Friday, June 24, 2011

Months 10-12 w/Asher | San Diego Children's Photographer


Tidbit #12: Asher loves to climb EVERYTHING. Ladders, boxes, containers, name it.


Tidbit #13: His first word was 'ball' and then 'dada'. He still does not say 'mama'!! :( Believe me...we work on it EVERY day!


Tidbit #14: The only time Asher sits still is when he is strapped into his high chair. He can tolerate being held while you walk around doing things around the house, but as soon as you sit with him, or try to rock, he is outta there! Always on the go!

Tidbit #15: Someday, he will know and love Jesus. I know this hasn't happened yet...but this kid is so covered in prayer...I know its bound to happen! :) And God, I'm sure, will do mighty things thru him. He is already such a strong, sweet, funny, determined little individual...we are so proud of him.

We love you Asher! You are such a blessing in our lives. Xoxo!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Months 7-9 with Asher | San Diego Baby Photographer


Tidbit #9:
Asher is always in the 50th percentile for weight and above the 97th percentile for height. He should be over 6 feet tall when he's all grown up!


Tidbit #10:
He has learned to use sign language to communicate a little. His favorite signs: 'milk', 'more', and 'all done'!


Tidbit #11:
Asher started taking his first steps on his own at 9 months...and we kept pushing him down. Didn't help. That kid was determined!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Months 3-6 with Asher | San Diego Baby Photographer


Tidbit #5:
Asher thinks he's hysterically funny when he sneezes.


Tidbit #6:
He will spend hours in the tub if you let him. He LOVES to splash in the water and especially likes to take baths with his big sis.


Tidbit #7:
His favorite food seems to be watermelon...and pretty much any other kind of fruit.


Tidbit #8:
He can hear the dishwasher open from a mile away and always comes running to 'help' unload it. I'm just waiting for him to break my washer door from always crawling on top of it to reach dishes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Amy & Mike Engaged! | San Diego Wedding Photographer

Allow me to introduce, Amy & Mike! Aren't they really really ridiculously good looking?

Amy's sister, Jillian, and I went to graduate school together at SDSU. I was so excited when Amy (who lives in LA) wrote to tell me that was getting married in San Diego and that she and her fiancé were looking for a photographer. Thank you Jillian for the recommendation! Anyways, I knew that it was going to be a fun wedding within seconds of meeting them and I wanted in! Amy & Mike are a very relaxed and fun-loving couple, so I'm predicting happy tears and a packed dance floor at their celebration in August!

At first Amy & Mike just wanted to do photos at the wedding, but I told them that I really thought they would enjoy an engagement shoot as well. Engagement shoots are a great way for me to get to know a couple in front of the camera -- what kind of angles/lighting/framing they like, which goofy smile they like/don't like, how they interact with each other -- and this makes the wedding pictures even better!

Sometimes grooms are apprehensive about booking an engagement shoot because they have never been in front of a camera for a long time, or they think they'll feel awkward posing with a cheesy smile for hours, but my grooms always walk away really glad they did it. And I think it is because I don't make them pose -- I just tell the couple to have fun together and I take pictures while they play!

Mike was one of those grooms that took a little convincing, but I heard him say "That was really fun," as he walked to his car. ;) Amy & Mike's photoshoot was very spontaneous and we spent the whole time laughing, so I'm not surprised he had a good time!

Thanks Amy & Mike! I can't wait for the wedding!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Month 2 with Asher | San Diego Newborn Photographer

Tidbit #3: Asher pulled himself up to a stand while holding Aaron's fingers during his first few weeks of life. Aaron was convinced that Asher was a 'wonder-boy' and showed any innocent bystander the trick.

Tidbit #4: During almost every one of Asher's photoshoots, Abbey wanted to make sure that there was a 'bro and sis' photo taken.

While this tidbit is not entirely about Asher, I feel that it is appropriate because Asher has undoubtedly matured into the little boy he is today due to the great influence of his big sister...

...he wouldn't have learned to hit so hard if it wasn't for her boxing lessons. ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Boys | San Diego Children's Photographer

May 10th.
It's a very important day.
It's the day that I was given two magnificent guys to live my life with.

8 years ago I married the most wonderful husband in the world.
He loves the Lord with all of his heart,
he is a hardworker,
takes care of his family,
makes me laugh ALL the time,
verbally expresses how much he loves the food I cook for him--no matter what it is,
helps me clean the house (especially the kitchen) when things get a little crazy,
welcomes the kids into his arms the second he opens the front door in the evenings--no matter what kind of day he's had,
he is extremely intelligent--brilliant actually! :)
very funny and clever,
gets embarrassed when I write things about him (like this...),
he is kind,
he is my best friend.
I love him.
Happy Anniversary Aaron!

The second little love of my life is my son, Asher.
He blessed our lives exactly ONE year ago!
Again, I know I always say it...but really? Where has the time gone?!?!

This little guy is...well, he's exactly what our little family still needed.
He brings so much joy and happiness to us all!
The last year has been such a blessing...watching this little boy grow and change...
What a gift he truly is!

Though I haven't had the time to blog many personal events, I have been taking pictures! So, over the next few posts I'd like to show you his monthly portraits -- that I never had a chance to blog -- and to also tell you a little more about this fun guy. We have sure enjoyed getting to know him!

If you missed his newborn shoot, you can view it here. Okay, so to start this off tonight...

Month One:

Tidbit #1 - Asher never cooed. He started with low-pitched grunts and growls that you would normally hear from a 4-yr-old boy. He's 100% boy...there was never any question.

Tidbit #2 - Asher's current favorite toys are a plastic rock (the size of a golfball) that he carries around in his mouth, an old cell phone that again, he dangles from the antenna stuck in his mouth, and plastic golf clubs that he uses as bats or swords...yes, already. And he hits hard. Yes...already.

Asher, I love you so much! Happy birthday my sweet baby!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Michelle & Vikram Part 3 | San Diego Engagement Photographer

Remember these two -- Michelle and Vikram? My cousin and soon-to-be cousin? I knew you couldn't get enough of their goodness, so I thought I'd give you one more post from their engagement shoot. For this session, I invited the rest of the family -- their puppies -- to join in the fun :)

I know little kids love dogs, but let me tell you, Abbey LOVES these dogs. She keeps asking me when "Shell" is going to come back and bring the puppies. I love it. Ha!

Michelle also brought some beautiful yellow flowers with her, which complimented her unique engagement ring nicely.

I am so excited to photograph Michelle and Vikram's wedding in September in Santa Margarita. I love to shoot destination weddings because I get to experience and represent new settings simultaneously! Creative bliss!

See you in September, Michelle & Vikram! Abbey will miss the pups, but she'll still dance the night away!

Friday, April 29, 2011

"Foryer Old" | San Diego Children's Photographer

I'm not quite sure how it happened...but it did.
My baby girl turned 4!

While her birthday was a bit ago...I just finally got a chance to photograph this sweet girl.

I'm so excited to share some more images with you I'm sure you'd agree, she is the cutest little girl EVER!

But, for now...
To my little angel,
the light of my life,
Happy Birthday.

I love you, Abbey...
...all the way to the moon.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Michelle & Vikram Part 2 | San Diego Engagement Photographer

And I'm back! Abbey turned 4 last week, so I was busy putting together a "Pixie and Lost Boys" themed party for her. The party was a success and now I'm back to editing photos!

Here are pictures from my second photo shoot with my cousin Michelle and her fíance, Vikram. We decided to play around with back-lighting in a dark alleyway (...always one of the best places to shoot at night...) to see if we could capture some sultry silhouettes. Mission accomplished.

Love it. Thanks for bringing the sexy, Michelle and Vikram ;)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Michelle & Vikram | San Diego Engagement Photographer

Today's post features two very special people: my dear cousin Michelle and her fiancé, Vikram. Michelle and I grew up like sisters, as we both have younger brothers. We went to camp every summer and winter together. She came to my homecoming dances and proms. We spent every family holiday together, playing with Barbies, braiding hair, or dressing up. Now that Michelle is getting married, we decided to play dress-up one last time for Michelle and Vikram's engagement session!

Michelle and Vikram came down from their home in Long Beach to stay with us for a weekend and we dreamed up three beautiful shoots. This post features pictures from our first session. I'll reveal the others in future posts :)

Michelle and Vikram will be getting married in September in Santa Margarita. They are planning to have two wedding ceremonies -- one as a traditional Indian ceremony and the other as a more casual American ceremony -- to reflect their multicultural heritage.

Michelle and Vikram have two adorable dogs, so we brought them along for the shoot. You'll see more of them later...

Look how natural they look together in this picture. So easy and in love.

Michelle and Vikram, I could not be happier for you two! You are radiant in these pictures and I cannot wait to reveal the rest of your engagement photos... :)