Sweet Session at The Pie Hole, Orange, CA

What do you remember from the first date you had with your significant other? Do you remember where you went? Do you remember what you ate? Sometimes, the answer is yes. But in my experience, I just remember being so nervous and so smitten. Oh don't you miss that delicious feeling of butterflies and hearts skipping a beats?

And so when I shoot engagements and couples, I'm always trying to recapture that feeling. It doesn't hurt that Colby and Scotty are perhaps the cutest and hippest couple you ever did see. Colby--a stylish, multi-talented creative I met in high school and reconnected with at a college Bible study group--perfectly compliments Scotty a low-key trainer from Australia. 

It gives me such joy to see young couples so grounded and balanced in their love for one another. See more of Colby's gorgeous calligraphy pieces on Instagram @colbycastruita.

An Intimate Brunch Wedding, Laguna Beach, CA

I was so honored to be a part of this special and intimate wedding. It was a beautiful day - sunny and golden - in Laguna Beach, CA. Of course, as fate would have, there was an accident on the main highway hindering Kelsey and Dan's guest from arriving on time. Loose as a goose, the bride brushed it off. No big deal. Instead she focused on the good - the happy nature of the day. 

So touched by their vows, I could feel the intentional thoughts and love behind their words. I was casually crying behind my lens - no big deal. After an intimate ceremony overlooking the ocean, Kelsey and Dan shared a lovely brunch at Las Brisas, nearby. Here's some of my favorites from the Troups' big day: 

 

Family Photos, San Pedro, CA

I'm a firm believer in making your family photos exude what makes you you. Part of this is finding the perfect place. And let me tell you, the Mayers' session couldn't have represented them more. Equal parts ride or die and sweet badassery, Jae chose the train tracks across from her husband's work at the port in San Pedro.

This family is running and gunning all the time. There's never a dull moment. I have to say I've loved chasing these boys around the last few years. I can't wait to meet their little sister. All I have to say is that girl's gonna be a badass - just like her mama. 

Check out some stills from the Mayers' session below: 

Sunset Maternity Session, Laguna Beach, CA

What can I say about this maternity session? First of all, Sam is the first of my close high school friends to have a baby—so try not crying when you remember singing rap songs on the back of the bus with this girl. What an amazing experience to see her, not only be cherished by a man so perfectly balanced for her, but to see how clearly she was meant to be a mother. 

I’m absolutely in love with the name they chose for her—Piper Jane Graf—or PJ just like Sam’s grandma. Let the rad nicknames begin—Baby P, Peej, Peejees, Sweet P, Pipes… 

Check out some of Sam and Kevin’s sunset maternity shoot below.