Oh Gideon, you sweet handsome hunk of a little man. I’ve anticipated your newborn session from the moment your momma told me of your existence! And because you’re born to such an awesome family, of course you played it cool because, duh. If big brother could do it, of course you could too! that’s two for two, for the Johnston clan ♥

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of photographing both maternity sessions, newborn sessions & a few in-between sessions for this family and I love them to pieces. They just moved halfway across the country and I already miss them and the super sweet moments they welcomed me in to photograph. ::cries::

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and seriously, I ask every guy to kiss his lady like this. This guy? Makes me all sappy every single time. It’s like every bit of his love just radiates right to her. Oh my heart!

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Oh fall, you’re here! We only get a short few weeks with the gorgeous fall colors & falling leaves, but I welcome it with wide open arms every year. I love that the season brings beautiful weather with it too. Perfect for bundling up during your family session.

I love a family with an open heart for letting their kiddos have fun & explore. Children usually run the show, so when we let this little guy have at it, we all had fun & shared lots of laughs! Little man brought along a toy bear who he took exploring the leaves & secret hiding spots while sweet little lady won me over with her beautiful bright eyes and smirky smiles ♥

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Lina & Brady were married on August 24th in beautiful Santa Barbara at the Fess Parker Hotel. We had a wonderful time photographing two people in love on a gorgeous, warm day full of excitement & emotion.

David and I met Lina & Brady through the Bakersfield photography community about 3 years ago (whoa, doesn’t even feel so long ago!), and I specifically remember a night after David wrapped up a session with them. He came home, unpacked his gear and said something like “those two, they’ll be married. They’re so good together.” It’s likely they knew that at that point already, it’s pretty amazing to have a love so beautiful that the world around you feels it too.

Lina & Brady, we loved every moment of your wedding day! Looking back at how much love you were surrounded by, everyone was so full of love and happiness for the both of you. Your families, your friends. Photographers condition themselves to wait for these moments, when love is shared, memories are made. It was endless love the entire day. We are so happy for the two of you!

I’m so excited to share just a small bit of their wedding day with you ♥

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“The hills were alive with wildflowers
And I was as wild, even wilder than they
For at least I could run, they just died in the sun
And I refused to just wither in place”
– Dolly Parton

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Every now and then I have a creative bug that bites hard and I need the freedom to just let it flow. No rules or requirements. I loved working with you Melissa! Your free spirited, beautiful personality is exactly what I needed in front of my camera ♥

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The Blaylock’s have a surprise!

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They’re adding to the family, and big sister Madison is SO excited to have a little brother ♥

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Sara my friend, pregnancy looks amazing on you. I’m so excited and happy for the four of you! I cannot wait to meet your little man ♥ And goodness, Maddy is going to be one heck of an awesome big sister.

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