"I'm Yours" by Joe and Kelly

This is the story of Joe and Kelly. I hope you all enjoy! I must credit the amazing Jason Mraz for the music on the following slideshow, he is one of my favorite artists! But Joe had his own version (CLEAN version as we Mormons say it) as he sang to Kelly on their wedding day. It was so stinkin' cute, I probably fogged my lenses with all my tears! "But... I drew a new face and I laughed!"


Golden Hour

WooHoo, what fun! I had a blast with this amazing extended family!

I first met them at their home, where they welcomed me in with open arms, introductions, love and laughter! We quickly headed down the block for some group shots in this AMAZING tree, which has family sentimental value. I can't think of a better place to preserve this "family tree" than in this "family tree". Gosh, I should get paid for my original quotes!!!

With extended families, it is often rare to have everyone in the same state at the same time. So it really was a pleasure for me to document this special family time they shared together. Above, I love how close knit all the girl cousins are, and all so pretty in pink!

Mom was so worried about the boys resistance to having their picture taken (above). PLEASE... they were perfect. And having three boys myself, I can attest to this amazing feat!

We did one last quick one of Grandma and Grandpa with their grandchildren... (and though I am NOT pregnant), I must be emotional... I can't help but think of how blessed they must feel!

Next we headed to Paramount Ranch, northwest of Los Angeles. All I can say is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! What a beautiful location! If I only lived closer, I would shoot there all day long!

There were so many amazing buildings, great for backdrops. But I was smitten with the beautiful golden sunlight as my backdrop. I love this next family picture; simple, casual, beautiful, and warm... I love it!

There were open fields where we all played and had a wonderful evening together.

Okay, I must preface this next picture. DAD, oh Dad... what am I going to do with you. His beautiful children and wife were perfect little models, enduring endless hours of hair blowing fans and uncomfortable poses (j/k). He claims he had ants in his pants or a wild pack of mosquitos got him, I can't remember (LOL). The wife and kids didn't complain, that's all I'm sayin'! I was having so much fun harassing him, he finally gave up!

Whew! He pulled it together for a beautiful family portrait that can be cherished forever!

These next few crack me up. I was trying to take a few shots of just mom and dad hanging out, but someone just had to get in on the family love. He seriously adores his dad, it is so cute!

But later on I caught mom and dad cracking up, out of the corner of my eye, and was able to preserve a few great moments!

Hmmm, this next one......... sorry dad, but I am gonna have to say SUPERMODEL!

Oh brother!

Awe, the girl who stole my heart! Honestly, I keep thinking she reminds me of someone, I can't put my finger on it. Every time she talks to me, I am engaged. Could it be that her heart is so pure, I am drawn to her? Could it just be her infectious smile?

We don't realize til we are all grown up, but...

I have lots of other great head shots of this handsome young boy, but I heart this one with all the sun flare (maybe too much for some, but I like it!)

This next series is practically all the same. But I can't ever pick just one favorite from a series of great moments!

We were done, headed out. Then I noticed this guy practically passed out on dad's lap from all the fun festivities of the day! Before I could sneak in a shot, he perked up just enough to give me this sweet smile!

No photoshop or enhancing on that last one...those really are his eyes... Oh, I love it!
Moments later we were all packing up in the car to head home when little Miss Infectious Smile (maybe 6 years of age) said to her mom, "That was so much fun!" Ahhhh... how many 6 year olds say that after a two+ hour photo shoot? And I drove home with a big smile on my face.
The End!


Adam and Stacy

Worth the wait!
Oh my, what a busy bee I have been. I shot this beautiful wedding last weekend at the Redlands Temple in Redlands, Ca. The day was simply beautiful and I hope I captured it as such. Most of these shots were straight out of camera. I only gave one of them a little photoshop treatment. But that is just the way I like it. It has been rewarding as I travel through this journey as a photographer to discover my own style. You'll find throughout these images, simply..."Life, preserved!" I don't necessarily concoct images, using special effects, fancy textures, heavy saturation, etc. I love to capture real people, real moments, real life! I love the emotion behind these images and hope you do too!
introducing....Adam and Stacy

Stacy, let's call her "sweet Stacy"... was simply as sweet as can be. Here she looks to her grandfather, intently listening to his words of wisdom.

Stacy is such a beautiful girl, she is quiet, a woman of wisdom. She was so kind to each of her nieces. All the little girls looked at her with the biggest eyes, thinking she was a princess, of course. She took time to greet each of them with love. I love this next moment...

This one cracked me up!

I have to tell you about this little spit fire.... oh, what a doll. She would look at me with those big brown eyes, beautiful as can be.

But as soon as I brought my camera up.... she was havin' none of it! Sorry mom, this shot was too classic, for me to withhold, hahaha!

So we didn't get that family shot, but I am thinking these next ones will make up for it. Besides, I would rather have a photograph like this in my house any day!

So stinkin' cute...

All the guests headed off to the reception, and I was able to take some time with Adam and Stacy at the temple. They were so sweet together, and seriously the quietest couple I've ever photographed. You can just feel the love and respect between the two of them. I think they are both a bit soft spoken; typical of humble, kind hearted, genuine people! It was such a pleasure to preserve this day for you both!

I love these next two, both taken by my fabulous second shooter, Tessa. She was just home for the summer from college, I will sorely miss her come fall! Thanks Tessa for all your hard work and help... you are the best!!!

The Redlands Temple is so beautiful, sometimes I think they designed it with photographers in mind, haha! There are so many beautiful spots, I just LOVE the patina on these doors. Helps to have this beautiful couple in the shot as well!!!

Just a candid moment I caught... I love that sun flare almost as much as their smiles.

I love this shot of Stacy!

Her coloring is AMAZING!

It was an awfully hot day, so we found a little bit of shade for these closeups!

This was Adam all day, handsome... with a slight smile...

WooHoo... I love this next one, I finally got him to crack a laugh!

And that was that, they were headed off to the reception. Love the palms.

I have to mention all the sweet details that went into planning this beautiful day. I would like to think that Stacy planned them to go with her "Sweet" personality, but I am sure she would be blushing. All the tables were covered with delicious sweets. As well as an amazing serving of deliciousness at the buffet tables.

The room was covered in these beautiful lights, which was a perfect compliment to the theme. Oh, I should have included a shot of the favors. (Bubble Gum tied up and adorned with the saying, "Hope you had a BALL... Adam and Stacy")...it was all so cute!

This sweet heart puckered out early but I couldn't resist her lashes!

Stacy's bouquet was full of vibrant beautiful colors.

Oh yes, this was a fun one I captured from way across the room with my 70-200mm lens. I love it!

Congratulations Adam and Stacy!!! Truly, it was a pleasure to be a part of this special day. I wish you all the joy and happiness for eternity!