Keitel Family – Irvine Family Photographer

You might remember this beautiful family from a previous shoot (here). The last time I shot them they were only a family of three, and little Holly wasn’t even 2 years old. Now they’re a family of four with the adorable Fiona blessing their family! I love getting to capture families as they grow – especially when they are growing up with such great parents!

Holly is such a big talker now and loved telling me all about her preschool teacher. And Fiona loved the candy we brought, but she loved the little animal figurines we gave her even more… she played with them the entire shoot (you can see them in most of the shots with her). She was making her bear kiss Holly’s bear. I sometimes miss those times when my girls were this age…It’s such a precious time.

This shoot was so much fun and Syd and I got such a big kick out of getting Fiona to smile. But she finally let loose when her sister started screaming “easy extra cheesy!!”. 🙂   Simply adorable.

And I got to shoot in one of my favorite locations – just gorgeous color and light in the Fall!

Thanks so much Keitel Family! xoxo!

 

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Lewis Family Shoot – Costa Mesa Family Photographer

Last year, the Lewis family shoot was one of my favorites. Mainly because Kelly asked to do something different which was a Valentine’s Day theme. It was so fun to do something without the pressure of holiday cards and not in the midst of the pressures of the season. This year, Kelly scheduled me early for a fall shoot and wanted something different, fun and with a lot of color and energy. And she ended up choosing one of my favorite places to shoot – the Lab in Costa Mesa.

I love this place mostly because of the energy. The walls are awesome, and everywhere you turn there’s something new to see. And don’t get me started on the coffee shop there (the BEST in Orange County!).

It’s always great catching up with Kelly every year – she is one of those powerhouse women that seems to be able to do it all. I really admire her business sense and her ability to be a mom, a business woman, a social media star, and friend. She has such great things happening in her life, and as always, I love being a part of it.

And if you want to see some adorable looking children – look no further. Blue eyes and spunky personalities! Love these guys!!

Thanks Lewis family!!!

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Pinedo Family Shoot – Irvine Family Photographer

This was such a fun shoot for both me AND my kids! Jessica is a teacher at our school (and was my daughter, Kendall’s, first grade teacher). My kids insisted that they both help me out on the shoot, which really came down to them wanting to hang out with their beloved teacher outside of school.

Jessica is truly a gifted teacher and still holds such a huge place in all of our hearts. She was so patient, kind, understanding — and most of all, loving — to Kendall and was one of those rare teachers that can see the beauty and uniqueness in a child’s personality (especially a personality as big as my Kendall’s!). 🙂

It was such an honor and a pleasure to shoot her beautiful family. Her kids are awesome – Gavin is practically a professional model and would offer up poses for me whenever he felt I needed help (how awesome is that?). And that Emma.. she made me work incredibly hard for smiles (which I secretly love!) and was so much fun when we finally got her laughing. And Jessica… what can I say… you are just wonderful!

Thanks Pinedo Family!!! xoxoxo!!

 

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Maui Sunset – Orange County Photographer

I’ve been off the grid for most of the summer – some of it planned, some of it, not so much.

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things and editing some of the shots that I’ve taken over the past few months.

This one is from our recent trip to Maui. I live in Orange County – in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in the country – but boy, are those Hawaiian sunsets incredible!

I didn’t get great sunset weather (not as many clouds as I would have liked) but this one was as close as it came.

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Elizabeth Esther & Family Photo Shoot – Irvine Family Photographer

So you really have to love the magic of social media.

When I first started my business, I did all the requisite signups for social media – Facebook, Twitter… then eventually Instagram. I never really developed a social media “strategy” (I know, it’s on my list of things to do), but I decided that for Twitter, I really wanted to follow strong, interesting women, many of whom lived right here in Orange County.

I started having fun conversations with many of these women (in 140 characters or less), and eventually became friends with some of them. One of my friends discovered through Twitter is Kelly Lewis of According To Kelly and Just Spotted OC. Kelly ended up hiring me to do a super fun Valentine’s shoot for her family (you can see it here).  Kelly is friends with Elizabeth Esther who is this crazy smart, really funny and wickedly-great writer (her blog is here). Elizabeth saw Kelly’s pictures and she ended up hiring me to do a family shoot for her.

Elizabeth is one of these women who you instantly want to sit down and have coffee with (which by the way, is also on my to do list) :-).  She has an incredibly warm and welcoming vibe about her, and if you read her blog or anything of hers on social media, you know how engaging and passionate she is. She and her wonderful husband are the parents of FIVE beautiful children. Normally when I know I’m shooting a family with five kids, I get ready to work HARD. But these kids are simply awesome and they made my job easy that day.

I should add that Elizabeth asked for some head shots of herself for her new book that will be coming out soon (how cool is that?). I think you will agree that she looks pretty darn beautiful in all of them.

Thanks Elizabeth & Family!!!

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