family

Goodman // Watsonville Aptos Portrait Session

Goodman // Watsonville Aptos Portrait Session

connected.

It was a routine game night at my friends’ home in Aromas, CA. Their little studio space was the headquarters for friendly competitions of Clue, What Do You Meme?, Phase 10 and Monopoly (every possible version of it, too). Rochelle and I stepped outside for a moment to feed the cats and say hi to her mom really quick. What was intended to be…

Cameran Marie // Morgan Hill Newborn Session

Cameran Marie // Morgan Hill Newborn Session

pure.

This word seems to carry so much weight with it. It’s so simple and straightforward, yet it’s also heavily complex and intricate. Some hear a calling. Some hear judgment. Let’s set aside our own baggage for a moment. Put down your…

Breanna + Andy + CJ // Morgan Hill Christmas Portrait Session

Breanna + Andy + CJ // Morgan Hill Christmas Portrait Session

dress. it. up.

Could you have guessed this sweet Morgan Hill family portrait session features three country folk who work outside on their farm every day? Breanna + Andy’s family portrait session called for a couple hours of heels instead of cowboy boots, long and luscious locks instead of messy buns, and button up shirts instead of ranch flannels. This young family is…

Stefanie + Fermin // Tres Pinos Portrait Session

Stefanie + Fermin // Tres Pinos Portrait Session

49 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

Guys, this is literally my favorite season of the year. The street I grew up on is lined with trees that are chameleons of orange and red. The mornings are crisp, lightly lined with ominous fog while the afternoons reach a high of 75. Beanies, sweaters and warm boots are

Nick + Emily // Coyote Creek Trail Portrait Session

Nick + Emily // Coyote Creek Trail Portrait Session

What do you get when you marry a home fitness coach to a correctional officer? You get Emily and Nick, two spunky and adorably in love young adults who are starting their family this November. I met these two earlier this year through…

How to Pair Bold Patterns with Bold Colors // Lauren + Brad's Coyote Creek Portrait Session

How to Pair Bold Patterns with Bold Colors // Lauren + Brad's Coyote Creek Portrait Session

I was just hanging out with this little goofball, Evynn Rae, the other day and she’s starting to say my name! That’s a huge win in my book. Life goals: all the kids will say my name and love me forever. A simple dream, I know…

Bob + Beth // Christmas Hill Park Family Portrait Session

Bob + Beth // Christmas Hill Park Family Portrait Session

For as long as I can remember, Soquel Filice and I have been friends. Our families met when we moved to Gilroy and started attending Gilroy Presbyterian Church in 1997. I don't remember not knowing her—and our entire childhoods were…

Shayna + Joe // San Juan Bautista Garden Wedding and Carmel Trash The Dress

Shayna + Joe // San Juan Bautista Garden Wedding and Carmel Trash The Dress

The summer breeze billowed through the dusty blue bridesmaid dresses and filled the air with the comforting smell of roses and perfume. Guests had filled every seat in the garden courtyard of Jardine's Restaurant in San Juan Bautista, and the bridal party made their way down the brick aisle to the beautiful white picket arbor draped in blue and white hydrangeas and daisies. Shayna's gorgeous lace wedding gown with a…

Cera + Mack // Paradise Christmas Tree Farm Portrait Session

Cera + Mack // Paradise Christmas Tree Farm Portrait Session

Cera handed baby Mack over to me. He fit right into my arms at 6 months old and joyfully smiled up at me. Not much brought this little boy down. It was 7am, the sun was just barely coming up over the Santa Cruz Mountains and our small group was…

erika + nik // christmas hill park portrait session

erika + nik // christmas hill park portrait session

I have a long (and ongoing) list on my iPhone of all the names I come across that I just adore for possible future children. Gentlemen, calm down. It doesn't mean I have baby fever (although I definitely get my baby fix from all the moms in my church). But I when I hear a name that just…