Monday, March 24, 2014

sandra and derek san diego california engagement shoot

it was a windy, bright and sunny day. i met these two lovebirds at sunset cliffs. it is where derek proposed and it was the perfect spot for their engagement shoot. i am so lucky that these wonderful people let me capture this time in their lives.. totally looking forward to their wedding in september..
xo-fc



















Wednesday, March 12, 2014

jeter.. the yankee or sheepadoodle

the latest addition to the family.. 
well he is finally ours and we are SO excited..
man, puppies are a lot of work but he is so smart and so eager to make you happy..
to play, cuddle and he hops like a bunny!
he is already loved so much.
he is a sheepadoodle and we named him jeter after the yankee, derek.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

san diego engagement session by the sea

more to come of this amazing couple. but here is a peek at last weekends engagement session.. he proposed here. so we shot here. it was perfect. 




Friday, March 07, 2014

boudoir favorite.

most brides book a boudoir session these days. usually a few months before the wedding i get an email inquiring.
i love it love it love it and so does their fiance. :) 
here is a sneak peek at one of my favorites from this session. so chic, sexy and beautiful.
see my collections here.

happy friday!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

4500 pins and counting.

are you on pinterest?
i am!
 this photo i took of the lovely kalista and kyle on a sailboat has over 4500 pins.. 
see it here.. 
wowzers huh?
makes me smile real big.


Monday, March 03, 2014

cheese plates, good eyebrows and more of what i need.

so.. had a birthday, it was a good one. i am feeling older and wiser.. {that is my response when people ask BTW}.. but it really is true. i am in my 30's.. 
i really have started to reflect, analyze, worry, appreciate, not tolerate and love in a more passionate way. i have become more confident in myself physically but more importantly, emotionally. it's a work in progress. i am always trying to be more of everything. a better wife, mother, daughter, friend, photographer, chef..
 i rarely stop for me. i mean rare.ly.
i put together a little list of something i do when i have those rare stops.. {for me}

my friend raluca who's blog is rad and getting better with every stab at her keyboard..
she is always right on the money with what we need/should/want to chat about.
my top 3..

 #8 - use a retinoid if you are getting wrinkles
#13- stop beating yourself up over every little thing
#43- take a social media diet. 
{i took facebook off my phone a few months ago. just another distraction to the beautiful life right in front of me, it felt great to do, don't miss it}




i love cheese. i mean i really love cheese. put a cheese plate and glass of wine in front of me and i am a happy girl. love this post on how to put one together yourself.. why do we pretend we can't have this at home? date night or watching the oscar's with you girlfriends.. we should know how to do a cheese plate at our casa!


this mario badescu vitamin c serum is amazing and i love it with all my heart. i put it on a few nights a week and my skin is shiny and refreshed in the morning. i love it and am happy i decided to listen to all the hootin' and hollarin' about it backstage on all the supermodels..
i may not be a supermodel but i definitely want to know their secrets.
:)



 last week i went in for my usual grooming of the eyebrows and it really is so amazing HOW much better i feel when my eyebrows are done. it's like i am smarter, funnier, taller, thinner and having a great hair day all at once..
so easy to do. don't forget to maintain ladies. it is huge.



somedays i really need a bubble bath. i use lavender epsom salt. it smells divine and i am relaxed and detoxified..
everyone wins. a bubble bath is like meditating. that quiet time is priceless and worth a million dollars.
don't i wish i was taking it here?!
oh man. that would be amazing but my little tub here at home does me wonders.. i'll take it.
my worries wash away.. even if just for a moment..
:)



 ok so this candle. it instantly makes me smile. it is so wonderful. 
i have one upstairs, downstairs and a few piled up in my closet for gifts/back ups. it is heavenly. i used to be a fruity kinda gal and it recently changed when i smelled this candle. this is a must try.


basically, i have learned taking care of yourself with just the smallest effort makes a huge difference and realizing that has done a ton for allllll of us. running a house, a business and all the in betweens {lacrosse, soccer guitar, tennis and homework to name a few} is crazy town and i wouldn't have it any other way.. but with some indulgences here and there.. 
we all win.

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