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First-Ever Black Friday through Cyber Monday SALE!


If you’ve had a 2014 session with me already, you should have received an email with a new invitation to your re-opened gallery, and you can purchase prints, products, and 2015 sessions directly from the attached shopping cart.

For the REST of you… maybe you’ve been watching and waiting for the PERFECT time to schedule a session with me… let me assure you… THIS IS IT! Whether you’re a return client and would love to try something NEW, or you’re a long-time fan who has been saving their pennies for a chance to play… let’s DO it!

Click HERE to purchase the session of your choice.

Or keep scrolling down for details of each session type available…

Important Details:

Sale Prices are valid from 12:01am Black Friday through 12:00 midnight of Cyber Monday.

Express Session: $250 (single payment)
Signature Session: $500 (2 payments of $250)
Storyteller Session: $750 (3 payments of $250)

ONLY $250 is due at time of purchase for each session type.

the fine print:
* Sessions MUST take place between January-March 2015 for these prices to be valid.
* Within one week after purchase, an email will be sent with instructions on how to select a date and book your session.
* Sorry, but EXPRESS sessions can’t be used for a newborn session
* EXPRESS and SIGNATURE sessions are limited to immediate family members only; if an extended family session is desired, additional fees will apply
* EXPRESS and SIGNATURE sessions must take place within Orange County

blah blah blah… I promise we’ll have FUN! (cross my heart.)

So… whatcha waiting for???


Hope to see you soon, and I can’t wait to play!!!

The Suitcase Studio,
a FUN Portrait Experience

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the magical princess and her royal family

Last year the family showed up in their jammies, so I was excited to see what they had planned for their photos this year.

“She’s going through a phase where she loooooves her princess dress and doesn’t want to wear much else… is that okay?”

Yes, YES… a thousand times YES!!! I loooooooove when we get to capture particular stages that the kiddos are in. So we played princess for the day. She came dressed in her favorite Princess Tiana dress (from Disney’s Princess and the Frog), and her parents dressed up so they’d be just as fancy as their daughter.

This location was enchanting, and I was sure to catch lots of sunshine and lens flare to keep the magic going.
















LOVE these pictures as much as I do? Be sure to sign up for my LAST mini-sessions of 2014, being held THIS SUNDAY, November 9th, in THIS same favorite location of mine. There are only a few spots left, so be sure to contact me to snag a spot before they’re gone!

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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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