Guys! This Upland engagement session was so amazing! This is probably one of my favorite sessions to date. Katie and her fiance were absolutely adorable together. And they brought their sweet pup with them. Their pup definitely wanted to be in on all the photos and had a field day smelling all around.
“Why is Bobby not listening to me? I’m just trying to help!”
I was asked this question by a parent I was working with. When her three-year-old son Bobby became frustrated, he would cry, scream and run away. This mom wanted to find out how to help him calm down without getting angry. She couldn’t understand why problems that have such “logical solutions”, could make her three-year-old so angry!
Jamie contacted me through Facebook about doing a maternity session. She knew me through my sister and so contacted me about shooting her first pregnancy. They are pregnant with a little baby boy. Most people don’t know when the best time to take maternity photos is. There is information on my gallery pages, but maternity sessions are best shot between week 32 and week 37. I usually recommend closer to 32 weeks, because your bump has popped, but you’re not extraordinarily uncomfortable yet and you can still move around. We shot this Rancho Cucamonga maternity session when she was 32 weeks pregnant.
Making pizzelles is a Christmas tradition in my husband’s family. My family has always made tons of homemade cookies and sausages. But since John’s family lives far away, and he misses the pizzelle cookies, we decided to make them ourselves one year. This pizzelle recipe is from my husband’s family and makes so many pizzelles. They are definitely time-consuming to make, but they are so delicious and keep well for a few weeks.
For the last few years, I have taken the Lopez family Christmas photos and I look forward to doing it every year. They are such a fun family and mutual friends of my husband and me. This year we chose to do the Glendora family photos at Centennial Heritage Park in Glendora. This area is such a hidden gem. It’s not open all the time, but it’s a really beautiful area and they do the Glendora Pumpkin Festival here every year! The park still had some of the props left over from the Pumpkin Festival so we were able to use those areas for photos too!
In July for my birthday, we decided to go to the Aquarium of the Pacific. My sisters were both in town and my one sister brought her kids too. We wanted to do something that would be fun for all of us and the Aquarium of the Pacific was the perfect activity! I haven’t been in years and it really was so much fun. I brought my camera along so that I could capture some pictures of the whole family together. It is really rare that we are all together.
I’ve known Rocki for a very long time. Her parents were actually my 3rd and 5th-grade teachers! I’ve known her whole family and they are just such good people. I was so excited to shoot their engagement session and their wedding. Rocki and Joe are such a fun couple. They are truly in love and are silly and sweet together. We decided on a place in Glendora engagement session. Glendora has a special meaning to them. They both grew up here and went to Azusa Pacific University for college. That’s where they met.
I’m officially in the third trimester. Every week I take a weekly bump photo to track my bumps progress. I did this with Bugs too. This picture was taken last week, but I am officially 28 weeks and in my third trimester. I’m really starting to feel it. I’m starting to feel big and anxious! It’s definitely different this time around, taking care of a toddler and being pregnant. I thought I was tired during my last pregnancy! Now, I’m definitely exhausted. But it’s so much fun taking care of a toddler, even if I’m super tired most days.
I’m always looking for easy Superbowl food. Especially now that we have kids! We like to get a group of our friends together to watch the big game. I’m not a big cooker, but I like to make enough food for everyone who’s coming over. So this Superbowl game day chili definitely hit the spot.
I don’t know about you, but bathing Bugs in the bath for the first time was pretty anxiety-inducing. I was hopeful that once he started sitting up bathtime would get easier. But it didn’t. I was so nervous that he would slip and fall. Our bathtub has a door on it and it made it difficult to reach the entire tub. I needed a toddler bathtime hack desperately.