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!!

Sunshine and Lemonade, Birthday Party Invitation and Party Photos

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sunshine and lemonade birthday party invitation processIf I haven’t said it a thousand times already, Jess and I make a great team! So when she came to me with the idea of a vintage summer birthday party for her son’s second birthday, back in probably November haha, I had many months to get excited to get started on the project. This time, she left it fully in my hands on what to do. She just gave me a photo of a lemonade stand that she wanted to make and then said go. I thought about it for a month or two—seriously, she always gives me plenty of time—and came up with using watercolor as a way of coloring in the invitation. And since her colors started as being yellow, gray and white, I thought a simple line art illustration would work perfectly.

sunshine and lemonade birthday party watercolor invitation processJust to show Jess the layout I wanted to go with, I sketched out a rough idea. Once she saw it, she suggested adding the pendant banners. Love! And then we also decided to add the blue and green to add some more color and make it more kid like. It was for a 2 year old’s birthday party after all.

I then traced the photo she had given me of the lemonade stand, added a kid’s big wheel bike and voila! The invite was almost done.

Then came the fun part… I first tested water coloring straight on the invitation. We ended up not going that route for two reasons: 1. who has time to paint each invitation? and 2. the paper just got too warped from the water.

So instead, I painted on a blank page with the general idea of what I needed. I then scanned that in and added it the drawing. I really am happy with doing that, it allowed us to have the lemonade stand wood in solid white rather than having the green grass show through.

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But to still give it that tactile feel, we printed all the invites on watercolor paper from our home printer.

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Then my part was pretty much done. Except for a few more graphics for the party, the rest was up to Jess’ magical party planning hands (see her Pinterest board here).

It’s always fun to hear about all the planning that goes into such an event and then get to just show up and see it all brought to life!

I took a few hundred photos of the party… the day couldn’t have been more perfect for a sunshine filled party celebrating little Grayson! Hope you enjoy…

And thanks Jess for sharing some of your photos with me too… hers are marked below. Read her post on the party here, and then invitation here.

Since this was a lemonade party, the focal point of the decorations was this amazing lemonade stand that Jess and her hubby Scott made!

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Then Jess took a few old bicycle tires, found at a garage sale, spray painted them white and adding dozens of photos of G through the years. Such a cute idea!

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Then she had the treat table…

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Along with the “guest book,” a sun I designed based off the invitation that was filled with fingerprints of all the guests (like last year’s caterpillar!).

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And then of course, a party couldn’t be complete with cake!

Grayson seriously makes the sweetest faces! Here’s just a few as he was so adorably admiring his cake…

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And any good 2 year old’s party includes lots of kiddos running around… so let’s end this post on the cutest of notes!

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You remember baby Parker?

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Grayson had the sweetest reactions to his presents… especially his new Toy Story pajamas.

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Little Grayson,

Hope you know how much you are loved… how much you have been prayed for. I love your sweet demeanor, those sparkly eyes, and your flirty show-off side… may you never lose that sparkle and precious little smile that shows us all that dear heart of yours.

Love, Auntie Sam

Meeting Baby Emily, My New York Niece

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See part 1 of my trip to upstate New York to visit my best friend and her new baby here.

I can’t believe I’ve already been back from New York for a week! I seriously miss it more and more each day… once you see these photos you’ll know why… we spent the week relaxing and cuddling on the couch with the new babe… going on walks downtown… taking baths of course… and then taking lots of photos to document little Emily in all her 3 weeks adorableness!

I love this little family of 3 and just couldn’t wait to go through the photos from the trip. Shockingly, there aren’t that many… Considering I was there for almost a whole week that is! But it was so nice to put the camera away and just enjoy life! Hope you enjoy this small glimpse into small town life from upstate New York where the fields are green and a little rain never hurt anybody!

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I’ll forever cherish these little moments when Joyce was napping and Emily and I got to snuggle up… she was a big fan of all my picture taking… 🙂

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We spent an evening just sitting on the porch, Emily loved looking around at the trees and birds flying by. And of course I just loved how she was so gently holding on to her mama’s arms. Ugh, so sweet.

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Seriously, check out that head of hair!!

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The “maiden voyage” of the stroller… walking around town with the pups.

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More baths!

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And of course, after bath time, I just had to take some last photos before my plane ride home.

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I was so fascinated by those gorgeous eyelashes of hers. She’s just beautiful!

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And then on our way out to the airport, we just had to take a photo of us girls and one of mama and baby!

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Miss Emily, oh how I miss you! I’ll start sobbing if I write too much to you here… but I will sure miss seeing you growing up in person. But I am so excited to come out and see you, and of course living vicariously through photos! With parents like yours, I can only imagine the selfless, carefree, and funny Godly woman you will grow up to be.

Forever and always yours, Aunt Sam

 

 

Amelia’s 9 Month Bubble Bath and Easter Photos, Menifee Baby Photography

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Rachel and I had been racking our brains trying to come up with something unique for the little miss’ 9 month photos.

rachel bathtubA few times Rachel had mentioned wanting to get a photo of Amelia in an old wash tub—like a photos she had of herself as a child—so that inspired our outdoor bubble bath session!

But first, we had to get a few photos in her Easter dress!

What I love most about having these sessions every 3 months is capturing the ever changing personality of a child. Mia loves to clap and gives these amazing crinkle nose smiles!

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And for awhile now she’s been standing up—when holding on to anything she can, but holding mama’s hand is definitely the sweetest!

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And now time for the bath photos!

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Again, I love how these capture Mia so perfectly. She’s so observant, always looking down to explore everything within reach. And of course, once that new found object is within her little hands, in the mouth it goes!

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These last few remind me so much of Mia’s newborn session when she would not leave her mama’s arms. So so sweet!

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Baby Mia… I will forever love you as you’ve captured my heart with your sweet smile and curious personality. I am so blessed to be able to watch you grow and honored to be able to capture all that you do with my lens. <3

Some tips for you, if you plan to totally “wing it” with your own outdoor bubble bath photos….

I really wanted to make sure the setting had the depth and wide open light to really make the bubbles shine, however this led to us having to transport many gallons of water in the trunk of a car. So preferably, having a hose nearby would have been pretty nice! 🙂

Also, make sure the water isn’t too cold… since I’m not a mama, I definitely didn’t think of that going in to this shoot so it took Mia quite some time to allow us to sit her down in the tub. Oh well, the standing photos are just as cute if not more so!

And of course, bring lots of extra bubbles for the bubble machine!

Baby Violet, Newborn Photography, Menifee

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Oh this sweet baby girl! Born just before Christmas, her mama and I planned this little mini shoot and got together right in their backyard (gotta love So Cal in December). She wore homemade knitted beanies and booties and just kept flashing us those beautiful eyes of hers!

Enjoy these favorites of mine of sweet little Violet at 2 weeks old…

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Kali Ann, Anaheim Newborn Photography

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Let me introduce y’all to little miss Kali Ann… even though she made her first debut on this blog in her aunt Amie’s giant wedding post while she was still nice and snug in her mama’s tummy—only weeks before she was born.

Over the years, I’ve gotten to know Amie’s new family—her husband’s giant family—over the last few years and they couldn’t be more full of love for each other. Miss Kali definitely has them all wrapped around her little fingers already… Aunt Amie even let her wear the bridal hair pin flower—that never made it in time for the wedding—for her photo shoot too! Plus, this sweet little miss has 2 big sisters that are just so happy and excited to love on their new little sister too. You can definitely feel the love when you’re with the whole family so it truly was an honor to photograph the newest addition to the bunch!

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A Rice Family Christmas, Murrieta Family Photography

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Just days before Christmas, our friends BJ and Melissa—along with their little family—were in town and we were able to get together to take some family photos!

My hubby and BJ have been friends since forever, BJ was in our wedding and my hubby in theirs… so it was an honor to be able to capture some memories of their sweet—and growing—family!

(And if you’ve been reading this blog from the very beginning, you may remember them from one of my first ever vacation post series: Roadtrip 2010 when we all drove to Kansas, South Dakota (part 1, part 2) and Colorado in a week.)

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A dad and his son, a mother and her daughter…

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These next few are my absolute favorite!

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Thank you so much for spending the afternoon with me and smiling for my camera!

Amelia’s 6 Month Christmas Photos, Menifee Baby Photography

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Oh my I have fallen so deeply in love with this sweet little girl. I’d like to think that I’m a special auntie and the only one who gets these adorable smiles out of her, but she really is just a happy happy baby!

Hope you enjoy these sweet photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Let’s start with my favorite…

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And then after such sweet laughs, we knew it was time to change the set up. 🙂

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The Wagoners’ Christmas Photos in the Snow, Big Bear

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When Lauren and I first talked about getting some new photos of them taken, all she wanted was to take them in the snow. So 2 weeks later, we all drove up to Big Bear, randomly stopping along the road to take some pictures.

It had been awhile since the 4 of us had hung out, and I’m so glad my hubby was there with me to help us get smiles from his best buddy.

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Seriously, isn’t Lauren just gorgeous! The snow really suits her. 🙂

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This is by far my favorite photo of the day.

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And we stopped for one last photo on the way home… you can kinda see a hint of pink noses as the temperature was dropping quick!

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Thanks Mr. and Mrs. for spending a fun day in the snow with us! Love you both so so much!

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