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Downtown Riverside Engagement Session | Riverside, CA

LaTisha and Robert first met at a gas station when LaTisha was checking the air pressure in her tires and Robert approached her to see if she needed help. They struck up a conversation, exchanged phone numbers, and instantly became friends. After a few months, they went on their first date and their friendship developed into a relationship. Fast forward about 5 years and they now engaged and planning their wedding.

They recently moved near the Riverside area and decided that downtown Riverside would be the perfect location for their engagement session because it has a lot of Spanish Mission architecture, much similar in style to the venue they’ll be getting married at next year.

When planning their engagement session, LaTisha asked if there was any way we could incorporate a gas station as one of their photo locations. Of course I said yes- I loved the sentiment of it and felt it would be a great way to tell their love story through photography!

Congratulations LaTisha and Robert! I had such a blast hanging out with you two!

Enjoy some of my favorites from their session below…

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Are you or anyone you know newly engaged and looking to book engagement photos? Click here to start planning your session with me!

Hot Air Balloon Engagement | Palm Springs, CA

Tania & Ankit met in their first year of medical school and are currently fulfilling their residency training. Although their schedules are crazy with overnight and multi-day shifts, Ankit wanted to plan the perfect surprise proposal for his wonderful girlfriend, Tania. This was no easy task as Ankit had to coordinate to swap shifts with other residents, but he managed to make it happen!


Ankit kept it a total secret until the day of the hot air balloon ride. He told Tania he had a surprise for her and to wear warm clothing as rain was expected later in the day. They arrived to the meeting location for the hot air ballon and met with myself and the balloon pilot. Neither Ankit or Tania had ever been on a hot air balloon before (nor has I). As the balloon was being inflated and the minutes neared for boarding, anxiety and excitement filled us all. 


We then boarded the ballon, I engaged in small talk with Ankit and Tania, but primarily kept to myself and photographed scenery in an attempt to conceal the proposal nearing. 


The balloon pilot announced that we would descend to have his staff member on the ground take a group photograph. As we descended, we saw his ground staff member. This member was holding a sign saying “Will you marry me”. Ankit asked Tania to look out to the sign, in which she gasped and and smiled ear to ear. Ankit proceeded to pull out a ring from his jacket pocket and got down on one knee to ask Tania to marry him. She immediately said yes, embraced him tightly, and showered him in kisses.


Tania then said “I feel on top of the world”. We all laughed at how literal and figurative it was— not to mention heartwarming. Ankit and Tania immediately started calling and Facetiming their loved ones to share the news. 


It was such a beautiful and perfectly timed (rainstorms ensued later that day) proposal.  


Scroll down to see the day unfold…

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Planning a surprise proposal for the love of your life and want to make sure you have those memories photographed to look back on for the rest of your lives? Click here to start planning your perfect proposal with me!

Something Homemade Branding Photoshoot | Rancho Santa Fe, CA

I recently did a branding photoshoot for Something Homemade, a catering company based in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The photoshoot took place in a private home which was a fitting location to match the look and feel of the company—cozy home cooked meals for private parties and events.

Something Homemade is owned and operated by Chef Keely Barrera. Keely’s dishes are made beautifully and thoughtfully. Every dish is made from scratch, never canned or processed. 

I left the photo session with a tray of lovely baked goods from Keely. All were great, but I have to say her lemon bars in particular were phenomenal.

If you are hosting an event at or near the Rancho Santa Fe area and looking for catering service, definitely give Something Homemade a try!

Scroll below to see some of their tasty offerings…

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Custom menus by Luciana Emilia

Custom menus by Luciana Emilia

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Chef Keely Barrera

Chef Keely Barrera

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How cute are these mini glasses of milk paired with brownie bites?

How cute are these mini glasses of milk paired with brownie bites?

These are the lemon bars I mentioned above…they’re divine!

These are the lemon bars I mentioned above…they’re divine!

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Crostini

Crostini

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Mini Fish Tacos

Mini Fish Tacos

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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Preparing a coconut cake

Preparing a coconut cake

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Restaurant, coffee shop, or catering company looking to rebrand your website and social media? Couple or family looking to book the perfect in-home session? Click here to get started!