Janet and Francisco have been praying, thinking, and dreaming of having a little one run around their home for over more then a few years. My husband and I went to college with Francisco with what seems like ages ago and have stayed friends with them ever since. We have been praying by their side for as long as I can remember. So, I literally screamed with an overwhelming sense of joy when they announced to us their pregnancy. Francisco is a busy engineer and Janet has been working with children for quiet a while now, so for them to soon have a child of their own is worth a million and one photos. So when Francisco took us to this gorgeous location it seemed just perfect for their beautiful belly. Her name will be Lucia Camila. Here is the beginning of their amazing journey into parenthood. Congratulations my friends!2017-01-17_00022017-01-17_00032017-01-17_00042017-01-17_00052017-01-17_00062017-01-17_00072017-01-17_00082017-01-17_00092017-01-17_00102017-01-17_00112017-01-17_00132017-01-17_00142017-01-17_00152017-01-17_00162017-01-17_00172017-01-17_00182017-01-17_0019

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Happy 2017! Boy is it good to be back. I had one rest-less vacation because you know how does anyone with three kids under the age of six have a relaxing one? Am I right, or am I right?! Well along with tons of almond milk iced lattes and late night brainstorming I am so pumped for this new year. I actually posted one of those uplifting instagram memes that said…Dear 2017, I’m coming to slay! Yup, I have so much prettiness in store I can’t wait to get started!

Now, about last year…I’m going to do a bit of catching up. Here is the absolutely adorable Camila. She’s so beautiful and was just perfect to photograph. Her and her brother actually remind me, during this session, of when my daughter was born and my son was being so adorable and silly with her. I just loved the way during their brother-sister portion all they were wearing where their smiles and bottoms. Simplicity is always so pretty!

Cheers to a new year and lots more love and laughter on my blog!

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I met Venessa a few years ago when we taught at the same school in Los Angeles. She was a sweet gal who loved her profession as well as children. So, I always knew she’d make for an incredible mama! Then a couple of years later I took her and her husband’s Anniversary photos at their alma mater, Loyola Marymount University and I was like, “When is this fun couple going to make a baby?!” Ha, and now here we are celebrating their baby boy bump (actually he already arrived and is as cute as can be)! Oh and her sweet grandma made these super soft and cute baby booties and sweater! Yes!!! I always love anythang handmade. 2016-10-13_00012016-10-13_00022016-10-13_00032016-10-13_00042016-10-13_00052016-10-13_00062016-10-13_00072016-10-13_00082016-10-13_00092016-10-13_00102016-10-13_00112016-10-13_00122016-10-13_00132016-10-13_00142016-10-13_00152016-10-13_00162016-10-13_00172016-10-13_00182016-10-13_00192016-10-13_00202016-10-13_00212016-10-13_00222016-10-13_00232016-10-13_0024

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Love, without a doubt was like the saying goes, “sprinkled like confetti” all of this gorgeous day. It was shown with warm smiles, shared with long hugs, and remembered with the most thoughtful details dedicated to those that have long past. Throughout the day Maria and Chris spent the minutes and hours, before becoming man and wife, completely in tune as if they were somehow cosmically in-sync. The moments right before they took their First Look inside the insanely gorgeous modern greenhouse at Heritage Park their bodies gravitated toward each other like they knew they had waited for this moment all their lives. Soon after the heart-felt ceremony had relatives in tears and friends in laughter. And then at the reception I was blown away with all of the uber cute Mexican-inspired details. Everything from the all-female Mariachi to the hand-painted and traditional red clay plates were ah-maze-ingly beautiful. Then the food!!! If you’re a foodie like myself then you would have wanted to be a guest just to get a bite of the hand dipped tortas. Just sayin’! Then weaved throughout the entire day were little bits and pieces of special details that were dedicated to the memory of Maria’s father. Although her father wasn’t there physically his presence was felt by all. No one will ever replace him, but from what I could see her brother is that strong rock that was placed by her side to help keep her father’s memory alive. Now Chris is the man she has chosen to spend the rest of her life with to build new memories that will refill her heart and soul.

Maria and Chris may your life together be filled with as much love as the amount of confetti it takes to cover the Super Bowl skies in February.

 

Venue: Heritage Park | Coordinator: F.A.T.E. | Florist: Ninfa’s Flowers | DJ: Ensemble Events

Catering: Tortas Guadalajara | Cake and desserts: Sugar Kiss Baking Co. | Entertainment: Grupo Bella

Photographer: Eva Marie Photography

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Pryscilla, husband Mike, and their cute pooch Killa are all ready to welcome their first baby into the family this December! Yup, Killa is going to be a big brother! He’s been apart of their family for a while so why not have him included into Pryscilla’s maternity session?! I love it when family’s bring their fur babies into the family portraits because unfortunately they only bring us joy for a fraction of time. He, along with soon-to-be mom and dad were as cool as we all long for a California Fall to be in September. Even though Pryscilla claimed she was camera shy I didn’t believe it for one second. As soon as we started our session I knew I was right, she shined bright like a diamond in each and every image! That baby glow, her dress, plus flower crown were perfection! I would have probably worn something similar myself. I can’t wait to meet your little handsome guy and see how good of a big brother Killa will be!2016-10-05_00012016-10-11_00012016-10-11_00022016-10-11_00032016-10-11_00042016-10-11_00052016-10-11_00062016-10-11_00072016-10-11_00082016-10-11_00092016-10-11_00102016-10-11_00112016-10-11_00122016-10-11_00132016-10-11_00142016-10-11_00152016-10-11_00162016-10-11_00172016-10-11_00182016-10-11_00192016-10-11_00202016-10-11_00212016-10-11_00222016-10-11_00232016-10-11_00242016-10-11_00252016-10-11_00262016-10-11_00272016-10-11_00282016-10-11_00292016-10-11_00302016-10-11_00312016-10-11_00322016-10-11_00332016-10-11_00342016-10-11_0035

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Phew! I felt like I ran another marathon after adorable Nihaal’s energetic session. Last year I photographed Nihaal’s first birthday session and he was mostly in his mother’s arms. Fast forward a year and Nihaal gained some muscles and the fastest pair of kicks I’ve seen. Get this boy a track trainer! Just like the fam’s last session this one was filled with lots of giggles, warm hugs, and plenty of parent-to-parent conversations. Sometimes my clients think that because I have three kids I know all the secrets to parenthood, but they actually teach me so much more then they know! Like, sometimes it’s just better when your kids are young to take them on big trips (like Canada) and have  small birthday celebrations instead because 1) kids are free to fly if they fit on your lap, and 2) let the grandparents spoil the kid once in a while if that means a lil r&r on the family trip!

Happy 2nd handsome boy!
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