Gorgeous DIY First Birthday Party

I had the absolutely pleasure of photographing a first birthday for cutie pie Jackson recently in the lovely city of Marina del Rey. The weather was perfect and the venue was truly spectacular! This creative DIY birthday was festooned with vibrant colors all to the theme of Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? They took the texture and beautiful images from the book and made them come to life in order to celebrate this special occasion.

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Love Is Love

It took me a while to blog this, mainly because I know that this is something we all have different views about. Which is completely fine. We weren’t all cut from the same cookie cutter right?

A friend of mine and I were chatting a while ago when she broke down to tell me the story of how her young son Ethan came up to her crying because he was being bullied in school. When she asked why, he simply told her, because I like someone. She soon discovered that her son was attracted to someone of his same sex. Instead of shaming him, or disowning him, she embraced him just for who he is. Their road has not been an easy one, but Ethan is living in a home where both mom and dad love him exactly how he is and support him no matter what. Many who deal with the same dilemma don’t have this luxury and it breaks my heart.

I’m nowhere near perfect, I’m about as imperfect as they come, so who am I to say who you should and shouldn’t love. We are all here on this tiny spinning globe for only so long. Let’s make our time here count!

With the help of my husband, my amazingly talented friend Kristen Raney for makeup and these incredible individuals as “models”, I wanted to show that love can just be that… no matter who you love.

Meet Uli and Ignacio. They have been in love and together for 9 1/2 years (June 20th will be ten years!) Ignacio expressed to me that the best thing about being with Uli is, “How he makes me laugh with his adorable playfulness. It brings me endless Joy.”

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LoveIsLove_3Meet Rhonda & Kristi. They are the epitome of beauty and love! Spending the day with them was seriously amazing as I got to know both of them more and capture their love for one another through my camera.

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Sweet Paisley Mae Newborn Session

 

Recently had the pleasure of photographing sweet baby Paisley Mae in her gorgeous nursery. She was the sweetest baby and spent most of her session either sleeping or smiling at the camera.

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Whimsical DIY Babyshower in Montebello, CA

I had the pleasure of photographing Arlene & Miguel’s baby shower celebrating the upcoming arrival of their baby boy. I have been to several showers in my life but this was one to remember.  From the catered food provided by Porto’s Bakery to the DIY decorative touches throughout the event, there were many wonderful details to capture.

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Joey & Ashley’s Wedding in Yucaipa, CA

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely couple get married. Both hairstylist and madly in love with one another. Their wedding was a photographers dream from the DIY blow dryer chandelier that hung above them as they said “I Do” to the bride’s ornate brooch bouquet.

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Brian & Ashley

One of my favorite kinds of shoots are weddings. There are some photographers that shy away from these big important events, and I understand why… it’s a lot of work and detail put into each photo and moment, but I absolutely love it. Brian and Ashley’s wedding was no exception. The careful detail they took in each bit of their day was overwhelming and incredibly sincere. As a photographer you have to just capture the moment and seize it, but it was tough not to get emotionally involved and a shed a tear or two (or 10…). It was truly a beautiful wedding… here’s a little sample of the thousands of pictures we took. BTW… first time I had my husband help me on a shoot and he was amazing!

For my photographers out there, I used a Canon 5D with a Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. And the pictures you see, little to no photoshopping. This was my first time really using this lens and it’s truly incredible.

It’s Been Entirely Too Long

So this post is incredibly overdue! I could blame it on my 20 month old toddler, or even on the amounts of work I’ve had, even the messy house and life in general… but in all honesty, there is no excuse. If you are still following this blog, I salute you faithful reader.

Now, how to even begin such a post? How about with some pretty neat photos I’ve taken lately?

All photos shot on Canon 5D Mark iii and Zeiss lenses.

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The past year I’ve had the absolute honor of photographing some incredible people and their families. As a photographer there really is no greater joy than having your work become part of someone’s memories.