Archive for the ‘Maternity’ Category

Call me biased, but I think southern California is one of the most beautiful places in the world! I love the desert and the coast and all of the mountains! Plus it’s almost July and I needed a light sweater yesterday because it was chilly! We’ve been here almost two years, and we still say “I can’t believe we live here!” I really can’t!

Coming out here, I had some photography must-shoot locations on my wish list. I’ve shot most of them, but one thing I haven’t gotten to shoot yet is the desert wildflowers. With the drought this year, shooting among the wildflowers wasn’t a possibility in the location I wanted to do them. But then I thought “I wonder if we have any lavender fields here?” A quick Google search led me to find Keys Creek Lavender Farm, located less than an hour from me! Because you can find the beach, desert, and snow within an hour or two of here, so why not a lavender farm?! I love this place!

Lucky for me, a group of shoot and share photographers decided to do a photography outing at Keys Creek, so I had the perfect opportunity to shoot there! I’m so thrilled that Wendy and Chris put this event together and brought such an amazing team of models and photographers! One of the models wore a lovely vintage lavender dress from my Etsy shop Sweet Bisou!

Now I get this wonderful location off the wish list (though I’d happily go back there again!). Keys Creek is open to the public for tours and they also do special events like English tea. It’s also a perfect place for a wedding! A huge thanks to everyone involved in this event!

VENUE | Keys Creek Lavender Farm

Maternity | Felicia
Maternity Makeup/Hair | Natalie’s Hair-Bridal

Bride | Mandy Powers
Groom | Andrew Enriquez

Couple | Betty & Eric Kunz
Betty’s MUA | Beauty by Alee

Female Model | Heather DeCarbo
Lavender Empire Waist Dress | Sweet Bisou

Senior Model | Sophie
























One of my photography wish list items was to shoot in a lavender field, and yesterday I checked that one off the list! I belong to a group of “shoot and share” photographers, and they organized a group photoshoot at Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. It was so much fun getting out and meeting new photographers and shooting in one of the most beautiful places in southern California! It really is a hidden gem and definitely worth a visit! I’d love to go back and check out their store or attend one of their high tea events!

Here’s a little preview from the shoot:


We are so excited to share more photos from Vanessa & Joe’s family and maternity session! They already have such an adorable little family with their cutie pie poochies Bella and Bozi, and soon there will be one more sweet face added to the bunch! We met up with Vanessa and Joe at Balboa Park for their session. Seriously, could Vanessa look any cuter with that pregnant glow and that perfect bump?! Totes adorbs!


View more photos from Vanessa & Joe’s maternity session on the GTP | Family blog.

As we begin the New Year, Matt and I have been reflecting on some of our favorite moments of 2013. It was another incredible year filled with special memories and special people. There were moments that made our hearts melt and others that made us laugh until our cheeks hurt! We traveled to some beautiful places and we got to explore this new place that we call home in southern California!

This was our first year as San Diego wedding photographers, and though we love shooting weddings here in California we also had the opportunity to travel once again to destinations throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean! It was so amazing to shoot our couples against the backdrop of bridges in New York, mossy oak trees in Savannah, and sandy shores of Jamaica. Here in California, we saw the beauty of the rocky coastline, the grandeur of northern California’s forests, and enjoyed year-round beautiful weather!

We also got to share in joyous celebrations with those we love! We traveled to China for Matt’s brother’s wedding, experiencing a new culture and seeing some of the most amazing sites in all the world! And recently, Gwen’s best friend got engaged, so we look forward to his wedding in 2014!

Over the past few weeks, we have thought a lot about what we want 2014 to look like for our business, and we have some HUGE news to share with everyone tomorrow! We are so excited about taking things in a new direction and excited for being able to offer so much more to our clients and their friends and families! And, of course, we can’t wait to share new memories with our 2014 couples, beginning with our first couple of the year just a week and a half away!

But before we move forward with our exciting plans for the new year, we want to send a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who made 2013 such an amazing year! We wish you continued love and happiness in the New Year!

Alexis & Eike | March 2nd | San Diego, CA
Biana & Gary | March 23rd | Jacksonville, FL
Kenzi & Jeff | March 30th | Negril, Jamaica
Kristine & Zachary | April 12th | Savannah, GA
Kyle & John | April 27th | Las Vegas, NV
D & O | June 1st | Mariposa, CA
Julie & Garrett | June 21st | New Haven, CT
Kerri & Corey | July 4th | Poughkeepsie, NY
Rachel & Jon | July 28th | San Diego, CA
Roya & JJ | August 30th | Oceanside, CA
Christa & Roberto | September 6th | San Marcos, CA
Carolyn & Patrick | September 7th | San Diego, CA
Cali & Geoff | September 28th | San Diego, CA
Maria & John | October 5th | San Diego, CA
Jennifer & William | October 12th | Castaic, CA
Brianna & Donnie | December 7th | Jacksonville, FL


We just returned from shooting the absolute sweetest maternity session with Vanessa and Joe and their adorable fuzzy kids Bella & Bozi! I’m over here squealing with delight over how cute their little family is! Amazing to think that in just a few weeks this sweet family will grow by 1 more!

Thanks so much to our bride Carolyn for telling Vanessa about us! We love meeting friends of our amazing couples!

Here’s a sneak peek! I HAD to post 3 because I couldn’t choose!




Okay, the last one truly melts my heart!! <3