Thomas Family: Santa Clarita Mini Session

I think it’s safe to say that the Christmas Season is just about in full swing and that means lots of traffic first of all and mini sessions galore! :-)

I loved photographing the Thomas family’s mini session at one of my favorite locations in Santa Clarita. They are such a beautiful family and God is going to do some great things through their new ministry in Inglewood!

Look at those cuuuute kids! The little guy kept reaching for me to hold him. How could I resist that face! Layla was the sweetest and although she tried to fool me into thinking she didn’t know how to work the camera her tactics didn’t work. Just after mom chimed in to tease her about how she worked the poses at home, that real smile came bursting out! I love the photographs we got of her!


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Katrina & Brandon: Boulder Ridge Golf Club

Katrina and Brandon’s wedding at the Boulder Ridge Golf Club was so gorgeous! Just wait until you see her two amazing wedding gowns!

We started off with the getting ready photos at The Fairmont in San Jose. As the girls watched Katrina put on the final details their ooooo’s and ahhhhh’s filled the room. Katrina looked absolutely amazing! I love the bridal photos that we got of her standing by the window as she finished up with putting on her earrings and bracelet. 

Once we finished up with the getting ready photos we headed to a little park just below the golf club for their first look. This is always one of my favorite parts of the day as it usually brings out a tear or two. As Katrina started to cry Brandon couldn’t take his eyes of his gorgeous bride and they looked so utterly and completely happy. We ended their first look with a few more portraits as we walked around the park and then headed up to Boulder Ridge for some bridal party and family photos. 

Their ceremony was held atop the hillside just before sunset overlooking the valley. The view was stunning! We made sure to sneak away just after the ceremony for a few sunset photos on the golf course and we even got to see a couple deer along the way but there was no chance of them sticking around to pose for photos with the couple. 

Thank you Katrina & Brandon for allowing be to be a part of your day as your photographer! You both are amazingly kind! Seeing the love your families have for you both and how much you love them was so beautiful. Congrats and all the best to you two… Megan

Venue: The Gold Club at Boulder Ridge    Florist: Signature Bloom    Bridal Shop: Novella Bridal    DJ: Hector Gallardo    Bakery: C’est Si Bon Bakery


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Devin: Newborn at Home

This newborn session complete with sock monkeys and a big brother full of smiles is so cuuuuute! Devin was born at the end of October at a healthy 9lbs 4oz! Mom and Dad were amazed at their chunky little newborn the moment they laid eyes on him. 

He wasn’t quite ready to do any sleeping when I arrived so I started with getting a few photos of his nursery and all his sock money room decor. When Devin was a bit more ready we moved on to getting a few photos of him swaddled up. Then we added big brother Callen in for some photos and they turned out so cute! I just love the huge smiles that Callen gave us! He wasn’t quite sure what do do with his new little brother laying on his arm but we managed to convince him that it was a great idea. We sang songs, clapped, bribed with fruit snacks and did all sorts of goofy faces to get his mind off of getting too worried about Devin being a little too close for comfort. We even managed to talk him into giving Devin a kiss. Adorable!

After photographing the boys together we got the whole family on the bed to get pictures of the four of them. What a beautiful new family of four! Towards the end of their family photos I brought in some books from Callen’s room and let him pick out what he wanted to read. He sat on daddy’s lap while momma held little brother and they read a little bit of Callen’s book. 

Once were were done with family photos baby Devin was a bit more tired and ready to conk out in a good milk coma so I could get some good sleepy photos of him. He was quite the little wiggle worm so it took some very slow moments and waiting but we got some super cute sleepy photos and even a smile or two. 

Congrats Elissa & Charles! Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph such a precious time in your lives! – Megan


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Kay Maternity: Griffith Park

This maternity session at Griffith Park was so fun to photograph! I’ve been emailing back and forth with Terry for a while now trying to decide on a location between us that would work well. I love that we decided on Griffith Park. I’ve photographed sessions there several times now but I feel like I find a new little spot I love every time I go.

The trees were loosing their leaves and the fall colors were so beautiful. I love fall time for that very reason. It seems as though just when a person is sick of one season the next season is just around the corner to bring a refreshing change to life. Fall time brings in new colors and fresh crisp air and it’s such a beautiful time of year for photos. You can avoid the high temperatures that we usually have in Southern California and you get the pretty oranges and yellows in your photographs.

We started off the Kay’s maternity session in the colorful trees just at the edge of the parking lot. It was the perfect spot to capture the fall colors in the background! Their three year old boy had a cracker that he decided should never leave his hands so we made up a game. Hide the Cracker! This was the game of the day and he totally loved it. I kept telling him to hide the cracker and then when I questioned how I couldn’t find the cracker we got some pretty cute smiles and giggles out of him. Such a cute little boy!

We ventured on a few trails around the area and then headed to the Griffith Observatory for a few more photos with the city-scape in the background. It was a beautiful evening and so pretty to see the sunset while overlooking the city. 

Congrats Terry & Gina on your new little one arriving soon! Thank you for allowing me to document this beautiful stage of your lives! – Megan


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Sahar & Richard: UCI University Club

Tonight I get to share Sahar & Richard’s wedding at the UCI University Club in Irvine, California. I was so delighted to work with these two! In between our Skype conversations we met up at Crystal Cove for their engagement session and kept in touch regarding the wedding day schedule and details.

Their wedding day started off at nice and relaxed as the girls got ready. We then headed to the location for their first look just outside of the clubhouse where the ceremony was to be held. As the sun faded in and out I love how we were able to capture the beautiful blue sky in the background of a couple photographs during their first look. 

The wedding ceremony spread of Persian wedding details was so gorgeous! Fakhere did such a beautiful job with it and it was so much fun to photograph all the different pieces and traditions throughout the ceremony. Just after the ceremony they had Tea Time and then headed off to Cocktail Hour at The UCI University Club. We arrived to the club just as the sun was setting so we took advantage of the gorgeous warm light and headed out on the grounds for some bride and groom portraits. The photographs from that quick thirty minutes were some of my favorites of the entire day. 

Thank you Sahar & Richard for allowing me to be part of your day as your photographer! I enjoyed getting to know the two of you and seeing the happiness pour out of you and your families on your wedding day. Congrats you two… Megan

Flowers: Mina Flower Design    DJ: Battleson Entertainment    Cake: Lili’s Bakery    Afternoon Tea: Royal Tea & Treatery    Venue: The UCI University Club    Groom Attire: ARMANI from Neiman Marcus    Makeup: Oscar from Ziba Beauty    Ceremony Spread: Fakhere Maleki    Wedding Rings: Brilliant Earth

See their engagement session here


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