Ellie + Justin were just one of the super sweet couples we got to work with during the Cultivate Workshop in Northern California last year! Cultivate is an educational workshop curated for girl bosses looking to grow and thrive in their photography business. It’s put on by the best of the best in the wedding photo biz and my personal favs – Dawn Charles and Emily Magers. Not to mention, it’s just an all around really good time!
We were lucky enough to spend the week inside Autocamp‘s insanely beautiful Airstream suites. The Russian River location was SO peaceful (not a car horn or construction zone in sight), and every detail looked like it came straight from Pinterest. And honestly, the trailer bathrooms were bigger than my own in Brooklyn – so I was living it up.
Our second evening we got to run around the beach and photograph a few awesome couples. Ellie + Justin were engaged at the time and planning their elopement in Morocco. Ugh, I know right? It was a blast hanging with them and capturing their love. Even while swarmed by a pack of wedding photographers, they were totally in their own little world together. You could tell they were just the best of friends down to their core.
Oh, and that California light really is like no other. The sun was setting while we shot and gave the waves the most gorgeous, warm glow. To top it off, we ended the night wrapped in blankets and eating tacos under the giant Redwoods strewn with twinkle lights. I’m not usually a fan of the heat (shoutout to my East Coast roots), but looking back on this cozy shoot along the coast has me dreaming of more summer days.