Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kyle & Jessica {Family Portraits}

Meet Jessica and Kyle and their two furry pups!

My first winter shoot was right after our first big snow storm hit. It was my first time photographing anybody in the snow and its a lot more dangerous then I thought it would be. I was hoping and praying I didn't land on my butt and break any bones or camera equipment. Thankfully I survived! Jessica on the other hand, she barely survived! :D It was so darn cold we could see our breathe. A first for me to be photographing in that type of weather. But we had so much fun!

Jessica and Kyle are expecting their first child! I am so darn excited for them, one thing you will get to know about me is that I love babies!!! I can't wait to see what this next year holds for them, bringing in their first child. They are two of the funniest people I know and are always a joy to be around even under difficult circumstances, like standing in the cold getting their pictures taken. :)

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

*Music Friday*

"To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing."

One year ago today my best guy friend asked me out on a date. I accepted. On the way to our location, we were stopped at a stop light and in complete random conversation he turned and looked at me and asked me to be his girlfriend. It was one of the sweetest moments I have ever experienced. Today that guy (Nate) is still my best friend and love of my life. It has surely been a roller coaster, we hung on for dear life and today we are so happy that we did!

Photo cred: Anthony Frazier

I am typing up this blog from my hotel room in South Lake Tahoe! I can't even tell you the last time I took a non working vacation. I am known for multitasking on my vacations and throwing in a lot of work to help with the cost of the trip. It usually leads to me working far more then relaxing and enjoying a vacation. So I am happy to say that I am really relaxing and enjoying every moment of this vacay with NO work what so ever! It has been heavenly! I am in one of my favorite places with one of my favorite people. We are so happy to be away from the craziness of life and just enjoy and focus on each other on this special day! I am just going to share one song today for *Music Friday*, a song that holds a lot of meaning to me. Nate is a musician and when we first met he wrote this song that completely won me over. I hope you enjoy it...

I am so excited about all the things I have to share with you when I get back from Tahoe. I have personal style blog coming up and a snowy family portrait session that is just TOO cute! Happy Friday friends, enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Stephanie {Family Portraits}

Here is my last Fall shoot of the year 2013! It feels so crazy to be saying that, the year is coming to an end. I can hardly believe it! I really love Fall beyond any other season so I am very sad to see it go, but luckily I really enjoy winter! Being all bundled up with a cup of hot tea, watching a good Netflix movie or reading a good book is one of my favorite things to do! I have many snowy/wintery photos to share with you soon but first lets take a look at my last Fall session!

Meet Stephanie and her two sweet boys...

Stephanie and her boys drove a good 40 minutes to have me take their pictures. I had never met them before so it was such a pleasure getting to meet all three of them. Young kids especially boys are never to thrilled about having their picture taken but the boys worked together so well and the outcome was great. I think doing on location photography really lets people be themselves and feel more comfortable rather then sticking them in front of a white color background and putting them in all kinds of silly poses. I feel like once the boys got to climb a few tree's and sit in spots they thought were cool they were feeling much more comfortable being in front of the camera. We shot these photos at Murphy's Park the weekend before the snow hit, hope you enjoy them!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! I am off to Tahoe for my first real vacation in years so I will have so much to share when I get back!

Friday, December 13, 2013

*Music Friday*

It's no doubt that music is a huge part of my life. From a young age I have been drawn to music and lyrics. I am captured by beautiful words constantly and when someone takes those beautiful words and creates music out of it my heart is won. (Obviously, I am dating a musician, Haha!) Being a photographer and spending hours upon hours editing at your computer you need something to help you through those long hours and music has been it for me. I sometimes get distracted when a good song comes on and I cant help but break out in a little dance party with my pug dog Bella. Soooo I thought it would be fun to share with you guys the music that gets me through my work week.

"Daughter" is a band that was brought to my attention a couple months ago and I have been non stop listener ever since. Daughter is an English indie rock band originating from London. The first song that caught my eye is called Youth.

Another song is called "Smother" its such a relaxing song to listen to. I encourage you to listen to both! :)

I think everyone has heard of Lorde by now because of her popular song "Royals". That song is not what caught my attention, the song I have been really enjoying is called "Team". Her music has not really caught me completely yet. I think its something that will probably grow on me in the future but this song I enjoy and will probably have it on repeat soon. :)

and last but not least...THIS SONG! GUYS, Can I just tell you that there are few songs that I literally can NOT contain myself from dancing too. I have heard this song at 6am in the morning on my drive to work, half asleep and feeling like death till I hear the beginning and then I am wide eyed, singing and dancing like a fool in my car! It's so fun and up beat and I doubt you will be able to contain your dance moves when you hear it! ;)

One Republic - "Counting Stars"

Well I hope you enjoyed my first "Music Friday" Blog. I will be posting every Friday so I hope you check back for more and if you feel compelled to, please share any of your favorite songs or artist with me! I love talking music and soon enough I have will be posting about some local NorCal artist that I will be interviewing and sharing their music with you as well. Really looking forward to that! So stayed tuned for much more to come and HAPPY FRIDAY!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Aurora {Family/Newborn}

I feel like this is the PERFECT photo shoot to post while we are all saying goodbye to the beautiful fall weather and saying hello to some serious cold weather! It makes my heart SO happy to be around babies. For me they cure the worst case of grumps and bad day blues. I love to see my friends who I have grown up with become mothers and quiet amazing ones at that! SO here is to the last shoot of fall...

Meet Aurora

Aurora is the new addition to my friend Tranette and Daryl's little family. I have known Tranette & Daryl from what seems like forever. We used to run around the Elementary School playground being silly little kids and now here they are, adults with TWO little ones of their own, Aiden and Aurora! It was such a beautiful Fall, overcast day. I was in LOVE with all the beautiful leaves falling off the tree's, I could have photographed there all day long. Here is the rest of their photo session. I hope you like the photos and don't be afraid to leave me a little blog lovin in the comment space. ;)

Stay tuned for the next post on my latest music playlist that I have had on repeat for the past couple of weeks. You know you want me to introduce you to some awesome new music!<3