No doubt you recognize the name "Rhyan Townsend" round these parts by now. She's the hair and makeup wizard behind each and every one of my Creatures, and she's about ready to pop with her second tiny human!!! And if I didn't have a moody, teething baby crying on the floor under my desk, I would write a novel about how much I adore her as a woman, artist, and fellow girlboss. Hopefully she already knows :)
I rarely get to meet my couples before they sign on the dotted line, securing me as the official documenter of their wedding day. And as I stood outside the Carmel Mission, waiting for Rahul and Alexia, with no clue what they looked like, I realized that THAT is kind of amazing. People book me based on vibes felt through emails and phone calls, and those vibes have been correct 100% of the time. Never have I met with a couple for their engagement shoot and thought, "Nope. We were wrong. The vibes failed us." Instead, I manage to book kindred spirits - good-hearted, kind people who value storytelling and genuine emotion (and a sense of humor to boot). These two were no exception.
I'm not saying I didn't enjoy photographing pregnancy before I had a baby of my own, but compared to how greatly I love documenting this transition NOW versus THEN -- it is night and day. I consider it the highest honor to be invited into the last remaining moments of a couple's life before it is forever changed.