Wednesday, April 16, 2014

liam turns two

Our little guy turned two this past weekend and we had so much fun celebrating his birthday!
It was a day full of beauty and good memories. We walked along the beach in Morro Bay, explored caves and tide pools at Moñtana de Oro and watched the sunset at the cliffs in Shell Beach. We also had some family in town and Liam was very happy to spend the day with his aunt, uncle and cousins. 
I have loved watching him grow into the adventurous, wild, silly and sweet little boy he is. He is so full of life and we adore him! I love you my Liam Rafael. Happy Birthday. 
I love the beautiful windy road in Moñtana de Oro

Monday, March 24, 2014

my greatest treasures

It was a normal Sunday night. Aaron was putting together some shelves for the garage and I was washing the dishes left over from dinner. I glanced at the clock on the stove which read 6:04 pm. One more hour left of light. I abandoned the remaining pots and pans and quickly dressed the kids, packed them in the car and drove towards the beach.  

They raced up and down the dunes which is always endlessly entertaining for them and then we headed closer to the shore. We played in the sand and ran in and out of the waves until the last sliver of light finally disappeared below the horizon. By the end of it they were soaked and covered in sand. I carried them on either hip all the way back to the car and threw them straight into the bath. 

It was simple and unplanned but that night is one that I will treasure for a long time. I will hold onto the images of my daughter dancing and twirling in the orange glow of the sunset and of my son gripping my hand and shrieking with delight we ran into the waves.

Being a mama can be tiring and there are some days that can make you go all kinds of crazy. But then there are moments like this that remind me that these two are my greatest treasures and that the dishes in the sink can wait until tomorrow.

photos taken with my iphone5

Monday, March 10, 2014

Oscar & Ingrid {engagement}

I had the pleasure of taking some engagement photos for this wonderful couple from Sweden. Oscar and Ingrid were students of ours from YWAM Pismo Beach and we enjoyed getting to know them for the few months that they were in California. They will be tying the knot this May back home and I wish them all the best. Here are a few of my favorites from our session. 
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Ingrid found some beautiful sand dollars as we walked along the beach

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Lori & Brielle {maternity // newborn}

Since our move to the Central Coast I have been slowly starting to pick up more photography work. It was something that I had put on pause over the last few years due to our schedule and the kids but lately I have found myself wanting to pursue it again. I have done a few shoots in the last couple months and I thought I would start to share a bit of my work here on the blog.

This first session was from a little maternity shoot with a dear friend of mine at just over 38 weeks pregnant. Such a beautiful mama! 
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And then two weeks later this little beauty was born, Brielle Grace. Here she is at just 10 days old.
She joined three other siblings who all love her to pieces

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Big Sur

I have just one more set of photos to share from our weekend away last month. On our way home we took the long scenic route and drove down highway 1, hugging the coast the whole way. The road also took us right through Big Sur so of course we had to make a few stops along the way. I'm so grateful for the memories made on this trip and for places this beautiful to admire. 

Bixby Bridge
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Beach
Golden Arch Door
McWay Falls
Enjoying the sunset and the last bit of light

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