10 Year Journey as a Photographer – Orange County Photography

I started my photography business in 2007 and along the way I have met many incredible people that have let me tell their stories by capturing those brief moments from babies to adulthood. I feel so honored to be a part of so many people’s photographic memories. To have clients turn in to friends and to be privileged to record special moments for them has been a remarkable time for me.

For this month, I am going to share my favorite images throughout my ten-year journey as a photographer – first up are precious baby images dating all the way back to the beginning in 2007.

When I am doing a photo shoot with a baby, I really feel like I am stepping into a very intimate moment between the parents and their baby. Seeing that bond there is just amazing and it is great to capture that in unforgettable images so they will always remember the special moment and love they had for their baby.

I photographed cousins – Lily and Cash. They were born to two sisters within one week of each other.  Lily’s blue eyes just popped and Cash had these rolls of baby fat that were so perfect!

Annalise was 10 days old (at the time, the youngest baby that I had ever photographed). I had this vision of a stork bringing her home and incorporated the Special Delivery sign.

I photographed a couple that was expecting their first baby for their maternity; they knew it was going to be a boy. We did their photoshoot at their home, so I got to see Caden’s nursery with a baseball theme to it. Caden’s dad conveyed to me how much he loved baseball and could not to wait to teach his son to play. That inspired this image with Caden and his dad’s baseball and mitt – a picture they ended up using on Caden’s birth announcement.

Pink was the color inspiration for Charlotte’s session. When Charlotte suddenly clasped her hands together and looked up at me I knew the image was going to be flawless. The parents loved it.

I had been waiting for a warm day to photograph a baby outside. Found this huge banana leaf to place baby Beck in. I remember having to make sure the leaf was warm before setting Beck down on it.

I had the pleasure of photographing Baby Cianna four times during her first year. One of the best things about being a portrait artist is that I get to watch these kids grow up. It’s like seeing a caterpillar turn in to a beautiful butterfly. I’m always in awe at the many changes.

Baby Ben was six months old and not yet able to sit up without falling over, so I propped him using his parents’ feet showing how small he was at that age.

I went to Imaging USA Trade Show and fell in love with a blanket of roses. I bought it and have used this lovely prop during many photoshoots for babies. This image was one of the first wall portraits that my clients ordered. Seeing a wall portrait in print that I created for the first time was really rewarding to me. I have used this image of baby Stephanie many times myself at shows and for advertising.

Baby Wyatt’s blues eyes are looking at his mother. It was such a tender moment that really touched my heart.

Stay tuned for my blog on favorite childhood portraits…..

Prom Photography – High School Senior

One Saturday afternoon, I went with my lovely Step-daughter, Hayley to pick out her prom dress. We went to so many places and just as we were about to give up, we went in to Lili’s of Beverly Hills. The moment Hayley slipped into this gown, we knew it was the one that looked great on her & she felt special in it.
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Best Photos of 2014

After votes from clients, friends and family they decided on the Best Photos of 2014 that I took. The number one image with the most votes was this gorgeous portrait of Sophia sitting in a window at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. It had 29 votes because of those votes she is receiving a 16×20 wall portrait to cherish forever.

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Third place was one of my favorites from the year, Baby Christopher’s feet. The comments on this image:  So unique – makes you study it! and Very artistic.001The last image with a lot of votes was Baby Lexi in a crate. Her image had the most comments of any of the photos:

I love this little girl sitting in the box. The colors are bright but blend together really well. I like how one of the flowers on her headband matches the color of the box. Her pose is so casual natural for a toddler. She holding onto the box, but not gripping it for dear life. She looks like she’s playing. I like having the autumn too because I think everyone has that picture of playing in a pile of leaves. And toothless smiles are just too cute!ADSC_0258 LogoOk – I had to vote for this one because the second I saw it I felt happy! The little darling looks as though she is having a great time and the picture is a great mix of nature, textures, light, cuteness and really could not be more perfect! I hope I don’t mess you up because I’m going to like 2 more – but this is my favorite GREAT WORK!!!

OMG!!!! That is the most precious picture ever!!!! You are AWESOME! What a gift you have with children.

Thank you to all my clients for inspiring my photography to create some very unique images. I am looking forward to 2015!!

My Brother, Tobin, Gets Married!!

I had the pleasure of photographing my Brother’s wedding to his lovely bride Kirsten in Portland, Oregon at McMenamins Edgefield, a gorgeous setting. The wedding was very much a family affair. My sister, Lara, got ordained to marry Tobin & Kirsten. Kirsten’s cousin, Rickey designed the flowers and Kirsten’s niece, Ashleigh did the hair and make-up. 001 LogoMcMenamins Edgefield has a vineyard. A perfect setting for photographing the rings. Great image and I got to eat grapes right off the vine!!DSC_8187 logoThe day before the wedding, I walked the grounds of McMenamins Edgefield and was enchanted by these birdhouses and knew that would be a perfect setting for the Bride’s Dress. I got up at sunrise and had my sister hold an off camera flash to illuminate the dress. I just love this image. DSC_8240 B&W LogoThe water tower and this garden shed was another great backdrop for the Bride’s dress.DSC_8216 LogoSuitcase belongs to the Bride’s Aunt. Of course I had to use it!!! Love vintage!!DSC_8226 LogoDSC_8391 LogoMy sister-in-law looked GORGEOUS on her wedding day. This image is so dreamy of Kirsten. 064 Blog 5x5 cropped Photographer's FavoriteDSC_8379 Logo  PhotoshopDSC_8380 Logo B&W GlowIDSC_8400 B&W Logo002 LogoOne of my favorite images of Kirsten. I put this look together the night before the wedding as I was inspired to use another light source besides natural light or a flash. We were staying in a house on the grounds of McMenamins Edgefield. I saw these velvet drapes that looked so dramatic, I dragged the chair and lamp from other rooms. Next day got this great image of the bride. 076 Photographer's Favorite080 Blog Photographer's FavoriteHere is my handsome brother! 003 LogoDSC_8290 Logo171 Blog Photographer's FavoriteThe very happy Bride and Groom!004 Logo156 Photographer's FavoriteDSC_8506 Logo cropped and Photoshop333 Photographer's FavoriteThese photos are my wedding gift to my brother and my beautiful new sister-in-law, Kirsten of their special day. 

Hayley – Class of 2015 High School Senior Photography

Two things make this senior session extra special for me. 1. Hayley is my Step-daughter. 2. We photographed Hayley’s Senior Session in Finland!! Hayley’s Dad is from Finland. Since Hayley was baby she has gone almost every summer to Finland. This year, she is now a Finnish Citizen. Hayley has dual citizenship. Making it easier for her to live or work in Europe. 001Logo002 LogoThe above is a courtyard located at Turku Castle. A 13th Century Castle! Not everyday a girl has her senior session at a Castle!DSC_8235 LogoThis trip was my third visit to Finland and when I saw the beautiful red barn at Hayley’s Aunt’s Home, I knew that I wanted to photograph Hayley there for her senior session.
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