My Little Sister :: Portraits at the Santa Monica Pier :: Sunset on the California Beach

This past Winter while I was traveling for work I got to visit the West Coast for the first time ever. And even more exciting than seeing Las Vegas and California, I got to visit my little sister who lives out there. I don't want to gush too much here and make you all jealous, but, now that we're well past those pesky high school years, my sister is not only my family, she is my friend. And a great friend to have. Even though she lives so far away and neither of us picks up the phone as often as we should, I feel so privileged to have her in my life. She is energetic, thoughtful, supportive, sincere, intelligent, kind-hearted, silly, fun.. just an all around great person.

While Jeff and I were visiting we all made it out to the Santa Monica Pier, and Jill agreed to be my model for a little while. These photos, months later, still make me smile. Though it seems obvious, me being a photographer and all, I'm sometimes still surprised by the emotion that photos can bring back. I get to remember playing on the beach with her and the whirlwind visit we had. Her big laugh. The prancing into the water on my request despite how cold it was. I can't wait until there's another visit on the books! Until then at least I have some fun photos that will remind me to dial this girl's number more often!

Hammonasset Beach Engagement Session :: Madison, CT :: Ashley and Kevin

I am in love with this adorable sunset engagement session with Ashley and Kevin, probably because you can easily see how in love they are. This was my first time at Hammonasset Beach in Madison, CT and it was such was a gorgeous backdrop.. I really enjoyed wandering around with these two, though I highly recommend bringing some heavy duty bug spray along if you go!