I wish I had a penny for how many people anxiously awaited this little girl’s arrival into the world!  Miss Ava Lynn is absolutely gorgeous and those lips of hers are sweeter than sugar.  She has her mom and dad so proud of her already.

Cheri & Brandon, it was such an honor to get to know you and the road you both walked to find yourselves now holding on so tight to your baby girl.  I can’t wait to see how Ava grows up, with all the love you both have to give her!  Enjoy her and as my daughter said today, “take care of your baby!”


You are about to see some of the cutest kids and their gorgeous parents, all from the W Family.  Both Kelly & I waited patiently for this session to finally happen… the weather, home remodeling, and some other minor details all finally fell into place on this sunny afternoon.  Trying to get some pictures in a flowery field was on Kelly’s wish list, and we did save the best for last!

This session is very dear to my heart, but the the explanation is rather lengthy.  Here is some background….

When my husband and I moved out to Yucaipa, I was blessed with a job opportunity as a pediatrician with a large and reputable medical group in Redlands.  The absolute best part was that I was going to be partnering with one of the best pediatricians around… Dr. Smith.  He and his wife, Myrna, soon became very good friends with my husband and I.   And just before we started having kids, his daughter started having hers.  And let me tell you, her kids are super adorable… wait until you see their smiles!   I still remember the days she would come to visit in the office with her young son, Thomas, and then with sweet Emily.   Their visits were always extra special since they live in Idaho.

Their most recent visit was the most exciting (for me) because their mom wanted me to photograph her kids (even though she is an awesome photographer too).  So we planned a fun, relaxing session on an orange grove in Redlands.   I can still hear all the giggles, the excitement about the Toys’R’Us shopping spree Thomas was looking forward to, and the screams (mostly from me) as Emily fearlessly picked up a lizard out of a canoe!   What a fun session, and an honor to spend time with Thomas and Emily!

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Just a few more weeks until the Miss Ava arrives.  Her mom and dad are so anxious for her delivery and to start using the massive amount of baby girl gifts they have received from loved ones.  There may not be any room left in the nursery for Ms. Ava herself!   But that might be fine as I am sure she will be hiking the hills with her parents as soon as she can.  And that’s exactly where we started Cheri & Brandon’s maternity session.  The session then led us to an unexpected grassy field, to a “shady” alley, to a church, to downtown Upland, and finally, to an old pump house.
Thank you, Cheri & Brandon, for having me document your biggest accomplishment.  I can’t wait to meet her!

Rain or shine, nothing will stop this little baby girl from coming into this world to meet her beautiful mother.  Here are some quick pictures from this past weekend… above and underground!