2016, a year in review

This past year changed my life and my career more than I could’ve expected. 2016 was a game changer. I traveled a ton, put more miles on my car than most would in 5 years. Met some incredible people, had a few fun adventures, and caught more sunsets than I knew what to do with. It was the busiest year of my life as a photographer, which pushed me to get creative.

I discovered my role in this industry. In a market that is saturated with chasing the pretty instagrams, I learned that  it is my job to serve people and to present them with art that they will cherish for a lifetime. I absolutely love my job, I look forward to every time I get to meet someone and capture them and their story! I can not wait to see what this year brings. Please enjoy some of my favorite images from last year.

-JD

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Jim + Brittany // McCloud, CA

It was a chilly and slightly rainy day up in Mccloud, CA where Jim + Brittany exchanged their vows on a ranch that has been in her family for several generations. There is something about these two that makes you smile if you happen to catch a glance when one of them looks at the other. It’s a pure love that rings true. We danced into the evening and warmed by the fire. I hope you enjoy, this wedding as much as it was a pleasure to capture it.

 

 

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William + Bethany // Santa Monica, CA Engagement

I’ve known William and Bethany since we were in middle school. We used to attend that same singing, dancing, and acting summer camp together. We’ve stayed friend throughout the years and I was ecstatic when Bethany asked me to shoot their wedding! So I cruised down to Santa Monica to visit them and take some fun engagement photos around the pier. We rode longboards, grabbed cotton candy, and listened to some hilarious street performers. I hope these images portray all  the fun we had that day. I hope you enjoy!

 

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Andrew + Callie // Santa Cruz, CA Engagement

Spent the day with these two in the magical town of Santa Cruz! We walked the boardwalk, road roller coasters, and to cap it all off I lost my shoe in the ocean. If you look at the way Andrew Stares at his bride to be, you can see the genuine and pure love these two have for one another. It’s also funny when you meet a couple and totally hit it off and feel like you’ve been friends forever. This day was a good one.

 

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John Paul + Michaela // San Fransisco Engagement

I had the most amazing weekend in San Fransisco with my good friends John Paul and Michaela! We grabbed coffee at Sightless Coffee, then headed over to Musée Mécanique to play some penny arcade games, grabbed ice cream at Bi-rite Creamery to eat in Dolores Park, and finished our evening at lands end to watch the sunset at Baker beach. These two embody joy to the fullest are a complete blast to spend time around. So excited to shoot their wedding come October!

 

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