Happy 1st Birthday Baby A!

April 5th, 2014

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Camille Turns 1!

March 2nd, 2014

Camille is Neve’s BFF. They were born two days apart, and have been inseparable ever since. A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of capturing Camille’s portraits to commemorate her first birthday. She brought along her parents, Melina & Joe, some of my BFFs, and we basically had a crazy fun baby party.

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I haven’t had a chance to blog much lately thanks to the (wonderful) craziness of life with a baby, but I wanted to get this post up before Camille turns 18.

But in all seriousness, I did wanted to post the photos before Camille, Melina, & Joe leave for Japan. They move in 2 weeks.

Two short weeks left with some of our best friends. I’ve known about their move for several months, but it’s only becoming real now. Having and raising a baby is an experience you can describe until you are blue in the face, but it’s just something you don’t get it until you experience it yourself. I cannot tell you how much of a difference it has made to have a close friend as a fellow mom, experiencing the same daily joys, struggles, and magical weirdness of life with a human being you are responsible for keeping alive and happy. We’ve spent Camille’s & Neve’s first 15 months of life side by side. We love each others’ babies as if they are our own. It’s going to be a completely different experience of raising Neve without Camille by her side, and without Melina in my daily life.

Melina, I love you so much. I’m going to miss you so much. Thank you for being my friend and for bringing Camille into our lives. I’m so glad we did this baby thing together.

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Neve turns 1, crawls around in the rain, eats rocks

December 9th, 2013

Last week, Neve turned 1, and it’s still hard for me to believe that I grew this person (this adorable, funny, sweet person) inside me and gave birth to her. We celebrated the weekend before  her birthday with a llama-themed party in the park, and to mark the actual date of her birth, I  enlisted the help of her daddy to help me take some portraits of her. A cozy sweater, a shaggy rug, and a llama borrowed from her room, and we were set. It was raining that day (drizzling & misting, really, but real rain in San Diego is a rarity ), but she was a trooper; even if she was not her usual smiley self, we got a few cute grins. That is, until she got really serious, and proceeded to eat some rocks. Yep, so there’s that. (Please note, she did not actually eat the rocks, just maybe sucked on a few.) We called it a day when the drizzle got a bit strong for the babe, and daddy had to provide shelter for the llama in his jacket.

Happy birthday, Neve! We love you, and I think it’s pretty clear that you are the best and most magical thing to have ever happened to us.

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Alexis & Iván’s Martin Johnson House, La Jolla Wedding

November 28th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! One of the things I am grateful for today is clients like Alexis & Iván who give me the opportunity to do what I love–photograph authentic moments between people who love each other. Alexis & Iván now live in Washington D.C., but San Diego holds a special place in their hearts, so they ventured to the Martin Johnson House in La Jolla in order to solidify their commitment to each other in front of their families and friends.  It was only appropriate, as the course of their love crisscrossed the map more than once–from meeting in Baja as scientists, to Iván’s commitment to pursuing Alexis in any city she landed, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and back again.

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There was such an abundant love between these two, that literally the only direction I had to give them was to occasionally look at the camera, rather than each other.

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A very magical mix of light and a tender embrace…

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Alexis & Iván’s wedding had lots of neat details marking their shared love of the ocean and Iván’s Mexican culture.

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A ceremony next to the sea, under a canopy of trees…

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Some of the coolest custom rings I have ever seen…

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As Alexis & Iván’s family and friends were coming together from all over the world for this celebration, and many of them had never met each other, they wanted to bring their loved ones together with some party games…

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..and tequila (a fabulous idea, if you ask me).

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More pretty details, all crafted by the beautiful couple…

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There was an amazing sunset on their wedding date, and I couldn’t resist borrowing Alexis & Iván for a few more portraits. It was also a nice moment for them to step away and spent a moment alone.

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The reception was filled with twinkling lights, more gorgeousness in the La Jolla sky, handsome guests, toasts, musical performances…

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…and a very special (read: hilarious) toast/performance by Alexis’ sister and friend. I think Alexis’ expressions say it all.

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A bit of dancing…

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…and an incredibly special celebration came to its end.

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Alexis & Iván, thank you again for giving me the chance to document your special bond and for being such gracious hosts!

Vendors:
Venue: Martin Johnson House / Coordination: Erica Rife / Officiant: David Diener / Band: Otro Mundo / Catering & Rentals: Continental Catering / Lighting: Event Party Rentals / Hair & Makeup: Naturale Beauty Bar / Assistant Photographer: Jasmine Fitzwilliam

Just One Look: Alexis & Iván’s Martin Johnson House, La Jolla Wedding

October 21st, 2013

Magic of love and light transpired on this evening…

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Visit my Facebook page for more previews of Alexis & Iván.

 

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