The Kiefers

A little over a year ago, we moved to a new neighborhood, walking distance to the Kiefer's house. Christina and I became instant friends, bonding over our baby boys and a shared love of frozen yogurt. Fast forward one year and we are both pregnant with our second babies, due one week apart from each other. We dress our toddlers in matching outfits, waddle next to each other at the gym almost every afternoon, and constantly joke that we are sister wives. 

True story: my life would suck without her. 

We took these pictures in Santa Cruz a couple weeks ago, and mid-beach session, the tide almost completely took us out. It was crazy. One minute our feet were in the sand; the next minute we had water up to our ankles. We lost a pair of sandals and some beach toys in the process, but luckily there were no other casualties. My ONA camera bag stood strong on top of a rock, THANK GOODNESS. I sprinted after that bad boy as fast as my 32 week pregnant body would carry me.

Due to our session abruptly ending, we spent the next day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to capture a few more photos, sans tidal wave. I'll be honest: the preggos partly just wanted Dippin' Dots and cotton candy. 

Kiefers, what can I say....I love you guys! Thanks for letting me document this very special time in your lives. I can't wait for these babies to be born so we can start planning their wedding ;)

The Allgoods

When I put the call out on Facebook for a bikini maternity shoot, Kat texted me exactly two minutes later. Of course she did. Kat and Dave are one of the most adventurous, fun-loving, up-for-anything couples I've ever met. Naturally, there was a lot of throwing kids in the air, posing like Spiderman, etc during this shoot. I would expect nothing less from the Allgoods....

Diana & Mike

When Diana first contacted me, I fell a little bit in love with her. She was full of joy, gratitude, and overwhelming honesty. Right off the bat I learned that Diana and Mike had struggled with infertility for a few years. After many failed treatments, they eventually sought help through a special doctor in Colorado, who was miraculously able to help them get pregnant. And now? They are expecting TWIN GIRLS! This May, Diana and Mike will go from a family of two to a family of four. I could not possibly be happier for them if I tried.

They wanted their maternity pictures to be special, and asked if I would travel to Yosemite to capture this incredible time in their lives. I was honored to be asked, and of course said "yes" without hesitation. One very very long car ride later, we spent a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Yosemite National Park. Originally Diana and Mike had hoped for a snowy session, but in my opinion, the sunshine suits them much better.

Diana and Mike, I am truly THRILLED for you and your growing family. Thank you for trusting me to photograph this sweet, wonderful season for you!

Aaron & Tammy

One of the best parts of being a photographer is being able to take pictures of your dearest friends when they have something to celebrate. Tammy and I have been friends for years and I am over-the-moon excited to meet her sweet baby girl next month. Congratulations Aaron and Tammy!

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