Cake Smash

To a young heart everything is fun.

Charles Dickens

     I love what my work lets me be a part of.  For Stefanie's 30th birthday, she decided a tongue-in-cheek approach was the only way to go.  One smashing session idea, one fabulous young woman, and a first for me; I laughed so hard I fell backwards on my backside.  I hope you enjoy the spirit and laughter in these as much as we did!

Goose's Family Session

There is beauty all around, when there's love at home...
 
Sometimes sessions surprise me.  I wasn't sure how well things would go for photographing my friend's family since her kids know me so well that I was worried they would feel stiff working with me.  Apparently, I was very wrong.
 
My youngest daughter refers to their daughter as "Goose" since she overheard her being called that by a sibling once.  While it's adorable, it can be awkward when she stands up in church and shouts about "Bishop Goose's Daddy, HI BISHOP GOOSE'S DADDY!" 

Their newest Little, Lil' Lill, is just delicious.  I love photographing and working with happy families but going though these pictures made my heart just sing.  They're such beautiful people, adoring parents, darling children and with all of the ugly things going on everywhere, this family reminded me of the love and beauty there is in the world. 

San Juan Capistrano Family Session

Children learn to smile from their parents.
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Shinichi Suzuki

I love my job.  I get to spend time with some really amazing people and see some pretty awesome things.  Little secret though; as much as I love sneaking around to capture the love between a couple or some teenagers trying to look cool while hugging their mom, toddlers crack me up.  If I could photograph toddlers all day every day, I would.  Especially if they're as charismatic and beautiful as Miss Mill who had moments of pure mischief between not being totally sure if I'd lost my mind or not.

Either way, Miss Mill, and her hilarious and sweet parents, put this session in San Juan Capistrano in my top five favorites.  I had so much fun, they were so easy to work with and I just love how happy they are.  Happy people make awesome subjects and reminds me why I love to shoot.