If you are an optimist then you believe in silver linings and how beautiful and bright rainbows always follow storms to give hope. There is no more truer hope then the one of a new life. Amanda, her husband, and big brother, Benjamin have been patiently waiting for this moment, to celebrate their future daughter and little sister.

When Amanda contacted me to photograph her maternity session I was as pumped as a mom walking through Trader Joe’s and finding the last box of Pumpkin Joes in October (that was a mouthful). They are like the cutest little pumpkin family I ever did see. Can you tell how excited I am about pumpkin season?! Well they are…and then she told me they were having a GIRL! I am so excited for their new baby, journey into the two-kid zone, and that their babe is a girl! Amanda is so gorgeous I can’t wait to meet a mini-her!

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How can I not go gah gah over the Aguilar wedding?! It all started at the Crown Plaza. Everything from her hair to makeup was perfection! And then the beading down the back of her dress was to die for! I’m a pretty-detail kinda gal so her gown just won me over! Their ceremony was a combination of a beautiful traditional Catholic Mexican and Filipino wedding held at Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Hermosa Beach. Everyone then headed to the sweet lil gem in Palos Verdes, The Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion for Performing Arts. Ernesto and Samantha’s love that day was like those emoji heart eye faces, they were plastered all over their faces as well as their guests too! Just take a look for yourself!

Congratulations Ernesto and Samantha may your love continue to grow and those heart eyes stay forever-ever! 2016-07-10_00182016-07-10_00192016-07-10_00202016-07-10_00212016-07-10_00222016-07-10_00232016-07-10_00242016-07-10_00252016-07-10_00262016-07-10_00272016-07-10_00282016-07-10_00292016-07-10_00312016-07-10_00322016-07-10_00332016-07-10_00342016-07-10_00352016-07-10_00362016-07-10_00372016-07-10_00382016-07-10_00392016-07-10_00402016-07-10_00412016-07-10_00422016-07-10_00432016-07-10_00442016-07-10_00452016-07-10_00462016-07-10_00472016-07-10_00482016-07-10_00502016-07-10_00512016-07-10_00522016-07-10_00532016-07-10_00542016-07-10_00552016-07-10_00572016-07-10_00582016-07-10_00592016-07-10_00602016-07-10_00612016-07-10_00622016-07-10_00632016-07-10_00642016-07-10_00652016-07-10_00662016-07-10_00672016-07-10_00682016-07-10_00692016-07-10_00702016-07-10_00712016-07-10_00722016-07-10_00732016-07-10_00742016-07-10_00752016-07-10_00762016-07-10_00772016-07-10_00782016-07-10_00792016-07-10_00802016-07-10_00812016-07-10_00822016-07-10_00832016-07-10_00842016-07-10_00852016-07-10_00862016-07-10_00872016-07-10_00882016-07-10_00892016-07-10_00902016-07-10_00912016-07-10_00922016-07-10_00932016-07-10_00942016-07-10_00952016-07-10_00962016-07-10_00972016-07-10_00982016-07-10_00992016-07-10_01122016-07-10_01132016-07-10_01142016-07-10_01002016-07-10_01012016-07-10_01042016-07-10_01022016-07-10_01032016-07-10_01052016-07-10_01062016-07-10_01072016-07-10_01082016-07-10_01092016-07-10_01102016-07-10_01112016-07-10_01152016-07-10_0116

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He came into their lives a few days late, but had their heart from the beginning. Luke is one of the squishiest and creamiest little handsome babes evah! Vanessa and Aaron welcomed Luke in July and he was the best 10 pound present they every could have received. Right away he was showered with gifts, like a prince, from all of his aunties (cause he’s got that auntie team -you know I love me some old Kanye). He may have taken his time baking, but when he arrived Vanessa and Aaron were ready with an adorable shabby chic- sprinkled nursery. Just take a peek for yourself! Every time they spoke of their babe smiles and laughter just exuded from their spirits. I don’t buy that whole baby smiles come from gas, nope I know his grin came from all the good vibes his parents were spreading in the room that day. Through out Luke’s first ever photo session he was just a natural baby model…someone put him in an ad!

Congratulations Vanessa and Aaron and thank you for allowing me to help you capture these firsts of your son and the new chapter in your lives!2016-08-23_00012016-08-23_00022016-08-23_00032016-08-23_00042016-08-23_00052016-08-23_00062016-08-23_00072016-08-23_00082016-08-23_00092016-08-23_00102016-08-23_00112016-08-23_00122016-08-23_00132016-08-23_00142016-08-23_00152016-08-23_00162016-08-23_00172016-08-23_00182016-08-23_00192016-08-23_00202016-08-23_00212016-08-23_00222016-08-23_00232016-08-23_00242016-08-23_00252016-08-23_00262016-08-23_00272016-08-23_00282016-08-23_00292016-08-23_00302016-08-23_00312016-08-23_00322016-08-23_00332016-08-23_00342016-08-23_00352016-08-23_00362016-08-23_00372016-08-23_00382016-08-23_00392016-08-23_00402016-08-23_00412016-08-23_00422016-08-23_00432016-08-23_00442016-08-23_00452016-08-23_0046

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Andrea and Jeremy are in la la love! Let me just cut to the chase and tell you about how romantic Jeremy’s proposal was to Andrea. He secretly invited her whole family over (she’s originally from Los Angeles County) and his to help create an unforgettable engagement celebration. Their families gathered at their home and waited patiently for Andrea to arrive. When she walked in the walls where covered with photographs of their years together as a couple, lights were dim and the only thing that sparkled was the shiny engagement ring and her smile as Jeremy got down on his knee to proclaim his love in front all of their favorite people. Now how is that for sweetness?!

During their engagement session I feel in love with their love. They were just as bubbly and explosively fresh like a  newly popped bottle of rosé that tingles each time it hits your lips. Yup, that’s the kinda love they just poured all over Balboa Park that day. Then I met Cleo, their fur baby, and her feisty ways made me feel all warmsie inside. Oh and did I mention how photographic she is or maybe just maybe I’m the new dog whisper. Ha!

I’m honored to help these two loves become husband and wife next year. Can I get a woo woo for all my 2017 weddings!!!

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Happy 3rd Birthday my love!  After three years I still can’t believe you are mine! You make me smile with all of your adorable sass, jokes, and oh so interesting way you try to use big words like “serious” and “disappointed.” When I knew I was having a girl I dreamt of pink, frills, and of course Hello Kitty. Although I get super excited when you like the same things that I hoped you would, all of that doesn’t even matter anymore. All I want is for you to stay this small as long as you could. I will tell you the truth, life at times will get hard my love, but I hope I can create as many happy memories for you to look back on when it does get rough. I’m looking forward to more mommy-and-me dates, late night conversations, and sharing what we love best- sweets! Remember I will love you forever and be here always. Never forget you have your Nana’s spirituality, Grandma’s impeccable work-ethic, Nani’s creativity and your Mommy’s drive. With all these great women that came before you, you have the world ahead of you!

You are a beauty inside and out, smart, and kind! I love you!

 

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She’s a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles he’s also an LA graduate from Cal State Los Angeles. Being native Angelenos they both bleed blue for the Dodgers, they are adventure seekers and enjoy celebrating every and all occasions. This is how their story goes; he set-up a secret tour of Dodger stadium, they ventured about hand-in-hand and then, surprise he pops the question right there in the dug-out. In return a week later she books them a chic airbnb, they pack their bags and head for the desert. She has their love and this most momentous occasion documented on their secret journey by me!

Photography:  Eva Marie Photography / Florist: Doily Design Haus / Cake: Couture Cupcakery /

Outfits: Haute MessAirbnb : Andrew & Amelia in Twentynine Palms / Makeup: Verito_mua 

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