California Fine Art 


Your wedding photos are the keys to a time machine. Let me take you back.

Bright sparks that linger in your memory as the shadows begin to lengthen. Small jewels of feeling to be held in your hand and marveled over like beach glass. Your wedding photos will brim with being human. Honest, intentional, effortless. Magic. And yes, I will absolutely tell you if your bangs look weird. 

There are not enough words to describe how amazing Kate is, but I will do my best! From the moment we sat down with Kate, my husband and I knew that she was the one we wanted to photograph our wedding. 

Cassie & Benjamin

My job is to honor your love story in whatever shape it takes. I am here to celebrate and capture your connections. 

Lost Coast Engagements


Engagement, anniversary or day after session. Let's commemorate this wild, messy and heartbreakingly beautiful human existence together. 

Portrait sessions begin at $875

Redwood Romance


There is something truly ethereal about vowing forever in a misty redwood cathedral and savoring golden hour with a glass of champagne on the coast.

What is your pricing?

Because every celebration is unique,  weddings and elopements are quoted on an individual basis and curated to reflect the particulars of your event as well as the scope of coverage needed. Reach out to custom tailor a quote.

What is your approach?

Thoughtful planning provides flexibility. I am very hands on in regards to timeline construction and believe a framework for the day to unfold naturally. Tracking the details allows me to center your comfort and ability to be present and immersed in the magic at all times. 

How do we make it official?

A signed contract and a non-refundable 50% retainer will lock in your date. The balance is due three weeks prior to your wedding. In order to serve my clients fully, I take on a limited number of weddings each year. 

Do you use a shot list?

I will use a shot list for family and group photos. Beyond that, we will carefully review any special people, planned moments, or unique details that you would like photographed. Having this information beforehand prepares me to capture your day in an organic, unobtrusive fashion while still minding the details.

Will we receive Every photo?

Your final gallery contains a curated selection - approximately 70 to 90 images per hour of coverage - that features only the highest quality images. Your gallery is carefully culled to remove blinking, inadvertent sloth impressions and repetitive sequences.

can You Tailor a collection?

I'm happy to provide a bespoke collection to suit your particular celebration. Get in touch to discuss your vision.

What about bad weather?

I have photographed ceremonies in torrential downpours and wandered many a wild and windy beach for engagement sessions. Navigating difficult weather is part of my professional skill set. While we can't reschedule your wedding on account of rain, we can definitely move an engagement session if you'd like to aim for sunnier skies.

How does copyright work?

All clients receive unlimited personal usage rights to their images. This means you are free to share and print your images. I retain full artistic copyright which ensures I am able to manage my brand, share my images and continue to book clients that connect with my work. I do understand that privacy can be a concern. In these cases, a 20% non disclosure fee will be implemented.

Does your pricing include travel fees?

Travel is not included in my collection pricing. A custom travel quote based on the location and number of shooting days will be added to your chosen collection. I prefer to handle all of my own travel arrangements.


Stop looking, you have found your photographer.

Gia & Adam

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