So recently a good friend of mine had a kiddo who was turning one. Of course she asked me if I would take photos. And of course, I said absolutely! She sent me a bunch of cute "pinspiration" pics of epically staged cake smashes. And then she told me we could take them at the birthday party. Hold up! I hate to break it to all you first time mommas out here, but those adorable cake smash photos you see all over the internet, were not, in fact, taken during the child's birthday
A couple weeks ago, I got to catch up with an old friend from high school and help her and hubby celebrate their 10th anniversary with some updated photos of her, hubby, and their two adorable boys. We had a lot of fun having an amazing laser gun battle - the whole family got involved. Whenever I do shoots in Old Town with young children, I usually recommend a stop in the Old Town Sweet Shop as a way to reward the kiddos for good behavior. On this particular trip, I was actua
This is my friend Kim with her two beautiful daughters Sophia and Gillian, and I have had the privilege of taking family pictures for them for the past 5 holiday seasons. The funny thing is that I have actually known Kim since she was the age Sophia was when we first took photos because she was the first person my parents trusted to babysit my little sister and I after she was born (we're 7 years apart). Kim has been a huge influence in my life, both as a child and an adult.
There are a lot of things about photography that bring me joy, but if I had to choose just one, it would be the ability it gives me to share in the lives of families within my community. The gift of repeat clients not only confirms a belief in my talents, it allows me to form relationships, to watch romances bloom, families grow, children blossom into their own unique people. Over the next few blogs, I am going to highlight some of my clients, families - some of who I knew pr
For those of you have been following my pictures for the past few years, you are probably pretty familiar with this little girl's big brothers, Reade and Remy. Their mom and dad are some of my closest friends, and I am so blessed to be their honorary Auntie. In February, about a week before my birthday, I got the best gift ever, when Sara had sweet little Secilia and we finally got a little girl to spoil along with her big brothers. #orangecountyfamilyphotographer #menifeepho
I first met this family a few years ago when these kiddos' beautiful grandmother Kathy retired and her daughter Alyssia threw her one heck of a retirement party. When I arrived to take the pictures, the youngest granddaughter Addy walked up to me, grabbed my hand, and proudly announced "I 'da Baby." Right away, I could tell she had an incredibly spunky spirit, and that if the rest of her family was like her, I hoped to be taking their photos for years to come. Luckily for me,
So for the past three days, I have been trying to find the words to go with these pictures. I have literally been sitting here and erasing and sitting here and erasing. The girl in these photos is a dear friend of mine from high school. Chris was a year ahead of me and we met thru Frosh-Soph basketball. She was the point guard and could buzz around the floor, so cute, tiny, and full of love and spirit - I quickly nicknamed her "Little Bug" and it stuck. For the next 3 years (