You guys, listen. The struggle is real when you are a photographer. You spend countless hours, meticulously shooting and editing amazing portraits for your clients, and over time you start to expect that level of perfection from every. single. photo. that you take. Of your kids, of the dog, of your vacations, everything. It is so hard for a perfectionist to let it go! My family was recently blessed to be able to go on a Make-A-Wish trip for my daughter, who was born with a congenital heart defect. What I knew would be a once in a lifetime trip for her made me want to take all the pictures, of everything, all the time. But I also wanted to BE there. Do you get me? I didn’t want to get home and have to relive it through the photos because I forgot to put the camera down and experience the trip along with her. This I am often guilty of, as you’ll usually find at least one member of my family telling me to put the camera DOWN already! I ended up taking 1405 pictures of the 5 day trip. Oops.

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I think as photographers we also feel like we have a standard to live up to. Like we can put out only our very best work, even in our personal photos, because otherwise it may be judged. (I see you nodding there!!) Hear me –  a quick snapshot of an amazing memory is better than not remembering. Give yourself grace to capture the memory and then go live it without the guilt of worrying about how perfect the picture is! And if you are so lucky that your photographer is also afriend, and you get to enjoy all of her awesome personal photos too, just keep in mind… giving your undivided attention to a photo session is a WAY different ballgame than trying to grab a decent snapshot of 3 kids boarding a plane while dangling luggage from a stroller, hunting for the dropped paci, and waving frantically to get the middle child to just look at you for once!

So, I’m admitting the truth… my vacation photos kinda suck. Ok, maybe that’s going to the extreme, but they aren’t amazing, they aren’t perfect, and THAT’S OKAY!! They are crooked, sometimes blurry (on purpose, artistically right?), and often only 2 of my 3 kids are cooperating. They are full of photobombs, chopped limbs, bad lighting and odd composition. I’m usually either wearing a baby (who loves to grab everything!) or waving to said baby with one arm while trying to keep a steady hand with the other. And I never take my best gear on vacation, heck I shoot a lot of my personal shots with my iPhone! But I am not going to weed out only the best, and I am not going to hide the less than perfects from friends and family. Because I remember being there, and enjoying the moment, not just shooting. And you should too! So the next time you want a really cool shot of your 18 month old with airplanes in the background, but she’d rather run around the terminal carrying a banana and refuse to look at you, take the shot anyways. 😉

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The holiday festivities are over, Christmas lights are packed away safely for another year, and Spring is right around the corner. That means audition season is here! Whether you are auditioning for a summer intensive ballet program, or a full year dance or music academy at APA, OCSA or another one of our awesome local programs, one thing is pretty consistent, you need some amazing headshots to show your best self and stand out in the crowd. Who has time to book a studio, take time away from other important activities, shlep there in winter weather, and then wait forever to get your images back? Nope, sorry Charlie, there is a much easier way. How does a quick shoot in the comfort of your own home, at a time that works for you, with last minute availability and photos back in 5 days or less sound instead? Easy peasy. Yes please! Give me a call and let’s get your gorgeous face ready for that big day!

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Oh. My. Gravy. I am usually organized and punctual to a fault… until it comes to my blog. If there are two times I procrastinate in life it is laundry and blogging! I am so behind that I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll start with ice cream, why not? This beautiful family came to vacation in Orange County all the way from the home of the Kentucky Derby, and had some fun special requests for their session. After playing in the sand on Seal Beach and taking a walk on the pier, we headed across the street to a cute little ice cream shop for a treat. This little guy’s eyes absolutely lit up when mom handed him the huge waffle cone! Such a fun cap to an awesome sunset photo session on the beach!

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Sometimes getting the stars to align for your dream senior photo session is a little tricky. It took about 3 months and a dozen emails for us to squeeze in a session date during Jenny’s trip to Orange County for a softball tournament, but we were determined to make it work! And work it did… we were so lucky to have most of the beach all to ourselves. Braving a climb over a few rocks and dodging the surf with perfect timing rewarded us handsomely. Aliso Beach is one of those hidden gems that has surprises around every corner. From surf pounding on the rocks, to stone cliffs, to unique cliffside landscaping, and even a park with a perfect little fence, there are so many gorgeous backdrops to choose from. Not only that, but this beautiful beach is constantly changing thanks to the surf eroding and restoring the sand and rocks throughout the year.

You’d never know this hard working senior spent her day on the softball field, before getting glammed up for our beach session, she looks amazing! Softball tournament, family vacation, or even tagging along on Mom or Dad’s work trip, if you can find your way to the beach, we’ll find a perfect date that works and capture those senior portraits you’re dreaming of!

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When Trevor first got in touch with me about engagement photos in Laguna Beach, I knew immediately I just had to help make his perfectly thought out plans a reality! After months of training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, his girlfriend was flying in for the July 4th weekend and he had a huge surprise for her… a very sparkly exciting diamond surprise in a little square box! He explained that we was planning to propose to her the morning she arrived and he planned to surprise her with engagement photos that evening. On the beach. At sunset. In dress blues. Yes, I said it – dress blues on the beach at sunset. Now, the day this was all to go down happened to be my birthday, but honestly, there are very few things I would rather do than spend the evening doing what I love… and did I mention dress blues?? I have a little thing for that uniform, I may have married a Marine myself for that very reason. So I happily rearranged a few things, left my spa day just a little early, and headed down to Table Rock Beach in Laguna Beach. Despite the workout to get down the stairs and back, this tiny secluded beach is the most amazing little slice of heaven for a photographer. ❤️ Trevor even conspired with Malorie’s mom to make sure everything was just perfect, she had the perfect dress, shoes, everything. This guy, Malorie, he is a KEEPER. But I’m sure you already know that! I wish you guys all the love and happiness in the world!
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  • Whitney Malone - Thank you for sharing! Trevor is a special one that is for sure! When he was my “child” (a child of the state) I was always afraid of where he would endup after getting out of the system. I am so proud of the man he has become and thank you for sharing such a special time for him.

  • Lillian - What a beautiful love story!!! It’s perfect.