One of the coolest parts of my job is getting to see all the families I photograph grow throughout the years.  It is really pretty awesome to see my little newborns develop into little people full of some much personality, imagination and curiosity.  It also means that when we do meet up for more photos, they know just what to expect and we can jump right into having lots of fun.

Such was the case when I met up with the Dickerson family a couple of weeks ago, who I have had the pleasure of photographing since their big boy Barrett was just a few days old.  For our most recent session to capture baby Reid’s six-month milestone, we met up at one of my favorite Pasadena locations, Eaton Canyon.  It was unusually green due to the little bit of rain we’ve gotten recently and made for a beautiful setting for our super relaxed and candid photos.  Their little one wasn’t feeling so hot that day but I cherish these images even more because they are so real and true.  I love the photos of them comforting him and just being a family.  I couldn’t ask for more!

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I love how quickly Barrett’s facial expressions change and how his face lights up!

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Shortly after booking us for their Temecula wedding this fall, I got an email from Mike and Mayra.  They were coming out to San Diego from D.C. for a last minute family trip and thought it would be fun to do their engagement session while we were all in the same general part of the country.  My reply?  Tell me when and where?

The following Monday (and a weekend full of rain) I drove down to a clear and sunny San Diego and met them at one of the prettiest places in the city, Balboa Park.  It was quite busy at the park that day, probably because it was 85 degrees in late February, but somehow we managed to make the engagement session feel so sweet and intimate, like Mayra and Mike were the only two people there.  Love that!

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I love it when my wedding clients turn into family clients.  It’s such a treat!  But, things went a little differently with Miranda and Danny.  After hiring me to photograph their wedding last year, they learned that they were expecting and their wedding plans quickly turned into baby plans.  Instead of our first photo session being an engagement session, it was a fun, laid back shoot to announce their pregnancy.  And, last week, I spent some time at their home to photograph the arrival of their beautiful baby boy.  There is no doubt they passed the photogenic gene on to their little guy.  I can only describe him as babylicious!  I mean what a gorgeous child!  Next up?  I’m thinking a cute baby tux to help mom and dad tie the knot this Fall. :)

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