I’ll Always Love My Mama: Christina & Paige’s San Diego Mama & Me Session

June 16th, 2015

In honor of Mother’s Day, I had the pleasure of photographing some beautiful mamas and babes. Christina and Paige were one of my favorite sessions thanks to Christina’s kindness and Paige’s spunk. There is such a special dynamic between a mom and child that reveals itself though play and cuddles. It’s in a mother’s presence that a child can be her true self, without any inhibitions or limitations. Christina and Paige’s session captures that beauty and truth perfectly.

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Just One Look: Annelise & Sean at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

June 10th, 2015

I’m working on their full blog post, but here’s an epic photo of Annelise & Sean to tide you over!

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A Whole Lotta Love: Vanessa & Jake at The Woman’s Club of Orange

May 5th, 2015

A whole lot of chemistry and a whole lot of run-ins at costume parties, eventually led Vanessa & Jake to their wedding day. With their enthusiasm for life, sharp wit, and talent for humor, it’s safe to say, these two are each the life of the party on their own, but together, they are the party. Their wedding started with a gorgeous ceremony in the gardens of  The Woman’s Club of Orange where they were surrounded by tons of family and friends who wanted to share in their day. After some tears, a lot of laughs (seriously, I’ve never seen bigger smiles on a bride & groom), the cutest I do’s (quote: “I absolutely do do do!”), a passionate kiss, and big cheers from their guests, Vanessa & Jake made it official as Mr. and Mrs. Collins.

Fittingly, an adventure ensued for their portraits post-ceremony which involved cruising around Old Towne Orange, a random paparazzi, and Fireball among other memorable things. It was a glimpse into the lives of two people who live every day to the fullest and rock it hand in hand.

The culmination of all this love, laughter, celebration, and exuberance for life was their reception. Some pretty incredible toasts by Jake’s dad, brother Jed, and Vanessa’s sister Mariella, were rounded out by a roast from Jake’s brother and officiant Lenny, who had everyone laughing so hard they were practically in tears. You could say it was comic expose into the life of Vanessa & Jake featuring the beginning of their romance at those famed costume parties, Vanessa’s proclamations of how hot Jake is (quote: “I’m never going to think Jake is hot, Vanessa. He’s my brother.”)  and of course their infamous cat Cuban (who now has his own Instagram).  Toasts were followed by. So. Much. Dancing. I have never seen so many guests on the dance floor. It was amazing! All ages, both sides of the family, tons of friends, from the first song to the last, there was no stopping this party. Through it all, you could feel the joy and pure love that Vanessa & Jake have for each other and that is at the heart of their community of close-knit family and friends.

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Vanessa & Jake, thank you, thank you, thank you for welcoming me into your community on your wedding day and allowing me to capture your incredible celebration. Your bliss was not only delightful to watch, it was also contagious. I hope that these photographs can communicate even a fraction of the happiness you shared with every person in your lives the day you became Jake and Vanessa Collins.

Vendors:
Venue: The Woman’s Club of Orange / Coordination & Flowers: Christina Sauma of Attntodetailevents  / Catering: Homegirl Catering / DJ : Dee Jay Ray  / Hair: Penny Fair at The Young American Salon / Makeup: Cynthia Ochoa / Videographer: Still Talking Productions / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley

Bring it On Home To Me: Annelise & Sean’s Engagement Session

April 12th, 2015

Home. Four letters that add up to much more. You can tell so much about a person from their home. What’s important to them, what they love, who they are. When a couple creates a home together, it’s a labor of love–intermingling their prized possessions, carving out spaces for their everyday adventures, and most of all, finding that sense of home within each other.

When I met Annelise & Sean, we talked a lot about their home, their rescue dogs Honey Pie and Little Dude, and their mutual love for travel. (Side note, these topics of conversation are part A of why I love this couple so much; part B came after I photographed their engagement session and realize what warm and genuine people they are.) I was beyond excited when they invited me into their home for their session. Their home has all the markers of two lives firmly entwined in all the best ways. Everything they surround themselves with is so them. It was like walking into a picture book come to life, which made it easy to tell the story of their life together. I’m really very enamored with the story these photos have to tell, and I hope you will be too.

Annelise & Sean, I am excitedly waiting to tell the next chapter of your story, on your wedding day.

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Just One Look: Vanessa & Jake Say I Absolutely Do Do Do

April 12th, 2015

A wedding with probably the cutest vows and the most hilarious toasts, I can’t wait to tell you all about Vanessa & Jake’s I do’s at the Women’s Club of Orange!

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