Summer Family Portraits | Irvine, California

Here are some more photos of the shoot Alan and I did for my brother's family.  Originally we were going to shoot the session at Corona Del Mar to get some nice beach shots with the water, sand and rocks.  Ricky and his family ended up coming down a little later than we had planned, so we had to make some last minute changes to make the most of the natural light.  I knew we'd all be scrambling to find parking at the beach since the weather had been so nice the past few days.  It was already pretty late, and after driving to the beach and hunting for parking we would have only had about half an hour to shoot.  Not to mention, having that stress of driving down to the beach in traffic and racing against the sun!  Definitely not a good feeling to have right before getting your pictures taken.

Instead, I thought it was best to stay close by and get as much shooting time as possible. Staying close totally worked out!  Alan and I ended up taking them to some running trails that are literally down the street from our apartment.  We love this running trail...and really, it's a hidden gem between houses and businesses. Driving by, you would never think it was there.

So I'm really happy I ended up shooting them there.  We had a great time, shared some laughs, had plenty of shooting time and got some great shots.  Alan and I drove by the park recently and we were so bummed to find out that the city is closing it for a whole year!!!  Guess we won't be shooting or running there for a while...bummer.

These shots below with the boys are up there with my favorites from the session.  Julian, my youngest nephew, had a little bit of a hard time loosening up and giving me some natural expressions.  He kept giving me this cheeser smile or super goofy face.  That wasn't the case for the shots with his father and brother.  He totally chilled out and was having the time of his life!  They all look so happy and it seriously brings a smile to my face.  They make my heart smile too, lol!  Seriously!

 OMG, I have such dolls for nieces and nephews!  My brother and sister in law were blessed with beautiful children.


Summer Family Portraits | Irvine, California

Here's a quick preview of my latest family session.  My bother and his beautiful wife and family!  I love these kids ♥.  I can never get enough of them.  They came down to visit this weekend and I already miss them.  


Bianka and Michael's Wedding | Ventura

Bianka and Michael got married at the Buenaventura Golf Course on a beautiful summer day.  The sky was clear and the sun was shining!!

I was especially excited about shooting this wedding...considering the fact that I've known these two for several years now, even before they started dating!  It was an honor to not only photograph their wedding but also witness their love for each other and their faith.  They are so sweet and I have never seen them as happy as they are together!  Bianka and Michael had prepared their own vows and it totally got me sniffling with emotion.  Throughout the day these two were inseparable.

They did such a good job with the details for their wedding, especially considering that Bianka had been busy planning the wedding and going to school full time.  Bianka made several of the decorations herself...and the colors and flowers she picked were gorgeous!

Congrats again you two!!  So excited for your future together as husband and wife! ox

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