Valentine’s Mini Sessions

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Sweet Julia

I love this last shot of sweet little Julia looking bright eyed at the camera, and sucking in her lip.  I just love when babies look directly into the lens, and connect with the camera!  The lighting coming in the window that day was so warm and beautiful, that I used mostly natural light with a little bit of strobe to fill in the shadows.  What a fun shoot, and thank you Kathy for sharing your beautiful baby with me!

 

My Hero!

Introducing Joseph my cousin, hero and friend.  Joe is one amazing guy, he has style, dance moves, humor, lots of love, enthusiasm, and a kind heart.  He is definitely a one of a kind guy, and someone we all could learn a little from!

A look Back…

I know I am backtracking to 2010, but I just had to share this adorable family.  Jackson was all smiles, and once Isabella warmed up, she was a top model for me!  One of the things I love to see during a shoot is sibling interaction, and Isabella is so sweet with Jackson.  In the last photo, Isabella is actually siting behind Jackson and holding him up!

Hello 2011

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!  I have really neglected my blog, so I figured what better time than now to catch up!  
Baby Audrey was an absolute joy and such a great sleepy model!  Audrey is the youngest of five and a beautiful addition to the Hellwig family.  The hat in the second photo was made by Mom who has an esty shop called Akidos 
Enjoy and thanks for looking!

More to come…

Family Photography Event

This past Saturday Feeding the Soul Foundation and I hosted our first Family Photography Event to benefit Mental Health Systems Family Recovery Center in Oceanside.  It was a wonderful day of photography, contribution, amazing raffle items, hula hoops, games, and lots of fun!  We had 7 wonderful photographers and a total of 9 families attend!  The event took place in Oceanside at MaisonnetteJitters Coffee Pub and the beach.  There were 3 photographers stationed at Maisonnette, 2 photographers at Jitters Coffee Pub and 2 photographers on the beach.  Families paid only $25 to get in on the event, and that included 5 raffle tickets as well!  Once the families arrived they were given a map, and an exact schedule of who they were photographing with and at what time.  Families began rotating from photographer to photographer at 1:00 and were finished rotating at 4:30.  We then had an amazing raffle that included a signed photo of Jason Mraz, Anna Maria fabric purse and clutch designed by Lauren Kurtz, Apotheque spa gift basket, $20 gift certificate to Oceansky Beads, a childrens outfit designed by Madeline Warr, 3 free 8×10 prints, a free 12×16 print, a free 16×20 framed print, a full family session and a newborn session.  We also had amazing treats made with love by Vallie Gillie, owner of Jitters Coffee Pub, founder of Feeding the Soul Foundation and wonderful friend.  The event was definitely a success, and we plan to have many more in the future!  An extra special thanks to Feeding the Soul Foundation’s event planner Mel Grove for making the event possible by encouraging, inspiring and helping me with everything from getting the word out, to coordinating families,!  I would also like to thank Cat, Vallie, Todd Keitel PhotographyJames Croft Photography, Jenny Pearlman Photography, Cass Hillstrand Photography, Stacey Prince Photography, Photography by Lace, Amanda, Tiffany, Madeline, Emily and Mom for all your help and contribution to make this event possible!

Waiting for families to arrive…
Our raffle table with amazing giveaways!

Below are a few shots of families from my shooting location at
 Jitters Coffee Pub…

After families were finished with their final photographers, we began 
the raffle!
 Jitters delicious coffee, chocolate chip bars and Macaroons!

 Volunteer Tiffany is a winner!

 Tiffany wins a signed Jason Mraz photo by Eric Morgensen

 Another Winner!

 …and another!

 Mel taking her first bite of the most delicious Macaroons ever made by Vallie!

 Nat and Mel!

 The photographers!

 Excited about her win!

Leslie was a very lucky lady at the raffle, she won a total of 4 items!

 Thank you Amanda for your beautiful speech about Family Recovery Center and all your help!

 A few beautiful volunteers Madeline and Emily!

Jackson and Isabella

This handsome little guy is baby Jackson, along with his big sister Isabella. We had such an entertaining, fun time in the studio!  Jackson is such a good, happy baby, and Isabella is absolutely adorable and modeled like a pro! 

An Afternoon at the Beach

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing three beautiful girls Molly, Ellie, and Natalie in gorgeous La Jolla! We had an amazing time, and by the end of the shoot I think we were all wet and sandy!    

Baby Michael

This beautiful baby boy is Michael!  I have to tell you, Michael holds a special place in my heart, he is my cousin Alexis and her husband Gordy’s first baby!  They live in Idaho, I had the pleasure of staying in their home and then traveling to San Diego with them.  He is absolutely adorable, and such a good, happy baby…I’m not at all biased!  We had an amazing time in the studio with lots of laughs!  Thank you Alexis and Grandma Betty for all your help in the studio, and thank you Gordy, and Alexis for sharing your sweet baby boy with me!

Ecuador

Every year in August for the past three years, I have traveled to Ecuador to help out at a camp for kids that my cousins run.  The camp is run at different rose farms on the outskirts of Quito, and consists of craft class, christian bible class, song class, games, and sports.  These photos are from the first camp group we did at a farm called jumbo roses.  It was such a rewarding experience working with and photographing these absolutely beautiful children!      
Look at those eyes! 
At lunch time, the kids ate a huge lunch of soup, rice, meat, vegetables and fresh juice.

Yes! They loved hula-hooping or as they called it hula hula!
That’s me, with a few of the girls…They absolutely loved my digital camera, and wanted to know how the image showed up on the LCD screen on the back.
This is Jimmy!  He was quite a character and would whisper in all of our ears.  I couldn’t understand what he was saying but it was pretty cute!