Atlanta Ritz Carlton and Ambient+ Studio Wedding

Yasmeen & Nick’s Atlanta Ritz Carlton and Ambient+ Studio wedding blew everyone away. So many thoughtful details incorporated, sentimental touches and sincerity with planning. Every moment from gift exchanges to first look and their choreographed dance was fluid, natural and just so them. i’m grateful to have captured their story in such stunning locations.
Onward,

GK

Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico Winter Vanlife Yoga + Surfing Retreat

Some of us are lucky to find places and people that touch our souls. For me, a bi-annual journey to Baja has become just that. Todos Santos first whispered to me as an invitation to photograph an intimate, destination wedding of an old college friend. I think I booked my flights before she signed her contract, to be honest.
Needless to say, exploring the small town and surrounding beaches during that Summer trip was a dream. I remembered being struck by the simplicity of things, people, food, and the freedom I always feel when I have a camera in my hand in lieu of a cell phone. I surfed my brains out, indulged my taco obsession and happily stumbled upon live music and local art.

Fast forward a few months after that wedding, and I remember being haunted by the feeling that I had somehow left my heart in Baja and needed to go and find her. I began brainstorming a winter reprieve, and through the Yoga + Wellness retreat community I’m a part of, I was connected to a local angel who graciously helped my pieces of the puzzle come together.

The last-minute flight gods were kind, and plane fares were affordable. There just happened to be an opening at an ocean-view one bedroom apartment close to the best surf break in town, and my friend could even rent me his truck. It was meant to be. I just had to Go. Do. Be.

There’s a feeling I get, when I get out of my own way. My therapist referenced it yesterday as the still, small voice. It comes from outside of my self, but it is somehow a feeling of more myself. Some of you may call this Holy Spirit. That’s awesome ! I call it consciousness or, presence. That feeling was with me this February. That feeling is still somehow in me, as I sit in a gray, landlocked Atlanta basement. The feeling allows me to be open to new people, random conversations, sing alongs by campfires, making new penpals, and an overall connectedness to humankind. It breaks down the barriers to entry that screens somehow create. I often feel like even though technology is so incredible, it can make us feel even lonelier. Laughing after sunset yoga with a new friend or letting a stranger on the beach sing in French and play guitar to me, or talking to the same dude in the surf lineup every morning and never learning his name but remembering his dog’s… that’s the good stuff. That’s the small town, beach vibe, heart centered stuff. That’s my stuff.

Thank you, Baja. For holding me like you do. For teaching me the Hawaiian prayer Ho’oponopono. For bringing angels into my life. For bringing back that still, small voice that guides me.

XO,
Gianna Keiko

Atlanta Skyline Helicopter Pad Proposal

On Saturday, we had the pleasure of capturing a rooftop engagement proposal at Ventana’s Downtown Helipad. Their whole family was in attendance, and champagne toasts sweetened the deal. Congrats to these lovebirds !

Why your photographer does not want to go to a park.

Parks are fine. My dog loves them. My niece and nephew love them. It’s cool to hang a hammock and read a book. Only problem, everyone else loves them, too.

I love. LOVE. when my couples are game to drive just a little (in this case, a mere 20 minutes) to set the mood. Get a little more privacy and intimacy. It really comes through in the images. Sure, if we’re doing a session in a park, and a jogger runs by and says something cute, y’all will laugh. Generally before your shoulders do the weird thing and you ask me where to put your hands.

So, if you ask your photographer “where should we go ?” And they ask you a bunch of questions about what’s important to you for your photographs, and then tell you honestly… there’s a reason !

PSA over. Steamy photos below

XO,

GK