Thanks for stopping by. Check in every so often to see recent photography sessions, weddings, and family fun. I also post little tidbits about my life and work so you can get to know me a little better. Take a peek, enjoy, and let me know what you think!
I have known Jacqueline and her family now for some time. Along with her two older sisters, Samantha and Kalene, Jacqueline has baby-sat my daughters over the years. In the early days, when my girls were toddlers and we would go on family camping trips, the even short moments of respite they provided my husband, Jeff, and I were MUCH appreciated.
And now it’s Jacqueline’s turn to fly the coop, heading off to Philadelphia to study the science behind textiles. Such an interesting and different major. Jacqueline tells me that many graduates go on to work as consultants for companies like Nike and Under Armour, helping them to create and test fabrics that will perform the best under certain conditions.
Although her major is somewhat scientific, Jacqueline also has her artsy side, as an avid dancer, loving hip-hop, ballet and modern.
I just love Jacqueline’s adventurous spirit, launching herself across the other side of the country for this next chapter. Knowing her, I am confident this will be a fantastic opportunity for her to blossom.
Alright- it seems I am on a roll these days with cute babies. Or maybe it is just those bright eyed, “the world is my oyster” smiles that captivate my heart and imagination? Whatever it is…keep it coming. I’m having a great time!
It has been a few years now capturing the Moreland crew. It’s one of the favorite parts of being a photographer; getting to experience and record these incredible life changing moments and often, if I’m lucky, year after year too. I know them, we’ve worked together many times, We have already built a rapport; at a session, I’m familiar with their genuine smiles and how they interact with each other- we dive in, trust it and it flows. This family is so natural and easy in front of my camera. I am grateful to get to work with them.
A couple years ago, on perhaps the hottest summer day ever, I photographed Katrina and Joe joining their two families(with children Shayla and Jordan) when they married at Apple Mountain Golf Club in Camino. A couple years later, Katrina contacted me to let me know that she was pregnant. I l o v e getting that call from my past wedding clients:) After ordering one of my baby packages and shooting a fun, family maternity session, it was time for Casey’s birth and I was honored to be there(well,.. almost) as she was born in one of those “oh my god, what happened” moments that seem to frequent a 2nd or 3rd time mom. Still, my arriving even a few minutes late in those incredible first moments of life and adoration was breath taking and beautiful. Katrina is so strong and Joe is so steady.
A lifestyle newborn session was next in their Natomas home about a week after Casey took the world by storm.
Casey’s smile lit up our six month session in the park. She is simply an adored little girl. How lucky for her- how lucky for them. Love you all!
Special thanks for Michelle for the great location, awesome help and dinner date afterwards!
Jake graduates from El Dorado High this spring so it was the perfect time to get out to the lake and capture some photographs of him. As an avid wake boarder, the lake was a natural choice for him. I always joke with my senior male clients that the images we take are “not for you” but for “your mom”, so just be yourself so that she loves them. This tends to take off the pressure off this photo shoot being “all about them” and guys are able to relax into it more easily. Jake is a super sweet guy and was fun to work with. Melissa, his mom tagged along and watched adoringly. It’s such a big milestone for both of them and I even caught a few images of the two of them, which I love to do given the opportunity. To make it a little easier come fall, Jake has decided to stick around home and go to Folsom Lake College where he’ll be able to get a flavor of the type of career that interests him (and enjoy his mom’s great cooking). He currently has a nice job doing photography for a local company website so to have a job, live at home and get to go to school seems the perfect fit for him. Riley(my assistant and one of his classmates) helped out on this one! Congratulations Jake.
A pair of denim jackets, a beautiful spring day…Ok. I think I want another one. Serious, look at all the cuteness blossoming out of this session. Stevie Lynn is such a big blue eyed love pumpkin—and to think that I had the honor of being there when she was born just about one year ago. You can feel how loved she is in the way she moves around her world- both connected to her mama and curious and independent too.
If you know me, you know I am kidding. My life is more than full with two amazing children. Plus, raising kids is hard work however easy Amanda makes it look. It comes so natural to her- it was beautiful to witness. I am proud to have a 10 and 13 year old and am just starting to catch the glimpse of my oldest coming into her own in such a beautiful way. As I said to my husband in surprise, “I don’t think we messed up”(yet). It took 13 years to get there. Ahhh parenting.
Loved this session out in the field above Placerville with talented photographer Amanda and her budding assistant, Stevie Lynn on a beautiful first day of spring. It all makes my heart full. xxoo
Last week I met up with local high school senior Abby and her mom, Alice to capture this life milestone in Abby’s life and talk about the beginning of the next one. Abby and Alice have a wonderful mother/daughter relationship and I enjoyed observing them both take it all in; Abby, clearly excited about what is next and Alice, also excited for her but still preparing to see her youngest leave home. These sessions can be a shared rite of passage and as a mom myself, beautiful to be a part of.
With three college acceptances to choose from and graduation only a few short months away, Abby now gets to decide on schools in Washington, Oregon and Southern California, where she plans to study education and become an elementary school teacher. Her proudest accomplishments at EDHS were playing on the volley ball team(with my photography assistant Riley), and also teaching in the special needs program. Congratulations Abby!
Special thanks to Erin for assisting on this one!