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!