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Merry Christmas!! – Southern California Photographers

Posted in Personal, Portraits by Holly

I must say that I love getting our family pictures done… well in theory that is!  Being photographers, we really cherish our photos and the priceless memories that they create for us.  Donny and I are constantly looking back at pics of our kids and thinking, “I don’t remember them looking like that” or “oh yeah – remember when they did that!” We are so grateful for the memories that we are able to document for our children.   … All that to say that we try to do a family photo shoot at least twice a year and although I look forward to it, I know in advance that it is going to be stressful — well, doing anything with 3 kids under 3 is!

I will never forget driving to this location (stressed out after getting all the kids ready and in the car) and telling Donny how I had curled my hair (twice actually) but I should have bought a different hair spray because this one clearly wasn’t working… and our oldest daughter tells me, “Mommy, you are supposed to be content with what you have.”  LOL… coming from my three year old!!!  It made me stop and laugh and think about what really mattered.  What mattered is that we were together.  That we would have awesome photos of our family. That we were blessed to be able to have something tangible to help us remember what life was like at this point in time.

So as you celebrate with your families this weekend, I encourage you to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of traveling, gift exchange, etc. to enjoy this stage in life.  Enjoy your families.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and wonderful Christmas!

P.S.  Thank you to Mae & Michael for our family pics!!

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I love what you said on the blog…and I love this pic! Merry Christmas Havenhills



10 years of JOY!!

Posted in Personal, Portraits, Weddings by Holly

Today marks Donny & I’s 10 year anniversary!  I am so excited to celebrate with him and have the chance to reminisce over all that we have been blessed with over this time.  I truly have the most awesome and loving husband and am am grateful for days like today where I can focus on how blessed I am to have him in my life!!  I thought I would surprise him and post a loveblog for him…

Hey love!  It feels like it was only yesterday that we were two young teens falling in love…  giddy and trying to figure out who held who’s hand first….

Two kids excited about playing house and looking forward to where God would take us.

We’ve come a long way from just the two of us…

To our first little angel joining our family…

And then two more joys entering our lives…

I know life is often absolutely crazy, sleepless, way too busy and usually looks like this-

But there is no one else I would rather share my life with.  I look forward to raising our family together and continuing to grow closer to you as the years go by.  I love you!! 



Love you two…you’ve made a wonderful family with God at the center of it. Dad and I are very proud of all of you. Can’t wait to babysit tonight….have fun!!

Tanya Skaf

Awesome pictures!! Thanks for sharing!!! <3333 The Skaf's wish you many more years together!!


Absolutely, beautiful. I love you 5. Happy Anniversary.


This is so sweet! Congratulations and Happy (belated) Anniversary!

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Where have we been??

Posted in Engagements, Personal, Portraits, Weddings by Holly

As I’m sure many of you noticed, our blog kind of stopped being updated this past year almost completely… Ummm… you could say that I just simply wasn’t up to it.  When I got pregnant with the twins, I literally could barely do much of anything but sleep.  The first 4 months were so incredibly draining…I guess it sucks a lot of energy out of one’s body creating 20 fingers and 20 toes!  Once that was over, I had about a month of feeling OK before I was simply SO huge that it was like being 9 months pregnant for months on end!  I can’t tell you how many people would ask me at 5 months pregnant if I was due that week! LOL.  Then the pre-term labor and bed rest… and then what can I say — WE HAD TWINS!  Now they are 8 months old and I am finally feeling like my head is screwed back on somewhat correctly!  We are starting to get some sleep, starting to find some sort of routine and I’m excited about being able to get back into doing some of the things I love — including posting here!  :)

You can be looking forward to us sharing some of our recent work, along with some of the work from this past year for you to see!  For now, I thought I would share a pic of our family (thank you Mae & Michael).

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Loretta Todd

I absolutely love this picture. The most touching part is that your are holding hands. You are wonderful people and a totaly blessing to our lives. God bless.

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Twinsies — Finally!!

Posted in Personal, Portraits by Holly

Most of you know that we just had twins!  It has been the most amazing thing and we love them to death!  The adjustment has been huge, but manageable.  We have been working like crazy to be able to keep up with everything and still be able to enjoy just how precious and tiny they are.  We feel incredibly blessed that God has given us these little gifts!  The pregnancy was rough and we appreciate all the prayers that went up on our behalf.  I was able to carry them to full term!  Amazing!

Many of you have been waiting to see pictures for a long time and we are so excited to finally have a chance to breathe and show off our little angels!

Probably my fave shot of the two of them.


Another cuddly shot.. You know it’s kind of funny. When we look at them now we can see all their little differences.  However when we were at the hospital, we could barely tell them apart!  We had to get pink & blue blankets so that we knew who was who!   There were several times where we thought we had one baby and come to find out it was the other one!  Now they look completely different!!  I can’t figure out how they could grow inside me for 9 months and come out looking the same but then change so drastically in just a few short weeks! … or we can simply blame it on complete sleep deprivation!!!


Oops.. too bad our logo goes right through her face on this one!  :)


Our little boy


Our little girl in Daddy’s hands


Well, we hope you have been enjoying that we have been blogging  a bunch again!  The pregnancy was really hard on me and our blog kind of went by the wayside.  However, we have so much to show you!!!!  Keep checking in!


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The Stork Has Arrived!

Posted in Personal by Holly

Well, make that TWO storks!  Our two little bundles of joy arrived on Friday night!  We just got home from the hospital and can’t wait to share some images of our new family additions — which will be done as soon as we have a chance to sleep!!!  :)  – Just fyi, feeding 2 newborns every 2 hours is crazy!!   We will be quite busy this upcoming week, so please be patient if there is a delay in our returning phone calls or emails.  Feel free to follow our status on Facebook as well.


Congratulations! Hope to see you soon.

Julie Vargas

Congratulations on the new additions!^_^ what is the gender of the little ones?

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