It’s a girl!

Last Sunday I got to capture my friends Jess, Dave, and their li’l monkey Hannah in Old Sacramento. It was super special as I’ve been wanting to photograph them for a while! They got in touch last year about taking photos in spring, and it turns out they knew something I didn’t. They’re pregnant! 

It was even more special because they used these photos to announce that they’re expecting! YAY! Hannah is going to be a big sister later this year. 

The pink balloons were such a classy touch and way to announce their second baby girl. I loved Hannah’s playfulness with the balloons, and watching them bounce in the Delta Breeze.

I’m so so so thankful I get to capture these special moments and times in people’s lives. Congrats to Jess, Dave, and soon-to-be-big-sister Hannah!

Parabo Press Print Party!

A couple weeks ago I hosted a Print Swap Party with friends, snacks, and prints from Parabo Press. I’m in the business of documenting memories, and I absolutely love printing them. Having something tangible to share, enjoy, and remember is wonderful, especially since so much is digital these days. 

In addition to photography, I work for Parabo Press, and got the idea to have a group of pals order prints and then get together and share those prints! My Parabo team loved the idea, and then the party planning began!

My friend Andrea, from Year of Parties blog, is in the business of planning parties! She was the first person I thought of to not only join me in the print party, but collaborate on decor, snacks, anything DIY, and all the party vibes! Huge shoutout to Andrea for her guidance, on point decorating skills, and making all the desserts! 

We picked a date, location, theme, and went from there! If you want some really great insights to hosting your own print party, check out Parabo’s blog on how to do so. 

I’d love to give you a free set of 4” square prints from Parabo! Use the code BESTY in checkout, you’ll just pay shipping. Expires 4/30/17. Feel free to share that code with your friends and have your own print party.

Thanks to the wonderful attendees that joined me in the Print Swap Party!

Haley @colourmeclassic of Colour Me Classic and owner of the party location @commonspacesac

Marie @creatvunicorn of Marie Young Creatv

Kachet @thelipstickgiraffe of The Lipstick Giraffe

Anna @annamiller916

Andrea @the.andrealove of Year of Parties.

And Parabo for the prints and memories!

Happy printing!

Jono and Ziba Favorites! went off with a bang! Had a few days off, and then shot my first wedding of the year on January 7th! Jono, the groom, was one of my best pals in high school. I met his amazing bride, Frida Kahlo, aka ZIBA a couple years ago. Jono and Ziba are such special and unique individuals, and I’m truly blessed to have them in my life. They live and fell in love in Long Beach- love music, books (they are librarians!), and bike rides. Thanks to my SoCal roots, I’m able to see them from time to time- often at an Abigail’s show! 

They got engaged on a trip to Cuba in early 2016. Shortly after their return, they asked me about wedding photography. I was thrilled. So a year went by, their wedding day came, and it was a photographer’s dream! Forgive me now that it’s March, but time flies faster than I can keep track of. 

The ceremony took place at the Earl Burns Japanese Garden at Long Beach State. They got married on a bridge overlooking a pond full of koi fish, surround by friends, fam, and loved one. The gardens were a dream to shoot at. Rain was on the forecast for the day, but we were graced with clouds and sunshine. 

The opted for a first look, to see each other prior to the ceremony (which I love and recommend!). It gives the bride and groom a moment to soak each other up and enjoy each other prior to the ceremony, family photos, and reception. Their first look was so precious! Jono was not expecting his bride to look like Frida Kahlo! A tear or two might have fallen onto the back of my camera while I was shooting this sweet interaction. 

Jono and Ziba kept their bridal party small, each with their best friend by their side. I do enjoy small bridal parties as it usually leads to more photo opp’s with the bride and groom. In this case, Ziba’s cousin drove their vintage Chevy Impala over so we got to take photos with the car after the family photos! It was a treat, and made for some really edgy photos. 

I’ll say that this post took me forever because it was so hard to narrow down the images to share in this blog post! I think an additional post for the reception may be necessary, and perhaps another of all the details and family pics! 

There’s so much more to share about this wedding, but I want to focus on how blessed I feel to have shot it. Jono and Ziba are amazing and I’m so lucky they chose me as their photographer. There were so many familiar faces, so many happy moments, delicious Persian food, and the best wedding playlist ever. 

Check out everyone that helped make this possible!

My 2nd Shooter- Anna Miller

Flowers by Brittany Sherman

Dress by @daughtersofsimone

Hair by @citylovelb

Makeup by

Undergarments by @lucyblingerie

#ZebraPizzaZine Wedding program cover by @brittwhitakerdesign

Save the date by @crawlincreep

Table signs by @buggatha

Food signs by @friskerswhiskerzart

DJ @vinnie_toma

Extra special thanks to Wedding coordinator extraordinaire- Rhea @avocado_spaceship 

Thanks for reading!

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