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July 5, 2020

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 […]

A newborn baby yawning with his eyes closed while wrapped snuggly in a white baby blanket.

July 1, 2020

This sweet little in-home lifestyle newborn and family session is such a welcome sight right now! Everything about these photos is soft, sweet, bright, and hopeful. I guess that’s one of the reasons I love photographing lifestyle newborn sessions so much; there is peace, love, and promise abounding within the walls of a home during […]

A handsome young man giving his fiancé a piggy back ride through a field of flowers

June 24, 2020

How They Met Alyssa and Reid met when they were both in middle school. The first time Reid went to Alyssa’s childhood home, they were in 7th grade and Reid borrowed Alyssa’s clothes to dress up as a girl for Halloween. Bonding over silly costumes, animals, and Mario Kart competitions kept their friendship strong all […]

A bride and groom holding one another while floating in a decorated rowboat on a lake.

June 17, 2020

Last year I was asked to photograph one of my all-time favorite styled shoots that I have ever participated in! It was hosted by my long time friends and colleagues, Engaged! River Valley magazine, who pulled together a dream team of vendors to pull this beauty off. The inspiration behind the shoot was marrying Ernest […]

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

June 10, 2020

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, 2020

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 […]

A man kissing the top of a woman's head while they sit side by side in the grass

May 27, 2020

As I’m writing this blog post, my heart is a bit heavy. You see, this Saturday, May 30th, is when Carly and Tyler were supposed to get married. Enter the COVID-19 Pandemic and we are no longer celebrating this weekend. However, a new date has been set for August and the decision was made early […]

A bride and groom smiling as they walk through the recessional of their wedding ceremony

May 20, 2020

I’m so excited to be able to share the photos from this wedding! As much as I would love to brag that I’m always on top of my blogging, the truth is I’m just not. There are so many facets to running a small business, let alone being a photographer, that sometimes blogging gets set […]

A biracial family standing among palm trees with the San Diego Mormon Temple in the distance

May 13, 2020

At the beginning of March, just before my whole world went crazy with all of this COVID-19 junk, I had the opportunity to fly to California. I try to make it back once a year to work with my oldest, dearest, and most loyal Family Portrait clients. I missed 2019 because of my work/personal schedule, […]

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 […]

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