We fell in love when we were teenagers. Too young to get into bars or nightclubs, we met out swing dancing when it was really popular in the 90’s…remember that Gap commercial?!? Anyway, one of Shane’s best friends came up with a brilliant plan: in order to meet girls, they needed to learn to dance. I spied him practicing alone one night and asked him to dance. Being in his arms made the world seem to fade away.
Fast forward to Junior year in college– at 19, I went to study abroad in Paris, France. Vintage Minolta camera in hand, I set out to discover everything about that incredible city. By day, I attended courses at the famous Parson’s School of Photography, roamed the Louvre, sketched at the Musee Rodin, stole photos of interesting characters on the metro, and created portraits of friends. Night quickly turned to dawn as I lost track of all time developing my black and white prints in the tiny basement dark room of my dormitory. After Paris, I became completely entranced with making images.
When I returned to the states, Shane and I became inseparable. He always loved to photograph our adventures, and getting close in the darkroom while I showed him how to use the chemicals & enlargers wasn’t too bad. ;)
We were married in Evergreen, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains by a gorgeous lake. I gained invaluable experience while working as a photo assistant and wardrobe stylist for numerous larger studios and finally felt ready to launch my own business. Shane realized that I was having WAY too much fun without him, and started shooting with me whenever possible. I knew that his degree in business, love for marketing, and natural talent for photography would help make things work even better. So we took the plunge and started Acqua Photo together.
Now we have been photographing weddings all over the world for nearly a decade. Our work has been published in many international magazines & websites such as Town & Country, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Modern Luxury Bride, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Rangefinder, Ceremony, Exquisite Weddings, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Inspired By This, Ruffled, and more.
We live in Carlsbad with our sweet and sassy daughter Nakoa, our adorably happy-go-lucky son Kaleo, and our two dogs Charlie & Kina. We love to play, we love to create, and we love to have adventures.
If you’ve seen our work and feel a connection with our style, let’s meet up for coffee! We’d love to hear all about your wedding plans and get to know you. Just fill out the form on this page to send us a message.