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minted magic and holiday fun

Several months back, asked if they could use a few of my photos as samples for their new holiday cards. It was fun to see my images start to pop up in several new designs, but yesterday was a FABULOUS surprise…

Out of THOUSANDS of entries, a card design which showcased one of MY images was selected as one of four Guest Judge winners of the Let it Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge! (squeeeeeeeee!!!!)

Guest Judge Elaina Sullivan, Market Editor at Domino selected the “Handwritten Noel” design by Sarah Curry.

Here is a snippet of this fantastic announcement, as seen on Minted’s blog:

(See all the winners by clicking here.)

Although I REALLY should give a lot of the photo credit to my fabulous clients… this family was SUPER-adorable and it was their idea to bring the little car with the tiny tree tied up top. And, oh yeah… they all showed up in JAMMIES! (I puffy-heart people with this kind of creativity.)

Check out how much FUN we had together during last year’s mini-session:

Ready to PLAY? I am holding Holiday Mini-Sessions this year on October 11 and November 9. Contact me to learn more and sign up for a session of your own.


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2014 Holiday Mini-Sessions


It might be a little hard to believe because it’s still in the high 90s outside…  but it’s almost holiday season once again.

So I’m uber-happy to announce my 2014 holiday mini-sessions! It’s the perfect chance to snag some new pics of the kiddos, update the family photo… and just have a bit of fun in front of the camera if you’re new to me and would like to start with a smaller session first.

Mini-Session Details:

  • 2 dates available: October 11 and November 9 
  • 30-minute sessions held in outdoor location in Orange County (selected by me)
  • clients will receive 5 high-resolution digital images (with print release), as well as 25 holiday cards
  • a minimum of 15 images will be shared in an online gallery; additional images and products will be available for purchase

BRAND-NEW for this year: FREE online back-ups for TEN years!!! Yes, you read that right… any digital images you purchase will be hosted in an online gallery for 10 years. Not only will you have access to those photos at any time (great for last-minute gift ordering and emergency back-up)… but since the gallery is also an app, you can easily save on your phone to show off anywhere and share online with the touch of a button.

READY TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY SESSION?! Contact me for more info and to save your spot.


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little girl, don’t grow too fast

This girl was SUCH an amazing little model. Such a professional at such a young age, and has already been seen in several magazines and has worked with many large labels. She knows her angles, takes direction incredibly well, and is a DREAM to work with.

And then the cameras went down… and the perfect little model disappeared and the little girl she really was came out to play. Twirling in her outfit, crouching to play with some grass, and keeping me thoroughly entertained with a song and dance about a HAMBURGER. Yes, for real. We wandered across the field together; she was skipping and being a chatterbox the entire way. And I loved it. Smiling big, I asked her to teach me the hamburger song (which I never learned correctly), but at least she thought my attempt to dance was entertaining.

Still giggling, she looked up at me and said, “I like you. You’re FUN.”

And then she continued to happily skip across the field.



Stopping to crouch in the grass and then twirl a bit in the sunshine… just for the fun of it.


Singing and dancing to the “hamburger song.”



I hope she can stay a little girl for a little while longer.  Long live the spirit of childhood, and long live PLAY. Forever and ever.

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(wo)man’s best friend

He might be a bit too barky, and keep me up at night (grrr…), interrupt me while I’m trying to work, get into things he shouldn’t, and make a few messes around the house. (I swear, at times it’s like having a toddler.)

But he dances with joy each time I come back home, and knows when I need a cuddle. He’s always there to put a smile on my face, and has got the utmost patience when I want to practice some new photo skills. He’s my exploration buddy, and helps me find my peace. He’s my “happy thought.”

To my precious pup, my fur-baby, and my little shadow…

Happy National Dog Day!!! My life would definitely NOT be the same without you, little Jasper.









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daddy’s little cowgirls

The divorce was final a couple years ago, yet the family photos that filled his home still featured his ex-wife. She would ALWAYS be the girls’ mother, but now the 3 of them were their own distinct family unit as well. So we set out to fill his walls with new photos… and their hearts with new memories.

In the midst of this western-styled playground, with a plethora of things to see and touch, the girls’ favorite thing of all was to reach out to their daddy. He still carried the most magic out of everything they saw that day.

“Carry me, Daddy…” And with those simple words, and in the arms of her father, his littlest girl was content.

They held hands, wrestled, and tickled. They played bartender, restaurant, and even put on a concert with the couple pianos that were scattered about.

But most of all, their day was filled with lots of laughter and love.

What would YOUR story look like? I’d love to show you. Just click here to get started.


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