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For their engagement session, Tiffany and Travis invited me to explore the area surrounding their home in beautiful Point Dume, Malibu. We started the adventure at their private beach with these amazing flower-covered bridges along the way. There were a few other locals on the beach and everyone just waved as they enjoyed their little hidden piece of paradise. It was a chilly evening but luckily Tiffany brought a blanket, plus Travis was more than happy to snuggle his bride-to-be. From there we made our way to the cliffs at Point Dume. The wind was so strong but we managed to make our way to the top of the point to take in the amazing views. What a dream location.

I can’t wait to reunite with Tiffany and Travis in Malibu for their seaside wedding at the Adamson House next year!

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27-30 Week Update //

As soon as I hit the third trimester, things have gotten a little more difficult…

Without a really “visible pregnancy” (aka 90% of strangers still wouldn’t be able to tell that I am pregnant) it feels pretty silly every time I struggle to stand up or get winded walking up a flight of stairs. But as my belly grows at its own slow pace, baby girl is growing right on track.  According to my app she is already 15.7 inches long and around 3lbs; from 30 weeks on she will gain half a pound a week. She starts a little dance routine every time I stop moving and has taken over all the extra room inside me. I imagine my lungs and stomach are fighting for space in there, since breathing gets more difficult with each passing week and I can barely finish a meal. (P.s. do pregnant women really have an appetite big enough to “eat for two?” I’m eating less than I did pre-pregnancy- teach me your ways!)  Sitting for extended periods has become pretty uncomfortable. Well, so has standing, laying down, walking… but I digress. The heartburn is fairly constant, charlie horses have me leaping out of bed in the middle of the night, I get dizzy spells at least once a day, my skin is itchy, my belly button is so stretched I’m afraid it’ll rip, and and and and….. Okay that’s it. Those are all of my complaints. I just had to put them out there. Because honestly I have been SO lucky to have an easy pregnancy that it feels like its not my place to complain, but I want to keep these blog posts real & sometimes I’m not the happiest pregnant lady on the block.:)

Suddenly she has started to kick me all. the. time. And it kind of freaks me out. It feels more like an alien rummaging inside me rather than the magic everyone talks about. But I’m learning to view them as little reminders that everything is okay. Every time she bounces on my pelvis or pushes back into my ribs, I feel like she is saying “all is good in here, mom! Still growing!

I have to say that even with all these little things making my day to day life increasingly difficult, I can’t help but feel grateful. Each discomfort I experience genuinely feels like a gift. They let me know my body is working and that we are growing together. These are symptoms that other mothers have experienced for years and years, and there’s something comforting in that sense of solidarity. I remind myself that I get to do this; there are so many women who won’t ever experience pregnancy though they may so desperately want to. Sam and I have been entrusted with this sweet little life and man are we going to love her fiercely.

So here we are at week 30. 10 weeks, and just over two months left. One of my favorite moments of this pregnancy happened at the beginning of this week: Sam and I spent an afternoon on the couch binging a season of The Office. We watched my alien-inhabited belly swaying back and forth, with the occasional jolt that still makes me jump up and say “Whoa!” Sam pressed his hand into my left side and a few seconds later there was a big thud in that exact spot. He tried it again, and the thud was bigger. She was responding! We just looked at each other and laughed with awe and a little bit of fear. Every milestone makes her seem like more and more of a little person in there. (A couple days later I was playing The Beach Boys on my phone, and she started kicking like crazy. She has good taste already 😉 Our goal is to constantly play Oldies and hopefully avoid the whole baby music thing. Are we crazy to think we can win that battle? Probably.)

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Once again I haven’t been great with taking “real” photos, but in the past three weeks the belly has been groooowwwing! These were all taken post-workout in the evening because thats when my stomach is biggest haha!

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And finally let me leave you with my gushy mama moment of the day: LOOK AT THAT CUTIE BATOOTIE CHUNKY BABY FACE WITH HER ITTY BITTY HAND AND LITTLE BUTTON NOSE. We can’t wait to meet you little bean!!! <3

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I recently realized it had been three years since I last shared about my wedding albums! Since about 75% of my brides and grooms choose to include an album with their wedding collection, I thought it would be a good time to rave about them some more. Plus I just delivered an album from last year’s Redondo Beach Wedding and it was just begging to be photographed!

I always tell my clients “these aint your mama’s wedding album!” Long gone are the days of slide in prints and busy designs, these albums are beautifully sleek, clean, timeless- something you will always be proud of. My goal is for your to love it so much that is has a permanent home on your coffee table, instead of forgotten in a box or bookcase somewhere. The albums feature flush mounted prints, thick pages, and a lay-flat design. I have one from my own wedding- thats how much I adore the company I work with.

Here’s how the process works:

Step One: You go through your PASS gallery and select the appropriate number of favorites from your wedding or portrait session.

Step Two: I create the first draft album design and email it to you for your review.

Step Three: At this time you can make any requests or changes, which I will implement immediately, and then you approve the final design.

Step Four: We choose what you want the cover to look like. You have so many beautiful options to choose from, like hand etched leather, linen covers, and foil stamping.

Step Five: The album goes into production and will be delivered to you within about a week!

That’s it! Depending on the projects I am currently working on and the speed at which you approve the design, the entire process can take as little as two weeks. This will become an heirloom that your kids and grandkids will flip through for years to come. It’s the story of your wedding day, where it all began. They will talk about how beautiful their mama is and recognize that loving look in their daddy’s eyes. Creating the album is truly one of my favorite parts in the wedding process and I hope to share the experience with each and every one of my clients.

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Kristena and George are high school sweethearts who grew up on a farm in rural Northern California. After graduating from college, Kristena got a job offer in Los Angeles and they decided to make the big move. These two are such an amazing team and it was so fun seeing them together. They are the best of friends that have seen each other through every milestone leading into adulthood. While they have loved their time living at the beach, Kristena and George were longing for the wildflowers and rolling hills of their childhood. So for their engagement session I showed them some of my favorite spots in Palos Verdes that would hopefully remind them of home while also celebrating their new town. Here are a few favorites:

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I have exactly one friend with a baby. That’s it. (Hi Andrea!) So as you might imagine I didn’t have a whole lot of experience with pregnancy.

If you read my first baby diaries post, you know we were planning + trying for this baby for 10 months. In that time I read a lot about “TTC” but not a whole lot about pregnancy. It has been a learn-as-we-go experience between reading books, joining mom groups on Facebook, and Google. Sweet, sweet Google. There have been a LOT of things that I had no idea were “pregnancy symptoms” and I’ve decided its just about the craziest/ coolest thing ever.

So just for fun, here are 10 things no one told me about being pregnant:

  1. No one told me what to do once you find out you’re pregnant. Like the second line shows up, you call the doctor and say “Um hi there are two lines on my pregnancy test, what do I do now?” Or that home pregnancy tests can be more accurate than the doctor’s test (I got a negative result and had to insist on a blood test!)
  2. Not all pregnancies are the same. Some people don’t have cravings or morning sickness, but every mama you know will compare their pregnancy to yours and have, like, a lot of advice.
  3. You might not have a “cute belly” like the ones you see in all the maternity ads. Instead you could grow all over, or just stare at your tiny stomach wondering where a baby the size of a coconut is hiding.
  4. No one told me that a pregnant lady’s sense of smell is RIDICULOUS. I swear I can smell when my neighbors two houses down are having poptarts for breakfast!
  5. Speaking of poptarts, I now find them and a couple of my old favorite treats completely disgusting. Food becomes the center of your life, and when you hate something you reaaalllllyy hate it.
  6. No one told me I’d be obsessed with other pregnant women, and babies but duh. I just stare at them with wide eyes thinking “HI WE ARE THE SAME!” but of course since I don’t look pregnant (see #2) I look more like a creepy stalker.
  7. Pregnancy makes your body crazy, like there is so much blood running through your veins that just a little cut makes your bathroom look like WWIII. Plus your hair and nails grow non-stop and some people’s feet get a size bigger– still hoping that one doesn’t happen to me!!
  8. You want to nap all the time but as soon as you go to bed the little alien in your belly will probably decide its time to practice their gymnastics routine.
  9. No one told me that you get emotional about the weirdest things. I haven’t cried at a single ultrasound but have broken down about not knowing what to eat for dinner.
  10. You will Google EV-ER-Y-THING. On a daily basis I find myself searching things like “can I eat a hot dog while pregnant?”

Here’s to 3 more months of crazy!

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P.s. still no bump photos to share, so here’s a film photo that we will most likely print for the nursery. I’m not a big “theme” person but we’re going for a bohemian/ tropical vibe with a whooooole lot of neutral. For a few sneak peeks check out my Instagram

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