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Best family, baby, wedding, engagement, pregnancy {& some lifestyle} photography of 2013. What a grateful year for so many reasons!

When creating the “best – of” spread, I couldn’t help but feel VERY thankful for so many reasons in my career. Each client that I had the honor of photographing this year, picked me. They chose me to create tangible keepsakes for their family – For their family to pass down from generation to generation. Some are lifelong friends, some are 2nd, 3rd and even 4th returning clients, and some are new; and for that, my heart melts and I am grateful.  Very grateful.

I chose this path to build this business because it is my passion. I still get nervous before each photo shoot {Weddings more than portrait sessions, for obvious reasons}. I still meticulously prep an hour or two before each photo shoot. That attention-to-detail involves cleaning my lenses, my camera, my camera bag, visualizing what to do with the family, kid or bride. I get my Americano coffee, my water and my walnuts and energy bar. And, I’m off.  I think this routine works pretty great, right?

Thank you to each and every one of you that trusted in me and my passion. Again, and again. I am so honored to be your go-to-gal for your joyous memories. Hope to see you in 2014 and beyond! xoxo, Patty

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Mariah’s San Diego High School Senior Pictures | San Diego Family Photography

When Cheri wrote me to say that her daughter was desirous of a high school senior pictures, I was intrigued, as I have always wanted to photograph a senior portrait session…  {This definitely isn’t your “Olan Mills” in-studio photo shoot.}

Her idea to take the family to an equestrian ranch in Ramona was perfect. A large piece of land, trees and texture equals gorgeousness and ample light.  What we also got was Mariah’s beauty captured on film. Mariah is really just as sweet as she looks, extremely smart and she going to pursue nursing school next year.  So cool!

We ended the evening with her mother and brother joining the shoot at sunset and it’s obvious that Cheri is one proud mother. Best of luck Mariah, and happy 18th birthday! Thank you for making the photo shoot so fun. xo

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Kirkendall Family | Encinitas Family Photography

I always love to find out how my clients discover my business. It so happens that Jessica found Petula Pea Photography on Yelp! For those of you that know how it works, it can be a double-edged sword (in terms of their strange hostage of your reviews!). But in this case, Yelp worked out wonderfully for all of us.

Jessica’s most recent family photographer moved on to another business niche in photography, and I was lucky enough to fill that spot. Yeah! And, all from Yelp!

This is the family that you can just keep photographing, especially their perfectly behaved, carrot & grape-eating, book-reading angel, Coralynn. Yeah, she eats her vegetables! She was perfect and smiled, laughed and posed perfectly. It turns out that I get another shot with this family as Jessica is due with her 2nd child in March.  Meeep!

Thank you Kirkendall family for the fun adventure this past September and I look forward to meeting your new addition next year. xo

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The Ha Family and Baby Brandon | Carlsbad Family Photography

I met Thanya at prenatal yoga when our little girls were still in our bellies.

Since then, we, and our babes have developed a special friendship. Alexandra loves her daughter, Madi!  I actually couldn’t tell her that I was going to this photo shoot or else she would have shed some tears.

This is actually our second photo shoot and I was so honored and flattered that they asked me back again. How could you not want to photograph Madi when she gives you moves like she did below? Baby Brandon, you are snuggly soft and so sweet & I can’t wait to get to know you.

And, the BIG lollipop? Well, Thanya didn’t kill me when I suggested it and that is why I love her so much!

Thanya, Elbert, Madi and baby Brandon, thank you for letting me into your lives once again. You all mean so much to me!!  Xo

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Hair and make-up by the amazing Jackie at Jellis Faces.

 

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The Taylor family | Encinitas Family Photos

When Ali came to me and asked about a family session, I was ecstatic. She had just moved here from Vancouver, Canada and she wanted a quintessential, California lifestyle photo shoot.  How could I resist when that includes water, sand, a stand-up paddle board and an amazing family.

I have gotten to know Ali and Colin because they are my neighbors. They are the neighbors that you dream about, and the neighbors that you want for life! I will never forget one day when Ali first moved here, she dropped off chocolates and coconut water on my front doorstep because I wasn’t feeling well (I think this is when I first had Keaton and Alexandra -AND- Andy were both sick). I knew that she was a keeper {I mean, come on… coconut water, yeah!!}. Inevitably, I knew that I had a new, lifelong friend.

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Her hair.. her dress… gahh!

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The tide was so low this day that nature provided us with ripples in the sand. Just love!

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I secretly want this photo of me and my babies. xo

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Only in Southern California will you get warm water and warm evenings in October. I am guessing this is why they moved here from Canada.

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Hair and make-up by the amazing Jackie at Jellis Faces.

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