8.29.2011

Stay tuned...

... more to come from Saturday's wedding.

8.24.2011

It must be baby season.

She had been trying to set up family portraits since Christmas, but at that time my schedule was already jam-packed with holiday portrait sessions. It wasn’t until after the New Year that we were able to make it happen, and it was well worth the wait. The sun shined and the ocean sparkled, providing the ideal back drop for Carmel beach portraits.

Many months later, she texted me for another shoot, but this time of her baby bump! What a lovely surprise that was!



Her 2 youngest joined Mom and soon-to-arrive baby brother. So cute!


Itsy, I can’t wait to meet Maikel when he arrives!!!

8.23.2011

It's all worth it.

As I attempt to balance work, home, family, football schedules, and the business, I'm usually pretty careful with scheduling shoots. Somehow on this day, I guess I wasn't so careful because I managed to schedule 4 shoots back to back. Surprisingly, it wasn't overwhelming for me, the day went smooth, and I had fun.

Christina and her family were the third session of the day, and I'm so glad they made the hour-long drive to meet me for photos. Her kiddos were naturals in front of the camera.

After seeing the final product from a full day of photographing then spending countless hours editing at the computer, I can truly say it was all worth it.






8.20.2011

Football season has arrived.

The boys played hard today. It's gonna be an exciting season.

8.16.2011

This is Nina.


And nope, she's not our dog.

We were bbq’ing at the park when she came running out of nowhere, chasing after the kids' football. Her name is Nina and she turned out to be the sweetest thing. After chatting with Nina’s really nice owners, I learned a lot about Boxers and now more than ever I hope to find a Boxer with a red bow under the Christmas tree in December…

I won’t hold my breath.

8.15.2011

Inspired and Driven

I recently spent the day with several hundred other photographers from all over Northern California and, to say the least, it was a good day. Being in a room with so many creative people that share the same passion and an eagerness to learn is a great feeling. I arrived in the morning with a granola bar, a notepad and butterflies in my stomach. I left at the end of the day feeling inspired, ready to move full speed ahead towards my goals, and even made a handful of new photographer friends.
A quick snapshot of Bambi Cantrell in action.

8.08.2011

A Sister's Reminder

The sister of an expectant mother contacted me to set up a surprise maternity shoot to (in her own words) “remind her of how beautiful she is.” It was such a thoughtful and sweet gift.

When I was pregnant, I felt anything but beautiful, and now I feel foolish for not having prego photos taken during such a special time. Every expectant mom I’ve ever photographed truly has a natural glow... a natural beauty that radiates in front of my lens. Maternity sessions have become one of my favorites.




Catherine and Ken own a nursery and this cute onesie was designed at Catherine's baby shower the day before…


Mary, thank you for coordinating this all the way from Chicago! Catherine, thank you for allowing me to capture your beauty! Ken, thank you for being such a great sport all morning in front of the camera!

8.04.2011

A bundle of JOY

We met in the 7th grade and became fast friends, as does everyone that crosses her path. We could laugh for days, until tears fell from our cheeks and our stomach muscles ached. Twenty-something years later, she's still one of my best friends and I have officially fallen in love with the newest addition to her family…

Welcome to the world, Joshelland Kaye!




Congratulations Joy and Jason!!! Beautiful. She makes my heart melt every time I see her.