Monterey Peninsula Country Club Wedding // Monterey elopement photographer
Monterey Wedding Photographer // Old Whaling Station adobe wedding of Sean and Nicole

Sean and Nicole were married on a bright, warm day in Monterey. From their ceremony at Monestary beach to their reception at The Old Whaling Station in Monterey California every detail was thought out. From the beach balls the guests threw as they were announced husband and wife to the home brew beer they gave out as favors their wedding had so much heart. They even distilled their own peppered vodka for their signature cocktail from one of their favorite bars!

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Monterey elopement photographer // PNW couples adventure session

Cordero and Malina are locals to Monterey California and are high school sweet hearts. They have been married for a year and wanted to capture their love in a more intimate way post wedding. Initially I had really wanted to have them on a rock surrounded by the ocean; as tides changed the rock was quickly covered and I was so grateful that Cordero and Malina were up for just jumping in!!

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Monterey California Family Photographer // In home lifestyle newborn session the Arellano's

n home family sessions in Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove are quickly becoming my favorite way to document families. We make so many memories in our homes and it’s so rare we document them!

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Glen Oaks Big Sur Elopement In The Redwoods // Big Sur Wedding Photographer

Melissa and Ed Eloped under the redwoods of Glen Oaks in Big Sur. The sun peaked through the trees during their intimate ceremony as they read their vows. Melissa and Ed were feeling overwhelmed with the planning process of their big celebration back in North Carolina and wanted to have a moment just for them. The day before their ceremony they hiked in Pfeiffer and enjoyed some fun breweries in Monterey.

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Big Sur Adventure with Ali and John // Big Sur adventure photographer

Ali and John were visiting Big Sur from San Diego as a couple after being separated by deployments for many months. They have a son at home but really needed a reset to connect with each other. They decided to save the last day of their trip for an adventure down the PNW with me! From some beautiful Big Sur caves and remote beaches with cliff overlooks I truly feel like Big Sur still has some hidden local locations.

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Big Sur Elopement by the Sea // Big Sur elopement photographer

Kait and Matt decided to elope in Big Sur after the wedding planning in Virginia became overwhelming. They started to feel like they were planning a day for everyone else instead of celebrating their love. After seeing photos of Big Sur Kait and Matt knew immediately this was the place.

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Cooper Molera Adobe Wedding of Sam and Colin // Monterey wedding photographer

Sam and Colin were married at the Cooper Molera Adobe in Monterey on a warm sunny day three weeks ago. Sam and Colin met in middle school, and their story is too cute! Colin was the first boy to call Sam’s house, the first to hold her hand and wrote in her yearbook “ Sorry things didn’t work out for us this year. Maybe we will have something in the future”. They lost touch after high school and like all things in a small town ran into each other again at a local bar and the rest was history. Sam and Colin laughed and danced their way through their beautiful wedding at the Adobe’s.

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Big Sur California elopement photographer // Sammie and Kacie's engagement session in Big Sur

Kacie and Sammie joined me on a dark and stormy day on the Big Sur coast to capture their engagement session. Sammy brought her best dad jokes and Kacie kept Sammy warm with lots of hugs. We explored the coast with an adventure session to two different locations and lots of fog! Growing up in Big Sur I think this has been one of the foggiest summers I can remember and I have no complaints about it.

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A locals guide on where to eat and drink in Monterey , Big Sur & Carmel California

I often offer suggestions to my photography clients while they are here visiting either for family sessions, elopements or engagement shoots. I wanted to make those suggestions available to anyone on my site! Being a self proclaimed foodie who loves good food but hates up tight atmospheres this list will not include black tie locations although there is plenty of them in Carmel, Monterey, Big Sur and Pebble Beach. (L'Auberge in Carmel was recently given one Michelin star and is phenomenal without kids ) For those families visiting I have two kids and spend a majority of my time at the beach or river here, I’ll include my favorite fast places!

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