Garden Tea

Shot on my Hasselblad H1 & Pentax 6x7
Kodak Portra 400 & Ilford Delta 3200, developed & scanned by PhotoVision

Floral design: Terri Wood Florals
Dress: ASOS
Model: Ariellah Huisinga

When I began planning this shoot along with Terri & Ariellah, I thought it would be cool to include my grandmother's china since it's so beautiful and very garden-y. We set the date for the shoot and it didn't hit me until weeks later - that the shoot would be on April 19th, exactly two months after she passed away on February 19th (God thinks of everything).

The day of the shoot, a few things worked against us. Terri had to drive all over town to get the right flowers she wanted for the bouquet, and then I locked my keys and all my gear in my car right before we were going to leave to shoot. Of course. Thankfully it wasn't raining that day, but it was becoming increasingly clouded over, which meant it would get dark earlier. Inside I slightly panicked, thinking, "No! It has to be today! It's the 19th!" Thankfully with a lot of effort on the part of the AAA guy, my car was unlocked in about an hour and we were still able to shoot in the last light of the day in a field right near my house.

I was pretty amazed with how the photos turned out despite all of these little issues. But as Terri said while we were shooting, we often create best out of our lack - we just make the most of it and trust that God knows what He's doing, even down to these seemingly small details. I'm so thankful He stretches us in our creativity in this way. In the end, the final result may even be better than if we had been as prepared as we originally wanted to be.


Last summer I had the honor of photographing Victoria & Scott's wedding in SoCal. It was my first time to visit the "golden state," so I made a big trip out of it! My sister Maria flew out to meet me and we spent several days in L.A. & San Diego. I hope to go back soon! If you're getting married in Cali anytime know who to call.

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Made with Love | Pt. III


Molly | Part 3 of the Made with Love series

A couple of years ago I began a photo series called Made with Love, photographing people with favorite recipes that are special to them. This series began as a project for a college class, but I've been slowly continuing it since then. Here is part three, where I photographed my friend Molly with a recipe that has been in her family for years.

"I don't exactly know when or where my grandmother first found the Swedish coffee cake recipe, but it's been around as long as any of us can remember. She made it for her children, who continued to make it for their children, and it quickly became a family favorite. It's devoured every Christmas morning, but it's also a go-to treat we give to friends who need a little pick-me-up through the year. A simple recipe with simple ingredients, put together with a lot of love, from one generation to the next."

Swedish Coffee Cake Recipe:
Melt 1 1/2 stick of butter in an iron skillet. Pour *most* of it into a mixing bowl, along with 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 cup flour.
(The little bit you left in the skillet - swirl it around so it covers the sides. This helps make the crust).
Mix everything together in the mixing bowl. Pour the mixture back into the iron skillet, sprinkle a few slivered almonds on top, and bake at 350˚ for 30-35 minutes.