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There are a few big decisions that you will find yourself making during the wedding planning process, and choosing the location to say “I Do” is one of them. Your venue has the ability to set the tone for your entire wedding day. We recommend starting your venue hunt early on, as places book up […]

How to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue

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Portraits

Cheers to Marisa & Andrew! These two are tying the knot in November and we marked the occasion with an engagement shoot at Windansea Beach in San Diego. Marisa & Andrew love watching beach sunsets, and Andrew proposed at the beach as well. So what better place to celebrate their engagement? My favorite candid photos […]

Bubbly at the Beach

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After saying “I DO”, it’s time to say “YES!” to the dress! One of the many joys that comes along with wedding planning is finding the perfect outfit to walk down the aisle in. I’ve compiled a list of To Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress: BOOK APPOINTMENTS Schedule […]

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Fashion

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Styled Shoots

Sungrown Florals and I came together this past February to make some magic! This styled shoot was inspired by Spring pastel tones. We transformed this space at Coto Valley Country Club to fit our vision. The ceremony site looked like a Spring garden with the use of wildflowers. I love how the asymmetrical floral arch […]

Modern Spring Styled Shoot

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Congratulations, you’re engaged! You are on cloud nine, can’t stop staring at that beautiful ring and you are so excited to tell everyone! Amidst all these happy emotions, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed thinking about the next steps. Wedding planning can be a very daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! With […]

The Ultimate 12 Month Wedding Planning Guide

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Personal

I think we can all agree one of the best parts about the month of February is all the delicious Valentine’s sweets and treats. So in the spirit of the holiday, we decided to do some festive baking of our own! This recipe is perfect if you are spending the night in on Valentine’s Day […]

Valentine’s Sweet Treats

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It’s almost February, which means one of my FAVORITE holidays is approaching! This month is just filled with so much love, and it’s not only for couples! February 13th, aka Galentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the friendship and love between you and your best gal pals. And what better way to do this […]

A Galentine’s Day Soiree

Styled Shoots

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Portraits

Waking up at the crack of dawn to meet these two beautiful people in Mesa, Arizona was well worth it! Haley & David have been family friends of mine for many years and I adore capturing their love any chance I get. Haley’s outfit was perfect for this desert setting, with her flowing Free People […]

Desert Sunrise

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Living in Southern California has its perks. One of those being all of the amazing staycation spots! Palm Springs is a city like no other. It is full of retro boutique hotels, colorful homes, and the trendiest restaurants & bars. I got to spend the weekend there for one of my dear friend’s birthdays, and […]

Palm Springs Travel Guide

Personal

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Portraits

I am so excited to share this BEAUTIFUL family with you all. We took Mykal & D’Amato’s maternity session at Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna. I love the way these dreamy photos turned out, especially the ones captured on film. These two reached out once they welcomed their sweet baby boy into the world, and […]

Welcoming Banx

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Derek & Valerie celebrated their special day at the beautiful bayside Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn on September 28th, 2021. Like many other couples the past year, Derek and Valerie had an intimate elopement in 2020 due to the coronavirus. I’m honored to have photographed this day for them as they finally got to celebrate with […]

San Diego Bayside Wedding

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Portraits

As promised in my Daisy Themed Baby Shower blog, here is Yasmin and Nolan’s beautiful maternity session! There were so many amazing spots at this location, I would highly recommend it. Their outfit color palette complimented the scenery so well. This day was truly so much fun. I always say one of the best parts […]

San Clemente Beach Maternity Session

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As a photographer, you have to make sure your wardrobe is stocked with plenty of versatile outfits for every type of shoot!  When putting together an outfit for a day on the job, you want to make sure it is comfortable, neutral, professional and weather appropriate. As a photographer, you can potentially be on your […]

Outfit Guide for Photographers

Fashion

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Styled Shoots

What a huge accomplishment to be sharing my FIRST ever styled shoot with you all. There were many ups & downs during the planning process, but I am thankful for the great learning opportunity this was! This modern Spanish styled shoot featured embroidered elements along with vibrant pops of red & peach. My models wore […]

Modern Spanish Styled Shoot

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One of the best parts of my job is getting to photograph many important milestones for my clients. I photographed Yasmin & Nolan’s engagement, wedding, pregnancy announcement, and now baby shower (p.s maternity photos are coming soon)! This baby shower theme was beyond adorable – “counting down the daisies until we meet our baby girl”. […]

Counting Down the Daisies Baby Shower

Portraits

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Fashion

It’s almost Fall everyone! That means pumpkin spiced lattes, cozy nights in, sweater weather, and even more beautiful weddings! There is something so wonderful about weddings in the Fall. The changing scenery always makes for a beautiful backdrop, and I love it when couples incorporate the season into their special day. Once again, I have […]

Fall Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

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I love any chance that I get to capture romance at the beach! We took Jessica & Brian’s couple portraits at Laguna Beach, and the views were swoon worthy! Jessica is a nurse, who also does photography on the side (love that!), and Brian does website design. I just loved capturing this sweet couple.

Laguna Beach Couples Session

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Weddings

Today I am sharing Max & Britta’s special day! We started off the weekend taking beautiful bridal and first look photos at the Red Rocks in Utah. It made for such a unique backdrop and it was so lovely taking in all the scenery! The next day was followed by the ceremony at Draper Utah […]

Bohemian Utah Wedding

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I am ecstatic to be sharing my first ALL film photoshoot in today’s blog! And with this gorgeous couple of course. One of my favorite things about being a photographer is getting to make connections with new people. It is even better when those connections progress into friendships! I am so honored to have gotten […]

Denver on Film

Portraits

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Styled Shoots

How often do you get to attend an epic Stars Wars themed 4th Birthday Party? Well I can’t believe I got to capture one! It was such an honor photographing Scotland’s “May the 4th Be With You” party at Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles. I am still thinking about the impeccable details from this day. […]

May the 4th Be With You

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a wedding on the blog, but I am SO excited about this one! I love traveling to capture my amazing couples’ special days. One of those places being Denver, Colorado. There are so many great settings in this wonderful city. Annie & Derek got married at the Blanc, an […]

Downtown Denver Wedding

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I had the privilege of photographing Jessica & Jimmy’s tropical wedding in the beautiful Tulum, as well as capturing some spicy moments from their beach honeymoon. They stayed at the serene Be Tulum hotel, where we shot right outside on their private beach. I had so much fun capturing these newlyweds in love!

Honeymoon in Paradise

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As wedding season is in full swing, a lot of us are getting invitations in the mail to celebrate our family and friends’ love! As exciting as it is, you may be left stressing out about shopping for the appropriate attire to attend these many celebrations. To take out the guess work, I have gathered […]

Summer Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

Fashion

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Portraits

I am beyond blessed to have the most GORGEOUS clients! I mean look at this family! Jami and Bryan flew out from their home in Washington to let me capture them and their precious son Malakai. They have been married for 5 years and welcomed their baby boy 6 months ago. Jami is originally from […]

Sunrise Family Session

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I can’t believe I got to travel to this oasis and shoot this beautiful day! Jessica & Jimmy tied the knot at the Dreams Tulum Resort in Mexico on March 12th, 2021. This bohemian tropical wedding was one to remember! They kept it intimate with 30 of their closest friends and family members. Everyone enjoyed […]

Tropical Destination Wedding

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Weddings

I still can’t believe I had the privilege of traveling to Europe to shoot this beautiful destination wedding! I went to Italy in September of 2019 to capture Sarah & Kristian’s special day. This lovely couple met while Sarah was on her church Mission in Denmark, where Kristian and his family are from. They wrote […]

Destination Wedding in Italy

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If you haven’t watched Bridgerton on Netflix, well, YOU NEED TO! It is definitely binge worthy. The costumes, hair, makeup, and architecture are to die for! When Carrie Mcquire Photo and Hostess Haven brought up the idea for this exquisite editorial shoot, I knew I had to be a part of it. They came up […]

Bridgerton Styled Shoot

Styled Shoots

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Portraits

I am so excited to share my first maternity related content on the blog! And what better than a pregnancy announcement? I have had the privilege of capturing so many milestones for this amazing couple. Yasmin and Nolan were high school sweethearts, and celebrated their 1 year marriage anniversary last September! From their engagements, to […]

In- Home Pregnancy Announcement

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Waking up at 5:00am was well worth the gorgeous sunrise view of San Diego and a great time spent with this gorgeous couple! Dani & Jordan wanted to spend their first anniversary at the place where it all started – Kate O Sessions Park. They met on a dating app and had their first picnic […]

Sunrise Shoot at Kate Sessions Park

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Styled Shoots

Oh to be in love in the city!  I am kicking off the Claud Nine blog with this romantic shoot I did in the heart of Downtown Denver.  Shot at the Union Station, this 100 year old historical landmark was the perfect backdrop to capture our couple in love! Kae Floral Design and I came […]

BE MY VALENTINE

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I’ve seen God’s hands throughout my entire life, but I especially saw His hands in my life when I met Justin and it all started in January of 2015. “Justin Taylor is home!” were the words I heard from everyone at church one Sunday. Who is Justin Taylor?! Why do I keep hearing his name?! […]

Our First Date

Personal

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Personal

NEVER in my wildest dreams would I think I would go to Italy!  NEVER in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be hired to shoot a wedding in Italy.  Well, here I am, officially writing a blog to tell you that 1. It happened 2. Never say never and 3. Fight for […]

My Trip to Italy!

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Before I start explaining all about who Claudine is, I want to briefly explain my reasons for changing my business name from Brooke Taylor Photography to Claud Nine Photography.  In the year of 2020, I was going through a rough patch in my business. A lot of negative thoughts were coming into my head telling […]

Claudine

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Weddings

Anna & Adam got married on December 28th, 2021 at the LDS Temple in beautiful San Diego. The pops of vibrant color in Anna’s bouquet brightened up this gloomy day! After the ceremony, they celebrated with close family and friends nearby with a game of pickle ball and delicious side car doughnuts! These two are […]

Vibrant San Diego Wedding