There’s something to be said about this whole superpower we photographers hold in ‘freezing time.’ I mean really, I don’t know who benefits more from this capability, you the ones in moments with your loved ones captured to savor forever, or me the one behind the lens, humbled by the edifying task of helping make parts of your lives last.

Life flies by so fast you know. If we don’t stop once in awhile to appreciate it, relish in it, and remember it…we’re going to miss it. I’m here to help in that necessary undertaking with my camera. You experience/love/live. I’ll document.

Honored to have documented some of the first moments of this sweet little thing’s newness of living…let’s just stare at her for awhile and delight in her loveliness…k? K.

 

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Many years ago at this point, two young dreamers formed a friendship, and eventually fell in love. She moved away from her family, friends and everything she’d ever known to be by his side, while he served our country in the navy. They got married. They worked hard. They decided to pursue those dreams and build a life together.

It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t always fun. They sacrificed a lot and definitely paid their fair share of dues.

Some eight years and counting later, I think it’s safe to say they’ve arrived. Unfortunately it’s as they go…my cousin Courtney and her husband (also my cousin:)) Stephen take off tomorrow to Denver, where they’ll both start their shiny new jobs and move into their first purchased home. Courtney and Stephen: I’m so damn proud of you. You aren’t just dreamers, you’re do-ers, and smart, fun, honest and full of integrity while you’re at it. I want to be like you when I grow up. 😉 Guess I’ll just have to come out to Denvy to study your awesomeness in the years to come.

Love you guys. Godspeed.

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Katie and Marcus are expecting the newest edition to their family in a few short weeks. Before she makes her debut, we met at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim Hills for their last family sesh as three. Savor these last moments, little Jayden! Your sister is gonna show you a whole new world!

Meanwhile, I’m [im]patiently waiting for my nephew to make his entrance. My brother and his wifey are expecting him any day now and I can’t wait!!! Get ready for some little Lovato awesomeness to be filling my feed! The Lovato world is about to be rocked!

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Sometimes we’re so concerned with what’s going on in our heads that we miss the important things right in front of us. Our own feelings and thoughts tend to cloud our vision and we miss the world walk by. We miss things that matter. We’re so consumed with ourselves that we fail to realize how our actions and reactions affect everything around us.

We’re all just trying to do the best we can. I get it. But too often we’re just trying to do the best we can for ‘me’ and not enough for ‘you’ or ‘them.’ People give our lives meaning. Connections. Relationships. Love. That’s where the Goodness really spreads the best, right? When you give it and share it with others.

My wish today, is that I step out of my head for a minute, more often. Every minute, every day, my mind goes a mile around this and that and also that that I need to do. And the to-do’s are usually for me and my benefit. But what about you? What about the benefit of others? What good can we do? Today I’m going to give more thought to that. Open my eyes and my mind with hopes to really see

Less me. More you. And while we’re at it, more plants in the window too.

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portrait of my beautiful, thoughtful friend in Florence, 2016.

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Photographed these Coloradan beauties while they were in town for a very special wedding. Met them for a quick family mini session on a stretch of grass before the rehearsal dinner. I did minis for the first time last year, and love the quick/efficient/cost effective nature of the sessions. Love sharing that with ya’ll!

We’re now booking Mother’s Day mini sessions – Mornings of May 14th and May 20th only. May 14 at Estancia Park in Costa Mesa. May 20 at Cedar Grove Park in Tustin. Space is limited. Book now.

Full details here.

 

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