The Parkers

It has been WAY too long since I last blogged. I’m happy to report that it has been due to the fact that I have been so busy! So many amazing individuals, couples, families, BABYS and just amazing adventures have happened since October. I will be posting a ton trying to catch up! But first I’d like to start with this blog. Lets go about 4-5 months back when I did an engagement session for the soon to be Parkers.

This weekend, March 7, 2015, I will be shooting my first wedding of the year! I am so excited to see these two, and their little man, walk down the isle!! Let me introduce you to the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Parker!Parkers01

Parkers02Parkers03Parkers04There’s always time for a selfie.Parkers05Parkers06I love these two.

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Parkers10Even their little man got into the mix!Parkers11Parkers12Parkers13Parkers14Parkers15Parkers21Parkers22I’m just as excited as Oshane is for the big day!! Two more days to go!!Parkers23

Kathy & Ramsey

This shoot was special to me as I was, yet again, there the night these two met. Ramsey own’s a baklava company, Bakluvit http://www.bakluvit.com , and we were cruising the streets of downtown Los Angeles documenting people trying his Baklava and saying “I Bak-luv-it”. We eventually came across a very pretty blonde girl. I was shooting and documenting (of course) and he pointed to her. “Lets go ask HER to try my Baklava!” I looked over at this beautifully dressed long haired blonde and was thankful Ramsey was with a girl (me) going up to a girl walking alone and asking her to taste his Baklava. I think he would have been pepper sprayed had I not been there. Low and behold 3 years later, I found myself shooting their engagement session on the streets and beaches of Los Angeles. I wish you both the best of luck on this journey called life. And may your children be blessed with gorgeous toothy smiles like your own!RK01RK02RK03RK04RK05RK06RK07RK08RK09RK10RK11RK12RK13Words of wisdom… make sure your lipstick is kiss proof! Ha ha!RK14RK15RK16RK17RK18

International Lovers Part 2

If you’ve been following my blog, you may remember that one of my first posts were of this amazing couple! Cristy and Ted met in San Diego, they began a relationship that would have them both traveling thousands of miles all around the world. Ted is from Sweden and Cristy made the move to be at his side in February of 2013. Since then they have traveled all over Europe exploring many beautiful places.

On New Years Eve, Ted proposed to Cristy while they were vacationing on the Swiss Alps. Could he be more romantic?? She of course said yes and the wedding planning began! I made my way across the Atlantic to Sweden in July. I wanted to see where she had been living and meet Ted’s family and their friends who would be joining us for the wedding in the states. Let me just say it now, Sweden is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. There were so many places we wanted to shoot around his hometown of Halmstad but we ran short on time. We still were able to capture some beautiful shots around the home he grew up in. I cannot wait for the wedding!! But until then, here are some shots from their engagement session! Enjoy!!CT01CT02In Sweden it is customary for men to wear rings as well when they become engaged. I think America should adopt this tradition.CT03CT04CT05CT06CT07CT08CT09And yes, I made Cristy hike up to this point in her dress so we could catch the amazing sunset…CT10CT11CT12

From Holmes to House

If you have followed my blog you will know I have documented this wonderful couples journey for the past few years. Jesse and Jeff have chosen me to shoot their engagement and wedding photos!! I am so honored an excited!!  We started at where they first met! The Circle in Orange, CA. They have so many memories (and photos) tied to this adorable little town. I hope you enjoy their engagement session as much as I enjoyed shooting it!!JJE02JJE03JJE04October can’t come soon enough!!JJE01This is the exact spot they met at The Orange International Street fair so many years ago. JJE05JJE06JJE07Next we took their shoot to a nature setting. Loved it.JJE09JJE08Jesse’s smile defines lighting up a room, or in this case a park. Hehe.JJE11JJE12JJE13JJE15JJE14JJE16JJE17JJE18JJE19JJE21JJE22Like I said before, October cannot come soon enough!! Can’t wait to shoot their wedding day when they officially take on the journey of life together. 🙂JJE23JJE10

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!!

Shaadi & Houtan

Oh my goodness – where to even begin with these two!!

I have to brag a bit first – I introduced these love birds five years ago!!

I have known Shaadi and Houtan for over ten years! They first met when I was having a night out with friends. My friend Haman was bringing his brothers with him on this amazing evening. My girlfriend Shaadi was in town as well and I invited her to come KNOWING they would like each other. Houtan has an amazing sense of humor and boy was he on FIRE that night. We spent the night laughing so hard we could barely drink our beers! It was there that I snapped their first photo together! 587_62927812976_8379_nIn April, Houtan proposed to Shaadi in San Francisco in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. They were in town visiting her father. I just happened to be with Houtans brother, Haman, that day. Her father snapped this photo after the proposal and she sent it to us.2013-04-06 18.56.57We were SOOOO excited to get the news! Haman and I sent this as our photo response: 2013-04-06 18.54.13I was so honored to shoot their engagement. Can’t wait for the wedding!!

SH01SHSH02SH03SH04SH05SH06SH07Shaadi is just so beautiful! Can’t wait to see her all done up on her wedding day!!SH08SH09Congratulations you two!! I can’t wait for the big day!!

J & B

I absolutely love this couple!JB06Our shoot began at the place they had their first date! Wine Steels in San Diego, CA. JB01They’ve come a long way since that date and will be taking a walk down that isle in just over a year!! I am lucky enough to be in their wedding, so engagement shot’s are the only Pro style photos I will be taking!! So happy I was able to capture these!! Side note, Brianna has the most amazing hair!JB02JB03

Next we shot at the beach where Juan proposed!! This whole shoot was a fun trip down memory lane 😀JB07

I am so honored and excited to be in their wedding!! I know the year will just fly by!!JB10