Twentynine Palms Event Photography – Sloan Homecoming

Welcome home Marine!  This is the second time I have been able to be with this family to welcome home their hero.  Such a sweet thing as a photographer to work with the same families again and again.  One of my greatest blessings.

Homecomings are such a raw event to photograph.  There is an anticipation in the air like nothing else you can imagine because while your spouse has been gone everyone has grown, changed; life has continued and paused all at the same time here at home in away that is difficult to understand.

Children play while the waiting is sometimes long, spouses are tuned into their emotions and trying to keep their own feet on the ground while they wait for the first sighting of those white buses.  There is so much love and excitement in the air that you can’t help but feel the emotions yourself.  As the white buses make their way Lindsay’s excitement began to bubble over, her smiles became those that only her Marine could create, the love of her life was actually somewhere in the sea of uniforms looking for her.  That first glance and smile will determine the next moments, Lindsay ran and greeted her hero with a hug that escaped all the months and miles that kept them apart.  Her world was silent in the chaos and whole once again.

As a father and husband leaving behind your family for months to serve your country all comes down in the end to these moments of familiar comfort, the smiles that have kept you going and the warmth of being with your family once again.

Welcome home!  And thank you Sloan family for your service.

Wow! Where did the Year go? – Key Family

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Almost a year ago I met this little lady, she was brand new to the world!  Her father and I walked into the operating room where her mother laid in anticipation of the biggest moment in her life.  Nathan and I watched, I also photographed as she took her first breathes.  The opportunity to capture these moments in time are beyond blessings to me yet this family has continued to bless me.  Nathan said that day we were tied for life because the 3 of us shared in that moment.

Here we are a year later, I have photographed them many other times, Hannah and I have shared cups of coffee, parenting stories and ideas.  They have become more than clients to me as I have watched them blossom as a family.

This perfect little girl will be one next month, she is celebrated and loved.  Thank you for once again allowing me to capture these times in your lives #keypartyof3

To check out Savannah’s birth story click the link below….

{ Key Birth Story } – Twentynine Palms Maternity and Newborn Photographer

Summer Love

Twentynine Palms Couple's Photography - Yucca Valley Couple's Photography - Joshua Tree Couple's Photography - LeinsAriel contacted me to help capture their relationship in time, in the desert that they currently call home.  She wanted a special location that would show the beauty of our desert and light, while encapsulating their deep love for each other.  We found the space, we found the light and they were exquisite in front of my camera.

William was consistently the one making us laugh and wonder would we manage those endearing images every wife wants; as you can see he pulled through time and time again.  He makes her laugh, he makes her swoon.  They danced among the Joshua trees.  She captured his touch, his glances and his deep devotion.

During this time in life these two wanted to include their fur babies who also did a great job.  They only pulled Ariel through the desert once otherwise they were not people or camera shy!

Thank you both for allowing me to help preserve these moments for you! Twentynine Palms Couple's Photography - Yucca Valley Couple's Photography - Joshua Tree Couple's Photography - Leins 2

Twentynine Palms Family Photographer – Brookins Family Fun!

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I had the opportunity to photograph this family a couple of years ago; they even said they had fun!  This time there was the addition of a grandson so even more awesome.  With a big blended family photo shoots can be a little stressful but these guys show up every time ready to smile and have fun.

While discussing a location Andrea was excited to use the Indian Cove campground as their backdrop as they enjoying hiking there as a family.  This was a great chance to capture them in an environment that holds memories for them together.

Visiting from North Carolina was their new and handsome grandson who was super full of smiles.  Everyone wanted their picture with him so they all took turns trading baby and smiles.

There were lots of laughs, lots of funny faces and lots of memories captured!  Thank you for trusting me once again to capture these forever moments and I look forward to our next adventure.

Twentynine Palms Photography – The Navarros visit

This fun family lived here in 29 Palms for 5 years; they say it was an adjustment but they eventually fell in love with the desert as so many of us do.  They however received orders before they captured that love so they adventured back up here for a family session.  With visitors in tow we were able to capture some fun, loving family portraits that will serve as a reminder of their time here!  Both girls were ready to climb the beautiful rocks of Joshua Tree National Park so on a smaller scale we tried to make sure we snagged a shot of them on the rocks.  The littlest guy was having fun using those legs, to run, everywhere but with his family’s help and I am pretty sure funny faces behind me he gave me some smiles to die for.  I hope the Navarros love every image as they are gorgeous together and in the amazing scenery that I am lucky enough to call home!

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Yucca Valley Maternity and Newborn Photographer – The Martinez’s become 3

Bumps, bumps, and more bumps equals babies.  I so love maternity sessions and of course newborn session so when I am booked to photograph a family through both sessions I am elated.  After some illness Jenn, Pete and I were finally able to meet out at the Big Canyon Morongo Preserve where we talked about what was to come and the welcoming of their little one.  It so happens that Pete and I sort of know each other, my husband and him work together, so that is always that much better.

When mommy-to-be is as stunning as Jenn it makes my job easy and Pete was ready to show off his gorgeous wife!  As we walked through the preserve Jenn was greeted by hikers with enthusiasm; she had never been photographed like this before so the attention made her smile.  She made for a great subject and helped me create beautiful images.  Hopefully she’ll continue to put herself in front of the camera!  Pete kept her laughing, the entire time – a great thing to see between a couple.

Not long and they will be welcoming their little boy; be on the lookout for their newborn session.  I know they can’t wait to meet him and neither can!

Twentynine Palms Maternity and Newborn Photographer-Martinez Blog

Yucca Valley Maternity and Newborn Photographer -The Kaur’s Whitewater Maternity Session

Working on blogging more and writing more about the people I meet, the places I go and the relationships that blossom through my photography; I couldn’t have a better couple to chronicle all of these things with.

I met these two last year for a fabulous couple’s session at the Big Canyon Morongo Preserve.  With authentic cultural attire and a relaxed picnic scene we had fun capturing some amazing images; you can check them out here: https://memoriesbytasha.org/2015/01/31/twentynine-palms-photographer-kaur-couples-session/   I also had the opportunity to watch the Mrs. walk to receive her well earned LVN and then the next phase of life happened upon them I got the call or maybe text to photograph the baby bump.

These two are so excited to welcome their baby girl soon so we met at the Whitewater Preserve to capture some baby bump photographs to commemorate this time in their lives.  With only a slight chill in the air we had gorgeous weather and a beautiful mommy.  We wondered around the preserve settling in for images amongst the fall scenery while talking about what was next.  A baby girl on the way brings excitement and the unknowns but these two can’t wait to spoil this little lady and I can’t wait to meet her as well!  Looking forward to seeing all soon as you become 3.

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Yucca Valley Maternity and Newborn Photographer – Baby D hits the blog

In November I got to meet and photograph this beautiful family as they celebrated the soon to be arrival of their new addition.  They braved the cold to capture our beautiful desert at sunset and how stunning did it turn out to be.  Sometimes we are just lucky to have the best light, location and clients.  Um how gorgeous is she pregnant?

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With 2016 comes new adventures and I am so excited; so when asked to capture the next part of this story I was honored.  This is the first session of the new year and I can’t think of a better way to start.  Baby D and his family elected to have a lifestyle session in the comfort of their home and surrounded by their things.  OMG I am in love with lifestyle newborn sessions!  Need to do more.

As with many of the families that I photograph this family is away from their extended family as they grow due to the military; making great images important for everyone who is not here to enjoy this little man’s sweetness.  He slept perfectly, going to have to ask his dad to swaddle all my newborns BTW!  The few minutes he spent awake were peaceful as you can see below.  His sweet sister was ready to pose with him and well her dog🙂 so we were able to capture some great sibling shots – she may have needed a tiara in some!

Mom and I were already working on our themes for future sessions so I am pretty excited to get to watch this family grow for the time they get to be here.

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Twentynine Palms Event Photographer {Yohe 50th Anniversary}

This family became my family a bit over 20 years ago and they have been stuck with me since.  When asked would I help to capture this moment in time I was honored.  50 years of marriage, years of love and life together!  Through marrying, military life, children, and retirement these two have remained ever faithful and have something so worthy of celebration!  I am glad I could share in this day with you and the family; I hope you enjoy the captures of the day!

Family came from all around to celebrate.  We took a family pictures that were long overdue.  We ate and conversed.  All around a perfect afternoon celebrating love; imperfections and perfections!

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Twentynine Palms Family Photographer {Nielsen Family}

What is a family looking for in a photography session and how do they find it?  There are different levels of talent and experience, there are different art forms and perspectives so it is important to find that photographer that can deliver what you envision.  I hope I capture that for the families I work with each and every time.

Courtney and I scheduled and rescheduled this session which happens when working in real life but am I ever so glad we got our schedules together.  Unbeknownst to me we work our session in on their 7th wedding anniversary which makes it that much more exciting to capture some of what they have experienced and created together.

Boy did we have fun!!  I always want to create beautiful pictures but I also strive to have an enjoyable experience so with three little ones in tow we needed to stay moving, keep their attention and have some fun; we did exactly that.  Courtney has a beautiful and sweet family full of love and laughter.  We captured a little piece of each personality throughout our time together and I wish you all continued happiness!Twentynine Palms Family Photographer -NielsenTwentynine Palms Family Photographer -Nielsen2