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It’s wedding season y’all!   And wedding session kicks off with lots of engagement sessions!  I think engagement sessions are so important… such great practice for your wedding day and such a wonderful time for the three of us to really get to know each other.  Although I don’t ever require that my clients do them, I really encourage it.  I like getting to know you, I want to know how the two of you interact with one another and I like that you’ll have this images documenting this time in your life.  Not necessarily when you’re all made up and wearing a beautiful gown, but just when you’re with the one that you love in a special place.  Plus, it’s fun 🙂

This one with S & D at Hartley Botanica was pretty lovely. The gardens were so lush and everything is so green right now! I’d never shot there before actually, and I was so thrilled to test out a new location.  I love that D’s daughter came along and that we were able to shoot a bit of this new growing family.  Plus, she was a super great location scout and picked some great spots for us to shoot!   I’m so thrilled for their wedding in just a few months at Hummingbird Nest Ranch (one of my favorite venues!)  It should be pretty spectacular.

S & D – Thank you so much for choosing me to document this time for you!  It was an absolute pleasure and I can’t wait to see the three of you in May!

 

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The other day I was flipping through some travel photography to update my print shop, Wandering Through.  And I got antsy.  Antsy to go out and shoot something that was just pretty and fun and just for me.  So I texted Heidi, and convinced her to go on a Photo Field Trip with me.  I didn’t know where I wanted to go, I just knew I wanted to go.  She came up with the almond blossoms fields and we headed up the 5 North until we hit them.  Our first find wasn’t quite ready for shooting, so we drove further in off the freeway and hit gold!   It was exactly what we were looking for.  We tailgate picnicked, shot the gorgeous blooms, she shot a few of me and then I shot a few of her.

It felt so good to just get out from behind my computer, to go out and to shoot something just because we can shoot something.  I spent the week feeling refreshed and inspired and excited about this job I get to do everyday.  I’m a pretty lucky lady.
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And one of my favorites from my darling Heidi Ryder.

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I honestly can’t even imagine getting married today.  There’s so much inspiration out there, so much more than when I got married!   So many beautiful things to see and so much inspiration to pull for your own wedding.  Today there were two Hazelnut features, even more pretty to ogle!

 

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Erin & BriansCalamigos Ranch wedding was featured on Oh Lovely Day! 

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Michelle & Bryans Maravilla Gardens wedding was featured on Carats & Cake!

Check them out!

 

I’ve known Jessi for years now.  We met through work, and if I could work every single wedding with her, I would be happy.   She’s one of the best planners out there!  But our work relationship has blossomed over the years into a real life friendship and I’m so lucky to get to do life with this one.   She’s a really incredible lady.  And this incredible lady has an amazing family… her husband Adam is smart & funny and their daughter Violet is ohmygod adorable.  Shooting the three of them was a breeze.  Why are they so cute?!

Violet turned one in January, and she’s growing up so quickly!  I remember getting the email with her very first pictures, I was in Amsterdam and had logged in at a coffee shop.  She was so tiny and beautiful and I was so happy for Jessi & Adam.  Now, she’s EVERYWHERE.  She’s not so tiny anymore, but she’s still so beautiful, and now she’s smart and funny and engaging.  These three people are so lucky to have one another!

Jessi, Adam & Violet – shooting the three of you was such a pleasure!  The three of you are such role models for Chris & I, and I hope we can do this parenting thing with half of the grace, respect & love that you have.  Love you kids 🙂

 

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