It’s about the right place at the right time. That’s how I would describe Emily and Brian’s relationship. They have known each other for some years now since we all actually work in the English Department. So it started off as coworkers, leading into a friendship, and then a relationship brewed. It was a shared common interest that brought Emily and Brian together – the enjoyment of running. Emily joined in on coaching track and Brian is an all-star triathlon athlete so when Emily needed some suggestions on working out the kids, Brian definitely chimed in with his expertise. And then it grew from there…and I am SO happy it did. Emily is a great friend/coworker who is always willing to listen and give her support when needed. She’s direct and straight-forward (great balance to my indecisiveness at times…most of the time) and highly driven. Brian, who I refer to as little brother, is funny and sarcastic, very organized (you should see his folder that he carries with him), ¬†and is a sweetheart because he is my little brother! So the two of them together? Absolutely wonderful in every way possible. I have two friends who are head over heels for each other and I knew for both of them, it would take the right person to make them each fall in love.

I cannot wait until their July wedding where I get to be not only a guest, but their photographer! I get to be twice as happy in their celebration and look forward to everything in store for their future together!


As always, I love seeing the Aguilar family. For this session, we celebrated all the kids – Angel just turned the big seven – and their special bond with their mom and aunt. It was great seeing how the kids have grown up, especially the younger one since I took his one year pictures quite some time ago. Now he loves playing with animals – horse figurines – while Vanessa still loves getting her nails done and going out to enjoy lunch. I’m thankful that everyone endured the warm sun and the wildlife – crazy bees – in the garden. I’m also very thankful that I get to photograph this family time and time again and always look forward to seeing them. I definitely cannot wait to celebrate Delilah’s completion of her schooling and very much look forward to our next session together!

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Summer! For Emi that means swimming lessons – we are one week into them and the teacher makes her go underwater every day (insert scary, bugged eye face), the splash pads next to the pool, ice cream – strawberry or an ice cream sandwich, random trips – so far Huntington Library and The Getty, painting, playing with Min (Emi’s Minnie Mouse doll), obsessing over using the iPad and watching TV (which we do our best to limit), discovering she likes more food – pizza from Casa Bianca and Luggage Room, and just enjoying the time before I have to go back to teaching (insert sad music).

Emi continues to be her silly self. She likes to push this button on a toy in Abby’s room and say, “We’re going to Disneyland!” and do a silly dance. This past week when I picked her up from school, she asked if I had a surprise for her and I actually did! My mom and I tried to give Emi hints, starting with, “The surprise starts with the letter C.” Emi stated in a serious voice, “Chicken nuggets.” My mom and I laughed so hard and when I said no, Emi said, “Chicken.” Eventually we were able to get to the true surprise, which was a cupcake from Dots, which Emi said is her favorite. She especially loves the red velvet cupcakes from there. Emi makes me laugh all the time, and this is just one example of her silliness.

Emi has discovered she likes potatoes (mainly the breakfast ones from Bristol Farms) and french fries. The other day she asked for french fries and strawberry ice cream from M…which is McDonalds. I ended up getting her some the next day, but at the location closer to my parents’ house. She nearly refused, which continues to show how she is set in her ways and likes things to be exactly the same (hence going to the M that she went to with Taro). I wonder if she will be like this as she continues to get older.

This update was brief, but we do have some exciting things coming up for the remainder of the summer. Stay tuned!


Emi loves carrying her camera around and takes pictures of everything around her. She forgot to bring her camera to the Getty so I let her use my phone instead.