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The Collins Family. Family Photographers Riverside CA

I can’t believe I’ve lived in southern California all of my life and never ventured out to Forest Falls. I mean come one, there’s a waterfall (flowing most of the year!) so. close. by! And it’s the mountains, like, without driving in the mountains. It’s kind of like you teleport. And for this mountain lover that somehow can get carsick while driving, it’s a wonderfully welcome surprise.  Luckily for me, this beautiful family wanted to take this year’s portraits there, because it’s one of their favorite local adventure day spots. I love getting to photograph families in locations special to them. And now I’ve got a new favorite adventure spot, and a great spot to see more fall color than we get down here at (basically) sea level! 

Old Town Pasadena Engagement Session. Pasadena is mostly magic.

These two adventured with me on the quintessential Pasadena adventure. Kimberly asked if we could start at her parent’s place, which is SO perfect because I love incorporating as much “home” from love stories as possible into sessions! Such a sweet place to kick it all off too, since that’s where these two will be tying the knot!

We then ventured to the Colorado Bridge, which holds so much of Pasadena’s soul! I would always love seeing this bridge after long car rides, growing up it meant we were getting cloooose to home and for the past 5 years it’s meant that I’m home!

We hit up Lucky Baldwins for a brew (which is where the hubs and I like to celebrate New Year’s Eve (early – British time!) and then cruised through Old Town chasing the good light.

BUT the icing on the cake for these two lovely humans was – we were shooting outside a restaurant and out of the corner of my eye I saw someone coming out to talk to us. I honestly thought we were getting kicked out (private property) but instead total strangers brought out champagne to celebrate their engagement! Real life! I’m not sure if it’s gets more thoughtful than that, but seriously, these two deserve it! Pasadena has such a different pace of life that I’m always trying to pin down or explain to people – but that right there – just encapsulates the magic.

Headshots and Branding Session – Pasadena CA

Branding sessions have quickly become my new favorite. Hanging out with a fellow entrepreneur (Juliana is a fantastic photographer!) chatting about business, marketing, social media, and life – getting to know someone on both a professional level, and a personal level so that I’m able to pull out those wonderful personality quirks that you and your business thrive. Building a business these days is so much about building a brand, and in so many instances you ARE your brand, so headshots and branding images are so. stinking. important! It feel so lucky to help people build their brand and have a small part in creating and communicating what makes them special.

This babe in particular is so inspiring! She’s kicking butt over at Another Cup Photography, and has a way of bringing sunshine to any situation! Not to mention, she’s just one of those people who you just want to have in your corner. I’m SO glad she fell into my lap one day in Altadena, and that our paths have been crossing ever since!

San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor Park Wedding. San Gabriel Wedding Photography

I lived in Pasadena for almost 4 years before I even heard of this venue, and it is SUCH a pretty little spot! I love how Grapevine Arbor combines the history and rich textures of the California Mission influences and then had all the perfect garden party vibes for a lovely outdoor  dinner. I also loved the vibe that the bride Kourtney and the girls at The Modern Party pulled together. Greenery, twinkle lights, a killer bar, and a perfect (technically) fall (but it’s southern california so we’ll go with late summer) evening. Loved working with a rad team of vendors too (listed below!). Kourtney and Josh, thanks so much for being such wonderfully loving people and for sharing your day with us!

Venue: Grapevine Arbor Park, San Gabriel | Coordination: The Modern Party | Photography: Corey Morgan | Flowers: Mission Gardens| Bar: Goose on the Rocks | Hand lettering: Decorated by Letty | Rentals: MTB Event Rentals

Oak Glen Family Pictures. Fall Family Portraits

Love getting to see this family every year! I’ve been photographing these sweet girls since their oldest daughter was born, and I cherish getting to watch these girls grow!