Welcome to REELS OF JOY blog

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Hao and Dawn said their I do’s in this beautiful location in Pala, California. The weather was nice and spring to its fullest.

They enjoyed an intimate ceremony and were able to broadcast it online during the peak times of covid19. A setback was not going to stop them from uniting their lives, they rescheduled their reception for the year to follow in hopes everyone could then gather and celebrates their love for one another.

I love their love story, they both mentioned in their bows how the wait had been worth it, and their distance relationship was only proof of how strongly they felt for each other.

They had a beautiful bubble sendoff after their ceremony orchestrated by family and close friends.


April 2, 2022

Spring in Southern California

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Photography allows me to be present for many of life’s precious moments, such as the birth of a new baby. I love babies! 

Meet the Taylor family. I photographed the first three of the Taylor children as newborns and nothing was going to keep me from photographing their newest addition – not even their move to Texas.

“Knowing Me, Knowing You”, sung by Abba, perfectly captures the feel of this newborn photoshoot. The older children have grown to be quite comfortable with me and it shows in the images captured during our time together. Playful smiles, natural poses, and even a few tears come naturally in front of my camera.

A tear or two keeps it real!

When in Texas…

A Happy Momma

Thank you Taylor family for allowing me to photograph your growing family!




March 23, 2021

How Sweet It Is To Be Part Of Your Legacy

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Our magnificent California beaches provide an ideal setting for capturing images you will treasure for years to come. Over time, the beach has become one of my favorite choices for photographing my clients because it highlights everyone in the best light.

Ideal Environment

The consistently mild temperatures along the coast keep everyone looking fresh throughout a photoshoot in both winter and summer. The golden glow of sunset behind the ocean provides great lighting. I also find clients relax, becoming almost playful, as the ocean’s water splashes at their feet. The payoff is lively and bright candid images.

Ideal Background

The clear background opens up clothing options since there is no worry about clashing with textures or detailed prints. Even with the perfect outfit, a photo can be ruined when a random object shows up in the background. Fortunately, editing out an unwanted item is easily done in a photo taken at the beach.

Ideal Results

At the end of the day it is all about stunning results. You want your images showing you and your loved ones looking your best from every angle. Whether you want photos to show off your California lifestyle or remember a favorite vacation along the coast, consider a beach setting for your next photoshoot. The beach is a perfect choice for wedding, engagement, proposal, and family photos.




February 25, 2021

3 Reasons A Beach Photoshoot Works

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like many of you, I do not make new years resolutions, but instead, I create a bucket list, Things I actually want to do and that excites me to get them done. For some reason, resolutions have become to be something you are supposed to do like something society expects you to do, but with no pressure. The quality of being determined is something that I thrive in, but the “have to do’s” make me a little weary. I can’t be the only one, am I?

I learned about new year’s resolutions sometime as a child, and every year I made an intent to create lists of the things I wanted to get accomplished, but at the end of the month I had forgotten about the list and the resolutions.

One year though I created a bucket list, which I labelled by priority, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, 5 years and 10 years, and let me tell you, It worked like a charm! I had accomplished my first day, my week, my month and so on! I was actually doing something, I felt extremely accomplished and I did complete most of my bucket list if not all.

There are so many way to dicipline yourself, knowing yourself and what works for you.

I have found it to be extremely helpful to add things to my bucket list that I really, really want to either accomplish or have, but also, to be obtainable and realistic, I try to focus on the smaller things first, some would say it is best to focus on the bigger things, usually, that doesn’t always work for me, I’d suggest, do what works for you.

Tell me below, do you have a system that works for you that might help someone who might have a similar approach to goals?


April 11, 2019

My bucket list