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Baby Gracelyn // Birth Photography Los Angeles

When I picked up my phone and saw a couple missed calls and a text message from Caroline, my heart skipped a beat. After all, she wasn’t due for another month. I quickly looked at her text but all that my brain focused on were the words “I’m pretty sure my water broke.” I immediately called her thinking to myself, “it can’t be the case, she’s not due for 4 weeks! Maybe it was more of a trickle of water…” Talking to her over the phone only confirmed it; her water really had broken and she was making her way to the hospital. From that point on, sweet baby Gracelyn made sure we all knew who was in charge!  :)  

Once I got to the hospital we all placed our little bets about when we thought Grace would be born. Most of our guesses were for the wee hours of the following morning. Even Caroline’s nurse played along guessing she would be born around 4 am. Grace was out to prove us all wrong, arriving shortly after 1 am. I guess that just goes to show you that babies really do come on their own time, even down to the minute  :)

Here’s a look at her birth story and newborn session!

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The Staub Family // Pasadena lifestyle photography

It always makes my heart happy when I walk into someone’s house and see that it is chalk full of life. Little pieces of character filling each room; distinctive to that family and their day to day life. When I walked into Cynthia’s home I was greeted by transformers, blocks, a few favorite books, three awesome little dudes, and their fabulous mama. 
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Here’s a look at our time together…

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Drake & Emily // Griffith Observatory Proposal

I have always wanted to photograph a proposal, so when the opportunity came up for me to photograph Drake proposing to Emily I was so excited. Little did I know how nerve racking it would end up being! Don’t get me wrong, everything went smoothly and Drake’s proposal was so beautiful – an evening neither of them will ever forget, I’m sure. But every moment we waited for Emily to turn the corner…my anticipation grew. My heart would beat a little faster, and I would look at Drake and ask how he was holding up. While I’m sure he was getting anxious, more than anything you could tell how excited he was to propose to Emily. And then there she was, turning the corner of this trail at the Griffith Observatory.
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Here are some of my favorite images from their proposal. Congrats to Drake & Emily!

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Baby Mariah // Birth Photography Los Angeles

Walking into the Sara’s delivery room, I was greeted by lots of excitement and smiles. Not only is Mariah their first baby, but she is also the first grand baby on both sides of Adam & Sara’s families. It was so sweet seeing all the family come together to be there for Sara to encourage her and of course to join in on celebrating Mariah’s arrival! birth photography los angeles

Ironically enough, the following day we had plans to meet in person to finish going over details for Mariah’s birth. I think this little girl took us all a bit by surprise when she decided to come 3 weeks early! Luckily, she was very healthy and her momma had a wonderful labor & delivery. I’m still very proud of how great Sara was throughout the whole process!

Here’s Mariah’s birth story as well as some images from her newborn session…

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The Colon Family // Family Photography Los Angeles

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This my friends, is what winter looks like in Southern CA…warm and sunny (sorry east coasters!). A few months back, I posted some portraits of this pretty momma and wrote some words about how grateful I am to have her in my life (you can look back to that here). When she and her family stayed in LA for a couple of days recently, we had to plan getting together! So, dinner it was. But knowing how adorable little Ava is, and well the three of them as a whole, I just HAD to do a family session of them while they were visiting. Luckily for me, Crystal felt the same way  :)

Oh, and can we all giggle about the fact that they’re in coats? I guess sunny CA doesn’t hold up to the warmth of Hawaii!

Here’s some pictures from our little session at Huntington Beach together…

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