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santa barbara and los angeles maternity photography – maryam & bijon

Recently I had the honor of photographing a maternity session for this sweet couple in Santa Barbara. We did a few portraits at Alice Keck Park (where we found flowers that perfectly matched Maryam’s dress!) as well as taking photographs at Butterfly Beach in Montecito at sunset. Doesn’t this beautiful mom-to-be have an amazing pregnancy “glow”? Maryam and Bijon are expecting their first daughter soon, and they are so excited to love on baby Nika. I wish them all the best!



















happy fathers day – cute daddy photographs

For us, the best part about being photographers is witnessing all kinds of LOVE. But there is something so very special about a dad’s love for his children. We get to see fathers gently holding their first baby boy, throwing their kids in the air with glee, and beaming as their little babies grow into mischievous teenagers. And we get to see fathers glowing with pride and stifling tears as they walk their beautiful daughters down the aisle as brides. We get to witness all of these incredible moments and document love as art, and we are so thankful for this career. We hope you enjoy these photographs of  a few of our favorite daddy moments.

Paul and I are so blessed to have amazing dads of our own. So special shout-outs to Lewis (my dad) and Ron (Paul’s dad)! We love you both and are so thankful for you. We love our grandpas too!


Ok, I just had to add one photograph from our own personal collection! This is my dad walking me down the aisle. Oregon Coast, 2011. Its one of my favorite moments, its priceless to me. Taken by Jade and Matthew.


Have a beautiful Father’s Day weekend!

santa barbara newborn photographer – mercado family portraits

How handsome and precious is this little man? Baby J was just nine days old when these newborn photographs were taken. So brand new and already so very loved. We had the honor of doing oceanside maternity portraits with Toni & Cal back in October and we look forward to watching this beautiful family grow and change.  I love the soft, peaceful feel of these images! We opened up all of the windows in their bedroom to let in the golden sunlight, and the little color pops of blue bring in some nice energy. I can’t wait to do more newborn portrait sessions here in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Congratulations again to the proud parents! We hope all of our readers enjoy this adorable sweetness.

santa barbara newborn photographer – Fors family portraits

This precious soul came into the world on Christmas Eve. These photographs of baby R and his sweet mom and dad were taken when he was less than two weeks old. It was our first portrait session of 2013 and a perfect way to kick things off!

I say it every time, but newborn portraits are my absolute favorite (though I love families, maternity, couples and weddings too)! I feel so lucky to get to meet such beautiful brand new babies and to begin to document their story. I hope you enjoy all this cuteness! Happy Friday!

UPDATE 1-22: This is officially our most popular post so far thanks to little R’s many adoring fans! The post has 82 likes and counting… wow! Carly was so sweet to write this fantastic photographer review on our Santa Barbara yelp business page. It makes me feel so great to receive positive feedback like this, and I feel blessed to be in this creative field where I am able to connect with people and families during such special times.

“We had Jewel come to our home to take photos of our 13-day-old newborn and cannot say enough about how wonderful she was.  She was so patient with our baby and very understanding of his needs.  She was able to capture some of the most amazing pictures, both when he was asleep and awake.  Jewel came with many great props of her own and was open to us incorporating our own props into the photos.  We also asked for specific poses and she was able to capture exactly what we were asking without any hesitation.   We would HIGHLY recommend Paul and Jewel for any photo shoot.  We will undoubtedly be booking our 6 and 12 month photos with them!  Thank you for such a great day and a wonderful experience!” – Carly F

santa barbara newborn photographer – baby boy portraits

November was such a busy month for us with lots of Holiday Portrait Sessions! We are so thankful! My brother and his wife joined us for a little vegetarian Thanksgiving here in Santa Barbara (how cool is that we can go walk on the beach this time of year without bundling up?!). Now Paul and I are working on our last few Holiday print orders and getting excited for Christmas celebrations!

We have some beautiful sessions from the past couple of weeks to share here on the blog!

This beautiful baby boy is Jan (pronounced Yon). Isn’t he handsome? He looks like such a wise little guy. I can’t get over his soft, fluffy hair and teeny toes and I love these sweet, natural poses. If I had to pick only one subject to photograph, I would choose newborns. Enjoy! More newborns, engagements, and families coming to the blog soon!

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