While scouting new locations for an upcoming group session I snapped a few quick shots of this mama and her two sweet girls. You can almost feel the love they have for each other through these photographs.  This mama was so gentle, loving and patient with her daughters I just love how these photos capture their raw, unedited beauty. The way light was dancing around them as the sun was slowly setting behind the trees made for some dreamy shots and a perfect ending to a gorgeous winter day on the Central Coast.
 
 
If you've been following my blog posts lately then you've been following this "baby bump". My good friend Lauren is expecting her third baby this spring and it's been so much fun to watch this adorable bump of hers grow. On New Years Eve her and her kiddos came over to play and I was able to snap a few quick pics of her and her little cowboy just before the last sunset of 2013.
 
 
The Luna family has got to be one of THE sweetest families I have ever met. They are expecting their third child and this mama is absolutely glowing. It was such a pleasure photographing them and their little ones remind me so much of my little guys (It's near impossible to keep them out of the water) so cute! Gotta love those California beach babies! We were blessed with amazing weather, you would hardly guess it's almost December.
 
 
It's been such a joy watching my good friend, Lauren's baby bump blossom. She exudes pure happiness, radiance and excitement over the impending arrival of her third child (a sweet baby girl due in April). 19 weeks and counting, she gets more beautiful with each passing week. I can't wait to meet this gorgeous little bundle of joy!
 
 
It was an honor photographing this beautiful family. They are all so fun and lighthearted. You can definitely feel the love amongst this group. Baby Boston is a little heartthrob already and I think he definitely stole the show on this shoot! Such a happy and easy going little guy. These are a few of my favorites... enjoy!
 
 

The Walker's are adding another pumpkin to their patch and I had the pleasure of photographing this fun little shoot for them!

How gorgeous is this trio!? Just missing Daddy, but someones gotta work to pay for all of these pumpkins ;) We'll have to get him in the next shoot.
I mean really?? Could you just eat these two up or what?
Because nothing screams "I'm Pregnant" better than pickles and ice cream....
Water break! These two were having WAY too much fun in the drinking fountain.... I couldn't resist ;)
Gender Reveal Sneak Peak.... they won't find out what they are having for a few more days but we took a few shots in anticipation for the big reveal. Stay tuned to hear if their little pumpkin is a he or a she!!
The results will be in soon.....
 
 
Because what little girl doesn't love to get dressed up and drink sparkling lemonade out of pink stripey straws...... It really doesn't get much cuter than this! Only four years old and my little princess is already taking after her momma, my little hostess with the mostest! Cheers!
 
 
My dad and his amazing girlfriend threw us the most beautiful library shower to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our fifth baby with our closest friends and their beautiful children! We are so blessed and thankful and can't wait to meet baby River.

Candy Bar

How cute is this cake and cupcakes!? I about died when I saw them

Made by the girls at the always fabulous "Bake You Happy"

Thank you banner over the gifts table

"Ready to Pop" Popcorn

I have to take a moment to brag about how insanely adorable my son is with the baby bump. He is already such an awesome big brother and can't wait for the new addition. He gives the belly love and talks to River daily... it's the sweetest thing!

Me and all my babies

 
 

Kalei's 4th Birthday Cake

I knew I wanted to "attempt" to make a special cake for my little lady's fourth beach birthday party this year and after browsing through tons of pinterest pics and gathering ideas this is what I came up with. I was tired of spending 100's of dollars on cakes and there's just something so sentimental to me about the fact that it's homemade. Yes, I know, it's silly... but I hope many years from now my daughter will look back and think it was special that her mommy MADE her fourth birthday cake just for her! I am clearly NOT a professional baker but we gave it a good go and although it was a bit tedious I think simple enough for anyone to pull off, I'm sure with much better results than mine :)
After my daughter and I baked her cake (using her favorite FUNFETTI cake mix) we let it cool, stacked the two layers and began to prep our fondant. I purchased a 5 lb container of Decopac satin ice rolled fondant from my local bakery. This was the only size they had but you could get away with MUCH less... I used a fraction of the container for this project.
For those of you who have never worked with fondant before... like myself, the key is flour and LOTS of it. (great tip from a baker friend of mine whom I consulted before taking this on). I started by taking a clump of the fondant and adding a few drops of blue food dye until I had gotten a blue I was happy with. *Note- I used the thick fondant dye and a little of this stuff goes a long way. Start by making your darkest color first. Once you have gotten the color where you want it you simply roll out the fondant like dough and proceed to cut your desired shapes. I used a plastic fondant roller which I purchased at walmart along with a cupcake corer since it was $2 and punched out round circles in just the size I was looking for. A cookie cutter, shot glass or any other round object between 1-2 inches would work just as well. Once your cake has cooled frost it with normal cream cheese or butter cream frosting and use that as the glue that will hold your fondant together. Simply layer the fondant circles starting from the bottom up creating a shingled look. Once you have completed your bottom, darkest layer start the dying and cutting process over again but each layer adding less food coloring to create the hombre look.

*Side Note- the fondant dries up quickly so don't cut it until you are ready to work with it. If you have to step away from your project put the remaining fondant in an air tight container until you are ready to work with it. I made this cake two days in advance and it held up beautifully. The fondant sealed in the moisture of the cake as well. Just be sure you store it in a cake container like I did or with saran wrap covering to keep it from drying up.


Good Luck!

The cake toppers can be purchased in my eat.plan.love. event shop by clicking the link.

A complete party package is also available to match!

All in all I would say the project was a success. My daughter seemed pretty pleased and told me it was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. Swoon.... mission accomplished!
I also made some pirate cupcakes to match for my son who's birthday we celebrated at the same time during a co-ed beach bash.
 
 
When this mama of twins contacted me to design a custom package for her baby girls' first birthday party I was delighted. I absolutely adored this theme of "Sugar & Spice" representing the differences in their personalities. Sugar & Spice and everything nice.... that's what Sadie & Sloan are made of!

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice