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. 🙂


Rachel’s 26 Week Maternity, Menifee Fields and Trees

The day was planned as an evening in to craft for Rachel’s May baby shower (themed fairytale storybook), but we of course couldn’t resist the backwoods of Menifee and the sprawling fields that are just minutes away from the Baby Shower Crafting Center—i.e. my house. 🙂

So this is the results of the question “wanna do a quick 10 minute mini shoot before we start crafting the night away?”

Rachel is only 26 weeks here in these photos, we plan to take the “real” photos next month… at the Happiest Place on Earth of course. Where else would you take a princess’ first photos? 🙂








Pretty sure this next one is my absolute favorite!







You may recognize this beautiful mama to be as my ever changing model from previous photo shoots—she is after all the one who modeled countless hours for me so I could continue to learn the craft:


High School Senior, Breanna, Menifee

I have yet to have a session that I have loved so many of the final photos! I won’t even tell you how many I ended up giving Breanna because it was just too many but I just couldn’t keep them to myself! We did a two day session with two times to sunsets! Thanks Breanna for your beautiful smile and even your fake one! Congratulations on graduation, excited for where God takes you from here! (I seriously ended each sentence with an exclamation point… but I am seriously excited about this one!)!!

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!