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My hubby had to go to Savannah, Georgia for business. Definitely was not on my radar for vacay spots, but I decided to tag along for a mini adventure
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Savannah is charming, historic and lush. These live oak trees are everywhere and everything is dripping with Spanish moss. I am obsessed!
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Just a reminder to get out and see more of our beautiful country. Where to next?
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#savannah #georgia #liveoak #oaktree #spanishmoss #natureisbeautiful #tree #travelphotography #travelgram #torrancephotographer #torrance #palosverdes #palosverdesphotographer #hermosabeachphotographer #hermosabeach #manhattanbeachphotographer #manhattanbeach #southbay #losangeles #mastinlabs
My hubby had to go to Savannah, Georgia for business. Definitely was not on my radar for vacay spots, but I decided to tag along for a mini adventure - Savannah is charming, historic and lush. These live oak trees are everywhere and everything is dripping with Spanish moss. I am obsessed! - Just a reminder to get out and see more of our beautiful country. Where to next? - #savannah  #georgia  #liveoak  #oaktree  #spanishmoss  #natureisbeautiful  #tree  #travelphotography  #travelgram  #torrancephotographer  #torrance  #palosverdes  #palosverdesphotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #hermosabeach  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #manhattanbeach  #southbay  #losangeles  #mastinlabs 
Tonight at @PatrickMolloys! Come #jointheparty at 9pm. #Dancing and club hits being played all night long. Get yourself something to #drink, and check out our late night menu. #PatrickMolloys #HermosaBeach #SouthBayLA 🎥: @_sammybelza
We love how every couple chooses their day differently & uniquely.
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Even just the decision between having a sweetheart table or sitting at a table with their bridal party has so much intention!

We love the thought put into each decision to make the day come together!

To all you bride & grooms, 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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2nd shot with @harperandgracephoto
We love how every couple chooses their day differently & uniquely. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even just the decision between having a sweetheart table or sitting at a table with their bridal party has so much intention! We love the thought put into each decision to make the day come together! To all you bride & grooms, 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 • • • 2nd shot with @harperandgracephoto
Ahh to be a kid again 🤗
Ahh to be a kid again 🤗
Quick trip to the Central Valley. More than 50% of all fruits, vegetables and nuts grown in the US come from here...
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#farming
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#modesto
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#wineregion
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@natgeotravel
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@cntraveler
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Quick trip to the Central Valley. More than 50% of all fruits, vegetables and nuts grown in the US come from here... . . . . . . . #manhattanbeachphotographer  #southbayphotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #redondobeachphotographer  #palosverdesphotographer  #laphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  #sandrameyerphotography  #fruits  #centralvalley  #farming  #sacramento  #vegetables  #sacramentovalley  #modesto  #travel  #wineregion  #fineartphotography  @natgeotravel @travelandleisure @wonderful_places @beautifuldestinations @cntraveler @condenasttraveller
Beautiful white orchids!  #orchids @wayfarerschapel1 #wayfares
Happy Wednesday!
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Such a fun shoot with an amazing team of vendors! 🌿
Also serious bride goals from the lovely @yeahgirlnutrition
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Design + Coordination: @bestdayeventsla 
Photography: @jennyellisphotography 
Florals: @withlovefloralco 
Tabletop Rentals: @sundrop_vintage 
Wedding Cake: @smokyhollowbakingco 
Groom’s Attire: @friartux 
Bride’s Attire: @lasoiebridal 
Paper Goods + Signage: @thelovelyline 
Hair + Makeup: @kohnur 
Jewelry: @trumpetandhorn
Happy Wednesday! 💕 Such a fun shoot with an amazing team of vendors! 🌿 Also serious bride goals from the lovely @yeahgirlnutrition 💗 Design + Coordination: @bestdayeventsla Photography: @jennyellisphotography Florals: @withlovefloralco Tabletop Rentals: @sundrop_vintage Wedding Cake: @smokyhollowbakingco Groom’s Attire: @friartux Bride’s Attire: @lasoiebridal Paper Goods + Signage: @thelovelyline Hair + Makeup: @kohnur Jewelry: @trumpetandhorn
This is it: the last day before Junior Guards Taplin during which the beaches compete against each other. 
Today all the kids try out to represent their beach....good luck!!!
So sad that it’s already over.....
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This is it: the last day before Junior Guards Taplin during which the beaches compete against each other. Today all the kids try out to represent their beach....good luck!!! So sad that it’s already over..... . . . . . . . #manhattanbeachphotographer  #southbayphotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #redondobeachphotographer  #palosverdesphotographer  #laphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  #beach  #beachphotos  #ocean  #juniorguards  #taplin  #pier  #pierphotos  #oceanphotography  #coastalmodern  #wallart  #timclarkedesign  #studiomcgee  #tashapgates  #carolineburkedesigns  #noelleinteriors  #southbayphotos  #fineartphotography  #sandrameyerphotography  #sea  #voyageLA  @natgeotravel @travelandleisure @wonderful_places @beautifuldestinations @best.of.la @cntraveler @condenasttraveller
Do you have a child between the age of 8 and 11 who is ALL OVER YOUR PHONE!? You know, steals it, takes great pictures (most of the time) and maybe even asks you for a camera once in a while? ⠀
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🎆Then CHECK THIS OUT - The South Bay Photography Camp for kids is opening in August!  Space is limited and those on the email list will be offered spots first! ⠀
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🎆If you want to know more, check out the link in my bio and sign up for info about the South Bay Photography Camp!  Feel free to sign up for other freebies too! 🤣⠀
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PEACE ✌🏻☮️⠀
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#HermosaBeachphotographer #TorrancePhotographer⠀
#PalosVerdesPhotographer⠀
#VeniceBeachPhotographer #sanpedrophotographer ⠀
#southbayla #palosverdes #southbayphotographer #clickmagazine  #thebloomforum  #ladybossworkshops #likealadyboss #redondobeachcamp #manhattanbeachcamps #summercamps #schoolsout
Do you have a child between the age of 8 and 11 who is ALL OVER YOUR PHONE!? You know, steals it, takes great pictures (most of the time) and maybe even asks you for a camera once in a while? ⠀ ⠀ 🎆Then CHECK THIS OUT - The South Bay Photography Camp for kids is opening in August! Space is limited and those on the email list will be offered spots first! ⠀ ⠀ 🎆If you want to know more, check out the link in my bio and sign up for info about the South Bay Photography Camp! Feel free to sign up for other freebies too! 🤣⠀ ⠀ PEACE ✌🏻☮️⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #SelfImagePhotography  #naturallight  #familyconnection  #southbayfamilies  #familyphotos  #lifestyle  #familyphotographer  #RedondoBeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  ⠀ #HermosaBeachphotographer  #TorrancePhotographer ⠀ #PalosVerdesPhotographer ⠀ #VeniceBeachPhotographer  #sanpedrophotographer  ⠀ #southbayla  #palosverdes  #southbayphotographer  #clickmagazine  #thebloomforum  #ladybossworkshops  #likealadyboss  #redondobeachcamp  #manhattanbeachcamps  #summercamps  #schoolsout 
I finally figured out how to get this girl up and out the door on time and HAPPY in the morning: day camp at her school. She’s been waking me up fully dressed, teeth and hair brushed, smile on her face, asking “Mom, what are we doing at camp today??” And when I drop her off, “Mom, can you PLEASE pick me up later today?” Gee, thanks, kid. I enjoy spending summer with you, too. 😒😂 #lifeasamom #thisis6
I finally figured out how to get this girl up and out the door on time and HAPPY in the morning: day camp at her school. She’s been waking me up fully dressed, teeth and hair brushed, smile on her face, asking “Mom, what are we doing at camp today??” And when I drop her off, “Mom, can you PLEASE pick me up later today?” Gee, thanks, kid. I enjoy spending summer with you, too. 😒😂 #lifeasamom  #thisis6 
My photo was picked in the Top 20% in the Outdoor Recreation challenge on @twenty20app.
https://www.twenty20.com/challenges/outdoor-recreation-2 #twenty20app #lanaleephotography #hermosabeachphotographer #catchingwaves #kauai
It’s all in the details ✨

We can never have too many ring shots. Especially when a ring looks this good 😍

2nd shot with @harperandgracephoto
It’s all in the details ✨ We can never have too many ring shots. Especially when a ring looks this good 😍 2nd shot with @harperandgracephoto
More tufa towers at Mono Lake. 
The lake is also packed with brine shrimp which you can supposedly feel when you swim in it (I didn’t try it out). They are the food source for over two million migratory birds that use the lake as a feeding and resting stop on their way south.
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#fineartprints
#monolake
#leevining
#brineshrimp
#tufa
#tufatower
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#mammothmountain
#mammothlakes
#highsierra
#skiregion
#hiking
#vacation
#johnmuir
#wilderness
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#twinlakes
#twinfalls
#tamaracklodge
#fineartphotography
@natgeotravel
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@wonderful_places
@beautifuldestinations
@cntraveler
@condenasttraveller
More tufa towers at Mono Lake. The lake is also packed with brine shrimp which you can supposedly feel when you swim in it (I didn’t try it out). They are the food source for over two million migratory birds that use the lake as a feeding and resting stop on their way south. . . . . . . . . . . #manhattanbeachphotographer  #southbayphotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #laphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  #sandrameyerphotography  #mountains  #fineartphotography  #wallart  #fineartprints  #monolake  #leevining  #brineshrimp  #tufa  #tufatower  #monocounty  #mammothmountain  #mammothlakes  #highsierra  #skiregion  #hiking  #vacation  #johnmuir  #wilderness  #anseladamswilderness  #twinlakes  #twinfalls  #tamaracklodge  #fineartphotography  @natgeotravel @travelandleisure @wonderful_places @beautifuldestinations @cntraveler @condenasttraveller
Great side trip from Mammoth to beautiful Mono Lake. 
Mono Lake is a saline lake famous for its tufa towers, limestone formations that grew over many years and make it look different from all others.
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#southbayphotographer
#hermosabeachphotographer
#redondobeachphotographer
#palosverdesphotographer
#laphotographer
#losangelesphotographer
#sandrameyerphotography
#mountains
#monocounty
#mammothmountain
#mammothlakes
#highsierra
#skiregion
#MonoLake
#tufa
#tufatowers
#brineshrimp
#vacation
#johnmuir
#wilderness
#anseladamswilderness
#twinlakes
#twinfalls
#tamaracklodge
#fineartphotography
@natgeotravel
@travelandleisure
@wonderful_places
@beautifuldestinations
@cntraveler
@condenasttraveller
Great side trip from Mammoth to beautiful Mono Lake. Mono Lake is a saline lake famous for its tufa towers, limestone formations that grew over many years and make it look different from all others. . . . . . . . . #manhattanbeachphotographer  #southbayphotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #redondobeachphotographer  #palosverdesphotographer  #laphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  #sandrameyerphotography  #mountains  #monocounty  #mammothmountain  #mammothlakes  #highsierra  #skiregion  #MonoLake  #tufa  #tufatowers  #brineshrimp  #vacation  #johnmuir  #wilderness  #anseladamswilderness  #twinlakes  #twinfalls  #tamaracklodge  #fineartphotography  @natgeotravel @travelandleisure @wonderful_places @beautifuldestinations @cntraveler @condenasttraveller
Such a beautiful bride!  It’s hard to imagine I’ve known her since she was born!  Congratulations!  #bride #flowers #hairstudio33
Such a beautiful bride! It’s hard to imagine I’ve known her since she was born! Congratulations! #bride  #flowers  #hairstudio33 
Sneak Peek from Saturday's wedding! It was absolutely perfect.
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Matt and Mackenzie share such a beautiful love for each other and were just SO excited to be husband and wife!
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Also.. that dress 😭😍
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Venue: @catalinaviewgardens 
Dress: @ruedeseinebridal 
Rings: @adiamordiamonds 
Florals: @pickettpalmfloral 
Makeup: @glossmakeupartistry 
Hair: @blessedmess_beauty
Sneak Peek from Saturday's wedding! It was absolutely perfect. 🌿 Matt and Mackenzie share such a beautiful love for each other and were just SO excited to be husband and wife! 💕 Also.. that dress 😭😍 • • • Venue: @catalinaviewgardens Dress: @ruedeseinebridal Rings: @adiamordiamonds Florals: @pickettpalmfloral Makeup: @glossmakeupartistry Hair: @blessedmess_beauty
"Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs."
-Margaret Atwood
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#freelensing to bring a little soft romance to my world at #badlandsnationalpark
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"Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs." -Margaret Atwood . . #freelensing  to bring a little soft romance to my world at #badlandsnationalpark  . . #hermosabeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  #losanglesfamilyphotographer  #seattlephotographer  . . #deeplyauthetic  #Thefreelensed  #thebeautifulreal  #journey_into_photography  #freelensed  #thefreelensedproject  #the_imperfectionists  #exploringcreativephotography  #the_cic  #talesofthemoment  #lookslikefilm  #communityovercompetition  #moodandcharacter  #tonesofgrace  #mymagicalmoments  #lensloveandbeyond  #thesincerestoryteller  #heaventhrumylens 
Gah! 3,000 Instagram pals! I am so so honored! 
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But if I am being honest, social media is a bit of an obsession and curse at the same time.
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I wish I could hit post like it’s all good ...but really I overthink, edit my words , delete posts that don’t “perform” more than you know. 
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I compare myself to other photographers. I get sad when I lose clients to them. I unfollow pregnant people after 2 miscarriages. I used to (not anymore) “liquify” (aka slimming effect via photoshop) my arms and chin because my chubby cheeks are here to stay.
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I think 🤔 do I share that my dress is from Forever 21 when I’m ummm 43? Do I share that I struggle with money, marriage, being overly sensitive, feeling isolated, feeling FOMO when I see outings happening and I didn’t get invited to it?
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And I think...yes. If you know me IRL, you know I can’t fake the funk.That my emotions walk in before I physically show up. That I share my highs and lows all the damn time.  For better or for worse.
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And I’ve shared it, and will continue to. I’ll admit, I used to care how the algorithm changed my viewers, but now? I don’t care. After my dad died I’ve very much Carpe diemed the hell out of my life and know how short life is. 
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I’ll open the conversation, pretty or unpretty, and I’ll look back at these squares that I was me, you were you, and we connected. my kids are not always darling, well behaved and i lose my shit a lot!
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I’m here to say I love being a mom, but I crave girl time and me time and alone time. That I love being a business owner but believe me when I say, I HATE having to self promote. Announcing a sale or a photography special makes my skin crawl...BUT, I swallow that bitter pill bc kids  I have to.We need my income . Recently started paid sponsorship posting and it’s awkward!!!...but it goes back to supporting my family, please don’t hate!😳
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However you arrived here, thank you for being a part of my journey. I’m so encouraged by you ❤️
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And, if you’re still reading this, I would love to know how you found me 😘.
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got these photos by @hannahqphotography - you made mama feel beautiful, so grateful #thatavenuemamalife
Gah! 3,000 Instagram pals! I am so so honored! _ But if I am being honest, social media is a bit of an obsession and curse at the same time. _ I wish I could hit post like it’s all good ...but really I overthink, edit my words , delete posts that don’t “perform” more than you know. _ I compare myself to other photographers. I get sad when I lose clients to them. I unfollow pregnant people after 2 miscarriages. I used to (not anymore) “liquify” (aka slimming effect via photoshop) my arms and chin because my chubby cheeks are here to stay. _ I think 🤔 do I share that my dress is from Forever 21 when I’m ummm 43? Do I share that I struggle with money, marriage, being overly sensitive, feeling isolated, feeling FOMO when I see outings happening and I didn’t get invited to it? _ And I think...yes. If you know me IRL, you know I can’t fake the funk.That my emotions walk in before I physically show up. That I share my highs and lows all the damn time. For better or for worse. _ And I’ve shared it, and will continue to. I’ll admit, I used to care how the algorithm changed my viewers, but now? I don’t care. After my dad died I’ve very much Carpe diemed the hell out of my life and know how short life is. _ I’ll open the conversation, pretty or unpretty, and I’ll look back at these squares that I was me, you were you, and we connected. my kids are not always darling, well behaved and i lose my shit a lot! _ I’m here to say I love being a mom, but I crave girl time and me time and alone time. That I love being a business owner but believe me when I say, I HATE having to self promote. Announcing a sale or a photography special makes my skin crawl...BUT, I swallow that bitter pill bc kids I have to.We need my income . Recently started paid sponsorship posting and it’s awkward!!!...but it goes back to supporting my family, please don’t hate!😳 _ However you arrived here, thank you for being a part of my journey. I’m so encouraged by you ❤️ _ And, if you’re still reading this, I would love to know how you found me 😘. _ got these photos by @hannahqphotography - you made mama feel beautiful, so grateful #thatavenuemamalife 
The sweetest kiddos, and the nicest family! Don't be afraid to book your photo session for your fall or holiday photos! My calendar is now open for bookings. Looking forward to seeing you!
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Radio Silent.. yep it happens.  I don't know about you, but I have a love hate relationship with social media.  I love it sometimes, how fun it is to have so much eye candy with beautiful pictures, the way you can scroll easily and get a visual summary of how the people you know are doing.

BUT.... Sometimes, I feel like I start to play that comparison game, and then I feel shame or guilt for no reason, and then I just want to delete all my accounts and say 'forget it!' How about you? Let me know below!! xoxoxo
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#SelfImagePhotography #naturallight #familyconnection #southbayfamilies #familyphotos #lifestyle  #familyphotographer #RedondoBeachphotographer #manhattanbeachphotographer 
#HermosaBeachphotographer #TorrancePhotographer
#PalosVerdesPhotographer
#VeniceBeachPhotographer #sanpedrophotographer 
#southbayla #palosverdes #southbayphotographer #clickmagazine  #thebloomforum  #snapsocietydailyfav
Radio Silent.. yep it happens. I don't know about you, but I have a love hate relationship with social media. I love it sometimes, how fun it is to have so much eye candy with beautiful pictures, the way you can scroll easily and get a visual summary of how the people you know are doing. BUT.... Sometimes, I feel like I start to play that comparison game, and then I feel shame or guilt for no reason, and then I just want to delete all my accounts and say 'forget it!' How about you? Let me know below!! xoxoxo . . . . #SelfImagePhotography  #naturallight  #familyconnection  #southbayfamilies  #familyphotos  #lifestyle  #familyphotographer  #RedondoBeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #HermosaBeachphotographer  #TorrancePhotographer  #PalosVerdesPhotographer  #VeniceBeachPhotographer  #sanpedrophotographer  #southbayla  #palosverdes  #southbayphotographer  #clickmagazine  #thebloomforum  #snapsocietydailyfav 
There is that yellow dirt I was telling you about... How can you not be obsessed with this. It's yellow dirt. It's dinosaur dirt. Water and weather slowly eroded this whole landscape and now we get to see dinosaur dirt! How does everyone not think this is the coolest thing?! Also, I got a quick tutortial on freelensing from @julieelizabethg (she's amazing, go follow her right get now) and I can't stop doing it. It's so fun. I'm not even going to tell you how insanely I was messing up the whole thing trying to read about it and figure it out on my own. Bless her for explaining it to me. .
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#myjoyfullifephotography #losangelesphotographer #losanglesfamilyphotographer #hermosabeachphotographer #manhattanbeachphotographer #seattlephotographer .
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#freelensing #freelensed #badlandsnationalpark #getoutthere #discoverearth #roamtheplanet #lifeontheroad #lovewhereyouare #wired_for_joy #choosejoy #wildworld #wearestillwild #findyourselfoutside #getoutside #alwaysgo #neverstoptraveling #neverstopcreating #neverstopexploring #thefreelensed #thebeautifulreal #liveauthentic #thefreelensedproject #remarkablyimagined #theabstractlens
There is that yellow dirt I was telling you about... How can you not be obsessed with this. It's yellow dirt. It's dinosaur dirt. Water and weather slowly eroded this whole landscape and now we get to see dinosaur dirt! How does everyone not think this is the coolest thing?! Also, I got a quick tutortial on freelensing from @julieelizabethg (she's amazing, go follow her right get now) and I can't stop doing it. It's so fun. I'm not even going to tell you how insanely I was messing up the whole thing trying to read about it and figure it out on my own. Bless her for explaining it to me. . . #myjoyfullifephotography  #losangelesphotographer  #losanglesfamilyphotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #seattlephotographer  . . #freelensing  #freelensed  #badlandsnationalpark  #getoutthere  #discoverearth  #roamtheplanet  #lifeontheroad  #lovewhereyouare  #wired_for_joy  #choosejoy  #wildworld  #wearestillwild  #findyourselfoutside  #getoutside  #alwaysgo  #neverstoptraveling  #neverstopcreating  #neverstopexploring  #thefreelensed  #thebeautifulreal  #liveauthentic  #thefreelensedproject  #remarkablyimagined  #theabstractlens 
Continuing with today's theme of introductions, this is me finally at the Badlands National Park. This summer we are exploring just a few of those places that seem to be perpetually covered in snow during our previous road trips (we usually do our cross country drives in late fall and early spring). Painted Desert was one of my all time favorite stops and I've wanted to see the Badlands since. I love watching the landscape slowly change as we drive across country and then seeing these truly unique formations seemingly pop out of nowhere. I may have been a little infatuated with the yellow (dinosaur) dirt. .
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#myjoyfullifephotography #hermosabeachphotographer #manhattanbeachphotographer #losanglesfamilyphotographer #losangelesphotographer #southbayphotographer .
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Continuing with today's theme of introductions, this is me finally at the Badlands National Park. This summer we are exploring just a few of those places that seem to be perpetually covered in snow during our previous road trips (we usually do our cross country drives in late fall and early spring). Painted Desert was one of my all time favorite stops and I've wanted to see the Badlands since. I love watching the landscape slowly change as we drive across country and then seeing these truly unique formations seemingly pop out of nowhere. I may have been a little infatuated with the yellow (dinosaur) dirt. . . #myjoyfullifephotography  #hermosabeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #losanglesfamilyphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  #southbayphotographer  . . #lovewhereyouare  #lifeontheroad  #portraitcollective  #portraitcentral  #postthepeople  #simplyportraits  #shootandshare  #portraitphotography  #liveauthentic  #portraitmood  #makeportraits  #moodygrams  #portraitoftheday  #portraitlove  #getintheframe  #getoutthere  #pursuitofportraits  #roamtheplanet  #discoverearth  #alwaysgo  #wearestillwild  #wired_for_joy  #findyourselfoutside 
I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself. So, this is me, Maria. I was born in Alabama, I grew up in Seattle and I am currently in the midst of a cross country move from VA to CA. I have four kids with my awesome husband John (who is a very patient man 🤪.) We lived in southern CA for 11 years before our nearly four year stint just outside of DC. 
I call everyone and everything 'dude', a product of my age and reinforced by all that time in CA. I love to travel and with four kids that has morphed from plane tickets into lots and lots of driving all over the country. We just finished up a quick drive from Seattle to NYC and are heading out again soon. 
Our move has had some unexpected bumps (what doesn't, really), but it has opened up some spaces for more creative and exploratory photography shoots which have been really great in shaping my thoughts about where I want to take My Joyful Life Photography. You've probably seen some of these in my feed lately. So, welcome, and I hope you enjoy the ride. And, please, drop in and let me know a little about you too! 
I love photographing people because, well, I just love people and all their little quirks and intricacies. I find people so beautifully complicated. So, tell me about you! I can't wait to meet you. .
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#myjoyfullifephotography #hermosabeachphotographer #manhattanbeachphotographer #losangelesphotographer #losanglesfamilyphotographer #southbayphotographer .
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#neverstoptraveling #neverstopcreating #neverstopexploring #getoutthere #getintheframe #portraitcollective #portraitcentral #postthepeople #simplyportraits #shootandshare #portraitphotography #liveauthentic #portraitmood #makeportraits #moodygrams #portraitoftheday #portraitlove #pursuitofportraits #makeportraits #thebeautifulreal #wired_for_joy #choosejoy #wildworld #wearestillwild
I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself. So, this is me, Maria. I was born in Alabama, I grew up in Seattle and I am currently in the midst of a cross country move from VA to CA. I have four kids with my awesome husband John (who is a very patient man 🤪.) We lived in southern CA for 11 years before our nearly four year stint just outside of DC. I call everyone and everything 'dude', a product of my age and reinforced by all that time in CA. I love to travel and with four kids that has morphed from plane tickets into lots and lots of driving all over the country. We just finished up a quick drive from Seattle to NYC and are heading out again soon. Our move has had some unexpected bumps (what doesn't, really), but it has opened up some spaces for more creative and exploratory photography shoots which have been really great in shaping my thoughts about where I want to take My Joyful Life Photography. You've probably seen some of these in my feed lately. So, welcome, and I hope you enjoy the ride. And, please, drop in and let me know a little about you too! I love photographing people because, well, I just love people and all their little quirks and intricacies. I find people so beautifully complicated. So, tell me about you! I can't wait to meet you. . . #myjoyfullifephotography  #hermosabeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  #losanglesfamilyphotographer  #southbayphotographer  . . #neverstoptraveling  #neverstopcreating  #neverstopexploring  #getoutthere  #getintheframe  #portraitcollective  #portraitcentral  #postthepeople  #simplyportraits  #shootandshare  #portraitphotography  #liveauthentic  #portraitmood  #makeportraits  #moodygrams  #portraitoftheday  #portraitlove  #pursuitofportraits  #makeportraits  #thebeautifulreal  #wired_for_joy  #choosejoy  #wildworld  #wearestillwild 
Summer days are meant for dipping yourself in the ocean and dancing in the sand...
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Today the Igor and are are spending time invtge kitchen prepping for the game tomorrow - check my stories of you want to see the prep.
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We are making cevapi (lamb, veal and pork sausage), pita and some dried meats for our friends who choose to watch the game at the @alehouselomita tomorrow for the game..
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Let me know if you feel like coming by for some mimosas and food tomorrow!
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#croatiansensation #croatiavsfrance #worldcup2018  #capturethemoment #livebeautifully #tohaveandtohold #weddingcreatives #ibelieveinlove #createandcapture #photographersdream #wayfarerschapel #southbayweddings #palosverdesweddings #redondobeachweddings #hermosabeachphotographer #manhattanbeachweddingphotographer #torrancephotographer #southbaylove #theshadehotel #terranearesortwedding #terranearesort #coastalweddings #destinationweddingphotographer #thebeautifulbride #isaidyes #wedo #darlingescapes #wedidit #oncewed #photographerslife
Summer days are meant for dipping yourself in the ocean and dancing in the sand... 💚 Today the Igor and are are spending time invtge kitchen prepping for the game tomorrow - check my stories of you want to see the prep. 🇭🇷 vs 🇫🇷.. . We are making cevapi (lamb, veal and pork sausage), pita and some dried meats for our friends who choose to watch the game at the @alehouselomita tomorrow for the game.. ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Let me know if you feel like coming by for some mimosas and food tomorrow! ❤️💙 #croatiansensation  #croatiavsfrance  #worldcup2018  #capturethemoment  #livebeautifully  #tohaveandtohold  #weddingcreatives  #ibelieveinlove  #createandcapture  #photographersdream  #wayfarerschapel  #southbayweddings  #palosverdesweddings  #redondobeachweddings  #hermosabeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachweddingphotographer  #torrancephotographer  #southbaylove  #theshadehotel  #terranearesortwedding  #terranearesort  #coastalweddings  #destinationweddingphotographer  #thebeautifulbride  #isaidyes  #wedo  #darlingescapes  #wedidit  #oncewed  #photographerslife 
Happy friyay!
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We are so excited to shoot Matt & Mackenzie's wedding tomorrow at @catalinaviewgardens! Such a gorgeous venue with some pretty cool people!!
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Hope you all have a great weekend. Any fun summer plans?! Beach all day?
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Happy friyay! 🍍 We are so excited to shoot Matt & Mackenzie's wedding tomorrow at @catalinaviewgardens! Such a gorgeous venue with some pretty cool people!! 😉 Hope you all have a great weekend. Any fun summer plans?! Beach all day? 💕
Can I give you some unsolicited advice for the next time you take photos with kids 5 and under? 
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Schedule a shoot early in the morning. Like 8:30am, or 9am! Go to a place you know they will enjoy! 
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I know...you want that golden light which is an hour before sunset ... the creamy sky...but...kids do so much better first thing in the morning versus after a full day. 
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I have seen this scene all too often, the struggling mama, the combative toddler! If the goal is to have joy captured, be strategic. If you wait for 5 or 6pm, likely they will be overtired, hungry and you will have to try THAT much harder to get everyone out the door. 
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You already have to worry about getting them dressed, fed, hair brushed, clothes laid out, diaper bag packed...and maybe you are meeting a new Photographer for the first time. Maybe consider that to be the only variable of the day, versus doing an activity they don’t want to do, at a place they aren’t familiar with. Why risk an overtired babe? 
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So, give yourself a break, while the moods are good and you are up anyway, choose their mood over light. When they are older, go crazy with sunset lighting !
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And, the better experience you have with the family enjoying playing, the more likely they’ll rally once a year. This goes for the Hubs too 😳.
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Double tap if you think this idea is worth trying!
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Love,
Annie 
#momstaysinthepicture #annievovanmotherhood #annievovanphotography
Can I give you some unsolicited advice for the next time you take photos with kids 5 and under? _ Schedule a shoot early in the morning. Like 8:30am, or 9am! Go to a place you know they will enjoy! _ I know...you want that golden light which is an hour before sunset ... the creamy sky...but...kids do so much better first thing in the morning versus after a full day. _ I have seen this scene all too often, the struggling mama, the combative toddler! If the goal is to have joy captured, be strategic. If you wait for 5 or 6pm, likely they will be overtired, hungry and you will have to try THAT much harder to get everyone out the door. _ You already have to worry about getting them dressed, fed, hair brushed, clothes laid out, diaper bag packed...and maybe you are meeting a new Photographer for the first time. Maybe consider that to be the only variable of the day, versus doing an activity they don’t want to do, at a place they aren’t familiar with. Why risk an overtired babe? _ So, give yourself a break, while the moods are good and you are up anyway, choose their mood over light. When they are older, go crazy with sunset lighting ! _ And, the better experience you have with the family enjoying playing, the more likely they’ll rally once a year. This goes for the Hubs too 😳. _ Double tap if you think this idea is worth trying! _ Love, Annie #momstaysinthepicture  #annievovanmotherhood  #annievovanphotography 
These are so romantic flowers!  Beautiful!  #flowers
These are so romantic flowers! Beautiful! #flowers 
You guys, this girl rocked her photo session right through the colorful alleys of DTLA. Leave her some love!
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#dtla
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#hermosabeachphotographer
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2 weeks until their big day!!
Ashley & Ryan, we are getting so excited to see you two say I do!
2 weeks until their big day!! Ashley & Ryan, we are getting so excited to see you two say I do!
Such a fun photo shoot last night-we cruised downtown LA for a graffiti backdrop. We ended our shoot in front of one of  @colettemillerwings in the DTLA Arts District.
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#colettemillerwings #dtlaartsdistrict #missymariephotography #manhattanbeachphotographer #hermosabeachphotographer #redondobeachphotographer
"Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me."
- The Greatest Showman .
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I just love photographing people - all the people. Each person is so unique and beautiful in their own right. People are so different and comolex and, while I am editing, little pieces of personality pop through and shine out of the image. What do you love about photography? .
Model: @bisouscherie .
#seattlephotographer #hermosabeachphotographer #manhattanbeachphotographer #losangelesphotographer .
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#a_beautiful_you #strivetobeanartist #unconventionaltogs #emotionoverperfection #remarkablyimagined #thebeautifulreal #theabstractlens #thep0rtraitproject #makeportraits #getoutthere
#wearestillwild
#alwaysgo
#roamtheplanet
#findyourselfoutside
#keepitwild
#neverstopexploring

#pursuitofportraits
#discoverportraits
#postthepeople
#portraitpage
#aportraitcollective
#fineartportrait
#portraitmood
#portrait_drama
#loveofportraits
#theechosinside
"Look out 'cause here I come And I'm marching on to the beat I drum I'm not scared to be seen I make no apologies, this is me." - The Greatest Showman . . I just love photographing people - all the people. Each person is so unique and beautiful in their own right. People are so different and comolex and, while I am editing, little pieces of personality pop through and shine out of the image. What do you love about photography? . Model: @bisouscherie . #seattlephotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  . . #a_beautiful_you  #strivetobeanartist  #unconventionaltogs  #emotionoverperfection  #remarkablyimagined  #thebeautifulreal  #theabstractlens  #thep0rtraitproject  #makeportraits  #getoutthere  #wearestillwild  #alwaysgo  #roamtheplanet  #findyourselfoutside  #keepitwild  #neverstopexploring  #pursuitofportraits  #discoverportraits  #postthepeople  #portraitpage  #aportraitcollective  #fineartportrait  #portraitmood  #portrait_drama  #loveofportraits  #theechosinside 
"Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me."
- The Greatest Showman .
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I just love photographing people - all the people. Each person is so unique and beautiful in their own right. People are so different and comolex and, while I am editing, little pieces of personality pop through and shine out of the image. What do you love about photography? .
Model: @bisouscherie .
#seattlephotographer #hermosabeachphotographer #manhattanbeachphotographer #losangelesphotographer .
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#a_beautiful_you #strivetobeanartist #unconventionaltogs #emotionoverperfection #remarkablyimagined #thebeautifulreal #theabstractlens #thep0rtraitproject #makeportraits #getoutthere
#alwaysgo
#roamtheplanet
#findyourselfoutside
#keepitwild
#wildernessportrait
#wildworld
#pursuitofportraits
#discoverportraits
#postthepeople
#portraitpage
#aportraitcollective
#fineartportrait
#portraitmood
#portrait_drama
#loveofportraits
#theechosinside
"Look out 'cause here I come And I'm marching on to the beat I drum I'm not scared to be seen I make no apologies, this is me." - The Greatest Showman . . I just love photographing people - all the people. Each person is so unique and beautiful in their own right. People are so different and comolex and, while I am editing, little pieces of personality pop through and shine out of the image. What do you love about photography? . Model: @bisouscherie . #seattlephotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  . . #a_beautiful_you  #strivetobeanartist  #unconventionaltogs  #emotionoverperfection  #remarkablyimagined  #thebeautifulreal  #theabstractlens  #thep0rtraitproject  #makeportraits  #getoutthere  #alwaysgo  #roamtheplanet  #findyourselfoutside  #keepitwild  #wildernessportrait  #wildworld  #pursuitofportraits  #discoverportraits  #postthepeople  #portraitpage  #aportraitcollective  #fineartportrait  #portraitmood  #portrait_drama  #loveofportraits  #theechosinside 
"Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me."
- The Greatest Showman .
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I just love photographing people - all the people. Each person is so unique and beautiful in their own right. People are so different and comolex and, while I am editing, little pieces of personality pop through and shine out of the image. What do you love about photography? .
Model: @bisouscherie .
#seattlephotographer #hermosabeachphotographer #manhattanbeachphotographer #losangelesphotographer .
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#a_beautiful_you #strivetobeanartist #unconventionaltogs #emotionoverperfection #remarkablyimagined #thebeautifulreal #theabstractlens #thep0rtraitproject #makeportraits #getoutthere
#discoverearth
#alwaysgo
#roamtheplanet
#findyourselfoutside
#keepitwild
#neverstopexploring

#pursuitofportraits
#discoverportraits
#postthepeople
#portraitpage
#aportraitcollective
#fineartportrait
#portraitmood
#portrait_drama
#loveofportraits
#theechosinside
"Look out 'cause here I come And I'm marching on to the beat I drum I'm not scared to be seen I make no apologies, this is me." - The Greatest Showman . . I just love photographing people - all the people. Each person is so unique and beautiful in their own right. People are so different and comolex and, while I am editing, little pieces of personality pop through and shine out of the image. What do you love about photography? . Model: @bisouscherie . #seattlephotographer  #hermosabeachphotographer  #manhattanbeachphotographer  #losangelesphotographer  . . #a_beautiful_you  #strivetobeanartist  #unconventionaltogs  #emotionoverperfection  #remarkablyimagined  #thebeautifulreal  #theabstractlens  #thep0rtraitproject  #makeportraits  #getoutthere  #discoverearth  #alwaysgo  #roamtheplanet  #findyourselfoutside  #keepitwild  #neverstopexploring  #pursuitofportraits  #discoverportraits  #postthepeople  #portraitpage  #aportraitcollective  #fineartportrait  #portraitmood  #portrait_drama  #loveofportraits  #theechosinside 
Hope you all are having a great week!
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We are over here catching up on our edits and reliving those sweet (and hilarious) moments!
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It is a lot of work to process and edit the final images of a wedding but it is also SO much fun to look back at all of the tiny in between moments that made the day so special!
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On an unrelated note, what's your latest indoor plant go-to?! Or are you a black thumb?
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Hope you all are having a great week! 💗 We are over here catching up on our edits and reliving those sweet (and hilarious) moments! 🌿 It is a lot of work to process and edit the final images of a wedding but it is also SO much fun to look back at all of the tiny in between moments that made the day so special! 💕 On an unrelated note, what's your latest indoor plant go-to?! Or are you a black thumb? 😆
Can I get a double tap if you dream about a side hustle that you would love to be a full fledged career?? _
For  anyone who is nervous about  starting  a business, I feel you. The anxiety and doubt that sometimes take over is real. The amount of questioning yourself on the daily, is real. The worry how some of your closest friends or family who shake their head at your hustle is real. 
Trust me, I go through these emotions day in and day out. 
But, here's what I know. 
Fear doesn't serve anyone. Fear didn’t  make someone like GreyGoose vodka creator, Sidney Frank,  at 76 paralyze him. 
If you have a dream, a desire, a passion that keeps you up at night (in a good way), it is a disservice that you don't present it to the world. 
We are meant to shine and not live in fear. 
This photo is from my new micro sessions (10 minute Branding photos). Check out the link to schedule a session at this exact spot and read !!
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Beauty @bethgriffin_cbc I loved spending time with you!!!!! #momstaysinthepicture #annievovangirlbosses #annievovanmotherhood
Can I get a double tap if you dream about a side hustle that you would love to be a full fledged career?? _ For anyone who is nervous about starting a business, I feel you. The anxiety and doubt that sometimes take over is real. The amount of questioning yourself on the daily, is real. The worry how some of your closest friends or family who shake their head at your hustle is real. Trust me, I go through these emotions day in and day out. But, here's what I know. Fear doesn't serve anyone. Fear didn’t make someone like GreyGoose vodka creator, Sidney Frank, at 76 paralyze him. If you have a dream, a desire, a passion that keeps you up at night (in a good way), it is a disservice that you don't present it to the world. We are meant to shine and not live in fear. This photo is from my new micro sessions (10 minute Branding photos). Check out the link to schedule a session at this exact spot and read !! _ Beauty @bethgriffin_cbc I loved spending time with you!!!!! #momstaysinthepicture  #annievovangirlbosses  #annievovanmotherhood