This beach and that kid, his happy place. He swam, he floated, he drank mango smoothies, he collected rocks, he chased sand crabs, he made new friends jumping off old jetties. All the while I got to watch him in his bliss, take pictures and experiment. He can’t wait to go back. Neither can I.
This summer felt a little off. We didn’t get to do as much as usual as I had a slow start to the year, so funds were low. And then of course, I got busy, so then free time was low. But with two weeks left in the summer (and knowing one of those weeks he’d be with his dad) I hustled to find something last minute the we could do. Remembering how much he loves Catalina, or rather not being able to ignore how much he talks about going back to Catalina, I figured that would be an easy one. He says it’s getting to drive around in a golf cart and spending full days in the ocean. I say it’s because I get to watch him enjoy himself so much. We do love ourselves some Catalina, on the boat there he declared it was his third favorite place. Lego Land and Mexico being first and second, of course.
Love is so beautiful. I’ve known Steve for a few years now as he’s a producer in LA and we’ve got to work together on a number of shoot. Paul works in the business as well providing sets with sorely needed sustainability practices. Seeing them together gives me the warmest feeling every time as you can just feel the love and respect they have for each other. Not only are they both the handsomest, they are a powerhouse together in business and politics. I love being around them. When Steve reached out to me to ask if I would capture their small wedding ceremony in the backyard of their Hollywood home, I was so thrilled. Not only would I be able to witness their union, I’d be able to document it. One of the elements I love about wedding is the care and thought put into every little detail. Steve handmade the boutonnieres and their matching salmon colored Esquivel boots were monogramed with their initials and wedding date just to name a couple. With a few of their closets friends and family as witnesses, Steve’s brother officiated beautifully. I didn’t originally set out to photograph weddings, but I sure have fallen in love with capturing them as they continue to present themselves. These big life moments carry such love and meaning and it’s those human experiences that makes this work meaningful.
I’m having the darnedest time getting images posted these days. The summer has snuck by and I wouldn’t consider it an eventful one, but some how the days are always a blur. We did get to spend a few days in the high desert for the July 4th holiday. It wouldn’t be a proper adventure without some dirt road exploration. Lucky for us we arrived to this look out in Joshua Tree National Park just as the sun set. Those desert sunsets sure are something else.
Like a needle in a haystack, this family found me online. They were visiting San Clemente from Oregon and wanted photos to remember their time together here. As they are, nothing posed or styled, just capturing them enjoying each other. One of my favorite ways to shoot.
For every shoot I do, I consciously think about how I can make it true and special to the people (or client) I’m shooting. I’ve know Madison for a few years now as she’s an accomplished photographer herself. When she asked if I would shoot her engagement photos, I knew they would be special as she’s such a wonderful and vibrant soul. Neither one of us wanted the typical posed engagement photos we’ve seen too much of. Madison and Ian went to high school together and so we decided it would be perfect to hike up around the hills of their hometown in East San Diego that had special meaning to them. What a treat it was to spend time with them capturing these moments of this special time in their lives.
If you are looking for an engagement photographer in Orange County or San Diego (I’ll even venture up to Los Angeles), send me an email.
Just wrapped up another Senior Portrait session with this ray of light. These shoots are just so sweet and special, I sure love doing them.
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photographed by me
styled by India Madonna and me
hair by Mishelle Parry
make-up by Adrienne Herbert
Portraits of high school seniors, also known as senior pictures. Word around town is people would like better options for senior pictures. The quality, the value, the cheesiness leaves many a parent and teen disappointed, so I hear. Well, I may have a solution - if my style is your thing. Here's Lily and Luke, seniors at St. Margaret's.
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As a single mom, there is so much I’ll never be able to provide for my son. Good thing so much of the good stuff is free.
Tuesday was my third time out to the Lake Elsinore area to soak up the super bloom. The crowds at Walker Canyon trail are everything they are cracked up to be: intense. I learned that on my first visit and had an epiphany that there must be dirt roads one can take to get up into the hills and away from the crowds. Sure enough, I found what might currently be California’s best kept secret way to experience the epic hills blanketed with orange, purple, yellow and green. The boys seems to get a good kick out of it too even though Bode’s original response to going to see the flowers was ‘BOOORING!’
In case you haven’t heard, SoCal’s super blooms and painted lady butterfly migration has everyone blissfully welcoming spring. Of course, I had to hop over Ortega Highway and check out the poppies at Walker Canyon. Just so happens, it was a perfect day for clouds too.
He’s beginning to love the road as much as I do.
that besides it’s people, the National Parks are America’s greatest asset. Golden Canyon, Death Valley National Park.
While traveling with this one has in fact gotten a little easier, its still hard. With hours on the road comes lots of whining. Getting him to hike to certain distant spots requires discussion and bribery. Cookies and candy become my friends. And the schlep is real as it's mostly left to me to get the three huge bags of toys from the car to the hotel room each move (along with the actual luggage of necessities). He has not a clue what goes into these adventures. I'm one tired mama each day, but you know what's harder? Staying home.
of course he needs his Minecraft pickaxe.
so far, Cub Scouts has been the only thing to stick for my kiddo. well beside snowboarding, but that doesn’t really count as he doesn’t have a choice there. I hope to see him all the way through to Eagle Scouts, but for now I’m proud he earned his Bobcat badge.