Watching a family grow is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer. There’s nothing like being able to connect and capture the biggest milestones of their lives. This is one of the many reasons I always knew I would be a family photographer.
I met Melisa in 2015 when she was looking for someone to take photos for her Christmas card. Her daughter, Brianna, was only 8 months old at the time. As soon as we met, I knew the Ochoa's would be in my life for a long time. After our session, I found out that Melisa is a VERY talented hair dresser, and she is now the only person I let touch my hair! This was one of my first ever family shoots and I fell in love with the light-heartedness and emotional aspects of family photography. Since then, we have done FIVE photo sessions together!
Fast forward about 6 months and her family was in town and we all got together at the beach to take their updated family portraits
Before we knew it, Melisa & Drew found out they were expecting their second daughter. It was a beautiful spring day and the flowers were blooming out of control. It was the perfect location for their maternity photos in San Juan Capistrano.
And FINALLY, we meet little Mia Rae! Melisa expressed to me that she wanted a more casual, lifestyle family photography session. We headed down to Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano and started shooting. We started with some more formal photos, followed by playing on the playground, grabbing some ice cream and ending the day with some hot chocolate!