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

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

Dominic’s First Birthday

Little Dominic is now One whole year old!! We had a little photo shoot before his birthday party and did this boy redefine “cake smash” like no other!! Enjoy!!DA01Off came the clothes for the honorary cake smashing session!!DA3Hmmm… this tastes goooood…..DA5DA08DA09DA11But before we are done… I’m gonna smear some into the floor riiiiiight here!DA10A week later his Momma put on a fabulous little Micky themed birthday party!!DA12DA13DA19The birthday boy was a bit taken back at first…DA17But it didn’t take long for him to start enjoying the party and all of his guests!DA18DA15DA16DA20DA14Before Dominic was born his mommy was part of a “Mommy and Me” group. Here are all the mommy’s with their babies!! They had friends before they were even born!DA21DA22It wouldn’t be a birthday party without some flying!DA23DA24Next it was cake time!! Dominic knew exactly what to do with his cake!!DA25DA26This time he even shared!DA27DA28Birthday cake success!!DA30

My Three Sons

Obviously these are not MY three sons, the world can thank Lynette & Scott for bringing these handsome brothers into the world!! We spent the afternoon at the beach getting some great shots! It was a beautiful Southern California Saturday! And this beach living, ocean loving family of five definitely made it feel more like summer than spring! Enjoy!Mon01Mon02Mon03Such handsome boys!!Mon04Mon05This shot just cracks me up every time I look at it!!Mon06Mon07This part of the coast is snuggled up right next to some beautiful sandstone cliffs! On a walk one day Lynette and Scott discovered this carving with their initials in it! I wonder how the person responsible for this was able to carve it!!Mon08Mon09Big brother Matthew definitely owns the “smize”!!Mon10Middle brother Ethan is just so handsome!!Mon11And little brother Josh “Joshie” is just too cute for words!!Mon12Mon13After the family session the boys were excited to change into their shorts and grab their boards for some photo’s I hope they will cherish forever!! Such cute little surfer boys!Mon14These boys enjoy surfing just down the street from their house on the daily!!Mon16Lynette & Scott, you’re raising some lil’ heart breakers!! Mon15

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

Easton Turns One!

Oh how time flies! It seems like just yesterday I was attending Priscilla’s baby shower! And her little boy is already a year old!! She definitely did not hold back on this little man’s special day. Easton had a circus themed birthday and we all had a wonderful time!! First, here are a couple shots we took for his birthday invitations.EP00Yes, little Easton… you are already a whole year old!EP001The decorations were absolutely adorable
EP01EP02EP03Everyone helped out! Here is his uncle Sonny filling up the popcorn machine!EP04EP05EP07Easton’s daddy, Chris and his aunt Julie – excited for Easton’s arrival!EP06Guests start arriving!!EP08And here comes the birthday boy!!!EP10Guests signed the guestbook while Easton enjoyed his jump house!EP13Ep12Easton and his beautiful Mommy!EP14Easton and his cousin Aria are only months apart, how beautiful are both their mommy’s?!EP15Their Daddy’s jumped into the photo too!EP16Lunch was catered by Jerry’s Dogs. It was delicious and a huge hit!EP19EP20His guests enjoying the jump house!EP21EP22EP23EP24EP25Then it was Piñata time!!!EP27EP28This little one’s expressions were so funny. She gave it her all!EP29EP30After all the kid’s had given it a shot, the biggest kid came in to finish the job, Uncle Sonny!EP31Think it’s safe to say, the kids were stoked.EP32After the piñata was all done, it was cake time. EP17EP18Happy birthday, little Easton!! Can’t wait to see what your mom think’s up NEXT year!EP33