Van Leuven Family | Moving Forward

I photographed this cute family last winter (can ya believe it was winter with these amazing wildflowers?) to document a new stage in their lives individually and as a family. They were about half way through a year of being without their beloved wife and mother.

I'm glad to have captured this new phase of their life.  The beautiful wildflower photos represents the new chapter of their life.  The photos at the Chula Vista marina has significant meaning to the family as this location was where they use to go for peace of mind and rest as they dealt with the hardships of cancer.  

It's truly refreshing to keep moving forward with life through new family photos after a death.  It may feel difficult at first but I believe doing this for my pastors family was a great gift in their grieving process.  I'm also thankful to have captured a beautiful family photos of all 6 of them early on.

January 2014

January 2014


Shivers Family | Maryland Agricultural Center

Last month while we we're visiting friends and family on the East Coast we met up with Rebecca Shivers Photographer and exchanged photo sessions.  This was the first time seeing them since they we're in San Diego photographing Michael and I's wedding!  At the time their baby boy Finn was just a little babe in Becky's tummy.

I love how green everything was on the East, they we're getting drenched with rain for weeks and as you can tell we had quite the cloudy weather for our session that day!  Wish I could say the same for the weather back here in Southern California!!

Yesterday I blogged the picture she took of us so I'll share that link here as well!  Our Anniversary Photos

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Lorena and Ryan | Otay Lake Maternity

This quiet setting in East Lake was perfect for Lorena and Ryan's maternity pictures.  Lorena was expecting her third baby and at the time decided to wait and be surprised as to what God was going to bless them with for this pregnancy.  They have already been blessed with two little boys already and are very excited (and surprised!) to announce to welcome a baby girl!  What a wonderful surprise!

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Michael and Jenna | Sunset Cliffs Engagement

I had the privilege to photograph these two lovely people soon before the tied the knot!  I can say they are now officially husband and wife and have the cutest little family!  Their engagement was made even more perfect by all the wonderful vendors that were involved in bringing everything together.  We could not have had a more beautiful day and beautiful setup without the following vendors below:

Photography: Erin Christine Photography 

Makeup: Blush SD, Allison Williams Garrels 

Hair: Dapper in a Day, Krystal Usher 

Calligraphy: Yours Truly, Priscilla Lee 

Flowers, Blue Ladder Botany, Diament Winter 

Furniture: Lauren Sharon Design & Vintage Rentals

Ribbons:  Bellame Ribbon 

Candles: Mr B's Necessities 

Dress: Modcloth 

Location, Sunset Cliffs Park

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Chris + Denise | Romantic Beach Session at Silverstrand Beach

Chris + Denise

Coronado Engagement Photographer

I absolutely loved taking pictures of these two!  There were so much genuine smiles and laughter shared between these two. They’re definitely one of the most affectionate and adoring couples I know!

The sun fell perfectly behind Silver Strand Beach for this session, creating a romantic feel in these photos.  This spot is absolutely stunning for pictures.  If you ever get a chance to go, on one side is the ocean (usually filled with people) and the bayside is usually deserted (definitely more intimate and quiet).  This is perfect for photo shoots as you don’t have to worry about people being in the background of your photos or in the way of a place you wanted to take a picture.

I’m so thankful I was able to photograph this couple and capture their love for each other.  We could not have asked for a better day and amazing sunshine.  I was getting a little worried because even though San Diego is known for its sunshine, earlier in the day it was a bit cloudy.  Thankfully when it was time for their shoot, the sun was shinning so bright and lasted up until the last few pictures where it sunk in behind the clouds.  Believe it or not, the following day bore rain showers that were desperately needed in Southern California.  

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Elegant Photo Session at Torrey Pines

I had such a marvelous time getting together with Lindsay and planning this session.  We headed to Torrey Pines State Park and drove to the top to get started.  Torrey Pines is large park with tons of trails which meant there was only so much we could see before the sun went down.  Oh, and that sun...we had a small battle with the sun as it kept hiding from us from time to time but after a bit of a fight, we made it work for our pictures and ended up with such a dreamy session!  It was such a wonderful session which included a dress from the amazing clothing site ModCloth.  I highly suggest checking it out, there is an abundance of things to choose from.  To really add to the session I got a bouquet from the same florist who made my wedding flowers, Designworks Florals.  She created a stunning bouquet. 

Sweet Sunlit Beach Maternity Session- Scripps Pier

We picked such a perfect day and gorgeous location for this maternity session.  Scripps pier is a location that many photographers enjoy photographing due to its beautiful light! You can see why below! It also helps that my wonderful model Lindsey wore this beautiful aqua/blue dress to accommodate with the soft light this beach has.

We had  a fun time wandering around the beach and climbing up rocks to get photos.  Lindsey brought her daughter along to the shoot, and since Lindsey is a photographer herself, her daughter was definitely not new to being in front of the camera.  With Lindseys husband being away in the military, we're hoping these photos of her pregnancy will send some love his way as the days are getting shorter and he can be reunited with his family.  I'm excited as you spend your last weeks waiting for your little boy to arrive and add one more member to your family!

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A Stunning Couples Maternity Session at Balboa Park- San Diego

It was such a joy to shoot Roxanne's maternity pictures at Balboa Park.  This place is always full of life and when we were there, full of music as well. 

Roxanne and CJ are a military family with three little ones (soon to be four), about to move from San Diego, and head over seas once this new little one arrives.  I enjoyed photographing Roxanne and Cj, while at the same time, getting to know a little about them and their lives.  Roxanne, who is a budding photographer herself, was able to enjoy the luxury of being in front  of the camera this time.  It's always fun getting to know the people you're photographing and it's fun to be able to connect on a photography level and sharing the things you're passionate about.

One of my favorites from this shoot was being among the cactus gardens.  It is such a dreamy little spot, when you're in there, you don't feel like you're next to a city, or right by the highway.  It's a nice little escape, as well as a fantastic spot for pictures!