I’ve always been drawn to nostalgia. I love observing people. I feel the emotion of a good story as it’s told. This intuitiveness allows me to anticipate those beautiful instances of intensity, capture the reactions quickly, and freeze in film those once-in-a-lifetime moments as they unfold. I feel deeply, and I’m keenly aware of the shift in energy we all experience just before you get whisked away in a whirlwind of emotion of your special day. 

I believe that how you feel when a photo is being taken is equally important to how you look in the final result. My priority is to make you feel comfortable, confident, and relaxed in front of the lens so that we can create genuine memories you and your loved ones will cherish for a lifetime.

 Because, at the end of the day, you deserve images as remarkable as your love story. 

Fueled by salty air, and a chocolate-chunk pup named Ted, I live for sun-drenched afternoons full of laughter and warmth. I married my best friend, Chris, and together, we have lived all over the country.  I'm an avid traveler with an insatiable thirst for learning new skills.

When I'm not documenting love stories, I spend my days relaxing in our charming surf shack on the Southern California coast. Some have described me as lively and vivacious, and by others diligent and attentive. 

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Comic Relief


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I grew up landlocked, but I have always been obsessed with the coast.

Quick Facts

I live for travel, and I split my time between SoCal, Tahoe, and an array of East Coast destinations. 

My claim to fame is a viral TikTok video where I argue with my dog about whether or not he can have ice cream for breakfast. 

I value authenticity in my work. I want you to feel swept away by the beautiful moments you experience on your day

I shot my first wedding when I was seventeen

I was born a Midwest girl with a curious heart and an itch to explore the world, so it's no wonder I ended up with a military man.

Chris, Captain America, is the adventurous, talented, humble force behind the scenes during the height of wedding season. He's the reason I'm able to do what I love. 

favorite things

Sweet, sour, intelligent. Director of Productivity, editing sidekick. Part chocolate lab, part velociraptor. You'll likely meet Teddy during our consult, photobombing a video chat, or even during your engagement session.

My clients are able to pause, take a step back, and truly feel events of the day soak in. They trust me to serve them in a manner that's both authentic and artistic. 

Better Half

Tahoe Ted

I love it when...

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Melissa + Dave

"Mandy is warm and fun, and made us feel totally comfortable and not awkward at all when posing for pictures. She captured so many beautiful moments and did not miss one important thing in our gallery. I think her pictures speak for themselves, but to top it off, Mandy was absolutely great to work with from the moment we hired her..."

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Xander & Lauren

"Mandy is the BEST! We have had the pleasure of a wedding, live engagement and engagement photos with Mandy… we will work with her whenever possible, and are honored to call her our friend.."

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Jamie & Ryan

"Mandy has such a kind heart and an eye for the beauty in all things, so her photos turn out better than you could ever imagine! She was easy to work with and exceeded my expectations as a photographer... She made sure the bride and groom had a moment alone to take in the magic of the day and captured moments we thought would only be left to our imagination. We felt so comfortable with her direction in poses and that made for some beautiful engagement and wedding photos..."


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