My derby sister Fish AKA Meg invited me to her family's tree hunting outing recently and I had such a hoot chasing little Delaney through the rows of pine trees. It was a joy to photograph their family during this annual tradition they have.
I met Katrina, David, and their oldest daughter Alana when she was about 4 or 5 years old. We met at a church we were all attending at the time and Alana enjoyed when I spun her around after service. We parted ways a few years ago and haven't been in contact too much since, so when I arrived at their ranch (aka Ranchez), it was a warm welcome as if I had been there dozens of times. All the kids warmed up to me pretty quickly and it was a joy to photograph them going about their Saturday morning.
Alana is now 10, Deluca is 5.5, Levi is 4, Xander is 2.5, and August was born in December. They are the sweetest family. Their house is full of love and community. Mama bear Katrina says, "Our goal for our tribe is to love God and love others, and to give our children rich childhood experiences through simple living on the Ranchez and quality home education."
Three celebrations at once? Yes, please!! A good friend of mine, Jillian, is going to be a first time mother this year!! I am super excited for her and her husband Matt. My husband and I met them at our friend Michael's Celebration of Life in November. She has quickly become one of my fave gal pals and I was honored to be asked to photograph this special day. On Sunday, March 12th, Jillian got family and friends together for a St. Patrick's Day themed gender reveal/30th birthday party. It was SO HOT out, but it was great to be around good people and good food celebrating.
Food was catered by In-N-Out (yummmm) and friends and family baked delicious treats. Jillian made lucky charms puppy chow. It was delish and straight out of a Pinterest recipe.
Since this was a gender reveal party, guests were encouraged to place their bet by adding $2 to the pot of gold. If the baby is a girl, she will be named Ripley. If the baby is a boy, he will be named Bronson. After lunch, it was time to reveal by popping a giant balloon. Guests were given poppers to pop when Jillian popped the giant black balloon so everyone could be part of the reveal.
IT'S A GIRL!!!
HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY JILLIAN!!
CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU RIPLEY VALEN!!
Taylor has been a good friend of mine since I have lived in Orange County (9 years of friendship). I was absolutely thrilled to be her wedding videographer. Her and Jason are a truly wonderful and loving couple. It was a magical day full of laughter, love, and fun! I had a blast hanging out with them and their loved ones. Check out their highlight video below!
Last night I attended a small show for local bands in Lake Forest, CA. The opener was The Shakes. They were a fun alternative indie rock band that moved people to dance which I really enjoyed. And next up was Dear Kora. I loved their emotional vibe and hint of Flyleaf tone. They really captured the audience and even had a mosh pit going at the end.
In the past when I have done concert photography I have solely focused on the band but now with the documentary mindset, I found myself focusing on the fans and getting the raw emotion of the show.
I shot in RAW but I put my settings to Monochrome (Black & White) in camera, knowing that I could see them in color later when editing. While editing, I decided I liked how the majority of photos looked in Black & White and stuck with that.
Hope you enjoy :)