Tyson, Katy and the Twins

Katy and Tyson were married at the Portola Inn in Atascadero, Ca. So what a perfect setting for family pictures with their adorable twins, Emma and Sara. As we know, keeping up with one toddler is a bit of a challenge, let alone two. I think if I asked the girls, their favorite part of the experience it would be the pond with the gurgling turtles. Well, maybe after the bubbles! We were able to take a T break and get a little time for the Katie and Tyson to visit some of the spots that brought back memories of becoming husband and wife.

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More than a survivor!

My friend Tamika has gone through the ordeal of fighting breast cancer. The day before her surgery I got together with her and her family for pictures. Turns out, that was the day before she was found to be cancer free! Many adjectives come to my mind, both while being around Tamika, Will, Micah and Julia and as I edit their photos. Courage, perseverance, dedication, unity, humor, camaraderie, devotion, faith . . . I could go on.

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Another day in Morro Bay

I tagged along with Rex to the dog beach in Morro Bay, and luckily had brought my camera along. Soon after we arrived we saw this para-glider getting ready to take off. I asked him if I could take pictures of him and he was all for it. We watched him get ready for the take off. He circled around and then headed north toward Cayucos. Rex played ball with our doggies and eventually we saw our guy in the sky heading back from west, over the ocean. I had heard there were whales out that way and found out after he landed that he had seen a big group of them. Can you imagine gliding through the sky and looking down way out over the ocean and seeing this!!

Para-glider at the beach in Morro Bay.

Para-glider at the beach in Morro Bay.

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Ben and Loren

I always like to meet with potential clients and get to know them and get a good idea of what they are looking for in their photos. In this case, I was only able to speak with Ben by phone before the session. I was most pleasantly surprised to welcome them into my studio when they arrived and feel immediately good about our rapport.  I like to connect with my clients and make a photo session a fun and relaxed experience. So after chatting a bit, we turned up the music and got started. I was very impressed with their ease and intuitive manner in front of the camera. Before we knew it, we were finished and we enjoyed some more chatting before they headed out.

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Herding Dogs

Teri and Justy Garcin live on hundreds of acres east of Santa Maria, Ca. where they raise cattle, horses, and herding dogs – mcnabs and mcnab/border collies. I recently spent some time there to take pictures of the latest litter of puppies and to try and capture some of the dogs doing what they are good at: herding, working and playing. It was a joy to ride along with Teri in her ATV through their gorgeous property and snap away with my camera.  As well as raising great dogs, Teri also takes in rescues and works to re-home them. You can check out the website here – Hidden Highlands Ranch

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Shasta revisited

Shasta, Kerin’s best friend ever, is now 10. I had taken their photos a few years ago and was taken with the bond between the two. I recently got a call from Kerin with some very sad news – Shasta had been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. Thankfully, I was able to capture more special photos while Shasta is still faring well. It was a bittersweet session. My husband and I had lost our 14 year old Zoe in January and our dogs are part of our family like Kerin and Shasta . . . Also included, Kristen, Kerin’s daughter and Pierre, Shasta’s buddy.

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Jacob and Ilana

I had to set aside my role as a family member and put on my photographer’s hat; not an easy task. I hope that through time my sister Bonnie, her daughter Ilana and all the other dear family will look back at these photographs and be stirred by the feelings, emotions and memories they conjure up. I was touched by the wonderful conjoining of two family groups becoming one through the marriage of Ilana from California and Jacob whose family reside in Washington state. For me, this was not work – it was a work of heart.

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Laylah!

Little Laylah Monroe made her appearance 4/15/14 at a whopping 6 lbs 6 oz. This beautiful little girl was only 4 days old the day I took her pictures – I was amazed at how alert she was at such a young age. What a proud mom Jessenya must be having 3 adorable  and unique daughters!

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