Mommy and Me Mini Sessions

My annual Mommy and Me mini sessions are back! These intimate shoots capture the special bond between mommy and child… whether its with your baby, your mom, or your grandma.  These make great gifts (hint hint, dads! or get a session for your mom!) and a wonderful annual Mother’s day tradition. This highly anticipated, and always sold out event, is coming May 20 & 21. This year’s set design is going to be the best yet!

Come cuddle up in these 20 minute photo sessions, which include jpg for web use (1000px), 4.5×6 proof prints, and an online gallery (for sharing and for ordering additional prints and high resolution jpg files). You will receive around 10-15 photos from the shoot.

Reserve your spot below:

   

Los Angeles Boudoir Photography

To me, boudoir is about being your best you, and showcasing that confidence for yourself and a loved one. I didn’t always feel this way, though, especially when I was first engaged and thinking about doing a boudoir shoot for the first time. I understand all the apprehension and questions from people who are a little curious and maybe a bit scared of the concept. Many people who’ve never done one say they’ll need to diet and work out, and some are afraid they won’t know how to pose, or some will say, “I’m just not sexy.”

I get it. I felt this way before my first boudoir shoot too. I grew up overly critical of my body, comparing myself to what I saw on TV and magazines, and overly focused on all that I’m not.

If it wasn’t for my wedding “deadline,” I would’ve kept holding out til I was “more fit.” During the shoot, I realized that it wasn’t about being perfect — it was about being the best version of me today. Sex appeal and confidence actually radiates from within, not from losing another five pounds.

I  can choose to be the best me I am today, and continue to be a better me each day. The self appreciation I learned was one of the most empowering and liberating feelings ever. When I stopped focusing on my flaws, I actually enjoyed taking care of myself more. Instead of working out to lose another inch off my waist (which felt like such a chore), I worked out because I loved taking care of my body. It became something I did for myself out of love, rather than an obligation. So rather than trying to reach a goal before you love yourself, love yourself for who you are today and the more love you have for yourself, the better care you’ll want to have for yourself.

   

Sonoma County Wedding Photography

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This sweet couple chose to celebrate their wedding day at the bride’s family home, which made this Sonoma County Wedding even more special. The bride donned an elegant lace dress by French Designer Laure de Sagazan. And for her veil, the bride used tulle from her mom’s wedding gown. Ceremony was all about the natural beauty of Sonoma County, with the verdant, rolling green hills serving as the only decor. After the vows, The Dixie Giants band led the guests in a fun, musical, processional up to the cocktail and reception area.

The property’s barn served at the reception space and was decorated with organic greens in a wild, woodland style. Above, oversized galvanized orb lanterns were decorated with mossy greens, large scale arrangements made with foraged greens decorated bars, and full scale trees were brought into the reception to create an enchanted forest. Three long tables were set for dinner with runners of votive candles alternated with green pom-pom dianthus. You can see more of this enchanted Sonoma County wedding photography right here on Style Me Pretty.

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Photography: Caroline Tran | Wedding Planning: Garden Gate Events | Floral Design: Thierry Chantrel | Wedding dress: Laure de Sagazan | Groom’s suite: Suit Supply | Bride’s Shoes: Aquazzaura | Hair: Urban Elements | DJ: Jackie Sugarlumps | Band: The Dixie Giants | Cake: The Whole Cake 

 

   

Elegant San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Inspired by the elegance of San Francisco’s City Hall, Debra and Warren chose to have a wedding inspired by old world elegance with a hint of modern simplicity. For instance, the bride donned a structured trumpet wedding dress by Vera Wang that had a hint of traditional elements with its train of tulle.  The color palette was kept understated with romantic green and white florals paired with hints of dusty gray-blue. The elegant ceremony took place under the rotunda and featured accents of gold and oversized floral arrangements by Amy Burke Design. Dinner was held in the same space, with a mix of round and long tables dotting the reception space. Gold mirrored trays, flowers in footed gold containers, taper candles in glass, and a spring of olive at each place-setting made up the tabletop design. You can see more of this elegant San Francisco city hall wedding right here on Style Me Pretty.

Boutonnieres at the ready on a silver tray with at Written Word calligraphed signs.

An ethereal portrait in the bride in her veil during getting ready. 

This time is now! I loved capturing this first look inside City Hall.

The grand architecture of San Francisco’s City hall made for a dramatic backdrop for ceremony.

After ceremony, we took a few portraits with the couple’s getaway car, a classic Rolls Royce.

The elegant reception with soft blue linens and elegant gold Versailles chairs.

Garden roses, anemones, ranunculus, and olive leaf centerpieces decorated the tables. 

And to finish,  spectacular rainbow lighting illuminates City Hall at night.

Photography: Caroline Tran Photography | Wedding Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Cinematography: The Film Squad | Event Design: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Studio Cake | Bride’s Shoes: Tom Ford | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | DJ: DJ Kenfused | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Bartender: The Bartender Company | Lighting + Draping: Got Light | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Rentals: Frances Lane | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Ribbon + Silk: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | string trio: Corelli Strings

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