exterior plans

One of the main reasons we were first drawn to our 1950’s house was the fun, tropical mint green exterior, which seemed to fit its character so well. I believe it still does, but I also have lots of ideas…

It all started with the fact that we will eventually need to replace our windows, which are original to the house, meaning single-paned, untempered glass. As I started researching window costs and styles, I fell in love with the way modern black frames looked with off-white exterior paint. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind SO many times about whether or not I’d actually be able to say goodbye to our mint green bungalow. I’ve asked friends and family to vote, mocked it up in Photoshop, etc. I even considered keeping the green, possibly going with a slightly cooler shade, and updating our yellowish trim with a crisp white. BUT my heart keeps going back to the black and white revamp.

We’re also working on landscape design for the front yard, which will involve a lot of green anyway, so I’m thinking white would let our palm trees and plant designs really shine. We just added these Horsetail Reeds to our front porch planter and I can’t wait for them to fill in. If they don’t for some reason, I’d love to try Snake Plants.

I’m also very into the mcm orange front door! I’ve been obsessed with this look ever since my first trip to Palm Springs. It will warm up the stark black and white, while keeping some of that quirkiness I’ll miss in losing the mint green. It is such a no brainer for me.

To further balance the modern black and white, I’d really like to incorporate natural elements, like a wooden garage door an/or pergola. This slatted wood detail would bring a punch of sleek mcm style while also warming things up a bit. I’m thinking something like this would look great over our back patio (which I will save for another post).

And for our front steps, I’m leaning towards flagstone. I’ve been a little overwhelmed in searching for the perfect concrete tile pattern so I’m thinking this subtle and classic option would fit in nicely with our home’s era.

My plan is to give our house a good facelift, actually taking away rather than adding. Fresh and clean simplicity is what I’m going for overall with neutral colors and natural, sturdy materials.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let me know if you have any advice or experience in revamping the entire exterior of a home that needs some current TLC.

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mama + me mini sessions

I want you to get in the frame with your littles while they’re still little. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m offering Mama + Me mini sessions through May 31, 2019. Here are the deets:

mama + me mini session $200

+ 30 minute session
+ 15 digital images with the option to purchase more
+ location of your choice: Windansea Beach in La Jolla, Cactus Garden in Balboa Park, Mission Trails in La Mesa, and of course, your home or backyard is always an option <3

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions as spaces tend to fill up quick this time of year – can’t wait to hear from you!


julian family

FINALLY getting around to sharing a few favorites from my holiday mini sessions ;) I loved catching sunset with this easy-going family and had so much fun getting their little guy to crack a smile. Also, how pretty is mama’s dress?!

We were running around beautiful Windansea Beach in La Jolla. If you’re interested in booking a session like this, shoot me a quick email and I’ll be more than happy to make this happen for you too. xo

home tour : carmel moreno

Hello and welcome to Elvis’s castle! His mama, Carmel, is a lovely friend of mine who I’ve known (and trusted with my hair) for the last 10ish years. She is extremely talented and has a very distinct style that I’ve always admired. Even before seeing her home, I asked if I could come over to photograph it because I just KNEW her space would be a reflection of her taste – and I was right. Carmel and hubby, Moses, created this cozy chill vibe in their home that would make anyone want to kick off their shoes and stay a while. Beautiful light fixtures, happy plants, and of course super sweet puppies. See full tour below, enjoy!

Thank you for having us, Carmel! You remind me to think of home as a personal retreat as well as a place to welcome loved ones <3

casual mama + baby sessions

About 10 minutes before the sun went down on my 35th birthday, we stepped outside to play with our girls. Ryan grabbed his camera and snapped a few shots which turned out to be the greatest gift ever. He always knows just what to do <3

I love photographing families together and always emphasize how important it is for mama to get in there with her babies, but I’m guilty of not practicing what I preach. It’s time for me to make this a regular thing, before these littles grow up and I miss my chance! We’ll at least make casual birthday sessions a new tradition – four times a year seems totally doable, right? Haha but seriously, it all goes by so quickly, we need to document every now and then, undid hair and all ;)

When was the last time you got in the frame? If you can’t remember, then it’s probably time, mama. Let’s chat and together we’ll come up with the perfect vibe for you and your fam.

lily’s nursery update

Lily’s nursery is the smallest room in the house, yet I’ve managed to rearrange and redecorate it too many times to count since she’s arrived. As of late, we’ve landed on this sunny, soft, and feminine space with a balance of modern lines and natural textures.

I can’t help but stay close to those warm, subtle neutrals that always feel extra cozy against a clean white backdrop. Most of what you see here has been scavenged from other parts of my home (mainly Bryn’s room as we recently upgraded her to big girl bed – post on the way!).

I hope Lily loves her little corner of the house as much as I do – and continues to let me reimagine the space every 4-6 weeks ;)

* Here are a few shots of Lily’s nursery as the guest room and what it looked like while we were still waiting to meet her.