December 22, 2011

The Hock Family :: Carpinteria Bluffs















One of my favorite families...and next time we do photos there will be seven of them! Sarah & Davis are in Ethiopia right now meeting the three new additions, or the "bigs" as they are called. It's a beautiful story of faith & love, so appropriate for this season.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays xoxo


November 9, 2011

The cutest flash drives you ever did see


Annie did it, and I thought it was brilliant. So now I have these cute little flash drives to deliver image files on instead of DVDs. It is almost 2012, after all!

They're like digital petit fours. I think Marie Antoinette would eat them up.

October 21, 2011

Happy Weekend + I love Instagram


Do you Instagram? Find me @ rayacarlisle and I'd love to follow you!


Happy Weekend! xoxo

October 17, 2011

Seven Years

































[photo by David Jay]

Today we celebrate seven years of being married. I'm sure I've told this story before, but it rained on our wedding day which seems like the worst thing that could happen, but really it turned out to be kind of magical. The sky was incredible and people still talk about dancing in the rain. I mean, how often do you get to dance in the rain? Next time we have wet weather I'm dragging Forest outside for old times' sake.

October 14, 2011

Red Lipstick Times...

One of the most enduring and stylish metrics for measuring the severity of hard times is sales of red lipstick. First noted during the dark days of Wold War II, when the popularity of the glamorous but relatively inexpensive pick-me-up skyrocketed, it has proven to be a surprisingly accurate barometer ever since. But it goes beyond makeup. Time and time again, when the going gets tough, the tough get glowing.

- Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits by Glenda Bailey

September 30, 2011

Kartika & Allen's Wedding :: Casa Real Pleasanton, CA


Love these two. And these two love each other and their friends so much. I remember so much laughing at this wedding. Laughing and smiling.   Congratulations Kartika & Allen!


September 27, 2011

Walking Georgetown


I have a new favorite city and it's name is Georgetown. My bestie Faith has lived there for the last two years while she & her husband get smarter at Georgetown U. After shooting a wedding in Connecticut we drove to DC and I got to spend a week with her and her new beautiful baby boy, Iggy.

We walked the babies all over the town and there is more painted door eye-candy than I have ever seen. It made me so happy. Also making me happy: Georgetown Cupcake. The coconut and the "birthday cake" were delicious. Just like the cake your mom made you for your 8th birthday.

Also of note is 2Amy's Pizza (via F.E. Castleberry), Founding Farmers and shopping on Wisconsin Ave.  Have you been to Georgetown? What are your favorite spots?

September 8, 2011

August 26, 2011

Katie & David's Engagement :: Santa Barbara















In July I spent an afternoon with Katie & David at the Courthouse and the Palm tree speckled lawns by the ocean.  I have been shooting some film at every wedding for about a year and a half, but Katie & David agreed to an all film engagement session and wedding. I have been considering moving to mostly film in 2012 and after this I am pretty certain that's what's going to happen.  Film is just so freeing and exciting. Their wedding was a week ago today and I pick up the proofs from the lab today - such suspense!




August 12, 2011

Happy Weekend


A sneak peek from my wedding two weeks ago - I was inspired by the latest J Crew catalog, if you saw that.  Even with the craziness of two kids I have been having so much fun this wedding season. What a great job I have. We are off on a little camping adventure for a few days and ready for some much needed fresh air.  I'm just going to sit and breath in the mountain air and nap with Genevieve every chance I get.

Have a lovely weekend!

July 21, 2011

The babes





[ Kodak Portra 800, Contax 645 camera ]

I've been shooting a lot more film lately and it makes me so happy. Here are a few of my quickly growing children. Genevieve is four and a half months already!