Downtown Long Beach Engagement | Ericka & Jeff

I met Jeff a little over 10 years ago in college and over the past 10 years we have always managed to stay in touch with one another. Even though time between run ins could go for months we always found a way to catch up on life with one another. When I got the message about his proposal to fiance Ericka and how they wanted me to be their photographer I was excited and happy but most of all honored.

Their engagement session took place in Long Beach not to far from where they live. They had expressed to me they wanted to do something a little different and I immediately got excited! After a couple drinks to celebrate their engagement we took a nice stroll through Downtown Long Beach. What I loved about their session is the magical moments I captured without having to give them any direction. Some my favorite shots where candid shots of them just enjoying each others company.


Maternity Session with Marcella

I met Marcella a little over 4 years again as we worked together for a short time. In that short time we had discovered that we both knew a certain someone. That certain someone being her husband Jason. Jason and I have know each other for about 8 or 9 years now. We played volleyball in college together and stay friends throughout the years. Jason had suggested we shoot at this beautiful park in Cerritos and we all couldn't have been happier. Come to find out that Jason had spent a lot of time at this park as a child. It was awesome to hear stories of childhood memories and that the location had sentimental value for them. Thank you Marcella and Jason for letting me capture this special day for the 3 of you! Can't wait to meet the little one!

When California Meets Texas

When you know someone for the majority of your life, growing up skateboarding, playing soccer, and going to the same college a certain type of bond and friendship is created. To go through life and see the changes in someone from childhood to college to adulthood is something that I have had the pleasure of sharing with my good friend Andrew.

Just about a year ago I got the word that he was going to pop the big question and I couldn't have been more excited for him. About 9 or so months later I got the big question of having the pleasure of shooting his big day for him. I told him I needed some time to think about it.... and I only needed about 1 second before I told him I was in!

Andrew and Michelle are a perfect couple! They definitely are meant to be together. I remember the first time I met Michelle, Andrew and myself where shooting an event together in LA and she happened to be on the trip with him. Seeing them interact and talking with the 2 of them I immediately saw the connection, not to mention when she just started busting out random dance moves to the music and was getting down like Andrew would and right then and there I knew she was the one for him.

Their wedding was the perfect blend of Andrews California style and Michelle's down south Texas charm at this very nice small winery located in Bryon California. Andrew and the grooms men where fitted in Vans shoes and some nice denim while all the bridesmaids came rocking their cowgirl boots. It was an amazing day for the 2 families becoming one. The connection and blend of Andrew and Michelle extended out to both of their families. From the rehersal to the big day it looked and felt they had all been family for years.

Thanks you again Andrew and Michelle for letting me capture your big!

Newport Beach Wedding: Mike and Gina

Over the last few years Mike and Gina have become part of my ohana, and ohana mean Family. They had been together years before I had met the 2 of them but having them become part of my life was a true blessing for myself and for my son as they are 2 of his God Parents. This was another wedding that meant a lot to me to be a part of.

They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Newport Dunes with the gazebo over looking the lagoon, a nice breezy, and cool California Coast where they said "I DO". The reception took place at the Turnip Rose located in Costa Mesa. Their portrait session was beautiful in the court yard of the venue. It was absolutely perfect day for a Wedding.

Thank you Mike and Gina for allowing me to capture this momentous day for the 2 of you and thank you for being an awesome addition to my ohana!


The Hunt for Easter Eggs

Just a day after their wedding good friends Mike and Gina hosted which I think might be the first of  many Easter gatherings with a big Easter Egg hunt that took place in their court. There must have been well over 100 eggs for about 12 kids to find spread across 5 different fronts yards. Their neighbors were cool enough to let them spread the eggs all over. Needless to say I had to pull the camera out to capture some shots of Xander on his hunt!

Behind The Scenes: Mike & Gina's Engagment Session

This past Saturday the big day for my friends Mike and Gina finally happened. They finally tied the knot after a decade of being together! So couple months back I finally had the chance to shoot their engagement photos. We took a trip to Newport Beach to this little nook of a community called Crystal Cove. It was the perfect setting with the perfect weather for their shoot that day. While we where shooting my talented friend Dennis filmed some behind the scenes of the shoot and this was the result. Thank you Mike and Gina for having me shoot this special day and your wedding day. I can not wait to share those photos with everyone. And Thank you to Dennis for filming their engagement shoot and being an awesome second shoot for the wedding! Enjoy!