For those of you who aren't familiar, I am a featured photographer for Red Thread Sessions- an organization that donates family sessions to adoptive families. It's something I am so incredibly proud to be a part of. To be the one to document a family that has chosen to give a child a home full of love and security is something I am grateful for beyond words.
Here is a peek at my first session for this incredible organization- with the Jacobs family. They waited eighteen months to bring him home from Korea. I can't even imagine what that must be like- to know your child is out there, to be ready to show him love, to go to bed every night wishing you were tucking him in, and to not know when you'll have him with you. It's the definition of the endurance and power of a parent's love.
Enjoy these first images of their new family, and if you know someone who is adopting, please send them over to Red Thread Sessions.
They had a first look, and it should be noted that he always smiles when he kisses her. Her father drove them in his vintage Rolls Royce. They said "I Do" in the garden of the Woman's Club in Orange, as guests sang hymns and applauded.
Here is Part One of Lauren and Ted's wedding day.
(As always, special thank you to my second shooter, Kym Vitar Photography)
Come back tomorrow for Part Two- the bridal party, the dancing, the details, the gorgeous, gorgeous exit... you won't wanna miss it!
San Pedro, California. It's an old fishing seaport, and today remains one of the busiest ports in the country. I grew up in this place of hardworking, honest, true folks, and it's one of the most special places on earth to me. It has its ghosts, to be sure, but those who call it home know its energy is like no other place. Lots of people from the Los Angeles area come here to see the cliffs, the tidepools. The marine life and beach vistas are certainly beautiful. But when Giovanna and Anthony, who both have deep roots in this area, inquired about an engagement session here, I knew we had to show the real San Pedro. The local places. The parts of this city that stick in your heart once you know what they mean. As it turns out, Giovanna's mother was one of my teachers at San Pedro High (Class of '99, baby!). That's what I love about this place- here we are in Los Angeles, but it feels like a small town, a family. Anthony's family owns and operates J & D Seafood, where he puts in long hours prepping the fresh catches from the Pacific Ocean for market and restaurants all around the country. We knew we wanted to incorporate this place, not only because it's such an important place for Anthony, but because it's an important piece of San Pedro and its history. On the dock, we had visits from sea lions, seagulls, and pelicans, all welcoming us to the harbor.
Thank you, Giovanna and Anthony, for letting me show people the real beauty of this place that means so much to us.
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When Michelle and Matt booked their wedding with me, they wanted to do their engagement session at the beach. Which is fine. But I told her... I have an idea. I've been wanting to do an engagement session at a carnival. A carnival?! That's weird! Well, not to Michelle and Matt. These two fun-loving folks frequent their neighborhood toy store up in Seattle. No, they don't have kids yet. They ARE kids. They are hilarious, sarcastic, and I can't remember when I've seen two people just genuinely enjoy each other so very much. You just know these two are going to have a fun wedding, right?
Thanks for being up for anything, and for coming out to play!
Thank you Michelle and Matt! Can't wait for your beautiful wedding next year!!!
I was so excited when Brian and Jennifer contacted me and told me about their day- they were getting married at the Women's Club of Orange, one of my favorite historical venues. It's got a dance hall spirit, and a garden courtyard. What could be better for two swing dancers who appreciate nature?
Their wedding was filled with family, music, and, of course, dancing. Pretty much the perfect combo of ingredients, if you ask me. Symbolism played a large part in their day, with nods to the Tree of Life and plums. For more on the beautiful themes of their day, visit their site (here).
Enjoy these images and leave them some love here on the blog.
Congratulations Brian and Jennifer!
The best is yet to come.
You know how when you were a kid, and on Christmas morning you had to wait until your parents woke up to go downstairs to see the presents? That moment of twitchy, bouncy excitement, when each minute feels like an eternity? That's how I feel in waiting to share the images from this incredible wedding experience in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. So to quell my excitement, I decided to share a few here from Dana and Anthony's first dance. More to come. MANY more to come.
Sometimes we get caught up in our day to day stuff. We forget that the toy we just tripped on is someone's special treasure. We forget that a homemade meal means that someone loves us. We forget that independent, brilliant, creative minds are forged in homes with room to breathe and play and (yes) get messy. Here's a little reminder that even the silly, chaotic, out of control moments deserve pause.
Take a second today and look around. I bet you'll see something spectacular.