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My SoCal Summer Bucket List

I am so, so excited about summer this year. My son is 2 years old and it's way easier to get out of the house these days. Jones loves to be social, so I'm planning on taking full advantage of the summer weather and local happenings with family and friends. While I...

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From My Family to Yours

Last year, I started to include photos of my family on my business holiday card. I mean, my son is adorable -- so this made logical sense to start including photos once he was born. I love showing him off! But in all seriousness, I send this card and include a...

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Thankful

The end of the year often brings feelings of reflection and nostalgia. Add the fact that I've been on this journey of running a photography business for eight years now - and yeah, I'm feeling all of the feels in November. So much has changed in my life in the last...

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Hello, Summer!

Public Service Announcement: I'll be taking a few days off from blogging to enjoy the holiday and some r&r with friends and family. Don't get me wrong - I love showcasing all of these gorgeous weddings and lifestyle sessions - but with 4th of July one day away...

Lifestyle, Personal

Baby Jones is 1 Year Old!

You guys. I have a one-year old. How did this happen? Where did the time go? These last few months have been crazy busy with client meetings and photography shoots - plus we moved to another city, which easily explains why it took me two whole months to edit the...

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Life As Of Late

You know how sometimes life is soooooo full that you struggle to write a complete sentence without dealing with various interruptions? I can almost hear all the mothers shouting "Amen!" at their screens right now! So, yeah - this has been my life as of late! No...

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Baby Jones Is 9 Months Old!

The following question has been weighing heavily on my mind lately: What is the true value of photography? Life is busy, for each of us. We might be busy in different ways -- but when it comes down to it, we are all bogged down with tight schedules and the chaos...

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Where The Wild Things Are Halloween Costume

One of the best parts of having a kid is getting to relive your childhood while making new memories and traditions of your own! When it comes to Halloween, I know I have a few short years (3 if I'm lucky) that I actually get to choose his costume - so of course,...

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Baby Jones is 6 months old!

Is it possible that a picture can make your heart explode? Because I'm pretty sure my heart is in a million pieces, all over the floor, after editing this photo shoot of my sweet baby boy! That's right guys - Baby Jones is 6 months old! I’ve delivered thousands of...

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Baby Jones is 3 Months Old!

With my first Mother's Day on the horizon, I can think of no better time to update you on my sweet boy. It's hard to process the fact that Baby Jones is 3 months old already *sigh*. It makes me so happy, yet a little teary all at the same time. Little man is...

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Jones is Here!

On February 1st, 2017 my world changed forever. At 12:28 pm, in the comfort of our home, I became a mother. Jones Anthony van der Heyden claimed his permanent spot in our family so easily and so naturally that it’s difficult to remember our life without him. The...

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Behind The Scenes Of My 2016 Wedding Season

I'm still (slowly) recovering from my 2016 wedding season which was one for the books. Like, for real. I was so busy and I absolutely loved every minute of it! I'm not going to lie, I'm eagerly awaiting the 2017 wedding season to kick off this Spring. I know, I'm a...

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Maternity Leave

As many of you already know, we are anxiously waiting the arrival of our first baby! Thankfully his due date corresponds with my slow season - yay! He's already proving to be quite the compliant little boy (insert sarcasm here because, from what I hear, things are...

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Our NOLA Babymoon

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I LOVE food and exploring new places. So it’s no surprise that New Orleans has been on my list of places to visit for years. NOLA is a foodies paradise, from Shrimp Po’ Boys to Beignets, this city has everything your taste...

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Some Exciting News…

We're having a baby!!! Whew, it feels good to finally share that with the world. Over the last few months I've been filled with so many emotions. Excitement for the growth of our family, love for this baby, exhaustion from morning sickness, and planning like crazy...

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Surprised

More often than not, when I take a moment to look at my life I am surprised. Surprised I’ve been a wedding photographer for over 6 years. Surprised that I get to work with some of the most inspiring and creative people around. Surprised that my couples are so...

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The Best

When I first started photographing weddings I was stressed out beyond belief. There was so much pressure, countless "must have” images to take, and lots of people to gather and organize. All while trying to capture beautiful photographs in...

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Stories

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...

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Japan in Black & White

 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...