seaside

I can't believe I've held onto this session for so long without sharing it. It was one of those golden autumn evenings (yes, in San Diego autumn means warm sunshiny beach days) when the light was glowing perfection and the children were doing exactly what they wanted to do, and really the stars all aligned for us. And since I've photographed this family several times (our first family session back when they were just three was featured on Lemonade & Lenses), I'd think it's fair to say that a session is equal parts photos and catching up, which always adds to the enjoyment factor. ;)

I love this session because it's such a story of family. Oh, there are always lows along with the highs, no doubt; but I'm here to capture those sweet moments that keep you going - the way you love on the big or little family you've built, how you play, how you snuggle, how you fit together perfectly. If this family doesn't make you want to get you and yours in front of the camera, I don't know what will. I hope you enjoy these sweetest seaside memories.

This session was featured in the ‘Self’ issue of Lemonade & Lenses along with an educational article I wrote about managing expectations in business and staying encouraged. Head over to grab your copy!

interview | sd voyager magazine

I recently had an interview featured over at SD Voyager Magazine, and if you're interested in a little behind-the-scenes look at my business, click on over to read the full exchange. I am so grateful that I am able to work a job that I love so much and am incredibly thankful for all of the support I've had from family, friends, clients, and other photographers along the way!

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San Diego Adoption Session // Haylee

This family session, along with David and Janet's story about adopting their daughter Haylee, were recently featured on The Fount Collective. I was truly blessed to be able to work with this family and to play a very small part in celebrating their story of adoption. And because Janet tells their story so beautifully, I am going to stop talking and you can read her wonderful words for yourself below. :)

"David and I joke that we never do anything the easy way. God is often giving us opportunities to grow! Thus, when we started thinking about adoption, we expected it to be difficult. We were nervous and it honestly felt like an invasive process. At our first adoption meeting we went to, we left crying, feeling overwhelmed. 

After about a year, we finally gathered the courage to go to another agency’s intro meeting and God transformed our fears into peace. It was clear that this was the path for our family. And, to our surprise, nothing in our few short years together has ever gone so smoothly!

We started the process in April 2016 and were matched with Haylee’s birth family in June.  We met them face to face in August and hit it off. We relaxed as we all realized we were feeling the same way: nervous, excited and praying to make a good impression!

In September, our beautiful Haylee Kay was born.  As soon as we saw her, I just started weeping. We could not believe she was ours. We were blessed to be in the room for her birth and be the first to hold her and feed her. She is a sweet, easy going girl and she brings so much joy to our lives. 

But, Haylee was not the only gift we received. By her birth, our entire family grew. Haylee's birth family (parents, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma, etc.) welcomed us into their lives, celebrated with us, and love Haylee deeply.  We look forward to our relationship growing with them in the years to come.

We know every adoption story is different and feel so blessed by the way ours was written. We pray that our story brings hope to others looking into adopting!"