Steven + Crystal | Maternity | San Luis Obispo, CA

From the moment I talked to Crystal on the phone I felt like she was a friend. Her love for details and soft light brought us together and I had so much fun planning her maternity session. I can't wait to do her in home lifestyle newborn session once her little man arrives!

Here are just a few favorites from that amazing day!

Eden | A Birth Story

You know those friendships that are just born out of nowhere. That is how Esther and I began, it sounds like a first date. We met at 6 degree's coffee shop in Orcutt for the first time to talk about a maternity and family session. I knew in the first 30 seconds that we would be friends. 

It was a normal meeting, we talked shop and made plans for her session, then both went our separate ways. The day of her family session we hit it off again (sounds like a date again right?) we laughed through the entire family session and the idea of a live birth session was born (pardon the pun).

Over the next weeks Esther and I bonded like no other. In a matter of a month we went from being strangers to talking daily about everything and literally anything. 

Esther and I bet that Eden would come early so for a week we waited and waited, but Eden was on her own schedule. It was the day before she was due that Esther went into labor. It was October 29th right around 9pm. Eden would soon arrive ON her due date just after midnight.

It was an experience that I will treasure for a lifetime, along with Esther and our friendship.


Shade + Monique | Maternity | Rancho San Antonio | Buellton, CA

Shade + Monique drove up from LA to celebrate their one year anniversary at the same magical spot they said I do, just a year ago.

The only difference between that amazing day and this day was there was even more love in the air, and a sweet little boy on the way.

We traveled all over the ranch, laughed, sang and of course ate cake!

Thank you so much Shade and Monique for letting me capture these special moments. I can't wait to see you in a couple weeks and meet your son!


Chris + Evelyn | Maternity | Orcutt, Ca

When Evelyn emailed me to tell me her vision for her maternity session I was so excited it was all I could do not to literally scream at the computer! 

Well when the day finally arrived, a fire had broken out at the original location I wanted to shoot, but I couldn't let them down so I used a different location that was just as stunning, the smoke was to our east and the wind blowing it in the opposite direction so it didn't interfere with the session.

Evelyn is wearing a stunning maternity dress from Sew Trendy . 

Here are some of my favorites from her session!

Enjoy

Nick + Ashley | Maternity - Preview | Avila Beach, CA

There are times that the stars align and people come into your life for a reason. Ashley I know is going to be one of those people for me. From the second we met it's like we had been friends for years! I'm so glad I was able to capture this amazing time for her and Nick!

I wish you both nothing but happiness! 

Doss Family + Maternity | Santa Maria, Ca

Cameron & Kaela are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met, they already have a simply precious daughter named Dalaney and she is going to be the best big sister to new brother Conway. 

This family was such a pleasure to photograph, Kaela is so stunning and glowing with joy. Cameron and Dalaney had no problem keeping each other entertained while I took photos of Mom, and of course had to join in on the fun too!!!

I can't wait to meet Conway when he make his debut in a couple weeks!!

Enjoy!!

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Byrne Family | Orcutt, Ca

I held a contest in April for a free maternity session, and I'm so glad that Jen was one of the winners. We incorporated a family session into their maternity session and I couldn't be happier with the images, her darling girls were full of smiles and so good in front of the camera. I can't wait until their little angel arrives!!!


Sierra | Santa Maria, CA | Maternity

Over the holiday's I sell gift certificates, and now is the time of year that everyone is using them. I was so excited when my client turned amazing friend Raquel gave Sierra a gift certificate. 

As you can see Sierra is stunning. These some shots taken at her baby shower in Santa Maria, CA. Sierra and her family were only in town for one day and I couldn't miss the chance of getting some beautiful shots of her perfect belly! 

One of my favorite photos is with her grandmother on the left and her mother on the right. Four generations in one photo. Great grandmother to baby Maleah growing inside mom, Grandmother, Mom and unborn baby...all in one photo. 

As I write this, Maleah Violet Lopez has been born and Mom and baby are doing great!

Congrats Lopez Family! 

<3 Stef

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