If you can believe it…SCHOOL STARTS in just few weeks now!  And the hustle of planning Fall activities come around again between school, sports and all of the major holidays in these next few months.  With that said, there is nothing wrong with planning ahead and getting a date booked for your yearly family photos.  I promise to make it easy, you don’t have to come in coordinating or even new outfits and I’ll get you all hooked up so all you have to do is pick from my favorite minted.com cards and place your order.  (They even come gorgeously pre-addressed (and stamped, if you want) so you don’t wear our your good hand writing them all out!)

This year’s sessions are $249 and include:

  • A meet-and-greet phone chat to talk about time, wardrobe and your location choice.
  • 20 minutes of photography time
  • 10 digitally enhanced, full resolution images presented in a private, online gallery to download, print and keep forever!
  • And…full access to your gallery in my minted.com storefront to begin ordering your holiday cards.

Dates & Locations:

  • BEACH: Saturday, October 7th at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00
  • FIELD: Saturday, October 21st at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00
  • URBAN: Saturday, October 28th at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00
  • San Diego: Saturday, November 4th at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00

Flip through the image slideshow above to give you a general idea of some of the gorgeous locations I’ve worked to help you decide.

Exact locations will be announced via email to booked clients based on what the location looks like as the time comes, permit limitations, etc.

How?

  • Select which location, date and time that works best for you from the “Options” drop down menu below.
  • Make your $100 deposit via Paypal or bank transfer to my email or mobile number.
  • Receive a confirmation email from me as well as the Terms Agreement via email.

Options :

Small Print and other Details:

  • The $100 reservation fee is non-refundable. It is a first come, first served basis and times will not be put “on hold.”  However, your reservation may be re-booked for another available mini session location or used as a credit toward a full, custom session.
  • 1 session accommodates 5 immediate family members. Additional immediate family members are $30 each and/or may require a change in booked time or double booking.
  • Private image galleries will be delivered to you within 7-10 days of your session.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time to get the wiggles out and ensure maximum camera time.

 

 

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I love surprises…don’t you?!

I think the best part about surprises is that you have no control over the gift that was planned out just for you.  I remember when my husband planned a birthday surprise party for me at our house.  I had no expectations at all…none.  In less than 2 hours, while I got a pedicure with a friend, he managed to decorate our backyard and serve up an amazing multi-course surf and turf dinner for me and our neighborhood friends to wish me a happy birthday.  And I had NO IDEA.

It was the best thing…he has a knack for surprising me.

You see, surprises are actually blessings.  Blessing because someone other than you took the time to think this “idea” would be perfect.

These M twins are just that…a blessing.  Just when their mama thought she was content with the two gorgeous girls she had, completing their family of four…SURPRISE!  God did not think so.  He obviously had a plan completely different than what she thought.  He blessed them with a family of SIX!  And it sure is a blessing and surprise!

These two little ladies COMPLETED their family in so many ways.  And I had the absolute pleasure of capturing their sweet faces just after they received their first sacrament, baptism.

Congratulations to your whole family for these sweet little blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before I post their recent newborn session, I first have to share these fun moments before they became a family of 4.  I really have to thank social media for this because the reality of the situation is that I never would of reconnected with an old college friend and his wife, who I also know from childhood friends, without it!  Even more so, my best friend and her husband photographed their wedding!  You really can’t stay more “in the family” than that and I feel very blessed and so proud to present this session.

I was even more happy to find this awesome location right in their neighborhood!  Luckily, we didn’t run into any wildlife except for the cute goats they kept behind the gates.  Come take a walk with me through this hidden treasure right in the heart of Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego.

 

 

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There’s nothing like celebrating incredible milestones…especially anniversaries.  In the past few months, I’ve been blessed to document some incredible and timeless wedding moments, but I have to say…documenting a 40th wedding anniversary is pretty darn special.

I was thrilled Becky contacted me to be a part of their “low-key” surprise celebration.  Low-key because they wanted it to be intimate and without too much fuss.  It’s not easy coordinating 5 families from all over the West Coast for a specific weekend, so she did what I would of done.  Rent a house, get the kids together, celebrate their parents and connect, just like back in the day.

I loved hearing stories of them growing up, going to Disneyland, who was homeschooled, and, especially, who the favorite is.  Documenting it was like being a fly on the wall of their childhood.  They made me miss my family.  They reminded me that no matter the differences, if we just go back to our childhood roots, we have more in common than we thought.  Their love for these two special people was eminent and forever…gorgeous examples of love’s strength.

Join me now for this intimate celebration on the hills of gorgeous Fallbrook, California.

 

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Just when you thought weddings were the absolute beginning of capturing a couple’s romance…in comes the idea of photographing the proposal.  I am so thankful for the sisters and sister-in-laws for generally playing gardeners in planting the seed of having to have the proposal photographed to make all of her wedding dreams come true!  However, during this special occasion, I am so grateful for the wonderful team at beautiful Monarch Beach Resort right near me in Dana Point for referring me to this sweet, young guy looking to make his proposal special.

He wanted everything just right…down to the exact time he would get down on his knee to ask his long-distance love to be his wife.  While they made their way down, we carefully hid her family, literally, behind the bushes to witness their daughter and his brother say yes to forever.  Honestly, it was the sweetest sight I’d seen in weeks.  All I could think about was how young, vibrant and excited they were to start this new journey together.

He couldn’t of thought of a more pretty spot than the Botanic Gardens at Monarch Beach Resort.  That’s right, between the gorgeous ocean view terrace and sprawling green golf course nestles a gazebo and lush garden fit perfectly for this occasion.  I couldn’t help but think they reminded me of one of my favorite royal Disney couples…I’ll let you take a guess at who they might be.

Come take a tour of this “whole new world” with me of this gorgeous spot and romantic proposal.

Congratulations you two…thank you for having me!

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