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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Studio Session with Carly

I have been working on putting a studio together here on our beautiful property in Atascadero. My ever willing model Carly came by to help me give it a test drive. It was getting late and we didn’t have tons of time, but we still managed to get in some fun (and some contemplative) shots. More on the studio opening coming soon!

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Jake and Ilana

Perfect autumn day, perfect couple with perfect chemistry! I believe a photographer gets insight when we shoot a couple getting their pictures taken. The ease of being with each other, the spontaneous laughter, the looks shared that a photographer can’t elicit, but only hope to capture as they happen. Ilana and Jake, I believe, have it all – and when I sit here and go through image after image, my belief is totally confirmed. No, life won’t be perfect – but I think they have what it takes to face whatever comes their way with trust, strength, and a bond that won’t be broken.

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Sargent Family

This family photo shoot was more than just any ordinary photo shoot. Because I’ve known Celeste forever and thus love her honey and their baby bees. Jeremy took her far far away to Oklahoma, so these days it is rare to get to see them in the flesh. Lucky for me, it was time for their family photos – that meant I got to spend extra time with them, and also take some photos that make me look good because they are all so adorable!

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Christian and Dolores Salgado

There were many highlights to this day, including a reading of their love story from each perspective . . .  But back to the beginning . . . As I turned the bend on 101 towards Pismo, expecting bright blue skies – there before me was the thickest fog I had seen in ages. As a photographer, it made my day, being provided a gigantic softbox knowing that my bride and groom would not be dealing with harsh shadows and contrast from the bright sun. The setting was magical, complete with a gazebo decorated with flowing white material.

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love . . . and, who really said that?

“When I saw you I fell in love. And you smiled because you knew.   Arrigo Boito

IMG_3991 webThe first time I saw this quote, it was attributed to Shakespeare. To me it was obviously not in his style, so I did some research and sure enough, the actual author was someone else. I wrote about this problem of inaccurate  types of info being spread on my other blog, http://thedonjon.wordpress.com. So next time you re-post something, try to be sure that it is authentic.

I took this picture of a Chinese bell flower (abutilon) in my yard and had fun with it in photoshop.