Sunset Beach | Shoot and Meet Photography Event

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll recall that about a year ago I joined a small Facebook group called Shoot and Meet. Shoot and Meet is a group that organizes events for local photographers every few months to network and photograph each other. At first I was really shy about getting to know other photographers in the area - I can be a bit of a wallflower at times- but now after attending four of these events this has become a wonderful photography family. These...

Malibu Family Portraits | The Hawkins Family

Recently I met the Hawkins family on the beach for their Malibu family portraits to celebrate their parents' anniversary. It's so awesome to get to know large families like this one and celebrate their special bond. This beautiful stretch of beach in Malibu, California was the perfect spot! There were lots of cool rock formations and of course the beautiful ocean breeze! One of my favorite shots of the day was this one below when I asked the two girls to kiss their brother on the cheek! So so cute!...

Orange County Photography | My Top Ten Moments from 2013

I still can't believe 2013 is gone! It was such a great year, both personally and professionally. I'm excited to see what 2014 has to offer, but I want to bid 2013 a proper farewell by sharing 10 of my favorite moments in no particular order:   That moment during their reception when Ben & Nadine forgot about everyone else in the room and shared this adorable smooch. The day this lovely family invited me into their home to photograph their love. The day I spent photographing the ever gorgeous Jackie. This freeeezing...

Romantic Night in Newport: Desiree & Christos

Desiree was this year's winner of the Summer Photoshoot Giveaway. I was thrilled when she asked if she could bring her husband along for her session in celebration of their 5 year anniversary. I love working with couples, so this was a treat for me!   We got together a few weeks before the session to throw around some ideas for location, theme and outfits. Desiree & Christos love to dance, so it was really important to them that we included that in their session. Another request that they wanted...

Instagram: My Life In Squares

It's so easy to take for granted how far photography has come. Technology has made it so easy for us to snap and share every moment.   Since I'm in between preparing sneak peeks I thought I'd share a few random facts about me and some of my everyday snaps from Instagram:     If I could eat at this Irish pub every day for breakfast, I wouldn't have much to complain about. The french toast was amazing!   Of all the different types of sessions I shoot, working with couples is my absolute favorite....

Orange County Photographer’s Shoot & Meet

I approached the crowd timidly, half hoping it was the wrong group so I would have an excuse to walk back to my car, wave the white flag and go home. I was already twenty minutes late and had alllmost ran over a peacock trying to find the spot in Irvine park that we were supposed to assemble for the first ever SoCal Shoot & Meet event. What if they're all better photographers than me? What if my photos suck? I had never photographed another photographer before so I was...

Old Towne Orange Portrait Session | Jacqueline

Last month I met with Jackie for her Old Towne Orange Portrait Session. We chose this location because of it's urban, yet vintage environment. It was the perfect setting for Jackie's portrait session. Every couple of years or so Jackie comes to me to have her portraits updated for her personal and professional (She's an incredible makeup artist) sites. This year she wanted to show off more of her feminine side, while still incorporating some of her nerdy passions. She arrived in an adorable summer dress that was reminiscent of ...

Laguna Beach Family Portraits | Julie, Shawn & Noah

Not too long ago I met with Julie, Shawn and Noah for their Laguna Beach family portrait session. Like most families, Julie was really excited for family picture day, while Shawn and Noah were a bit skeptical. I reassured them that the idea was to just have a good time and in the process we'd create great images for their home. By the end of the afternoon, we'd done just that! The family had chosen this gorgeous, yet quiet little spot in Laguna Beach for their session.  The beautiful location...

Sneak Peek: Old Town Orange Photography | Jackie

Yesterday afternoon I met with Jackie, an old friend who'm many of you know, In Old Town Orange to update her portraits. Her stunning Marylin inspired outfit made this gorgeous gal even easier to photograph! We captured so many amazing images; I can't even begin to express the frustration and disappointment I faced when I got home and realized we'd been without power all day! I wanted to share the images SO badly. So instead, I'm sharing them tonight! Here's a first look at what's coming soon:   Want to see...

Orange County Family Portraits | Ritchie

I met Lavonne last winter at a coffee shop near her home. From the moment we sat down I knew that we were a good match when it came to photography. She was so excited about the experience and had a ton of wonderful ideas. Lavonne wanted to surprise her family with a gift of a family portraits. It was an honor to be chosen as the photographer for the job. While most of my clients chose to have their photos taken at a park or the beach, this particular...