Alex | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018 | High School Senior Photographer

Alex was a great Senior. He has aspirations to become a mechanical engineer and after college, work in the Automobile industry. I wouldn’t be surprised if he invents and patents a new engine part or something. He also requested to be photographed with this awesome black Ford Mustang convertible. I gladly said yes.

Best of luck with Senior year Alex.

Matthew | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018 | High School Senior photographer

Matthew and I went on an adventure for his senior portraits. We decided to shoot at the Pismo Beach Pier, which is under construction!

We actually went around the construction and found great locations where he could be photographed. We found lots of pillars (wood and metal) to give us different textures in the images.

In speaking with Matthew, he wants to go to university to study engineering. We are so fortunate in San Luis Obispo that our local university is in the Top 3 for Engineering and Architecture. Since he loves San Luis Obispo and Engineering, his dream school is our local university, Cal Poly (www.calpoly.edu)

Best of luck with Senior year Matthew. Let me know which college you choose. (wink, wink).

The Erbys | San Luis Obispo Family photographer | Surprise Baby Announcement | San Luis Obispo

Katie wanted to surprise her husband LaDell alerting him in an original way that she was pregnant with their 3rd child. I called it a baby-posal! I was SO EXCITED to be part of the surprise. This was photographed in early July, but I had to wait until the end of her first trimester to blog these beautiful images.

Katie gave me the plan:

  1. She would tell LaDell that they were taking family photos (only).
  2. At the end of the family session, I would tell him that I wanted something special for my website and for him to write 3 things on a placard that he loved about her…and she would write three things that she loved about him…but Katie’s message would not quite give her 3 things, but that he was going to be a dad again!
  3. When we were done with the traditional family session, I followed the plan. LaDell was so cute carefully writing the three things that he loved about Katie. Luckily, their younger daughters could not read the placards or they would have blown the surprise.

The couple were facing back-to-back. When I finally asked the two to turn around to face each other, the first thing LaDell said was “you didn’t write down three things!” (You'll notice his thinking pattern in the images.) When he finally read Katie’s sign, he wasn’t sure if it was true and when she said it was true, I had tears in my eyes. It was the sweetest family moment. Their two daughters, ages 4 and 2 were not quite sure what was going on, but all of the adults were so excited!

Congratulations Erby family! I look forward to meeting the littlest one in 2018!

Venue: Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, CA

Girls dresses:  DotDotSmile

Katie’s DotDotSmile Page

Maya | High School Senior Portrait Photographer | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018

As a photographer, you never know if a high school senior is going to have a great look in front of the camera. I am always pleasantly surprised when these seniors SLAY their sessions. I have been so fortunate that each one does an amazing job!

Maya is no exception. She came dressed in a Free People "esque" dress and was amazing! So great, that I felt inspired to blog her pictures in black and white to make an even greater statement! I also loved her freckles, so kept them in each image.

Maya is regal and confident. She knows what she wants to do for her career…and she will be one of the individuals improving our society and our world.

She is my 3rd or 4th student that aspires to be a doctor! This means lots of schooling, and very challenging classes. The San Luis Obispo Class of 2018 has really impressed me so far, and school has just started!

Best of luck during your senior year Maya and please let me know which college you choose!

Lukas | San Luis Obispo High School | Class of 2018

Lukas!!!!! I had such a great time with Lukas. As a mom, I appreciate courteous and communicative people. Lukas is one of those individuals.  During our session, we inadvertently blocked walkways and he greeted almost every person before he moved out of the way.

Lukas plans to study Pre-Med and will go out into the world to help his community. He is good at Math and Science, but also has the proper communication skills to work in the Pre-Med profession. I cannot stress the importance of bedside manner when one wants to possibly become a doctor. By the way he treated the general public during the session, he will be a great physician.

Best of luck Lukas. Let me know which university you choose and best of luck with your noble career.

Jewelry is a Photographer’s Best Friend | Carats to Karat | San Luis Obispo Lifestyle Photographer | Jewelry Photographer

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Having a small  portrait photography business, one of my goals was to work with other small businesses to enhance their visual images for their social media and websites.

I was fortunate enough to partner with a company in Texas to pursue this part of my business. Now don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoy senior portrait photography, family photography, special events photography and Intimate weddings|elopement photography, but also enjoy working with small businesses, like me.

This work started slow. I received jobs once a month, but now, this business photography has gained some traction. One of my photography sessions was with Carats to Karat in Nipomo, CA. Mary, one of the owners, was just as I imaged: creative, colorful, and LOVES jewelry (more than me!) In her store, there are two stacker rings one all diamonds, and one diamond and ruby that I hope to purchase  “someday”.

Jewelry Photography was challenging, but it made me think differently about how to present product images, and I felt empowered. In addition to jewelry photography, you will see other small businesses in the San Luis Obispo area featured.  If you are a small business in San Luis Obispo County, Let’s collaborate!

Bret + Jill | CA Winery Elopement | Paso Robles, CA | Elopement photography

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I felt fortunate to be hired as Bret & Jill’s elopement photographer. The teachers from Yucaipa, CA were married at Zenaida Cellars, their favorite winery in Paso Robles, CA. Wineries in Paso Robles have beautiful destination wedding locations for couples with small or large budgets.

The love, joy, and fun from this couple were infectious. Bret and Jill remained extremely calm on their special day even though forest fires were nearby (within 100 miles) with directional winds blowing towards our area. The ceremony ran smoothly, (smoke and all) for all involved. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Monza family | Christmas Day 2016 | Avila Beach Lifestyle Photographer

Do you give your four-legged companions a Christmas gift every holiday season?

Giving gifts to family pets is a billion dollar industry. Every year, I purchase multiple pet products for our dog at Costco. She LOVES them all year long. Around November, I return to Costco to purchase next year’s gifts. This year, I waited too long and missed the dog toys! So my poor dog will not have any “physical” toys under the tree this year. Luckily, the family knows what she would prefer as a close second to her dog toys: running at the Avila Beach Dog Park! Although colder than we’d hoped, we put her in the car and once she smells the ocean smells, she starts getting excited about where we are taking her. As soon as we park, she has to get out and be free!

The “Ambassador of the Park” named by another dog lover, greets every dog long enough to know that they are welcome and then visits the next dog. I haven’t seen a dog smile so much! She runs up and down the beach, greets dogs and soaks in the smells of the area. It couldn’t have been a better present for her. If you are in the San Luis Obispo County area and want your dog to enjoy the outside to play and socialize for a little while, come to the Avila Beach Dog Park .

In addition to it being so much fun for the dog, the family bonding that we have is priceless.  My daughters don't return to San Luis Obispo county very often, so it was a treat  and honor to have them home for the Holidays. It's so cute to watch them play with the family dog and spend time with their proud parents. They are my gifts. Merry Christmas everyone!

Monza family | Christmas Eve | San Luis Obispo Lifestyle Photographer

Do you love ritual? I do.  Especially the pomp and circumstance of our family’s traditions, like Christmas. As most families, we have 6 ginormous bins of Christmas items that come out every year. Some of those items include, multicolored lights for the house and trees, to our personalized stockings, artificial trees to be placed throughout the house except in the front window, where my husband gets a live tree every year. We have ornaments from my husband and my first year together 30 years ago, our Christmas Story Leg lamp, singing rap character toys, to ornaments from my two daughters from elementary school to current times. But...the most important ritual is spending time with family.  Now that my daughters live far away from us, it's an honor to  have them want to spend time with us during this time of year and not feel obligated.

One of our family traditions is to have hot dogs/tofu dogs on Christmas Eve. I am not a cook, so this worked out fine for me. Since I have three vegetarian/vegans during this time of year, that meal has now evolved to a more popular veggie patties/hamburger meal. Another tradition is to take family photos with our sweet dog to commemorate this special time of year. This year was no exception.

Happy Holidays to you and your family. Wishing you peace.

Dakota | High School Senior | Righetti High School | High School senior photographer

Dakota was my final senior session for the Class of 2017 Season.  As a former Academic Advisor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, I always enjoy speaking with students about their future plans. Dakota is interested in studying Sports Management which  is such an exciting major! As one of the Varsity basketball players on the Righetti High School team, he understands what an athlete must endure to be successful.  Studying sports management will teach him how to work with athletes, negotiating salaries and he’ll need a little psychology in his background as well. I believe he has the potential to take it to the next level.

I also believe he has a modeling career in his future !

Jeff + Yovani | Couples portrait | Montana de Oro | Los Osos | Couples photographer

Love hard. Laugh hard. Play hard.

J + Y may not say this, but they are the MOST fun couple that I know. Once you know them, you will aspire for your relationship to be similar. I didn’t take as many images as I normally do during this session because I couldn’t stop laughing. This lumberjack themed holiday photo session had us driving to real pine trees to soak up the amazing smells of pine, clean air and sea water.

This amazing location, Montana de Oro, is along the Central Coast of CA in which the trees, sand, and Pacific Ocean share in the most beautiful terrain.

These images show the couples love for each other, but their playfulness as well.

Yukie + Chris + Ayako | San Luis Obispo | Family Photographer

It was a gorgeous evening to photograph the Murphy family in San Luis Obispo. It had rained 2 days prior so our surrounding hills proudly showed off it's various shades of green.

Although a little tired from the day, 2-year old Ayako was a trooper. If she wasn’t, Yukie and Chris had a secret surprise snack to get her to be more playful: RAISINS!

We took photos along an agricultural pathway, visited horses and they let her run around a bit. She only went through one box of raisins! Even more fun was finding out that Yukie is pregnant with her second child! Congratulations Murphy family! 

Warden family | San Luis Obispo, CA | Family photographer

Photographing families is really fun. It offers me a challenge that I enjoy. I like being that silent individual watching the family dynamic of the different generations: grandparents, parents, children and even pets. 

The Warden family was so welcoming. It was great having the grandmother visit from Montana to be with her daughter’s family in San Luis Obispo, CA. I knew the older children because they went through school with my children. The tween twin sons were very honest with me at the beginning of the session. One of them told me that I had 30 minutes to photograph them and that was IT! This was a challenge that I was ready to take on.

The sun was setting FAST, so I had to think quickly about poses, offering motivation, etc. I decided to try new camera maneuvers for this session. BIG Mistake! It caused too much thinking on my part and getting the ideas correct with so little light.  DING! 30 minutes are up and I lost the twins at minute 35, but was able to continue photographing the other family members for another 10-15 minutes. It didn’t matter; the Wardens were ON THEIR GAME! The poses were en pointe, great smiles, and it was refreshing to watch the fun interactions among the family members. 

Holiday pictures 2016 | Justin + Tristen | San Luis Obispo, CA | Family photographer | Couples photographer

Two of the cutest doggies jumped down from the car hatchback for their close ups. But wait...they don’t have their outfits on…it’s raining…will they get dirty…should we wait to do this?

Justin & Tristen, the proud parents of their enthusiastic kids also wore coordinated outfits. This year, J+T wanted to incorporate their family members into the holiday card images. They are fairly new to the area and wanted to show their family and friends that all is well on the Central Coast of CA.

My mind was racing trying to figure out if we should sit in our cars until the rain stopped or just go for it, wet hair and all. We decided to go for it! This photo session had already been rescheduled twice previously and the holiday card deadlines were looming.

The dogs (Doug and Coco) sniffed around, stared down the horses and the rain turned to a drizzle. The precipitation became light enough to start the session.  These two adorable pups are rescue dogs. These are two of the most loved dogs that I’ve seen in a long time. They loved being held, received great admiration from their owners and although didn’t want to dress up, did. The five of us walked, talked/barked, and avoided the mud. It was a fun session and the drizzle enhanced our experience.

Sandy + Joe | Anniversary portraits | Pebble Beach, CA | Engagement Photographer

Relationships can be challenging. They can cause frustration or much joy and laugher. It warms my heart to speak with couples that have been married for 30+ years. Sandy & Joe have been married for 46 years! Due to Joe's Navy career, their family lived on the East Coast, England and the West Coast. These two never took couples portraits over the years, so we scheduled a mini session while my family and I visited Pebble Beach, CA over Thanksgiving.

Their love for each other brings happy tears to my eyes - the way they laugh together…walk hand in hand…prepare meals together and run errands together.  I hope when I reach 46 years of marriage with my husband, that we continue to be the positive role models of love for our children and our grandchildren.

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Maya | Fitness Motivator | San Diego, CA | Lifestyle photography

I’m going to be honest. I do not like exercising. Basically, I have not found an exercise discipline that I truly enjoy. The opposite can be said about fitness motivator, Maya .

I haven’t seen an individual ENJOY the process of planning and preparing for a fitness class, teaching the class and enjoy seeing the positive results from her students.

On a daily basis, she teaches one to two (90-minute) indoor cycling classes and sometimes three! Maya still finds the time to take other fitness classes around town to continue learning about the body and how different parts of the body work based on what you require it to do (e.g. stretching, lifting weights or running). She is more motivated about fitness after recently earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She continues to be a life long learner, researching and actively participating in the advantages of fitness and how it helps to keep people healthy both physically and mentally.

Maya’s love for fitness began as a child. She was a gymnast briefly, but it wasn’t until she discovered competitive cheer when it became a way of life for her. Cheer was a combination of her two loves, performing in front of an audience and fitness.

If you are in California and looking for a challenging yet fun indoor cycling class, consider taking one with Maya at SparkCycle in La Jolla, CA.

Jose | Class of 2017 | Senior Portraits | San Luis Obispo senior portraits photographer

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Every Senior portrait that I take, I have hope for our future. We have smart, funny young people who want to make a difference. I am excited to see Jose go to college and see how he will flourish. He says he wants to study on the Pacific Northwest. Will he go to Oregon, which he wants? go to Washington state or stay in California?

It was fun having Jose bring his baseball mitt to the session to include in his senior portraits. He has played baseball for at least his high school years and probably as a elementary/middle school guy. He says he will not continue baseball through college (we’ll see Mr. Catcher!), but you could tell his love for baseball. They way he held the mitt, I could tell his respect for the game and all that it represents.

Best of luck Jose. Have a great senior year. Let me know which university you choose.

Student Academic Services EOP Service Awards | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

It is an honor every year to photograph the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) Service Awards. There usually isn’t a dry eye in the house after these first generation, low-income graduating students offer their stories of adversity, strength and determination. They offer hope to the other students who are still trying to be successful at Cal Poly. The validate the difficult work that the staff do--working with these students to make sure that they are successful. The administration, faculty, staff and the students are present to cheer on each other and offer love and support as they leave for the workplace. Each graduating senior receives a gold EOP graduation stole that the students wear with pride. As one of the Advisors for these students, I was also fortunate enough to offer their graduation stoles to wear at commencement as seen in the last photo. Congratulations Seniors!

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Location: Advanced Technology Lab

Sponsor: EOP Program 

Sponsor: Student Academic Services Department  

 

President’s Diversity Awards | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

The Cal Poly President’s Diversity Awards acknowledges faculty, staff, individual students, student clubs and staff/faculty organizations at Cal Poly who are attempting to make the university a more diverse and inclusive environment.

It was a packed house at the Kennedy Library Atrium to celebrate those individuals. Individuals came from all over our large campus to celebrate. There were over 80 applications of well-earned Cal Poly members seeking acknowledgement this year. This was the largest number of submissions in its history. I feel honored to attend. I was fortunate enough to be recognized as the Outstanding staff member in 2015.

Everyone who received an award were surprised and honored. Congratulations awardees.

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Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Sponsors: Kennedy Library

Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusivity

 

Renoda Campbell Photography, San Luis Obispo Events photographer, Cal Poly, Presidents Diversity Awards 2016, #rcpslo, #calpolyproud

Maya, Alpha Chi Omega/ Senior Portraits / San Diego State University

Maya received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in May 2016. As long as I have known her, she has always been a very active participant in Sports. She served as Cheerleading Captain for 4 years at her local high school, and on the competitive travel teams since fourth grade. She knew when she was 15 that she would be involved in helping people to stay fit. She felt honored to attend her top college choice, San Diego State University.

When she moved to San Diego for school, she never looked back. Her dorm view overlooked the swimming pool and baseball field. Athletic Training was her goal. She told me that she would work with those teams someday. Her dorm room view was the positive reinforcement that she needed.

She joined a sorority Alpha Chi Omega. I knew that would be the niche that she needed to be successful at her university. After being a new member for one year, she became President of her organization (as a Sophomore), and then Vice-President of Recruitment (as a Junior). I knew this experience for her would be memorable and life-changing.

If you are wondering why I know so much about this young lady, Maya is my daughter. I have enjoyed watching her grow as a beautiful and responsible adult. Congratulations Maya. I look forward to seeing what you will do with your life.  You have so much promise ahead of you.

I love you!

Location: Alpha Chi Omega (San Diego State University) 

San Diego State University

Hepner Hall