Yara + Ethan : Inn of the Seventh Ray Wedding Photography

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He's a composer - an extremely talented one - and Jewish-American. She's pretty much the goddess of all things coffee and from the Netherlands. So naturally, they met in The Hague and fell in love, right? 

Ok, so that's a ridiculous oversimplification of this bomb-diggity couple, but you get my drift, right? They're incredible, unique, and fascinating people. Laughter dominates every conversation with them, laced with brilliance and hint of the adventurous. Hand-in-hand, these two have globe-trotted their way down the aisle together, all with smiles on their faces and an excitement about what comes next. Celebrating this day with them, the merging of two lives, two families, and essentially 3 cultures, was utterly beautiful! Their wedding happened to fall on my birthday and I can't think of a party I'd rather be at! Scroll down to see more of their gorgeous day at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon! 

Jenn + Wes : Santa Clarita Maternity Photography

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Photographing these two was beyond a pleasure for me. You see, I've known them both for several years, was a bridesmaid in their wedding, photographed Wes proposing to Jenn, and Jenn was even a part of my intern program (she's now a photographer in the Bay Area!). Watching them as a couple, and having both of them for good friends has been a true joy. But watching them struggle through miscarriage from afar was absolutely heart breaking. These two are some of the most beautiful souls I know (who will make amazing parents) and to see them face such tragedy and heart ache is gut wrenching. I practically came out of my skin in joy when I found out that Jenn was pregnant with this baby girl! I knew how much this meant to them and that love and happiness practically glows around them both! So when they were down south for baby showers, I was thrilled to get to capture a little of that momma-glow beauty! Scroll down for more! 

Wade : Los Angeles Cake Smash Photography

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I'm throwing it back a few months to this adorable guy's one year cake smash shoot! I loved everything about this session (Wade's parents have serious style!) and it's extra special to me because I photographed his parent's wedding too! Getting to be a part of a client's life and document their major milestones is always such an treat for me. Check out more of Wade's session (at Vasquez Rocks) below! 

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Kinsley : Malibu Senior Portrait Session

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I'm already starting to see the updates as many of the amazing people I photographed this past year for their high school senior portraits start their first year at college! This stunning woman is no different - she's starting out in Tennessee after graduating this past June from Hart High School. 

Kinsley toughed it out through this session and I'm SO glad that she did. With 25 mph winds blowing sand everywhere (see it in the photo above?!) plus recovering from being sick, the odds might have seemed stacked against us. But I think you'll see that she absolutely knocked it out of the park! This session ended up being one of my most favorite senior portrait sessions to date (even if I did have to take my cameras in to be cleaned afterwards!). 

Scroll down to see more! 

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Rochelle : Los Angeles Underwater Maternity Session

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I had the privilege of photographing Rochelle in Santa Clarita a few weeks ago for her underwater maternity session and she was just as exquisite as can be. Rochelle came into this session with several goals in mind and it was truly amazing to watch her surrender to the process and the peace of the water!

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As you can see from the pictures below, Rochelle was the perfect expectant momma. Any photographer would be lucky to photograph her. And that baby bump couldn't get any cuter!

The proof is in the pictures (be sure to scroll all the way down to the last one!)!

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Can't wait to meet your newest baby girl in just a few weeks!

Sandra + Chris -- Vasquez Rocks Engagement Photography

In exactly one month, these two will be tying the knot in a gorgeous wedding ceremony under a 1,000 year old oak tree (kid. you. not.) and I can hardly wait! Both incredibly talented actors (on the stage and on the screen), plus voices to DIE for, it's no shocker that these two were up for some DRAMA in their images. Scroll through for more romantic gorgeousness! 

Do you see why I'm so excited!?!? I have a handful of 2017 dates left for weddings and I'm already taking bookings for 2018 too! So much pretty headed to the blog soon. The 2017 wedding season has officially begun! 

Where Has This Been All My Life?

Anyone who has followed my blog for a while (or been around me for very long in person) knows I've been the on the never-ending search for the *perfect* nude(ish) lip color. I've searched high and low for literally years. I thought I'd found it in this lovely MAC lip color called "plink". Or at least as close as I thought I could get to it. But it wasn't 100%. The lip color was a bit shiny/glossy for my tastes (I'm a matte kind of girl, personally) and it lasted like 0.724 seconds before it started to rub off. Not to mention that if I had coffee (which is, like, always) or wine (which is also, like, always...) or wanted to kiss my husband or kids, it was a big disappearing-all-over-them problem. But hey! The color was great! 

.... eye roll ....

Apple Cider!!!

Apple Cider!!!

So fast-forward several years. Because I thought that was as good as it got. And then I kept seeing another local photographer friend posting about her favorite lip product, Lipsense. Now before you start thinking OH GREAT, here comes a sponsored post, I promise you this is 100% NOT sponsored or paid for in any way. I don't sell Lipsense or anything. I just shelled out the moola for 2 colors (so far, cuz let's be honest, mama needs more...) and had my world changed. 

Ok, so stay with me here. Here's the thing, not only does it stay through eeerrrrrrr-vrything, (seriously, like it doesn't smudge or come off at all), they had THE. PERFECT. NUDE(ish). COLOR. Seriously you guys, "apple cider" is my jaaaaaaam. It's the actual color I've been hoping for all these years, it's matte, and it stays all day. So clearly I had to try more. So I tried "dusty rose" which pulled to a lovely berry-ish reddish color on me and I adore it. I have about 8 others on my list that I want to try too. But I haven't even told you want really was the kicker for me on these things:

Dusty Rose!!!

Dusty Rose!!!

They are 100% cruetly-free, GMO free, Gluten Free, lead-free, wax-free, and vegan (plus smudge + kiss proof)! How incredible is that? If you're anything like me, you want your dollars going to the sustainable, ethical, and world-changing organizations out there. I was always kind of bummed about buying MAC because, ahem, they aren't those things. I finally stopped buying the lipstick from them about 2 years ago because I just couldn't justify it when I started digging into what my makeup brands really are. But Lipsense? That's a guilt-free obsession right there. PS - it's absolutely perfect for a photoshoot, engagement session, and especially weddings! If you're looking to try it out, I can hook you up with the lovely woman I get mine from. But if you know someone selling it, seriously try it out! 

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