It’s Been a While

My last post is less than 2 weeks shy of a year ago. Insane how fast time goes by. I spent 2015  traveling and doing a lot of soul searching. I continued to shoot and had an amazingly successful year considering how  often I was away. I’ll be busy posting over the next few weeks with photos from my travels/lessons learned as well as work. I’ll leave these photos of one of my recent little muses, Haley. 

More to come…

Lori Gilbert Art

Well… it has been nearly two months since I have written a blog post. I have been super busy traveling and getting all sorts of great shots. Before my travels began I had the honor of doing some head shots/fun shots for Miss Lori Gilbert. Not only is she a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul, she is an amazingly talented artist as well. She has a lot of BIG things coming up for her and she needed some new portrait shots taken. We of course played around and took some fun ones! It was a crazy busy day for both of us but we managed to get these shots done!! I have thrown in some of her paintings so you can see with your own eyes the crazy talent this gorgeous woman has!!  I enjoy stalking her FB page as she takes you on her painting journey and even shares the prgression of her art. If you like what you see here, be sure to check out her Facebook page! Its under the same title as this blog post, Lori Gilbert Art:




Lori13And I will end this with probably the most epic wave she has done so far: loriartwaveKeep doing what you’re doing, girl!! Can’t wait to see you grow even more as an artist!!

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
Sienna03asiennac siennadSienna is completely in love with her daddy!
Sienna05Sienna06And she definitely got Momma’s big brown eyes!!sienna07sienna08As if becoming new parents wasn’t busy enough, Mike and Dianne moved into their home weeks before her birth. We took advantage of an empty room for their shoot.sienna09sienna10sienna12She is definitely already a princess. She was adorned in pink and pearls (of course) for her shoot. Mommy’s nickname in high school was “Pinky D” because she ALWAYS wore pink. It only seemed appropriate to have Sienna wear a pink tutu!sienna13Dianne’s favorite necklace is her gold Chanel necklace. We of course incorporated this into the photos! Sienna didn’t seem to mind at all. Sienna14Sienna15sienna16sienna18sienna17Sienna is beautiful and will no doubt be a heartbreaker!! Just look at that smile!!sienna20sienna21Congratulations Mike and Dianne!! Love her so much already!!!


My beautiful mother has been residing in Hawaii for the last five years so when she visits it is such a treat. She has been on the mainland since late january so I seized this opportunity  to give her a mini shoot. She is not just beautiful on the outside but also on the inside. She has the most loving and understanding soul. It is a quality I only ever saw in my grandmother before her. She has such an amazing light that shines from within. I only hope that one day I embody this myself. And I tried my best to capture this during this shoot. Everyone should be so lucky to have a mommy like her!! Enjoy!!M1M2M3M14We always tell her that her smile is most genuine when she is laughing. We laughed a lot throughout this shoot. M4We wanted some photos of her in my big black hat… it proved to be a bit to big for her. M5M6M7My puppy Luna even got in on the shoot hehe. ❤M8M9M10M11M12And it wouldn’t be complete without a jump shot. She’s a pro at these. He he.

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


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


It’s been a while since I’ve had personal portraits to shoot. I had the pleasure of shooting two in the beginning of January. First was my girlfriend Trista’s.  We have been friends for 5 years now, most spent apart with all her travels! But we have remained close no matter how many miles separate us! She needed some new photos for her portfolio and I was more than happy to take them for her! It reminded me of how important it is to have some portraits done of yourself every now and then. One of my most favorite quotes is “Today is the oldest you have ever been, and the youngest you will ever be again.”  Why wait for a family portrait session or engagement session. Like young people are now having for their senior pictures,  people should have more ME sessions. Yes, I like this idea.TristaTrista01Trista02Trista03Trista06

Trista07Trista08Trista09Trista10Trista11Trista12Trista14Her smile can seriously light up a room! Love this girl!Trista13