C + J: Engagement | Santa Clarita Engagement Photographer

Late in July, I received a call from a new wedding and event venue in Agua Dulce, CA called Gardens of Paradise.  I was invited to bring one lucky couple out to the 90-acre ranch for their engagement session.  Gardens of Paradise boasts “cascading waterfalls, ponds, lush gardens, romantic bridges and whimsical walkways”, so of course, I was excited!  I knew right away that C & J were the perfect couple to photograph here.  Once I explained the details, they were totally on board!

C & J are very laid back, so we made sure to keep the session casual.  We collaborated on wardrobe, makeup and hair and achieved the look that we felt was just right for their personalities and their relationship.

C & J, you two look stunning; a truly gorgeous couple. I wish you the best of luck for the future!

Gardens of Paradise 
32222 Agua Dulce Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91390 
(661)268-1100

 

Baby D & Family Were Back! | Santa Clarita Baby Photographer

I was so excited when Baby D’s parents booked a mini session in honor of his upcoming first birthday. This little guy is one big tornado of huge smiles, happiness, and cuteness. He didn’t disappoint! For this session, we wandered Hart Park in Newhall.

The Big 1-0 {A Personal Note} | Santa Clarita Photographer

Tomorrow is the big day…the big 1-0: 10 years of marriage for Thomas and I.  Instead of my usual Wednesday photography post, I am dedicating this post to my husband because his presence in my life has given me the inspiration to do what I do, day in and day out.

Thomas and I met when we were in high school, although we went to different schools. We were fixed up by two friends who were dating and, after our first meeting, we were inseparable.  Though we were young, it wasn’t long before we were talking marriage.  On a sunny Santa Barbara day, Thomas got down on one knee on the pier and asked me to spend forever with him.  Of course, I said yes!

April 7, 2001 was a cold, rainy day. Not exactly what we had hoped for when we planned an outdoor wedding in a beautiful gazebo.  The funny thing was, I really didn’t care. I was marrying my best friend. I was marrying the man of my dreams. I was marrying the man that made me feel special, who loved me, and who I imagined growing old with.  That day, we tied the knot [indoors] and I couldn’t have been happier. Everything was right in the world.

10 years and 2 kids later, there have been very good times and there have been very difficult times.  And still, I see him the same way as when we first met. My knight in shining armor, my best friend, my love.  He gives me the courage to be myself, to challenge myself, and to believe in myself.  In the same respect, I am proud of the man he has always been and the man he has become.

This weekend, I will officially be off the grid…truly, off the grid. As many of you know, that rarely happens.  Thomas and I decided to take what we are calling our “random road trip”. My mom is watching our kids. We are setting off bright and early on Saturday morning with no particular destination in mind…no hotel rooms booked…just each other’s company.  We couldn’t be more excited!

Of course, pictures to follow!

Happy 10th anniversary, Thomas!

The Roqueblave’s and Their Pooch | Santa Clarita Photographer

I’m always happy to oblige when a client requests that we shoot at their home. The possibilities are endless! The Roqueblave’s had a huge, gorgeous backyard and their dog Cha Cha made full use of it running at full speed.

The Nelsons’ Faux Engagement Session | Santa Clarita Lifestyle Photographer

When I first talked to J, she explained to me that she had never had the chance to have an engagement session with her husband. I was surprised when she told me that they have been married for 3 years! How exciting! The best thing about being a photographer is capturing special moments that my clients treasure forever and I just knew that I couldn’t let this cute couple down. Check out how adorable and in love they are!

A Family Affair | Santa Clarita Family Photographer

The E Family met me super-early on a Saturday morning. Usually, my early morning sessions are somewhat subdued (no one is REALLY awake yet!). Not this family! I had so much fun joking around with them! Did I mention that it was also COLD? Every so often, we had to stop to put on jackets to keep our teeth from chattering. That didn’t take down the positivity at this session at all. I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to catch their personalities in action.

The Achzet Family | Santa Clarita, CA Family Photographer

I was so very excited when The Achzets purchased one of my Screamin’ Daily Deal coupons! Lori Ann & I have known each other since high school and, although there was quite a while when we were off doing our own things and weren’t in touch, over the past few years, we have become truly great friends. I’m also completely thrilled to help welcome “Baby D” into The Achzet’s life. Thanks for a wonderful session, guys – you made it easy!