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September 6, 2016

First Birthday Cake Smash | Sacramento Photography Studio

Another super-fun studio first birthday cake smash! These little sessions have really caught on and are so much fun to create from the hilarious expressions to the beautiful cakes. This is typically the first time a baby has ever eaten something this sweet and the reactions are different every time.

We wanted to do a blue theme for this one and mom picked out a little plaid bow-tie and suspenders.

First tastes… Looks like he’s not quite sure about it…

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close up of cake for studio cake smash session robin egg blue with lettering

Hmm, maybe this is pretty good after all!

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These little cakes are made by Sweetologie right here in Sacramento. She makes them custom and delivers them right to my studio on the day of the session, making the whole “cake experience” super easy.

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If you’d like to celebrate your baby’s first birthday with a cake smash session, give us a call at 916.933.8352 or email us at

July 30, 2016

Field of Flowers Family Portraits

Everybody dreams of a field of flowers for their family portraits, but wildflowers come and go with the weather and they can be hard to predict. I had just completed this family’s session and said goodbye as we drove away in opposite directions. On the way home, I spotted this patch of wildflowers on the side of the road, so I quickly called the family and asked them if they’d be willing to turn around and come back. I’m so glad they did because we got some beautifully spontaneous pictures with the light just right, natural smiles and a little breeze in the air.

mother and son in a field of davis poppies

Little Joseph is raised on a farm, so he fell right into place in this field of poppies and lupines.

one year old and playing with orange poppies in a flower field in davis

family portraits in davis spring wildflower field

I’ll never stop loving pictures of daddy snuggles.

snuggles with father and son in a field of flowers

I’m so thankful for families that are willing to play along with my wild ideas!

where is there a field of flowers for portraits in sacramento

April 13, 2016

Spring Portraits

Hooray! Spring is HERE and the flowers and green grass are just beautiful!




Spring is one of the prettiest times of year to schedule a portrait session. Everything seems to be blooming and the light is incredible, both morning and afternoon.

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I had so much fun looking through photos from last year and couldn’t resist sharing some with you… so much lovely light and happiness.


I’m currently booking sessions for May and June, so if you’re thinking of scheduling something, don’t wait! And moms, if you’re pregnant and expecting in the next 2-3 months, get in touch so we can get some time on the calendar while there’s still room.


Looking forward to seeing you soon!

February 9, 2016

Outdoor Family Portraits in Los Angeles

I was in Los Angeles recently and had the good fortune to photograph this stunning family at Paramount Ranch. What luck to spend the afternoon at such a beautiful location, with a family full of incredibly stylish people!


I just love this sweet photo with the sunlight peeking behind the hill…


The happy grandparents!


Picture perfect family…


The handsome guy below is the proud uncle — love these smiles!


They couldn’t have done a better job picking out their clothes for this session!


I shoot in Los Angeles at regular times through the year, so if you’re interested in scheduling a shoot in the area, give me a call at 916.933.8352 or email at

August 28, 2015

First Birthday Portraits and Cake Smash in the Studio

Little Joseph was getting ready to celebrate his first birthday, so we decided to do some portraits and a cake smash in the studio. It turned out to be one of my favorite sessions of the whole summer!

I’ve been photographing this little guy since the beginning, so it was a lot of fun to see how much he has grown.

The look on his face just makes me giggle… the anticipation!

Uh-oh… the cake’s been smashed and I’d love to know what he’s thinking…

He looks so proud of himself…


We had a smashing time documenting this huge milestone. Here’s to many more happy birthdays!

If you would like to document your child’s milestones with a fun photo session, give us a call at 916.933.8352 or email us at

Beautiful birthday cakes created by Sweetologie.