Nicole & Riley Jai & Lyla Wing

Say hello to the coolest of all cats -- Nicole and her two kids, Lyla Wing and Riley Jai. 
Nicole has been a friend of mine since the 4th wedding I ever shot, where she was the florist... which is just one of her many hats. She also has mad photographer and hair&makeup; skills. She is one of the most beautiful and passionate souls I've had the pleasure of encountering. So when she told me about her "Dr. Seuss-like" vision for her family photos, I was pretty darn stoked. 
I'll let the photographs speak for themselves...

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Jason + Danielle

Jason and Danielle are having a babyyyyyyyyyy!
A baby girl, to be precise. A baby girl named Gianna, to be precise-er. 
So we got to roam all over the Tanaka Farms pumpkin patch in Irvine for this shoot... and despite the warm temperatures, we had a grand ol' time :)

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Adrian + Nicole

Say hello to Adrian and Nicole's upcoming Christmas card.
They have the sweetest (and somewhat slobbery) little family made up of the two of them along with Jericho (the lab), Tarka (the darling white-faced retriever), and Maddy (the other darling retriever). 

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Howard + Candace

Howard and Candace are the epitome of "opposites attract". 
It's so fun seeing how two AMAZING personalities come together to create something even AMAZING-ER. (yup, it's a word. look it up.... or maybe don't). 

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Project Heartbeat (entry #1)

Quite some time ago, a fellow photographer that I look up to challenged me to ask myself a question -- Why? Why am I a photographer? Why do I do this, love this? -- and to write down my answer. Needless to say, I set that challenge on the back burner. But better late than never, right? 

This evening, I was on my way home from a photo session on the beach. It was about 15 minutes to sunset, and this inner-monologue was going through my head: 
Care-free/La-De-Da Me: "Why aren't you staying to watch the sunset?"
Rushing/Busy Me: "Because I have to get home and upload these photos."
Care-free Me: "But you ADORE the beach. You LOVE sunsets. Pull this car over. Now."
So I did. 
As I stood with my pants rolled up, toes sunk in the sand beneath the water, I beheld something beautiful. Something I haven't taken the time to watch in a while. Something I used to consider (one of) God's personal love letters to me. The sunset. And my heart stood still. 

^ That ^ inspired this: 
Why am I a photographer?
Because I am, and forever want to be, inspired by everything.
Because I long to see the beauty in everything.
Because I have the ability to behold those things that inspire me, capture them, and keep them forever
Because I have the super-power to make time stand still with the open&close; of a shutter. 
Because life is short. fleeting. fading away.... and I don't want to miss a single moment of it.
Because it is what I was created to do. to be

And ^that^ inspired this: 
Project Heartbeat
I vow to stop whenever an opportunity for my heart to stand still arises. 
to never be too busy to feel inspired.
to capture that moment.
to share it with you :)

This is the first of many posts to come.

"You are beautiful, my sweet, sweet song.
You are beautiful, my sweet, sweet song. 
I will sing again."
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