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Alyssa & Andrew : Milton Lee Olive Park, Chicago, IL in Winter

When I told everyone that I wanted to start shooting in Chicago, IL regularly, people thought I was insane. I was told that Chicago has no sunsets, it will never match what I’m used to photographing out in California. I was told it was cold, and at the end of the day, I was going to hate it. Well, they say the grass is always greener, but I have to say I still believe that the Chicago grass is pretty dang awesome.

I had the chance to meet with and photograph Alyssa and Andrew during their short stint in Chicago, before moving to Portland, Oregon. These two were absolutely the best to get to photograph and explore Milton Lee Olive Park, especially since it was the middle of winter and a bit cold outside. Besides walking down to the nearby beach, we also explored the entire boardwalk- while the beautiful Illinois sun was setting! Alyssa and Andrew could absolutely not be cuter, and are the epitome of a couple completely in love, and their wedding rings are just to die for. Not to mention the iconic view in front of the Chicago skyline made the whole evening just complete.

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Bernatowicz Family 2017 : Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, Ca

Apparently turning three means it is the year of the Transformer’s. I can’t say I remember all of the favorite ones this year, but it definitely produced a lot of smiles. I absolutely love getting to photograph the Bernatowicz Family, and watch Jackson grow from brand new newborn, to this sweet curly headed baby boy. And as always, I get to see the adorable and protective family dog Holly. Go watch him grow up, because it couldn’t be cuter.

2015 Newborn
2015 6 Months
2015 1 Year
2016 2 Year

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Aurora & Jeff : Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura, Ca Maternity

When Aurora and Jeff told me they were pregnant, I was over the moon excited for them. These two are the two sweetest people you will ever find, and their wedding back in 2016 at Gerry Ranch in Camarillo, Ca was the definition of hot hot hot; literally, it was 104 degrees that day. What made this so much better was their mutual love of boats. They wore basically the cutest hats for their engagement shoot, and they tied in perfectly with the Ventura Harbor Village for their maternity shoot. From boats to this stunning Juniper tree, this entire session was a piece of sunset heaven. Their soon to be baby girl, Juniper, would definitely agree. Check out their last photo in this blog, to see their equally stunning sense of humor.

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Megan : Folsom Lake State Recreational Area, Folsom, Ca Maternity

Megan and James are two beautiful people who I’ve known since High School, and probably further back than that. I had the honor of photographing them for an anniversary shoot in the woods, so when I got a call that they were pregnant I couldn’t imagine a more perfect couple to be parents. Megan wanted somewhere beautiful and green for her photos, and we were so lucky to find Negro Bar, a part of the Folsom Lake State Recreational Area in Folsom, Ca. I can’t wait to see what this little boy grows up into, and how cute baby Luke will be.

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Stahl Family 2017 : High Hill Ranch, Placerville, Ca

It is the year of the Stahl’s; with them getting married earlier March 2017, adopting Mr. Archie a few months before hand, and now 7 months later being pregnant with a gorgeous baby boy. We met back up at High Hill Ranch up in Placerville, Ca for Marlee’s maternity shoot; not just so I could buy an Apple Pie for Thanksgiving, but also because the sunsets you get amidst the apple trees are just gorgeous. It was such a pleasure getting to hang with their family again, and I swear Ava is growing like a weed. Still a dancer, and so many more sentences being said. I love this family, and can’t wait to meet their little boy Kylan whenever he decides to come.

Go check out Marlee & Michael’s wedding in 2017, and their family session last year at the same amazing location!

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Bernatowicz Family 2016 : Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, Ca

I can’t believe how fast they grow up, and Jackson is officially 2 years old here. The Bernatowicz decided to go to the Manhattan Beach Pier in Manhattan Beach, Ca where they recently bought a home. Of course the adorable Holly was included, and this was the year of trucks for Jackson. We’re a little bit scared of the water, but giggle pretty frequently. Go watch him start to grow up, because it couldn’t be cuter.

2015 Newborn
2015 6 Months
2015 1 Year

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Hailey & Ryan : San Juan Capistrano, Ca Maternity

I absolutely love Hailey and Ryan, and met them when I had the oppurtunity to photograph their wedding back in 2015 in Santa Barbara, Ca. Every interaction between these two is the epitome of so much fun, and not a moment is without laughter or the occasional joke. When I heard they were pregnant with a baby girl, I was so stoked to get to photograph their maternity and spend a day laughing with them again.

”I feel blessed to have captured these special moments of my pregnancy and I will forever look back at these photos and remember the woman I was before my whole world changed for the better. “ - Hailey

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Elizabeth & Caleb Anniversary : Grand Canyon National Park, Az

There is nothing I love more than seeing my couples featured on amazing sites like Something Turquoise!

Elizabeth and Caleb have been married for 10 blissful years, having met in high school and just recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary. They had planned on renewing their vows as well as having photos taken to commemorate the occasion, but through unforeseen life circumstances the plans fell through and it was put off. Elizabeth is a local photographer to the Flagstaff area and Caleb is a firefighter, so their schedules allowed for us to make this occasion the something special they both deserved. Lucky for us, the morning of the 25th the Grand Canyon released that the South Rim would be open for visitors and we were greeted with snow capped peaks and 18-degree weather.

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Brittany & Johnny : The Gardens at Los Robles, Thousand Oaks, Ca Maternity

Brittany and Johnny were married at The Gardens at Los Robles, in Thousand Oaks, Ca and their wedding was just absolutely beautiful. When they celebrated their 1 year anniversary, they wanted a photo shoot at the same venue that they got married at exactly a year later! The day was full of some amazing surprises; starting with Johnny bringing their wedding vows. Something that Brittany did not know about! After re-enacting their ceremony site, their first kiss, and even a sunset picture next to the lake we called it a day. What both Johnny and I found out later though, was that Brittany was pregnant on this anniversary with a baby boy! I’m pretty sure surprise maternity shoots are my new favorite things.

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