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2017 | A Year In Review | Photography by Adele | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

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2017 | A Year In Review | Photography by Adele | Kentucky Wedding Photographer

2017. 

What a year. 

I know everyone talks about how fast the years fly but man this year really just came and went before my eyes! As I look back on the last 12 months I'm filled with so many emotions, my heart is so full as I think of the love that I've captured. The unions of two beautiful people becoming one, expectant mothers awaiting their new little ones, lives entering this world, families growing... kids getting bigger! Oh my... So many beautiful moments. 

This year we had the privilege of capturing life and love in Louisiana, California, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas. I drove more miles than I ever thought possible and became amazing friends with some of our most wonderful clients and also had the pleasure of working alongside some of the sweetest most amazing vendors!

It was truly a year of challenges and transitions. 2017 was our first year of booking weddings in Memphis and we booked over 20 weddings (DOUBLE my goal for the year). It was also the year that we picked up mid year and moved AGAIN, this time to Lexington, KY. Jeremy unfortunately had to transition out of doing weddings due to his job leaving me carrying on my lovely business on my own for now. While there were a lot of transitions and a lot of growing moments, I think the best thing this year was meeting nearly all of my photography goals for the year and truly feeling like I've grown into the exact style that I've been dreaming of for years. 

This is going to be a whole lot of images so I hope you make it through, but mostly I hope you see my heart and soul captured in these images. The blood, sweat and tears that went into 2017. 

Enjoy. 

The Couples/Engagements

The Feels

The Brides and Grooms

The Parties

The Details

The Bouquets

The Ceremonies

The Bridal Parties

The Exits

The Families

A few special mentions for some of my favorite people I couldn't have survived this year without. These two families are some of my best friends in the entire world, these two mama's helped me survive my first 1.5 years of motherhood and are some of the best women I know. I'm so privileged to know them and spend time with them and incredibly honored to capture their lives. 

 

And of course a few of my favorite personal photos taken this year! 

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2017 Annual Fall Mini's

Fall Minis are one of my favorite days of the whole year! 

Its an opportunity to catch up with old families of captured in the years before, and capture new families I've never met. For a few minutes I get to be a part of their lives and capture their most precious memories of their littles growing up. 

Here are a few highlights from this years Mini's! 

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Castro Family Sunset Session | Destination Lifestyle Photographer

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Castro Family Sunset Session | Destination Lifestyle Photographer

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of spending a couple days with our beautiful friends in Arizona. We spent most of our short time together watching our kids play and catching up on the craziness of motherhood and married life. It was our first time meeting each others daughters and their first time meeting each other. The girls loved playing with each other and each moment watching them made my heart burst with joy. We always dreamed of raising our girls together, our kids being best friends for life. It was the absolute best thing ever getting to make that happen for a weekend. 

We ended our time together with a short photo shoot as we always do. I love getting to document my friends lives! These photos are far from perfect but definitely document real life and thats what I love!

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Sweet little Anni | Memphis Newborn Photography

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Sweet little Anni | Memphis Newborn Photography

A couple months back I had the privilege of taking maternity photos for the sweetest mom to be. I loved meeting her and her family and was overjoyed to be asked to capture her little newborn Anni when she arrived. 

(For photos from her maternity session click here)

 

Anni is the sweetest, daintiest little baby and I just adore her. I absolutely loved capturing these moments for this special family!

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Baby Charlotte and her Great Grandma's Cradle

In May of 1940 the world got a whole lot brighter when my grandma Betty made her debut into the world. When she was born her grandpa made her a wooden cradle for her to sleep in the first few months of her life. And as my grandma got older, being the sentimental type like myself, she kept her cradle with her through all these years. 

On May 10, 2016 we welcomed our baby girl Charlotte into the world. (More coming on her story soon). My grandma came for her birth and to help the days after she was born and she brought us her cradle for Charlotte. My grandma and grandpa spent the weeks before her birth refinishing the cradle and making a new mattress for it, I'm so happy to have a little family heirloom for my sweet baby girl that so many people in the family worked so hard on! 

And naturally this called for some newborn photos in her great grandma's cradle. 

 

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Luca's 6 Month Session | Grow with Me Baby Package | Louisiana Baby Photographer

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Luca's 6 Month Session | Grow with Me Baby Package | Louisiana Baby Photographer

Over the course of the last 8 months or so I have had the privilege of getting to know the Versace family as I took little Luca's moms maternity photos as well as his newborn session. And then on my latest trip to California I got to catch up with this little guy and take his 6 month portraits. It is such an honor to be able to capture the precious memories of this little guys first year of life and I love that I get to see him grow up! 

Emily's Maternity Session

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Here are a few of my favorites of Luca and his family from his 6 Month Session! 

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Baby River 10 Days New | Shreveport Newborn Photographer

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Baby River 10 Days New | Shreveport Newborn Photographer

Sweet Baby River

Well for starters I think this might be the most beautiful little newborn I have ever seen!! The rolls, the cheeks, the lips oh my goodness he was a newborn photographers dream. He slept like an angel his entire session and was so willing to be posed and molded as long as we weren't touching his little fingers! Such a sweetheart... 

I've known River's parent for quite a few years now and I was so excited when I found out they were expecting, I knew they would make amazing parents and I couldn't wait to see them with their little baby. Congratulations Karisa and Jamie! You have the most beautiful little boy and I couldn't be happier for you. 

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Baby Kai's Birth Story | Los Angeles Newborn and Birth Photographer

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Baby Kai's Birth Story | Los Angeles Newborn and Birth Photographer

On October 13, The most adoring and deserving parents got to welcome their sweet little boy into the world and I had the honor of capturing his first minutes on earth. I'm sure his mom has a whole lot to say about this moment so I'll keep my story short but I do want to share this wonderful experience with everyone! This was my first time capturing a birth and because of that this moment will always be so special to me. There's nothing quite like being able to witness a life being brought into this world. I hadn't known Kai's parents for long before this moment but in those 16 hours of waiting for his arrival they made such a huge place in my heart and I'll forever remember this time. On Monday the 12 in the afternoon I found out that Britney was feeling like she might go into labor, I had planned this moment with them months in advance so I was so excited to capture my first birth! I spent the afternoon preparing all my camera gear, packing an overnight bag and preparing myself for the night ahead. Just when I decided it was probably a false alarm and decided to catch some z's while I waited, I got a call at 11:22pm saying she had been admitted to the hospital! So I ran to the car, rushed my way to the hospital extremely excited for the night ahead.

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I arrived shortly after the phone call to find Britney and Andrew in the delivery room so excited to meet their baby boy! Britney was in quite a lot of pain so she decided on an epidural to help her be able to relax and rest for a while till Kai was ready to make his arrival. As I was capturing the hospital I made my way to the waiting room and the room was completely full! But the only people there were Kai's family waiting to welcome his arrival and it was so amazing to see the support of so many people. I left Britney and Andrew for a while so they could get some sleep until it was time.

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At about 7:30am Britney and Andrew were up and ready for Kai to make his appearance. She was just a few cm away from being ready to push and the the sun rose so sweetly into the room as they had a few moments to themselves as a couple before welcoming their sweet boy.

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At about 9:30am it became time to push and Kai was ready to make his arrival. Throughout the whole process I was so amazed by how sweet and attentive Andrew was with his wife. I'm not sure how he was feeling in that moment whether he was nervous or scared but he was so calm as he tended to her.

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Finally, at 11:22am Kai made his appearance into the world. Weighing a whole 7lbs 15oz and being about as cute as they come! And a whole lot of tears came with his arrival!

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Kai's Newborn Session is also on the blog if you're interested in seeing the photos just days after this little guy got to go home!

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Baby Kai's Newborn Session, 6 Days New | Los Angeles Newborn and Birth Photographer

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Baby Kai's Newborn Session, 6 Days New | Los Angeles Newborn and Birth Photographer

To start off with baby Kai's parents are the sweetest people ever and they are already such incredible parents. I met Brittney and Andrew during the summer when they were looking for a photographer to capture Kai coming into this world. I've been wanting to start doing birth photography for a while now but since I'd never done it before the opportunity just never came up. I was ecstatic when they decided to hire me for his newborn session and birth!

There is a blog coming later this week with all the beautiful photos from Kai's Birth day so I won't ruin those details, but needless to say by the end of the process I feel like I'd really gotten to know these two beautiful people bringing a child into this world. And when Kai was born I was instantly in love! He's the sweetest little thing with the best chubby cheeks you've ever seen I just couldn't get over his cuteness!

He did an amazing job during his newborn session, sleeping most of the way. We were even able to get in some shots of his gorgeous nursery and some cute baby swaddles from modernburlap.com

I hope you enjoy this session because this little guy is so close to my heart!

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Luca's Newborn Session | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

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Luca's Newborn Session | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

Sweet little Luca Sebastiano just 9 days new. A couple months back I got to capture the most gorgeous Whimsical Family Maternity Session you can check out here on the blog. I absolutely loved working with this beautiful family and was so excited to capture their little boy when he arrived.

Well, he was absolutely the sweetest thing. He slept through his whole session without even a peep and looked adorable in all his cute outfits!

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Baby Callie. 7 days New | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer | Covina Newborn Session

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Baby Callie. 7 days New | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer | Covina Newborn Session

Sweet Baby Callie, just 7 days new. A couple weeks back little Callie's mom contacted me about doing newborn photos just days before little Callie arrived and I was just so excited to meet her!

Callie arrived and I drove over to the Covina area for this little ones session and boy was she just a dream! She slept through her entire session, barely made a peep and was just as cute as can be.

Callie's dad had some Star Wars props ready for her which made this session oh so dorky and adorable!

Enjoy!

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Versace Whimsical Family Maternity Session | San Dimas Canyon Maternity Session

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Versace Whimsical Family Maternity Session | San Dimas Canyon Maternity Session

The Versace Family I've known Joey and Emily for about 6 years now. Joey is a pastor at a church in San Dimas, California that I used to attend. He has always been one of the kindest, most caring people I've known and continues to be that way today. Emily and Joey are the most adorable match, I remember before they had kids they used to bring their dogs to church dressed up and it was literally the cutest thing. About two years ago Joey and Emily had their first kid, who is sweet as pie and the cutest little thing on earth. Any minute now they are going to welcome a little boy into their family and I am so excited to meet him any day now!

We went out to San Dimas Canyon to take some photos of the family and some special ones of Emily on her own. Julianna did a fabulous job with the family shots I couldn't get over how well behaved she was, and we had the most amazing whimsical light for the maternity shots of Emily on her own. Enjoy!

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Jordan's Whimsie Boho Maternity Session | Los Angeles Maternity Photographer | Bonelli Park Maternity Session

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Jordan's Whimsie Boho Maternity Session | Los Angeles Maternity Photographer | Bonelli Park Maternity Session

Can I just start by saying how stunning is this lovely mommy-to-be? I can't get over how beautiful she looks in these images! Jordan contacted me a few months ago about doing maternity and newborn photos for her and her family. I was so excited to get to know her a little bit through the booking process and plan her session. Once I found out she was going for a "boho/whimsical" look I was so excited because that gives me the ability to add a little bit of my own creative edge to the photo shoot.

We headed out for Bonelli Park in San Dimas and started up into the hills and the sun was setting so beautifully during our session it was absolutely perfect. I loved getting to shoot these maternity photos for Jordan, and I am super excited to meet her sweet little babe coming in a couple months!

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Sophia Isabella. 5 Days New | Corona Newborn Session | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

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Sophia Isabella. 5 Days New | Corona Newborn Session | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

Sweet Sophia Isabella, Seriously one of the most beautiful little newborns I have had the pleasure of capturing in her first few days of life. I met Sophia's parents a couple months back in May when I did her mom's (Rosie) maternity, which you can check out Here on the blog. They are such a beautiful couple and they were just overjoyed to meet their little daughter.

I arrived at their parents house in Corona where I have been a few times for different family members sessions. I absolutely love being able to be a family photographer for people and get to come back and meet them at different stages in their life, when all the really important stuff happens. It makes my clients begin to feel like family which I love!

Well, Sophia slept through her entire session and was just an absolute joy to capture.

Enjoy.

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Samantha Newborn | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

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Samantha Newborn | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

About 3 years ago I was able to capture my first newborn little girl named Audrey, a couple weeks ago I was able to see that sweet little girl again and capture pictures of her newborn sister! Since she was my first newborn girl I just had to share a few photos of this little sweetheart before featuring a few highlights from her sisters session.  

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Rosie Monaco. Maternity |Los Angeles Maternity Photographer | Corona Maternity Session

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Rosie Monaco. Maternity |Los Angeles Maternity Photographer | Corona Maternity Session

As most of you know by now if you follow my work, I am a lover of fairytales. I strive to sneak on my love of fairy tales into my photo shoots to create a dreamy, whimsical look as a way of remembering my clients "storybook moments" I like to call them. When Rosie came to me wanting to do a bit of a forrest, whimsical maternity session I was so excited! I found a location that I thought would be super dreamy and then to top it off we find out its going to be raining that day! Of course, living in sunny LA we assumed "rain" meant 5 minutes out of a normal sunny day. We arrive at the location and of course its pouring rain but Rosie insisted on doing it in the rain anyway! Her and her husband were such a sweet couple and you can tell they love their little girl so much already.

Hope you enjoy this fairytale stormy maternity session!

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Margeoux. Maternity | Los Angeles Maternity Photographer | San Dimas Canyon Maternity Session

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Margeoux. Maternity | Los Angeles Maternity Photographer | San Dimas Canyon Maternity Session

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A few months back Margeoux expressed interest in doing some maternity photos with me and I was so excited! This beautiful mama is absolutely stunning all the time and an such  a joy to work with. We decided to go for an outdoor forest type look, and I knew right away that she needed a yellow field for her session! So we chose San Dimas Canyon, and it did not disappoint one bit! I am also loving this gorgeous hair and braid designed by Julie Jensen Hair (@juliejensenhair on instagram!)

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