• free spirit

    Yesterday this ray of sunshine woke up as a high school senior, today she woke up as a high school graduate. I hope she slept in for a very long time, woke up beaming and with that gorgeous infectious smile of hers, with the day ahead and no set plans, only to enjoy this moment.(…)

  • shine on

    This beautiful, brilliant and very talented senior was absolutely wonderful to photograph leading up to the end of her high school career. She has soaked up every bit of what makes being a senior an awesome and unique time while also planning for her bright future. All of the doors are open to her, there(…)

  • hello, baby

    This was a newborn shoot following the birth shoot I did recently. In most of these newborn shots she is surrounded by her two big sisters which made for the most awesome newborn shoot. Big sisters were still in their jammies, a family photo shoot was not planned but as you can see from this(…)

  • ready, set, go!

    This young man has the world before him, every door is open. He is creative, intelligent, kind, funny and happens to also be voted Most Photogenic for his senior class (I could definitely see why as soon as the shoot started). To me he seemed Kennedyesque, composed, confident and completely comfortable in his own skin.(…)

  • Candice + Scott

    These two have been newlyweds 6 months and 1 week today. This past November 1st wedding brought some rain, but only before and after the getting ready photos and ceremony, the most gorgeous skies that changed depending on where you were standing and yes, a sunset so golden it was as if it was setting(…)

  • birth story

    This recent photo shoot will forever be remembered as one of my favorites and really a life-changing one for me. I am so grateful for all of the photography opportunities that come my way, this was the first time I had the honor to document a birth. I talked with the mom about what she(…)

  • just keep making

    In the fall I watched some old episodes of Mork & Mindy while the house was in disarray. The ceilings were scraped, ceilings were painted, carpet was ripped out, a brick veneer went up in the bedroom, walls were painted, wood floors were installed, area rugs were chosen, a few delays here and there, the(…)

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Yesterday this ray of sunshine woke up as a high school senior, today she woke up as a high school graduate. I hope she slept in for a very long time, woke up beaming and with that gorgeous infectious smile of hers, with the day ahead and no set plans, only to enjoy this moment. This photo shoot was done early in her senior year, she still had months of schoolwork and the confined days that are high school ahead. Today she is free, free to choose her own path, free to study and dive into what she feels passionate about, free to change her mind about what she’s passionate about, free to lounge around the beach contemplating her bright future and free to learn and discover her own successes.

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This photo shoot was especially special to me, I am lucky enough to be within the circle of this amazing family. They are loving and large in number and full of joy and understanding and support for one another. Having her mom and grandma along for the shoot brought the perfect mix of giggles, hugs and sweet moments.

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Sabrina has that extra spark, it is always a treat to see a person’s light shine through from behind the lens. She is intelligent and funny, inquisitive and thoughtful, beautiful inside and out, and has a golden future ahead. What an exciting time and how very lucky she is to be just beginning this new phase of her life.

Congratulations, Sabrina! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. xo

Buena Vista Park, Vista CA 

shine on

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This beautiful, brilliant and very talented senior was absolutely wonderful to photograph leading up to the end of her high school career. She has soaked up every bit of what makes being a senior an awesome and unique time while also planning for her bright future. All of the doors are open to her, there are wide open paths before her and now she gets to jump in with both feet and begin the experience that is college, adult life, freedom, responsibility and finding herself, although she seemed to me after chatting with her during the shoot that she knows herself quite well. She chose this gorgeous local spot that fit her style perfectly.

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Her mom and stepmom came along for the shoot, carrying the duffel full of colorful flannels, finding the right lip gloss and fussing over her while also giving her lots of room to shine. She clearly has an independent spirit and is lovingly supported by her family in all that she does. I didn’t tell the moms they’d be in at least one photo, but of course they were up for a few with their beautiful girl.

Congratulations, Jordan! You are truly on your way to a very bright future, what a joy it was to document this very very special time in your life. xo

Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad, Ca

hello, baby

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This was a newborn shoot following the birth shoot I did recently. In most of these newborn shots she is surrounded by her two big sisters which made for the most awesome newborn shoot. Big sisters were still in their jammies, a family photo shoot was not planned but as you can see from this collection a family shoot was what it truly became. Loved taking these and was smiling the whole time I was editing.

You may notice that middle sister was curious about eyeballs, especially those of her new sibling, poking at them every chance she got. Big sister was so helpful and proud to show me her new baby sister and her three favorite slippers and toys from her room. Sometimes mom and dad got to hold their newborn, but not without little ones behind them and touching and kissing and poking eyeballs.

The most adorable family photo is later in the post. It speaks for itself, pure happiness and love. It is the unplanned, spontaneous moments we hold in our hearts, so happy I could capture some in images for this gracious lovely family.

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This last image is one of my very favorites from the shoot. Some giggling, one sort of sleeping, the eyeball almost poked and mom and dad’s hands reaching in. The stars aligned in more ways than one way for this shoot.

Home Shoot in Poway, Ca

 

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This young man has the world before him, every door is open. He is creative, intelligent, kind, funny and happens to also be voted Most Photogenic for his senior class (I could definitely see why as soon as the shoot started). To me he seemed Kennedyesque, composed, confident and completely comfortable in his own skin. He is soaking in these final days of high school while also ready for the next adventure, college life at Cal State Long Beach. A senior shoot is always special, such a unique time in an individual’s life, filled with excitement, impatience, nervousness, celebrations, planning, shopping, packing, goodbyes…bittersweet indeed.

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I couldn’t not capture a few images of this senior and his very proud mom, who has every reason to be proud. She didn’t know she’d be in a few photos, I was grateful she was up for it. After spending the morning with the two of them it was very clear how very much they have savored this time, how the time has probably moved much too fast in some respects and how very much they will miss one another in the day-to-day.

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The world is truly before you, Ian, I wish you the very best and am excited to hear down the road what path you have chosen. Congratulations!

Swami’s in Encinitas, California

Candice + Scott

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These two have been newlyweds 6 months and 1 week today. This past November 1st wedding brought some rain, but only before and after the getting ready photos and ceremony, the most gorgeous skies that changed depending on where you were standing and yes, a sunset so golden it was as if it was setting for just the two of them.

While this post is much later than I would have liked, it cannot go without being said how very honored I was to be asked to capture Scott and Candice’s day. When you document a wedding you have the opportunity to be behind the scenes and see and hear moments between the loved ones throughout the day, and I love being a part of that. This day was extra special, being a family friend, I already knew and loved Candice and Scott, but on this day I had the opportunity to see them through the eyes of their families and friends. They are two people who have the support and love to do anything in this world. The pictures tell the story of what beautiful individuals they are, how very much they are loved and what a joyous day it was.

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Congratulations to the both of you! xo

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Levyland Estates in Carlsbad, California

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This recent photo shoot will forever be remembered as one of my favorites and really a life-changing one for me. I am so grateful for all of the photography opportunities that come my way, this was the first time I had the honor to document a birth. I talked with the mom about what she was comfortable with, and her and her husband were very much in it to just let me capture the real moments of the birth.

This sweet girl’s birth story began during her dad’s birthday dinner, mom’s water broke and from there the labor progressed. I was given updates and eventually it was time to head to their home. I began photographing in the late evening while they timed contractions, dad tidied up the kitchen, mom was soothed through contractions and chatted with her doula, some birthday cheesecake was eaten and we sat in the quiet of the night just waiting until it was time to head to the hospital, which fortunately was quite close.

Within an hour it was time to head to the hospital. Having known I would be doing this shoot I talked to friends and family in the coming weeks about their birth experiences, having not having one of my own. As you can imagine, each story was so unique and gave me some insight, although I knew it was too unpredictable and I just had to be ready and fast and work with what light was given. And I did. It was my hope that once we were at the hospital the mom and dad didn’t even see me anymore, and I don’t think they did. While mom was working her way through the pain from contractions and dad was holding her hand or gently comforting her they were in their very own bubble. Her doula was soft-spoken and gentle and attended to her as needed. It was the very early hours of the morning.

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The contractions significantly increased, her pain increased, the energy in the room increased and the doctor had been woken up and arrived. Within minutes of his arrival their new baby girl made her debut. It was amazing, absolutely beautiful and amazing and she came into the world so fast. She arrived healthy, with a strong cry and was immediately showered with love from her mom and dad. Eventually the doctor headed out, the nurses finished up, the doula gave her congratulations and I stayed only a few more moments to capture just the three of them basking in the glow of their golden hour with their newborn daughter.

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I absolutely loved the experience of photographing a birth story. I found the unpredictability, fast-pace and challenges exciting and equally balanced out by the genuine emotion and human experience I witnessed. To say I am excited to have the opportunity to do it again would be an understatement.

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Included in this post is a small glimpse of the birth story, the whole story is for the family and loved ones of course.

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Please contact me today if you’re expecting and would like to discuss setting up your own shoot.

A huge thank you and love goes to this family for entrusting these images in me. Thank you. xoxo

Pomerado Hospital, Poway CA 

just keep making

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In the fall I watched some old episodes of Mork & Mindy while the house was in disarray. The ceilings were scraped, ceilings were painted, carpet was ripped out, a brick veneer went up in the bedroom, walls were painted, wood floors were installed, area rugs were chosen, a few delays here and there, the kitchen became a kitchen/bedroom combo for a few days, one couch left and a couple days later the new couch arrived. During this time some of those Mork & Mindys became the soundtrack to the renovations, especially the hot encased-in-sheets-of-plastic-days painting the ceilings. At the time I saw a gigantic woven wall hanging in Mindy’s home and felt a huge desire to make one. I did a little research on making my own and discovered they are quite popular right now. I gathered some simple supplies with hopes of making a few as Christmas gifts but was too busy and tucked them away for after the holidays.

It wasn’t until three weeks ago when I woke up with severe vertigo, more specifically vestibular neuronitis, that I started to think about all the things I wanted to do but couldn’t. Trying my hand at weaving was suddenly something I wanted to do very much and told myself as soon as I was able to I was going to just try it. I picked it up about a week ago and I can’t stop. I am in love with the tactile creative process of weaving. Everyone I love is getting a weaving sometime this year because I want to keep making them and I want to share them and make special ones unique to my loved ones. It has been the very best thing to challenge me and keep my mind off the vertigo.

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I used an old frame and wrapped warp string around it, careful to keep it fairly tight and evenly spaced. I watched a couple of these fantastic teaching videos for weaving techniques and just started. The first one I created is above, I absolutely love the fluffy soft poofs and colors. Once it was cut off the loom it shrunk a tiny bit hiding some of the color changes, I think because I was a little crazy with tightening and squishing down each row.

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My second one was skinny and simple, mainly to practice better tension. It didn’t have that shrinking effect when I cut it off the loom, much better. I haven’t decided yet how I want to hang them, so for now they hang on the backs of chairs.

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The newest one is larger than the first two and a little bolder in design. I’ll be taking iPhone photos and posting regularly on my instagram feed as I #justkeepmaking them. More photos will be on the blog next week of what I’ve made.

 

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