This is a special day, today marks a milestone, a goal reached, a dream manifested…my heart is overflowing with gratitude to the people who have taught me, encouraged me and have worked along side me over these last 5 years. Words can’t describe how excited I feel to not only see Anna & Tim’s wedding featured inside the November Special Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings but to also see my photograph on the cover!? It truly is a happy day…I’m still pinching myself over here. Five years ago, when I decided to photograph weddings, I had written down my goals for what I wanted to achieve as a photographer in the wedding industry. At the top of my list was to get published in Martha Stewart Weddings, a goal that at the time seemed so so far away. Now, to see this day arrive is the most affirming feeling I’ve had yet. You will probably see me smiling from ear to ear for a long time! I truly love what I do and feel so blessed to be able to do it for a living; I’ve found what makes me come alive. This business has been a labor of love, one of true passion, jumping in head first years ago and learning so much about running my own creative business from scratch — and never giving up. This feature, to me, means so much more than a cover of a magazine. It represents dedication perseverance and more importantly, it represents all the talent that I’ve been blessed to work with including the ever so talented Enjoy Events Co and Shotgun Floral who is featured here in the mag too. To me this feature represents every single couple who trusted me artistcally and allowed me to share their day with them. It represents the vendors and teachers in the industry who I have worked with and learned from, pushing me and inspiring me creatively every time. And most importantly, it represents the unending support from my husband and family and friends who have encouraged me with unconditional support. It felt like just yesterday when I decided to leave my graphic design job in SF to pursue this crazy photography dream. For any dreamer, for any risk taker, or any creative business owner pursuing what they are passionate about, I say never give up and just keep your head down and work at what you love. You’ll be rewarded in so many inexplicable ways and just maybe, you’ll reach those bigger-than-ever milestones before you know it! Cheers all around!
Our little Delara is 6 months today! Its so insane how fast time flies, it felt like just yesterday we were driving her home from the hospital. She’s the most precious gift Arash and I could ever ask for and we genuinely thank God with all our hearts for how much joy she’s added to our lives. While I’m pretty sure she has the cutest passport photo ever, I know she’s going to out grow that passport in no time. She’s definitely a curious little lady and such a great traveler! At just 8 weeks, she traveled across the country to Toronto where slept through the night for the first time! In August she swam in her first ocean and touched her feet on the sands of Hawaii. She survived her first road trip to Los Angeles and has already been a guest at three weddings! We can’t wait to show her more of the world – I guess we have a new little sidekick to travel with. Now to get a camera in her hands!
Her newest developments are by far the most adorable…she’s learned to sit up, roll over on her belly (although she can’t really roll back, yet!), and she basically wants to grab everything and anything you put in front of her. She’s found her voice and loves singing along with me as I rock her to sleep at night. Its incredible to watch her grow before our eyes…its still so surreal to think that just 6 months ago, she was growing inside my belly. Arash and I are constantly in awe that she is ours. We love our little Delara Berlin so much! Happy half-birthday, baby girl.
You have to check out the adorable new line from Emily & Meritt for PB Teen. I may have to stock up on some of this stuff for Delara’s future big girl room. It was alot of fun to photograph and style this bedding for The Glitter Guide this week. You can check out more photos and inspiration from our shoot, here.
Its that time of year again and I am excited to announce that Holiday Mini Sessions are back! Book a Mini Session just in time for the holiday season. **Book as soon as possible, limited slots available and they book fast!! Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form here. Session fee is required to book your time slot. Not applicable for wedding or engagement photos.