I have always had a close affinity for nature and open space. Though I’m not originally from California, I have fallen in love with it’s beauty over the past 20 years. There are many problems, to be sure, living in Los Angeles. You can start to feel the corporate industrial universe pulling on your soul. So over the years I’ve found refuge in the out doors in the many landscapes of California. From the Redwoods, mountains, desert and ocean. My favorites are the forests and foothills of the Sierra’s. I have been lucky enough to be adopted by what I call my California family who have themselves done their bit to conserve a bit of the California Natives. The husband and wife team (who are both biologists by the way) own and run a beautiful 800 plus acre ranch they have saved from any future development and run the River Ridge Wedding Ranch. It is an awesome place to be married. Their beautiful daughter Emma, whom I feel is my surrogate sister/daughter, agreed to be a model. Not her first time I might add! The whole shoot is dedicated to the idea of California Native’s both plants, places, and people!