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The last time I took a two week vacation was in, wait for it… 2009! Don’t get my wrong, I have taken time off since then, but never for more than a week. I’m not sure what it is about 2 weeks, but it feels like a lifetime away from my daily life, responsibilities, and of course business.

For me traveling is like taking a deep cleansing breath. It rejuvenates my mind, opens my eyes, and helps me feel truly alive. This is why we’ve carved out a precious 2 week vacation to Japan. This will be our longest international trip since we went to Bali almost 7 years ago, and I cannot wait!

I’m what you’d call super connected. Meaning I’m always on my phone, checking email, or in front of a computer. Truthfully I’m not proud of this, but it’s become a way of life (for better or worse). So for the next 2 weeks, I’m going to disconnect as much as possible. This is only made possible with a lot of preparation, and the help of my Office Manger Raquel who will be holding the fort down while I’m away. In the meantime, I have some great blog posts scheduled for you, so be sure to drop by for all the goodness!

Costa-Mesa-Engagement-PhotographersJust typing this makes me nervous, but life is too short and adventure awaits! If you want to keep up with our travels, check out Instagram for updates along the way. This is a friendly reminder that I’ll be traveling and out of the country until March 30th. For all my clients, please note I will have very limited access to email during this time, but I will get back to you as soon as I return! :)

What’s better than photographing one of your favorite couples for their engagement and wedding day? Having another opportunity to get them in front of your camera, of course! Around the holiday’s I took couples portraits for Kira and Chris, because you can never have too many photos, right? :)

You would think that after photographing them several times within a few month period I would run out of ideas or things to talk about. Not with these two! I always have such a blast with Kira and Chris, their trust for my vision is endless, and I just appreciate their love and support so much!


Coming from a small family, I always wondered what it would be like to have a bunch of brothers and sisters. I picture there never being a dull moment, loud family dinners, and always having someone to hang out with. This sounds like a pretty awesome way to grow up if you ask me!

I have photographed this sweet family for the last few years, and it’s been such a pleasure to watch them grow and change. Not to mention this crew is so much fun, and you can just imagine all the adventures they have together.


“Set a goal to achieve something that is so big, so exhilarating that it excites you and scares you at the same time” – Bob Proctor

We all have dreams, goals, and hopes for a better future. Some take time, others require a bit of luck, but most require work, and a lot of it. I’ve never had a problem putting in the work, but when you don’t know where to begin, or even if the work you are doing will get you to your destination, it’s nearly impossible to move forward. I have felt like this countless times in my life, and I’m sure you have too.

For years, I have had a “loose goal” (as I liked to call it) to complete a half marathon. Just the thought of it made me nervous, and I would doubt my ability to complete it almost instantly. See I’m not what you would call a runner. Although I did track in high school, I never ran anything over 400m, so the idea of running 13 miles seemed unrealistic to say the least.

For whatever reason, this goal has stuck with me for years. Somewhere in the back of my conciseness, I just couldn’t let it go. It wasn’t until I told my sister-in-law that I wanted to attempt a half marathon that things really started taking form. Before I knew it, she agreed to run it with me, a race was picked out, and we had a 12 week training plan.

We are entering week 5 of our training, and with each workout I know I am getting one step closer to that finish line. My body is getting stronger, my pace is increasing, but most importantly my mind is beginning to believe I can do it!

I would love to hear from you in the comments below, what goals have you been putting on the back burner? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?


I learned one very important thing during this weekends engagement shoot… Ashley and Sean couldn’t be more perfect for each other! Several times throughout their session they finished each other sentences, and responded with he exact same answer. You would think I see this a lot working with so many couples, but it’s actually very rare. It’s undeniable the connection they share, and spending the afternoon with them was the highlight of my weekend.

As if I didn’t already love them enough, in a few short months Ashley and Sean will be getting married at Franciscan Gardens, which also happens to be the same location I tied the knot – clearly they have great taste! ;) I will be counting the days until I get them back in front of my camera, and I am thrilled to be working with Confetti Skies and Design Visage to make their wedding perfection!


  • Rachelle - So pretty! Love the gorgeous setting and stunning blue lace dress!!

  • sue - OMG, you two are gorgeous!! Ashley you are stunning! Sean handsome as ever!