lead photographer / la jefa
based in Los Angeles, travels often
I love shooting offbeat weddings and unique couples. Every wedding takes me back to my own backyard wedding: the emotions, the laughter, the joy. In my photographs, I’m always shooting with an eye for color, light, and dynamic shadows. I integrate these technical aspects with my background in film, literature and storytelling — so with every wedding, I create a series of documentary photos that recreates the authentic narrative of a day.
Documentary photography is my bread and butter. It sustains me. I’m always chasing the candid, the emotional, even the un-noticed everyday details; things that make you do a double take, little moments that make your heart swell.
If you’d like to know more, feel free to drop me a line!
These are a few of my favorite things: womanism, Agnes Varda, John Cassavetes, stained glass windows, Hayao Miyazaki, "Murder She Wrote," tennis balls lost at twilight, Antonín Dvořák, Nina Simone, the taste of cherries, "The Artist's Way," James Baldwin, rainbows, Los Bros Hernandez, bibimbap, making pizza from scratch, dim sum carts, talking Spanglish, memorizing musicals.
¡y LAS OTRAS!
Who are las otras? I think it’s a multi-faceted idea: they’re me, my community, my clients, my friends. All of those who exist in liminal spaces.
But specifically, in my photography work, I’ve built up a strong network of women-of-color (and non-binary people) who are talented, accomplished documentary photographers in their own right. These are more than your average second-shooters. I pay them more, I work with them the most, and I respect their creative vision tremendously. My associates work with me on weddings that need two photographers, as well as go out and shoot the weddings that I can’t. You can’t go wrong with any of them. They’re gems.
west coast associate
As an artist, I’ve made it my duty to reflect the way we celebrate marriage today. I am most interested in the ways in which we subvert, disrupt, and ultimately, reclaim what marriage can be for each and everyone of us.
I am thrilled to be able to document vanguards like you who are celebrating community and inclusion as primary to what it is to be in love and to marry in these times.
These are a few of my favorite things: womanism, black American vernacular, craft beer, dogs (my Scottie-Boxer pup, Zooey, being my favorite), reading, "The Artist's Way," Soren Kierkegaard, rye whiskey (neat), collecting cookbooks, Sailor Moon, reading Tarot, mountain hikes, r&b + hip hop (golden age!), BEYONCE, french press coffee, new orleans, los angeles & tokyo
I like to think of myself as a visual interpreter of the many different emotions that make us so beautifully human. I read special moments and transcribe them into a vivid, true-to-life image that is forever captured in time. My photography is an act of love, and the camera is my instrument. I can’t think of a better occasion to perform this service than at a wedding, where I have the privilege of bearing witness to one of the most profound expressions of love. The two simply go hand-in hand.
It’s also important for me to document how love manifests itself in ways that are not widely represented. I invite work from clients who want to shake up the old notions and prejudices of what love looks like. I am honored to preserve your memories with sincerity and authenticity.
These are a few of my favorite things: womanism, travel, astrology, thrift-store finds, wearing black, giant family style meals, cheese, chocolate, putting avocado on everything, my big fluffy tuxedo cat named Hans, meditating, camping & hiking, scary movies, dancing, Chicago house music, sweating while eating spicy food
East Coast associate
The best thing about weddings is that I get to be part of people's special days. It's an honor to be part of their story and witness a significant moment in their lives. (Note from Rebecca: Hannah is an incredible documentarian! Every time she posts new work, I am in awe! You would be incredibly lucky to have her discerning eye on your wedding day.)
These are a few of my favorite things: cat videos, K-dramas, eating grapefruit, personality tests, earl grey anything, bouldering, fall season, mountains, chocolate milk