Lily and Ricky’s engagement session location was extra special to them both. This magical city was used as a backdrop to the moment when Ricky popped the question to Lily. During was suppose to be a girl’s night Ricky surprised Lily with a red Rose and shocked the crowd when he got in one knee to ask for her hand in marriage. These two lovebirds will soon be tying the knot in Carondelet House in Los Angeles. Another beautiful Gem in DTLA! Both being fashionistas, I can’t wait to see what they wear on their special day in December!!
The moment I met Diana and Daniel for our initial consultation I knew we were going to become great friends! Maybe it was the way they both kept it real throughout the session, which I love! We stayed talking for hours to the point we lost track of time.
Let me tell you a little bit about them! They met in high school senior year in biology class. Daniel and Diana were both very smart students. One day Daniel needed a tutor to help him with his homework, but we all know it was an excuse to talk to Diana. They finally went out, they got married a couple of years later. It wasn't the way they both dreamt of, but they knew they loved each other so much, they were willing to wait till they were able to walk down the aisle and make their eternal love official in front of Gods eyes. They both attended college as well as worked rigorous hours at work to be able to pay for schooling, in the back of their mind they both knew they wanted to marry through the church.
Finally, in March, they were able to make their dream and family's dream come true. Diana with a huge smile on her face walked down the aisle. This church had special meaning to her family it is where she, her sisters, and brother did their first communion and confirmation. Once they finally said I do and got a few moments to thank God for this glorious moments, they walked down the aisle, Diana made eye contact with her proud father.
They danced the night away with their family and friends. I have never met a family full of life and happiness. So many moments they will never forget. Even Edgar and I (once we were off the clock danced the night away with the bride and groom not because we were weirdos, but because they invited us ;) )
Diana, we LOVE you & Daniel so much! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for bringing us in as photographers turned friends, and treating us like family! Please let us know when you are back in town, we miss you both in Cali!!
Melissa and Travis met in biology class during high school. Their years of friendship made their relationship stronger and deeper than ever. They have a passion for politics and long distance running. (I wonder if they do both at the same time) They have a deep understand of one another, and share so much of the same mindset, and a love for Santa Barbara.
Throughout their session, a little bit of their personality started to peak out and I couldn't have loved it more, even though we started our session at a Grand Central's coffee, they acted like such pros when they started to create a small group of viewers ;)
In three weeks they will be tying the knot and I can not wait to capture their amazing wedding!
Kim and Zach are one of my favorites! Their love for adventure hiking, the great outdoors and each other made this session one I will always remember. It was our first time venturing into a different location, a hidden location close to Sequoia, once visited by Kim when she was a kid. We all rode out with Zach's uncles truck following behind us, it felt like we were in a parade driving down the road. One of the surprising element is while Kim and Zach shared a kiss in the field it started to rain, it made this session that much more special. We could've stayed here all day, the location was too breathtaking. Kim and Zach will be getting married this October, I am too excited for their upcoming wedding
Claudia and Salvador met through a family member. From the first moment they met, it was love at first sight. If it was up to Salvador he would have married her yesterday, he is crazy in love with Claudia!
It was an honor documenting this special day for both of them! I had such an amazing time! They welcomed Edgar and I to their family's home with open arms and we couldn't be more thankful!
The moment I met Citlali and Daniel I knew this shoot was going to be so much fun! Besides greeting us with one of the warmest hugs, they carried a smile of excitement. The light was shining, the day was filled with golden rays, and Citlali and Daniel were ready for an adventure. Daniel kept his eyes on Citlali constantly telling her jokes, just to see her beaming smile. Some of the many features he loves about her. They danced, held hands, and kissed as the last rays of the sun hit the treasured city. Keeping each moment as a cherished memory and a reminder of them becoming husband and wife. The last part of this session took place in a parking lot overlooking the city. It was the best way to catch the sunset!
Citlali and Daniel, we had a blast with you two! Thank you for being so adventurous and laughing throughout your session. By the way, that wind gave you such a Beyonce moment! I can not wait for your fall wedding in Springville Ranch, The Big White Barn.
Gabriela wedding was so different I fell in love with all the vibrant colors they used in their wedding. The couple infused their culture to their wedding day, I was surrounded of mixes of bright colors. They even incorporated Mexican attire to their wedding dress and he was dressed up as a true charro.
I have never seen the use of the zarape so elegantly used. This was one of the weddings I was able to be part of and capture back in October when I was still working as a second photographer for Rosalina Suarez Photography.
I am completely fortunate for everything I learned from my mentor, and I will never forget how much she helped me . She pushed me to start this new journey in my life. At times (which is a lot) when I am feeling low and insecure about my business she is the person I call. She is one of the few who understands how difficult it is to start a business. I think she believes in me more than I believe in myself. Rosa, I can not thank you enough for being such an incredible mentor!
This new journey has really forced me to dig into who I really am, and I love every second of it. Yes, like I said before there is days I want to drop the towel, but there are other days especially when I see the gratification of my clients when I think I love my job!
I have never had a groom write me such a beautiful love story of how he met the love of his life, till Kam came along. Usually, the bride is the one thrilled to email me about their love story, but he wanted to make sure I got his side of the story. Without further ado, I will be giving you a glimpse on how Kam fell in love with Nayeli.
Nayeli is the kind of girl who goes after what she wants. She is a goal oriented kind of girl full of energy and spunk. This is the reason her clients love having her as their trainer because she pushes them to their unknown limits. She was in search of herself the year she met Kam and in no way looking for love. But even though she did not know it, love was going to come to her heart.
It all Started at the Umma Gym where they both worked as trainers. The first time they met it was very casual. Kam had heard of Nayeli before she officially introduced herself to him, but without knowing her name Kam knew he was talking to the girl his best friend had been talking about. Even though he thought she was cute, he tried to keep his distance, keep his conversations short, and not break guy code.
After trying his best to stay away and his best friend getting turned down by Nayeli, Kam decided to ask her out. Sparks flew during their first date with endless hours of conversations, they did not want their date to end. As a way to spend more time with his future wife, he decided to invite her to his family's UFC party.
After weeks of getting to know each other, and endless misunderstandings of who is in the friend zone. Nayeli being the go-getter that she is held Kam's hand and wanted them to define the relationship. In Kam's words, "Everything after that I suppose you could say is one huge messy (but wonderful) history. smile emoticon the end"
Nayeli and Kam you are the type of couple who light up the room with your humor and love for each other it was honor capturing such an important moment in your life.
Update* In less than two weeks they will both be welcoming their baby boy!! I am excited to meet baby Jack!