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Megan & Matt | La Jolla Maternity Session

Like several of the wonderful couples I've had the joy of photographing, I first met Megan and Matt through music. Megan and I started working on a show together about a year ago. Little did I know that my lovely duet partner would soon become a wonderful friend! Several performances, holiday parties, and a shared birthday later, I am unbelievably happy to call Megan and her sweet husband, Matt, dear friends!

As I have gotten to know Megan and Matt over the last year, I have learned that they are two of the kindest souls you will ever meet. Their compassionate and generous hearts continually astound me. Megan and Matt are the type of people that would go to the ends of the earth and beyond for the people they love. That's why I am so excited to watch them become parents. I haven't the slightest doubt in my mind that they will make an incredible parenting team. They've got one very lucky little girl on the way!

The eucalyptus trees in La Jolla were the perfect backdrop for this Christmas-inspired maternity session. Of course, when I say Christmas, I mean the southern California version where the warm sunshine eases the sting of the bitter 60-degree cold. Nevertheless, their red and green outfits and warm sweaters sure got me in the holiday spirit! And if you're looking at these images from somewhere with "real" winter, Megan and Matt's sweet smiles are sure to warm you right up!

Joelle Pacifica | Newborn Session

I will never forget the nervous anxiety I felt in the hours leading up to my very first wedding. Josh and Audrie, dear friends from college, had asked me to photograph their big day. I was petrified. What if something went wrong? What if my camera malfunctioned? What if I missed an important moment? As if I wasn't stressed enough, I got in my car only to discover that it wouldn't start. Thank God for amazing roommates who let you borrow their car at the last minute!

Anxious and flustered, I arrived at the condo in Imperial Beach where Audrie and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Audrie and her mother greeted me with big smiles and outstretched arms, and as I hugged them, my nerves melted away. It was an instantaneous and monumental shift in my very core. I was overcome with peace and I began to enjoy the day. I witnessed beautiful moments between parents and children and watched two families come together. In those moments, I became abundantly aware that I was a part of something so very special.

Several years, one new car, and many weddings later, I still think of that day when my life changed so drastically. It truly was the beginning of a new and beautiful career and I am forever thankful to Josh and Audrie for giving me the opportunity. So it was the joy of joys when my very first wedding couple invited me to their home to photograph their newborn baby girl.

I had the privilege of snuggling and hanging out with precious Joelle earlier this week and my heart was bursting. Joelle is as perfect as they come. As I photographed this beautiful 6-day-old girl and her sweet parents, I was astounded at how happy and calm she was. She didn't fuss or cry once. It turns out that little Joelle already lives up to her middle name, Pacifica, which means peaceful. While spending time with this beautiful family of three, I thought back to that day when my nerves melted away and I, like sweet Joelle, felt happy and calm and peaceful. And, once again, I was abundantly aware that I was a part of something so very special.

Before our session ended, we made a quick trip to Imperial Beach just a few blocks from Josh and Audrie's home. And as we pulled into a parking spot, they pointed out the very condo where where my nerves melted away and my career as a wedding photographer began. How's that for full-circle?