With each photographic exchange, my inspiration and gratitude heightens.
The souls, the parents, the children, the brothers, the sisters, girlfriends and lovers.
They're all so dynamically beautiful and epic in their own light.
I had the honor or engaging in mini sessions at Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad, California.
Here, I spent my morning with not one, not two, but four families.
Each session, uniquely different, reflecting that of their realities :
first birthday, family, love, christmas card and it's-time-for-new photos portraits.
Thank you, to each and everyone of you for contributing to the love, light and blessings that make up my reality.
I am thankful for the opportunities of creating these ever lasting time capsules for you and your loved ones
to have, share and treasure as the years past. Sending you all so many blessings.
Thank you for allowing me to further my passion. You are beautiful.
Isaiah : First Birthday Portraits
McCay : Family Portraits
Ashford & Michalowski : Family Portraits
Rivera : Family Portraits
Oh, how do I love love.
And capturing love.
And sharing love.
And exploring around the theme of love.
For Alyson and Thomas's engagement session, we explored around two of San Diego's finest locations.
The first, Torrey Pines State Park.
It's a steep hike up a concrete hill, yet before you know it, you're turning into luscious foliage and torrey pines.
After a few curves and bends, in front of you, is a bright blue expansive view of the ocean surrounding the environment.
It makes for a truly stunning backdrop.
We explored a bit more, found ourselves tucked within some trees, using it's branches for frames.
Played around. Hiked down the hill and onto the next location it was.
That of, the beautifully historic space of Balboa Park.
I have to admit, I haven't been there since I was a little girl as I've lived outside San Diego since high school.
How incredibly dynamic this space is.
From the historic architecture, to the array of plants, the colors of the environment and the breathtaking gardens.
It was the perfect space to capture blissful moments between this newly engaged couple.
Alyson and Thomas, thank you for the opportunity to create the moments for the both of you.
It was so wonderful exploring and re-exploring these spaces.
This little soul.
This beautiful little soul and her family.
I had the honor of creating time capsules for Ellison Clarke when she was about six months old.
Now, that honor has spread to creating even more around her first birthday.
This session, took place at Caspers Wilderness Park in Orange County.
And my oh my, did it take on such fun dynamics.
We started with family portraits,
transitioned to her playing with the awesome oversized scrabble letter "E" with a perfect little one on the bottom right. Then, to her playing around in her "one" onesie and ribbon tutu in, around, on-top-of and under her favorite "chair." Then, ending with her in a little purple ramper,
with a balloon twice her size behind her and finally a cake smash.
Her first ever experience with cake and sweets. She adorable didn't know what to make of it at first and then started painting with the bright purple frosting. Mom and Dad, of course, showed her how to break off and eat a little piece.
I'm eating up these time capsules and giggling at the joyous moments of photographing a one year old!
Thank you again, Jamie and Mark for the opportunity to document your little one growing (far too quickly).
She is so precious and I enjoy every moment spent with all of you.
Ashley and Matt.
Such beautiful souls.
Such divine soulmates from another life.
I was connected with them through a very dear friend.
Ashley called me, told me about herself and Matt and the next day, their contract was being signed.
Just as dating, wither for a partner, a yoga instructor or a photographer, you know when you know.
And we knew immediately.
I excitedly prepared for their day, showed up early to learn more about my surroundings.
Before I knew it, I was finally getting to meet Ashley and Matt in person.
Matt got dressed, bare feet supporting him and we adventured around taking portraits of him
just moments before interacting with his soon-to-be wife.
Then, Ashley, she so elegantly got dressed with the help of her sisters and approval of her dear angelic little being.
We too, ventured out to take portraits of her just before seeing her soon-to-be husband.
As seen below, these two are gorgeous (physically and deeply within) that their portraits came with ease.
Their ceremony took place just above the cliffs of San Clemente with very close family and friends.
They exchanged vows, their rings, sealed it with a kiss and a little breaking of glass.
Family portraits and then of course, onto romantic portraits (my oh so very favorite part of the day).
With both of them barefoot, her flowers in hand and so much love and giddiness,
we walked towards the entrance down to the beach.
This, as things usually do when taking romantic portraits, came with a number of stops.
One cool house, another fairytale looking house, another fun garage to dance in front of.
Then it was a quick right turn, to the amazingness that made up the stair path down towards the beach.
This moment, was divine, the lighting couldn't have been perfect and the colors just glistened.
After some time, we made it down the steps.
Stopping along the side, playing on the railroad tracks, climbing the life guard tower and then onto the sand.
I stayed back for a few minutes, letting them play on the sand, while taking photos, trying my best not to interrupt these pure moments. I started making my way closer, but this didn't stop them from playing with one another,
the sand in their toes, the waves crashing just at their ankles.
It was all so beautiful so very beautiful.
These below, are just a few do highlight the moments of such a beautifully intimate day.
Thank you Ashley and Matt for creating the opportunity for me to share these moments with you and create ever lasting time capsules. You two are beautiful.
Oh, Ann Marie and Paul.
I just love them all.
Not only was Ann Marie and Paul's wedding such a beautifully humble day,
but the entire weekend was spectacular as their wedding was the inaugural destination wedding in McKinney, Texas.
Their ceremony took place at the historic Heard-Craig Center for the Arts.
Before and after the ceremony, I made sure to take photos in just about every nook of the surroundings.
From the details shots inside the old museum, to the bride getting ready in the modern bridal suite
to the romantic portraits throughout the gardens and in front of the buildings.
And then, we leave the ceremony, to head over to the reception at the Louisiana St. Grill
and we pull up, with my smile bursting off my face.
Just to the right was an old rustic wall, to the left were historic train tracks and tucked within a corner was an old turquoise oil can, with chopped up wood and oh so much goodness around it.
After telling Paul all afternoon, "This is the last one, I promise."
And then saying, "Okay, I'm sorry I lied, just one more."
Over and over and over.
And maybe over again.
I looked at them, asked if we could take a few more pictures and they of course said, "Yes!"
Ann Marie got herself situated, I took a few time capsules and then Paul came over.
The photo was arranged and just as I took it, Ann Marie looks at me with a huge smile and says,
"You're drooling over there, this one is definitively going on your website."
The smile on my face lit up even more so than it already was.
The day had been so beautiful, our interactions so positive and pleasant and then this, the acknowledgment of the passion behind my craft and vision, it was truly such a moment of personal honor, excitement and proudness.
The day, the entire weekend, it was absolutely wonderful.
Thank you Ann Marie and Paul, for being so open, so welcoming, so wonderful, so thoughtful in flying me all the way from Southern California to create these time capsules around your wedding day.
I am ever grateful.
Your day was ever beautiful.
What a beautiful morning in Sacramento, California.
The air was crisp, the breeze slightly cool, the sun was shining just enough for it's presence to be known.
And this family, right here at hand, was on point.
Their outfits couldn't have better coordinated with one another and the environment around them.
We started just around the corner from where we parked and worked our way through this historically vibrant area.
Each time we turned a corner, my smile became bigger and brighter and the poses came in more abundance.
Seeing as I'm rooted down in Southern California, shooting in Sacramento was such a photographers treat!
This location just had so much to work with, between the historic wooden buildings, the old wine barrels,
the huge coffee house, the old train tracks and a sweet little rustic courtyard.
It couldn't have been more inspiring.
I was blessed to shoot Jill and Morrison in Long Beach, California several years ago just after Morrison started walking.
It was surreal seeing him so many years later, all grown up, as a young boy with his entire family.
Although he didn't remember me from the original shoot, I didn't let this stop me from being personal, goofy and having as much fun as possible with Morrison and his family! It's important to keep the youth as engaged as possible as if they start getting distracted from the photo session, the photos become difficult.
At one point, his mom Jill turned to me and said,
"You're really good with children, you need to make that known when you're booking."
This comment resonated with me as shooting children is a large part of the photography I do.
I absolutely love working with and shooting children as I'm so captivated by their curiosity that it comes naturally.
With this, it made for such an amazing shoot with him and his entire beautiful family.
Jill, Fred, Morrison and Melody, thank you so much for sharing your Sunday morning with me in downtown Sacramento. The morning was just so amazing getting to capture and share your love, beauty and light!
I look forward to watching you grow. Much love to you all!
They say you know when you know.
And oh isn't that so true.
You know when you know, when meeting you life partner
and in meeting life long friends.
Gabby, a dear friend from college and her fiancé, an incredibly patient, new friend.
Are the perfect compliments to one another.
Gabby is beautiful inside and out, David sees her beauty and shares that with the world.
David is a patient, passionate and driven, Gabby sees that and possess those characteristics of her own as she just recently graduated from her doctorate program.
This, is, where they met.
In graduate school, in all places, Oklahoma.
The world has had their relationship on an adventure from one city, to another, from one state to another.
All bringing them together, in Northern California. Back to the roots of where she began.
Their engagement session was shared in two very special places.
The first, in Hayward as that's where Gabby grew up.
And the second in downtown San Francisco in front of the Federal Building
as David is an engineer and structures such as this one align with his studies and profession!
You two, are beautiful souls.
Thank you for allowing me to spent not only the day with you, but the evening.
I look forward to creating even more breathtaking time capsules on your wedding day.
"Love is the 'why' of life, why we are functioning at all.
I am convinced it is the fundamental energy of the human spirit,
the fuel of which we run, the wellspring of our vitality."
This, this couldn't be more true for Kat and Drew.
What an incredibly genuine, loving, accepting and open couple.
I spoke to Kat multiple times over the phone, months, weeks and even days leading up to their wedding.
Each interaction with Kat, was done so with so much grace, passion, love and soul.
I always hung up my phone with a huge smile on my face.
This, led to meeting her and Drew in person on their wedding day.
I arrived frist, to Drew's hotel room, stayed for sometime while photographing his getting ready and learning all that I could about their meeting, their experiences, their union, their honeymoon and life in general.
As I was leaving Drew's room, walking towards Kat's room, I received a call, " I think he's a bit nervous..."
I had a small giggle, I said, "He is perfectly fine, photos are already done and he's just so excited to marry you."
Seeing Kat, was like reuniting with an old friend. I immediately walked in, hugged her and began doing my thing.
The rest of the day, well, it was that peacefully beautiful.
Each moment and interaction within, was filled with so much love and excitement.
Before we knew it, the time had come for her to walk down the aisle and see her just-moments-away, husband.
Their smiles, couldn't have been brighter, their love, couldn't have screamed any louder!
The ceremony took place at Lorimar Winery in Temecula, California,
just as the sun was starting to set, vineyards in the background, their loved ones just on the other side.
The night, continued on just as the day.
As you can see by their romantic portraits, these two are the perfect compliments for one another!
Thank you, Kat & Drew
for creating the space for me to be such an intimate part of your wedding day. It was an absolute honor.
Thank you to Riley Brianna for Kat's hair and makeup, Cherish Floral Design for the beautiful flowers and James with Last Dance Entertainment for one of the best DJ/ MC sessions I've seen!