Taft Gardens | Ojai, CA

This is my happy place.  I want to be a gardener here, if I knew how to do such things. Or maybe the night watchman.  It's so quiet accept for the bird tweets, bee hums and the lap of a lazy stream. I'm frustrated each time I visit not by the 'where the wild thing are' scenery but by my inability to really capture it.  Maybe that's just as it should be. Thanks to my mom for always being a willing wanderer and for sharing her love of succulents and desert places. Love you mom.

Here's my Spring 2014 attempt:


Dawn + Jonathan | Ojai Wedding

Thank you to Dawn and Jonathan for inviting me to photograph your 10-10-10 wedding in Ojai, California.  What a treat!  Every detail of this day was delightful. Dawn was gorgeous in the dress she handmade.  Who does that? Jonathan the handsome New Yorker gave a beautiful tribute to his bride under the chuppa.

The wedding took place at Hermitage Ranch in the Ojai hills overlooking the orchard rich valley below.  Both Dawn and I grew up in this town and even though the day started out at 100' degrees it was heavenly to be home again for her special day.  My favorite part of the day was when the sun was setting over the valley, the white lights lit the outdoor reception, the moon rose in the sky and the couple danced the night away to the sweet tunes of Bonerama.  Gorgeous!

May this be just the beginning of the wonderful memories you two make together. Mazel tov!

Jonathan's first look at his bride.

photo by: Lara