{Three} Generations

About two months ago I was lucky enough to shoot the Murdock twins along with their mother and grandmother. Jessica had asked me if they could have some photographs with their grandmother so one day when she is not here with them they will have a photograph to look back on them. This was a very quick shoot but a good one. Here are some photos I caught. 

 

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Sanchez {Kiddos}

The Sanchez family, a family I have known for some time now and just absolutely love spending time with. Milly and Joe have blessed this world with two amazing children, I am so glad to have been able to watch both of them grow. This two children are just obsessed with the camera and when I pull it out Payton knows exactly what to do. It is always nice to not have to direct my models!

 

 

{Aiden} is Here!

As you know, I have been putting together a maternity/newborn project for the past few months and this new mommy is part of it. This post consists of a few photos from her maternity session and a few from Aiden’s newborn session. This little guy is too sweet and was wide awake. Thank you for being so patient and allowing me to capture this special moment if your lives. Keep a look out for my final project coming in about a week!

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The {Niece} Is On Her Way!

Very soon I will become an Aunt for the first time. My sister, Nicole will be having her first child in July or August of this year. My family is so excited for this bundle of joy to arrive and begin a new generation to this family. So of course being the photographer of the family I took my sister’s maternity photos. Here is a look into the session and watch out for my little niece, Jordan’s newborn session very soon!!

Jaxon is Here!

I have been putting together a maternity/newborn project for the past few months and this new mommy is part of it. I caught her about two weeks before Jaxon actually arrived and man was I lucky I did. This post consists of a few photos from her maternity session and a few from Jaxon’s newborn session. This little guy is two cute and a smile to die for. I see a lot of his dad in him but Keisha says everyone thinks he looks more like her. Thank you for being so patient and allowing me to capture this special moment if your lives. Keep a look out for my final project coming in a few weeks!

Graduation {Part Three}

Hey Everyone! As you all know I had graduation last Saturday. This is the last post of graduation. I wanted to show you all of the photos from the event. So to keep it short…. here it is!

Where Could I Be In This Photo? 😀

Who Ever Thought These Caps Would Be A Good Idea?

Sitting During The Ceremony, A Fellow Graduate Snapped A Photo Of My Cap

One Of My Best Friends I Have Met On The Way

Two Amazing Fellow Photographers, Melissa Chapman and Daniel Heeger

My Grandmothers

My Mother, Teri Ballard

My Father, Ron Haberfield

My Boyfriend, Andrew Paiyarat

Smile!

I Did It! Walking Out After The Ceremony!

Personal {Inspiration}

I hope you don’t mind but today, I’m going to get a little personal. I was given the task to make a post about who/what inspires me. Well, as most of you know not one thing can inspire you, multiple things can. So in this post I am going to list a few things about what truly inspire me.

I am obsessed with country music, and when I say obsessed I mean head over heels in love with country music. Some of you may roll your eyes and think I’m crazy that I love country. I love it so much I get lost in it and sometimes think I was born in the South on a farm and I’m a true redneck, but sadly I was born in sunny California. I don’t know exactly why but I just get lost in country music, it is like my alter ego.

Anyways, there is a point to this and its that one of my biggest inspirations is, Carrie Underwood. I know she is a celebrity and is an easy pick to say she is a inspiration of mine but she is. She has been since she arrived on American Idol. You could say I am her biggest fan. I know I say this all of the time but I truly am a lucky girl, my boyfriend bought me tickets to her concert a little over a year ago for third row seats, center! I went crazy! He knew I had always wanted to see her that close up, and my next step is to hopefully one day meet her. Even though I don’t know her personally I can just tell she is an amazing person to know. I admire her fighting for her goals in life. It seems to be the same fight I have in myself. Carrie’s music touches me. No matter where I am if I hear her music I will break out and start singing. I apologize to the people around me to have to hear me freak out and listen to me sing. Every song of hers is truly amazing and like I have already said I can just get lost in a song. Below is a photo of one of my dreams coming true.

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Well, like I said multiple things inspire me. Carrie is only a small inspiration to me. Where would I be without my family and friends? The answer is I would not be anywhere. My family is such a big inspiration to me. They give me the drive to push myself to become a better person, and to overcome every obstacle in my life. My family is literally everything to me. Below is a photo of part of my family at my sister’s wedding last August.

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Another inspiration of mine is my best friend Kayci and my boyfriend Andrew. They both have done so much for me. They push me everyday and I admire them both going after what they want in life no matter what. They both know what matters to them and they don’t question anything.

Kayci has been by my side for over eight years now. I know I can always count on her, she is the only friend of mine who has stuck by my side through middle school, high school, and college, and I can’t wait to see how much more we help each other through over the years. I know this girl will always be in my life, she is like a sister to me.

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Andrew has been a huge part of my life for almost three years now. I don’t know what I would do without him. He is my world and I KNOW I wouldn’t be where I am today without this man by my side. He is such a big inspiration to me! He may even be the biggest inspiration to me. For years I have been watching him try to become part of the Sheriffs Department. Even though we have ran into walls, I know one day his dream will come true. I respect that drive so much! Thank you for pushing so hard and making me do the same.

Now that I have shared what and who inspires me, I have a question for all of you…..

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Leave a comment below on what inspires you. I would love to know. If you enter in a comment you can be entered in a drawing to win 25% off your next photo session with me. At least ten people must comment below for a drawing to happen so make sure you share this blog post with everyone! Good luck!

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My Newest Baby {85mm}

I am a Nikon addict! Ever since I have been interested in photography I have always shot with a Nikon. As a photographer you are often trying to grow your collection of equipment. I don’t like to call it my equipment though, I call it my family {my camera family, of course!}. I am lucky enough to have my family growing quite fast! The newest addition to my family is the 85mm Nikon lens. It was my birthday about two weeks ago and my mother’s gift to me was this lens! I am such a spoiled girl! I am so lucky for the things I am given in my life. I have gotten to do two shoots with this lens so far and it is amazing! I absolutely love it! It will not replace my favorite lens the 50mm though! I call it my baby because since I don’t have children {and I won’t for a long time!} these are basically my children. I take care of them, make sure their clean, and make sure their safe 24/7. I love my babies! Here are some photos of my newest baby!

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Happy {1st} Birthday Kaleb!

I got the pleasure to have Lacy, Devin and their son, Kaleb come to Santa Barbara to shoot with me two weeks ago. We got to take some family photos for them and had a special event for the photo session. On March 25th 2012 Kaleb turned one year old! Happy Birthday Kaleb! This little boy was such a joy to work, filled with so much personality. It was great to work with the family and look forward to working with them again soon when their newest addition to the family arrives! Here are a few photos from the session.

Little “D” – 21 Days New

On January 21, 2012, Chrissy Winchester gave birth to her second child a beautiful little boy named Derek Donald Winchester, who actually happens to be my tenth cousin on my mother’s side of the family.

I love having a huge family and I am proud to announce that our family is even getting bigger then with adding Derek to the mix, I am going to become an aunt. My sister announced a little over a month ago that she is pregnant and we will soon be adding a new little boy or girl to this crazy family of ours. Make sure you keep a look out for her maternity, newborn, and family portraits this summer.

Back to the Winchester family, on January 27, 2008, Chrissy Winchester gave birth to her first child, Allison Reese Winchester. Allison or Alli for short, is now a proud big sister. As a toddler you can never predict what they will do and Chrissy had asked me that besides just photographing Derek by himself she asked if I could take some of the two kids together. Being a portrait photographer I am always shooting my own family as well. When you have as big of a family as I do you use that to your advantage. Alli is comfortable around me and as a normal toddler your around they will not listen to you every minute of the day. As we were shooting Alli was by her mother’s side the entire time anxious to pose with her new brother. Once it became her time she decided she no longer wanted photos taken of her and began to fuss and not listen. Luckily I got a few photos of them togehter. Next time I have a toddler and a newborn I will make sure I do the sibling/family photos first. Of course the newborn will likely go back to sleep.

Overall it was a great experience, I love photographing newborns and children no matter how hard it can be at times. Make sure you follow along and watch both Derek and Allison grow older. Here are some photos from the session.

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