Lake Elsinore photographer :: Roger and Carolyn

lakeelsinoreportrait_3832This is such a sweet, special session.
I was asked by a friend to do this for her mom’s (Carolyn’s) birthday gift.
Not only was it a birthday gift,
but they are celebrating their FIFTIETH anniversary at the end of the month!
I curiously asked what their secret was to the long lasting marriage.
They both proceeded to tell me that although when they were first married
they were not saved, that finding Jesus and keeping Him at the center
of their marriage was they very secret I was asking about.
By accepting the grace that He gives us,
and extending that grace to each other.
Marriage is hard, and is a two way street.
Also, the actual “commitment” to marriage is so important,
people so often forget that they promised to stick it out.
For better or for worse. I went away from our session so encouraged.
After eight years Scott is already a little tired of taking pictures,
I don’t know if he’ll still be doing it in another 42!
That’s okay, as long as he’s by my side that’s good enough for me.
I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.
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lakeelsinoreportrait_3905 lakeelsinoreportrait_3932Thank you Roger and Carolyn for sharing your time, love and wisdom with me.
It’s something I won’t soon forget.

Murrieta engagement :: Branden + Alyssa

Can I just say, love is wonderful..
I love love.
I love when I meet couples who are completely in love.
Branden and Alyssa are one of those couples.
After meeting five years ago and getting engaged this past March
they’ll be saying ‘I Do’ in November.
Bonus, I am the lucky one they choose to photograph it.
Our quick engagement session turned out just lovely.
Branden and Alyssa, I am so excited to be such a big part of your special day.
Please enjoy my favorites..
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Happy planning!

Los Angeles Engagement :: Allan + Kathleen

losangelesengagement_4201As I mentioned¬†the other day, I shot Allan and Kathleen’s engagement photos at the Griffith Observatory
It was a beautiful day, we couldn’t have asked for more.
Before I even start to talk about this day, let me talk about some other days.
BA. Before Allan.
(I’m already crying and I haven’t even typed anything yet)
Kathleen was that person for me.
That person that when I was angry at the world, at the people in it.
She would be angry with me.
When I said a cuss word out of anger or bitterness (in my head)
I told Kathleen. She said one too.
I wanted a baby so badly, I wanted life to be fair.. Just once
As much as Kathleen would say she didn’t want that special someone to marry.
I knew she did. She didn’t have to pretend with me.
I wanted so badly for life to be fair for Kathleen too.
We knew God would provide. For the both of us.
And He has.
Over a year ago she met Allan.
I knew from the moment she talked about him, he was it.
Even though she may not have.
He loves Jesus, and absolutely adores Kathleen.
He is the kindest, sweetest, most perfect man in the world for her.
All I ever wanted for her was for her to feel love.
The love that makes you want to spend the rest of your life together.
That is Allan for Kathleen. In every way.losangelesengagement_4199 losangelesengagement_4206 losangelesengagement_4213 losangelesengagement_4225 losangelesengagement_4258 losangelesengagement_4280 losangelesengagement_4290losangelesengagement_4240losangelesengagement_4356 losangelesengagement_4318Will there be a more beautiful bride than Kathleen EVER? I’m not so sure.losangelesengagement_4401 losangelesengagement_4396 losangelesengagement_4399 losangelesengagement_4423 losangelesengagement_4427I love seeing you two together with my whole heart.
I pray your marriage is blessed and I cannot wait to be there to see you become husband and wife.
Thank you Kathleen for always inspiring me, for never changing
and for loving me as I am. (and for not judging my bitter mind-cursing)
Allan, thank you for being you and for making Kathleen believe in love