For a long time now, I have loved shooting maternity portraits. A lot of my clients know me as a wedding photographer, but I really enjoy documenting all seasons of life. I have a special place in my heart for maternity and newborn pictures, especially after having been through the experience myself now and can relate to new mamas! I was SO excited when Jaime decided to book me not only for her maternity session, but bundled it with a newborn home session as well. Having just entered her third trimester, we scheduled to shoot at the Redondo Beach Pier over in Des Moines (yes, in Washington)! I was very happy we beat the rain that followed the next day. Izzy and Jaime were so sweet together and I know they are eager to meet their baby boy this February. I’m looking forward to meeting him as well and getting to capture some of his first moments in this big world!
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Wild Hearts Farm is a photographer’s wonderland! It’s a tucked away gem in Tacoma and I’m so glad I found it. When Jami was looking to do a one year shoot for her baby girl, she had visions of a pumpkin patch session since Ellia was born just before Halloween. In our search for just the right spot, Jami found Wild Hearts Farm and suggested we book the shoot there. It was the perfect spot! Not only was there a mini pumpkin patch, but a cute garden area, a sweet little truck bed set up and crispy fall leaves! It was just right for the fall vibe we were going for and we had fantastic weather also! Ellia looked adorable in her one-year-old onesie and tutu. Then a quick outfit change, and we fit in some great family photos as well, all in only 30 minutes!
It was such a beautiful day in October when I did this shoot! I wasn’t sure what kind of weather to expect this fall, but there were surprisingly many more sunny days that I thought. I had a great time working with Jeyyonce and got to learn a little more about her ambitions and dreams for the future. While she’s finishing her last year in high school, she’s already getting a jump start on college courses! After she gets her AA, she plans on pursuing a Bachelor’s in social work and then a career in it, just like her mom. She was such a sweetheart and I can tell she’s gonna go far! Best of luck in your senior year Jeyyonce!
In another round of mini sessions, I had the privilege to photograph Rachel and her sweet family of four! Earlier in the day, it was chilly and overcast, but after 3 sessions in, the sun decided to peek through at the perfect time. We got some pretty filtered rim light through the beautiful forest and I’d say got some adorable shots! Hoping to get some more shoots in before the weather is chronically overcast!
God has shown up in so many ways this year, I just feel so grateful all the time! One big blessing has been this neighborhood that we moved to. Growing up in California, I lived in the same house for over 23 years and sadly, hardly knew my neighbors. Something I definitely made an effort to change once I moved out on my own, yet it felt so forced. No friendships ever blossomed beyond the friendly hellos passing to the laundry room! Moving up to Tehaleh in Washington has been such a different experience. It’s not an exaggeration when I say meeting Stacie Wallace changed everything and has meant more to me than she probably knows! My next door neighborhood turned amazing friend! She’s extended more invites than I can count to many playdates, walks and girls hang outs all within the neighborhood. There are so many young families and wonderful moms who live here who have welcomed me with open arms. Stacie has been the ring leader and kind soul who always thinks of me when there’s a get-together. It’s been a unique experience to actually have neighbors as friends and I’m so glad it came at a time when I really needed it. Stacie’s family is SO sweet as well and we had a great mini session just minutes from our house. Here are some of my favorites below!
What a JOY it is to capture memories for those closest to me! My sister Marissa is expecting her first child this November and I’m not sure I could be any happier for her! I first found out she was pregnant literally just days before I gave birth to my own baby. So technically I can say we were pregnant together (for at least a couple weeks)! This has been a wonderful season of life for me as I’ve entered motherhood and I’m so excited that we get to do it together now. Not to mention how great it’ll be for our babies to be close in age. Now she just needs to move to Washington so they can grow up together!
On my recent visit to New Jersey for the baby shower, we had not just one, but two shoots planned. I was happy to venture out with her and Tony for both! Our first session we stuck with the natural, wooded feel and despite the overcast day, Marissa was still glowing. The next day, we woke up early for a sunrise beach shoot and even though the sun was tucked away behind a layer of clouds, she was still radiant! It was a fun morning and she wasn’t afraid to end the shoot in the waves. Made for some beautiful shots! I’m counting the weeks until their baby boy is here. Stay tuned for those newborn shots!
Two words for Makenna: Natural beauty. Upon meeting her at Seattle Central Library, she seemed a bit shy and perhaps apprehensive, but within seconds of me lifting my eye to the camera, she blossomed! She was like a carefree model with tousled hair, flawless skin and dark blue eyes. In between shots she seemed unsure of herself so I kept trying to reassure her she was rocking it!
To reflect her interest in studying political science, she chose the beautiful 11-story glass and steel library in busy downtown Seattle. The diamond architecture, pops of color throughout each floor and atrium windows gave the perfect vibe for the urban look Makenna was going for. I had a great time exploring the library with her and getting some fun and relaxed shots. It was definitely a cool place to shoot and somewhere I’d be happy to shoot at again!
What a treat it was to meet up with the Barker family in Bonney Lake and photograph their sweet Amelia! Just a day after her official one year birthday, we shot some adorable pictures of her nestled in the beautiful Tehaleh neighborhood. After getting to know Megan and her husband Kenton through our life group at church, I was so excited when Megan asked me to do these photos for them! Their family has been wonderful to get to know and I'm so glad to call them friends! They have such sweet girls too and they looked so cute in their new dresses and hair bows. Megan completed the pictures with her pretty coral pink dress and matching flower garland in her hair! I'm really enjoying these one year old shoots and am excited to do more in the future. Here are some of my favorites below!
I'm baaaack! Maternity leave has been wonderful with my daughter and I'm loving being her mommy, but I'm finally back in the saddle (or more precisely, behind the camera)! It's been a big change to move from the Bay Area California up to Bonney Lake, Washington and then another big change becoming a parent. I thought this was going to be all too overwhelming, but God has been a faithful provider! The biggest thing I was leaving behind in California was my community of dear friends. It hasn't been easy to be away from them, especially since none of them have even met my daughter yet, but this move has also been a testament to how God carries me every. single. day! He knew what I needed when I got here and has been more than gracious to pave the way for me to meet new friends!
After having my baby girl, I knew I wanted to get involved in mom groups to meet new people in the same stage of life as me. It couldn't have been more perfect to find a church not far from us in Sumner that had exactly that: a mom group that welcomed me with open arms! That's where I met sweet Sarah and her adorable kids! It's been so fun getting to know her over the past couple months and seeing her little boy grow. Now, with his one year birthday in just a few days, it was perfect timing for me to start shooting again. We set up this mini shoot in the beautiful community of Tehaleh. Luckily, the weather was just perfect and we caught some of that pretty golden light that I love! I was so happy during this shoot and it was a good reminder of how much I enjoy my job!
What a sweet family! Samantha and Nick were such a pleasure to work with and so photogenic. I think it helps that Samantha is a photographer herself! She knows what looks good in front of the camera ;-) And their darling baby girl stole the show. She had the cutest little boho outfit on, complete with little gold moccasins and headband. I just love how her wispy hair has grown into a tiny mohawk! Too cute! Even with just a mini session, I think we got a good variety in and lucked out with some sunshine on the coast.
It's that time of the year again! Family photo sessions are all the rage right now to get that perfect photo for the annual holiday card. I was happy to start the season off with one of my favorite families...the Browns! It's been so awesome to photograph them from engagement shoot to wedding and now to annual family photos with their sweet baby girl, Emma. With her 2nd birthday around the corner, she was all smiles! Quite the improvement from last year. I even got multiple hugs at the end of the shoot as we said good bye...d'aww! We really had fun during our shoot. It was natural, carefree and nothing felt forced, which are always the best of shoots. I sure hope we can keep these up as the years go on. Thanks Monica & Brian for trusting me with so many special memories in your life!
Anniversary shoots are not only a great gift idea, but a wonderful way to document your love over the years. It doesn’t end with the “i dos,” it starts with them! Beautiful wedding photos are to be cherished forever, but I love when couples decide to keep the magic going with a shoot celebrating how far they’ve come in their relationship. For Megan and Phillip, they are celebrating three years of dating and their first year of marriage! Everything is still fresh, new and exciting as they embark on all the firsts of married life. To celebrate, we decided to go to Crissy Field in San Francisco and grab some of that golden light as it dipped behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Megan wore a cute white dress and Phillip donned his signature bow tie (their wedding color nonetheless) and rocked it! I hardly had to pose them; I just captured their kisses and nuzzles and ultimately wanted to showcase their newlywed love. Happy Anniversary Megan and Phillip and cheers to many more!
What a lovely day for fall mini sessions! It was definitely a hot day, but once I found a patch of shade beneath the beautiful oak trees out at Testarossa Winery, I was set! I started the day pretty early to fit in as many sessions as possible. Admittedly, at first I was a tiny bit worried it would be too bright since I'm a sucker for golden hour shots, but once things got going, I was more than happy with the lighting. Some shade does wonders! Wendy and Kevin came all the way down from South San Francisco with their adorable baby girl for their first set of family photos! I was super flattered they made the trip down and was pleasantly surprised Hailey was calm as can be. She looked straight at the camera right off the bat and I knew this session was going to be a breeze! For only 3 months old, Hailey did fantastic. It was the perfect amount of time for baby girl and I think the shoot was a success! Stay tuned for some more photos from other mini sessions that day ;-)
If you're looking to get updated photos for that holiday card this year, email me for more information on a mini session this October 9th! Still booking spots :-)
This has been such an exciting year for so many of my close friends! Between engagements and new babies, it's been such a treat to photograph these special moments for them! Last December Shanay and Andrew they told us the news that they'd be having a baby this year and of course we were incredibly happy for them. Fast forward a few months and they are just a few weeks away from welcoming a baby boy into their lives! To commemorate this beautiful time, we headed out to Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz for some sweet maternity photos. It went from really hot in San Jose, to pretty cold and windy on the shore. Luckily Andrew and Shanay were good sports about it all and we just had to laugh off the wind blown hair and the chilly temp! It's always a good time shooting with friends, no matter the circumstances. I can't wait to meet their little one and see these two loving people become parents. It will be such a joy! <3
What an exciting time to be a senior! I remember when I graduated from San Jose State way back in 2010, I was more than ready to be done with school and move on to the "real world"! The beautiful Anai, a psychology major, is feeling all those same feelings right now as she moves on from college with a Bachelor's degree in tow and on to bigger things for her future!Read More
When Kim initially reached out to me asking for portraits of her daughter and son, she said they might bring their puppy too for the shoot. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE dogs, especially puppies, but on a photo shoot they are often unpredictable and you never know if they're going to listen when you call them or give them a command. This wasn't the case with sweet little Cooper. He was the cutest pup! Seriously, looked like a teddy bear and felt even softer than one! He even looked at the camera when you called him; it was perfect! Having only had him for a week, Karly was definitely in love and couldn't resist his snuggles. Who could blame her? I wanted to cuddle with him too! We grabbed a few photos of just Karly and her brother Chad too, but ended the shoot with the whole family...Cooper included. Enjoy the cuteness below!
Being a portrait and wedding photographer, I've been able to witness so many beautiful moments unfold. I love that I am able to photograph such special and intimate times in people's lives. It really is such an honor! When Heather asked me to do these maternity portraits for her and her husband Matt, I was extremely excited and flattered! Being a photographer herself, she had so many people she could have asked and I was really grateful she thought of me!For a little back story, I met Heather last year through a photographer's referral circle. It started simply as a couple names on a Google doc, but Heather took the initiative to bring the relationship offline and made a coffee date with me! I'm so glad she did! We had a great time getting to know each other and found we have a lot in common. Later that year I was second shooting with Heather on multiple weddings and we clicked so well. It was so nice to have a new friend in the photography industry. Funny enough, she was pregnant nearly every wedding we shot together and kept it a secret! I don't know how she did it...it would have been so hard for me to keep my mouth shut! Well the secret is out now and her baby boy is coming next month!
For this shoot, Heather wanted to incorporate the city she and Matt have been living in for over 5 years. Their apartment is nestled in North Beach of San Francisco and really has some great views of the city. Literally a block down from their place is the perfect spot to take photos with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background. Classic cityscape shot! We had some time with their adorable pup, Birdie, and then we were off to Fort Point. It was an overcast day and the forecast said rain was coming, but the clouds held out until the very last part of the shoot! Heather looked amazing throughout the entire thing, even though it was a chilly day. Her adorable floral hairpiece from Bud Stop and her lacy crop top and red skirt all went together so well. She was radiant! It was an afternoon of adventures and I had a wonderful time! Thanks Heather for asking me to be a part of this special time in your life and for entrusting me to create these memories for you! I can't wait to meet your little boy!!
Heather and Matt live on such a cool street! They have the view of the Bay Bridge right outside their doorstep! We wrapped up at their apartment and headed out to Fort Point. Poor Birdie wanted to come with us!
Say what you will about Facebook, but personally, it's been a great way for me to connect with friends, family and even clients! Thanks to my lovely sister being friends with various ladies from our high school, Lyra reached out to me for a family photo shoot because she had seen lots of photos of my work that had been posted over the years. Thanks social media! For the shoot, we found a spot just off the beaten path that had these beautiful eucalyptus trees. We had originally planned the shoot for Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, but Lyra found a picture of this location about 10 minutes from the park that looked great. I came a little early to see if I could find the same patch of trees she had seen in the photo (since it was literally just a trail off the road) and to my surprise, I found it! The backdrop of the trees, the dirt path and the light at just the right time of day was perfect for this shoot. Little Aiden had a blast running back and forth on this trail and it kept his spirits high. I bet he slept real well that night after all his running! Enjoy my favorites from the shoot below!
In the final set of images from my mini shoots this year, I've got another darling family of three with SUCH a cute little one year old girl! Emily was so stinkin' adorable, I could have photographed her all evening! She was a mover and shaker and loved my dinosaur friend from Shutter Huggers. She mostly wanted grab it off my lens and play with it though, haha! I had a wonderful time with the Smolen family and just kept shooting till we lost our last bit of sun behind the horizon. I met so many friendly, fun and loving families this year and I'm so grateful to have made new connections with them all. I'm definitely looking forward to next year's round of mini shoots! Follow my blog to be the first to find out when they'll be!