Mystery Baby!

It is so rare to hear of first time parents who are waiting till the birth of their child to see if it is a boy or a girl! Well that is just what Jackie and Mario did!! I shot their maternity photos where they had to bring both boy shoes and girl shoes! Jackie was absolutely glowing!! I asked her if her outfit choice of a pink dress was an indication of what she thought she was having. She said it wasn’t that she had no idea what to expect! It was another beautiful afternoon in Southern California as these two high school sweethearts smiled lovingly at each other during their shoot. Enjoy!!JM01JM02JM03JM04JM05JM06JM07JM08JM09JM10JM11JM12JM13JM14Weeks later I got a call at 6:36am that the mystery baby was on its way!! I went down to the hospital to capture some moments from this very special day!! JM16JM17JM18JM20JM21JM22Mystery baby was DEFINITELY coming into this world on a beautiful day!JM19JM30JM23Then it was time for the mystery to be over!!! What would it be?? A boy or a girl?? Ladies and gent’s, we have ourselves…JM24JM25JM26JM31JM28JM29The first hours are a very special time. I couldn’t keep a smile off of my face as they gazed so lovingly on their newborn daughter. They couldn’t take their eyes off of her, it was literally as if I wasn’t even there. Congratulations Jackie and Mario on your beautiful healthy baby girl. And good luck, when I asked Mario how fatherhood felt he replied,

“I am in so much trouble, I love her so much already.”

K + N = L

Another beautiful girl is on her way!! I have known Nicole since childhood and its beautiful to see her at this stage in her life. We decided to shoot the images on a trail that Kevin and Nicole used while training for marathons! Now they are preparing for an infinite marathon called parenthood. Enjoy!!!Laymon01Laymon02Laymon04Laymon03Laymon05Lily is already got quite the shoe collection going!Laymon06Laymon07Laymon08Laymon09Stay tuned… their little pumpkin is due soon!Laymon10

Mothers Day

Mothers Day is upon us!! In honor of this holiday I’m making this post of some, by no means all, of my favorite maternity, family and  portraits I’ve taken of awesome mothers! If you’re still thinking about what to gift that special mother, or mother-to-be, consider a portrait session!! Photo’s capture a moment in time that we can treasure forever! Enjoy!

Maternity sessions are such a fantastic gift!! Mothers-to-be have such an amazing glow!MD18MD11 New mothers carry that glow right into their child’s first session!!

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MD07MD08MD03And getting Grandma’s into the mix always add’s a tear jerking element!MD13MD16As we get older we love them even more and wonder how they ever handled us!MD02MD14MD17And sometimes it’s nice for Mommy just to feel like a model!!MD19

Dianne + Mike Maternity

This was another shoot that was very special to me. Dianne and I have been friends since we were in junior high. In my early days of photography Dianne was one of my frequent models. Here is a shot I took of her in San Diego in 2003.351_526379798700_2486_nIt has been many years since that photo was taken. And I’m so happy that we have remained such good friends. We had such a good time shooting her maternity photos!! She has one of the prettiest little pregnant bellies I have ever seen!! Enjoy!Dianne02Dianne01Dianne03After some time shooting indoors, we decided to take our shoot outside. I normally wouldn’t think to use black in a maternity shoot, but Dianne made it so stylish and completely rocked it!! She is having a little girl in a few weeks and I know Sienna is going to be one of the most fashionable babies on the block!!Dianne05I hope baby Sienna gets her momma’s big beautiful eyes ❤Dianne06We bumped into each other at a craft show in Santa Ana, CA at my friend Melissa’s tent. She is the owner of LovMely and I have shot many of her pieces for her. Dianne purchased a beautiful head chain that she brought for the shoot. I absolutely love this photo of her!Dianne07

Dianne11After shots at my house we took the trip down the street to her mothers house and got some grreeeaaat shots there. It made it so much more special that we did this photo shoot in our parents homes that we used to hang out at as young teenagers where we’d play MASH. Remember that game? Ha ha! I remember it saying Dianne would have 5 kids once. So far she’s absolutely glowing with baby number one!Dianne14Dianne15Dianne161502418_681279985225911_787567357_oNext, we took to the alleys close to our childhood homes. Goodness we fell in love with all the fences that lined the alley. Dianne17Dianne18Seeing that we took the photos on a Sunday during football season, we had to continue the shoot the following Sunday so that her husband Mike could join us. 🙂Dianne19Dianne20Dianne20aDianne21Dianne22In this shot you can’t even tell Dianne is pregnant!! Dianne23Dianne24I can’t wait to meet baby Sienna and see what beautiful features she got from her parents. Congratulations you two!!! ❤