To say that I’m excited to photograph this beautiful couple’s wedding next year in Barcelona is an understatement. (And what’s even more exciting, my hubby is coming with me–yay!) I know it’s going to be a stunning wedding day with close friends and family.

For their engagement session, we went to Mission San Juan Capistrano near Los Angeles and we had the best time. Earlier that morning, I went to the downtown LA Flower District and picked up lots of beautiful flowers for their shoot. I was astonished at the selection and my heart was jumping up and down as I was walking through the market. I wish my house could have such flowers all the time. The bouquet colors ended up being just perfect for the Mission by giving it just that little pop. Check if out if you haven’t already.

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I’ve always wanted to photograph at Joshua Tree and what better time to do it than for Scott + Nineeve’s Engagement session. Driving into the park is itself an incredible experience and you will never want to leave once you set foot into it.

As we were getting ready to start taking photos at our first spot, a young man of about 80 years walked up to us and asked if we wanted to use his car in a few shots. He said he had bought this beauty when he was dating his wife and he figured he’d take it out once in a while to show it off to people. He was such a sweetheart and unfortunately his wife has since passed away. But as we were leaving, he gave the couple some beautiful advice. He said “Never go to bed angry at each other and you will wake up happy every day.”

I really wish I remembered to get his address because I would’ve loved to send him a print of one of the images as a Thank You!

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On my very last day of being in California we made the trip to Laguna Beach, one of my favorite spots in greater LA and I’m so glad we did. JJ had to go out of town unexpectedly that week and it wasn’t sure if he was going to be back in time before I left. Luckily he drove through the night and made it back in time. Yay! It was a very overcast, cold and foggy day (super strange for LA) but at this point even that didn’t stop us either. We persisted and I’m so glad we were able to do this portrait session. This couple is just beyond stunning and I can’t wait for the wedding bells to ring.

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One of the things I love about taking photos and delivering them is that in the end no one thinks about how difficult the day was. We can all agree that not all days are bright and sunny and especially toddlers can have their moods. This family photo session of my brother- and sister-in-law and my niece, Pixie, was literally no more than 7 minutes long. As we all know 3-year olds can have a mind of their own and sometimes it is hard convince them to stage for photos.

Luckily this little princess cooperated in her own way and it made for some of the cutest pictures. In the end we got way more photos for their Christmas card than needed and we are all still laughing at her funny faces. Gotta love that girl!

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