Friday, March 13, 2009

Adam & Nicole | San Diego Photographer

Well, big surprise...I am extremely behind in posting! I have so many great shoots that I have yet to show you all! Starting with:

Adam & Nicole.

You know when you meet people and you feel like you should have met them 5 years ago because you just click that well? I knew instantly that Adam, Nicole and I would be instant buds when they came to me a few months back. They are sooooo cool! Really! I wish you could meet them...and if you know them? You know how blessed you are!

We had so much fun with their engagement shoot. Lots of laughing...and LOTS of walking! Seriously, we must have walked about 5 miles total...maybe 10! ;)
Sure felt like it.

Here are a few of my favorites from their session.

I love this face on Adam in this picture...he must be thinking, "Yeah that's right. She's mine." Loved it. :)

We laughed and laughed on this shoot. It was so great how relaxed they were in front of the camera! It's really fun photographing a couple and knowing the whole time that you are really truly capturing 'them'.

Beautiful Nicole.

Fun and CRAZY Nicole! ha ha! I love this girl!

After walking all over Balboa Park, we had a few minutes left of sunlight, so we literally ran to the park for some fun on the playground!

I'm so excited to shoot Adam and Nicole's wedding! I felt like if the sun wasn't leaving us...I could have photographed them for hours longer! They were so fun and...and like I said before, it was like hanging out with buds.

You can check out a few more of their photos in the slideshow below:

Adam and Nicole, you guys are AMAZING! ;)

ps. don't you like my new big pictures?!?! I'm so excited about it! You can thank my awesome friend Melissa Koehler for helping me with that...ha! I've never claimed to be a computer/web genius! It's a good thing that I have friends that help me in this area! Thank you Missi! You're the best!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


My sweet baby turned two today. TWO.
I can't believe it! When people say that time flies...they aren't kidding. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was up with her all night...holding her, trying to rock her to sleep...
Oh, wait...I was.
Ah, yes. The joys of motherhood. :)

Really though...Abbey Grace has been the most amazing blessing. She is so wonderful! She likes to 'help' mama and dada whenever she can. She loves to give kisses...though not on command. ;)
She doesn't like to do anything on command, come to think of it...but she's cute! ha ha! Good thing she's cute...

Despite the tantrums, the sleepless nights (really? How long are they supposed to do this?), the 'flung' food, spilt milk, the scowl, the whining, etc...despite all of these things (which I'm told are COMPLETELY NORMAL--I have to repeat that phrase three times every day)...
This kid ROCKS!

I just can't imagine my life without her. I miss her every minute that I'm not with her...even when I desperately need the break. It's I'm missing my right arm. She's just a part of me. The miracle of child and mother. I can't really put to words what it feels like to be her mommy. It's the most incredible gift.

She is so precious and I'm so blessed to have been given the chance to care for her in this world. We thank God every day for her presence in our lives...her silly, determined, sassy, rambunctious, loving, playful, talented, cuddly, strong-willed presence.

It's exactly that...which we couldn't possibly live without.

I love you, my Squeaks! Happy 2nd Birthday!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

I'm back!

Okay, so I've been back for a little while...but as soon as I returned from the most AWESOME WPPI experience ever!, Aaron (the most incredible husband in the world), had planned an amazing birthday get-away weekend for me. Yup, I'm 29 years old. CRAZY. I hear this is the last birthday that you officially have? That you just keep celebrating '29' for the next 50 years or so? I hope that's true!
Anyhow, my husband is incredible and had everything planned out for me. He took me on a romantic escape to a downtown Penthouse... So relaxing!
We had yummy food, lots of fun strolls around the gaslamp district and to Balboa Park (I couldn't believe we did it! It had to have been several miles!), lots of good reading, and we even broke out my new Lowell ID and had a little fun with that! The best part was that we didn't have to wake up with my precious Abbey at 6:00am. Hooray for sleeping in! I needed it desperately after WPPI...just ask my roomie Cathy Crawley. ;)

So, back to business. I have so many shoots to still blog! Getting behind...
Well, here is a really REALLY quick update on a shoot that we did out in Vegas for starters.

Let me start out by saying that the Baxters of Ohana Photography, are awesome! David and Kimi totally put together this rad shoot out in this dried up lake bed at the CA/NV state line. It was so much fun! And seriously, I'm glad I was the photographer and could wear my nice down vest...'cause it was FREEZING!

Poor girls. They were such sports! Goosebumps and all! :)
I had a little extra fun with the post-processing of a lot of these images...some new textures and some just color-shifting. I hope you like 'em!

Here are a few shots of Amber...she was so cool! We totally clicked. And she was a rad model...super fierce...and amazingly beautiful. That's understandable when you have the coolest name, ever. ;)

This first one is almost straight-out-of-camera. Isn't she beautiful?

Leslie was really amazing with her fire-red hair and sass! Her black tu-tu was so cool...and the fabric added a whole new dimension to the images.

This is Rylee. She was so spunky! I loved it! I guess she had a couple of awesome outfits earlier in the day...but we missed 'em (had to listen to one of our fav photo heros at the convention--Jerry Ghionis!)

And finally, this is Dailazsae. She had one of the most stunning looks I think I've ever beautiful...and such a good sport despite the chilling winds! She was the last model out there...I think I may have gotten back into the car before her! :)

So, there are a few shots from the week in Vegas. We took lots of roomie shots...but my roomies still have them! Eh-hem! ;) Hopefully I'll get them soon from them so I can show you the fun 'jumping on the bed' photos we took at the wee hours of the night. Silly girls.

I need to go jump into my bed! Night!