los angeles home birth – the birth of annu

I’ve photographed births before. Five, actually, if I count them. But I’ve never blogged them until now. Today feels a bit special.

I met Punam at a bar a few years back. We were both there to celebrate the birthday of a mutual friend. We started chatting and realized we had a ton in common.. we’re photographers, our husbands are composer / musicians that we met while they were both on tour, we’d both been married for 9 years at the time. She was genuine and she didn’t hesitate to get real, fast. By the time we left our friend’s birthday celebration, we had exchanged numbers and promised we’d get together soon.

And we did.

Fast-forward a bit to this scene: we’re friends, we’ve double dated a bunch, Jayden + I have experienced Punam’s insane culinary abilities, we’ve fallen in love with Uma and been to her 3rd birthday party, and the fam has even moved to our neighborhood. Yes! Punam is now 9 months pregnant, and texting me on a Monday morning, “Soooo just a heads up, i think I’m in early labor this morning. Are you back from your trip?” A few hours later, I’m walking to their home with a camera over my shoulder and anticipation in my heart.

Photographing the first breaths of a human is the most raw and humbling parts of my experience. (Especially when you’re a fierce mama like Punam who had a natural birth. Bow down!)

Witnessing what it is for a mama to work with her body, her partner, her baby.. the pain and the overpowering love.

Seeing the looks that parents exchange the moment their little one enters the world. That love! I literally have to leave the room every few minutes so that I don’t just lose all composure and ugly cry. Punam + Andy, thank you for letting me witness this tender moment you shared as a family. I am honored.

There really are no words for this miracle of life. I’m stripped of every word, and reminded of how simple and fragile we were when we began our days on this earth. How, at our core, we are Love and we long to be loved.

My hope is that these images will leave you with more of a feeling than a word. And may we be reminded of Love! xx

rancho dos pueblos wedding, santa barbara (megan + andrew are married!)

Megan + Andrew were on the blog not too long ago, so we’re excited to post them s’more as we share some frames from their wedding today!

A destination celebration by the sea.. this day was filled with sunshine, joy, laughter, incredible music and so. much. delicious. whiskey. Every last detail was chosen through playful intention, (like that Gretsch guitar as Andrew’s grooms gift.. Megan, you win! forever!) and one glimpse at M+A’s ginormous bridal party is all it takes to see how much these two are adored.

Here are a few frames from this glorious day… xo


Photography: Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Wedding Coordination: Simply Natural Events

Makeup: Nicol Artistry

Hair: Nicole Banks

Groom’s Hotel: the Goodland

Rentals: Town + Country Event Rentals

Florals: Coco Rose Design

Musicians: Great Caesar Band

Venue: Rancho Dos Pueblos / Dos Pueblos Ranch

Catering: Whoa Nelly Catering

Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar

Lighting: Bella Vista Designs

Transportation: Jump on the School Bus

burning man elopement (iris + arjen are married!) – burning man wedding photographers

There are 3 experiences in our lives that stand out as the most magical memories, and they are; trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal, visiting Antarctica and Burning Man.

If you’ve been, you know.

10 days of personal expression, radical generosity and love, and so much incredible art. Burning Man gets a lotta hate, but we had to experience it to have an opinion, and we will absolutely never be the same (in the best way possible). Your Burn experience is what you want it to be, and for us, that looked like a week of unplugged, unshowered bike rides into the vast open space, interacting with the art installations, meeting inspiring souls from around the world, and a whole lot’a photo-taking.

Enter: Iris + Arjen.

These loves also had their first Burn this year, and after getting engaged on the Great Wall of China, flew in from their home in the Netherlands to adventure on the playa. A mutual friend connected us, (his playa name is Armadillo.. I don’t actually know his real world name) as they decided to elope at Burning Man and asked us to shoot it! After 10 years together, the playa set the perfect space of love as Iris + Arjen exchanged vows.

We met and decided they would pick their wedding day based on the weather, (dust storms can make sight and photography a little bit challenging at times) and so on Saturday, just hours before the man burned, they came to our camp and said, “Today is the day!” I can’t tell you how fun it was to have the spontaneity of a wedding that only had a 2 hour warning. It will forever be a feeling and a memory that we treasure. (We’d only brought one camera, so many of these images were shot with our iPhones, too. We heart technology.)

It was such an honor to capture these moments in your lives, Iris + Arjen. (I still get weepy when I think about how you even asked me to be a witness and sign your marriage license! That was a first for me.) Jayden + I can’t wait until our paths cross again.. see you on the playa next year?!

To the friends + fam of Iris + Arjen, we’re so excited for you to hear the news that these loves are now one. Enjoy a few photos from their magical day! xx

[i got to wear this outfit while i photographed iris + arjen’s wedding. i’m now waiting for another one of our couples to ask me to wear this while i shoot them. *waiting* *crickets* … waiting patiently …] 😉

and how about a lil playa selfie from us before we sign off? xx


by Caroline

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backyard wedding in san diego (mikaela + moses are married!) – san diego wedding photographers

Mikaela + Moses know their priorities and aren’t afraid to use ’em!

On a flawless Thursday afternoon this summer we drove from LA to San Diego to be a part of this magical day. M+M exchanged vows in Mikaela’s brother’s backyard and then celebrated with an intimate dinner with their families. When Mikaela first wrote to us, she said, “All we want are great photos, food, flowers, and family.” and that is exactly what they had, and we were pretty stoked to make the cut.

Here are a few frames from their gorgeous day.. x


Photos: Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Florals: Diamant of Blue Ladder Botany

Dinner: Tom Ham’s Lighthouse