hearts & horseshoes photography is a an organic fine art wedding and lifestyle photography company. we shoot all over california, up the coast into the pacific northwest and east into idaho & montana. we love destination weddings, and any excuse to travel.
we pride ourselves in shooting every wedding, event & lifestyle shoot in a new organic, timeless & fun way. we capture the emotion. we capture the real you. the real day.
we do what we love and love what we do. we are dreamers. we are artists.
lifestyle shoots are magical. they take many forms. all you need is you and we will figure out the rest together.
99% of the boudoir pictures I take will only meet the eyes of who they are made for. these special few were kindly allowed to grace your eyes.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein
I try to convince all my clients to do a "First Look"...
This is a completely biased opinion based on 8 years of being a wedding photographer (that is my disclaimer ahead of time!). The pros seem to outweigh the cons a zillion to one. When you think of your perfect wedding you imagine every Pinterest picture that you have re-tagged and liked all rolled into this blissful and amazing picturesque wedding. And then you start planning it and it's actually a lot of hidden tribulations you hadn't expected. SUCH AS... your friends and family have taken off work and traveled to see you tie the knot with the love of your life, and you are off taking formal pictures for an hour of the four that they get to see you. Plus you are paying a TON of money for a venue and a party that you are going to want to be at I assume. So the First Look is designed to have you and your significant other meet at a certain spot about an hour and a half before the ceremony. Usually right when your done getting ready, so you look your absolute best, and before any guests are there. It's just you two and me (the photographer) having a very intimate moment and getting to actually enjoy each other and seeing each other for the first time. Do I love the traditional idea of seeing each other walk down the isle, yes completely, but the First Look is fast becoming the new traditional and is just as amazing (without the fear of everyone seeing you trip while walking down the isle... this is my fear, but perhaps mine alone ;) ).
So now you have seen each other... and the big sigh of relief because now you can talk about your morning and how you can't wait to dance ;) Now we get to go take all your beautiful couple pictures first. Why is this so important? Well the first picture I would hang on my wall, the first pictures that I as a photographer go back to look at, are these couple pictures. When you do a traditional wedding you spend 20 min taking family pictures and 20ish minutes taking bridal party pics and if anything runs late it cuts into your couple pictures, and by then your tired of pictures and want to go see your friends. So if we do them first you are guaranteed to have time set aside to take the pictures you are going to hang on your wall in giant canvas form! After your couple pics we spend ample time taking bridal party pics and still have time to go get freshened up before the ceremony. Then after the ceremony we just have to bust out family pics and your off to your party and your friends. The day runs so much more smoothly when you have most of your formal pictures out of the way by the time guests arrive. The only downfall that I find is that the light is usually not as amazing in the middle of the day so I usually spend an extra couple of minutes during sunset for a few more special pictures. And by then you have said hi to everyone and are ready to sneak off for a few minutes anyways.
Everyone is different and has different priorities and even though I'm not technically a "planner" I need to make sure for you and for me that all the pictures get taken and the day is captured in full, all the while you are having fun celebrating your new marriage. (how's that for a run-on sentence!)
from landscapes & barns to rifles & jewelry, I love to put my spin on what you do. we offer social media content & headshot packages to revamp your website as well as individual shoots for marketing ideas. tell us your vision and we will make it happen!