward the end of last Spring Alex and I made a trip out to Southern California. Unrelated to this blog post, I feel like I simply have to add how freaking rad Southern California is and how I will someday live there. 

One of my favorite things about traveling new places is being able to connect with other creatives in that area (Shoutout to the internet and Facebook groups for photographers that make connecting across the country so easy!). Melissa is SUCH a talented photographer, and I was so thrilled when she reached out to see if we could exchange some photos (check out her work at!). 

These two were such a joy to photograph and made it SO easy. I think the fact that Melissa is a photographer herself made it so she knew how to pose with her hubs in a way that allowed their love to truly come to life on screen. 

SO, for all of you with an upcoming photo session, (whether it's with me or another photographer) don't be afraid to be yourselves in front of the camera. Be goofy, be sweet, and don't feel awkward getting all lovey-dovey because I PROMISE it will make for the very best photos. 

Check out some favorites from Charlie and Melissa's session below: 

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Miles and Lauren Engagement Session

These two were seriously the cutest. I love getting to photograph people in love, and even more than that... I love when the couples I photograph are completely comfortable in front of the camera. Miles and Lauren are so in love and you can see that in every single one of the photos from their session. I like choosing prompts to evoke natural posing as opposed to positioning couples completely. The images flow much more naturally this way and I am able to capture their true selves as opposed to a robotic, artificial version of themselves. At one point during our session I prompted them with one of my frequented commands, "hug like you haven't seen each other in a year". They looked at each other, looked at me and started laughing. "We hug like this every day!". 

Check out some of the photos from their enagegemnt session below!