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

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

Something Different…

Goodness I haven’t posted a blog in nearly a month!! The last 22 days have been filled with many shoots and a wedding!! (I was a bridesmaid not the bride.). Looking through past blogs my work has been mostly centered on children, family and maternity. But this shoot was something completely different. Kathryn and I spoke for about an hour leading up to our shoot. I slowly applied her makeup between champagne sips. She has been photographed a lot before for yoga and dance but wanted something different. She was giving me complete artistic freedom and allowing me to do whatever I wanted. What I wanted was something dramatic and with feeling and boy did she deliver! The beauty she possesses not just on the outside but on the inside are so strongly captured in these images. Some of the following photo’s take a darker turn than you may be used to seeing on my blog, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. KM01km02KM03KM00KM04KM05Her favorite, below. KM06KM07KM11KM12And because she has a beautiful smile as well…KM13KM14My favorite.KM08KM15The quote that came to mind when shooting this image:                                                        “Every heartache ends, just as every storm runs out of rain.”KM16KM18Thank you for this shoot.

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