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November 26, 2010

Joyful Carter Bug

I am loving this whole being a dad thing! I feel like the luckiest guy in the world right now because I am so blessed to have such an amazing family!!!

My son Carter is almost 4 months old now. He loves taking baths, swinging in his jumper, and just being silly with his mom and dad! He might stink and barf every now and again but when he looks me in the eyes and then lights up the room with a smile and giggle it makes everything worth it!

My wife is also amazing and I thank God for her. She not only takes care of our little Carter but also me! Smile Yeah, Im not sure what I would do with out her. Im not one to brag but I really scored!!! Praise God!


”The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.” (Psalms 116:5 NIV)

November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2010

Engagement Photography in Valley Center, Ca

What a fun idea Sarah had to have her engagement pictures taken at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, Ca.  The hay, old barn, and antique wood textures really gave her the country style engagement photos that she was going for.

We toured all over the farm looking for fun and creative photography opportunity's. One of my favorite’s was underneath the huge oak tree at the front of Bates. That tree has to be a hundred years old.

Fall is such a gorgeous time of year in Southern California too, the colors and warm crisp air really made it a comfortable experience. I love being outside and getting to photograph great people in God’s beautiful creation. Congrats to Sarah and Aaron as they get ready to tie the know in 2011!

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November 11, 2010

Family Photography in Murrieta

As a family photographer in Murrieta you’ve got to be ready to mix it up and get creative. This shoot was no different. The request was for simple black and white images of the whole family. So we went monochromatic and captured some fun shots of the family and then some “modeling” shots of the kids!

This session was in the clients home, and I enjoyed being resourceful with available light and backgrounds. We used what we had and made it an awesome shoot. If you follow my blog at all you probably know this isnt usually my style. Natural and earthy  with brown tones is more my thing, but hey you’ve got a mix it up once in a while. And Im happy I listened to my clients ideas in this case because they turned out great.


November 10, 2010

Beach Engagement Photos in San Diego

What a blast it was getting to capture Travis and Amanda’s Engagement photographs! They are so easy going and can turn anything into a laugh! For the last photograph at the beach session, I begged tem to sit as close to the water as possible and enjoy the sunset. They trusted me that the long exposure was gonna turn out really cool. And the 5th or 6th try did Winking smileturn out just as I hoped with a buttery soft shoreline washing over them!  Sorry guys, I hope the wet butts were worth it. kissing on beach shoreline

After their San Diego beach engagement photography session we decided to take a stroll through the city and capture some more romantic shots. La Jolla was perfect for this, because of the gorgeous architecture and warm city lights. As a photographer who loves natural light I shy away from the night. But this city night engagement session really opened my mind about new possibilities. I think my favorite shot from the session was this long exposure photograph where Travis and Amanda are kissing in the middle of the street with the cars zooming past them. This wasn’t photoshopped, this is straight out of the camera with a few minor adjustments to contrast and color in Adobe Lightroom.

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Trav and Manda were truly meant for each other, and not just because they already have the same last name! They both have huge hearts and they both make each other smile. They are high school sweethearts and so excited to be getting married in June 2011. Travis is basically building Amanda a house and we are hoping it will be move in ready by the wedding. Knowing Trav I bet it will be done, if not we will have to call in the “House Crashers” from HGTV when they are on their honeymoon!  cute engagement photographengaged couple kissingbeach engagement photolaughing at beachcute couple laughing at beachsan diego engagement photobeach footprints engaged coupleSan Diego beach engagement picturela jolla engagement photokiss at la jolla beachEngagement photo at the beachfun engagement sessioncandid engagement photoengagement session hugEngagement Photo from abovesan diego engagement photographfun engagement photographycity lights engagement photographromantic engagement photograph094-Amanda Travis_Engagement