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Hello, happy Tuesday! 

As some of you may know, I'm expecting another baby boy right smack in the the middle of my busy holiday portrait season. Not well planned, I know! If anyone was planning on booking me for holiday photos please consider booking for early September or get ready to battle it out for a spot in November. I'll also be doing a couple days of mini sessions... to be announced next week :) 

In the meantime take a peek at one of my all time favorite families. These photos are from last year's mini sessions in Huntington Beach. Minis are a great option for families with older kids or little ones with a limited attention span since they're short and sweet. 

Love these guys: 

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I've always wanted to incorporate more 'real' photo shoots into my business and am proud to say that I'm finally sharing my first 6 hour session with you. Over the years I've found that the moments I tend to get the most sentimental about are the mundane "everyday" ones. The days that I don't think to pull out my camera because it's just real life. Nothing special. 

But I'd like to argue that those are the most special moments. The ones that will pull on your heartstrings the hardest when you relive them. They're the moments when you were the most YOU, the most present, and the most genuine. The real moments are the ones that will take you back in 10 years and make you truly remember the feeling of home, family, and that little blip of time you didn't know you'd miss so much. 

So. I'd love to incorporate more of these 'real' photoshoots into my life. You don't have to have a perfect house, a special tradition, or any grand plans. Just the motivation to capture this moment in time so that you and your family can look back on your photos and remember exactly what it felt like to be together right now. It could be a trip to the grocery store, your bedtime ritual, getting ready for school, or just you guys hanging around the house. The less special it seems the more special it will be in 10 years. I promise. Let me know if you want to give it a go :) 

Meet the Hanson family. Here they are in their home on a Saturday morning doing chores, making breakfast, and just spending time together. Thanks for looking! 


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So now that you've seen Mia and Tessa's first little photo shoot I thought you may like to see their official newborn shoot complete with their awesome big sisters. I love this family to pieces and am always so excited to get them in front of my camera... photographing them in their beautiful home was extra special this time around :) 

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Hello! I'm still here! Taking lots of photos and keeping my toddler alive and growing another little guy in my belly :) I've never been great at updating my blog, but the last few months have been especially nutty. This lovely family inspired me to (finally!) share some of my photos again. Thanks for looking! 


When I found out the Montello family had welcomed two new little ladies to their lives I was beyond excited for them. I mean, two beautiful little twin girls to add to the two amazing ones they already had... how lucky are they? 

I guess they were super excited to meet their sisters because they arrived a bit early and scored some beds in the NICU. Not ideal, but they were healthy and strong and amazing, and made their way home without any major hiccups. Since my own experience with having a baby in the NICU I immediately offered to come out and photograph them in their temporary home. The photos I took of my son in the hospital are among of my most cherished images and I knew Maria and Mike would feel the same. Having a baby is a crazy whirlwind in and of itself... add the NICU and twins to the mix and I had a feeling these crazy beautiful moments would be easily lost in the chaos. 

I am so honored and happy that I got to take these photos. I'd love to take them more often... I'm just putting that out there :) 

Hope you're all having an amazing week! 

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October 29, 2015

Happy Thursday! Thought I'd share some of the holiday portraits I've taken lately. These guys have been such great clients... I never get tired of photographing them! They're fun AND adorable :) 

Plus... bonus Halloween costume cuteness at the end :) 


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Linda says:

Such an adorable family. Beautiful photos.

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