John & Jocelyn | Yosemite Maternity Photography

I was one of those people who had lived in Fresno my entire life and had never been to Yosemite. So when Jocelyn and I were brainstorming one day during work about where we should go for her maternity photos and Yosemite came up, I was thrilled. My first trip to Yosemite would be for a portrait session, with some awesome people. I cannot be more grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Yosemite with Jocelyn and her husband John along with my assistant for the day, Melissa.

Yeah I was nervous. I’m going to a brand new place. To photograph an important time in some good friend’s lives. Not to mention I work with Jocelyn. So if the pictures came out terrible I wouldn’t hear the end of it. Ever. haha

That’s one of the most beautiful things in life. Being vulnerable. And I honestly enjoyed it so much and cannot wait to get back up the mountain to do some exploring up there. I hope you as an outsider enjoy the photographs and cannot be more thankful to these two beautiful people for allowing me to take part in this amazing time in their lives. Also this is part 1 of 2 for Jocelyn’s maternity photos. More to come very soon!! For now congratulations to John & Joce!!

 

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Natalie Melo - These photos are do beautiful!

Dan & Amanda | Fresno Family Portraits

A majority of the awesome people that I get to photograph are friends of friends and those who have heard of me through similar pathways. However by virtue of having a website and your info plastered on the internet I get to meet people that I have no connections to whatsoever. It always makes it that much more rewarding when those people turn into friends and trust me to take their photographs for them. Honestly now that I type this it really does blow my mind. That complete strangers would want ME to take their photographs.

I am beyond grateful that Dan & Amanda trusted me to take their family photographs. They are a beautiful couple from Oregon that were in town with some free time from Dan’s busy schedule with the Fresno Grizzlies. They also have a super friendly baby of their own in the form of a French bulldog named Lily.

Jeni & Justin | Fresno, CA Intimate Wedding

This was one of the most laid back, fun, but beautiful (all at the same time) weddings I have been privileged to be a part of. Jeni & Justin are two beautiful people that you can’t help but become friends with. They are both so genuine and down-to-earth. They didn’t have a huge extravagant wedding like some do. Theres was more about appreciating the moments that occurred that day. It was a small intimate wedding but that was one of the things that I loved the most about it. Not only that but all of their friends were just a blast too and made for such a great atmosphere. I hope the photos really show that, and that everyone really was just a bunch of goofballs that had a great time! Congratulations Jeni & Justin!!

 

PS: the Flower girl……….killed it.

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Miles & Sam | An Old Town Clovis Proposal

Honestly, I may just have the most photogenic friends. This year has been such an amazing year to see so many close friends of mine get engaged and soon to be married. This couple especially considering I had a big hand in setting these two up, not to brag or anything. It all started with a Facebook post. I was observing at a physical therapy clinic and had gotten to know Sam who worked there. She posted something on Facebook, and something just clicked in my head and I thought “She would be awesome for Miles,” and after a failed attempt to set them up at the rodeo, eventually they got together, met , and started dating. Miles is a guy’s guy. One of the most hard working friends that I know. Sam is refreshingly down to earth and just graduated PA school. Woohoo!!!!!

I was soo honored that Miles came to me and wanted to propose during one of my shoots. Privileged to be a part of such an important moment in both of their lives. Not to mention DURING rodeo weekend. Anyway I can go on and on about these two. Quite frankly I love both of these people and am so looking forward to their wedding. Hope you enjoy their engagement pictures!

 

Andrew & Denise | Fresno Engagement

I don’t get a ton of time to post or shoot these days but I have been so fortunate that the time I have been able to has been with some of my closest friends. Andrew and I have been friends since middle school so last year when he told me and the rest of our high school buddies he was going to propose to his girlfriend, I was ecstatic. ZTo be honest a little scared too because it marked the first of many good friends of mine who have begun to start their new lives with a partner. It also meant that I was getting older. And I didn’t want to have to deal with that. But I digress. I cannot be happier to be able to have shot their engagement photos. It is the least I could do as Denise is now a part of all the shenanigans that we boys get into. However she fit in fantastically with us all and I haven’t seen Andrew happier. They are a great couple as I hope you can see through their engagement photos!