I don't know about you, but I have been hitting the pause button quite a bit this year. Perhaps it's something in the air or getting older or just recovering from the craziness from last year. Whatever it is, I long for slowing down and being present, taking time to truly reconnect with people in my life and enjoy the environment around me.
Last month my mom and I flew across the country to Florida to visit my mom's side of the family. After a few weeks of crazy schedules and work, we hit the pause button big time in Florida and it was wonderful. We stayed with my aunt, uncle, and grandmother on their farm. It was so lovely and peaceful and naturally I cannot go anywhere without my camera so I snapped a few pictures during our week there.
I love living in the city for its opportunities, friendships, arts, and culture, although I will also say that my heart is so happy when I jump into a slower pace of life. It was lovely catching up with family and waking up with all of the animals running over to greet us each morning. Oh and the stars! Holy moly the stars! You definitely don't get a night sky like that in the city.
And of course family, I will always cherish time with my family. Pictured below is my mom, my grandmother (who is 95!) and my uncle. It was such a wonderful reunion.
Photography: Karissa Barney Photography Co.
I woke up that morning feeling like it was Christmas, yet calmer than I had in months. The long wedding to-do list was complete, the decor was made, the seating charts we done, everyone was in town, and now there was nothing else to focus on than the fact that I was marrying my best friend and to soak up the day as much as I possibly could.
After our rehearsal dinner the night before, I had gone back to my Airbnb where I was staying with one of my best friends, Erica, and her husband Bryan. I don't know how, but I slept like a baby that night! So it was a bit of a hilarious scene the morning of when I noticed that Erica and Bryan were more nervous than I was. They couldn't sit still and offered me an endless amount of help. I could not have had two more incredible people by my side helping me gather my stuff and getting me to the venue.
I had a lovely hour with my hair and make up team before the girls got there. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and it was a perfect morning to pop open all the windows.
When the girls got there Caroline put on the most amazing playlist of 90's classics and our whole getting ready period felt like one big dance party. And the kind of crazy thing about my bridal party is that all of these girls live in different places across the country and so having them with me in the same room was truly one of the best feelings.
When my mom walked in my jaw dropped because she looked so unbelievably stunning and it was it was hard choking back all the happy tears as her and the girls helped me get ready.
Once everyone was ready we headed out to the orange grove to take photos. The whole thing was one big blur of laughter and I was so grateful to have these incredible women by my side.
And because I was finding it very difficult to put the wedding day into one blog post. I decided to do a series. So this is the beginning, the morning of. Next up: The Ceremony.
Getting to shoot one of my favorite people in the Los Angeles Arts District was such a blast. Braden needed a few marketing photos for his website and so we headed to downtown LA to take advantage of the Arts District's collection of fun and colorful walls. The hilarious bit was seeing the small groupings of people walking around taking photos for their Instagram. That being said, it is an awesome area and I had a blast shooting all of the bright colors. Braden is one of my dearest friends and so shooting him was simply a wonderful walk with a friend chatting, laughing, and occasionally snapping a photo here and there. It was lovely! I hope you enjoy!
Photography: Karissa Barney Photography Co. | Location: Downtown Los Angeles Arts District | Braden Davis Marketing Photos
It's a new year and a fresh chapter and although I am not one to write out resolutions, I do love taking time to reflect on the previous year and to reset my focus for the year ahead. In that I have been reliving some of the amazing shoots I had the chance to be apart of in 2017, and this one popped up on my list.
This shoot was something new for me and a step out of my comfort zone as I don't typically do fashion/style shoots, but I had a lovely time getting to work with all of the creatives behind this one. And as always I loved shooting alongside my partner in crime, Heather Anderson of Heather Anderson Photography. We got the opportunity to play with a handful of lighting situations in one day which was great!
Photography: Karissa Barney Photography second shooting for Heather Anderson Photography | Designer: Jaime Elyse | Modeling Agency: Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency | Hair & Make Up: Desperately Seeking Suann, Christa Jacobs Make Up Artist, Sandra Michelle Artistry | Models: @margohaft - Margo Haft | @stormieperdashian - Stormie Perdash | @tabithasuek.professional - Tabitha Suek | @morganfranz - Morgan Franz | @jessicacurvemodel - Jessica Sweeney | @andrewraymondsweeney - Andrew Sweeney| @jadegermaine - Jade Germaine | @eden.harnar - Eden Harnar | @mccarthy_bailey - Bailey McCarthy| @sophia.woodward - Sophia Woodward | @isobel_modeling_rmea - Isobel Stewart | @laurenjacobs_model - Lauren Jacobs
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to head up to Santa Ynez in the wine country of Santa Barbara to second shoot this maternity session for Jessica Grazia Mangia Photography. This session took place at the stunning Sunstone Winery, which I had heard about as a highly sought after wedding venue. As soon as we stepped on the property I completely understood why. This spot is nestled up in the hills and is the type of place that feels more like the heart of Europe than California. It was a blast shooting here and it was, of course, such wonderful day getting work with Jessica! Here are some of my photos and edits.
When I learned that I was going to be heading up to Santa Cruz for the weekend, I immediately knew that I wanted to put together a styled shoot. This coastline in Northern California is so spectacular, I had to capture this part of the world with a bridal look. The landscape helped to inspire the feel we were going for: adventurous, intimate, bohemian, and whimsical. I absolutely love how it turned out and I am extremely excited to share these photos with you. A huge thank you to Mandy Modic for modeling and Fionna Floral for providing the bouquet. Enjoy!
Sometimes there are those moments in life that catch you off guard; places you go and people you're with that seem to perfectly align in a way that makes you want to take a mental snapshot of that moment and time. That's how I felt most of our time in Martha's Vineyard. When our friends invited us to their family's farm as a wedding present, I had no idea what to expect. I pictured a beach and waves and a boat with some old sailor in wellies. That was about as much as my imagination could muster up. I really had no idea what to expect. But from the moment we turned off the pavement onto the dirt road towards the farm, I knew I was going to love this whole experience. And because it is hard to articulate my week through words, I have decided to share a photo diary, instead. I hope these images capture the adventure, laughter, and moments of stillness throughout the week. Here is a glimpse into our time at Martha's Vineyard. Enjoy!
Mike and I never really discussed getting engagement photos done. We had a perfect photo that his brother took for our the save the dates and we've been more focused on our wedding than on documenting our engagement. When we got into the DIY madness that is making your own wedding invites we came up with the idea of printing a photo of us on vellum paper as the cover to the invite. We fell in love with the idea... and then quickly realized we needed more photo options. That's when we decided to take my camera out, set it up, and have my sister-in-law help snap these few photos of us. I absolutely love how they turned out and looking back on it, I'm so glad we have these to hold on to. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!