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Leah and Zach

Meet Leah, my adorable and whip smart photo assistant.

Inspired by Leah’s love of her vintage Vespa, the Green Monster, and her Italian heritage, we came up with the idea to do a style shoot in front of Arnoldi’s, a classic old school Santa Barbara establishment. When she told me that she had never done any engagement photos, we decided to get her husband involved.

Leah and Zach met 11 years ago at college. They have been married 5 years and recently relocated to Santa Barbara for Zach’s work.  Zach, like many men, was not really excited about being photographed, but he was willing to do it for Leah…what a good sport!

Knowing they are huge South Park fans, I encouraged them to crack each other up and soon they were drinking chianti, looking into each other’s eyes and forgetting I was there!

I love Leah’s connection to her family heritage. This shawl was a gift from her mom, a treasure she had bought in Europe in the 60’s. She is wearing her grandmother’s ring and her mom’s pearls.

What makes these pictures so endearing to me is the joy, and the playfulness,  that they so obviously share with each other.

11 years later and still looking like newlyweds! Way to go, you guys…thanks for setting a good example for the rest of us 🙂

lil’ green monster!

  • Leah Valentine Hill - Can I just say how much you rule! These are so awesome and we are so thankful for such natural photos of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Etienne - Adorable!!! Absolutely LOVE these images!! Location, wardrobe, posing, composition….. You got it covered! Bravo Jill! You’re an amazing photographer. So proud of you. XoxoxReplyCancel

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