This year I had the privilege of working for my university as a Spiritual Life Advisor for transfer students (an SLA is essentially an RA but without rule enforcement–I just got to hang out with everybody and talk about God!) and every year Pepperdine has a tradition where all the new students have a party at our President’s house. It was the talk of NSO week–formerly “My Tie,” this year the event was renamed, “The President’s Reception”.
My transfer residents had a blast and I felt like a total mom capturing their night, but these are memories I know they’ll cherish looking back on their college experience and I’m glad I could get some fun shots of them dancing the night away!
Debbie and Bailey are two of the very best friends I made during my four years at Pepperdine! This shoot was so fun to do with them because 1. They’re gorgeous 2. There was lots of playful running to the water and through the street and fearless climbing barefoot through wild hillside and 3. Laughter. Laughter is key to a good shoot!
So if you’re looking for an English teacher in Korea or someone in event planning or marketing in the fashion industry, hmu and I’ll give you Debbie and Bailey’s contact info! They’re two people you definitely want to know in your life!
Elizabeth Chau is one of those people who can be friends with anybody. She’s uber talented and uber faithful and always down for adventuring. In fact, in a couple of months she’s up and moving to La Paz, Bolivia to work with an organization called Hope Worldwide. She’ll be volunteering at the clinic there in La Paz and working part-time for a computer science company based in L.A.–basically, she’s super woman with the most beautiful heart for God.
I love shooting with Elizabeth because she’s always down to go anywhere and do anything, and her natural beauty makes all of her photographs glow. I’ll miss taking pictures of her while she’s away, but I’m sure she’ll have some awesome pics of her own to share all the way from South America!
I love working with kids! They’re so fun and unpredictable and they make for the best candid photos. On Mother’s Day I had the opportunity to shoot with Tish and her kids (who happen to be my siblings ;)) and I got some photos that capture our family dynamic really well.
It’s always a struggle to get everyone smiling and looking at me at the same time, but when it happens, mom’s ecstatic and I have fun going through the goofy ones with the kids 🙂
Julia just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has already begun to bring goodness into the world through social change. Her heart for people has always astounded me, and that means a lot considering that I’ve known her for 15 years.
Whenever she’s in town, we always love to hit the beach if we can–this time around I had the opportunity to bring my camera with me. Looking for rocks, playing with dogs, and getting very soaked all ensued and this beautiful shoot is just a hint of what it’s like to be Julia’s friend.
Five things I learned about snow this winter in Vancouver:
- It’s like any other kind of precipitation—it gets in your eyes and your mouth and as an added bonus, it even gets in your nose.
- It’s water at heart, not marshmallow fluff. Why is this significant, you ask? If marshmallow fluff landed on your head and you left it there for a while, when you got home it would still be marshmallow fluff—it wouldn’t somehow magically turn into water and make you feel like winter wonderland had turned into a leak in the roof and start dripping all over you.
- It makes this crunchy noise as you’re walking and it’s not the most pleasant experience. Again, not marshmallow fluff—it’s ice and ice is hard. Snow is hard. Hard chunks of ice plus shoes equals weird crunch.
- It disappears just as quickly as it begins—there’s something permanent feeling about a world covered in a white blanket of snow, but snow is not a blanket no matter how many authors make you think otherwise. Snow is water in little individual chunks(“flakes”)—there’s no glue holding it together—it’s just really REALLY cold water.
- It really is magical. And cold. It’s really cold.