Baby Grey

When my friend Valerie asked me to photograph her little one's first birthday celebration, I was so excited. As you can see, baby Grey is vibrant and her family is the sweetest.

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The party took place in Cindy's which is a diner just down the street from my house in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. It's a cozy and delightful place full of color and yummy comfort food. The historic diner was renovated a few years back and I love the vibe!

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It seems like just yesterday that I was doing Valerie's gorgeous milk bath maternity shoot and I can't believe that baby Grey is already one! Whenever I sit down to edit my photos, I remember why I love photography. Capturing those beautiful moments of connection get me every time. 

Featured in Bridal Musings

I am thrilled to be feature in Bridal Musings this week. I love this romantic and beautifully laid out blog. I had so much fun looking back on Melissa and Ryan's wedding. I adore these two! We are neighbors and since their big day we have become good friends. I hope you have a moment to check out the article and read about their love story. 

Dreamy Maternity Shoot

One of my favorite things about photography is the connection I feel with my subjects, and it's a truly special day when I get to work with dear friends. I'm so thrilled for Rachel + Rico and their little girl who will be arriving in the next few weeks. A stunning Rachel and I started our shoot in a soaking tub with a luxurious milk bath. I love how the the intimate setting focuses on her form.

I adore these two and the tenderness they share. It was an honor to both capture their love and this unique moment in time. This baby is going to be one lucky wee one and I can't wait to meet her! 

We found a beautiful sun drenched path in the Hollywood Hills and there was a lovely little trail with a secret garden and wildflowers along the way. It was a sweet and leisurely stroll filled with laughs and kisses.

I am so excited for these two as they enter their next life adventure together. 

Chasing Wildflowers

One of our favorite things to do when my mom comes to visit is road trip. I was feeling called to the desert so I planned a trip for us to check out Anza Borrego State Park. By a wonderful stroke of luck, our trip lined up with an explosion of wildflowers. Because of the wet winter, the California desert is experiencing a super bloom that was in it's full glory during our visit.

The whole region had a sweet smell to it. I've never experienced anything like it!

It sounds like the low elevation bloom has already peaked at Anza Borrego, but if you want to chase some wildflowers of your own, it's not too late! The bloom starts in the South and travels North. There are gorgeous poppies in Antelope Canyon and I'd imagine Joshua Tree is still going strong. Check out the wildflower report: desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html

I find such inspiration being in nature. I've realized how important it is for me to get outside explore and have started to prioritize it over the last few years. 

Most of these photos were taken around Borrego Springs area. We also did an incredible slot canyon hike called "The Slot" that I highly recommend. 

A special thank you to my mom for her unwavering sense of adventure (and bonus points for getting up at dawn and helping with self-portraits). 

Thanks for following along, and I hope you have a chance to play outside this week!

 

Manor Boudoir Shoot featured in Lace in Light

I'm so excited to share that our styled boudoir shoot is currently featured on the Lace in Light blog. Please take a moment to check out the article here: 

http://www.laceinlight.com/story/Manor-Boudoir-Shoot/

Have a scroll down and enjoy some of my favorite images from the the day as well!

The York Manor was the lovely backdrop for our romantic images. I am lucky to have worked with the talented women who brought this shoot to life. I loved Claudia's beautiful styling choices, from the delicate lingerie to the gorgeous props. She wove last years colors of the year, Rose Quartz & Serenity seamlessly throughout the styling. Working with Jessica as a model was perfection. We had Leah on board as our talented makeup artist. And just wait until you see the incredible floral installation that brought magic and whimsy to the shoot! I was blown away by Valerie's vision. Scroll down for a full list of vendors.

Celebrating women and their femininity is something that has always been important to me. I love boudoir for that reason. I'm excited to offer boudoir shoots as an add on to a wedding package or as a stand alone shoot. Brides love to give a book to their partner with images from the shoot. However the true gift from the boudoir shoot is to the woman herself. She is empowered to embrace her body and celebrate her beauty. 

Photography: Gina Cholick | @ginashootsweddings

Venue: York Manor | @theyorkmanor

Florist: Valerie Jurado Floral Design | @valjurado

Design + Planning: One Darling Day | @casanovadarling

Makeup: Leah Jurado | @leahjurado

Jewelry: De la Luna | @delaluna.us and Bride Echo Park | @brideboutiquela

Rentals: The Hunt Vintage | @the.hunt.vintage and Shopclass | @shopclassla

Bedding: Anthropologie | @anthropologie

Lingerie: Free People | @freepeople and Casabella | @shopcasabella

Milk bath maternity shoot

Today I'm sharing a favorite shoot with you from the fall. When Valerie mentioned wanting a maternity shoot, a milk bath came to mind. I'd been seeing these gorgeous images on Pinterest for a while, and I'd been dying to try it. The morning of the shoot we headed down to the LA flower market to get some blooms. Valerie is a talented florist and it was a lot of fun to step into her world. There was so much to look at and the colors and smells were decadent.  I could not stop grinning ear to ear. I would definitely recommend heading down there for a fun wander.

A really fun aspect to the shoot was that it was such a relaxing experience. Being in a warm milk bath is like being at the spa. She loved it!

Check out Valerie's gorgeous floral work on her website: valeriejurado.com/

The milk bath was so much fun. I think it would be a gorgeous addition to a boudoir shoot as well. And a huge congratulations to this mama! She had a beautiful baby girl last week. 

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