Summer on Marcheta Street | Encinitas, CA

With the official start of summer only a few days away, we are starting to notice some welcome changes to our little neighborhood. We love the longer, warmer days and the opportunity to start up the BBQ and eat outside. The neighborhood kids are riding by on their skateboards and bicycles on their way to the beach. The flowers are in full bloom and the supermarkets are starting to burst at the seams with peaches, watermelons, apricots and cherries. Yum!!

Another plus is that the ocean water is starting to get warm enough that John doesn’t have to wear his wetsuit when he goes surfing. Added bonus – he might even be able to talk his wife into joining him on her boogie board:)

The closest Gus will probably ever get to being a surf puppy….

How do you celebrate the start of summer? What sights, foods, activities and memories mark this glorious season for you? Hope that you are enjoying these months to their fullest wherever you might be!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

Encinitas Family Session | Baby Hannah

I adore photographing new families. I love seeing parents’ eyes light up at their little ones and witnessing how inquisitive babies are over new surroundings. Babies grow and learn so quickly and all of the different phases are so fun to capture!

A few weeks ago I met up with the Brueckers at their home and photographed their beautiful baby girl, Hannah. Hannah is 7 1/2 months old and is working hard on getting her front teeth. Ouch! But despite all that, she was such a good sport and really had no trouble playing it up for the camera.:)

The money shot. I love everything about this image! Hannah’s expression, the bright colors, and her little toes!

Can’t get enough of those baby blues!

A baby bottom and a tutu. It just doesn’t get any better.

Even Sophie made a cameo appearance.

Jen and Jeff: Thank you for inviting me into your home and for sharing part of your afternoon with me. Hannah is so precious and she is blessed to have you both as parents! I hope all three of you will always be able to look back at these images and smile!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

Jen 'Price' Bruecker - June 13, 2013 - 12:07 am

Incredible! Just what I had hoped for! Thank you again, Natalie!

Lacey Smith - June 13, 2013 - 12:28 am

LOVE!!!!

Lindsey Smith - June 13, 2013 - 1:12 am

Awww! She’s just so CUTE! LOVE her pictures! Such CUTE smiles :)

Judy Guthrie - June 13, 2013 - 1:15 am

Amazing pictures….. Soooooo precious!

Amber Hanna - June 13, 2013 - 1:43 am

So stinkin cute!!!

Peggy Brown Bruecker - June 13, 2013 - 2:00 am

Love it, love it, love it… just want to kiss those little feet.

Chris Montgomery - June 13, 2013 - 3:06 am

she’s adorable!

Jennifer Flaker - June 13, 2013 - 4:25 am

Adorably sweet photos, gorgeous!

Carlsbad Family Session: The Rivera Family

Melissa and her husband Jeremiah were two of our first California friends when we moved out to San Diego last summer. We were first introduced at church, but within a few weeks also found out that we were going to be attending the same community group. We have loved getting to know this fabulous couple over these past few months and their sweet, sweet boys, Ethan and Grant. For Mother’s Day Jeremiah surprised Melissa with a family portrait session by the sea. Here are some of my favorites from our morning together!

Thanks guys for coming down and spending part of your morning with us! Hope you guys love these images as much as we do! Know that we are thinking and praying for you this summer and can’t wait to have you back in a few months!
Un abrazo fuerte,
Natalie
Denise Feeney - September 13, 2013 - 8:35 pm

I LOVE these pics!! Beautiful family!!!

Grace Nÿkamp Visser - September 13, 2013 - 9:58 pm

love all these pictures! hope all is well with you`s!!

Christina Teeninga-Stam - September 14, 2013 - 10:58 am

Wow these are great shots! Definitely great memories.

Tapas, sangria, paella….oh my! The Bells tour Spain, Part Two

After three magical days in Sevilla, John and I hopped on a bus and headed southeast to the little town of Ronda. Ronda is considered one of the white Andalusian towns in the provence of Málaga, but what makes it particularly stunning is a bridge that connects to the new town with the old town and towers 120 meters above the canyon floor. Here are a few of my favorites from our time there:

The view of the city and bridge at night.

One afternoon John and I decided to hike down to the bottom of the canyon, and to our delight, we stumbled into a olive grove.

Our next stop after Ronda? Granada! After only a 2.5 hour train ride we arrived in this southern city, home of the prestigious University of Granada and La Alhambra, the Moorish citadel and palace.

We loved all the colorful wares being sold street side.

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And what do you know? We actually happened upon a wedding ceremony. We waited around, cameras in position, in hopes of getting a glimpse of the bride.

It was worth the wait!

My favorite shot of La Alhambra. I love the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background and the pinkish glow of the stone.

The next day we had our tour scheduled of La Alhambra. Before we entered the palace, we explored a bit of the fort. I love that all the red bud trees were in full bloom.

A great view of the city.

Inside the palace…

I was so impressed by all of the tile and stone work. There were entire walls covered in Arabic writing.

Check out this ceiling!

After the palace tour, we wandered over to the adjoining gardens. Here is a view looking back on the city.

Last stop? Madrid, Spain’s capital city. On our first day we toured the Prado and the Botanical Gardens. Here are some of our favorite shots:

After a full day of touring gardens and museums, we sat down to one of our favorite Spanish pasttimes: people watching while drinking un café con leche.

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Street of the Love of God.:)

Well, I hope you enjoyed scrolling through our photos and that you were able to experience a little taste of Spain through our work.:)Make sure to check back next week! We met up with one of the sweetest families we know for a morning photo shoot on the beach! Nothing says summer like shooting in the sand and surf.

Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

Tapas, sangria, paella … oh my! The Bells tour Spain

Ever since I left Spain in 2005, after studying in Valencia for a semester, I have been clamoring to get back. Dreaming. Planning. Saving. Scheming. But you know how it is. It’s so easy to always come up with excuses: the expense, the timing, the planning. It was always something.

But then it happened. We were looking at John’s schedule and saw that he had two weeks in April completely off. Off? Two weeks? What!? We also received a statement in the mail stating that we had earned enough points for TWO round trip tickets to Europe. Okay. No more excuses. We were going. And we did: six cities in fifteen days. Our first stop? Barcelona! The city of Gaudí, Picasso and Miró and so much more!

We fell in love with the streets, the sounds, the smells, the food, the energy.

A Joan Miró mural right in the middle of Las Ramblas.

La Boquería was a great place to grab a snack and take in all the sights and smells.

We toured Gaudí’s “La Pedrera”, an apartment building that he designed and built and that’s now a museum.

La Sagrada Familia.

I was even more impressed by the inside than the outside. All of the columns branched off toward the ceiling like a forest full of trees.

View of the city on a cloudy day.

From Barcelona we hopped on a train and headed south down the coast to Valencia.

The orange trees that line the streets were so picturesque.

Sevilla…

We couldn’t believe the views when we climbed to the top of the bell tower.

One of our favorite places to visit in all of Spain…the Alcázar. Originally a Moorish fort, it is now one of the oldest European royal palaces still in use.

One of the only pictures we have of the two of us…proof that we were actually in Spain together!!

I was obsessed with all of the beautiful tiles!

After we left the Alcázar we went in search of something sweet to eat. We got so excited when we ran into “Bell” ice cream and sweet shop on “Bell Street”!

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A shot of the cathedral at night.

 Of course there was no way that I could squeeze all our photos onto one post, so make sure to drop by tomorrow for the second half of our Spanish getaway!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

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