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.”

Sienna Chanelle

Sienna has finally arrived and she’s absolutely perfect. Along with being fully healthy and having all her little digits, she’s already been blessed with a perfect set of eyebrows! Ha ha. I had the honor of shooting her in her first when she was only 2 hours young. Dianne was so much more energetic than I had expected! I walked in expecting to see a tired but happy mother. She instead chimed with  “hey Steph!! Wanna see Sienna?!?!” She was born at the same hospital I was born in and it was amazing. As I wrote in a previous blog, Dianne and I have been friends since we were in junior high and it has been so beautiful watch her go into this next stage of life. She’s carried it with such grace and happiness. Enjoy!siennab Sienna02a
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Lexi

The second portrait session I had this year was for beautiful Lexi of Ohio. She was in San Diego, CA visiting her mother. She still needed her senior portraits taken and I was so excited to take them! We didn’t take senior portraits like these when I was in high school and I sort of wish we had. It was so fun capturing this beautiful age in Lexi’s life. Enjoy!Lexi01Lexi02Lexi03Lexi042014 has seen some of the coldest (and warmest) days ever recorded! Lucky for Lexi it was a perfect warm southern California day in January. Lexi05Lexi06Lexi07Lexi08Lexi09Lexi10

LovMely Summertime!!

I have shot for LovMely before, and I must say I love her new lines more and more each season!! Julie and Sarah were our models for her summer line and they captured the happiness of summer wonderfully!! I can’t share TOO many photos from her upcoming line, but here are a few of my favorites we took over the Memorial Day weekend!

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Her head chains bring a certain magic to ANY outfit!!LM03 LM04 LM05I was SOOO obsessed with this ring!! And all the sparkly ones too!!LM06A little sparkle to brighten up any outfit!!

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To purchase any of these pieces or to check out all of her other fabulous work you can find her on Etsy!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/LovMely?ref=pr_faveshops

Hip Hop Lover

Some girls want Boudoir shots, others want Hip Hop Lover shots! Jenny contacted me about a month ago asking if I could do portraits of her. I assumed she wanted Boudoir as most girls do. She had a different idea. At the wonderful age of 22, she wanted to capture her love of hip hop, graffiti and all the wonderfulness of her life right now.

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We were able to use a hip hop store for our location. City to City in San Diego.

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I have used Jenny before in product shoots for a jewelry line. But this shoot was all her. She played Wu-Tang, Gangstar, and others of that genre. Dressing up in her favorite band shirts and bringing a new twist to self portraits.

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Watching this beautiful little woman come to life with her music playing, made me remember my early twenties. And the music that moved me then. Jenny, I do hope you love these photos, and as the years pass, cherish them.

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Oh That Face

Last minute holiday photos was the theme of this morning shoot! It was a VERY chilly Saturday morning in the city of Orange, CA. Jesse and Jeff got little Riley all dressed up and asked her to please give her best cheese face for the photos. This little lady on the other hand, had plans of her own!

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Riley knows what she wants and when she wants it. Jesse had brought a little bag of bribes… and she made sure to earn every single one!!

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Riley is 3 and at this time, this is how she says cheese! Haha, Riley will be a big sister in just a few months! So we say ham it up as much as possible!!

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Riley gave us limited time for this shoot, she wanted to get back home to watch Harry Potter. But luckily she gave us a few moments to capture some cute photos of Jeff and Jesse! We did this shoot in just under and hour, and we are very pleased with the photos!

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Riley just cracked us up during the entire shoot. And when she was officially done with us, she decided to pretend to fall asleep – fake snores and all!

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