Welcome to my blog! Here you will see my creative take on life! Whether it be weddings or families, commercial work or personal art, I love to push my boundaries, capture emotion, and infuse natural heavenly light into my photography as much as possible. Photography is one of my loves. I hope, (whether you are a first time visitor or one who visits often), you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to look through my photography and appreciate your support!

I photograph weddings quite a bit, however, I rarely post them to the blog anymore because it takes so much time to do so and I have very little of that these days (with three little ones!).  Emily and Roberson had an amazing wedding full of love and laughter. Roberson’s mother was able to make it in from Brazil at the last moment making the day even more special!  I had captured her sister’s wedding last year and it was so much fun to come back and work with such a wonderful and beautiful family again!  This post is LONG, but I had such a hard time choosing photographs- too many good ones!  Here are just a handful of favorites (and I am sorry not so much from the reception and family, I just could not decide!)  I may make a second post of all the adorable family and reception shots I got, but for now here is what I have chosen.  For those interested in any details, they are here :

  1. Dress: David’s Bridal
  2. Cake: Take’s the Cake
  3. Caterer: Alma Garrison/Westin Hotel
  4. Coordinator: Jean You
  5. DJ: Glen Red
  6. Live Band: Cissa Paz 
  7. Florist: Sharen Cosby
  8. Ceremony: All Saints Church
  9. Reception: Westin

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This mission is beautiful!  I had forgotten we had visited it about 2 years ago!  It was so fun to put this collage together to go with my other mission photograph collages.  I truly enjoy the old raw feeling of the missions.  It is amazing how similar yet unique each one is.  I had three little ones with me while photographing this mission so it is not as detailed as I would have liked, however I think what I do have here is a beautiful representation of the San Fernando Mission.  If you have not visited and can, do, it is a beautiful location…not to mention I have photographed a few weddings here (as well as at the San Juan Capistrano Mission, another gorgeous location!).

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Here is the last of the three missions we visited.  This is the San Luis Obispo de Tolsa Mission.  This one felt relatively modern compared to the San Miguel mission, however, we really enjoyed going through the museum which had so many old artifacts.  I especially loved the old christening gown on display, it was simple yet beautiful. I also loved the example of a room with the light streaming in the back window- so gorgeous!  The plants and flowers were beautiful as well.  The cherry blossom trees were rich in color and the cactus and green succulents were huge!  This was especially fun for my daughter. She wrote her mission report on Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolsa and built a mission model (with a few friends) based upon their report.  I think they did an excellent job and I just may post a picture of their model next.  Here is Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolsa… (now, my next goal is to stop, visit, and capture the missions we missed going north…can’t wait!)

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So continuing with the last post, after we visited La Soledad, we stopped off at Mission San Miguel (this is on our way from San Francisco coming south).  This mission was amazing!  It was so old and beautiful.  I loved the cracks in the walls, the old benches, the chipping and falling away of wall and the truly rustic vintage feeling to this mission.  It was simply gorgeous! We probably spent most of our time at this mission, it was so incredible. The photo on the bottom left is a very artistic door hinge with hearts and crosses.  The architecture here just amazed me!  I am so glad we did (and amazed because it was just me and 3 little ones!).  If you are wondering what sparked my interest in seeing as many missions as we could, my oldest daughter was doing a mission report for school and happened to do it on San Louis Obispo (which we passed as well!).  So after leaving our mini San Francisco get away, we decided to see as many missions on our way home as we could-which only amounted to 3-but that is pretty good with three little ones in the car (and one is a toddler!) LOL!  Next up, San Louis Obispo!JCBellaRosaSanMiguel_1707JBG

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My family and I travelled up north and stopped at a few missions along the way.  Unfortunately, Mission La Soledad was not open when we came by, but I managed to get a few great shots!

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