women who ride | an interview with jasmine + danielle | female motorcyclists in los angeles

getting my motorcycle license was a highlight of 2017, and I’ve been excited to merge my love for photography and two wheels ever since… because I’m in LA for a bit, I wanted to connect with the community of female riders.

introducing jasmine rose and danielle rotella. we met at lucky wheels garage, a DIY motorcycle garage in downtown los angeles. I met the owner for a second, who is putting in a coffee shop adjacent to the garage (dreams do come true). then jasmine, danielle, and I went exploring.


how long have you been riding motorcycles?

danielle: 2.5 years. I took the riding course in May 2015 and bought my first bike in August 2015.

jasmine: I’ve been riding for 2 years.

what was your first bike? what do you ride now? 

danielle: My first bike was a 2009 Honda Rebel 250. Now, I have a 1988 Sportster 1200 and a 2016 Dyna Low Rider. My dad bought the Sportster brand new the same year I was born and passed it down to me. The Dyna I bought last year to take on long road trips.

jasmine: My first motorcycle was a 2016 Yamaha Bolt. She was a really fun first bike, but I traded her in this year for my current motorcycle: a 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120.

Danielle Rotella, a women's motorcyclist in los angeles. interview with women motorcycle riders in Los Angeles.

how would you describe the women’s motorcycle community in los angeles?

danielle: The women’s motorcycle community in LA is so inclusive! Everyone is so supportive of each other. I’ve met all of my best friends through motorcycling and couldn’t imagine life any other way. I love going to events and being able to approach anyone and not feeling a sense of cattiness or bad vibes. I feel like we’re all stoked when we find other girls that ride and it’s nice to embrace that.

jasmine: The community of female riders in LA is pretty large and quite diverse. Women of all ages and backgrounds ride motorcycles here in LA; some ride every day and everywhere like Danielle and I do , some ride only occasionally, some treat their bike as a fashion accessory, some race, some dirt bike, etc…. We have it all. Riding a motorcycle has expanded my circle of friends and acquaintances more than any other hobby has or possibly could. It can be rather difficult to meet new people  in Los Angeles, but having a common love in motorcycles has made it much easier to  make new friends.

interview with women motorcycle riders in Los Angeles. womens motorcycle riders in los angeles interview. Danielle Rotella, a women's motorcyclist in los angeles.
how has your life changed from motorcycles?

danielle: Everything has changed! When I first moved to LA 5 years ago, I felt like i didn’t really fit. I really struggled to find my place here and I learned to ride so that I could see the world. I never could have imagined all of the other things riding would bring. I feel like I’m part of a community now and I’ve never experienced that anywhere else.

I’ve also been able to do and see so many things that I don’t think I would have otherwise. This year I went on a 16 day trip on my bike. It was a huge endeavor for me and I was alone for 7 days/2000 miles. Riding has allowed me to set (and smash) new goals for myself everyday.

jasmine: In the time that I have been on two wheels, I completely changed my career and  met my best friends. My life currently revolves around  motorcycles- I work at a motorcycle dealership, the majority of my closest friends ride, and I no longer own a car. Long road trips through National Parks, motorcycle campouts, ride to Donut Friend with my best friends… these are the things that I live for.

jasmine rose womens motorcycle in LA wearing a biltwell helmet. jasmine rose, a women's motorcycle rider in los angeles. interview with women motorcycle riders in Los Angeles.

where is your dream motorcycle adventure?

danielle: Well, I did it this past summer. Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National parks. It was 4500 miles in 16 days. There are too many others that I’m dreaming of to list but next year I’m aiming for The Swiss Alps.

jasmine: There are too many places to list! Riding through the Alps and Italy is on the agenda for 2018… and I would love to ride through the UK again. Riding from castle to pub to castle through Scotland and Ireland is definitely on my list.

Danielle Rotella, a women's motorcyclist in los angeles. jasmine rose womens motorcycle in LA wearing a biltwell helmet.
thanks to both of these ladies for the inspiring interview and hang downtown, keep up them here:

jasmine on IG
danielle on IG

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LA family photography | haven + caleb + valentina | DTLA

downtown LA lifestyle family photographer
as many of you know, I’ve been in los angeles for the last month trying something new. after 7 years on maui, I decided to gain some perspective and get my urban fix. dance classes, bike rides through the city streets, museums, music, endless new coffee shops to explore… it has been challenging in many ways — but my favorite part has been connecting with new humans and shooting in new places! this is my first downtown LA family photography session, and I’m hooked. the new scenery has been refreshing, and I’m grateful for the inspiration.

haven and caleb are both in the fashion industry, and live in the heart of downtown LA. I know haven through mutual friends on maui, so it was great to connect with this born and raised island babe again — and meet her man caleb, and baby Valentina. she has grown so much and I’m inspired by how she has interwoven her art and family together. and valentina is a special little being – straight up! we spent the morning in their home and up on the rooftop of their building.

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click here to see the behind the scenes video from this session on youtube
aloha from cadencia photographyare you in los angeles? need a family photographer? I’m based in santa monica for the next month or so – and available to travel within the southern california area. contact me to book. 

maui photographer | iao valley family portraits | meili autumn

maui photographer visits iao valley in maui, hawaii for family photography with meili autumn.
Iao Valley is one of my favorite places on Maui. why? because it’s a pure magic. this is a sacred and beautiful place that everyone should experience while visiting Hawaii. you can check it out on my list of things to do on maui with your family.

for some, these waters are close to the heart. they’ve been bathing in them since they were babes.

introducing, meili autumn — a bridal hair and make up artist on maui, who was born and raised on island, and lives only a few miles from the stream. we’ve worked together many times, either when I’m shooting weddings, or most recently when I shot the new ergobaby campaign. it was so special to get to actually photography meili for once! her and kezia came to iao valley for a dip in the stream.

I’m constantly reminded why I love what I do… these are precious and fleeting moments that deserve to be printed in beautiful albums and up on the walls. I know kezia will cherish these when she’s older as well… photos of her and her momma are worth more than any material things. simple love and connection is everything in this wild world.

enjoy some of my favorite moments.

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“There are not even stars to rate this phenomenal photographer- a true talented gem of a human and artist. Cadence is a magician when it comes to capturing light, a certain glance, a sparkling moment- she is a wizard with freezing time at the most opportune moment and you will be forever grateful that moment is captured- bc it is so so beautiful through her lens. I’m a little shy in front of a camera and Cadence made me feel confident and comfortable. Also my 4yo is notoriously not camera friendly and I was in awe of Cadence’s ability to get her in front of the camera with such ease. It was a fun experience and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. She is the BEST.” – MeiLi Autumn

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driftwood maui | acacia honey | acacia resort 2018

if you live on or visit maui — you’ve probably been to driftwood maui in makawao. a gorgeous lifestyle boutique, with heaps of local and global designs. I always send people up there if they’d like to shop for something special to wear to their photo session (bree had all driftwood for her forest shoot here).

we collaborated on a shoot with haku maui to launch the new acacia honey line. naturally, we rounded up all the jungle bebes on the northshore for an evening of play. acacia always coming out with the cutest for the keiki.

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shoutout to our cute little ones: zada, pikea, eden and dawn.
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