When I started this venture into wedding photography, I had no idea where it was going to take me. 4 years and a whole lot of friendships later, I find myself sitting here in front of my desk, feeling thankful for all the kind and amazing reviews from my couples. This journey of mine hasn’t always been pretty. I sold my only car to buy my first DSLR, no one wanted to work with me and everything I knew about weddings was experienced as a guest. I remember reaching out to other established photographers for mentorship and guidance, but I received no responses. I guess I wasn’t cool enough. I was left with no choice but to figure things out myself. I’m a strong believer that action speaks louder than words and if you want something really bad, you put yourself out there and just do it! I finally had the opportunity to shoot my first wedding of 300 guests and let me tell you, it wasn’t perfect. My direction was pretty weak, I was nervous AF and I really didn’t know what to photograph. It was definitely a learning process, but it set my way into this crazy wedding industry. I owe a large part of my success to my beautiful wife, Cindy. She kept me focused whenever I got lazy and calmed my nerves whenever my skills were tested. I also want to thank all the vendors I’ve had the pleasure in working with. It’s great to feel inspired by all your passions and everyday hustle. These past few years have been a whirlwind for Verstyle Photography and I hope to continue this hard work into the next year and beyond. Chee whoo!

Check out our Knot reviews from our amazing couples! Verstyle Photography – The Knot Best of Weddings

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After hibernating for much of this wet and rainy winter we were itching for a little winter-weekend getaway. We missed being outdoors, specifically camping, and we love boutique hotels so what better idea and place was there than to go “glamping” at AutoCamp Russian River! AutoCamp is 90 miles north of San Francisco.  Just far enough to feel like a getaway.  We were so excited at the idea of staying in an Airstream camper, or as wifey calls it, a silver twinkie, complete with a queen Casper bed, luxury linens, a spa-inspired bathroom, and a well equipped kitchen with a microwave and the essentials you need to grill and make a pot of coffee. Being nestled and surrounded by redwood trees and the river just behind our Airstream was so refreshing during this cold winter and a breath of fresh air. We unfortunately were unable to take advantage of the outdoor activities, i.e. hiking, canoeing the river, or even taking their bikes out for a cruise, but we did soak in all the quiet and and had fun making breakfast over the outdoor grill, grabbing a beverage and huddling around the clubhouse fire pit, playing board games, and making s’mores under the misty rain. If grilling isn’t your thing the town is just a 2 min drive away with shops and quaint little places to eat. We can’t wait to come back during the summer to stay in the luxury tents (not setup or available during the winter) and enjoy the outdoor activities.

Being avid campers we are well equipped, but going glamping we weren’t sure what to bring or what not to bring. Once we got there and inspected every nook and cranny in the Airstream we realized – we brought too much. The one essential that was definitely a luxury necessity for us is our Chemex coffeemaker and Hario kettle duo. We brewed fresh Philz grinds and we were definitely happy glampers.

No camping or glamping trip is complete without making s’mores! We didn’t even have dinner yet but we wanted to get these going before sunset. There’s nothing like toasting marshmallows and smooshing it between the graham crackers and watching the chocolate melt and ooze out at first bite.

Wherever we travel we (mainly the Wifey) loves to discover local coffee shops, cafes, and bakeries. Before we hit the road home we stopped in at the Big Bottom Market – home of Oprah’s favorite biscuits. Their biscuit breakfasts definitely did not disappoint and was the right amount of fuel we needed before our drive back home.

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Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife. ~ Franz Schubert

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We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness
is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love. ~ Dr. Seuss

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