alameth + jose: wedding!

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rain rain go away, come again another day… preferably on a day that my little sister isn’t having a garden wedding. we spent half of the night wide awake, as lightning lit up the room and thunder roared directly above us. it was all a bit surreal, thinking that the wedding would be held in a garden in the morning. this was madrid, it’s not crazy like bilbao where rain could come at you at any moment. alameth and i shared a room, along with nervous laughs, about what we would be waking up to in the morning. sure enough, the day set out to a bit of a disastrous start… the rain didn’t subside, the hair dresser took longer than expected, we were showered by the storm while we dealt with bad traffic, and right when we were pulling into the parking lot… the bride got in a fender bender!

after shaking all of it off, filing paperwork, and frantically trying to get back on schedule… the ceremony started and every thing that went wrong seemed to trickle off, like the rain on the windows. she looked stunning, everyone’s eyes filled up with tears as dad walked her down the aisle. our little sister anna sang “a thousand miles” and we all breathed a sigh of relief. the rest? party time, of course! there was plenty of singing, bouncing, chanting, and cheer going around. in fact, at a given point even alameth and jose’s greyhound were brought over to them, as a surprise. i guess they didn’t want to miss out on their big day either! all’s well that ends well!

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elisa + laia

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four. that’s the number of sessions I have done with these two. it’s also the new number of family members in their house. during the summer I got a call from Elisa about doing another sessions for their growing family. I have to say that when you’ve done several sessions with one same family it can start to feel challenging to bring something new to the table. After agreeing on a mountainside setting, we enjoyed a little picnic together and started the session. Little Emma is not so little anymore and she provided plenty of photo ops and entertainment throughout the day. I love how curious toddlers are, and she wanted to know everything I was doing, would even come up to me and pull on the camera to see herself on the back. Smart kid! Something tells me she’s had plenty of pictures taken in the past. Something else tells me, they’re not done taking photos of her just yet.


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sole + mariano: engagement!


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after the storm. that’s when sole, mariano, and i met for their madrid engagement session. it was a bit nerve-wrecking to plan this session in the middle of an absolutely terrible stormy day, but we were prepared with rain coats and rubber boots, and ready to create some ridiculously dramatic rain shots. and then it stopped. of course. sun is good, we love the sun, so we ended up just having a fantastic time finding cute little corners that would mesh well with their fun and quirky personalities. i have to say i absolutely love this couple. it’s not always easy to find clients that you agree with on ideas, priorities, and the like but i’ve definitely won the lottery with these two. i am in love with this session. ahhhh! i can’t even wait until their wedding day but now that rain or shine it will turn out amazing. See you soon!

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nicole philip: wedding!


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I don’t know how we met. As far back as I can remember, I have known Nicole and her family. I have spent summers with them, cheered at their softball games, and watched her grow up from a kid who pretended like she couldn’t stand me up until being a bride that books me all the way from spain. I will never let her forget that.

I met her husband-to-be at Dulles International Airport, where they came to pick me up and set on a four-hour drive to our engagement session beach location.

And then there was this. The day we had all been waiting for. she had a first look with her dad, dave, and i admit that i had to shove a tear or two back into my tear ducts. it is physically not possible for me to not smile when i look back on this wedding. seeing their house all set up for a wedding, helping out, and making sure hurricane irma wasn’t going to ruin all our fun! i’m telling you, there’s never a dull moment with these two. watching nicole getting married was like watching a little sister grow up. saying i do. having a first dance. i can’t even find the right words to explain… but i’m mostly just thankful. thankful that they chose me to write the beginning of their new life together. thankful that i got to see her with a man that makes her glow with happiness. and thankful that i got to be there to dance the night away and have great time with these two big kids. congratulations “squiggs” and “peanut”… never grow up!!

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hello: samuel!


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it’s a glorious day, kids, and do you want to know why? because i’ve got jonathan and melissa’s one week-old baby, samuel, coming at you on the blog! 

i have to take a moment to say how i met these guys. about a year ago i was downtown photographing a parade, just for fun. there was also a big soccer game going on that day. suddenly a guy walking towards the soccer game asks me if i know what people are waiting for. i tell them there’s a parade about to start and we get to talking because my english is so good. quite unusual in spain. so he says he’s from san diego, and i mention that i have shot a wedding in san diego and start throwing some photographers names. well, wouldn’t you know it? my crazy friend tim king was actually his wedding photographer. small world! so we reminisced about crazy stories we have with him and ended up taking a selfie and sending it to him, then we exchanged phone numbers swearing to get in touch and maybe grabbing some coffee sometime. us americans abroad have to stick together, you know?

so in the spring i get a text from him saying that he and his wife are expecting and would love to set up a newborn session when the time comes. come january, there he was. teeny-tiny samuel was the perfect excuse to get together for a photo shoot, lunch, and even some delicious cinnamon rolls! they just added to the

sweetness in this shoot. seriously, photographing them in vitoria felt like stepping into a warm, cozy bubble. then again, that could have easily been the heating in the kitchen. yes, these were all taken in the kitchen. there are two things i love about photographing newborns at home 1) how convenient it is for the parents. they are tired and stressed and still adjusting to their new life, and i hate the thought of them having to drag themselves across town to find a studio. what could be more comfortable than your own living room sofa? especially for new moms out there. the other thing i love is knowing that i can transform something like a kitchen into a mini studio and nobody will ever know. the behind the scenes photos always make me giggle.

anyway, 

i am so excited to see how this family continues to blossom, and i just know there are some very special years in their future. 

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nathy!


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Nothing but air. Nathy and I were surrounded by trees, grass, the cool autumn breeze, and the promise of an amazing sunset. this session was admittedly a bit shorter than others as we TOTALLY got lost on our way up the mountain. and yes, I was definitely driving. We had this crazy idea of going to this mountain that neither one of us had been to before, and as most people know I am not one to say no to adventure. A couple wrong turns, an illegal u-turn, and tons of laughter along the way and we had safely made it to la arboleda. Not sure if we would be able to find our way back home again, but greeted by some gorgeous light we set out to do what we do. and might I say? we did good. 😉

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alameth + jose: engaged!

 

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It snuck up on me. After spending the last year of my life hearing about how I would be the next one of my siblings to marry, I guess I got used it. I stopped reading the signs. I got comfortable. So I was a bit blind sighted when I unlocked my phone and saw a picture of an engagement ring on my little sister’s finger. Whereas I totally understand that these two were meant for each other, I guess my growing Spanish mentality hadn’t quite grasped that after “only” a year of dating they might feel more than ready to say I do. They visited for a weekend to make things official and get their fair share of handshakes, congratulations, and pats on the back. Along with a few smirks by family and friends that have already married and give them that all-too-familiar “are you sure you’re ready for this?” look. 

Well, ready or not, here they go!

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hodei is one!

 

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i couldn’t believe it. as i walked up to iratxe and hector i was amazed at how that boy they held in their arms was the tiny baby i had taken newborn photos of 12 months earlier. platinum blonde hair, chunky arms, and a cheeky smile, hodei was obviously ready to look adorable for his birthday mini session. armed with a delicious looking cake that was sure to make a giant mess, we found our way to the mountain side ready to take some sticky pictures! I love seeing babies’ expression when they don’t quite know what to do with the cake itself. that first taste. the inquisitive look on their faces while they try to figure out if they like it or not. the inevitable double dip. it’s almost too much for my heart to handle. cuteness overload? yes please!

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