When Families Come Back Again | Newport Beach Orange County Family Photographer

Being a photographer in Newport Beach means a large amount of families who I shoot are here on vacation. We have Disney land, an Ocean, and an average mid 70 degree life—it’s not a shabby beach town by no means. But not everyone I shoot comes here annually, and often after our session I do not see them again. However, there are those who do make it a yearly stop, whether to see family close by or just a favorite place to get away from either the cold or heat, depending on their radius. :) And sometime those annual people ask me to photograph them again. As a photographer I can tell you there is absolutely no greater compliment than this. I also feel allll the emotions about it each time. I am able to watch their family grow, capturing these beautiful milestones along the way.

These three are no exceptions either. I first met them last summer at one of my favorite sessions of the year. This one was only better as I felt like we were already long time friends. And these kids, my goodness, are gold. They love their momma deeply and it shows through every last moment.

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100 Days Without Sweets | Orange County Family Photographer

Doing a little interruption here of my usual talks of beach and family and photography with a little mom brag about my own two kids. But the photos were taken right here in Newport Beach and the sunset was amazing, and we all went right into that icy cold ocean, and I lived on the wild side with no special gear to keep my camera dry—so it still kind of counts I think. ;-) But you guys, my kids are officially 100 days in with no sweets, deserts, candy, or anything with excess sugar. 🍭 Kids are beasts, you guys!!! They’ve been through Easter egg hunts, birthday parties, camps, the list goes on and on. Sugar is hanging everywhere in front of them and they haven’t even flinched in their resolve. It started as a 30 day challenge, to purge ourselves from what I felt was becoming an unhealthy addiction. They jumped on the bandwagon full force and decided they would go to 100 with me as well. I told them this week I’ve decided to attempt a whole year but they definitely don’t have to join me. But they each instantly responded they were all in. So here’s to 265 more to go! 🙌 A few things I’ve noticed about them through this:
1. They eat a LOT! Without the incentive of desert at the end of a meal, they devour their plates until they are actually full.
2. They are very health conscience. Giving up sugar to replace it with health and strength into our bodies has led to so many questions of what other things are good and bad for them and they are 💯 about filling themselves with the good now. This has led to such amazing meals together as a family, with my kids sampling every last dish.
3. They demolish fruit. I seriously cannot keep my house filled with enough of it now. Those natural sugars taste like heaven now. ☺️ I don’t think I could have ever made it this far myself without them. They’ve made me realize we are capable of so much more than we allow ourselves to believe sometimes. I have never felt so great! And seriously, my kids aren’t anything extra special. I think we sometimes just don’t give these little humans enough credit as to what they are capable of. 💪

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My husband has been wanting to dabble a bit into photography lately, so I showed him a few things and passed it off. I am forever so so grateful when he grabs these memories for me. It makes me realize all over again how important it is to really get in the frame with your kids, as time is oh too fleeting. How is my son so big all of a sudden anyways?? <3

My husband has been wanting to dabble a bit into photography lately, so I showed him a few things and passed it off. I am forever so so grateful when he grabs these memories for me. It makes me realize all over again how important it is to really get in the frame with your kids, as time is oh too fleeting. How is my son so big all of a sudden anyways?? <3

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Our Family Trip to Seattle | OC Photographer Vacations

How have I went this long without blogging any family beach sessions?? I’m always on top of that! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind summer over here with my kids going to a year long school and their vacation only lasting five weeks in between grades. You guys, I already have a 1st and 2nd grader and I’m a total emotional wreck about it—where did my babies go!? Before we hit the backpacks though we somehow jammed almost every last day of our time off with travel. Michigan and Alabama to visit all the relatives, Palm Springs to soak in the pool and palm trees, and our favorite new place EVER: Seattle.

My goodness I am in love with Washington. Like I want to move there tomorrow obsessed... Except I do tend to shrivel up in cold and rain so I would probably be moving back to Orange County come December. ;-) I honestly didn’t take too many photos on my big camera as I like to really be present with my family when we’re together like this. But I did have to take one evening to capture some of this amazing landscape. Rattlesnake lake was one of our favorite little spots there. So peaceful and serene, and huge plus with kids, right next to the parking lot. The spot with the mountain was actually just a random field where we pulled over on the side of the road and snapped a few photos! Luckily no one came running out telling us to get off their land. ;-)

Also random side note: at the same time we were vacationing in Seattle, Southern California was hit with two massive earthquakes, the second being a 7.1! It was far enough from our place that no damage was done, but even six hours away we’ve seen videos from friends of chandeliers swinging and water pouring out of pools. Even more crazy, the week we arrived back in Newport Beach, Seattle was hit with a large earthquake of its own! When we first moved to the West Coast we were terrified of the possibility and had our game plan all thought out, down to which of us would grab which kid if we needed to make a run for it. It’s like Mother Nature decided we would just be too much to deal with so planned accordingly. 🙃

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Don't Skip the Maternity Photos | OC Newport Beach Family Photographer

I may or may not be guilty of saying this about every genre of family photography. I mean, what’s better than capturing people who love each other, right? Add one of our gorgeous Orange County landscapes to this mix and who am I to complain? BUT, maternity sessions have and will always hold a very special place to me. There is just something so unexplainable about this moment is our life as a new mom. This special place where it all began. Where we anxiously were awaiting this new life growing inside our own body. Worries, fears, hopes, joy—the beautiful unknown.

I know what it’s like to be pregnant, I had two babies of my own. We don’t always feel gorgeous and most days the thought of glamming up can easily be shot down with some sweat pants instead. ;-) But if there is one thing I will never regret having done is maternity photos with my first child. To this day I have a large canvas hanging in her room and she loves to mention how it is her inside of me. We often think we will remember exactly what it felt like, how we looked, the moments that happened. But life has this way of turning the past into fuzzy memories. It’s the beauty of photography though. It helps bring back some of those hazy scenes.

Such a gorgeous evening we had for this sun soaked maternity session last week! After what seemed like an endless eternity of SoCal’s “May gray/June gloom” it seems that those summer skies are finally gaining the upper hand! And I just love the way the colors complimented this momma’s blue dress too! The sweetest people you could meet, these two are going to be the best parents. I cannot wait to see them with their soon to be here little guy.

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Live in Color | OC Newport Beach Family Photographer

My style of editing has most definitely evolved from when I first started photographing families four years ago. But since the very beginning one thing that has always drawn me in has been color. It’s why I will not let my skies blow out, even though it would make the editing process much easier. It’s why I love when families fill their outfits with dashes of colors, rather than all neutrals. I find myself pushing the vibrant line constantly and it makes me happy.

But, I’m not going to lie, sometimes while I scroll through my Instagram feed, my explore page, my favorite photographer muses, and see the way the edits are so vastly different from my own I start to feel like the oddball out. I sometimes tell myself I'm going to just start stripping my photos of color and take on the moody emotional look, or blow out the background into white glowy goodness and become a bright and airy girl. More than any other reason just to feel like I kind of belong. That I can join in their groups and feel that sense of community. But as many times as I say it, as many times as I try, I simply find myself somehow unable to do so. I love color, like an insane obsession with it, and I just can’t stop that right now.

The best part though: I may not be the “in” right now as far as the latest trends are going, but not everyone else is either. And time after time families tell me they chose me BECAUSE of my colors and light. And so I’ve learned that the greatest thing of photography is that art is subjective, and when you stay true to yourself you will find your people. :)

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June Family Vacation | OC Laguna Beach Family Photographer

I’ve read all the info on SEO and google ratings, and with that the one thing I’ve always tried to stay on top of is blogging. But we went to visit allll the families for the past two weeks doing a triangle from Orange County to Alabama to Michigan and back again. It was so much fun, crazy relaxing, and all the memory lanes. But although we chilled it was busy chilling, visiting and adventuring, and everything photography went to the wayside—or should I say seaside. ;-) I had all these ideas that I was going to finish editing all my previous week’s sessions and blog a few posts. At the end of it I managed to barely keep up with my emails! But the break was so needed, and refreshed my mind that was reaching burn out. I now feel ready to bring on all the soaked summer family shoots!

Annnnd speaking of family, oh my heart I loved my time with this one! So much joy and love all tangled up between them. And in the middle of all this May gray/ June gloom Newport beach decided to give us a break and brought its A game sunset!

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Who Wants to Mix Up the Beach Vibes??? | Orange County Family Photographer

Ok, I will start with saying I LOVE the beach. We moved to Orange County for those ocean waves and spent our first year almost no where else! I also love shooting at it, and it is where families generally always ask me to photograph them at. I have no complaints. ;-)

BUT as much as I love those Ocean blues, my eyes do enjoy changing up the scenery from time to time. I feel like my camera breathes out a small “thank you” with each fresh click. So when this family told me they wanted to go with a more rustic vibe for their session I definitely did a little happy dance inside. It was such a fun and relaxing time together and I didn’t lose my voice from shouting over the waves either! ;-)

Alsooooo, how could this post be complete without a huge mention of these outfits! I generally recommend for families to choose coordinating, over matching colors. But for momma and me dresses that are this adorable, I’ll make an exception. Mom’s outfit is from one of my all time favorite shops https://morninglavender.com/, a big online shop but lucky for us Souther Cali girls, located right here in Old Town Tustin! And baby’s adorable matching piece is from a local boutique I just heard of, https://twinsiesrock.com/collections/girls/products/aurora-maxi-skirt-mu

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My Sessions Now Include a Picture Slide Show!! | Orange County Family Photographer

Hello all my old and new and forever beautiful families and couples! I am SO EXCITED as I just added video slideshows to all my sessions!!! Every time I pick up my camera I strive for my photos to not just be a pretty picture but to capture a piece of your real life story. And I feel like for the first time I am going to be able to really show that. I’ve also noticed in just this short time of playing with these how it is pushing me while shooting to reach deeper. To not worry so much about the single canvas but rather that entire life filled album.

This is your story, always worth capturing.

*If you are viewing on your phone flip horizontal. :)

Mom & Me in Newport Beach | Orange County Family Photographer

Mom and me sessions will forever ever ever have my heart! It’s probably mostly because I am a momma myself, and love my two kids so much it literally hurts sometimes. To capture the bond between a mother and her child, that sweet love and pure joy—it leaves my photographer heart with so much happiness.

This day was stuck in the middle of the infamous Southern Califfornia “May gray, June gloom,” but right as we met up the sun decided to peek out at the point where the sky meets the water and give us the most beautiful soft colors. Not to mention this mom’s dress creating its own gorgeous pop!! Vici dolls is one of my all time favorite shops for women’s dresses and you can quickly see why!

Also lucky for us was the day’s gloomy skies all early afternoon making for a beach almost entirely to ourselves! There was one other man taking some landscape photographers and that was about it—photo shoot winning! :) I do love summer beaches and the way you can jump right into the water, but I’ won’t lie, I’m going to mourn the fact when we have to start getting tricky with the angles to avoid the photo bombers. There is just something so liberating about being able to go wherever you want and capture the moment exactly where it is happening.

Enough about all that though, here is some sweet mom/daughter love for you:

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Baby Makes Four | Newport Beach OC Family Photographer

The first time I photographed this Orange County family big brother was just turning one. I have no words to describe how much it means to me when families come back again, especially for such special milestones of their life together. I shoot so many people from out of state while vacationing here in Newport and I absolutely love it for sure! But there is something so very special when I get the chance to watch kids grow behind my lens.

Their fourth baby... I remember when I was going to have my second child-the thoughts of how I could possibly love him the same as my daughter. She was my whole world, my heart so big for her it literally hurt. What if I loved him just a little less? 
And then I saw his face for the first time and laughed at that ridiculous fear. 
I always think it’s the most miraculous thing about being a parent. The way our heart seems to only expand. 

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Engagement Photos at Sunset | Newport Beach Orange County Family Photographer

These two are getting married in Paris this summer!! How crazy fun is that?! And how extra lucky for me that I was able to first capture their engagement photos on a perfect evening in Newport beach, with a sunset that left my photographer heart doing allll the happy dances! :) Their love for one another was just the sweetest thing ever to photograph too. And side note, after I said my goodbyes and was driving off I looked back to see them finishing the evening with an extra long kiss. <3

Two things that used to terrify me: shooting at the beach and photographing couples. They’ve now both become some of my very favorite things about photography because I chose to step outside my comfort zone. I’m a safe person by nature. I like to live in my circle and stay tightly there whenever possible. But as much as I fear that little, massive word called ‘failure’ I’m learning how much I will miss out on if I never leap. Challenging myself to accept the crazy truth that growth is not possible with falling first.

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World's Happiest Baby | Newport Beach Orange County Family Photographer

Seriously, I can’t even with this face!! From the moment I met him to the time I said goodbye he rotated from chill to smiley and back again. I so badly wanted to take him home with me! And although it looks all sunny and pretty, it was in fact freezing and windy in Newport. We even had the entire beach to ourselves as everyone else in Orange County deemed it much too cold to go outside. ;-) This guy didn’t let it faze his happy little self though, and made all my photographer heart dreams come true. Annnnd we cannot finish without pausing to gush all over this little blue man suit and hat too! Seriously, how crazy good did he pull it all off?!

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Family Photos in Spring Means So Much Green | Orange County Photographer

By far the main time I get asked to do photos somewhere other than the beach is in the fall. And I get it, you want your kids to look as close to age as possible when sending out those family Christmas cards. BUT, as much as the brown fields can lend their own rustic charm, there is just something so whimsical about that green. When decorating your home it is even said that, “Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax.” Who doesn’t want your family photos to feel relaxed, right? :)

It took me four long years to finally accept our brown landscape as it’s own charm. And then all these crazy rains came to SoCal and dashed that all to pieces! I thought there was no where I loved shooting at more than the beach, but this spot gave me a run for its money. AND, it wasn’t as much the landscape as the ease of the entire time with this sweet family. There were no loud crashing waves making me shout out everything I wanted to say. There were also no crashing waves to make the kids want to do nothing but jump in and totally ignore their parents. ;-) We weren’t all shaking from the icy cold winds by the end, and big one for me, there was no else around, making it both comfortable and easy for all of us.

SO if your thinking of mixing up the beach vibes, especially in the springtime, this may be just the right idea for your next photoshoot!

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When the Earth Becomes Your Mural | Newport Beach Orange County Family Photographer

If there is one thing I have learned living here in Orange County, it is that Newport Beach never has two skies the same. One day will be cloudless while the next will have so many clouds we cannot even see the sun. I have also learned the weathermen are actually weather guessers 90% of the time. ;-) They will tell us overcast and gray and then I show up to a breathtaking sky. Or they will declare pure sun and last minute a marine layer will blow in and take over the sand. I have found that more often than not I should just go with it, as when I first started I rescheduled some epic skies thinking they were going to be pouring rain!

I have also learned to embrace whatever the weather gods choose to give me, as really how can you go too wrong at the beach, right? Cloudless days create bright, glowing happy moments. Overcast days make for some pretty soft blues as your backdrop. It’s all part of SoCal nature and I love embracing all the varieties of its beach life.

With all that said though, there do seem to be these rare days when the clouds honestly feel like they are singing down all their good luck and happy vibes on me, turning the entire landscape into a real life mural. Raw colors just waiting to be captured and painted on the canvas of my editing software. ;-)

And lastly, how could I leave this whole color painting photography rant without pointing out the importance of your own outift choices as well. The pinks and blues this family chose just pop off the pictures in such a beautiful way here, adding that touch more beauty that really goes such a long ways. We all of course have our own styles and there is no “wrong” piece. BUT, imagining the same backdrop with all black and browns just wouldn’t be the same for me. So when going through your own photo session wardrobe ideas, remember to think about those beach colors, and the ways you yourself can add those pops of color and vibrance to your family’s canvas!

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Why I Love Awake Babies Too | Orange County Newborn Photographer

I’ll start by being totally transparent here and admitting that sleeping newborns are in fact much more easy to photograph than awake ones. When they sleep you simply place them as you want them and snap away. You can bunch up their arms and legs, reposition the angle of their head, and move about grabbing different angles from the same position. Awake babies are a much different story. They get much more irritated with us, they make faces, and often become crossed eyed. They often move their head in positions not facing the good light and get upset before you have a chance to grab more than a couple snaps in one place. BUT regardless of all that, I still love those wide eyes. Yes, it is more work. Yes, you have to overshoot each scene. But yes, that eye contact and little expressions are everything!

It’s one of the main things I love so much about lifestyle newborn photography. Because we don’t have to spend hours getting them to fall into a deep slumber. We just go with what they give us, and capture all those real life moments that can’t be replaced.

This doll rotated between awake and catnapping, and omgoodness she gave me all the baby fever too!

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A Letter to My Daughter | Newport Beach Orange County Family Photographer


In a world that teaches you to fit in, I pray you always stand out. In a society that is slowly letting your gender rise, I pray you soar. In a life where peers will judge you by everything outward, may you trust your heart. Know your worth is more than gold. That you are enough... go live every last one of your dreams sweet girl. I’ll always have your back. 
Love, mom ❤️

All the cards seemed to align for this evening. They had an early day at school, I didn’t have any photo sessions, and it was somehow not raining—its has rained more than ever before here in Newport! Well, in all of Orange County and Southern California actually, but Newport is where it hurts, as I can’t be shooting family sessions in the rain! ;-) We did a very last minute run over to the beach for about 15 minutes tops before it got too dark and we had to head back to the car. But such a perfect 15 minutes it was to me. These guys are my whole world, the reason I became a photographer, the ones I used to get behind my lens daily. Lately though, it is becoming more and more rare. I don’t want to forget any of it though. Any of them. I want to look back at crisp clear memories. Of not just the way it “looked” that day, but rather how it felt. How my heart leapt being with them. Motherhood has been the greatest gift of my life. And these two are my whole world.

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Using Your Wedding Venue for Family Photos | Orange County Photographer

I took the treck from Orange County to Temecula that day to document their love at the exact same place they said their wedding vows five years earlier. Little did they know at the time that just a few weeks later they would find out about that honeymoon baby as well. ;-) Five years, two sweet girls, a move from the OC back to their hometown, and the sweetest time of dancing, cuddling, and memory lane later.

This is the fourth time I have had the privilege of photographing this dear family. The first one little sis was just a baby! This mom always slays it with the outfits and this time was no different. I just love the whimsical element the girls’ dresses added to the entire shoot. And talk about a whimsical place! Lake Oak Meadows is its own little piece of beauty right there in Temecula! I would highly recommend it for your own wedding, or simply to mix up the family pics as well! It is a little drive from Newport, but totally worth it. :)

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Motherhood Session | Newport Beach Orange County Family Photographer

Motherhood sessions are one of my very favorite things to capture as a photographer. And for totally biased reasons, since I am a mom of two, and 100 percent obsessed with them. :) Newport Beach has such a whimsical feel to it and I just love the way it shines its light and colors on all the connections that are present with mommas and their littles…

My son was sitting nonchalantly on my lap the other day, his little hand in mine, when it suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks. The realization that is, of how quickly we were approaching the end of it. Between the two of my kids I have had a little one in my life for over seven years. Hugs and kisses, cuddles and hand holding, waking up with small bodies pressed against mine, it’s all so second nature. Something that in the moment I must have always felt would just be present. But my “baby” is turning six next month. Six! And as we sat there together that day I suddenly realized how fleeting it really was, how irreplaceable.

I tried to remember the way it felt, what his little hands looked like in mine... I knew then that in ten years from now, when his sixteen year old self won’t be sitting on my lap any longer, that most of the things I concern myself with now, stress about—maybe even lose sleep over sometimes—won’t matter. What will matter were these simple moment. Small and fleeting and all mine for a little while longer. 
So as I go and clear my box of Kleenex I just wanted to give these words to all you mommas of littles: always hold them a little extra longer.

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His Princess | Newport Beach Orange County Maternity Photographer

Hello beautiful family so full of love and joy for one another! You would never even know it was freezing temperatures out—well, freezing for Orange County at least. ;-) Such a fun maternity session we had at Newport Beach and its low tide magic. And lucky for us the rains the previous weeks broke down the sand revealing more rocks in this little cove than I’ve ever seen here before! I just loved the texture it gave to the whole scene, and of course with a little boy around, what’s better to add that ocean than a bunch of rocks, am I right?

I want my family sessions to be full of life and laughter. To not only have a pretty picture to look back on, but to have great memories behind it. And these three brought so many sweet ones! By far my favorite was about half way through our session when big brother ran up to his momma and exclaimed “You look like a princess!” This boy mom is about to add another male to the mix, and I have no doubt she will always be seen the same. And another favorite quote from earlier on, “I’m sitting on my brother!” And he most certainly was too! ;-)

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I Think I Need Another Baby | Orange County Laguna Beach Family Photographer

How many kids do you have? I used to think two was the perfect number, but my goodness all these babies I surround myself with and I just swear I need one more!! 🙈 I blame it solely on moving to Orange County too. This weather and surroundings just makes them too happy for me to resist! And speaking of Orange County, hello rain soaked soaked landscapes, turning even our deserts green! Seriously, I was in photographer heaven high this evening seeing all this formerly dead brush suddenly full of life and color!

The family to match it wasn’t too shabby either. ;-) SO much love and happiness between them, they were a breeze to have behind my camera! Happy first birthday to this real life doll as well. You just have to scroll to the end to see how she picked up her entire cake too. ;-) Smash cakes, green deserts, soft skies, and girls in pretty dresses—I couldn’t have asked for a better evening!

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