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Larry & Becky’s engagement session was held at the start of May, at practically my favorite time of the year. When the sun sets later in the day and the weather is not too cool, not too hot. David and I walked them through the park stopping at various places so that we’d have a variety of different scenic areas. My favorite thing about these two together? I probably don’t even have to say it because you can feel it when you scroll down through their session! Look at the way they stare into each others eyes! Makes me feel all sappy and romantic ♥ Larry couldn’t keep his eyes off Becky. I mean, she’s pretty smokin’ hot in her dress so we can’t blame him right?!

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Then when I thought we were ready to wrap things up, Becky asked if we could do just a few more. I’ve never thought to use the Amphitheater of Riverwalk Park. Sometimes my creative mind just can’t see outside of the box. But I obliged, and the results are what may be some of my favorite engagement photos ever ♥

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Congratulations on your engagement Larry & Becky! We love having your fun personalities to work with and cannot wait (really, 10 more months? Guuuuhhh) for the I Do’s!

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Jason & Elena ♥ You know how they say first impressions are everything? Well they are :) I fell in love with these two beautiful people & their connection with each other immediately. The way they talk together, sit close & share the same ideas for their wedding day, they’re so incredibly sweet! Our second time together during their engagement session was perfect. Their connection to each other was familiar & easy. Making our jobs as their photographers pretty freaking amazing!

We had a blast with the two of you, Jason & Elena. David and I cannot wait until your wedding day! Special thanks to my favorite makeup artist, Ande Castaneda and her great work on Elena! She looked absolutely beautiful for their engagement session ♥

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  • […] forget is how they warned us of their awkwardness in front of the camera while we scheduled their engagement session. Which sent me into planning mode, how to break the ice ideas, how to make things easy etc… […]ReplyCancel

Dear Abby,

     My princess dress up, makeup loving, dirty finger nailed, girly tom-boy. You’re my littlest. My baby. My snuggling, lovable hug and kisser. The one who cries to sad movies with me (Frozen) and makes me laugh when I can hardly muster up a smile. You are my sunshine baby. The girl who lights up my life. I’m so glad you’re mine. You’ll be six in just a few weeks from today. It makes me sad that we’re saying goodbye to so many special milestones in your life. How did we get through them all so quickly? But it also makes me smile to see the beautiful girl you’ve grown into over the last year. Watching just how much you’ve pushed yourself to overcome tough spots in school. Your don’t give up easy. I hope that’s a quality you keep always. My sweet silly girl, I can’t wait to celebrate you on your birthday.

Love you mostest,
♥ Momma

Child Photographer | Jess Cadena Photography

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A head full of soft, wispy strawberry blonde hair and a sweetness you can’t help but snuggle. Jordan was quite the charmer for his newborn session. I didn’t even want to put him down, just wanted to steal all of his cuddles! I know he’s at home right now totally working mom and dad over ;) The love they have for him was so strong I had to fight back my own tears during his session.  As I pick through my favorites to share with you, I remind myself, this is my job! I am so blessed ♥

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My husband and I have this saying of sorts and it rings true for us more times than I can count.

“If you make plans, count on them to be ruined.”

Which is pretty hard for me because I’m a planner. My calendar is my lifeline! Well, on this day, the rain attempted it’s very best at trying to ruin us, but we held out and we won. It literally (no, really) down poured right until we all pulled into location for Lina & Brady’s engagement session. The moment it stopped, we were greeted by the most beautiful light, bright sunshine peeking through glorious puffy gray clouds.

David and I have known Lina & Brady through the Bakersfield photography community for a few years now. We’ve had the pleasure of having Lina (and on occasion Brady too) in front of our cameras a few times. When they reached out to us last year during their wedding planning, we really couldn’t be more excited and happy to work with them. Lina is the sweetest, genuine soul I’ve ever met. She’s kind, generous and has a strong love of family. It makes you feel good just being around her. Brady is her perfect other half. I’m pretty sure his life’s ambition is to make her happy & soak in her laughter because he’s really great at it. These two make it so easy to fall in love with love!

Lina & Brady, we’re so happy to see you two start a new chapter in your love story ♥

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  • Robert BejilApril 4, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    wonderful work Jess!
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  • Christine Marie HamiltonApril 4, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Beautiful! And congratulationsReplyCancel

Have you ever been so completely happy for someone else that you felt like your own heart was going to burst? That’s pretty much exactly what I feel when I think of Nathan & Rochelle ♥ I’m only just getting to know Nathan, but Rochelle has been in our lives for a while now and right now I cannot get over just how happy I am for these two!

We’re so excited to be able to stand beside you as you make your vows to each other in just a few months!

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