A New Year + A Renewed Closer to Love!

This year has been a dream come true for us. We launched Closer to Love Photography as a Husband + Wife team nearly 4 years ago, hoping to one day be given the opportunity to transform our dream into our reality. Two years after its conception, with hard work and persistent prayer, Closer to Love became our new reality! This past October we celebrated 2 years since Photography became our FULL TIME career and it has been quite the ride ever since!!! Every day we walk into our studio thanking God for the ability to do what we do. We have met the most incredible people on this journey and are thankful for each and every one of them. 

Here are a few milestones that we’ve accomplished in 2013… And we want to highlight that we attribute all our success to our Heavenly Father, who, without His hand at work since the very beginning, Closer to Love would not exist!

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 This year we welcomed the newest member of the Closer to Love family, our dear Audrey Hope:) She was born on August 28, 2013 and we look forward to having her along for many of our fun adventures!

In 2013 we had the honor of photographing 40 beautiful Weddings!

 We photographed in multiple locations around the world including Montego Bay Jamaica, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Tulum, Mexico.

Closer to Love was named as a Top Wedding Photographer of 2013 by The Love Collective!

We made Green Wedding Shoes’ infamous year-end TOP 10 Favorite Engagement Photos of 2013 with Dani and Dominic’s Salvation Mountain Engagement Session!

 Our Weddings were published and printed in 8 Magazines: 5 from the UK, 2 from the United States, and 1 from Hong Kong.

 Over 60% of the Sessions/Weddings that we photographed this year were featured in other respected Wedding Blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Bridal Musings, Le Magnifique, Every Last Detail, Beloved Darling, among others.

In the past 12 months this very blog received 120,954 page views by 11,552 different visitors! Wow. Thank you for following us on our journey!!! 


Our New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is:
To be successful in God’s eyes. 

Our goal for 2014 is to measure the level of success not by the world’s standards (making “X” amount of money, booking “X” amount of Weddings, or getting published “X” amount of times, etc.) but we want to be successful in the eyes of God. We want to continue being obedient to God and what HE thinks of us. We want to do business right. To treat everyone we meet with utmost care and respect. To continue working with ALL our hearts – from the very first email we receive to the delivery of photographs. We want to push ourselves creatively and artistically like never before. We want every day to be better than the last and every Session or Wedding to stand out differently than the previous. And most importantly, to give God all the glory – it’s because of Him that the doors were opened at just the right time to begin this great adventure! So this coming year we want to be very successful – in the eyes of God!

Lastly, we wanted to leave you with some of our favorite Sessions and Weddings captured in 2013! Compiling this list was sooo difficult! We had so many favorites and tried our very best to keep it below 100:) This year has been a blast and we look onward to 2014 with a renewed perspective and an excitement for what’s to come! 

Sammy + Natalia



Happy New Year from Closer to Love!

The Anchor Family
(Sammy, Natalia, Saylah Joelle and Audrey Hope)

Lana + Arthur Engaged | Chino Hills/Rodeo Drive

Recently we had the opportunity to spend a large portion of our day with Lana and Arthur for their Engagement Session. These two are such a sweet couple and honestly so much fun to be around! We love these two!

“Lana and I met through mutual friends when we all went out to a Food Truck festival. We started hitting it off and getting to know each other, and realized that we really had a lot more in common than either of us thought. Turns out, she only lived a couple houses down from mine! We went on a few dates here and there but I finally really asked her out when I took her on a day trip to San Diego. A year later, on the same cliffs near where I first held her hand is where I asked her to marry me.” – Arthur

We had so much fun documenting the love between Lana and Arthur and cannot begin to express how excited we are for their Wedding this upcoming Spring! Below are a few of our favorite photographs captured during their Engagement Session! Enjoy!

God bless,

“Where you go, I will go, and where
you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall
be my people, and your
God, my God.”
Ruth 1

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