Poppy is Three {Claremont Family Photographer}

It is hard to believe that this little one is three years old. I have been photographing her since she was in her momma’s belly. For this shoot it seemed like three came with a little sass, independence, and silliness. This was a shoot I really enjoyed because Hillary and Justin (Mom and Dad) really just let the kids be themselves. No fake smiles. I love that Poppy is so serious and a tad stubborn in these photos because that pretty much sums up “three.” At least, it did for my son! ┬áThese types of shoots mean so much to me because they are real memories. When they look back at these photos they will (hopefully) remember a good time in the hills that we spent together instead of a stressful rigid shoot. Love it!

New Life. {LaVerne Newborn Photographer}

I just love everything about this session. It was shot while I was going through a really difficult time, knowing I would soon be going to see my mom, who was fighting cancer in England and reaching the end of her battle. I remember while shooting this precious boy, the song by Jack Johnson with the lyric, “New life makes losing life easier to understand…” And while in the moment it doesn’t seem fair and it is so impossibly hard, it is true. New life means new hope and new dreams. It doesn’t make losing the people we love any easier but both events, new life and the ending of other’s, put priorities and things that you really (should) care about into perspective. For this I am so thankful to all the families out there who open their doors and let me take a look into their lives at such an intimate and beautiful time. It means so much.

Family. {Personal}

So many wonderful memories were made this past weekend when my sister invited us to stay with her in Oceanside. I wish I could spend all my days like this – lazily wandering north San Diego county in search of that “perfect beach.” Watching sea lions roll around on kelp beds along the shores, eating, tasting beers, watching Ezra boogie board for the first time, chasing a sandy baby, watching Olive throw sand and then give me her shocked face. We got to play at the beach while it rained warm water on us and not even care. It really was a magical time!

Baby J, Before and After. {Claremont Maternity Photographer}

I like, really really, like this family. I started documenting the big events for them when Mandy was pregnant with her son, Daniel. Not only is Mandy beautiful but she is also incredibly kind and patient with her children. Her maternity shoot was so much fun. We had great light, happy kids, and she rocked it with their outfits!

A+B=Love&Laughter

These two…as I edited through their photos I couldn’t help but feel joy. I loved that they were so natural and full of genuine laughter when they were together. We started their session at The Back Abby, where they had their first date, and then carried on by strolling through Claremont. We all shared so many smiles that I headed back to my car after the shoot with sore cheeks! If there was this much joy and love on their engagement session I cant wait to see what their wedding is going to feel like. Love.