Franco Family Maternity Session...

I am beyond the moon excited for our sweet pals Brandon + Amanda and their precious Hannah who is due next month and I can't express how honored I was to photograph their maternity session! 

Mitch and I have known Brandon for about 15 years, and we met Amanda when they became an item back in the day (Not sure the exact number. 8 years?? Longer? Haven't you been together forever already?!)...

So when Amanda shot me an email a few months back asking if I'd photograph them, I was like: "FO' SHO!". Their session was in the cutest college town in the I.E, the city of Claremont.  Brandon and Amanda had dates in the same area and have shared some incredibly special moments together there. It was in Claremont where Brandon proposed to Amanda years ago...and recently it's where Amanda shared with Brandon that she was pregnant with Hannah. And so it was incredibly fitting and PERFECT for their maternity session to be shot in the same area! I even asked Brandon to pray over Hannah while I snapped a few photos as they sat on the same bench where these things took place, and I was so overwhelmed with the fairytale/bliss and blessed moments that they've shared together there that it made me TEAR UP while I snapped away. That's some solid LOVE and LIFE giving stuff, you guys. 

And so to our dear friends Brandon + Amanda, we will continue to keep you three in our prayers, and we are ALWAYS here to laugh and cry with you along the way! Thank you for your friendships and we can't wait for you to experience the blessing of having a child of your own and the beauty of parenting a tiny soul! It's honestly the best gig on this side of heaven. Welcome to the "GOODBYE TO SLEEPING IN" Club! We welcome you with open arms! 

Lots of love, Ana :)

J+J's Maternity Session...

A few weeks ago, I was honored when some long time friends asked me to photograph their maternity session! We met Jynafer + Jonathan years ago at RockHarbor Fullerton's first life group launch back in 2009/2010 (uhh, I can't remember the exact year. Mom brain, okay?). They sat at our table- it was the Tuesday night table, whoop whoop! We shared our Tuesday nights in prayer, talking about God, laughing, eating and all the other fun stuff that goes on in a life group and just lived life together! A few years later, they asked Mitch to marry them, which was SUCH an honor as their life group leader! I can still remember the excitement in Mitch's voice when he told me they asked him! So isn't it poetic that they would ask me to photograph and document this next amazing chapter in their story? Gah, I was so honored. Thank you Jynafer and Jonathan for involving Mitch and I in your lives, we are so happy for you both and this new adventure you're about to embark on! ALSO, I loved the props and clothing choices for this session! If you don't know this amazing couple, let me fill you in: Jynafer works for an ad agency (SO cool, right?!) and Jonathan is an author! He's legit! Like, on GOODREADS legit, you guys! So the typewriter, the books, the blanket, the pennants (Jynafer even MADE one of them!) everything was perfect! Well done J+J, well done! 

Ps- Jyn, you're seriously such a gorgeous pregnant woman, your grace and beautiful glow BLEW me away during your session! I had to say it! xo, Ana.