She said she’s been waiting for this shoot in this place for years! Her name is Cambria and this is the only place her Senior Portraits should be taken; Cambria CA! I love how well we worked together. She let me do my thing and she brought all her style and incredible energy… My approach […]

5/13/22

Cambria | Class of ’22 Senior Portrait Session

You guys! I 100% know how hard portraits sessions are on moms! My last portrait session left me in tears because everyone was crazy and uninterested in the etherial vision I had in my head! But, I hired a pro and she made magic. I’m not even showing you those photos because it was 3 […]

2/02/22

Family Portrait Sessions Made Easy!

To the ones who feel unseen, unknown, and tired. The laundry folders, dishwashers, knower of all the things that make worlds go ‘round. Hear my words and know you are more, you are needed, you are incredible.  Motherhood is the most important fulfilling and yet unfulfilling, sacrificing job ever. The state of the world and […]

1/31/22

Motherhood | The Unseen and the Beautiful

It’s time to create your own win!

1/20/22

Single Parenting Is Hard!

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…

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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

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