Stephanie & Ting at San Diego’s Central Library

September 17th, 2014

Stephanie & Ting are getting married this weekend at the beautiful Martin Johnson House, so I am excited to share their engagement session today. Stephanie & Ting are lovers of travel; they’ve been to far away places together and when they aren’t traveling, they enjoy planning their next adventure, so when Stephanie suggest we meet at San Diego’s Central Library where she and Ting often peruse the travel section, I was immediately on board.

I love how these images really tell an authentic story about Stephanie & Ting, as well as capture their sweet and silly dynamic.

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Ting is a pro at making Stephanie laugh.

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A tender moment in the library’s lobby:

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In addition to a great collection of books, the Central Library also a ton of unique architectural features that we capitalized on.

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Stephanie couldn’t be more gorgeous (and some friendly passerby’s made sure that Stephanie knew they thought so too).

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Much of our session was spent with Ting getting the party started, and Stephanie happily obliging. These two are so much fun together.

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Sweet, tender, and a generous helping of silly, pretty well sums up Stephanie & Ting’s engagement session. Thanks you two; I really had a blast and enjoyed capturing you together. Can’t wait for the wedding!

Celeste & Ommar Make it Official at Quail Haven Farm

September 10th, 2014

They met as kids many moons ago and patiently waited for the right moment to become husband and wife. Soul mates, best friends, long-time loves, Celeste and Ommar’s wedding was a sweet celebration of two lives indelibly entwined. It’s easy to imagine these two growing old together, dancing in their living room, among mementos and memories from their endless adventures together. Or at their 50th wedding anniversary, a party thrown by multiple generations of their close-knit family, with laughter and tear-filled toasts to “Lola and Abuelito”.

Ommar and Celeste started their  day surrounded by their families and wedding party as they made their preparations.

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Thanks to my stellar assistant photographer, Rachel, for capturing this set of photos, featuring Ommar:
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Celeste dressed with not only the help of her own mom, but with Ommar’s mom as well. It was sweet to see how these two families were so closely bonded.
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A first look and a bride who who seemed to get prettier by the second. Celeste’s super power just might be managing to look gorgeous even while crying.
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A beautiful bride escorted down the aisle by her dashing father: the stage was set for an emotionally moving ceremony. The gorgeous backdrop of Quail Haven Farm didn’t hurt either.
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Maybe my favorite photo of the day:
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I don’t always (read: I hardly ever) post formals but Ommar and Celeste’s wedding party was so full of personality and color that I am just going to do it.
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Sometimes when the wedding day timeline goes a bit off track, it can be a blessing. In this case, it gave me the chance to take Celeste & Ommar’s portraits throughout the day rather than in one set. Quail Haven Farm had so many incredible backdrops to choose from, and we had a chance to explore so many of them. These lovebirds, who have known each other a lifetime, are so natural and at ease with each other, that I mostly had to just stand back and let them be them. Some serious magic ensued.
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Ommar & Celeste’s reception was filled with personal hand crafted details. And even more importantly it was filled with laughter, tears of joy, and so much fun.
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Also cute babies, lots of cute babies…
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I’m officially awarding Celeste the Best Performance by a Bride in a Musical Number (i.e. best dancer) award, but she definitely had some stiff competetion.
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A huge thanks to Celeste & Ommar for inviting me to capture this special day. Your wedding was the stuff memories are made of, and I am positive you will have many, many years together to relive each and every moment of it.

Vendors:
Venue: Quail Haven Farm / Catering: Curiocity Catering / Cake: It’s A Piece A Cake / Donuts: Papa G’s Vegan Donuts / Florist: Hot House Flower Shop / Photobooth: LOL Foto Booth / Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang White / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley

Cedar Conquers Balboa Park and Turns 1! (Part 2)

August 30th, 2014

Cedar was so charming we did it twice. (Check out part 1 of Cedar’s 1 -year session.) For her full 1-year family session, I met mom, dad, and Cedar in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park where we adventured around and kept the little lady entertained. Charming to the extreme, Cedar had us all in stitches. Crawling across the Spanish Village bright tiles, some fun hand clapping games, nursing time, and an adorable cloth diaper butt kept the party going. I love this family and hope you do too.

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Cedar Turns 1! (Part 1)

August 27th, 2014

I’ve very excited to share not just one, but two sessions commemorating the Cedar’s 1-year birthday.  For this first session, I met mom Amber, dad Joshua, and adorable Cedar at the Marston House in San Diego’s Balboa Park, which was a perfect fit for this stylish family. Amber, Joshua, and Cedar were such good sports and volunteered to model for me in front of about 30 of my high school students as part of my demonstration of conducting a portrait & lifestyle session. Cedar warmed up really quickly to the camera and her “audience”, which is no rare feet for such a little lady. Her coy and sweet personality shined brightly, especially in the loving arms of her mom and dad.

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Just One Look: Vanessa & Jake dance through Old Town San Diego

August 18th, 2014

Starting off your week with a little engagement session goodness from Vanessa & Jake.

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