August 27, 2013

sweet family // the shelby family

right before i turned off the camera, closed the computer, and geared up for our wedding weekend, i snuck in one more little family session, and i'm so glad i was able to! 

this bunch was an absolute delight to be around. as we wandered under the oak trees along sunlight dirt paths, we got to know each other, laughed, and captured the sweet love this family shares - it was a joy to be a part of. 

dennis, kristin, and family - thank you so much for spending the afternoon with me and giving me the opportunity to capture your beautiful family! 

August 25, 2013

newlywed lesson #1

today marks our two week anniversary - TWO WEEKS! the time is already flying by, and i just can't even imagine what it will feel like 2, 5, 15 years from now. people, marriage is the best thing. believe me, in our first 2 weeks we've already been challenged, have already failed, and have already learned so much. i've had 'wife-fail' moments, lessons that taught me how to love my husband better, how to put him first in all things. and that isn't always easy to do. but it's worth it - it is always absolutely worth it. 

newlywed lesson #1:

a man can do anything with his wife's support. i didn't realize the gravity of that until just this past week. T works incredibly hard for us, and while i'm at home gearing up for school, sorting through the mail, cleaning the house, preparing meals, and running errands, he spends 10 hours away from home making everything possible for us. words cannot even express how appreciative i am of him, how proud i am of his faithfulness and diligence to us. almost every day i ask him what i can do for him in return, and almost every time he answers 'your support means the world to me - it lifts me up and encourages me and makes it all seem worth it.' even if you aren't married yet, friends, begin practicing words of encouragement and support, because one day, you may have a husband, and if you do, he will thrive on it. with it, he can conquer the world. without it, you can crush him. 

in addition to baking off the charts (hello happy newlywed pounds - that's why they call them love-handles, baby), sleeping in, and making our house more of a home, every bit of doing life with that sexy husband of mine brings me sheer delight. 

August 23, 2013

sweet family // holiday sessions


'tis the season for family portraits and christmas cards, and you couldn't pick a better time to get a head start! spending time with your sweet families is one of the greatest joys. to all of you who allowed me to capture these moments for your families last year - thank you! 

here are the details for this year's holiday family sessions. e-mail for more information or to book. 


45 minute session

25-30 images 
you will receive your processed and edited images on a disc, and you may then print/share them as you choose

September 7th (evening): Riley Wilderness Park, Trabuco Canyon

wide open spaces, rolling hills covered in golden grass, and beautiful oak trees

September 14th (evening): Jeffrey Open Space Trail, Irvine

paved walkways, natural-looking yet beautifully curated landscapes

September 21st (evening): Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim Hills

shady oak trees, nature paths, and beautiful surrounding hills

October 12th (evening): Seal Beach Pier

October 19th (evening): Urban Location (TBD)

spaces are limited for each session. if there is more interest in one specific location, an additional day might be made available at that location. 

a $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon booking in order to retain your spot. the deposit will be credited toward the full amount of the session, and the remainder will be due at the time of your session. 

e-mail for more details or to book a session!

August 22, 2013

headshots // melanie

i'm playing catch up on this happy thursday, and am finally sharing this gorgeous headshot session!

this lady is so talented, so full of joy and laughter and an uncontainable love for life, and it was a pure delight to spend the afternoon with her lovely self - these photos reflect all of her beauty, both inside and out! 

sometimes the wind just happens, you know? but if you're this girl, you make it fierce!

melanie, i can't wait to see what wonderful adventures you'll find yourself on as you pursue your dreams and follow your big, beautiful heart!