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May 21, 2021

Every so often, I get the opportunity to work for a client who is more than just a client. Terri is actually my beloved Second Shooter and my right-hand-woman at weddings. It was extra special to be able to spend and evening shooting a Couple’s Photo Session for her and her husband, Noah. A Couple’s […]

An Indian-American family laughing and smiling at one another while standing in front of their home

May 6, 2020

What an incredibly WEIRD moment in history these last few months have been! I never expected that I would spend so much time stuck at home…with my three children… There’s been some struggles. Overall, I can honestly say that I am grateful for all of the extra family time. I’ve been able to focus on […]

dad smiles at his son, mom lifts up her baby daughter

March 18, 2020

You will recognize these adorable faces from their newborn/family session. Jessica and her incredibly cute and kind husband and kiddos not only invited me into their gorgeous home for their last session, they also worked with me for their Fall family session. AND I get to work with them again this spring when baby Abby […]

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February 12, 2020

You may recognize the Collins Family from their Maternity and Newborn sessions. Well, today I’m sharing a few highlights from their darling family session! We took some time to focus on the whole group the same day we shot little Lincoln’s Cake Smash. The weather was gorgeous and the light was just divine! (As I’m […]

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January 22, 2020

All the stars had to align for the Lee family and I to be able to photograph their portrait session! From hand injuries, to illness, to a black eye, I swear Murphey’s Law had a vendetta against us. When everyone was finally healed and healthy, we met up at the Evansville State Hospital grounds. It […]

A young family dressed in blue and white clothing standing amongst large boulders and pepper trees

July 15, 2019

The Meeting When my husband and I moved to Menifee, CA back in 2010, I was 6 months pregnant. We had just purchased our new home and were preparing for the birth of our second child. The very first person I met in our new town was Christina Ranes. She and her husband kindly invited […]

A three generation family portrait at the beach

July 8, 2019

Tashina and I have known each other probably since I was 11 or 12. Over two decades! That is so insane! We didn’t know each other well in high school, but circulated among the same groups of people. It wasn’t until Tashina had given birth to her youngest baby when our relationship began to blossom. […]

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July 5, 2019

I have very much enjoyed showing off each of the family sessions I photographed while I was in California earlier this year! I’ve stretched out blogging these sessions over the summer so I could savor the memories of being in my home state; the sunshine, the mountains, the ocean, the restaurants…. but I also loved […]

Three generations of a family standing on a wooden plank bridge smiling

June 10, 2019

I’m taking you back to California this week for another reunion with two dear families I met many, many years ago! I met Gail McMackin when my husband and I moved to San Diego after college back in 2006. She was pregnant with her first child and she was the cutest little thing! Gail was […]

A large you family huddled together and smiling

June 3, 2019

The Lockharts are another family I got to reconnect with on my recent trip to California. I have been photographing Sam and Erica’s family for 8 years now. I can hardly believe it! For a while there, they were adding a baby almost every time I met with them, lol! I actually took a moment […]

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