Something has been happening lately. Something that is SO close to my heart. I keep getting the opportunity to photograph gorgeous women, who may not necessarily realize the depth of their beauty. It is something that I feel down to my core; the need to show these women just how beautiful they are. I can’t really explain it, but its something that ties my stomach up in knots, something that wakes me up at night, something that I know I need to do. I feel like now, more than ever, women (myself included) hold themselves to such an unrealistic standard of beauty, and one that no one can ever hope to attain. I have started looking at the world through a different lens if you will, and it is slowly becoming my mission to show all women their unique beauty.
A few weeks ago, I had the extreme pleasure of shooting an engagement session for two dear friends of mine. We made the drive up in to the mountains, and in the setting sun, captured their love along with some laughs, a cute bridge, and a drink. Nick is absolutely hilarious, and kept us all laughing, and having a great time the entire shoot. Sarah is just about the sweetest human being on this planet, and watching the two of them just “be” in love was so so sweet.
It was crispy cold outside, and the afternoon light just perfectly lit up the gorgeous forest beyond the bridge. This post makes me want to snuggle up with a blanket and some hot chocolate and enjoy the view 🙂
I sat down to write this blog post more than a handful of times, but I just haven’t been able to put in to words the magic that happened during Morgan and I’s 2 day maternity photoshoot. This was more than just a photoshoot, it was an opportunity for me to capture the soul of an absolutely stunning mama to be. Morgan is in medical school with my husband, and she is probably the most knowledgeable person I have ever met when it comes to women’s health and pregnancy. Being around her makes you feel so empowered as a woman, and so lucky to be among the 50% of the population that has the option of bearing children.
On our first photoshoot, we decided to go to the beach, and although it had rained all day, I assured Morgan that the weather was PERFECT for her shoot. The minute we stepped foot onto the sand, the magic started. Every time she looked into my lens, I saw something raw, beautiful, and real. Capturing love has quickly become one of my favorite things to do, as well as capturing true beauty. Who knew that the love of an unborn child may be one of the most beautiful things of all?
Boudoir sessions are such an amazing and personal experience. I am always so honored to be trusted with taking them, as not only are you baring all, but you are trusting your photographer to make you look and feel your absolute best!
I was SO excited for this particular shoot, because this bride wanted to take her boudoir session out of the ever so ordinary hotel room, and in to NATURE!! I have to admit I was a little worried at first… lingerie? In… the weeds?! But let me tell you what, I LOVE OUTDOOR BOUDOIR PHOTOS. The light, the trees, the golden rolling hills; it was so stunning out there, and it suddenly made regular boudoir sessions seem… unnatural.
I had the extreme pleasure of photographing Anna’s adorable baby belly about a month before she gave birth to her sweet baby girl Sloane! She was born last week, and I absolutely can’t wait to get back to their adorable beach cottage to capture those fresh baby toes!
Anna and Dane were a pleasure to work with, and come on people…. aren’t they gorgeous?! I mean… its like story book status over here. The two of them are so obviously in love, and their tenderness with each other shone right through these photos! Even their cute puppy loved momma’s belly!
Surprise proposals are just SO FUN to be a part of! When I got engaged, Michael caught our proposal on video (we were on the top of a mountain), and it is one of my most treasured things. In that moment, there is so much going through your head; your heart is beating, and all you can do is watch every dream you have ever had flash before your eyes as you scream “YES!!” and wrap your arms around him, completely forgetting to even look at the ring.
This is where I come in. I get to hide (sometimes in plain sight if the bride to be doesn’t know me), and capture the whole thing on video. THEN once the deed is done, and the excitement has set in, we get to run around and take adorable pictures. It is such a neat thing to have, and I feel so lucky to get to be a part of capturing such a precious moment in a persons relationship.
Being that this session was planned months in advance, it never occurred to me that the Sunday we planned to do Kat’s senior session, also fell over Memorial day weekend. EVERYWHERE WAS A MAD HOUSE. Although we couldn’t get in to balboa park, we ultimately ended up at Seaport Village, and we got some GREAT stuff! It is always fun for me to walk in to a location, and try to find little gems that may not otherwise be looked at like an “ideal” photo op location, and we succeeded over and over again! With rich wood backgrounds, magically lit up trees, and of course, the carousel! Even in the middle of a busy holiday weekend, with people crawling around everywhere, we had a blast!
Just last week, I was given the great privilege of having an afternoon with baby Aubrey, and was able to capture some amazing shots! One of my favorite things to do with any photoshoot, is to bring in a little bit of personality. I don’t want my pictures to ever look like generic cookie cutter shots, I want them to feel like people Im photographing. I want to pull whats on the inside, out, and reveal something that feels real.
Aubrey’s mommy Pam has been in my life since I was born. Her Dad is my dads best friends, and who I call “Uncle Richard”. We grew up together, and now I get to watch her beautiful baby girl grow up through my lens! Pam and her husband Steve have grown up around cars, horsepower, and all things adventure and dirt. I thought it only fitting to add in a little of that flavor in to our shoot.
I can’t wait to do a full family shoot at her 6 month mark!
My Sister’s very best friend Nicole got married last month, and I felt extra special to be able to capture her big day. Ariel (my sister) and Nicole met in college, and have been joined at the hip for the last 5+ years. Nicole is 6 months pregnant and ADORABLE with that bump… I can’t wait to do her maternity photoshoot next month! Nicole and Josh got married in La Jolla, on a perfect sunny day, and then we got to party in Little Italy for the reception.
I had SO much fun following these guys around all day, with my backstage pass. Nicole’s “first look” with her dad had me in tears… something that happens pretty often at weddings these days, since I wed in August. Every time I see an emotional reveal, it takes me right back to my big day, and viola! tears.
Thank you Nicole and Josh for choosing me to be the one to capture the memories of one of the biggest days of your life! I can’t wait to see what this marriage brings, and I can’t wait to meet that sweet baby girl!