Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My next big project . . .

Well, I told you I had two big announcements coming up - the first was the Giving is Awesome contest which I am super excited about - I can't wait to meet all of my winners :) The second is this:

Yup, Joe and I are expecting a baby this coming summer :) I have been quite sick the last few months which made it really difficult to keep up during holiday portrait season - I appreciate everyone that was patient and understanding of the wait. I am just starting to feel better now and am catching up with everything so you will be seeing lots of posts soon :) I haven't decided how long I will be shooting in 2010 - I will be playing it by ear depending on how I feel but will keep everyone updated. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

Sorry for the delay in updating with the contest winner - I got home from church a bit later than expected. I have read the entries over and over and there are three families that I think are equally deserving and I just can't choose between them. So instead of one big portrait package I will be awarding three smaller ones to Kevin, Yolanda and Julie - each will get a session, disk and $100 print credit. Free sessions with disks will also go to Lauren, Cicely and Megan for nominating these families. Thank you to everyone who sent in nominations - you haved helped me to open my heart and mind this holiday season. I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas with their loved ones and I will be back soon with lots of holiday portrait sessions that I have been waiting to publish until all Christmas cards have gone out :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Giving is Awesome!!

You know someone. You know someone who's experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can't afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family's spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography -- $650 worth, to be exact. Whether it's canvas or albums, prints for Grandma, or a slideshow to watch over and over, it's in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a free shoot with disk - a $175 value. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside in southern California. Tell me who you know, what they're experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story to by 11:00pm on December 23rd.

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve -- get nominating! I can't wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season -- and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

With love,


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Well hello my poor little neglected blog - I have been so busy with work, shooting and editing - trying to get everyone their pics in time to order prints for the holiday - I've hardly had time to breathe let alone blog but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and share a few pics from a recent session. I met up with this family about a month ago and their little girl was just adorable - here are a few of my favorites:

and I know I'm waaaaay behind on my graces now but I'll share a few in the spirit of Thanksgiving and then catch up after I'm done with the holiday rush . . .

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1. Holidays spent with family and friends
2. Lots of yummy food
3. Cameras that are still under warrenty when they die in the middle of a session
4. Boyfriends who rush to bring you your back up body when said camera dies in the middle of a session
5. A successful holiday mini day - 13 back to back shoots and great pics from all sessions!

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1. A day spend with my phone turned off
2. All of my Halloween mini disks burned and out the door!
3. Seeing so many repeat clients for holiday sessions!!
4. Supportive, understanding parents
5. One more month until shut down at work :)

I have two big announcements to make in the next couple of weeks as well as tons of pics to post from my holiday sessions so stay tuned :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Up next . . .

this little cutie :) His parents have been waiting most patiently for their pics - I appreciate everyone's patience during the holiday madness - I'm working as quickly as I can to get your proofs to you!

Graces . . .

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1. Lunches with my lovie at pollo
2. Successful Halloween mini sessions!!
3. Seeing how much some of my regular clients have grown since the last time I saw them
4. Yoplait Light Key Lime Pie - yummmm
5. Only two more holiday minis left!!

204 : 365

1. We have entered my favorite season of the year - holiday season :)
2. An extra hour of sleep Saturday night
3. Two fun maternity shoots yesterday
4. Going to see some of my favorite baby-sitting charges this week :)
5. Edamame

And now an item of business - my prices will be changing as of January 1, 2010 - session fee will now be $125 for any day of the week and will cover only time and talent. Disks and prints will now be available for purchase seperately. Sessions can be pre-paid through December 31, 2009 at my current pricing including disk and used at any time next year. Contact me with any questions or to pre-pay your future sessions and lock in this years pricing!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mini sneaks :)

I just uploaded the images from my mini sessions today and wanted to post a sneak for everyone that came out :) These are not necessarily the best pic from each session - just the first one I saw from each group that I liked :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

Had a very busy day today with my minis in the park and then hanging out with my nieces - thank you to everyone that came out today for the minis - I loved seeing all of the costumes!! A special thanks to my older brother as well - he made a trip to the feed store last night after work to get my hay bales and then woke up early this morning to bring them down to the park for me - I love my family :) I will be posting sneaks from the minis soon but in the meantime here are my favorite girls - these two make me smile :)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another gorgeous family :)

I met up with this adorable family at the park a couple of weeks ago - the kids did great with a little candy bar bribing and we got lots of cute shots :) Here are a couple of my favorites :)

After the shoot I found out that the mom has known my older brother for years - the south bay really is a small place :)

Graces . . .

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1. Dinner at the Grinder to celebrate a wonderful man . . . my grandpa
2. Spending a difficult day with the people you love - makes it a bit easier
3. Megan and Abby - they ALWAYS cheer me up <3
4. Coming home to a HUGE print order from the lab on my doorstep :)
5. Watching Grey's with mom and Joe

202 : 365

1. That I'm feeling better today - have a busy weekend ahead!!
2. That I finally caught up on all of my personal pics and got them sent out to the fam
3. The two adorable chairs I bought today - gonna try them out at my shoot tomorrow :)
4. Friday's off
5. Ikea with Katie :)

I should be just about caught up on my graces by now - I'll have to go back and count :)

Just a note . . . there will be some changes to my pricing in the new year - stay tuned for more info!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One year . . .

Monday, October 26th marked one year since the passing of my Grandpa Stan and more than a year since I have pulled in the driveway on Sunday and saw this . . .

the passage of time has not made my loss any easier, has not made the missing diminish, has not stopped the random tears when I hear something or see something that reminds me of this great man that used to be a part of my every day and is now just a memory. In fact, the passage of time has only made me sad to know what he has missed - how much Megan and Abby have grown since he's been gone, how many holidays he would have complained about being at but I secretly knew he enjoyed. How he doesn't know that I don't live at home anymore and how he won't walk down the aisle at my wedding or be at the birthday parties for my kids. No, the passage of time hasn't helped at all - it's only made the missing worse and the sadness more profound.

Monday night my family and I went to the Grinder for dinner in honor of my Grandpa - he used to go there every day and read his paper and have coffee. It helped a bit to be with the people I love in a place that he loved spending time. I hope we continue the tradition always.

I miss you Grandpa <3

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tiny sneak . . .

Isn't this little guy the cutest?? More of him to come later ;)

Graces ...

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1. Lots of adorable 2 year olds in cute Halloween costumes :)
2. A smiley, happy 6 month old
3. Downloaded and backed up all of my CF cards tonight
4. Shooting a wedding with my bestie tomorrow!!
5. A totally fun bride and groom :)

200 : 365

1. Going to bed early . . . like now :)
2. A quiet Friday evening at home with my baby
3. Appliances that are under warranty :)
4. Getting REALLY close to being caught up :)
5. Tons of referrals from one of my clients!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

One year . . .

This little guy just turned a year so we met up at the Orange circle to take a few pics to document the occasion. I had a blast looking through these because he had the cutest expressions and he made quite a mess with his cake at the end :P Here are a few of my favorites:

Graces . . .

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1. The Halloween section at Target :)
2. Awesome props for my Halloween minis!!
3. Java chip frapuccinos - yummy :)
4. Bristol Farms for lunch with Katie and Christine

197 : 365

1. Just placed my biggest print order ever!
2. Shooting an old friend and his girls :)
3. An AWESOME new shoot location
4. Starting gym and weight watchers tomorrow - time to get healthy!!
5. Booked two weddings this week :)

198 : 365

1. Freshly washed shoes :)
2. A great deal on pumpkins!
3. San Diego on Sunday
4. Shooting with my bestie on Saturday!
5. Second shooting for one of my favorite bloggers :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Time flies . . .

It seems like just yesterday I met this little guy and now he's already three months old and as cute as can be :) Here are a few of my faves:

Can you tell where he's going to college?? ;)

Graces . . .

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1. Happier than I've been in a long time :)
2. Almost caught up on the massive pile of laundry I had to do :P
3. Abby's new christmas dress :)
4. Saw one of my past brides today :)
5. Found out my mom and I are going to be work neighbors!

195 : 365

1. Monopoly at McDonalds!!
2. Secret Santas this year :)
3. My brother tivo'ing Wow Wow Wubbzy on his tv so Abby can watch it in his room :)
4. Sale tent at the Mattel store
5. A new soccer pic of Meg to put up at work!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The start of something beautiful . . .

holiday portrait season that is!! And I couldn't have asked for a more fantastic family to start off the season - gorgeous, fun and willing to do anything I asked :) Here are a few of my favorites so far:


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1. Holiday portrait season!!
2. That I can shoot at the beach through the holiday season - only in CA!!
3. Announced my holiday minis today and already booked 3 slots!!
4. Meeting another beautiful newborn this week :)
5. Booked two maternity sessions today!

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1. Holding a sleeping True :)
2. Abby being bounced on the exercise ball - pics to come!
3. My sister in law is home safe from Colorado :)
4. My baby just got home from work <3
5. All the candy on sale at Target :)

And the info for the holiday minis:

What: A 30 minute holiday session for your family and/or children!
When: Sunday, November 22nd from 9-4
Where: Delthorne park in Torrance
Includes: Session and disk of 20-25 edited images
Cost: $50 for up to 4 people - $10 per additional person

You will have your disk by December 1st to allow time to order prints and holiday cards in time for Christmas! Session must be paid in full to reserve your spot. Three spots are already taken so contact me today to reserve yours!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Just gorgeous . . .

I met up with this family while they were vactioning in Seal Beach at the end of the summer - I nearly forgot to post their pics since it was one of the last sessions I edited on my laptop - what a shame that would have been. Here are a few of my favorites from this fun shoot :)

Graces . . .

189 : 365

1. Put the deposit on our new house today :) Moving in a couple of weeks!
2. Couples Retreat - great movie!!
3. Date night with my baby :)
4. Dinner at moms - yummy!!!
5. Fresh oil in my car as of this afternoon

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1. Four brand new tires - also as of this afternoon
2. A mom and dad I can always count on
3. A wonderful, loving supportive boyfriend <3
4. Fruity flavored kisses from my baby :)
5. Colgate Wisps

191 : 365

1. Two Snap-on brothers who know the shops that will give me the most honest quote and best deal
2. A playdate with two of my favorite girls tomorrow
3. Going to Target and actually remembering what I went for . . . after forgetting it last night :P
4. Mom playing with her new ipod touch :P
5. First Halloween shoot today - an adorable monkey and super cute Thomas the Train :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I love this . . .

I was just looking through some pics from a few months ago and I found this story Meg wrote and illustrated in chalk on the driveway at my mom's house during one of our Sunday night dinners - I love that she believes in fairy tales. I hope her life is nothing but happily ever afters . . .