sunset.
a field of wildflowers.
the laughter of a little boy.
an gorgeous family anticipating the arrival of a baby girl.
this was how i got to spend my monday night.
it was perfection!
baby olivia is due to arrive in just a few weeks.
i can’t wait to meet this precious addition to the fajardo family.
she is a lucky little girl to be joining such an amazing group of people.

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two :: four :: six

April 3, 2012
i love my children.
i love taking pictures of other people’s children.
i do not, however, always love taking pictures of my own children.
for everyday snapshots, it’s no big deal.
but when i decide i want to really take pictures of them….
those are the days when it’s crazy windy, the waves at the beach are too big, 
and someone falls asleep in the car ride over and wakes up cranky.
i had wanted to take photos of isabella when she turned four last november.
with the holiday craziness, it never happened.
then charlotte turned two in february.
and jackson turned six last week.
in my head it made sense to take all three of them out together.
capture them at ages two, four, and six.
it didn’t quite go how i had in my head.
but then again, when your kids are two, four, and six year old,
does anything?  :)
it was a bit crazy…..
we may have ripped a blanket with our stroller wheel trying to frantically run to the beach by sunset,
it was a good 15 degrees colder than i anticipated,
and each child may have cried at least once.
(but the promise of chocolate cake at home makes everything better)
after all that… i think they turned out pretty great.
much like my little munchkins.
not always easy,
but pretty amazing.
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going blue

April 2, 2012
 one in eighty-eight children in the united states are diagnosed with autism.
our son is one of those children.
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 today we are going blue.
april 2nd is world autism awareness day.
 in honor, 
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today we pray for children and adults everywhere living with autism.
today we pray for jackson.
i wouldn’t change a single thing about my little boy.
but after a hard weekend for him,
i am feeling extra aware of his challenges.
so many things we don’t think twice about 
can turn his little world upside down.
i love every bit of this boy,
but i do hope for his future…
that life won’t always be so hard.
that other children will be drawn to him.
that conversations will be easier.
that he will be able to enjoy new experiences.
today we go blue in celebration of all the amazing people God has created
who just also happen to be autistic.
join us in celebrating them.
in raising awareness.
in showing our support.
and in prayer for the joys and challenges their lives will bring.
jackson,
today we go blue
for you.

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oh, macie.
i love your beautiful eyes,
your chunky rolls,
your happy little spirit.
i can’t believe you are six months old already!
you bring joy to everyone you meet.
i love you, precious girl.
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rose

March 19, 2012
rose is one of those friends you’ve had so long,
you really can’t even remember when you met.
or how you met.
it’s like she’s just always been there.
rose has been a sweet part of our lives for over a decade.
we’ve shared a lot of life together-
camps, church, youth ministry, kiddos…
the bachmans love rose.
(not to mention, rose & i have the same birthday.  i think that automatically makes us kindred spirits)
rose has an incredible heart for ministry,
and has felt God leading her to full-time ministry in costa rica.
she is leaving in the next few months 
and needed photos for her prayer cards.
i was honored when she asked me to do them.
it also meant we got to have her visit for a bit,
which everyone was very excited about!
rose, we just love you
and we are so excited to see how God is going to use you
in costa rica!
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and since my kiddos came along,
we had to get a picture with rose.
amazingly, they all decided to cooperate icon smile rose
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my life has been pretty awesome lately.
i’ve had the opportunity to photograph several newborns.
the best.
i’m especially loving newborns because of what a significant time it is.
babies grow so fast… in a few weeks their little bodies stretch out and they wake up to the world.
the first week is pretty amazing.
this little guy had me from the moment i set eyes on him.
all decked out in little jeans and a trendy sweater…
baby perfection.
he’s also a super lucky little man-
his mommy & daddy were some of our first friends here in orange county,
and they are top-notch, amazing people.
 he has two of the cutest big sisters on the planet.
this family is going to be busy with three little ones ages three and under!
but if anyone can handle it with grace and a smile (and perfect style), 
it will be them.
baby liam-
born at nine pounds, six ounces
you are a sweet chunk of love.
i adore your chubby cheeks and your kissable lips.
i have no doubt that your future is quite bright, little one.
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oh, beautiful everly.
i loved getting to meet this sweet baby in the hospital last week,
and was so excited about our newborn shoot together.  
she  wasn’t too sure if she wanted to take pictures at first,
but after some work we finally got her to sleep!
it was worth all the effort-
could she be any more precious?
i look forward to watching you grow, little one!
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raegan- one year old

February 23, 2012
oh, one year olds.
so adorable as they are learning to run around.
their bodies still round and chubby with little rolls.
their teeth still coming in.
their delight at everything around them.
sweet raegan is no exception.
she just turned one in january and is an absolute joy.
she is full of sunny smiles and curiosity at the big world around her.
i had the privilege of photographing raegan & her beautiful parents last fall.
it was exceptionally windy that day, so the poor baby had purple lips after just 20 minutes!
luckily, this time it was a gorgeous 70 degrees on balboa island.
i had such a fun time capturing this adorable little girl.
happy one year, miss raegan!
you are loved, little one.
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 it feels a little bit like i’m surrounded by babies & pregnant women.
maybe i’m hyper-aware of it right now
since my baby girl just turned two.
so many of my sweet friends are having babies in the next few months,
with several of them due in february!
it is so exciting to watch these wonderful families grow.
i have loved becoming friends with the mccarty family since moving to the oc.
i had the privilege of taking their family pics last fall, including a few belly shots of kaitlyn.
on wednesday, they welcomed their third daughter into the world,
everly julianne.
she is absolutely beautiful,
and weighing 8 pounds reminded me of all my babies with her sweet little rolls.
i loved getting to take some photos in the hospital,
and even had the opportunity to capture the big sisters meeting their little sister for the first time.
they were so excited- it was just precious.
i’m looking forward to our newborn shoot later this week-
i can’t get enough of this adorable baby girl!
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 this is a special little man.
and he has no idea how lucky he is to be born into this family.
sweet beckham ryan was scheduled to arrive february 16th,
but surprised us all and arrived early in the morning on february 4th!
jeff & i were at hume lake last weekend…
i was pretty excited little man came early so we could meet him in the hospital.
beckham is absolutely beautiful.
and tiny!
6 pounds 2 ounces…
a good 2 pounds smaller than my littlest baby-
i kept thinking there should be more under those blankets!
baby beckham- you have no idea how loved you are already!
i can’t wait to watch you grow, sweet boy.
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