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Santa Clarita Mini Session: Jeong Family

This time of year with all the mini photo sessions is always so much fun because I get to see so many people in just a few short weeks. Tonight I am sharing the Jeong Family’s session out at Placerita Canyon Natural Area. I love that area and so do a lot of other photographers. Every time I went out there for a session on the weekend this month there were at least two other photographers there. There is plenty of space for everyone though!

I love tromping around in nature and the Placerita Canyon Nature Center is just the place to do that. They have several trails for hiking and lots of beautiful trees. I’m so glad the fire didn’t burn it all, I can’t say the same for just down the road a ways. It’s all burnt to a crisp at another one of my favorite spots. 🙁

Little Noah was ready to explore as soon as we got started with the session. Though he usually wanted to go the opposite direction that we wanted to go. lol That’s how it goes with littles though! There was a lot of bribing going on. Mom brought Cheerios and bubbles as leverage.

We walked around a little bit and made stops along the way when we found a place we liked and thought we could distract Noah long enough to get a few photos before retiring to the Cheerios and bubbles. I think all kids go through phases of wanting one parent over the other and this week Noah happened to want Mom all the time but he did let Dad hold him a few times for a brief few seconds.

Just as we were wrapping up their session Noah broke out the cutest smiles. He was holding fists full of Cheerios too so it was even more cute! Such a cheese ball!

Thank you Jeong Family of having me photograph you all! I so enjoyed chasing Noah around and getting some beautiful photos of you all. – Megan

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Freeman Family: Santa Claita Famiy Photos

I had such a great time photographing this beautiful family! Look at them! I met Stephenie back in July at her sister-in-law, Lindsey’s engagement party. Stephenie helped pull off a huge surprise for Lindsey and did amazing with everything. She mentioned to me at the party that she wanted to get some family photos done this year and we later got their session on the calendar.

I met the Freeman’s for their session at 9am on location. I’m so used to photographing in the afternoon so it was nice to have the crisp morning air for a change. With the time change just happening this month we were able to get some warm morning light shining through the trees. So pretty! The weather was pretty perfect on the day of their session. No wind to mess up the hair or anything, not too cold or hot and we only had a few annoying bugs buzzing around. 🙂

For my longer family sessions I like to break everyone up and get individual shots of everyone and several different arrangements with the kids and parents. It gives some variety and there’s always different uses where different photos are needed.

The boys were goof balls. Of course, what boys aren’t? I love that boys are the silly ones though, gives some comedic relive and they always make for a fun shoot. The boys are always the ones with a smart remark up their sleeve that slips out at just the right time to make Mom laugh when she’s in the spotlight with Dad getting her picture taken. These boys are also such handsome young men! Watch out boys, the girls are going to be chasing you around soon if they aren’t already!

Thank you for allowing me to photograph your beautiful and kind family! I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you all a little better and give you memories to keep forever! -Megan

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The Castaway Burbank: Adriana & Aaron

Adriana and Aaron’s wedding day at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank was full of laughter, smiles and pretty details. These two have been nothing but amazing to work with. It’s so fun to meet with a them, talk about their wedding day and then months later see it all come together so beautifully. I’m so excited for them and their new beginning as Mr. and Mrs. Zell. 

Everyone was so very excited for these two and to see their dreams come true as they tied the knot! They both had the biggest smiles and there were many times throughout the day where their happiness was so much so that their eyes welled up with tears. It started when they exchanged gifts with one another before seeing each other at the ceremony, then during the first look with her dad and brother, continued just before and during the ceremony and then more happy tears during the speeches at the reception. It was so evident just how much these two love one another and their families.

The mountains in the background of the ceremony site were so pretty and so were all the trees surrounding them. Adriana looked stunning in her gorgeous dress and to top it off she had the most amazing bouquet of white peonies. I am a sucker for peonies, they are probably my favorite flower or at least the runner up to tulips.

As the day went on and the reception began they continued with their big smiles and had the best time with their friends and family at the reception.

Congrats Adriana & Aaron!! I wish nothing but the very best for you two in your future as Mr. and Mrs. Thank you for allowing my team to document your day and being so amazing to work with!

See their engagement session here.

Venue:  The Castaway Restaurant in Burbank    Coordination & Flowers: Love & Laughter Events    Dress: Cruz’s Bridal    Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo    Cake: Jaqki’s Cake Creations    Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse    Invitations: Paper Source    Makeup: Betsy diFrancesca

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Bloomgren Ranch Wedding: Amanda & Jim

Amanda and Jim’s wedding at Bloomgren Ranch here in Santa Clarita this fall was a beautiful day in many ways. The day started off with the girls getting ready at Valencia Blo Lounge where they all spent the morning getting prettied up, laughing and just having a good time hanging out together. I loved the curls in Amanda’s hair! The guys hung out at the house and enjoyed a chill morning getting ready and having a few cigars. After everyone was mostly ready to go we headed to the ranch for getting dressed just before the ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the top of the hill overlooking the reception area. There were some beautiful tall trees and giving some nice shade for all the guests in the seating area. Jim’s jaw dropped when he saw Amanda coming down the isle. She was such a beautiful bride! They shared a few laughs as they exchanged vows and then stepped to the side where together they did their sand ceremony. They were both beaming at the end of the ceremony and their exit photos are some of my favorite from the day.

During cocktail hour and into the reception Amanda & Jim chose to have a mobile coffee cart on site instead of having cocktails. Being a coffee lover myself I thought that was a pretty cool idea and the guests loved it! Brilliant! I now thing every wedding needs a mobile coffee cart. 🙂

The reception under the stars made for a beautiful evening for dinner, toasts, dancing and enjoying the company of all their friends and family.

Congrats Amanda & Jim! You two were amazing to work with and seeing the love you two have for one another was a beautiful thing for me to be able to document. All the best to you two and your future as the new Mr. & Mrs. Davis! – Megan

Venue: Bloomgren Ranch   Hair & Makeup: Valencia Blo Lounge    Flowers: Celebrate Florals  Coffee Cart: Coffee a la Cart  Catering: Distinctive Catering    Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals

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Santa Clarita Family Photos: Winning Family

Today I get to share a family session of a sweet family from right here in Santa Clarita! The Winnings are such nice people and their kids were so much fun.

When Kyle contacted me a while back to set up a session we had to go back and forth for a while with cancelations due to his daughter’s health but we finally schedule a day where the details all worked and everyone was healthy. Their daughter Jasmine was born with Heterotaxy which basically means she only has half of a heart. This of course means lots of extra care, especially when the cold bug is going around. Oftentimes she has to go on oxygen and stay home until they can get her stabilized and back to being healthy. I of course was more than happy to postpone their session as many times as we needed to to make sure everyone was happy and healthy. So with that being said I’m so excited get to share their session today!

The Winning’s live over in Bridgeport here in Santa Clarita which is a pretty little community with a lake in the center. So many great places to take photos around that area and also very convenient just to walk out your front door for your family session rather than having to travel somewhere.

We walked around some of the fountains and over by the lake as the boys led the way most of the time. Dylan brought along his soccer ball and Mom even jumped in to tried to steal it from him in a quick game on the grassy area near the lake. Nathan couldn’t get enough of the ducks and had a ton of fun chasing them out of the way for us. 🙂 You’ll definitely see a few photos of him chasing the ducks.

Thank you Winning Family for your kindness and having me photograph your beautiful family! -Megan

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