Motherhood is a beautiful and most rewarding experience in life. Before becoming a mother you can imagine, dream, and some might even cringe at what it’s like, but being a mother is a million times better with heart explosions every day (I know so cliché). It’s the fact that this being is here because of you, because you nurtured it for ten months, and then after this gorgeous babe entered the world you continued to love, feed, and help him or her (or both) grow. The baby, child, teen, and so on carry parts of your personality, morals, nose, hair and eye color, character, and everything else in between. Now being a first-time mother is well even more the bomb, (lol is that still cool to say???) because all these expererinces are brand new with unknown end results that most of the time end in laughter, like hearing tiny baby farts, or just plain warm and fuzzy feelings when your babe says your name. Motherhood is a wonderful thang ya’ll!

I thought I’d write a little longer then usual and  dedicate this portion to the mamas because we are in May, but pretty much the same goes for dads except the whole child bearing portion that is basically allows your babe to enter into the world (Ha! You know I’m just being hard on you dads.)

Meet baby Athena again! I recently had the honor to photograph her Day After Birth session, which was an amazing experience being on the other side of that hospital bed! Here she is again just as adorable or even more because her personality is starting to shine through after just twenty-one days of life. Congratulations Cindy and Herman on your first babe. She’s just a doll!
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There’s something about love and springtime. Everything seems to looks so much prettier when flowers are blooming and snazzy little dresses are worn (just sayin’). Monica’s wearing the most perfect pink number here to dazzle the socks off of David for their engagement session. I’ve known Monica and David for some time now. They first hired me to take their perfect-haired, super adorable, and ultra fashionable son Liam’s baby photos. Each session after that I’ve come to know and care for all three of these lovely individuals. Now to say they are one of the sweetest couples I know would be an understatement. It’s their calm and gracious attitude that just makes me feel at ease every time I get to photograph their beautiful family. Last year I witnessed and photographed David surprising Monica with the “big question” and a fabulous rock might I add. In about a month I will have the honor of photographing them again, but this time for their wedding!!! Ahhh I’m so excited. Monica and her sister are exteremely creative. I’m just drooling thinking what they have planned. Till then here are Monica and David’s engagement photos at the gorgeous canals in Venice Beach.

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Please help me welcome beautiful baby Athena into this world. Cindy, Athena’s mom, went into her Ob for the final weekly check-up and her doctor informed her that she was already dilated 4 cm. Then they requested that she immediately check in at Labor and Delivery. Being that it was the day before April 1st Cindy thought this might be an early April fool’s joke. This was definitely no joke! Baby Athena arrived on her grandfather’s (dad’s father) birthday and their family couldn’t be happier! Cindy gave birth to her 7 lb. 13 oz. like a champ with not an epidural in sight. Dad, Herman, was there along side for each fascinating experience viewing a beautiful thing we call life.

Congratulations Cindy and Herman. Athen is a healthy and beautiful babe!
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