third wheelin' it since 2012

I photograph love stories for a living and still can't believe I get to call this "work." (like whhhhaaaat?!) Some of my very favorite things in life include the smell of the first rain after a long, hot summer, scheming for my next adventure, being in the fresh mountain air, and when my brides require their to DJ to play the backstreet boys for me at their wedding (because you KNOW I'll be dancing my behind off at the end of the night). I can't help but make friends wherever I go and am a total sucker for spontaneous windows-down, music-blasting road trips. 

I stumbled into photography while working at my local small-town coffee shop and going to school full time to finish up my teaching degree. My passion lies in human connection and nothing brings me more joy than making couples feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. Photographing your wedding day isn't just a one and done for me. It begins well before your big day even arrives by connecting face to face (hellooooo, FaceTime!) and getting to hear your story. THIS, my friends, is the foundation for photographs that are both timeless and authentically YOU. No wedding - or couple, for that matter! - is cookie cutter and your images photos shouldn't be either!

I'm Vanessa and I'm here for your story.

hi, friend!

 -Chelsea + josh

From the moment I saw Vanessa's Instagram - completely by accident - I KNEW she would play this huge role in our big day. We started with engagement photos so I could "feel her out", you know, then decide on wedding day photos. I booked her for wedding photos the day we took our engagement photos. I HAD TO HAVE HER and she books up fast, I knew I needed to act quick! She was not only my support, and friend, but she put herself in MY shoes with every supportive word she gave me. We ended up with the most magical, beautiful and perfect wedding day - beyond what we could have imagined and Vanessa captured it flawlessly. Looking at these photos, I won't have to remind myself of all the craziness that had gone on to get us there. It was just pure bliss and beauty that she had in every photo. She kept my weird personality in the photos which I am so grateful for too. She just knows me... She got it. I feel like I scored a celeb photographer on my wedding day. If I can give any recommendation to a bride, it's to book Vanessa. She does more than her job description and you'll get a friend out of it. 

"The pictures were more beautiful than we could have ever imagined."


January 4-8 // new mexico
january 11-15 // oregon
april 7-13 // Redwood National park
may 10-14 // yosemite
may 18-21 // pismo beach
may 27-30 // redwood national park
july 8-12 // redwood national park
september 25-27 // big sur
october 18-23 // santa cruz

Wanna elope or book a session while I'm traveling or even just grab a beer while I'm in your neck of the woods? Here's my 2021 travel schedule. I'd LOVE to connect and photograph your love story while on the road.

upcoming travel