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Martin & Tara Welcoming Ace...

I had SUCH A BLAST with Martin and Tara creating their maternity photos together! In honor of their baby girl, Ace, on the way, we made a little trip out to Palm Springs to grab a few fun photos at the legendary ACE Hotel! From there we found a sweet little spot in the desert for the rest of their session. I’ve gotta say, these two don’t claim to be models, but they should be! Tara is also an incredibly talented Makeup Artist. (You can check out her work on Instagram at @juscallmetara !) I seriously had such a blast working with these two gems and can’t wait to meet their baby girl!

The Niehaus Fam

November has certainly been the most popular month for family sessions, and I’m not complaining! In recent years I’m coming to really appreciate family sessions more and more. Being an auntie myself, I’m realizing how valuable and precious these photos really are, since these ages and stages flash right before your eyes and never come back. I’m going to try to be better about blogging (keyword: “try”) so I can share some of these recent, adorable family seshes with you. So we’ll start with the Niehaus family and their handsome, little guy!

A cozy little newborn session...

So some of you may have seen the birth photos I shared in my last blog post of this precious, little family. Of course after little Avery entered the world, we had to capture some newborn photos of her in the comforts of this place she now knows to be her home. Mikey and Chenelle were so kind as to invite me over for this cozy, intimate little session with the three of them. I loved this SO MUCH.

We made use of most of their home for this session, which made it nice and comfortable for little Avery. (And may I also add, how stinkin gorgeous is their home?) It was also so beautiful to observe Mikey and Chenelle in the midst of photographing, as well as in between shots (newborn sessions entail a lot of diaper changes and feeding breaks!) Despite being new parents, they were both so attentive and tender with Avery. It's so evident how much they love her, as well as each other, as they continued to be so considerate to one another whilst caring for their little one's needs. This session was one I will never forget, and I cannot wait to photograph this little fam again in the future.

Esree

I don't do graduation photos often, but I was recently asked to do some for this gorgeous girl. This shoot was seriously such a blast! Esree wanted to have her grad photos taken in the Arts District of Downtown LA where she visits frequently with her family. It was such a unique take on graduation photos! And her wardrobe choice was to die for! Oh, and if you couldn't tell on your own, Esree is a natural in front of the camera! I can't wait to get her in front of the camera again one of these days!

Brian & Kali

My 2 favorites thing about this engagement session: 1) Golden Hour 2) The way Brian looked at Kali. I couldn't help but swoon when working on these photos! Due to Kali having to leave town, they ended up setting up this session on VERY short notice. I'm so so happy we were able to make it work! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

(P.S. Makeup by Sarah Mae Miller. Check her out on Insta! @beautywithsarahmae )

John & Abigail: Engaged!

Well I've been slacking off MAJORLY on my blog posts. I was able to document some special moments between these two this summer, from their sweet, intimate engagement session, to their big day. Here are a few favorites from their engagement shoot at a local olive house. Wedding blog post soon to come!

Shaun & Mykahlee & a Mirror House

A little over a year ago I had the honor of photographing Shaun & Mykah's big day. Since then we've ended up becoming good friends and I love these two to death! For their 1 year anniversary Mykahlee came to me and told me she wanted to surprise Shaun with a little photo shoot. So we decided to have extra fun with it and go to Doug Aitken's Desert X (AKA that really cool Mirror House in Palm Springs you may or not have seen all over Instagram). We had a blast venturing out to the desert and having this awesome work of art, as well as some gorgeous light, to play with. Enjoy!

The Durans

So as you can see in the photographs below, Chino Hills is quite ravishing in the springtime. I had to make sure to take advantage of it again this year. So the Durans and I were able to get together again for some family photos! They are seriously one of the cutest families. See for yourself as you scroll through their spring family photo session!

Matthew & Christine

Matthew, Christine, and I got to make our way up to Mount Baldy a couple of months ago when we got some snow. Not only was it absolutely beautiful, but it ended up snowing on us the entire shoot! And it was amazing! (Anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about snow.) It was beyond gorgeous, and not to mention, Matthew & Christine are adorable as well! We had such a blast. I can't wait for their big day this summer!

Christian & Alex

Christian & Alex are some of the cutest parents-to-be I've seen yet. Not only is Alex totally gorgeous, but their chemistry together is undeniable. I love seeing couples who can make each other laugh so much like these two. And to top it off, their little family is going to get even cuter when their little one arrives!

The Centannis got a puppy!!!

So here's a fun little story... When I was 15, I started taking my interest in photography more seriously. An old friend had encouraged me that if I wanted to do it, then I should start doing it, regardless of my young age. I started taking classes. I would walk around my neighborhood and photograph things I thought looked interested, then share them on Facebook. One day, this precious couple, Branden & Evelyn, sent me a message and asked if I would do a photo shoot of them, and how much it would be. I hardly even know these people! And they wanted to give me ACTUAL money to take their photos! They were my first clients EVER. Since then, I've seen their family grow with each shoot. I even had the opportunity of taking their family photos in New York last fall. A soon as I saw their new puppy, Kylo, I knew it was time for a new family picture! They are one of the cutest families, and I'll always look forward to future shoots with them!

Brandon & Andrea

In case you couldn't already tell from a great deal of my sessions, very few things in life bring me as much satisfaction as a solid golden hour peeking through the leaves, bringing forth an array of different greens. I got to do a little mini engagement session with Brandon and Andrea recently. Of course, only in Southern California will you get that summer weather and beaming sun in the middle of November. Oh, and Brandon and Andrea were also beaming...

The Hernandez Family

I love this family so much!  I had the opportunity to shoot with them again a few weeks ago for their maternity session, getting ready for baby Mateo.  They came looking so precious in their summery wardrobe and flower halos!

The Webster Family

A couple of weeks ago I got together with Ryan, Ruthanne, and baby Emma for a mini session.  Emma is expecting a little sister soon and I cannot wait to meet her!

Welcoming Baby Reagan

At 3:31 pm on June 10, 2016, David & Rachel welcomed their precious baby girl into the world. One of the sweetest moments I've ever had the privilege of witnessing, was David kneeling down and whispering to Rachel, "She's perfect." The tears were indeed flowing! I'm so happy for these two. They're going to make incredible parents. And I'm so thankful that they chose me to be there to document it.

David & Rachel

I've known Rachel since I was a little girl, and I can honestly say she is one of the sweetest, most genuine women you could ever meet.  She's been an amazing close friend to my sister for as long as I can remember.  I'm so happy for David and Rachel and what they have to come.  I know they're going to be incredible parents.  Enjoy a few favorites from their golden hour maternity session in Chino Hills, CA, where just a few weeks out of the year we are graced with these lush, green, rolling hills.

Jason & Sarah

It's not everyday you get to be the photographer at your sister's wedding!  It was definitely a crazy day, but it was a privilege I was happy to be apart of, in documenting this special day. Jason and Sarah had a small wedding with their close friends and family, personalized to what creates them as a couple.  We enjoyed a cocktail and dinner hour serenaded with music by the Beatles and some of their other favorite old time bands.  Their love for the Beatles, of course, had to be incorporated into a few of these photos.  Enjoy!

Hugo & Erika

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Hugo and Erika in the depths of Mount Baldy for their engagement session.  They were one of the most giggly couples I have ever photographed! Between their easy going, loving nature, and the gorgeous nature around us, I was very happy with the results of this engagement shoot.  I cannot wait to join them again to document their big day!