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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!

My babies (that are really my sister's babies but you get it)!

I really hope you like dimples, because you're about to see a whole bunch of 'em in this blog post! Every year I do a shoot with these 3 precious little siblings (aka my nieces and nephew.) I frequently drive through the farms of Ontario, and driving by the cornfields I realized I just had to take them here for this summer's shoot! They had such a blast! I know I'm biased, but I can't get enough of these photos (probably because I can't get enough of these kids.) I hope you enjoy these cuties and some golden hour goodness as much as I have!

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.

The Forbes Family

I had the privilege of photographing Adam & Whitney's maternity photos a couple of years ago, and now I've finally gotten the chance to meet the little guy in person! We did their first family session recently amongst some young Redwoods in Brea, CA. I absolutely adore this family. (And are they stylish or what?!) 

Oh, and just a little fun fact about Whitney. She does RAVISHING work as a calligrapher. If you're ever in need of such services, find her on Instagram... @thehautepress

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!

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!

The Diaz Family

Fun, little story! I've known this guy since I was 10 years old. We met in 5th Grade Camp! We were good friends throughout middle school, then went our separate ways after going to different schools. After years of not seeing each other, we recently ran into each other and caught up. This prompted him to schedule a mini session. It was so fun meeting his little ladies and watching him be a daddy on his shoot!

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.

Jacob, Hailey, & Mariah

The mini sessions really are perfect if you have kiddos.  It's just the right amount of time to take them somewhere fun and pretty (such as this lovely place) and get some photos of them, well, acting like kiddos.  Baby Jacob is seriously one of the easiest kids I've ever photographed!  The very first photo he stood in front of me and gave me a huge grin.  And as you can see here, his sisters are pretty stinkin adorable as well.  Enjoy!

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.

Kerianne & Lily

Kerianne turned 5 today!  I can't believe how quickly time has flown watching these two grow up.  Last week I was able to take Kerianne and Lily to a pretty little field at golden hour and get some (now some of my favorite) photos of them.  Love these girls to pieces!