Historic Mission Family Session

Location, location, location. When it comes to your portrait session the perfect location makes it much easier to get amazing photographs. For the Meckley family the perfect location was an old mission in South Orange County. Not only did the scene encompass beauty, but it held meaning for the family, the wife, a California Native can trace her roots back to the first Spanish settlers in the area. After living in several different states, she came back to Orange County with her husband and their son and is now able to look back on these family photos with affection, feeling everythings come full circle. My heart skips a beat thinking of the history, the ancestral roots within the images now captured for the future, for generations to come.

The mixture of crumbling architecture and elegant black and white fashion creates a stunning juxtaposition. Capturing all this beauty combined with the family’s obvious love and happiness is what makes me happy to be a photographer. For me, photographing a family is much more than shooting a couple pretty portraits. It’s about providing the family with something tangible that they are able to look back on and see how they smiled together, laughed together, and gazed with affection towards one another. Husband, wife, and son together – what a joy to capture!

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Mother Daughter Self Portrait Series – Long Beach

Happy Mama’s Day!

I can vividly recall a moment in time, long before my daughter was in my arms. It was in this moment, that it was so very clear to me what I wanted to be.

You see, I went off to college thinking I had to go. I had to learn something, that could get me a job and basically set up my life forever and ever. I had applied to colleges in an interesting matter. Each college I applied to was with the intent of studying a different material. I didn’t really want to be anything. So when the acceptance letters came in, my choice came with not only a school–but set up what I thought I’d be doing for the rest of my life. I throughly enjoyed art; I appreciated it earnestly and so after careful consideration the school that was my art path was selected and off I went.

But it was later in a moment of hysterical tears streaming down my face, brought on by a stressful, competition riddled college and a beautiful case of PMS, that I dramatically blurted out, to my boyfriend at the time, that all I really wanted to do was be a mom. I had broken down and thought I was never gonna make money (I was doing a lot of free work at the time). Therefore I would never have the funds to support a kid. I thought for sure I was just destined to never be able to have them. And the one thing I wanted, ever, was to be a mom. That’s all I wanted.

Looking back I clearly was amazing girlfriend material, so many guys love a super-young-crying over wanting a baby-girlfriend! While that was not the prettiest moment in my life. I was vulnerable. I was embarrassed. I even remember thinking it wasn’t right–so many woman had worked so hard for equality that  JUST wanting to be a mom seemed like a betrayal.

But every once in a while I like to remember that moment, that night. When my heart was breaking and I knew what I wanted, a single thing-my baby.

Maybe it was about a year later, that I got what my heart desired. My baby came without any plan. And despite the hardships, the trials that came with an unplanned pregnancy, I know She and I were planned, just by someone a lot smarter than me.


So when I asked Billy to take some portraits with my yesterday she said “sine” which is “fine.” She can’t quite get those Fs down. But as we went to her closet, she was adamant she didn’t have the right clothes. After pulling out her entire dress collection I said then you’ll just have to be naked. She looked at me, smiled, and threw off her shirt and that settled our wardrobe choices. However, I must say that taking self portraits, while trying to hide some delicate parts AND have your three year old insist she should click the wireless remote shutter and not  really know about hiding it, the “session” was one of the more difficult ones I have done.

 

From my Body

Here’s to my little budding photographer. A mommy and me collaboration.

 

 

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Old Towne Orange – Rainy Day Newborn Lifestyle Session

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I started reminiscing about when I first became a mother. I remember being worried that I wouldn’t know what to do. I still can recall the first night with my baby and thinking I shouldn’t go to sleep–I thought I should be doing something (How silly is that?) I ended up watching my kid sleep and missing out on those precious hours that could have helped a few nights later! Oh well, first time mom mistakes!

What I do know is that taking pictures, even though that is probably the last thing you want to do in the first few days, is so incredibly special. Babies change so quickly in the first weeks/days/hours. Having those images, you can recall just how you felt in that moment.

Below is a newborn session I never shared more than a few images despite how beautiful these pictures show mom and dad with their week old babe. I always have a heart for moms, but it gets worse at this time of the year. Share in it with me here through this session!

“And so the adventure begins”

 

 

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Sweet Anaheim Hills Wedding – Korryne + Keller – Orange County

I am so excited to share with you some highlights from Korryne and Keller’s wedding!

Marine and southern stud met Socal beauty Korryne, a no fess, laid back, say it like you mean it woman…Keller was hooked and how do they say it?–the rest was history! These two know how to have a good time and their wedding reflected just that. Priorities were made for this day and it was all kinds of fun, filled with dancing, laughter, and heartfelt tears. This is what love looks like!

 

Blessed by southern California rain in the weeks prior, the beautiful canyon where their ceremony took place was lush and green.

A family heirloom in the form of a handkerchief kept the rings company till it was wrapped around the bride’s bouquet.
The bride wore a beautiful lace dress.

 

 

Love all the sweet moments with the bride’s mother. This little hair tuck in particular just melts my heart.
Final touches!

 

How cute is their little ring bearer in his coat and hat.

 

Moments before the ceremony.
Kat’s Creations Floral Design did an absolute beautiful job. The cutest flower girl, complete with a baby breath halo, walked down with her tongue out. Too cute!

Chandeliers sparkled above their heads as they smiled, laughed, and shed a few tears.   

The kiss.

Enjoying a few intimate moments together after becoming husband and wife.

Love capturing those in between moments like this. 

Driven away in chic red falcon…

First dance goals.

Mother of the bride’s tears matched her daughters as the father-daughter dance took place. 

Bride and groom were surprised with these Mr. and Mrs. cups when they took their seats.

Grandma on the bride’s side, shared with me she wore this same dress to her wedding and wanted to wear it here for good luck to the young couple! 

A little selfie action on the dance floor. 

Sharing special moments on their dance floor.

 

Ceremony Venue: Oak Canyon Nature Center

Photography: Sidney Kraemer Photography

Florals: Kat’s Creations Floral Design

Reception Venue: Yorba Linda Community Center

Catering: Blue Agave 

 

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Laguna Beach Maternity Session

I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful little family a little bit ago. Pregnant with her first child, Jensen reached out to me eager to set up a shoot in the last weeks of her pregnancy. She confided to me that she hadn’t thought of documenting this time but now aware of the practice really wanted to make it happen. I was so happy we were able to set it up.

Photographing motherhood holds one of the most dear places in my heart. It was during my own pregnancy path that I truly gained a new perspective on life-on myself. You are growing a little person inside yourself! Mothers are strength. They are goddesses. They are pure beauty, pure life.

It make me the most happiest when I am able to capture this time-this new life.

I know for a lot of women, a lot of times, being pregnant is hard. But I encourage you to take lots of pictures despite what you feel like. To hold this memories in your hands after and know that is your baby growing in there, is absolutely amazing.

 

Congratulations to these lovelies–who welcomed a baby boy into their home last week!

“A mother’s love for the child of her body differs essentially from all other affections, and burns with so steady and clear a flame that it appears like the one unchangeable thing in this earthly mutable life…”

W.H. Hudson

 

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Romantic San Juan Capistrano Wedding – Mikaylah + Evan – Orange County

This was one of those weddings were I went home and I was so happy with what I do. I am a firm believer that photography should be one of the biggest investments in your life. It might be from the many many times my family would look through the giant albums my mom made, but photographs have always been a big part of my life. I love looking back and being able to recall a memory because of a photograph or asking about an image that goes beyond me and learning something about my family history.

When I began photographing weddings, I felt like a part of history. These are the images tell a family’s real story.

Mikaylah and Evan’s wedding was by far a favorite of mine. There was so much family, so much love throughout the day. The baby of all her sisters, Mikaylah was surrounded by her best friends for life. As the evening progressed the bride and groom danced surrounded by all their nieces and nephews. It was truly a sweet, sweet affair that will be remembered fondly from all different perspectives, all different generations.

Below are some highlights…

 

Stunning lace details set the Bride’s dress up on another level!
The dress hangs on the Laguna Cliffs Marriott’s balcony.
Golden Heels! Ahhh..
Mother of the Bride getting the finishing touches on her makeup.

The final details. Such a beautiful bride Mikaylah!

Groom Evan’s gift to his groom’s men.

The couple’s first look occurred by a historic adobe house and butterfly garden just off Los Rios Street.

Loved the bridesmaid’s sparkly dresses.

Venue Plaza de Magdalena provided such charm for the bridal portraits.

Seeing his bride walk down the aisle.

 

Love this shot from above during the ceremony.

 

 

Sparklers were lit as the couple ran to cut their cake. Such a fun way to do it!

 

Some reception fun…

 

Dead tired. After dancing their socks off, a few of the kids decided to take a well needed rest on the dance floor.

 

Venue: Plaza de Magdalena 

Coordinator: EVENTS by Robin

Photography: Sidney Kraemer

Videographer: Ellie Meade

DJ + Lighting: VOX DJs

Florist: Fantasy Floral

Hair: Dry Bar

Cake/Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cake

Officiant: Jeremiah Ramer

 

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