Ally is One | Halloween Family Portrait with the Borellos

It’s hard to believe Ally is ONE!  I had the joy of photographing her a few weeks after she was born and I can’t believe it was already a year ago. We had so much fun heading out to the Pumpkin Patch at Uesugi Farms.  I always enjoy the chance to spend time with the Borellos and to see how their family changes and grows. Here’s just a few pictures from their session!  Remember to leave them some love so they know you stopped by.

Intersecting Lives Finally Connecting | Engagement session with Ellen and Fernando

These two walked in to my office and it was an instant connection. I had so much fun learning about their wedding plans, their families, favorite t.v. shows, and of course their love story.  I love finding out how people meet.  Their story starts at elementary school.  They both attended the same school and Fernando was a year ahead of Ellen. They never talked to each other even though he remembered her, she didn’t remember him.

He moved away and it wasn’t for years til he graduated from high school did their lives intersect again.  This time they actually did a “Hi” face to face but nothing really went from there except an occasional my space connecection.  As time went by, Ellen took a film class in college where she reconnected with a friend from middle school.  This person told her I have a guy friend you should hang out with, you guys would get along great.  You guessed it, it was Fernando.  After returning to California from New York and a couple of messages via my space they started hanging out.  What I love about this part of the story (must be my romantic side) is that they didn’t start out dating.  They really started a friendship.  Fernando would get off work late and the two of them would talk in to the wee hours of the morning.  Ellen shared they would star gaze for hours and just talk.  Eventually, it was a smooth transition and they just became a couple. It reminds me of the old saying two ships in the night but they finally connected. In fact, they don’t even remember an official day when they became a couple it just kind of happened.

Well after spending the day with them, photographing them, and learning more about these two people who are truly opposites, they just compliment each other.  They just have a real natural ease with each other and I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding and documenting just another chapter in their story. The last couple of photos were taken at the school where their lives first intertwined and I believe where the journey all started.  If you love their photos or their story leave them a little love below to let them know you stopped by. I’m sure they can’t wait to hear from you.  Enjoy!





Family and Children Photography Session| Modern and Vintage merge for some fun!

These two families are so dear to my heart.  Believe it or not I have seen them transform from middle school students to marriage to now parents themselves.  I am so blessed to have them in my life and so happy that I  get to help document their lives.  Plus my favorite thing is they get me and how I work.  I loved the wardrobe they showed up with.  I had to laugh when they said we just brought our most colorful and textured stuff.  You should of seen the room as we laid out the possible clothing combos.  It was like a closet exploded.  The best part was when I told the dad’s hey grab that couch and put in the back of the expedition.  They didn’t even question it and we were off for the adventure.

We had about 90 minutes to photograph both families with mini sessions, some kid highlights, a cousin picture, and then an original 4 parent photo.  We were cooking as we tried to keep all the kiddos engaged and not begging to go home and go swimming.  I so loooooove this shoot not just because of my subjects but the images warm my heart.  I loved everything about it.

This entire family is involved with music.  From instruments to voice they do it all.  What I love about the session is that even close in age the two families are slightly in different stage.  One still has a baby which limits them, while the other family has two kids ready for adventure and needs much more entertainment.  But their parents live up to the expectations.  I’m sure if you were to have walked by while we were doing this session you would of stopped and stared.  I had a hard time focusing because of the laughter as all the adults would belt out Disney tunes for smiles or to get the kiddos to sing along.  I think some of my favorites are the ones with the vintage cameras especially since each of the kids kept looking at the back of it to see themselves.  They would ask “where am I?”