If you ask my husband he would tell you that there is one thing I am always fixated on and can not stop talking about.  Traveling and where we should go next.  He thinks that I would go anywhere and that there are no destinations safe from my wish list (he’s right).  Unfortunately we can not realistically travel 24/7 like we would like so I have compiled a list of some ways to get the vacation feels at home!

Ways to get the Vacation Feels at Home

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  1. Have themed cuisine nights where you cook the traditional foods of places you wish you were visiting, or where you have visited!
  2. Read travel memoirs and get lost in places you have never been.  My favorite travel memoir is “A Year In The World” by Frances Mayes.  I also love to look at travel blogs!
  3. Fill your home with photos of your travels.
  4. Listen to the traditional music of places you wish to go.
  5. Create spaces in your home or yard that remind you of your favorite places.
  6. Be intentional when buying souvenirs.  We like to buy decor that we can put around the home so that we are always reminded of our travels.
  7. I usually end up having a “signature” cocktail on any given vacation so it is always an instant good feeling to crack open my favorite Greek beer, Mythos, or salty Pacifico on those days when I have a case of Wanderlust.
  8. Next time you go on vacation bring a new scent with you (lotion or perfume) to use during your trip.  When you are home  that particular scentwill always bring you good memories and all the feels!

What are some of your favorite ways to get the vacation feels when stuck at home?  Leave comments below!






Jessica & Craig are getting married tomorrow and it’s officially the start of my wedding season!  This winter has been a wonderful reprieve from work.  I had high hopes of finally finishing and updating my website but that didn’t happen.  I did however spend lots of time with family and friends, traveled to Mexico & Tahoe, went wine tasting with some of my favorite ladies and made a lot of great memories along the way.  I always have a tendency to feel guilt if I am not constantly working and one of my goals this year (as it is every year, unsuccessfully) was to leave guilt at the door and give myself more grace and permission to ENJOY my slower season rather than trying to fill it with a ton of catch up work.  It is a constant struggle, as a business owner, to not feel like you need to be doing something productive.   So this year even as things pick up and the craziness of wedding and senior portrait season begins I am going to try and schedule myself off days regularly with lots and lots of GRACE.

Anyway!  Happy day before your wedding day Jess & Craig!!!  Here are a few favorites from their engagement session!!  They are seriously so sweet and I just know tomorrow is going to be a great day! (Jessica’s makeup by Rikki Tomasetti)


Oakdale Engagement Photographer

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All this unusual rainy California weather has me longing for warmer Summer days so I thought I would share one of my Summer weddings from last year!  Danielle & Jerod got married at The Heirloom Inn in Ione, Ca.  I had never photographed a wedding there and absolutely fell in love with this venue.  It is so charming!  I hope to shoot there again in the future!

I think that Danielle and Jerod were possibly my most relaxed couple ever!  Low stress couples always make the day so much  better!  It is easy to get carried away with all the wedding feels and be high anxiety on the big day but if you can manage to find that inner calm everything seems to go more smoothly and you can really take it all in and enjoy it!

Here are some of my favorites from this Heirloom Inn Wedding!!  (Vendor List below!)

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Danielle’s dress was absolutely gorgeous and looked like it was made specifically for her.  Simple, yet stunning with sequins all over it!  You can find this stunner at Adrianna Papell


The hotel where they got ready had really great natural light.  A huge plus!!




The ceremony site was in shade so the light was perfect.  Couples take note!!  If the sun is bright try and have your ceremony where at least you and the officiant are in open shade so that you can have gorgeous even light on you!


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Venue: The Heirloom Inn

MUA: Chelsea Duck @ Heads Together Salon & Spa

Hair: Courtney @ Little Red Hair House

DJ: Epic Events

Caterer: Motherlode Deli Catering

Dessert: Clarks Corner, Sutter Creek

Dress: Adrianan Papell