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Baby Rylynn has arrived!

Let's just say that my good friend Mandi did NOT have the easiest pregnancy! I can't even begin to tell you how much I admire this woman for staying strong and positive with all that she has been through. She is an inspiration to me and my quest for starting a family. Mandi is no stranger to this blog, 3 years ago she had the cutest little baby girl with more personality than I have ever seen in such a little tiny person. With this pregnancy, Mandi was not going relax until the baby was out and safe in her arms. The look on her face in this first image just cracks me up as she was just anxious, nervous and most of all annoyed she had to wait so long for her little princess.

Because of her difficulties with this pregnancy, they had decided to induce the labor. As it happened, it was scheduled to day after I arrived home from Rome. With as exhausted as I was, I wasn't going to miss this opportunity to be there and capture such a little miracle. So, they induced her in the morning and Mandi suggested I come around noon. Six o'clock comes around and she is barely dilated 6 cm and since I was only 15 minutes away, I contemplate going home. When I approach Mandi and 6:30 to tell her my plan, she gives me a look I know all too well and tells me that the baby will be here within the hour. Mandi is a different kind of character, she has this sixth sense where she feels something and comes up with next to impossible predictions. I tend to laugh at her, but she is ALWAYS right! So, I opted to stay. Everyone in the room decided that they had time to go grab a drink and visit the vending machines, while I stayed in the room. With camera in hand, Mandi calls me to the bed freaking out that the baby is coming. I quote "JEN, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DELIVER THIS BABY!!!" Camera in one hand, Mandi clenching on the other, I am a dear in headlights. I ask if she wants me to look and before she could answer, to my relief the nurse comes in. Sure enough! Mandi had dilated to other 4 cm in less than an hour! Everyone scrambled to get her husband, Elliot and the Doctor in the room and I went back to my place as the photographer/videographer. with just 20 minutes of pushing, we have a beautiful baby girl that is the spitting image of her big sister Elliana. Life is such a miracle and I don't think I will ever grow tired of capturing such an incredible moment in time. For the rest of my life I will look at this little girl knowing that I was there when she came into this world.

Thank you so much Mandi and Elliot for sharing such an incredible piece of your life with me. You are forever loved.
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WPPI Live Boudoir Shoot!

If you're going to Vegas for WPPI's Photography Convention, join Maria and I for a LIVE BOUDOIR SHOOT! Contact the studio to reserve your spot!

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Email down!!!!

I'm back!!!!!! While in shooting Jen and Karl's fabulous wedding celebration in Mexico we had very limited email access and no wifi! So.... without being able to monitor and remove all the spam from our folders, our mailbox filled up real quick! If you have sent us an email in the past week and have not received a response from us, PLEASE RESEND THE MESSAGE! {If you still can't get through while we are trying to figure out the problem, please use

We will respond promptly!

Thank you and enjoy your week,

xoxo, Jen

{the bag on my hip is the women's hip clutch from GO|Bee, it holds all of my cf cards, cell phone, tissue and lipgloss. love it!}
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I'm leavin' on a jet plane...

At 9:30 tomorrow morning I will be on a flight with two of my dearest friends, Maria Chang and Augie Chang {not related or married!} to photograph 4 days of Jen & Karl's wedding celebration in the Riviera Maya. I can't even tell you how excited I am for this - except for I could do without the 5 hour flight :) This will be my first wedding of 2010 and I can't wait to get there! Congrats Jen and Karl, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your BIG DAY!!!!

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Michelle + Neil

Michelle and Neil are two of the sweetest people I know. Having the opportunity to photograph their wedding and get to know them better was such a joy, they have so much love and adoration for one another it melts my heart. It was a cold December day in Half Moon Bay and the rain stopped just in time for us to start taking photos. Even though it was cold and windy outside, Michelle was perfectly content and enjoying every minute of her wedding day. At the reception, Neil put together a huge list of all the reasons why he loved his new wife and had guests hand her a pink rose for each reason, it was ridiculously cute! I don't think there was a dry eye in the room! Nicole Ha did an amazing job creating such gorgeous plush pale pink blooms for a dreamy winter wonderland wedding! I love all the details Michelle incorporated in her wedding day, it was so fun to photograph!

Michelle + Neil | 12.6.09

Venue | Oceano Hotel & Spa
Hair & Makeup | Professional Makeup Artistry
Flowers | Nicole Ha Designs
Cake | The Cakery
DJ | Big Fun Disc Jockeys
Rentals | Classic Party Rentals

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