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
Such a fun shoot with an amazing team of vendors! 🌿
Also serious bride goals from the lovely @yeahgirlnutrition
Design + Coordination: @bestdayeventsla
Tabletop Rentals: @sundrop_vintage
Wedding Cake: @smokyhollowbakingco
Groom’s Attire: @friartux
Bride’s Attire: @lasoiebridal
Paper Goods + Signage: @thelovelyline
Hair + Makeup: @kohnur
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
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 😭😍
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
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?
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!
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 !!
Beauty @bethgriffin_cbc I loved spending time with you!!!!! #momstaysinthepicture#annievovangirlbosses#annievovanmotherhood