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We are the stories we tell. For my entire life I have told people the same story when it came to running. “I ran track in high school but never anything over a 400m, I am NOT a long distance runner.” For the last 29 years this has been my truth, and my words supported my actions.

However, during this time I’ve had a nagging desire to complete a half marathon. I even blogged about it 6 years ago hoping that would give me the needed accountability, but it didn’t change anything. It was too big, too scary, and too overwhelming for me to move forward. I was paralyzed by fear. This past weekend, after 12 weeks of training, and years of dreaming, I crossed the finish line of my first Half Marathon! In that moment I changed my story. 3 months ago I was ready to quit before I even started, but I did the work, pushed through the fear, and believed in myself in a way I’ve never really experienced.

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This wouldn’t have been possible without 2 very important things: a support system and a plan. Without these my dream of finishing a half marathon would have stayed just that, a dream. Throughout this process I expected to get stronger but what I really found was a whole new perspective on life. The story I tell myself will now be filled with “why nots” instead of “I can’t.”

Being a mom is no easy task. As I’ve watched my friends navigate the waters of new motherhood I’ve been amazing with their strength, courage, and never ending patience. I can only imagine what a life altering experience being a mom is. Often times moms just don’t have to the time to get the MUCH needed pampering they deserve and desperately need. So with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’ve teamed up with a group of incredible a ladies to offer a special giveaway for one deserving mom!

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The winning mom will receive $600 worth of pampering including:
– Full set of lashes by POP Lash and Beauty Bar ($175 value)
– Blowout and Makeup by Gift Box Beauty ($85 value)
– Full Body Tan and Brazilian Waxing with Bare Tan and Wax OC ($90)
– 30 minute photo session with yours truly. Includes approximately 25 hi-res photos. ($250 value)

TO ENTER YOU MUST
1. Enter your email via this link: eepurl.com/bRjLl1
2. Follow @poplash @giftboxbeauty @baretanandwaxoc @kayshaphoto on Instagram.
3. In the comments of THIS POST tag 3 deserving moms, so they can enter too!

Some restrictions apply: Must be a mom to win. Must be available on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 and travel to Costa Mesa, California. Giveaway closes on April 30th at midnight, and winner will be contacted via email. 

The last few weeks have been really REALLY wonderful. Like I need to pinch myself because it’s been one beautiful shoot after the next. Plus spending some extra time with all my wedding couples exploring, laughing and getting to know each other better is one of my favorite parts of the whole wedding process.

Jenn and Greg were such a delight work to work with, and they helped give me a whole new perspective on an iconic Los Angeles landmark, the Griffith Observatory. I’ve photographed here many times, but I just love this section of trails that Jen discovered making for the perfect ending for their session. As if things weren’t already perfect enough, Jenn and Greg are just so great together! Their energy together is playful, sweet and you can just feel their excitement to finally be married. I cannot wait till they tie the knot in November, and when The Joy Parade is involved it’s bound to be one heck of a wedding. ;)

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 Every time someone asks me what my favorite part of Japan was, my answer changes. Not because I can’t make up my mind, but because I loved pretty much everything about Japan. It’s impossible to choose one thing single thing from the 7 cities we visited. Each new location was full of so much culture, delicious food, and exploring that my nagging wanderlust was satisfied… for the time being. ;)

I was mesmerized by Japan, and the way in which normal life runs. As someone who greatly appreciates organization and efficiency, I was impressed by how smoothly everything seemed to run. Nothing in Japan is done without great thought and consideration, this can be felt from busy city life to the smaller mountain communities we visited. The people were warm, accommodating, respectful, and already miss so much about Japan!

I left with a hand full of photos that really feel like the Japan we experience. These black and whites are some of those photos, and I will cherish them for many years to come.

If you want to know more about how I took and edited these photos (all with my iPhone) you can read all about it in my 8 tips for better vacation photos. Feel free to reach out with any questions, I’m only an email away. :)

Christina and Ryan are all kinds of awesome! Seriously, these two are chasing their dreams and living life to the fullest. I think that is what makes them so likable, you can just feel their excitement for life and each other! Not to mention they are adorable together, and barely needed any direction from me during their engagement shoot at Santiago Oaks Regional Park. #luckyphotographer

These photos make me fall in love all over again with photography, working with couples, and Spring in Southern California. Take a peek at just a few of my favorites, which happens to include a photo bombing ladybug!

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  • Rachelle - Beautiful!!! Love the lady bug and the cheery poppies!!