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The Rose Family- Napa Family Portraits

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Last year was a bit crazy… not that this year isn’t, with… ya know… having a newborn and all. :) But there were some really fun shoot with some really great people that never got featured here on the blog-diggity.
One of them was when we were up in Napa. I got the opportunity to photograph a family at their family’s vineyard. Andrea and Steve got married here at his sister’s vineyard. I was there! I Iactually sang during their ceremony. Crazy! Now they have four adorable, and kind children. We had a blast roaming around the property.

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Paige & Don- Costa Mesa Engagement Photography- OC Mix Mart

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I love coming up with locations for engagement sessions. It usually involves a series of emails back and forth with the couple. I ask, “What do you like to do together? Where do you like to go?” Well for Paige & Don, the answer was The OC Mix Mart. If you’ve never been there, and you’re in the Orange County area, go. It’s a fun shopping center full of interesting shops and restaurants, but full of really cool design elements. Paige & Don love to go there to enjoy a glass of wine and each other.

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I have to mention… I have known Paige since college! We lived on the same hall in the dorms and then sang in choir together for several years. We’ve seen each other a couple of times since we graduated, and on facebook, of course. :) But what a joy it has been to reconnect with her and what an honor to get to photograph her wedding!!!!

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Paige mentioned that Don’s dad has an amazing ’56 Chevy, and did I think that might be fun to use for a few photos? Um…. yeah! I always, ALWAYS say yes to using a classic car for photos!
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Colleen & Jeremy- Long Beach Engagement Photos

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What a fun engagement session this was! Colleen & Jeremy just have so much fun with each other. A few years ago the two cuties moved from Pennsylvania to Long Beach for their dream jobs. And they fell in love with their city. The variety that Long Beach has to offer shows so well in the spots they chose.
Since Colleen admitted to me that she takes her coffee very seriously, we started their session at Rose Park Roasters, their neighborhood coffee joint. We were hard pressed to find a seat that afternoon. They were packed!
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After a wardrobe change, we headed over to the nature center. It felt like we had left California altogether.
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Finally, we headed over to the beach, where Jeremy spends most of his weekends playing volleyball.
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What a treat these two were! I can’t wait for their wedding at South Coast Botanic Garden this fall!

Sean & Kanan’s Sweetpea Ranch Wedding- Upland Wedding Photographer

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This wedding. This is why I do weddings.

These two. They are why I have the best job ever.

I get to work with some of the greatest people on such an important day in their lives, and when they are like Kanan and Sean, we are guranteed to have a blast!

I had never been to Sweetpea Ranch, but when Sean told me about the venue and that there was a barn… I’m like… sign me up!
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I love when there are such special details like this.
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Daddy daughter momemts are the best.
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Sean & Kanan decided to write out and read their vows to each other in private.
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Best getting dressed moment ever.
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Seriously gorgeous.
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And one of the goofiest wedding parties ever.
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Can you even get over the cuteness here?
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The best man kinda sorta forgot the rings inside…
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These two decided to do a branding ceremony in lieu of a traditional unity candle.

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When the bride is a professional cake decorator, you know the cake is going to be amazing.

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Thank you, Sean & Kanan, for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. You guys are the best!

Venue: Sweetpea Ranch

Cake: Cinderella Cakes

Videography: Artifact Film Co.

Kanan & Sean- Laguna Beach Engagement Photos

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I am so excited for these two! It was a long time coming, but they are getting married this weekend and I can’t imagine a couple more right for each other. You know those couples that just seem to go together? Yeah, theyr’e one of those! Sean fixes airplanes, ’cause… you know… everyone knows someone who does that. Crazy! And Kanan is an amazingly talented cake decorator for Cinderella Cakes. Together they are super sweet!

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It kinda looks like a rainy fall day for their engagement session. Nope. It was in July. Theirs was one of the last sessions I did while I was pregnant. We had a couple of weekends where we got some freakish rain storms. But since I was almost ready to have a baby, we couldn’t really reschedule. So we braved the rain!

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Sean’s got a bunch of tattoos, although you can’t see them here. Kanan thought she’d get in on the fun too with the sweetest little cupcake on her wrist.
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This pretty much epitomizes their personalities.

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Can’t wait for this weekend!

Cooper- 5 Months

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Can you believe our little guy is 5 months old? Crazy right? He is such a happy baby and people are always commenting on that. Here are some fun facts about Cooper:

He is rolling all over the place.
When Grammy comes up to say hello to him, he always looks for grandpa.
Had his first exposure to balloons and a giggle fest ensued.
Thinks peek-a-boo is about the funnieest thing in the world.
Laughs at other kids when he sees them.
Still hasn’t liked any of the solid foods we’ve tried. Will try again soon.
Has only been waking up once at night. (Praise Jesus!)
Enjoys his books.
Had the best day of his little life when he got to play in his new exersaucer.

His photo shoot this month had a wardrobe change. First, I had to photograph him in his In-N-Out onesie cuz it’s awesome, and so we could see those little leg rolls!

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Had to include this outtake. Didn’t even know I caught it til I was editing them later.
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My little scholar.
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Chris & Ashley- Laguna Beach Engagement Photos

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When I was single I wished that I had a friend that would say to me, “I have the PERFECT person for you!” And then proceed to do everything they could to make the stars align so that we could meet and find that we were indeed meant for each other. Well, Chris & Ashley have one of those friends. At her own wedding she went out of her way to make sure these two were sitting together so that their love story could begin. I love how they tell the story of how their friend switched people around on the day of the wedding to get them connected. And connect they did! They talked during the entire reception. They might as well have not been anyone else in the room.
One might wonder what a teacher and an anesthesiologist have in common. Well it’s clear to me. They both have a kindness that shines through those killer smiles and which, I’m sure, makes them both great at serving at their jobs.

I can’t wait for their wedding later this year and to meet the friend who is responsible for this connection!

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4 Months with Cooper

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Cooper turned 4 months old this month. It was 20 days ago, but oh well! I’ve decided that I’m going to stop pointing out that I am late in getting his photos up. Because really, nobody else knows or minds but me! So if I get them posted within the month, let’s call that a success. :)

Significant things about this month:
We’ve gone strictly formula and this little guy is filling out!
He’s 16 lbs 10 oz as of yesterday.
27 inches tall.
We went to Big Bear for New Year’s weekend and he saw his first snow.
Cooper loves his little piano toy that Great Aunt Lynn gave him and he plays it all the time.
He loves to jump in his jumper.
Slept through the night for the first time.
Tried avocado. Seemed to like it the first time, but doesn’t seem to want to eat it again… or anything else we’ve tried.
Likes sitting in his high chair to play.
Loves to smile and giggle.

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Thug life.

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Keira Chou- Arcadia Newborn Photography

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I had the privilege of photographing another precious baby girl last week. You can tell that her parents are absolutely over the moon in love with her. And is there anything sweeter than a daddy with his baby girl? I think she’s already got him wrapped around his finger.

Now that I’ve gone through the whole newborn stage, I am just impressed that my clients can manage to look so good, and pull it together enough to have me come over and photograph them. I’m pretty sure I was in tears and didn’t brush my hair for at least the first month. So kudos to you, oh sleep deprived parents. Kudos to you.

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Alivia Ryan- Orange County Newborn Photographer

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There are A LOT of babies being born lately! There were a lot right around my little Cooper was born and I know of 4 in the past couple of weeks!
One of those babies was born to some of my favorite past clients. I photographed Todd & Alisa’s wedding back in 2009 and they have very recently been blessed with a beautiful baby girl. She was less than 7 lbs. and she felt almost weightless when I picked her up! Makes my little guy seem like a giant! But what an honor to get to meet little Alivia and to get to watch Todd and Alisa’s family grow.

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