October 12, 2010

A Family Story :: Ashley, Jonathan, Lilly & Olivia

Ashley contacted me after seeing Christi's maternity session images. We traded some emails and picked a date and spot to meet up with her and her sweet family.

Ashley and Jonathan's little girls, Lilly and Olivia, are just the sweetest and most adorable girls ever. When they popped out of the car in their little ruffle skirts, all dressed in pretty pinks and purples, I just smiled...despite that it was a colder than normal Santa Barbara evening tonight.

Lilly was a natural from the word "go"! Such a beautiful little girl.

She loves her Mommy...and she's THREE!

Olivia was a little more shy, and definitely Daddy's girl. She kept close to him almost the whole time.

Despite the different personalities...these little girls were sisters. The best kind.

If you hadn't noticed already....Ashley is due with number 3 soon. The little bun in the oven this time is their little brother. He's due to make his grand appearance in December, and I think that the girls, and maybe Daddy too, can't wait!

Such an adorable little family.

I could have spent the entire time taking pictures of Ashley.....she is glowing, gorgeous and the camera LOVES her!

It was also easy to capture the love that she and Jonathan have for each other.

Who doesn't love a little impromtu game of Ring Around the Rosies?

I couldn't help more alone time with just Ashley. Loving it.

As Ashley was sitting there, the girls came to join her on their own....but as hard as we tried to coerce them to both touch Ashley's belly at the same time, it just didn't happen. Then, all of the sudden, without any warning, they were done with that idea...and walked off. I just love the look on Mommy's face as they took off. Priceless!

Congrats to your family on welcoming another baby into the world!! I had such a great time with you, and can't wait to meet the little guy real soon!

October 2, 2010

A Love Story :: Alison & Jono

I got an email from Alison a few months back, saying that she was a coworker of Bethany's, had seen her pictures from last year, and asked if I'd be interested in taking some engagement pics of her and her fiance.

I was, of course, up for it, and we agreed to get back in touch with each other after Brett and I got married and returned from our honeymoon. After our return, Alison and I started to plan. We had a few dates and locations picked out at first...but then.....THEN....she came up with the neatest idea.

Alison is the Ticket Manager for UCSB Athletics, and Jono is the Men's Basketball Coach....so they spend quite a bit of their time in the UCSB Thunderdome. She asked how I'd felt about spending part of our time together there. I agreed immediately and couldn't wait!

I met Alison and Jono on campus and liked them both in an instant. As they changed into their super sharp outfits, I had some fun around the inside of the stadium with the numbers and letters in the stands....more to be seen of that in a bit. :)

They came out, looking totally great, and were so much fun from the start. They were up for anything, and the two of them just had a really great time together no matter what we were doing.

Alison got out there and showed Jono how it was done...in heels! She was a pretty good shot too!!

I loved it when Jono came out of the locker room with props. It didn't feel like I was working at all....I had so much fun with these two!

Alison said that this is a pretty typical scene from time to time....that she's in the ticket booth working while Jono will come by to say hello.

After a quick change, we went to another part of campus that I hadn't been to before. The students of UCSB are so stinking lucky to have beach access from campus!! I would have never been able to get any work done if I had gone to school here!

A short walk along the path before getting to the water's edge.

Ahhh, the golden light was amazing right as we arrived.

They didn't even blink as I kept asking them to get lower and lower in the sand...love it!

I was so happy to meet Alison and Jono and learn a little bit about them, and their fun story. They will be married at the Bacara Resort & Spa in June of next year. Best of luck in love to you both!!

OH! I almost forgot.....I did something a little fun for Alison and Jono, a first for me. I thought I'd give the +Site functionality of SHOWIT a try, and had a great time putting this together to showcase their photos and story.

Check it out here!! The site has a slideshow with a lot more images of these two lovebirds!!