Kara Maternity Boudoir | The Prettiest Baby Bump Ever!

Maternity photography is definitely one of my favorites, I do have 4 kiddos so baby mamas, are close to my heart ;) I love to celebrate our beautiful miracle making bodies with lovely photographs. Someday we will enjoy looking back on how incredible this season of life was and how truly amazing our bodies are. This is Kara and her mini Remy. Enjoy!

Pismo Sand Dunes Maternity Session with Elisha & Jordon Long | My Favorite Love Story

These are my dear friends, the Longs. Soon they’ll be a party of three and I was so happy to celebrate that with a maternity session in the sand dunes on the Central Coast. It was the dreamiest shoot with loveliest of humans. If you’re in love with these images as much as I am, join me for another magical day at the dunes in February and again in April. Secure your session to capture your own dunes magic!

Harder Coast Session

This sweet family invited me to meet them during family vacation and we had soooo much fun! It was the perfect way to plan family photos. They wanted the session to be full of candid moments. Lot's of life happening and captured just as it went. So that's what we did. Hudson went through at least 3 outfits as you can see. My favorite moment was at the end when we attempted a more posed family portrait and Hudson was more interested in plowing through the sand with his truck. I love that they let him do his thing and I got to capture their family true to who they are. That's always the goal. I want to give you images that will remind you of these precious seasons of life, just as they happened. 

Beach sessions are available for June 29, Aug. 3 and 4. I'd love to meet you at the coast and capture your sweet family!

Avila Family

This is my sweet family. So thankful that after all the life that has gone down, we are still brother and sister in law. Or drop the in law. We are brother and sisters. We love each other's kids, we support each other and we always keep it real. That's the most important thing; keepin' it real. Honesty and sincerity in family dynamics isn't always easy but it's always best. That's how we roll. Marissa and I decided a long time ago, like before she married Jake, that that's how we would do things in life together. It's gotten us through some big stuff and I'm so grateful for that. 

One of my favorite things about M, that's what my kids call Marissa.... Is that I can be in a Target (always) and run into her wearing nearly the same clothes. Likely a utility jacket and some Madewell jeans... Or we'll be mistaken for each other on any given day... same hair, similar style, overlapping friend crew.... Even my kids will mistake her for me... We're different in many ways but I love what we have in common and I really love the influence we have on each other's lives. 

I've gotten to photograph them for most of their life together but this session is my favorite. Mostly because they are all here! Family of 5! Also, the location and wardrobe made it one for the walls for sure. 

Marissa's dress: Asos    Jacob: Goodfellow from Target    Jack: Old Navy    Josie: Zara, Salwater, June Park     Romy Old Navy, Zuzii, Baby Bling Bow

Long's Christmas Photographs

Look at how damn pretty my friends are! Jordon and Elisha Long are two babes who fell in love a million years ago and have been adventuring beautiful places together ever since. With Jordon's love for travel and restoring cars, he decided to resurrect this old school "creeper van" into a mobile bedroom so they could jump in the van and roll out when ever they pleased. She's called the' Vandura' and she has her own Instagram account: @sweethomevandura. Check out their adventures!

In December we took the Vandura up into the Hills to Hillcrest Tree Farm for some fun winter photos! Jordon adorned the van with beautiful garland and hung Elisha's hand made wreath. They sprinkled some twinkle lights around and it became Christmas time in the Sweet Home Vandura! I'm super in love with Elisha's dress from Wild Moon Collection. It's perfect on her. And, look at sweet Maddy girl on their lap. It's not a family portrait with out Maddy! 

Enjoy!

 

That Expecting Momma Glow... | Visalia California Sunset Maternity Session

Just give me some olive trees, an expecting momma and a sunset. That's all I need to capture some lovely photographs. Meet Cassandra. She's about to be the momma to a baby boy. As we photographed Cassandra's maternity session, I brought Ren along, he ate her flowers, ate a stick, and nearly escaped his stroller into the orchard. Cassandra didn't mind my boy being a boy. We powered through and captured all her loveliness as the sun was glowing behind her. She's a beautiful momma and I'm so thrilled for her growing family. All the best Cassandra!!

The Beauty of a Mother

 

I've recently been on a journey. A very multi-faceted journey, with my self. A lot of change, do-overs, reflection, repentance, forgiveness... I could go on and on... It's been a couple years full of big losses. I lost a baby, I lost my marriage, I lost my future plans, I lost my (day) job, and ultimately I lost my self. What's been the biggest challenge in healing from those losses has been how little any of them had to do with me. I had zero say, zero control, and little involvement in those precious things being taken from me. With the exception of my self. Losing my self was all me. I lost me all by my self. 

Life has felt much like an uphill climb in severe wind; lot's of resistance, lot's of challenge, lot's of tears. I do, however, feel like I'm nearing the other side of that season. And as a very wise person once told me; "Make it count. Otherwise, it's just useless pain so make it count." I'm not sure exactly how to do that but I'm starting to have some ideas and it feels really good to give all of that pain some purpose. 

I say this humbly... Often I hear people tell me that they don't know how I do it. Referring to being a single mom... I don't either some days but I do it anyway, somehow. I do know this: Women are really strong. We are really soft and really strong. We are protective, we are fierce, we are selfless. There is a lioness that lives inside us that is a force to be reckoned with if tested. It will survive us through terrible and incredible things. The difference between me and some women is that I have had to discover that part of me where other women have not. Some women have not had reach down inside the depths of their being and pull out untapped resources to help them conquer or just survive extreme circumstances. That's a good thing. I know that if they had to, they likely would find, within themselves, the very same strengths that I have found to get me from glory to glory or even just minute to minute. 

All of this to say, regardless of the hand life has dealt us, I think every women needs to know their value, their beauty, their unique footprint that is necessary to this world. When I photograph mothers with their kids, my heart is full. Because I love my kids so incredibly much, I know the gift it is to have documentation of that love. We all know how thankless the job of mother is. We do so much planning, thinking, strategizing, organizing, facilitating.... to make a single day happen. And it's all in the quiet of our heads and hearts. Our kids have no clue what we do to make their world go round. But, we don't do it for the thank you. Moments like this one I captured of Meg and her sweet baby girl,  are what I live for in this job. I see this image and I see how lovely Meg is. I don't know the story she carries in her heart. I don't what she has survived or conquered. I do know that she's beautiful and full of love. And then my next thought is, "I hope Meg sees what I see. I hope she sees how lovely she is." 

 

I know how hard it is to see ourselves as lovely. I battle this as well. Life circumstances or even the day's circumstances sometimes communicate a different message to us about who we are and what we're worth. It's my hope that with all that I've overcome and continue to learn as a result, I will be able to use my camera and a 1 hour session to show you mothers and maybe even remind you fathers of the precious beauty that mommas hold. We are life givers. We are worth a little positive thinking and even celebrating. 

If you've forgotten that you are precious, if you've forgotten that there is still beauty left inside you that is worth being seen, l'd love to remind you. Throw on a dress, grab your kids and come to the mountains with me. Or come to the beach or the park down the street... Just come with me anywhere and let's document what's true: You are lovely and lovable. You are soft and strong. You are fierce and beautiful. 

Freitas Family in Montaña de Oro

All the heart eyes for the Freitas family. Baby Logan is a dream in his little bow tie! I adore this sweet family and so honored that they joined me for a beach session last week. The weather was everything we could have asked for. Montaña de Oro is my favorite beach, there's nothing like it really. When the coast meets the lush green hills, it's perfection.