LA City Guide | TRAVEL

LA City Guide | Travel

One of my bestest girlfriends, Hannah, has traveled the world, yet her adventures have never landed in California! With both of our work and travel schedules, it was totally miraculous for our calendars to agree, but when we found an open week to hit the road...we knew this girl trip was meant to be! I'm wildly grateful to have been her West Coast tour guide. :) Here's a list of the top places I wanted her to experience for her first time in LA. Enjoy!

Malibu Farm

My absolute favorite part of blogging has been the genuine friendships I've made...I never would've thought! I "met" Jackie through Instagram over a year ago and let me tell ya, she's as sweet as they come. Beautiful inside and out!!! It was such a treat to meet up with her in real life. Do yourself a favor and click over to her blog Dash of Panache. I absolutely adore her even more after squeezing in some hang time!

Shop my gingham top and Jackie's floral embroidered top

Salt & Straw | Venice Beach

I knew Hannah would fall in love with the quirky flair of Venice Beach...and we couldn't resist Salt & Straw...a favorite ice cream stop!

Shop my embroidered tunic and kimono

Living Like Locals | Malibu

Views from our front yard...

Alfred's Tea Room | West Hollywood

Hannah's first encounter with boba in her tea...she decided she's not about that life. :) But Alfred's Tea was a win nonetheless!

Shop: my metallic skirt and Hannah's off-the-shoulder dress

Dream Big | West Hollywood (read more here)

Shop: 'Dream big' tee, metallic skirt, similar headband

Malibu Cafe at Calamingos Ranch

Our self-timer selfie attempts...

Shop my tank dress (under $20) and cropped sweatshirt (under $30)

Piuma Rd Sunset | Malibu

My favorite sunset spot in the world...also pictured here.

Shop my tank dress (under $20) and cropped sweatshirt (under $30)

Charmlee Park Hiking & Point Dume Exploring | Malibu

Shop:

Jessica's swimsuit: TopBottom

Bottega Louie | Downtown LA

Shop:

Hannah's black off-the-shoulder dress (under $30)
My floral velvet burnout off-the-shoulder dress

Griffith Observatory | Hollywood Hills

Shop: metallic skirt and similar headband

Much love and thanks for stopping by!

Jess

Rickey Family | PHOTOGRAPHY

 

When I ran into this sweet family at Bread Winners today, it reminded me that I’ve yet to share their Christmas photos! I photographed them for the first time in 2012, did Maddie’s senior pictures in 2014, Liam’s senior portraits this past spring and updated family shots this fall! Families that have made the journey with me over the years have a special place in my heart. I always have a blast photographing them! Their laughs are contagious…can you tell?

Much love,

Jess

Perfect Color Palette | Family Photos

Meet the Buchanan family! Scott was the first professional drummer I ever played with as a little 14-year-old keyboardist. Since then, his family has grown and multiplied. :)

Jenny is a total #girlboss…she wears LipSense and literally everyone buys it. Her mini-me is Karli (matching tutus—I die) and the boys (Jake and Noah) are PRESH. Needless to say, this family is near and dear to my heart—and so are their pictures! Enjoy our fun!

If you're not sure what to wear for family photos, take notes from this crew...denim + neutrals + pink. It's such a cute color scheme! Perfectly simplistic and leaves plenty of room for personality, as you can see! (Hover over a photo to PIN the idea!) Here's another color scheme I loved from a family shoot this season.

*TIP: Patterns can work (see this post for a great example), but generally speaking, if you think it might be too much going on...it might be. Prints always come across more prominent on camera than in person.

Much love,

Jess