For Leslie's Maternity Session we decided to keep it lifestyle and relaxed by shooting in her Hollywood residence. Getting to use her home as our location was like being in Disneyland for me! The decor and architectural elements were all so gorgeous! I always love when soon-to-be-mommies opt to shoot in their home. I think it adds a really personal, intimate feel to the images.
I first met Rocio back in 2009 when I started working at Central Casting. We had been working together for a couple years until one day I heard her mention that she had met someone. We had both dated here and there and liked to exchange stories of our dating trials and tribulations, but when she talked about Andrew, she sounded different. Her face would kind of blush and we could all tell she was holding back a smile. I couldn't have asked for a better man for Rocio than Andrew. He is truly one of the sweetest people on Earth. Cut to several years later and it's amazing to see the family and beautiful life they have built together. Their daughter Olivia is the light of their lives and cute as a button. Their wedding day took place at the beautiful Camulos Ranch just outside of Ventura, California. The rustic character of the venue served as the perfect landscape for an outdoor wedding. Rocio was stunning in her gorgeous Watters & Watters gown and seemed to float across the ground from the moment she put it on. I especially loved the intricate detail in her veil by Pelican Rose Bride with a delicate flower placed in her hair for that little added touch. Rocio rocked a glamorous red lip with make up done by the talented Andrew Velasquez. She wore her hair in an elegant up do done by the lovely Chelsea Swisher.
Rocio and Andrew, thank you for having me as part of your special day. I felt so lucky to be part of it.
An emotional moment when Rocio's mother saw her in her dress for the first time.
Second Photographer: Tiffany Gentry | Assistant: Madison Ellis | Venue: Camulos Ranch | Veil: Pelican Rose Bride| Dress: Watters & Watters | Shoes: Nina Shoes | Makeup: Andrew Velasquez |Hair: Chelsea Swisher |Grooms suit: Tommy Hilfiger |DJ: Dave Rukus | Catering: Rodriguez Taquiza
The Holiday Season is such an amazing time in my year because I get to work with so many awesome people. This year was no exception. Not only did I get a chance to capture some very special return clients, but I also had the opportunity to meet some amazing new clients as well! One of my favorite things about my job is getting to capture the growth of my clients' families through out the years. It truly amazes me how quickly time goes by! I have been shooting many of these families from Maternity to Newborn to Family Sessions. I feel like the luckiest photographer in the world to give the gift of memories to my clients.
I waited awhile to post these because I know a lot of these images were intended to be used on Holiday cards and I didn't want to spoil the surprise. As I go through them all together in one grouping, I am amazed at how truly special this time of year is. The Holiday Season is about family and togetherness and going through these images made me feel overjoyed with so much love.
Wishing all of you a very Happy Holiday season with those you love! Thank you for an amazing season of Family Sessions...can't wait to do it again next year!