It’s Been a While

My last post is less than 2 weeks shy of a year ago. Insane how fast time goes by. I spent 2015  traveling and doing a lot of soul searching. I continued to shoot and had an amazingly successful year considering how  often I was away. I’ll be busy posting over the next few weeks with photos from my travels/lessons learned as well as work. I’ll leave these photos of one of my recent little muses, Haley. 

More to come…

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.”

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

Welcome Baby Donovan

Baby Donovan blessed the world with his adorable presence on November 10th!   Kristal and I go way back to high school. When she called on me to shoot her first born child’s photos I was super honored!! Donovan is so cute! I am so excited to watch him grow! But for now, I am thankful that I got to capture him at this tender beautiful age!

Enjoy!Kristal01Kristal06Kristal07Kristal08Kristal10Kristal09Kristal11Kristal12Kristal13Kristal14Kristal15Kristal16Grandma jumped into the mix and I snapped a beautiful shot ❤Kristal17Big brother Jacob had a mini shoot of his own before his photo op with his new brother.Kristal02Kristal03Kristal04Kristal18And of course, Daddy ❤Kristal19

Lov Me Some LovMely!

I have been shooting for this amazing line now for almost two years! So crazy to think the time that has gone by and I really need to do an exposé on its amazing designer.

But until then my favorites from this shoot will have to do! All the models were fantastic and I thank you for being so fun and so beautifully easy to work with! ❤

You can find all these amazing pieces and more at: http://www.lovmely.com

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Christmas With the House’s

I have been photographing this family for some time now. Just a year ago, Jesse was pregnant with little baby Hudson! A year later and boy is six month old Hudson huge!

Enjoy!JC01I love this shot of Hudson looking down at his big Sissy being silly! 🙂JC02JC03

JC06This family lives in the wonderful town of Orange in CA. We were so excited to come across a big painting of an orange tucked away in a small ally. JC08All over the wall was little writings of Love on the wall. We didn’t even notice it till we were reviewing the photos ! Such a fun surprise!!JC10JC09I loved this blooper. Ha ha, such a family moment!JC11Even more Love writings on walls!! JC12When we got back to their home, we gave Hudson a little 6 month shoot!JC13JC14JC16Seeing that his mother is a teacher – its adorable how much he loves that book!!JC15Merry Christmas, everyone!

Anne & Josh

Let me introduce you to two East Coasters who met and fell in love on the West Coast! Josh is from Philadelphia and Anne is from Syracuse, NY! They both ended up in San Diego eventually and had the same circle of friends but it still took them years to ever meet! The day finally came went they joined mutual friends for some brunch in San Diego. They struck up a conversation right away and afterwards the group went to another friends party. After the party he took her hand as they were walking down the hill – and they’ve been together ever since!! Anne says that after two weeks she KNEW he was the one she was going to marry. She was so confident in this that just a month later she convinced him to go to her family reunion where he met 91 of her family members!!

Even though she KNEW after two weeks, they’ve shared their lives together for the past four years and are now engaged! They will have their wedding in NY but wanted their engagement session in SD.  We shot in Ocean Beach and enjoyed the sunshine and cool breezes of a November in So Cal. They weren’t trying to make family members on the cold East Coast jealous or anything. Ha ha.

Their dogs are a big part of their lives so they wanted some shots at Dog Beach. It was a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky!! And their dogs were so well behaved even though their furry friends were running and playing all around them!AJ01AJ02Doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard to get them to stay still at times, ha ha. AJ03AJ04AJ05Then we took the puppies home and had a session down by the water. Sigh, amor. ❤AJ06AJ07AJ08AJ09We walked down to the beach where there was some awesome sandstone. AJ11
AJ12AJ13There were carvings in the sandstone left by people over the years. And there was ACTUALLY “Will you marry me” carved into the wall!! I had to capture some fun photos!AJ1AJ15AJ16AJ17AJ18AJ19AJ20AJ22After our beach sesh, they wanted to get some photos taken at their favorite pub!AJ24AJ25AJ27AJ27aAJ29AJ30I wish you two the best!!! Enjoy your wedding on the East Side!!