engagement photographer

| Lilly + Eric | Engagement Session | Malibu, California

Lilly + Eric are a very relaxed couple. They way this way of making you feel like you are calm, also they are super easy to talk to. They know each other like the back of their hand, and they compliment each other so well, and the way he looks at her is just amazing. There session was in Malibu and it could not of been a better place for them, since they will be getting married next year in Mexico! Funny story is that I did Lilly’s little brother engagement session about a month ago. You might remember Laura + Adam, the youngest people I had the honor to meet and photograph. Adam is completely different from Lilly and I was so thankful to be able to meet both. Eric is a very lucky man if you haven’t noticed yet, because Lilly is just beautiful and she is going to look breathtaking on her wedding day.

Lilly + Eric thank you guys for choosing me to do your engagement photos and most of all allowing me to hang out and getting to know you guys!! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you both and especially your wedding! You both are meant for each other and there is no doubt about that! I am blessed to call you guys friends and that I was able to be part of your journey in life.

xoxo

Valeria

| Mateo turns FIVE |

To my sweet Mateo:
My sweet baby I hope when you get older you remember all these happy memories and carry them with you for the rest of your life. Also, that you are able to tell your children about them one day! I wish nothing but to see you happy and feel loved by not just me, but by the people that surround you and are there for you each and every day. I hope that you understand that momma did her best each and every day to see you happy and feel loved. Today you turned 5 years old and I want you to know that you given me the most AMAZING 5 years of my life. You have given me strength when I have felt hopeless and defeated. You have said things like " You can do it momma" when you see me stressed or " Momma I love you" when I am crying. You might not understand right now how much those simple words have saved me from myself. I thank God each and every day for given me you and allowing me to love you for the rest of my life. 
Mateo I love you with all my heart and remember that even if you are 60 years old you will always be my little boy and I will love you more than anything in this world. 
Love,
Momma

I cannot begin to explain how I feel about Mateo turning 5 years old. My little baby isn't a baby anymore and he is becoming his own little person with his own personality and a whole lot of stubbornness. These last 5 years have flown by in the blink of an eye and I am just amazed and thankful for all the memories, he has brought to my life since he was born. As a mother I never knew how bittersweet it is to see our babies grow up and seeing them become their own person, the one that God planned for them to become. I am not going to lie but most of the time I don't know if I am doing things right, but one thing I am sure of is that Mateo is happy.  That is all that is ever matter to me, as for the rest of the stuff I will continue to figure them out as I go because I have learned that as a mother I have to give my self GRACE, and I have done just that the last couple years.

This year I decided to skip the birthday party because we recently moved back home and he is new to his classroom. Also we been through so much the last couple months we needed a small getaway and be in a place that only brought happiness. So I decided to take him to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We had the best 5 days and we created so many memories and had a lot of laughter. I couldn't be happier with my decision. I want to thank my best friend Morgan for going on last minute adventures with us. We love you so much boo boo! Also I want to give the biggest thank you to Jody from Small World Big Fun. She made this getaway more memorable and we had no worries because she planned everything for us.  So if you are thinking of going to Disney World and don't know where to start Jody is your girl! 

xoxo

Valeria

 

| Crystal + Daniel | Life is Good Journey to the Altar | Westlake, California

Crystal + Daniel Wedding Day

It's crazy how the world or faith sometimes works in our lives. When I started my business 3 years ago Crystal told me " you are going to be my wedding photographer" I honestly didn't believe her. I had just started and weddings wasn't my thing. Crystal and I went to high school together which made things better. Fast forward to last year when she finally messaged me and told me she was getting married and she wanted me to be her photographer. I was BEYOND excited because she had kept her word and I couldn't help but feel blessed to have someone that saw me start from the bottom and believe in me. After talking and getting to know Crystal on a personal level, I fell in love with her love story and who she is as person. Then I finally found out who the lucky guy was and its was Daniel. Oh man! Faith again brought me back to a very old friend. Daniel knew me when since I was 10 years old. We stayed friends all through middle school until I moved and he went to high school. After that I had lost contact with Daniel and thought to myself I am never going to see him again. But here we are again, I was able to share his special day with his very special and beautiful bride. 

I couldn't be happier and feel more blessed to have been there for Crystal and Daniel, and give them photographs that they will be able to look at for years to come. It amazes me how life and faith have a way on bringing old friends and new ones together again!

Crystal and Daniel I wish you both nothing but the best, because you both deserve nothing than happiness and love. I know Daniel you'll love Crystal how she deserves and she will do the same for you. I am thankful to be able to call you guys not just friends, but family! I love you both! Can't wait to capture more special moments for you guys! 

xoxo

Valeria

|Matt + Lindsey | Engagement Session| Piedmont Park, Atlanta GA

Matt + Lindsey are the cutest & super fun couple to be around. I was so excited to meet them & also visit this beautiful park in the center of Atlanta. We walked around the park & mostly we laughed because Matt is a very funny & dorky guy. You can definitely tell why Lindsey loves him so much. Getting to spend my Saturday afternoon was so worth it & the drive was too. I cannot wait for them to get married next week. It is going to be a very beautiful day & fun too!

Lindsey & Matt thank you so much for letting me be your third wheel during this time in your lives. I cannot wait to give you guys memories for a lifetime & mostly I cannot wait to see what God has planned for you both as you become one. See you guys next Friday!!!

 

xoxo

Valeria