Back in October I had the pleasure of traveling to Palm Springs, CA to complete the final steps for my Beloved Certification to become a certified Beloved Photographer. I had completed the course work a few months prior, and my last step was to do a live Beloved shoot in front of judges. Gulp! I was nervous to say the least! 🙂 I am happy to say I passed, and am truly so excited to be on this journey.

I think part of my experience in Palm Springs was so amazing because of the people I shared my time there with. Amy Carroll Photography and Shuttersam were my roommates, and even though I could not stay for the entire Adventure Always conference, I had a blast with these two for the short time I was there. We stayed at the Parker hotel which is an adventure in itself. Wowzers…that hotel is gorgeous and charming.

So what does being a Certified Beloved Photographer mean? It is defined as “Beloved is a portrait based photographic genre that celebrates and emphasizes the importance of relationship. It blends the visual aesthetic of portrait photography with the authenticity of photojournalism. Beloved is the best of both. It allows the photographer to create work that is more meaningful and valuable to them and their muses.”

My photography is such a huge part of who I am and how I view the world. Connection is such a big part of being human. We all want to love and be loved. What that looks like is unique to every person and couple and family. A big focus of my work is to bring out the most natural expressions and images possible from my clients. I have learned so many tools on how to do that, and I can’t wait to share with all of you. I think there is something truly beautiful about looking at an image with meaning, love, and true expression. What happens in these sessions is natural, true, raw and remarkable. I incorporate the beloved technique in all of my shoots, but to get the full affect….book a beloved session. It is amazing. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the images below!! It is part Parker hotel and part of my beloved shoot that I did in front of the judges. The entire trip was pure magic. 🙂