I’m not going to make this long and I’ll be straight to the point. Those who I’m hoping are reading this won’t have time or patience for anything more. I just wanted to extend some truth and observations about this job of motherhood we do. There’s so much to be said but I’ll leave it […]

7/03/21

Motherhood

My sweet friends became parents and I’m sooooo happy for them! Per usual, these two giggled their way through our session adoring that sweet baby who just arrived. Snuggling baby Drake was everything my ovaries needed 😉 Here’s some of my favorites from my time with Lance, Kayla & Baby Drake…”God’s Plan”

6/15/21

Lance + Kayla + Baby Drake | Newborn Home Session

The Long Family is welcoming a son! We enjoyed a little adventure on the beach at sunset to celebrate and capture the bump before he comes. We barely made it out as the tide rose, trapping us in this pretty little cove. It really was an adventure and well worth it as you can see…

motherhood

6/15/21

Long Family | Central Coast Maternity Session

Visalia’s pretty little gem, The Darling Hotel, is the newest venue for small weddings and elopements. Gatsby vibes and the rooftop bar make it my first choice for all things wedding and boudoir! I pulled together a fun team of wedding vendors to make a little styled elopement magic and we were not disappointed! Couple: […]

5/14/21

A DARLING STYLED ELOPEMENTVIS

These two… we’ve waited a few years and finally this fall, there’s gonna be a wedding! COVID is an asshole but LOVERS GONNA LOVE!

5/14/21

Lovers Gonna Love, Engagement Session in the SLO Hills

I’ve been photographing this babe since she was in 8th grade! We’ve been dreaming of an epic shoot for graduation since then and epic is definitely what we got! “What’s an Adventure Session?” Glad you asked… It’s when we level up your portrait session with a location that’s incredible, it usually requires a trail, a […]

5/11/21

Senior Portraits, Adventure Style

This scene just played out in my house… One boy is peeing. Door is open, another boy comes in and spanks peeing boy super hard on his bare bottom. Peeing boy almost falls, Pee is spraying everywhere. Other boy laughs and runs away. Peeing boy goes after him with pants half on, no flushing, no […]

5/11/21

Raising Boys & Cleaning Up Their Pee…

Out of the 7 babies that have entered my body, only 4 are here with me today. 2 miscarriages and 1 ectopic pregnancy took 3 of my babies to Heaven. I don’t know why miscarriages happen. It’s the first question I’ll ask God when I get to Heaven. I do have a lot of theories, […]

5/11/21

Heaven Babies | My journey with miscarriage…

If you’re a senior or the parent of a senior, here’s some pro tips on making it the best senior session possible, after all, these sessions have become a kind of “right of passage”. Especially for the girls! A professional photo shoot with amazing clothes, hair and makeup is really everything to a girl in […]

5/11/21

Senior Portrait Must Do’s and Please Don’ts

Some say don’t pose, just let it all happen organically. Well actually, there’s nothing organic about a camera and a stranger in your face so, I say, both!  When I’m with clients photographing families, children, seniors, couples.. I’m shooting for more than just the client. The client likely has a grandma, a mom, an auntie, […]

5/11/21

Posing vs Directing

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