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| 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

| Laura + Adam| Engagement Session | Ojai, California

Life has been a little hectic on my side of the world. I wouldn't be able to tell you how busy I have been with school and its taking a lot of my time now a days. I was so ready to get back to doing what I love and thats photographing beautiful people. When Laura found me on instagram I knew she session would be amazing! Laura & Adam did just that and more! You can tell how much they love each other and how they are meant to be with each other. Adam compliments Laura so well their energy just radiates from each other. Its a beautiful thing to witness. I edited over 300 images and let me tell you they are ALL beautiful and represents Laura & Adam so well.

Laura & Adam thank you for choosing me to do your engagement photos. You guys are perfect for each other and I can't wait for your wedding day to come! I hope when you guys look at this photos, it makes you guys fall more deeply in love with each other. I am so thankful to be able to serve you guys and be a part of your journey! 

 

xoxo

Valeria

| Cristella's 21st Birthday | Portrait Session | Ventura, CA | Tallahassee, FL | Richmond, VA |

Cristella's Portrait Session was a total DREAM! I got the pleasure to know Cristella for her Senior Session and she was beautiful then as she is now. I cannot begin to tell you how much I wish I had taken photos like this for my 21st Birthday. I love seeing old clients again and be able to be part of this special milestones in their lives and they grow up. Now I am just going to shut up and have you drool over her session as I am every time I look at all her images.

Cristella, thank you so much for coming back for another special time in your life. You are a gorgeous person inside and out and I am blessed to be able to capture you. Continue to live life to the fullest! 

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

| A sweet Evening Wedding in Tallahassee|

Therline + Jerry Wedding Day

I was so blessed to have met Therline & Jerry through our sweet friend Wanda. I continued to get to know Therline through our church. It was an very exciting time for her because she was marrying Jerry which she meet through our church Restoration Place here in Tallahassee.  My excitement continued through the day even though of course the weather wanted to play with our feelings but that didn't stop us from making this day amazing! During the ceremony the sun decided to show which made the ceremony even sweeter! The day turned out to be more than we all expected & most important Therline & Jerry said their  "I do's" & were able to share it with all their love ones.

Therline & Jerry, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day & of course be your third-wheel through the whole day. I am thankful I get to give you guys memories for the rest of your lives & photos you guys can share with your children in the future. Also thank you for being so welcoming & trusting me! I wish you both nothing but the best!!!! 

 

Xo,

Valeria