Allison and Angel

"I can't believe that it's really true
'Cause you know that, girl, I love you
-- malo

A little while back I got to do a wonderful (and blazing hot!) engagement session for Allison and Angel. Allison is one of my previous brides' sister and I am so excited to get to do her wedding.

Angel was such a trooper in the heat. It was fantastically hot. The whole shoot wasn't his favorite thing in the world, but it was so sweet how he kept interacting with his almost-wife. He makes her laugh and laugh and laaaugh.

Sometimes it's nice when things aren't clear :D

These two "click" perfectly. I hardly had to do any posing or helping them. They just smiled and laughed and cuddled. I guess thats what happens when you are in love with your best friend, huh?

He was singing her a little tune...


I just love how they laugh ALL the time! I love it!

More smiles cause they can't help it :D

Hellloooo summer love!

You two were wonderful :D I can't wait for your wedding!


Second Shooting with Armin!

On Saturday I had the jooooy to shoot with my friend, Armin!  Last year both of the weddings we shot together ended up being published!  Super fun :D
It was really cool because Armin was shooting Barbie's wedding.  Or Jessica Simpson's little sister.  

I kid I kid, he was shooting Mallory's wedding, but goodness she is gorgeous!

Aw :D  I like little churches and pews :D
Mr. Groom thought his bride was quite gorgeous too!  The first picture here is the moment before the door opened.  He was biting his tongue just dying to see her.  Then the doors opened and she was there!  He gasped and his mouth dropped (second picture.)  Then, as she was walking towards him, he did all he could not to burst into tears. SO SWEET.

There's a truck in church! haha

After the wedding, everyone was SO happy!  It was one of the happiest little post-ceremony gatherings I have ever seen :D

It's Ken and Barbie!  

The light after the ceremony was almost edible it was so delicious.  Heavenly, fantastic, surreal, amazing light!  I was flipping out!

Wow. Wow wow wow!

Ok. Man. Too much good lookin' up there.  Let's look at chairs (I took lots of detail pictures for Armin)

And we'll close the post with an adorable first dance picture. (Her eyes really are that blue!)

Thanks for having me along Armin


The Marini's

Everyone has a "Marini family" in their life.
That family that has been through so much.
That has had such hard times.
That is so kind, welcoming and abnormally friendly.
These families make you grateful for your life in a fresh way.
They make you realize how good you have it.
They help you take your eyes off yourself for a bit.

Rachel Marini e-mailed me last Fall about doing a shoot of her family. I did and since then we have e-mailed back and forth a bit and Rachel and I even went out for lunch once.

I honestly think it's impossible to not love Rachel. She's like a sweet little bunny :D She is so calm and tender, so smiley and adorable.
I just love her.

Rachel e-mailed about doing another family shoot this summer. I was 100% there.
Not just because I love Rachel (which I do).
Not just because I was available (which I was).
Not just because I love photographing her fantastically cute daughters (which I do).

But also because, I love getting to see the Marini's little boy, Gabe.

When Gabe was born, all seemed perfect! Though Rachel and Shaun were shocked to have 3 kids in 3 years, they were thrilled with their new baby boy. Within three months, however, things took a scary turn. Gabe was hospitalized and after 8 grueling months in the hospital - and after being diagnosed with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID), Gabe was able to go home. But on many medicines, monitors and not the same baby. While his body does grow bigger and bigger, he "sleeps" most of the day. He doesn't talk or play like most kids his age might, and he still has a long road ahead of him.

Living day in and day out with such hardship takes a toll on anyone. I know for a fact that it's very hard on Rachel and Shaun. But it's impossible to talk about it with Rachel without her praising God. She, with her bright but tired eyes and her "always-on" smile, loves to talk about how God is seeing her through. It's amazing.

(This is the extended family - not gonna lie, I was pretty excited to get so many people looking and smiling!)

Oh, and this is Rachel's sister and husband!

Rachel, it was a JOY to see you again and I hope you love the pictures! I love your family so much :D


Nathan Cole

"This phase is gonna fly by
So baby just hold on
It wont be like this for long"
-- darius rucker

I don't get to do shoots of babies very often, which is probably a good thing.  

If I did this all the time I wouldn't be able to get any work done!  Shoots would take 3 hours.  Editing time would double.  I just can't take my eyes off babies.  

A close family friend had a baby boy last week, and I was thrilled to be able to take pictures of him!  
He is so soft and squishy.  I love his little groans. I love that when he gets frustrated then he rubs his face back and forth on the blanket.  

I love that when his dad comes in and says his name he quiets down and his little eyes dart around, almost like saying "Wait! I know that voice!"
I love how he plays with his fingers. "Theeese are mine." I love how he kicks his little legs out awkwardly.  I love how he screams and honestly two seconds later he's fading into a dream.  

Every baby truly is a miracle and it is just fascinating every time I see one.
(and here is a foot one for mom -- all mom's love their babies feet :D)

Thanks for letting me come and take pictures of your sweet boy :D

Enjoy holding him every single second that you get to - little Nathan is going to be big so fast!