I Finca I’m in love with these two. What a power couple. Spending more than a lion’s share of their time in this gorgeous space in which we shot their portraits, Courtney, innovative pastry chef and Jonny, mix master behind the bar, are prominent figures at this lovely restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Given the couple’s talents, the fact that they got engaged in New Orleans and that both appreciate jazz, we couldn’t help but push the theme a touch. How amazing that Finca was both aesthetically perfect but also means something to these two. Stylist Lauren Brady helped us evoke a jazz era vibe without going overboard and we just had a fabulous day lounging around the amazing space, eating beignets and sipping cocktails.
My job really is taxing…..I mean seriously.
For our anniversary and my birthday this year, both occur a week apart in August, Peter and I decided to sweep away to Santa Barbara. This is a sentimental location for us as we spent our honeymoon there 13 years ago. Yes, I’ve just dated myself, 13 years ago. We have of course returned as often as circumstances allow and the time is always a little magical to us. So, what do two photographers do when left to their own devices for 3 days? Shoot, shoot, dine & shoot. Can’t beat it out of us. I suppose we like what we do.
I’ve realized that photography, to me, isn’t just about the production of photos. In fact, if I was never allowed to develop the film from this trip I still would have spent the majority of my time with a camera pressed up against my face. I think this is because the use of the camera helps me to explore people, places and things. Nestled comfortably behind a black box of some sort or another, I’m free to interpret the world as I see fit. I understand it through documenting it and for this aspect of the art form I’m incredibly grateful. Anything that will aid in my feeling able to connect to things and being inspired by them deserves that gratitude.