Apart from Weddings, Maternity shoots are seriously my favorite to shoot. I love capturing the couple in one of their most special times in their lives as they prepare to welcome this miracle of life into their family. Such natural beauty as a woman becomes a mother and man becomes a father. Amazing.

This lovely couple was adorable to capture on camera. They were so clearly excited to welcome their new little girl into the world and they were so cute and fun together. They were willing to do anything. I LOVE that their favorite color is green just like Brett and I. I love even more that they decided to decorate their little girl’s room all green, black and white – so fabulous! Rui and Debbie, congratulations. I can’t wait to see pictures of this little one. She is destined to be beautiful as you two are.



This is the green room for their baby girl. Love it!


One of my favs. Look how cute they are!








I loved the light pouring through. Flare is my best friend. :)






This is daddy showing off for the women in his life. ;) almazan-107-copy

Another fav.


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  1. HeatherA says:

    So Beautiful! Girl, you are AMAZING!

  2. Fely Almazan says:

    Rui and Debbie,

    Beautiful pictures! I love them! Dad and I can’t wait for her arrival!

    Love you guys,


  3. Bri says:

    These are beautiful – such sweet moments :)

  4. Juliette Read says:

    Pregnancy is just so beautiful and you captured it effortlessly Em! That baby is sure to be adorable with such beautiful parents! I hope they have you do infant shots too so I can see what she looks like!

  5. Amber Dawn says:

    I just love that first sunflare image! So awesome! And the one where daddy is showing off? Too cute! I love it! Great stuff Em!

  6. Janet says:

    These pictures are incredible! Auntie you look so beautiful, I can’t wait to meet my new cousin!!!!!

  7. Mina Ramat says:

    Debbie & Rui, The pictures are awesome. Just waiting for her arrival. Love you, Mom

  8. Julie Cruz says:

    Awesome job Emily! Although i’m sad I wasn’t able to take them, i’m glad they picked someone as wonderful as you! :) You rocked it!

    R&D – You guys are adorable! Can’t wait to meet (and photograph) baby girl in a few weeks!! :)

  9. Lucinda McKnight says:

    hey emily its marinna and your mom is with me right now and showing me your websites and stuff so i just wanted to say hi and i wish you were here with us!!
    love marinna

  10. Becky Moseley says:

    I love the one with Debbie, the pregnant mama, laying her head in her hubbie’s lap. Such a sweet and tender moment!

  11. annajoy says:

    ohmygosh i love these toooo much. especially the one in black and white of her eyelashes in focus!

  12. Cindy says:

    What a beautiful set of photos! :)


    Girl, you sure do know how to rock that sunflare! I love that shot of her lying on his lap, it’s so sweet!

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Joe and Marie are getting married this July. We fell in love with them right when we first met them. They are a couple that knows what they love and they know how to have fun. I told them to think of things for the shoot that would characterize them as individuals and as a couple. They totally got creative and I love what they came up with. Joe is a pilot so he asked if we could shoot at the USS Midway with all of the vintage plains on the deck. LOVED that idea! So, with Joe being a pilot we really tried to incorporate the sky a lot as well and fortunately the San Diego skies were gorgeous despite the call for rain that day. Then they also requested the beach, so we went to Coronado for the sunset. This couple also loves animals and their wedding reception is actually going to be at the ZOO. They are huge Star Wars fans, He is a Red Sox fan and she is an Angels fan which we also incorporated into the shoot. Not to mention that they totally know how to strike some sizzling poses. They were so much fun and they had us laughing the entire time. You can tell that their love for each other is very strong and together they are just too cute for words.

Joe and Marie – We can’t WAIT for your wedding! You are a fabulous couple and we are so happy to be your friends and your photographers.


Brett’s shot…img_1634-97-68-copy

Emily’s shot… :)



Isn’t Marie gorgeous!!?? She totally worked the camera!


We also went for a vintage look because Joe and Marie are a classy couple and to match all of the vintage planes.


Pretty good reenactment on their part, don’t you think? img_1823-286-99-copybwimg_2016-139-24-copybw

See, I told you they love animals. There was a homeless guy at the park we were at walking around with this beautiful green bird. We passed him and Marie lit up and asked if we could take some pictures with the bird. And so we did…




Joe did his fair share of working the camera as well. I love Marie’s loving look at her future husband. img_2062-184-34-copybw

And of course sporting their favorite teams. img_2221-342-52-copy



Ok, by the end we were all feeling a little loopy I think and this is a fun pic of all of us to end the night. :) img_2123-586-144-copy

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  1. Katie says:

    Hi! I just stumbled along your blog and I wanted to say how great your work is! Really fun! : )

  2. Lucinda McKnight says:

    These are great!!! So very creative and fun to look at! Darling couple with lots of personality just coming out in every photo…Loved the one of all four of you… really seemed to capture how you all felt at the end of the day!

  3. Carleigh says:

    LOVE the Top Gun pic! Super cute! What a cool photoshoot :)

  4. Brianna says:

    What an amazing session – I love so many of them that I can’t choose a favourite. What cool locations too!

  5. Amy says:

    These are fabulous!

  6. Bethany says:

    Wow AMAZING!!!! I love the silhouette one of them on the beach hugging! David says he misses you guys!!!! :) Love the last one by the way!

  7. Juliette Read says:

    Awesome photos Em! I love the ones in the ice plant- may be a weird thing to love- but I love seeing it everywhere when we visit SD :) Makes me very excited for our pics this week!

  8. Cindy says:

    awesome engagement shoot guys! :) You guys are so creative! I esp love #18 (if I counted correctly)! :)

  9. Mark Brooke says:

    San Diego rocks, love the shot by the Midway with the old statue!! Classic!


    These are GREAT! They’re all unique, and awesome! I especially love the one of their silhouttes w/ the baseball caps! AMAZING! haha! =) Keep it up!! =)


    I love this session. So amazing


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