I love this family. I met them a year ago when Alicia was still pregnant with this little man and wanting some birth photos. It was quite the evening. Anyways, we got together and I got to see how this guy has grown up over the last year. He's huge. He's happy. And those fat, fat feet (They even have a hard time trying to find shoes for those things). We hung out for a little bit at home, went to the park, rode the swings (which he enjoyed for the first time ever or he was just hamming it up for the camera. I'll pretend it's the latter), took a ride on the train, and went for a carousel ride. It was a great time, but it really wore the guy out. He had to take a nap.
Love you guys.
p.s. I really love the completely unposed lifestyle sessions. They are real. They scream out, this is who we truly are. We love the perfection of the imperfect. It sings.
Megan and Rick. Ohmygoodness. I liked these two from the very start. From the very first email even. Megan contacted me before she even had her wedding date and I was so thrilled because it insured that I got to work with her no matter what. They knew they wanted to get married at Fred Fletcher Park and have the reception at Sitti and so I already knew that they already had a great eye, but then she emailed me a link to her Pinterest board and then I knew she had amazing style. We both had many of the same exact things pinned so I thought of Megan as my perfect bride, but it didn't stop there. Megan and Rick are so adorably in love. Adorably! I love all the emotion these two share and I am so glad that they found each other. They are an amazing couple.
The wedding was perfect. Every time I turned around there was something gorgeous to photograph be it details, an incredibly happy couple, elated guests, great dance moves, a rickshaw ride, delighted family, laughter, and joy. Everywhere joy.
Oh, and this rickshaw ride. Holy guacomole was that fun. I even jumped from one rickshaw to another while it was moving and I felt like James Bond for about five minutes.
Megan went all design amazing for their wedding. There is sooooo much eye candy here- get your pinterest clicking fingers ready.... Everything is gorgeous.
UPDATE: This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty on June 26, 14.
The Amazing vendors (every single vendor is awesome, seriously):
Wedding: Fred Fletcher Park // Officiant: Rev. Debra Brazzel // Hair and Make-up: Ginger Mullins // Florist: Tre Bella Florist // Reception: Sitti // Cake: Ashley Cakes // Catering: Sitti // DJ: Kevin Majoros // Transportation: Crank Arm Rickshaw
It's been quite a year. Amazing. There were so many fantastic moments. A few very hard moments. I've gotten to explore more of North Carolina and the East Coast. I've made some friends. And I've had so many special happy moments that just thinking about them make me tear up a little. These are some random shots throughout the year. Most work related and some very personal.
Here it is. 2013.
It was so great to be there at the beginning of lives together. To see baby's come into the world. I learned so many things. New tricks. What I really like and what I don't. For one, I decided that I really love hora's. I love the faces fathers make when they get the first glimpse of their baby. I love seeing how people interact with each other.
This brings us to October. Then something awful happened. When I was a kid, we always lived very close to family. If not with extended family. When I was really small we lived my an gong (grandfather) and ah ma (grandmother), my auntie mama, uncles up in San Francisco. Then we moved back down to San Diego and we always lived within a few miles of my Auntie Peggy and Uncle Min and my two cousins, Erika and Marika. We were super close. We were always there. Uncle Min's cooking was my comfort food. Erika used to take me out with her friends to movies and always spent alot of time with me even though she was 8 years older. Then in October we lost my cousin Erika. She was one of the kindest people ever. I zipped on down to San Diego. It was wonderful because I got to see family that I haven't seen in years. I got to meet new family members that had been born. I got to get closer with my cousins than I ever had.
Erika had a traditional Chinese and Burmese funeral and her ashes were scattered in the Pacific. The Burmese monks came down from Los Angeles and the ceremony was at home. When Erika's sons put the urn in the water the pelicans flew over. These are the saddest photos I've ever taken.
(note: The gold paper boats are to give her wealth in her next life. They were burned after the ceremony.)
And then back home. I was glad to be back but I have to admit I was off for a little bit. Emotional. Everything seemed so much more important. My family especially. My babys. My time. Even the photographs I took. Everything. It was so great to get back to normalcy. It was especially to come back and photograph a baby come into this world.
Things I'm going to do this year differently. I'm going to make all my clients feel special. I'm going to try to be a bad ass at customer service. I'm going to set hours. I'm going to do more things for me. I'm getting some new hobbies (like right now, I'm trying to learn to speak mandarin. And I'm gonna get good with my bow and arrows)
It was an incredible year. I am so ever grateful that I got to photograph all these families. It is so incredibly flattering to be invited to be such an great part in so many peoples lives.
Thank you thank you thank you thank you Everyone For making it amazing.
Katherine and Thomas had a beautiful shower/party to celebrate the soon to be birth of their first baby. I was so thrilled that I got to go out and celebrate with them. It was a blast and so excited about their newest family member. I sure do hope I get to meet this little person!!! I love me some babies!!!
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