It seems like these days, the concept of time passes me through seeing how much my client’s grow the next time I see them. It has been a few years since I photographed the P family – first when Nathan and Marissa’s wedding, and then for Teddy’s first birthday, and now for Ollie’s first birthday! This family is growing, and it’s beautiful to catch up to be a part of it.
Having been in Texas for almost a year now, it was such a tremendous pleasure to be able to fly back to Southern California and take a little road trip to Palm Springs this winter to photograph Kristina and Brandon’s wedding at the gorgeous boutique hotel La Serena Villas. These guys are adventurers (I know this because they had driven from San Diego all the way to San Francisco for their engagement portraits) and Palm Springs was the perfect setting for their intimate wedding.
Typical of Southern California winters, it was a warm and sunny day in the middle of December – the best conditions for a rooftop wedding. Kristina looked absolutely gorgeous with her wedding dress, and Brandon looked killer in his suit. Bougainvilleas filled the streets, and judging from the photos, we relished them. Honestly, there were so many favorite images, it was hard to pair them down!
Miss S came into my studio, nervous, but with a gung-ho spirit to show herself in a different light. It’s not everyday that we ladies bare ourselves in front of the camera for boudoir photos, and I wanted to make sure that everyone that comes in front of my camera is relaxed and comfortable. So we put on some music, put on the heater (or in this case, the air conditioner, as it was the middle of summer), and chatted about girls stuff.
My boudoir sessions are not risqué. They’re more flirty and, I’d like to think, authentic. As if you’d just woken up on a Sunday morning with your loved one next to you.
It’s always a pleasure meeting new families and having the honor of documenting a new milestone in their lives. This time around, I got to meet Carly, Joe, and Zuly (how cute of a name is that?!), along with their adorable and energetic dog Ceasar. There was a lot happening in their lives. First, they had just bought their first home, and they wanted to document the space before officially moving in. Second, Zuly was about to have a new sibling!
Carly was adamant that, to be fair to both the kids, she didn’t want any individual maternity portraits because she missed doing those with Zuly. But after coaxing her just a bit, we took a few towards the end just in case. Trust me, it’s better to do them than regret to not do any photos at all! I love doing home family sessions and this one was no exception.
Right off the bat, Kristina and Brandon’s chemistry was strong. She is the talker, and he is the quiet one. She knew what she wanted, and he went with the flow. It was adorable to witness how well they worked as a couple – his yin to her yang.
As residents of San Diego, they decided to take a trip to San Francisco for their engagement portraits. We made two stops – one at the Palace of Fine Arts and one at Muir Woods. Both locations were just stunning, and they looked amazing in both!
I seriously can’t wait to shoot their Palm Springs wedding next month!
As a fairly newly married woman myself, I always imagine that my marriage would last for years and years, until my husband Joseph and I are both old and graying, with hairs growing out of our ears and we’re telling the young whippersnappers to get off our lawns. Seeing the love between Leo and Tere who just celebrated forty years of being married, makes me look forward to one day celebrating our own fortieth anniversary.
It is always an honor when a client loves your work so much that she actually moves the event date to accommodate around your schedule! And it happened for Leo and Tere’s surprise party! I have to say, I’ve never been more flattered *blushes*. Also, you may have seen this backyard recently before, and that’s because I had photographed Natalia’s first birthday party a couple of months prior. It was so nice to also see so many familiar faces.