December 8, 2013

Hi is my Holiday message in a photography slideshow of course! : )
the song is Ordinary Love by U2 on the Nelson Mandela movie soundtrack. Enjoy.

August 29, 2013

San Diego Children's photographer

When thinking of a party theme for Ashlynn's 9th birthday we knew it needed to be colorful, happy and full of creative life. Because that's who she is! : )
We decided to do a Rainbow art party.
The treats included rice krispy treats made to look like dipped paint brushes! : )

The cake with something very special inside....
Colored sodas and mustache color straws for our guests.

A bounty of colorful candies including a "guess the number" gumball jar for winner to take home!

The birthday girl is ready to celebrate!!!
Each guest got a canvas and set of paint brushes.


Our little outdoor studio : )

 The painting has begun!


I love that my daughter painted a kitty cat with a moustache! : )
We have some amazing beautiful artists!

I "moustache" you a question!
And finally the "reason" for all the work that went into the party- the priceless expression on Ashlynn's face as her friends sang Happy Birthday before diving into a rainbow filled cake!


April 16, 2013

Just keep running...

After hearing and seeing what happened at the Boston Marathon yesterday I spent much of the afternoon heartbroken. No I was not there. But one of my good running buddies did run the race. Thankfully she is safe and unharmed.

 My mind began to flood with thoughts of fear and anger. I kept thinking "Now they are taking road racing away from us too?!?" I am not The President, I am not a motivational speaker and I am not a person who has made some huge important contribution in my life. But anyone who knows me personally will tell you that I am a runner. It is part of who I am.

 I began running at the age of 11 and except for times when I have been physically injured I have tried to run almost every day of my life. I am 35. I can't imagine how many miles or minutes or breaths I have taken while running. But why? Why is it so important to me? I guess you would have to be a runner to understand this one. Or maybe just imagine the one thing in life that bring your mind, body and spirit in complete peace with each other. This is what happens when I run. Some of my best thoughts, my best prayers and my closest connections with my creator happen while I am running.
Running represents pure freedom to me. My mind is free to wander, my body is free to move and my spirit is free to feel the presence of God.Running has prepared and taught me some of the most difficult lessons in life. It's about commitment, sweat, pain and pushing through to the other side of victory

.Some of the easiest and best friendships I have ever made came through running. There is something unique about running alongside someone else for miles on an open road or trail. As you settle in to a pace, it's as if some of the barriers of your heart also fall away and you are able to talk about deeper issues and struggles you may be having in life. I have often felt much closer to running partners than other friends I have in life. It is because of these unique experiences we share together. The many faces, the many places, the beautiful scenes and the many conversations we have side by side.

It is for these reasons that for me running means joy. And because it is joy I will not let someone else replace it with fear. I am making the choice to continue to live my life with joy. I will run until my legs and body will no longer let me. And then when I am no longer able to run on earth I will hold on to the dream of running in heaven. I will run the race and I will run the race as best as I can.

 I applaud all the runners who made that huge commitment to train and run in the Boston Marathon. I pray for all of those affected, who lost their lives or limbs by some stupid,cowardly act. I will continue to run the races set before me in life without fear. If we live in fear than evil wins. And evil is not going to win. I hope to see all my fellow runners our on the roads racing!
Happy Trails to YOU!

March 16, 2013

San Diego family photographer

Evelyn's Suprise 70th birthday party.
Wow. one of the best parts about photography is witnessing these beautiful moments in time.
These moments when you see and feel love all around. 
This was one of those moments for me.
I loved the anticipation and anxious waiting of her family for her to arrive!
  And the the unmistaken look of shock on Evelyn's face 
when she walked in to see her friends and family all standing in front of her.

 and seeing the beautiful generations coming together in her honor.
I loved that she was ready to party! ; )
and so were the younger ones!
The food....
The toasts...
 and the joyful birthday girl  blowing out her birthday candle.

Happy Birthday sweet Evelyn!