Hi I’m Blake, and I’m going to turn your love story into a work of art with my camera.

 

Weddings are just… awesome. I love getting to know new couples and learning what makes them (and their big day) unique. We’re gonna laugh like crazy and have a lot of fun. You’re going to make some seriously cool memories that day and I’m going to capture those memories honestly and in their entirety. Whether you look back at your album in 1 year or in 50, your photos will make you remember what it felt like to live those moments.

 

A little about me personally… I’m 34, and have lived in Santa Cruz county my entire life other than a few college years in L.A. My wife and I recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary! We have two incredible little boys, Nolan (4) and Carson (2) and they keep us on our toes as you could imagine. I love hiking and climbing the tallest peaks I can find whenever I get the chance. If I need something for my house, I am more likely to build it in my little garage woodshop than buy it. And of course photography… Its been a passion of mine since high school, and I could geek out about camera gear for days. But in the end its just an honor to capture people during their most precious moments in life.

 

I’m often asked to describe my style. The best way I can do that is through the photos on my website, which is why I’ve included literally thousands of photos for you to browse through. The abbreviated version is the slide show gallery on my home page. Those are the photos that I have chosen to best represent who I am as an artist and storyteller.

 

But if I had to put my style to words, I’d start with “artistic.” Before I found my passion for photographing people, I was a landscape and fine-art photographer. And my portrait photography is heavily influenced by that background. I believe you should have a set of photos that you will love forever. My sole purpose is to tell your story, but my approach is to tell that story in a way that looks absolutely stunning on your wall.

 

My favorite weddings are always a little different. I love the potential for individual expression in a wedding. I love natural settings and the great outdoors, so I am drawn toward weddings on beaches, forests, open landscapes, gardens, vineyards and really cool back yards. Casual Chic. Or a little bit hipster. Bohemian. Funky. Retro. Tattoos and beards and windblown hair. Bare feet in the sand. I love it all. These days tradition purely for the sake of tradition is not everyone’s jam and I respect that. Celebrate your love and then party it up with your favorite people. Just be you.


Here’s my story in about 3 minutes:

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 Just tied the knot on their 10 year anniversary. • • • #bigsurwedding #carmelwedding #carmelbythesea #17miledrive #montereybay #beachwedding #theknot #weddingglam #groom #vsco #vscocam #liveauthentic #kinfolk #whitemag #whitemagazine #thatsdarling #anthropologie #thedailywedding #stylemepretty #ruffledblog #elopement #twogrooms #gaywedding #loveislove #lovewins #lgbtwedding  There's just something awesome about the juxtaposition of a tuxedo in a natural setting that is . And then you put two of them together... • • • #bigsurwedding #carmelwedding #carmelbythesea #17miledrive #montereybay #beachwedding #theknot #weddingglam #groom #vsco #vscocam #liveauthentic #kinfolk #whitemag #whitemagazine #thatsdarling #anthropologie #thedailywedding #stylemepretty #ruffledblog #elopement #twogrooms #gaywedding #loveislove #lovewins #lgbtwedding #equallywed #forestwedding #fearlessphotographers #featuremeoncewed  Thank you so much for another amazing year! These are only a few of my favorite moments from 2016... Too many to choose from. Happy new year! • • • @missionranchcarmel @eventsatmissionranch @blushhairandmakeupdesign @napavalleylinens @gbslinens @fleurishfloraldesigns @taylormadeweddingsandevents @nicklausclub_monterey @fionnafloral @dnaentertainment @chiceventrentals @speeeencer @deetong19 @love_and_artistry @mrslissy80 @izcarus @djeratic @lovengyuevents @crowsnestsantacruz @feathersalonsantacruz @linnysfloral831 @blushmonterey @regalewinery @wedding_connection @asparklingevent @quaillodgeca #2016bestnineinstagram #2016bestnine #carmelbeach #beachwedding #santacruzwedding #santacruzbride #stylemepretty #greenweddingshoes #whitemagazine #missionranch #missionranchwedding #holmanranch #holmanrancheedding #montereybay #glamorous #theknot #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #sunset #goldenhour  These two snuck away to tie the knot and I got to capture them on the honeymoon. • • • #engaged #engagementphotos #tidepools #goldenhour #pointlobos #carmel #monterey #vsco #vscocam #liveauthentic #kinfolk #whitemag #whitemagazine #thatsdarling #anthropologie #theknot #thedailywedding #greenweddingshoes  Following up from that last 'behind the scenes' post... here's the result. • • • Thanks for all the help everyone! Planning/coordination: @taylormadeweddingsandevents venue: @nicklausclub_monterey videographer: Matt Cross florist: @fionnafloral hair & make up: Spa Bella Mobile Spa entertainment: @dnaentertainment & Picture Video Booth cake: the Buttery Rentals: @chiceventrentals linens: @napavalleylinens transportation: Elegant Journey #carmel #monterey #montereywedding #carmelbride #montereybride #bride #greenweddingshoes #engagedandinspired #theknot #theknotweddings #weddingwire #goldenhour #light #sunbeams #beautiful #stylemepretty #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #ruffledblog #oncewed
 Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you're enjoying it with whichever who makes you the youest you. • • • #valentine #valentinesday #myspecialvalentine #valentinesdate #valentines2017 #engagementphotos #sanfrancisco #sanfran #ileftmyheartinsanfrancisco #cypress #goldenhour #sanfranciscobride #sanfranciscowedding #landsendtrail #vsco #vscocam #liveauthentic #kinfolk #whitemag #whitemagazine #thatsdarling #anthropologie #theknot #thedailywedding #greenweddingshoes  These guys! Congrats Nate & Jared. • • • #bigsurwedding #carmelwedding #carmelbythesea #17miledrive #montereybay #beachwedding #theknot #weddingglam #groom #vsco #vscocam #liveauthentic #kinfolk #whitemag #whitemagazine #thatsdarling #anthropologie #thedailywedding #stylemepretty #ruffledblog #elopement #twogrooms #gaywedding #loveislove #lovewins #lgbtwedding  Merry Christmas from our family to yours! • • • #merrychristmas #christmas #xmas #family #beach #santacruz #santacruzin #831 #capitolabeach #capitola  There's just something about this place. • • • Thank you to everyone who helped make this day amazing! @missionranchcarmel @eventsatmissionranch @blushhairandmakeupdesign @napavalleylinens @gbslinens @fleurishfloraldesigns #carmelbeach #stylemepretty #greenweddingshoes #weddingdress #missionranch #missionranchwedding #montereybay #glamorous #theknot #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #sunset #goldenhour#bride #theknot #theknotweddings #weddingwire #goldenhour #light #sunbeams #beautiful #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #ruffledblog #oncewed  Hey that's me! • • • Thanks for all the help everyone! Planning/coordination: @taylormadeweddingsandevents venue: @nicklausclub_monterey videographer: Matt Cross florist: @fionnafloral hair & make up: Spa Bella Mobile Spa entertainment: @dnaentertainment & Picture Video Booth cake: the Buttery Rentals: @chiceventrentals linens: @napavalleylinens transportation: Elegant Journey #carmel #monterey #montereywedding #carmelbride #montereybride #bride #greenweddingshoes #engagedandinspired #theknot #theknotweddings #weddingwire #goldenhour #light #sunbeams #beautiful #stylemepretty #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #ruffledblog #oncewed
 Take a hike. • • • #engaged #engagementphotos #tidepools #goldenhour #pointlobos #carmel #monterey #vsco #vscocam #liveauthentic #kinfolk #whitemag #whitemagazine #thatsdarling #anthropologie #theknot #thedailywedding #greenweddingshoes  All the feels here - I'm honored and thank you. Seriously. • • • @missionranchcarmel @eventsatmissionranch @blushhairandmakeupdesign @napavalleylinens @gbslinens @fleurishfloraldesigns @taylormadeweddingsandevents @nicklausclub_monterey @fionnafloral @dnaentertainment @chiceventrentals @speeeencer @deetong19 @love_and_artistry @mrslissy80 @izcarus @djeratic @lovengyuevents @crowsnestsantacruz @feathersalonsantacruz @linnysfloral831 @blushmonterey @regalewinery @wedding_connection @asparklingevent @quaillodgeca #carmelbeach #beachwedding #santacruzwedding #santacruzbride #missionranch #missionranchwedding #holmanranch #holmanrancheedding #montereybay #glamorous #weddingwire #coupleschoice #coupleschoiceawards #coupleschoiceawards2017 #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #sunset #goldenhour  If your going to get married just a few days before Christmas, do it like this. • • • Thank you to everyone who helped make this day incredible! @missionranchcarmel @eventsatmissionranch @blushhairandmakeupdesign @napavalleylinens @gbslinens @fleurishfloraldesigns #stylemepretty #greenweddingshoes #weddingdress #missionranch #missionranchwedding #montereybay #glamorous #theknot #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #sunset #goldenhour#bride #theknot #theknotweddings #weddingwire #goldenhour #light #sunbeams #beautiful #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #ruffledblog #oncewed #christmaswedding #merrychristmas #christmas #christmasdecoration  This is the magic that happens when it's 3 minutes before sunset in a place like this and with people like them. • • • Thank you to everyone who helped make this day amazing! @missionranchcarmel @eventsatmissionranch @blushhairandmakeupdesign @napavalleylinens @gbslinens @fleurishfloraldesigns #carmelbeach #stylemepretty #greenweddingshoes #weddingdress #missionranch #missionranchwedding #montereybay #glamorous #theknot #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #sunset #goldenhour#bride #theknot #theknotweddings #weddingwire #goldenhour #light #sunbeams #beautiful #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #ruffledblog #oncewed  All the feels under the giant trees... New post on the site and you're gonna want to see this one. Direct link in profile clickity click.
 That's that look. • • • Thanks for all the help everyone! Planning/coordination: @taylormadeweddingsandevents venue: @nicklausclub_monterey videographer: Matt Cross florist: @fionnafloral hair & make up: Spa Bella Mobile Spa entertainment: @dnaentertainment & Picture Video Booth cake: the Buttery Rentals: @chiceventrentals linens: @napavalleylinens transportation: Elegant Journey #carmel #monterey #montereywedding #carmelbride #montereybride #bride #greenweddingshoes #engagedandinspired #theknot #theknotweddings #weddingwire #goldenhour #light #sunbeams #beautiful #stylemepretty #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #ruffledblog #oncewed  Cheers to 2017! • • • @regalewinery #cheers #2017 #happynewyear #newyear #celebrate #santacruzweddingphotographer #wine #winetime #partytime  Church bells ringing at the incredibly gorgeous Carmel Mission Basilica. • • • Thanks for all the help everyone! Planning/coordination: @taylormadeweddingsandevents venue: @nicklausclub_monterey videographer: Matt Cross florist: @fionnafloral hair & make up: Spa Bella Mobile Spa entertainment: @dnaentertainment & Picture Video Booth cake: the Buttery Rentals: @chiceventrentals linens: @napavalleylinens transportation: Elegant Journey #carmel #monterey #montereywedding #carmelbride #montereybride #bride #greenweddingshoes #engagedandinspired #theknot #theknotweddings #weddingwire #goldenhour #light #sunbeams #beautiful #stylemepretty #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #ruffledblog #oncewed #carmelmission  Definitely feeling it with these two. • • • #ucsc #ucscwedding #santacruzbride #santacruzwedding #stylemepretty #anthropologie #greenweddingshoes #weddingdress #glamorous #theknot #weddingglam #glambride #hairandmakeup #weddingdress #bride #bridalhair #bridalmakeup #ruffled #ruffledblog #whitemag #whitemagazine