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izunna turns one: huntington beach family photography

I first photographed sweet little Izunna a year ago. He was one of my very favorite newborn sessions. Not only was he adorable, but so calm and easy to photograph. Plus watching his parents eyes light up as they held their new baby was amazing to witness. Izunna just turned one and I was so excited to see how much he’s grown!

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I LOVE baby boys in bow ties!

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What a difference a year makes…

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Baby toes. My favorite.

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Another comparison from the session I took a year ago.

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I love capturing the beautiful, quiet moments of parenthood.

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sweet mama love. nothing better. in the world.

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the papadakis family: palos verdes family photography

Miss Kayla is having her First Communion next month and I was happy to capture such a special time in this beautiful little girl’s life.

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She warmed up to the camera immediately, which made my job a piece of cake!

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We also incorporated some family shots.

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We went to another great location to finish the session because who doesn’t love pictures of little girls in a field of flowers?

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I adored these sweet sisters playfulness! I hope they cherish these pictures for years to come.

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yummy, golden hour light is the best.

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The girls were so cold at the end of our session and as their dad wrapped them in this blanket, I had to get a shot of how sweet it was!

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welcome baby giana: san pedro newborn photography

I have so many sessions I haven’t blogged yet. I give myself a guilt trip every day about it. I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that there aren’t (and never will be)  enough hours in the day.

Period.  The end.

Although this session is a wee bit delayed, I couldn’t resist posting this beautiful little family. Gail and Anthony were blessed with a gorgeous baby girl, Giana and she was an absolute angel to photograph.

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sweet new mama bliss.

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ha! their pup wanted some love too.

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How adorable is this nursery?!

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tina + john: cabrillo beach maternity session

It wasn’t long ago I did Tina’s last maternity session. She now has her adorable daughter, Charly and she and John wanted to take the pictures at Cabrillo Beach so their little one could run free on her very first day at the beach.

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Little does Ms. Charly know that her mama is hiding her baby brother in that tummy and she’s gonna meet him any day now.

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Her ruby red lips are so kissable. I die.

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Her first time in the ocean!

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being sick blows.

I tried to think of a catchy blog title for this post, but there’s really no better way to put it: being sick BLOWS.

Wanna know what blows even more?

BEING SICK WHEN YOUR KIDS ARE SICK TOO.

Holy Awful Kick Off to Spring Break.

So my husband caught the bug Friday, and as he was dry heaving (why do guys throw up so loudly?) until the wee hours of the morning, my daughter stayed at my parents to steer clear of the germs, and I decided to sleep in her bed because, God forbid I get sick. I can’t afford to. I’ve always thought that was such a silly phrase. I mean who says, “Ya know, I think I’ll hang out at a preschool for a few days… hopefully I’ll catch a bad cold… that way I can use last month’s bonus check and take some time off… ”

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I posted this picture on my Instagram last weekend. We were having a great morning at the Farmer’s Market and all of a sudden my poor guy threw up all over himself. It was so heartbreaking to see. He looked so confused. Once we got home, I finally rocked him to sleep, feeling his hot little body against mine, and feeling so helpless.

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That night we had to make a trip to the ER, fearful he was super dehydrated. Again, I tried to contain myself from the hospital germs, because I couldn’t afford to get sick.
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Aaaaand this is is the synopsis the morning after our hospital visit. UGH. Not only was my son sick, but Delaney and I caught it too. The hardest part was that they wanted to cuddle and be with me, and I was achy and hot, then cold, then had to go get get sick and then they had to, and so on and so forth. It was HELL.

But after being quarantined for three days, changing sheets way too many times, watching Frozen (if I hear “Let It Go” one.more.time.) on repeat and lots of rest, we were feeling much better yesterday.

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Um, help? 

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And she’s back. In full force.

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Seriously, can I get some help here?

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Oh, geez. I knew the rock-a-bye-baby was coming.

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And sidenote: How long does it take for bangs to grow out? Delaney decided to give herself a haircut (standard three year old procedure I’ve been told) last December.  It’s been four months and they’re still not long enough to pin back. I feel like it’s taking for.ever.

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No words can describe the feeling I get from these pictures!! And I just KNOW you were reading Daxy’s wondrous little mind while his spit-fire sister went to town!!

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Yes! Not a good week indeed but in my experience
the positive that comes from being sick forces
us to stop and just focus on all the love you’ve
captured in these beautiful pictures!!!

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