Charlie & Alex: @ Three Years Old

Too fast. Kids grow up too fast.

I’ve been taking Charlie and Alex’s pictures since the day they were born, and each day since then, I just marvel at how quickly time has passed. They’re too big to be carried, they go to school, feed themselves, speak in complete sentences, and the day I took these photos, they know how to drive too, apparently.

As one of their godmothers, I cherish every moment I get to spend with them – whether it’s on a ride at Disneyland or a summer evening blowing bubbles. I just love them to bits.

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Vanessa & Monte: Wedding – Hummingbird Ranch

With each wedding I get to shoot, I  become more appreciative in times when I get to be “just a guest.” On this awesomely special day in May, I got to be one at my high school friend, Vanessa’s wedding.

We attended a private, all-girl, Catholic high school, and while we were there, I strengthened my foundation of female friendships. We were all about the girl power back then; the power of our minds, the power of our voices, but most of all, the power of our hearts. Vanessa was the quintessential power gal. She was always one of those girlfriends who I could depend on for help with schoolwork, a good laugh, and best of all, honest, yet heartfelt advice.

Graduation forced our separation (off to UCLA she went, and down to UCIrvine I went), but each time we get together for dinner or a celebration, it’s like no time has passed between us. She has the same joyful smile and laugh she did when we were 16, her sarcasm is ever present and that gorgeous heart of hers is still there.

Monte is one lucky man to have stolen my friend’s heart, and I’m so happy Vanessa has found a lifelong companion in him. Their wedding was beautiful. No amount of drizzle or chilly wind could dampen such a blessing of a day.
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