Dianne + Mike Maternity

This was another shoot that was very special to me. Dianne and I have been friends since we were in junior high. In my early days of photography Dianne was one of my frequent models. Here is a shot I took of her in San Diego in 2003.351_526379798700_2486_nIt has been many years since that photo was taken. And I’m so happy that we have remained such good friends. We had such a good time shooting her maternity photos!! She has one of the prettiest little pregnant bellies I have ever seen!! Enjoy!Dianne02Dianne01Dianne03After some time shooting indoors, we decided to take our shoot outside. I normally wouldn’t think to use black in a maternity shoot, but Dianne made it so stylish and completely rocked it!! She is having a little girl in a few weeks and I know Sienna is going to be one of the most fashionable babies on the block!!Dianne05I hope baby Sienna gets her momma’s big beautiful eyes ❤Dianne06We bumped into each other at a craft show in Santa Ana, CA at my friend Melissa’s tent. She is the owner of LovMely and I have shot many of her pieces for her. Dianne purchased a beautiful head chain that she brought for the shoot. I absolutely love this photo of her!Dianne07

Dianne11After shots at my house we took the trip down the street to her mothers house and got some grreeeaaat shots there. It made it so much more special that we did this photo shoot in our parents homes that we used to hang out at as young teenagers where we’d play MASH. Remember that game? Ha ha! I remember it saying Dianne would have 5 kids once. So far she’s absolutely glowing with baby number one!Dianne14Dianne15Dianne161502418_681279985225911_787567357_oNext, we took to the alleys close to our childhood homes. Goodness we fell in love with all the fences that lined the alley. Dianne17Dianne18Seeing that we took the photos on a Sunday during football season, we had to continue the shoot the following Sunday so that her husband Mike could join us. 🙂Dianne19Dianne20Dianne20aDianne21Dianne22In this shot you can’t even tell Dianne is pregnant!! Dianne23Dianne24I can’t wait to meet baby Sienna and see what beautiful features she got from her parents. Congratulations you two!!! ❤

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!!

From Miss to Mrs.

Getting engaged means LOTS of parties and fun!! I had the honor of shooting this beautiful bridal shower for Natalie. Her sister Heather did an amazing job of decorating and  organizing this beautiful day!

Heather01I got there early to capture Natalie’s sister setting up!Heather02They did a wonderful job with decorations!Heather03These were fun, little cards for people to write down things they love most about Natalie! Heather11Her bridal shower is absolutely gorgeous!Heather04These sisters and mothers were full of smiles on this sunshine filled morning!Heather06Heather05These sisters have a love for each other I’ve only seen captured in movies!

Heather pulled together the best games! Here is the bride filling out the answer sheet!Heather10“Who Knows Natalie Best”  Definitely brought some laughs.Heather12Heather13But this had to be the best, “Draw a Wedding Dress” on a plate while its placed on top of your head. Her guests had a hard time holding back laughs during this game!Heather14The winners!!Heather15“Memories” was another fun filled game. Guests had to write a memory in three words or less. Natalie had to decipher the words and tell the stories behind them!Heather16One of the best parts of a bridal shower, present time!!Heather17Heather18Heather19The bride received a beautiful string of pearls from her future mother in law!Heather20It was such a fantastic idea of Heather’s to hire a photographer to capture the day so everyone could enjoy the shower. It was so wonderful to see the happiness in the brides mother’s eyes. Natalie, I wish you much happiness and laughter in your marriage!Heather21