beach shoot

Shelter Cove|Intimate Destination Beach Wedding|Humboldt County|Parky's Pics Photography

I was organizing my new classroom in the middle of August, when Danielle called me about photographing her  intimate destination beach wedding in September. Of course I said yes. : ) I am used to shooting a full wedding day: from the many details leading up to the wedding, all the way into the reception. It was such a nice change just shooting a simple ceremony, with the focus on the couple and their love for each other. 

I met John and Danielle at the site of their ceremony.  They were so kind, welcoming, and laid back and we immediately clicked. We ventured  down the beach and got right to it. The wind was blowing like  crazy, but beyond that everything was perfect.  They had a sweet and simple ceremony attended by two friends. They signed their marriage license and then we spent some time shooting their couples photos. John and Danielle were complete naturals in front of the camera. Pair that with this gorgeous Shelter Cove beach, an insanely beautiful day, and strong winds to add some dramatic elements, and you get some amazing pictures like these. This was easily the best Monday of my life. : ) 

Parky's Pics|Humboldt County Photographer|Do You Believe in Magic?|Naiya the Mermaid

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein




This quote is so simple yet so powerful, and it is absolutely true. Happiness and seeing the magic in even the smallest of things is a state of mind, and everyone has the power to switch their own “Magic Button” at any moment. 

We were are all born with this “Magic Button” switched on. As kids we found joy and happiness in everything. The simplest of things like playing with rocks, dancing in the living room. We believed in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus and we know one kiss from mom could erase any pain. 


When does all this stop? Once we start worrying too much. Worrying destroys every magic we have in our lives. Let’s not worry, let’s be who we used to be. Let’s bring our inner child back. 

I have been on a mission to find this daily magic. Just being alive, and being able to walk donw the street in the beautiful sunlight, and noticing the trees swaying in the wind. These are simple, beautiful, magical things.

Your mind is incredibly powerful and with a little bit of daily training you can completely switch your mindset so that you too can catch all those magical moments you simply didn’t perceive before, because you were so caught up in just seeing the negative and stressful aspects in your life.

Let's switch those "Magic buttons" back on and look for a little bit of magic in each day.