What a great evening with Joanna and Ljay! We had a session full of laughter and lots of variety I'd say. We started off the shoot in downtown Willow Glen in San Jose. Joanna picked out a few favorite spots including this giant mural wall off Lincoln and an urban brick wall just down the street. Then we switched it up with a trip over to Alviso Marina County Park, which is such a unique place! It has these walkways with cool door frames that look like the shape of a house and the paths lead to the awesome salt ponds. I swear, we walked over to the salt ponds and felt like we were in a whole new location. With the way the sunset hit them, it almost looked like snow melting into the water. Really cool spot to check out if you've never been there! Joanna and Ljay are such a fun-loving couple, full of energy and smiles. I'm really looking forward to their Nestldown wedding in September! I know it'll be a magical day.
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Wow, it's been a busy past month. I can't believe it's already December! After a wonderful family vacation and a mission trip out of the country, I'm getting back into the swing of things! My first shoot back was with the lovely Brown family at Shinn Historical Park. I couldn't have been more excited to see them! The last time I saw Monica and Brian, they had just said "I do" and were dancing the rest of the night away. Fast forward two years and they have an adorable baby girl who just turned one and their loyal pup Duke. Time really does fly! I can't say enough how special it is for me to have clients who have trusted me not only with their wedding day, but also with capturing special family memories as the years go on. Really, what an honor!
Having just met their daughter, I think she was being a little shy with me, but nevertheless we were determined to get some smiles out of her! She of course was cute as can be. It was pretty funny, being a one-year-old, naturally anything and everything is a toy. So for the majority of the shoot, she was so fascinated with the rocks on the ground, it held her attention even more than Elmo videos! But I'm a strong believer that sometimes the best photos are simply the candid action shots and the in between moments when the kids don't know you're still shooting! Overall, it was a successful shoot. It was so great to catch up and provide Monica and Brian with more memorable photos to add to their collection!
In another addition from my fall mini sessions this year, I'm showing off the adorable Amanda and Dan! I think most people hear fall sessions (be it mini or full shoots) and might immediately think it's only for families. Not true! I actually had a few shoots this year with couples and it was awesome. It's the perfect chance to get some updated pictures of you and your sweetheart for multiple reasons... new prints for your home, fresh profile pictures, feature photos for those holiday cards, or just because! Even with just 20 minutes, I think we got some really sweet photos from our quick session. Dan and Amanda seemed like naturals in front of the camera. Genuine smiles, stolen kisses and loving embraces were just a few of the things I caught in our shoot! So next time I hold mini sessions, don't hesitate to get in touch even if it's just you and your love!
It's been such a joy to witness so many close friends journey into parenthood this year. Not only have I been able to keep up with their pregnancies but I've been honored to document their maternity and then their brand new babies once they come into the world. You may recognize some familiar faces if you saw my recent maternity shoot back in August. I know Shanay has been ready for Lincoln for a long time, but baby boy had a plan of his own. After nearly two weeks waiting past the due date, he finally made his arrival! I was very excited to meet him and even more excited to capture these photos for the happy family. I'm looking forward to watching him grow and hope for many more family photos in the future!
One of the best parts of my job is getting to witness and document the happiest moments in people's lives! When I stop and think about how amazing that is, I can only say that that's a true blessing! Running a business is tough, but capturing memories for people to last them years to come is absolutely worth it. For this couple, I've been especially lucky to not only photograph their gorgeous wedding day, but just last week I got to meet their beautiful baby girl, Kinsley! The shoot flowed perfectly and Kinsley was so cooperative. She slept, she posed, she stared at the camera...everything we needed! It's always so heartwarming to see brand new parents look at their baby in their arms. Robin and Matt were nothing short of in-love with Kinsley and I just know they are going to be wonderful parents! Best of luck in the early months you two. Can't wait to see you all again for another family shoot!
Styled shoots have been one of my favorite things lately! It's been so fun to not only network with new people in the wedding industry, but also just to play with new ideas and practice techniques without the pressure. For those of you entrepreneurs and creatives who don't know about The Rising Tide Society, you've got to check it out! It's been such a wonderful community of support for me and has added so many new people to my network that I never would have connected with otherwise. There are chapters all over the country that meet and talk about business topics and socialize. I love it! The local San Jose group brilliantly orchestrated this styled shoot recently and I knew I just had to go. Local vendors of all types came out to put this beautiful shoot together. It was complete with lounge furniture, full invitation suite, florals, cakes and even a grape stomp! There were so many pretty details to photograph and of course a lovely "bride" and "groom." It was a wonderful evening for sure and I was happy I came out for the shoot! Big thank you to all the vendors who helped and the Tuesdays Together chapter leaders, Natalie McMullin and Quianna Marie!
Event Designer: Be Loved Events
Furniture Design: Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals
Grape Stomp: Rewine Design
Mint Cake: Susie Cakes
Make Up: Karyn Carlson
Hair: Jireh Artistry
Florist: Bonjour Bloom
Calligrapher: Julia Hirsch
Videographer: Mario and Fran Productions
Champaign Glasses: The Blubook Events
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