Masthead header

Yvonne and Erik met in High School almost a decade ago, after 9 years in the making Erik finally asked Yvonne to be his wife. They wed on September 30, 2017 at a beautiful private residence with family and friends to witness. Many of their closest friends shared that they felt like Erik & Yvonne’s wedding was their wedding a well given the couples long history together. Enjoy some photos from their big day!

Vendors:
Photography: J.Michelle Photography
Second shooter: April Salazar

2017-10-25_0001.jpg
2017-10-25_0002.jpg
2017-10-25_0003.jpg
2017-10-25_0004.jpg
2017-10-25_0005.jpg
2017-10-25_0006.jpg
2017-10-25_0007.jpg
2017-10-25_0008.jpg
2017-10-25_0009.jpg
2017-10-25_0010.jpg
2017-10-25_0011.jpg
2017-10-25_0012.jpg
2017-10-25_0013.jpg
2017-10-25_0014.jpg
2017-10-25_0015.jpg
2017-10-25_0016.jpg
2017-10-25_0017.jpg
2017-10-25_0018.jpg
2017-10-25_0019.jpg
2017-10-25_0020.jpg
2017-10-25_0021.jpg
2017-10-25_0022.jpg
2017-10-25_0023.jpg
2017-10-25_0024.jpg
2017-10-25_0025.jpg
2017-10-25_0026.jpg
2017-10-25_0027.jpg
2017-10-25_0028.jpg
2017-10-25_0029.jpg
2017-10-25_0030.jpg
2017-10-25_0031.jpg
2017-10-25_0032.jpg
2017-10-25_0033.jpg
2017-10-25_0034.jpg
2017-10-25_0035.jpg
2017-10-25_0036.jpg
2017-10-25_0037.jpg
2017-10-25_0038.jpg
2017-10-25_0039.jpg
2017-10-25_0040.jpg
2017-10-25_0041.jpg
2017-10-25_0042.jpg
2017-10-25_0043.jpg
2017-10-25_0044.jpg
2017-10-25_0045.jpg
2017-10-25_0046.jpg
2017-10-25_0047.jpg
2017-10-25_0048.jpg
2017-10-25_0049.jpg
2017-10-25_0050.jpg
2017-10-25_0051.jpg
2017-10-25_0052.jpg
2017-10-25_0053.jpg
2017-10-25_0054.jpg
2017-10-25_0055.jpg
2017-10-25_0056.jpg
2017-10-25_0057.jpg
2017-10-25_0058.jpg
2017-10-25_0059.jpg
2017-10-25_0060.jpg
2017-10-25_0061.jpg
2017-10-25_0062.jpg
2017-10-25_0063.jpg
2017-10-25_0064.jpg
2017-10-25_0065.jpg
2017-10-25_0066.jpg
2017-10-25_0067.jpg
2017-10-25_0068.jpg
2017-10-25_0069.jpg
2017-10-25_0070.jpg
2017-10-25_0071.jpg
2017-10-25_0072.jpg
2017-10-25_0073.jpg
2017-10-25_0074.jpg
2017-10-25_0075.jpg
2017-10-25_0076.jpg
2017-10-25_0077.jpg
2017-10-25_0078.jpg
2017-10-25_0079.jpg
2017-10-25_0080.jpg
2017-10-25_0081.jpg
2017-10-25_0082.jpg
2017-10-25_0083.jpg
2017-10-25_0084.jpg
2017-10-25_0085.jpg
2017-10-25_0086.jpg
2017-10-25_0087.jpg
2017-10-25_0088.jpg
2017-10-25_0089.jpg
2017-10-25_0090.jpg
2017-10-25_0091.jpg
2017-10-25_0092.jpg
2017-10-25_0093.jpg
2017-10-25_0094.jpg
2017-10-25_0095.jpg
2017-10-25_0096.jpg
2017-10-25_0097.jpg
2017-10-25_0098.jpg
2017-10-25_0099.jpg
2017-10-25_0100.jpg
2017-10-25_0101.jpg
2017-10-25_0102.jpg
2017-10-25_0103.jpg
2017-10-25_0104.jpg
2017-10-25_0105.jpg
2017-10-25_0106.jpg
2017-10-25_0107.jpg
2017-10-25_0108.jpg
2017-10-25_0109.jpg
2017-10-25_0110.jpg

Share OnFacebook Share OnTwitter Pin onPinterest EmailLink

I first met Alicia and Scott when I was hired to shoot their wedding in spring of 2017. They were adorable, madly in love, and truly a pleasure to work with. I get to know some of my clients on a more personal level than others and Alicia and I instantly clicked. She shared with me that she and Scott had been trying for a baby for years and were dealing with the ugly twists and turns of Infertility. We met for coffee to finalize wedding details and I asked, “Do you think you will have any kids soon after the wedding?, Alicia shared her story with me and also mentioned that they were seeking fertility treatment and that once the wedding was done they were going to try the first round of treatment. Anyone who has gone through fertility issues knows the struggles, heartbreak, financial investment and emotional rollercoaster it can take a couple on. I must add that Alicia never once acted pitiful instead she was so hopeful when sharing her feelings with me about fertility treatment and ended it with “It’s all in God’s hands”. She joked that when that time came (meaning in the future) she wanted to surprise Scott with a photoshoot to announce her pregnancy. We remained in touch and she mentioned they had just seen the Dr. and were getting ready to start treatment but she physically felt off, like something was going on with her. Alicia assumed she was sick, or coming down with something until her Dr. ordered a blood test and low and behold it came back positive for prengancy. Pretty ironic it was literally days before they began the first round of fertility treatment.

Truly God’s timing. I wanted to share with a few words from Alicia’s personal experience. If you’re struggling with infertility, do not loose hope <3

This photoshoot was one of my all time favs as a photographer. I get to photograph so many happy moments in my line of work but Scott had NO idea, we totally set this up and his reaction was so sweet. Congrats to the Coe Family, cannot wait to meet miracle baby Coe!

From Alicia Coe:

From the outside looking in it would seem we had it all great relationship just bought our house two cars you know the American dream but we were empty we were missing something. Infertility could be the hardest thing we will ever go through month after month, test after negative test and oh lets not forget the Heartbreak and joy that come with all the pregnancy announcements your friends make. In all of our years of being together we always discussed having children together but that was really just it. I have a son from a previous relationship I had him very young I was only 15 Scott has been in our lives since my son was 4 years old so for a while he (my son) was all we needed. Then bam pregnant! It took five years we were so happy,surprised, Overjoyed, You Name It We were feeling it. The feelings were short-lived we gained our angel baby at 7 weeks pregnant. That’s when are real fertility Journey started. The doctor visits, ultrasounds, blood work, ovulation testing, shots, pills, and 4 doctors later I was tired. It had now been over a year and a half of let down every month I was tired. I was tired of the relax and it will happen, tired of the eye roll from my friends when talking about my new fertility obsession, tired of temping in the morning before I moved too much, tired of peeing in cups. I…was…done. we decided to put trying on hold for a while and plan our wedding. I was secretly hoping that in this time of not trying it would just happen as everybody said it would. Scott and I became husband and wife on our 8-year anniversary in front of all of our family and friends. After returning from the honeymoon I was back to it, researching the best doctors and fertility clinics within a 200-mile radius. Our appointment was set and our fertility Journey was back on. The doctor we chose to see only came to town 2 times a month so our appointment was a little over a month away. He had our stack of records and went over them before our appointment I remember sitting in his office feeling so nervous. Going over every little detail to finally hear you guys are going to have to do IVF anything else will be throwing your money away and with both Partners having fertility problems IVF is going to be the best option. We left the appointment feeling hopeless. IVF?!?! That’s like 17 grand!! Okay infertility you win when give up!! We didn’t have a “plan” now and really didn’t even discuss it at all after the appointment. 2 weeks to the day latter I was getting ready for work and looked at my stockpile of ovulation and pregnancy test and thought why not someone’s got to use them up. So I did my usual peed tested set it on the counter and continued my morning routine. until I looked over and saw what I had been hoping to see for the last 2 years….2 lines?!? Does this test really have 2 lines!? 2 BLAZING lines at that! So naturally I Take 5 more at work… Yep I’m pregnant!! No fertility meds no IVF just a miracle from God!! I was literally pregnant at our consultation and didn’t even know!!! I couldn’t wait to tell my husband but it had to be perfect. I text our photographer for my wedding and we set up a photoshoot that night. His reaction, takes a minute to sink in but the pictures are priceless  and you can feel the emotion looking at them. Infertility doesn’t have to be a hush hush topic. Does it hurt? Heck yeah it does! Does it at some point consume you, yes. Does it seem impossible to have your dream of a family, sure. But are you alone, no! Our journey was long and tiring but of course worth it now. Our Dr has told us we can write a book using our pregnancy and how the baby is measuring and heart rate. Please don’t ever give up!! Our little miracle will be here march 28th 2018!!
2017-10-13_0001.jpg
2017-10-13_0002.jpg
2017-10-13_0003.jpg
2017-10-13_0004.jpg
2017-10-13_0005.jpg
2017-10-13_0006.jpg
2017-10-13_0007.jpg
2017-10-13_0008.jpg
2017-10-13_0009.jpg
2017-10-13_0010.jpg
2017-10-13_0011.jpg
2017-10-13_0012.jpg
2017-10-13_0013.jpg

Share OnFacebook Share OnTwitter Pin onPinterest EmailLink

Disneyland + The sweetest Canadian Family = Perfect setting for the most magical family session ever!

I cannot remember exactly how Julie and I first connected. I think it was in a photography forum online, or maybe it was back in the MySpace days  (the world wide web is a crazy yet amazing place) that brought together two photographers from two different countries who would one day connect in real life. We have a lot in common, we both have two boys, we are both photographer’s and we both have a strong love for Disney, our family and all things art. I was trilled when Julie reached out asking if we could possibly connect when they flew out to California for their summer vacation. After a few emails we locked down a location, time, and ultimately decided on the perfect spot to shoot, Disneyland.

Disneyland is truly one of the happiest places on earth so I saying I was beyond pumped to shoot at a place where millions of people travel to experience a glimpse of the magic it has to offer was an understatement. Disneyland is also symbolic to Julie and her husband Travis. For the Jackman’s , Julie shared that with me that Disney has always been a completely magical experience for them. “As a child I only went to Disneyland once. Our honeymoon was my husbands first time on a airplane and we went to Disney world and on a Disney cruise. Our initial hope was to get married on a disney ship, but 17 years ago that wasn’t offered. There are hard to find words to describe it to someone who has never set foot in the parks. Its like eye candy and everyone goes out of their way to make you feel welcome. So much of it is the experience and how you feel while your there.”- Julie

As mentioned above they have two sweet boys, Coen and Carson. Carson their youngest son has Autism and I really wanted to capture some amazing lifestyle photos for the Jackman’s . Julie gave me some wonderful tips of how to connect with Carson sharing his interests of puzzles & other popular little boy things he would enjoy talking about. He did amazing during our family session, laughed, played and enjoying the magical day with his loving family.

One thing I noticed was the strong support and outpour of love that Carson had from his parents, and his older brother Coen. Coen never once hesitated to slow down to ensure Carson had a buddy to walk with, he guided him to rides, he encouraged him when Carson was unsure of riding something that was slightly scary (Pirates of the Caribbean)  and was just so patient with his younger brother. The Jackman’s are such an encouraging family and truly rally around Carson which is why I feel he will thrive far in life. I wanted to share some of Julie’s own words regarding what is is like having a child with Autism and tips of how to travel to crowded places yet still make amazing memories so other families can enjoy all that Disney has to offer.

“When we first heard that we had a child with autism I never thought we would be able to travel as we do. Disney makes it easier too. There are quiet spots in most of the parks and the disability pass allows up to wait in the shade away from the crowds for rides. There have been many times too when characters have gone out of their way to approach my little man when he was having a rough day. One day it was raining and a cast member took Carson shoes and dried them because it was upsetting him that they were wet. We also make an effort to travel off peak season through the parks because we know that lines too long will lead to meltdowns. I just want Carson to experience life just like any other child. Sometimes that looks different for us, but you learn to adapt and it just becomes your normal”- Julie Jackman

Jackman Family, thank you so much for having me take these for you, I will never forget the short time we spent together and I loved being able to document a small piece of your Disneyland moments!

 

Location: Disneyland Parks, Anaheim California

MUA: Crystal Rodriguez

Clothing:

Julie’s dress- Banana republic

Boy’s clothing-Zara Boys

Travis- Shirt- Ralph Lauren

2017-08-30_0001.jpg
2017-08-30_0002.jpg
2017-08-30_0003.jpg
2017-08-30_0004.jpg
2017-08-30_0005.jpg
2017-08-30_0006.jpg
2017-08-30_0007.jpg
2017-08-30_0008.jpg
2017-08-30_0009.jpg
2017-08-30_0010.jpg
2017-08-30_0011.jpg
2017-08-30_0012.jpg
2017-08-30_0013.jpg
2017-08-30_0014.jpg
2017-08-30_0015.jpg
2017-08-30_0016.jpg
2017-08-30_0017.jpg
2017-08-30_0018.jpg
2017-08-30_0019.jpg
2017-08-31_0001.jpg
2017-08-31_0002.jpg
2017-08-31_0003.jpg
2017-08-31_0004.jpg
2017-08-31_0005.jpg
2017-08-31_0006.jpg
2017-08-31_0007.jpg
2017-08-31_0008.jpg
2017-08-31_0009.jpg
2017-08-31_0010.jpg
2017-08-31_0011.jpg
2017-08-31_0012.jpg
2017-08-31_0013.jpg
2017-08-31_0014.jpg
2017-08-31_0015.jpg
2017-08-31_0016.jpg
2017-08-31_0017.jpg
2017-08-31_0018.jpg
2017-08-31_0019.jpg
2017-08-31_0020.jpg
2017-08-31_0021.jpg
2017-08-31_0022.jpg
2017-08-31_0023.jpg
2017-08-31_0024.jpg
2017-08-31_0025.jpg
2017-08-31_0026.jpg
2017-08-31_0027.jpg
2017-08-31_0028.jpg
2017-08-31_0029.jpg
2017-08-31_0030.jpg
2017-08-31_0031.jpg
2017-08-31_0032.jpg
2017-08-31_0033.jpg
2017-08-31_0034.jpg
2017-08-31_0035.jpg
2017-08-31_0036.jpg
2017-08-31_0037.jpg
2017-08-31_0038.jpg
2017-08-31_0039.jpg
2017-08-31_0040.jpg

Share OnFacebook Share OnTwitter Pin onPinterest EmailLink

Humberto & Kayla’s love story started nearly a decade ago when they first met freshmen year in p.e. at North High School in Bakersfield, Ca. They were in the same class and didn’t talk the entire year until the last day of school freshman year. Humberto signed Kayla’s yearbook they took a pic together on the last day of school, Kayla said it was so random considering they had not spoken all year but she shared she knew they both had little spark for one another. Summer passed and they crossed paths again Sophomore year when she saw him during p.e. Kayla happened to run into him the next day at North high and nudged him asking him why he didn’t say hi to her? After that day Humberto walked Kayla to every class carrying her books like a true gentleman and would even miss the bus on some days just so he could walk her to her Mom’s work after school ensuring she made it safely. Kayla admitted that she actually was the first one making all the moves by asking him for his number  and initiating their first date. They shared their first kiss in front of the soccer field at north night before his soccer practice. 

First photo ever taken of the high school sweethearts 
 Flash forward to 11 years later on Kayla’s 27th birthday along with close family and friends Humberto surprised Kayla with a heartfelt and intimate proposal at sunset. He spent weeks preparing a meaningful proposal plan, making sure her family had a hand in this epic day & last but not least shopping for the perfect ring for his soon to be finance. The plan included convincing Kayla that the solar eclipse (which was actually historically occurring the following day) was happening 24 hours prior on her” birthday” night just as an excuse to get her out to the proposal location with a reason to photograph the proposal. After Kayla’s birthday dinner at BJ’s Brewery her family all hurried over to Riverwalk park to photograph the “Solar Eclipse”. Little did Kayla know her entire family was in on the secret and when it was Kayla & Bert turn to take their “Solar Eclipse photo” that was the cue for Kayla & Humberto’s brother’s (Matthew & Junior) to hold the huge sign up behind the pair asking ” Will you Marry Me Kayla?” for the photo. After snapping the photo with the proposal sign in the shot I hurried over to Kayla to show her the epic “Solar Eclipse” (not really Solar eclipse shot) photo that I captured aka the proposal sign in the back & at this point Kayla had realized what was happening and was flooded with an abundance of emotions. Humberto then got on one knee, open her beautiful ring box, and asked his bride to be to marry him in front of family and friends.
I don’t think there was a dry eye  in the crowd. Kayla said YES and was full of joy, she has waited so long for this moment and it finally happened. Their love story is nearly a decade old, their love has stood the test of time, they have grown up together, and are high school sweethearts and are truly meant to be together forever. Let the Wedding plans officially commense!
Enjoy some photos from their beautiful proposal!
Bert and Kayla during her High-School/BC/Cal-State graduation (they have taken the same pose all throughout her journey of schooling)
2017-08-23_0006.jpg2017-08-23_0007.jpg
2017-08-23_0008.jpg
2017-08-23_0009.jpg2017-08-23_0013.jpg
2017-08-23_0014.jpg
2017-08-23_0015.jpg
2017-08-23_0016.jpg
2017-08-23_0017.jpg
2017-08-23_0018.jpg
e2017-08-23_0019.jpg2017-08-23_0021.jpg
2017-08-23_0022.jpg
2017-08-23_0023.jpg
2017-08-23_0024.jpg
Share OnFacebook Share OnTwitter Pin onPinterest EmailLink
M o r e   i n f o
M o r e   i n f o