Last September I took an online photography course after hearing rave reviews from my friend and client Marilou. My goal was to finally get that DSLR out of the closet and learn how to use it. The way it was intended to be used, not in automatic. Little did I know what was in store for me then. The class was everything I'd hoped for and more. The technical stuff finally clicked and it was a game-changer. (thanks Karen!) I fell head-over-heals in love with photography and I met some pretty incredible people doing so. People I connect with on a daily basis through the power of Facebook groups. The internet makes this world feel so much smaller but when it comes to actual face time, geography becomes a reality. And geography separates us all by quite a distance. When I found out Aurora (one of these incredible people) was headed to SoCal for a family reunion I was beyond excited to finally meet her. When Marilou mentioned I should photograph Aurora and her family I was terrified. You see, Aurora is a really fantastic photographer. But as Marilou mentioned, "Aurora is always stuck behind the camera. And you need the practice." Bingo. (love you Marilou!) I'm there…

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All I can say is thank you, Aurora. From the moment we met and hugged in that gelato shop on Hermosa Beach I knew we were in store for an incredible afternoon. The matching toenail polish on you girls? Zac's designer band-aids? The laughter and the sarcasm? You all had me from the start. Seeing Halia navigate the sand and meet the ocean waves for the first time was a delight. Capturing you, the Canadian and the wee one in action was only a tiny bit terrifying. Thanks for being my first. ;-)