This is Emma, the youngest of 3 gorgeous girls. She’s one of two girls I’ve had for a newborn session this entire year. Is it season of the boys?! Maybe. I was glad that I could use a bit of pink & that she gave me a few coy smiles ♥ I’ve been practicing my shushing and rocking (you have no idea how old this makes you feel when you forget how to do these things!), and Emma sure did give me a bit of confidence in my new-found skills. Or maybe she just felt bad for me and decided to be the rock star baby that she is ;)

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William & Tahnee’s wedding was held in early April, at the beautiful Hacienda Tejon Ranch. Every last special detail was thought of. Many of them even handmade by Tahnee & her family & friends. Heirlooms they can keep forever or pass down to their own children in the distant future for their own weddings!

When I first met with Tahnee, her sister & her mother last year, I asked her about details, special moments, and her dreams for her wedding day. What she said, I wrote down just like I always do. I love to pull out that scrappy piece of paper and compare what’s said to what was captured. Did I get it? Is it there? She said that she wanted it to be “Romantic, exciting, fun & silly”. Guys, my heart skips a beat because the entire day? Was each of those words, completely. I strongly believe that it’s not only because Tahnee & William put so much of their hearts into their day, but because of who they are. Being near them you feel like smiling, dancing, and embracing life.

Throughout the day I remember stopping to just look around and take in all of my surroundings. Weddings can be absolutely overwhelming, that’s no secret! It’s natural for things to happen. Anyhow, as I observed everything and everyone around me, the one thing that stood out the most was the joy, laughter and happiness that encompassed every single family member & guest they asked to join them. It was absolutely beautiful to witness, and so I share every bit of it with you here ♥

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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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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

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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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