Ruffles and Baby Butts – Could it get any cuter?!?

I am so pleased to share a fantastic new vendor with you all.  Monkey Ruffles is a custom baby clothing and accessories shop based in Fresno, California. Alison is an amazing seamstress who really pays attention to every detail.  While I do not have a baby girl of my own (yet!) I have used several vendors for things like diaper covers for my studio and have found a pretty wide range in quality of craftmanship.  Monkey Ruffles work is top of the line, beautiful work! And I highly recommend getting your orders in quickly – I predict she is going to become one busy lady :)

While I was out in California to visit my family we had a little photo shoot with my niece Hannah so she could model some of her Mama’s latest work. Hannah is too stinkin cute for words – and she Loves the camera!  It is killing me to be so far away…If she lived closer this blog would be filled up with her cuteness all.the.time!

If you have a little girl, or one you love to shop for, head on over to Monkey Ruffles – these little bloomers are just too adorable!  I have ordered a few pairs for the studio, but if you have an upcoming session with me and would like to use some for your session let me know and we will coordinate your order with your session date :)

You can find Monkey Ruffles at or email Alison at

And Alison is also adding solid color bloomers to her line up.  I ordered these for my one year cake smash sessions – and will be adding more colors with my next order!

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A Red White and Blue Happy Birthday for Two!

Memorial Day weekend – what a fantastic Sunday afternoon for a Happy Birthday party. Not just for one little munchkin, but for two sweet kiddos.  Max turned 5 and Lilly 3, both right around the arrival of baby number three – their sweet baby brother Jake – so Mom very wisely waited a few weeks to have a joint celebration.  It was a pretty hot day so the newest family member hid inside most of the time, but what a precious family of five they have become :)

And what a fun party we had!  I have had the privelege of watching these two grow quite a bit over the last two years.  My son and Max hit it off big time their very first day of preschool together and have been best buddies since.  So I was thrilled when their Mom asked me photograph the party.  Every detail was perfect – from the darling bento boxes with chicken tenders and carrot sticks for the kiddos on the patio to the moon bounces in the yard to the elaborate candy and sweets table in dining room.  The patriotic theme was perfect for this brother-sister joint celebration and a very good time was had by all!

Could the Birthday Boy and Girl be more Adorable?

Windows Catering did an Amazing job!

How much fun are all of these little guests?!?  I loved meeting all of these darling babies and their beautiful Mamas!


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Pretty in Pink

I have been on a blue streak.  No, not down in the dumps, an all boy all the time blue streak!  In the last three months I have photographed newborn boys, first birthday cake smash boys, baby boys – even my own two boys for their spring session – but the only females to enter my studio recently have been older siblings and Mamas!

So I have to say, I was quite excited about the idea of an oh so girly pink (and more pink!) first birthday party for beautiful little Miss A!  And let me tell you, this party did not disappoint.

This was the first birthday party I had photographed, so I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for, but wow did this family make it easy!  No detail was left undone for this affair.  Everything – from the cocktails to Dad’s shirt – was pink, and it was beautiful.  The cake table was stunning, so many little details had been planned for – and it showed.  And the guests – well, you couldn’t have asked for a cuter crowd :)  So many happy little ones running around having a good time.  It was a lovely day and I don’t think there was a guest there who didn’t have a fantastic afternoon.

And then there was cake…As parents we all anticipate the cake smash for the first birthday.  We plan for it, we look forward to it (we may even hire a photographer to capture that special moment!).  But the truth is, some kids just don’t like cake.  Well, no worries for this little one – she was ready to dig in.  And even better, she was ready to share!

Happy 1st Birthday sweetheart, thank you for letting me share a bit of your special day with you.

This sweets table was just beautiful!  Mom did such an amazing job putting all the details together.  Fluffy Thoughts Cakes in McLean provided this gorgeous smash cake and Freshly Baked made the super yummy cake pops – both were huge hits all around!

Oh the cake smashing fun….

So many darling little ones and beautiful parents – I love seeing the joy that parents show when they are loving on their babies :)

One of my favorite things in the world to capture are those candid moments, those special glimpses of the love between a parent and child, caught when neither knows the camera is there…


Kim Josephson - Amazing photos. The day looks like it will full of lots of love, laughter and smiles. Terrific job!!!!

Sandro - I know this sounds satgnre but one of the things that made it with me when I moved from France to the US was my grandmother’s cake stand like this. You may laredy know this but we use them for petits fours and other small bites. We call them “chevalier” which means “knight” because their duty is just like that of knights in the Middle Ages: to serve.In France it used to be one of the “mandatory” items on a bride’s wedding registry.These are gorgeous!

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