nicole + phillip: engagement

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It wasn’t enough. i guess it’s just the way things turned out on the day of nicole and phil’s engagement session in ocean city, new jersey. it wasn’t enough that they had booked me even though i am based overseas. it wasn’t enough that they picked me up from the airport and drove 4 hours until the wee hours of the morning to get here. it was clearly not enough that after just 3 hours of sleep, we were up chasing the sunrise. i look back on it and think that it just wasn’t enough because on top of all of that they just had such a fun and loving energy that they absolutely rocked their engagement session. i didn’t know if i was more entertained by the array of colors in the sunrise of by the massive display of overly-dramatic poses and ridiculousness that kept us moving along while laughing our heads off throughout the whole session. and what a session! definitely making my 46 hour commute here worth it, i simply cannot wait to see what could possibly unfold during the actual wedding day. so from the bottom of my heart, congratulations!

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elisa +1


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ever had a dèjá vu? i definitely did as i unpacked my gear and realised that i was meeting up with the same couple, same dog, on the same beach, barely a year after their session. i guess you could say that the one new addition would be the fact that they were now… three. elisa and victor rocked it in front of my camera before, and they sure are fun enough to rock it in front of the camera again… and again… and again. elisa braved the chilly weather and came with all kinds of ideas to the shoot, i ended up with sand in my ears (no joke!), laika, the dog had plenty of outside time, and elisa and victor got to have their portraits taken to remember this new and exciting season of their lives.  i have to say… if I had to do it all over again, i would.


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elisa & victor

we were not alone. we had met at a birthday party some weeks earlier and hit it off right away. we started talking about our common interest in photography, and the rest you can see in the photos that took place soon afterwards. as we walked through the sunny beach, with the light seabreeze, and the fishing boats in plain sight, the beach kept getting invaded by groups of horseback riders every few minutes. we took to the water, playing fetch with the dog and going into the occasional game of tag. the sun kissed my cheeks as elisa & victor kissed… well… each other. we laughed and walked and smiled and they even danced a tango on the sand until the sun said it’s sad goodnight. then i pulled out my speedlites and we created a little magic. created it? i meant to say captured it. you see, the magic was already there. see for yourself!

ainhoa + ignacio + leire + paul = family

family photo session in lanzarote.



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it was paradise. that’s what i thought when i first took a look at the location for this beautiful family shoot. ainhoa, ignacio, leire, and paul were finishing off their summer vacation in lanzarote by picking a breathtaking beach surrounded by mountains for their family photo shoot. after much splashing around, hiking in flip-flops, and going from one gorgeous spot to the next we were surprised by the most amazing sunset! i have to say this was one of the most beautiful sunsets i have ever photographed in and am more than happy that i was able to deliver these images to them. looking back on them now as i glance outside my bilbao window with a fray and rainy sky all i can honestly say is “can we please go back?”


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elena & kids

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we had to run away.  in the late fall, elena and i started talking about scheduling a beach photo shoot. we were really looking forward to taking some photos of the kiddos wearing winter hats and oversized scarves. after having to reschedule a few times we were finally able to make a date stick. unfortunately that same morning the sky was grey and menacing. the winds were letting themselves be heard. as adventurous women we decided to give it a shot anyway, and we ventured out into the wild. the weather held out for quite a while and the kids had a great time playing on the beach, then just as quickly as we got there it started hailing. it came by so quickly that we had no option but to hide under a little shack and wait for it to subside. still, when life give you lemons… we had a blast encouraging the kids to jump up and down in the puddles and see who could make the biggest splash.

all in all, it definitely worked out and we were able to get some timeless photographs that i know they will love more and more as time goes by. thanks elena for being adventurous with me!

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marcos & juli::: maternity

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in retrospect, maybe we should have brought a map. marcos, his wife juli and i had arranged to meet up and do a fun maternity photo shoot in a specific side of the beach in sopelana. as we got in the car and started heading that way we realised… we weren’t sure which way to go. somewhere in the excitement of planning this day we had all lost track of where we were going. literally. we knew exactly where we were going but no idea how to get there. after an emergency call to my friend “who knows every beach” and many wrong turns, we decided to give up and walk around the surrounding woods, hoping to at least be able to get a few good shots in before the sun went down. oh, and the sun. the sun was sitting perfectly in between the trees, it was definitely shining down on us. it is worth mentioning that as i laid down my backpack and jacket against a tree while i took photos of these two, a nearby dog decided to mark it’s territory… on my stuff. so that was fun! haha. after a while venturing in the woods (big points to juli for venturing while 8 months pregnant!) we were eventually able to find the spot we’d been looking for. the sunset was there to welcome us and we were happy to take advantage of it and take it from there. all in all, the photos turned out great and i think that it was well worth getting lost and having to toss my jacket in the laundry! 😉

congratulations marcos and juli, i can’t wait to meet him! 🙂

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eva, manu, & julene::: family

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We looked at the sky and then looked at each other. All of us hoping that the rain would hold out until after the family session. After an hour drive or so we arrived in Noja, where we would be doing a family photo shoot. Eva, Manu, and their adorable daughter Julene were ready to spend the day strolling around the beach and having a good time. The beach there had the strangest and most amazing rock formations along the shore, only really visible during the low tide. So between the rising tide, the light breeze, and the countless references to Dora the Explorer and Peppa Pig, we were happy to have spent a relaxing evening making memories. As soon as we started packing up for the day, raindrops started falling. Perfect.

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