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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.

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!

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!

Martin & Tash

In early 2016, Tash went on a vacation abroad, visiting various European towns. On her stop in Copenhagen, there she met Martin. They were instantly attracted and in time fell in love, despite their long distance relationship for many months. On his last visit here, she wanted to share one of her favorite US places with him (California beaches!). For their engagement photo session, I joined them at Santa Monica Pier, and got to document their undeniable chemistry as the sun set...

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!

Eric & Lilia

I've known Eric for years, so naturally was I ecstatic, not only to hear of his engagement, but when he told me that he and Lilia wanted me to photograph their wedding!  They had a small and quaint, lovely wedding in Orange County, California, the reception being held just minutes off of the shore in Huntington Beach.  Lilia was a stunning bride, and an evidently loving one, as she made a move here all the way from Switzerland!  Logically, we had to get some sunset photos on Sunset Beach.  Enjoy their wedding gallery below!

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.

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!