Geraldine, College Senior Photos: Lavender Farms to Carlsbad Flower Fields

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Oh my goodness, I am so excited to share these photos with you. I don’t even have a favorite. I have like 10 favorites.

When Geraldine asked me several months ago to design her graduation announcements, and take her photos for the card.. I was so excited to get her in front of my camera. She is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out! And I was excited to celebrate this accomplishment with her too! After going to school, for what feels like forever, she has graduated with her Bachelors in Nursing and is now an RN! My friends are smart, people. And pretty. (P.S. Did I mention she’s single! P.P.S. I can’t wait to see who God has been holding on to for her!!)

Whoa, tangent… anyway, the goal for the day was to get her portraits done with some purple flowers since that’s one of her school’s colors. After some research, we found Key Farm’s Lavender Fields in Valley Center. Knowing that the times were going to be yucky, or at least not the best photography wise, we also decided to head down to the Carlsbad Flower Fields for sunset photos. And then oh yeah, that place closes at 6 and its summer in southern California and still quite hot and sunny then. Okay, so how about we go up to the beach, Oceanside, and then head home? Okay, as long as I can wear my heels, she says! So basically, these were taken everywhere and all throughout our very fun day! Hope you love them all as much as I do. And guys, message me for her number. kidding kidding… kinda. 🙂

I knew right away the day was going to be amazing when we had to make a u-turn and found this beautiful driveway… the perfect way to start our photo shoot (minus the whole getting lost and having to turn around aspect of course).

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We then continued our adventure to the lavender fields… this is one of my favorites from the day and also the one we ended up using on her graduation announcement.

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A little breeze never hurts…

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I’m kind of obsessed with her eyelashes… wouldn’t you be??

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And found some perfectly aged white fences to make another stop on our way out…

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After another hour in the car, and a pitstop for coffee and tea… we found ourselves in the midst of the Carlsbad Flower Fields!

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I wasn’t kidding before, I really am obsessed!

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And lastly, on our way home we drove up through Oceanside to eat dinner, and take the last few photos of the day.

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And the girl finally got to have her heels!

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Then after all the photos were taken, edited, and sent off to Geraldine… we then started on the announcement for her graduation! Which is this coming weekend, yee-haw!!

Like I had said at the start, one of her school colors is purple and the other is a golden orange color. I really loved how these came out, from the typography to the custom built pattern.

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Congratulations Geraldine!! I’m so proud of you and am so excited to see where your kind, selfless, and giving heart takes you!!

Kristie, College Senior at San Marcos, Portraits in Menifee Fields

Do you have those people in your life who feel as though they have always been a part of your life? Where you can never remember a time that you didn’t know them.

That’s how I feel about the Thompson family… and if you happen to know them, you’re one of the lucky ones.

You all probably feel like you know one of them though—my best friend, Amie—since she’s been shown on my blog so much, but let me formally introduce you to one of her younger sisters, Kristie.

Kristie is like another kid sister to me. She’s just always been around, at times as another annoying sister just wanting to tag along, who just wouldn’t leave us alone but now—and better known on the blog—as another friend and bridesmaid who gets to share this wonderful year with me. Come November, I am honored to get to stand beside her as her sister gets married.

And I am honored that Kristie asked me to take her senior photos as she graduates from Cal State San Marcos and is about to embark on the adventure that is the rest of her life.

We spent an afternoon on a rare cold, cloudy and windy day in southern California, scampering about in the dirt, the trees, and the purple flower filled fields in my little town of Menifee.












These last two are my favorites of the day, it truly captured our afternoon together, wind blown hair and all. 🙂


Ali and Amy, Cal State Fullerton Best Friends, College Senior Portraits in Downtown Fullerton


Can I just say I wish my best buddy in college and I would have taken senior photos together! Because these two CSUF-soon-to-be-graduates were just too much fun!

Ali and Amy met while attending Cal State Fullerton and their friendship started from being the two quirkiest honor students and only grew from there over these last few years.


We started out in Downtown Fullerton, stopping at the cutest apartment complex ever, then at a church, and then walked the alleys between the shops along with one last pitstop at a park to fit in some greenery.

Ending our night back on the campus where it all began…






These next ones of Ali and Amy are my favorites!






You may recognize this next one from Evernotes Every a couple weeks ago…



Thanks again Ali for asking me to take your college senior photos, it truly was an honor! I am so excited for all your upcoming adventures!!

College Senior Kirsten, Menifee

Kirsten and I have known each other for a long… long time. She started out in my sister’s dance class at Compos Dance Studio many years before this photo, from 2004, after we started to dance together.

I am on the far left, Kirsten at the left middle. And now 8 years later, she asked me to take her pictures as she graduates from college. Here’s just a few of my favorites!

Thanks Kir, for laughing at my jokes and for trampling through the fields with me!