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spring

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

-e.e. cummings

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spring field banquet center wedding | alexandria + mark | fullerton wedding photographer

Alexandria and Mark (who you may remember from their fun LACMA engagement shoot) tied the knot this January, and I was so happy to be there to capture it all! They had a Catholic ceremony in the afternoon, followed by a reception at the Spring Field Banquet Center in downtown Fullerton (complete with a cigar rolling station!) Alexandria and Mark are such a sweet couple, it was a pleasure to document their wedding day.

 

 

 

 

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puerto rico part two: old san juan

After our relaxing week in Culebra, Katerina and I stopped in San Juan for a day before flying home. One to two days is the perfect amount of time to explore Old San Juan, to walk through the maze of colonial streets and fill your Instagram feed with brightly colored doorways. It’s hard to imagine a more photogenic place. On every street you will encounter the nostalgia of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, varying happy hues, ornate railings and doorknobs, and blooms trailing over patios and window boxes. Did I mention that flights to San Juan are almost always dirt cheap? Seriously, go. Don’t think, just book. (At least that’s my travel philosophy…)

 

I love this picture that Katerina took of me. You would think that a photographer had lots of pictures of herself, but it’s pretty rare I get in front of the camera. And I especially love great portraits taken while traveling, because looking at them somehow reminds me that I never want to stop exploring. Thanks Kat!

Stay: Hotel El Convento (we stayed a little outside of Old San Juan, but this looked like a charming base for exploring Old San Juan)

Eat: Caficultura is one of those cafes I instantly love. Go for fantastic coffee and breakfast before wandering around Old San Juan.

Do: Buy something with San Juan stitched or stamped onto it. You’ll have many options, from shot glasses to handbags to pillows, in the tacky tourist stores that cater to the tourists arriving via cruise ship. But mostly you should just get lost in the maze of streets and visit El Morro, the fortification that used to defend the colonial port city. Go at sunset for the best views.

 

 

 

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puerto rico part one: culebra

In March I took a week off from staring at my computer monitor and went to Puerto Rico with one of my freshman year college roommates, Katerina (who now works at Marc Jacobs, which suitably explains why she looks so stylish in every photo.) The first thing we did was take a taxi from the airport to Fajardo, which is where you get the ferry to Culebra. In Fajardo we…sat by the pool. All afternoon. It was nothing short of wonderful. The next morning we took the ferry and made our way to Flamenco Beach. It has to be one of the most beautiful, blissful beaches in the world. The sand is white and the water crystal clear, perfect like a postcard. There are no high-rise hotels or luxury resorts on Flamenco Beach, just the Culebra Beach Villas (not as fancy as the word villa implies, but a great place to stay for being practically ON the beach when you wake up).

We lounged on the beach by day and had impromptu dance parties to Elvis and Nancy Sinatra by night. I drank a lot of coconut water straight from the source, many a pina colada, and watched the sun set every day. We rented snorkeling gear and saw the underwater world at Tamarindo Beach, then walked along Carlos Rosario Beach in the heat of the afternoon before returning for lazy naps in our hammock. I read a book I’ve been meaning to read for months, “The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides. We adopted a cute little kitten for the week who always came back to our porch for ham and cuddles. Most of all, I soaked up all the calm and quiet I needed.

 

I really, really don’t know how to act natural in front of a camera…

 

Stay: Culebra Beach Villas

Eat: Vibra Verde (for organic healthy fare and wonderful fruit smoothies)

Do: Snorkel Rentals from Culebra Divers

 

 

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