Estella, Quinn & Lucinda - Balboa Park - Children Portraits

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We have had such a busy holiday with many visits from family and friends. Its been great to see everyone and for them to see how amazing Dorian's recovery is going. We had a yummy lunch with Dorian's uncle and cute cousins in Balboa Park and did a quick impromptu photo shoot behind the Prado. Here are a few of my favorites!


Baby Lincoln - San Diego

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We moved to San Diego about 5 years ago and were pleasantly surprised to find some old friends from Florida had made their way out West too. Since then many of them have headed back East. One of those people was Mike St. Jean who my husband Dorian, (the other half of captured)has known for over 20 years. He and his wife Sara recently married and now live back in Pensacola, Florida. Nearly 5 months ago they became the proud parents of Lincoln. This handsome guy has cheeks that were made for pinching and eyes that look like clouds. We got the opportunity to photograph and catch up with the St. Jean's on their recent visit.
It was so awesome seeing you guys enjoy the pics!

"My moms a vet and dads a helicopter pilot, how can I not be cool?"

I told you cheeks...seriously

Lincoln is so Rock N Roll look at this tuff guy expression!


Baby Neves...again

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I had the privilege of shooting baby Joey at nine days old so when the Neves' invited us over to see their amazing beautiful new deck (that my brother-in-law built) I brought my camera knowing that I could not resist shooting him again. Even though he had been up most of the night this sweet guy woke up smiling.
Thanks Joey I really appreciate it and thanks to Grandma Neves for the great lunch and conversation.


My Man: Dorian Hargrove

I am so proud and amazed at my husband's strength and progress following the Traumatic Brain Injury he suffered two months ago. He has been asked by the organization, Think First, to speak to children and teens about his story.

I started documenting his experience when he was a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. Even then, in the back of my mind I envisioned one day his writing and my photography could be used to help raise helmet awareness, I didn't think the opportunity would come so soon. Dorian has been amazing in many ways throughout this experience. He has allowed me unfettered access to his journey, even though he says he has not had much of a choice. His openness and strength in sharing his vulnerability is poetic, artistic, and inspiring. Now, more than ever, I am so proud to be his wife and best friend. Yesterday, I staged an impromptu photo session of my man, here are some of my favorites.
A full photo story is in the works!


Family Portrait - Christmas Cards

Its hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. We love taking creative Christmas family photos and turning them into cards. We found the cutest fairy inspired Christmas cloths for the Hamel clan on my favorite site etsy.com and had a magical afternoon at the park. Here are few of my favorites.


Say Hello to My Little Friend, Joey Neves

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Abby and Gus were one of the first friends we made when we moved to San Diego. They are some of the funniest people we know. In fact, not long ago at an Ethiopian restaurant they had me running to the bathroom from their antics. We were so happy when they told us they were going to have a baby and while they kept the sex a secret we had a feeling it was a boy. Joey Neves entered the world October 23 at 7:47 pm. I had the opportunity to photograph this handsome guy 9 days later. Here are some of my favorites!



If someone told me three weeks ago that I would spend my birthday with my husband, Dorian, I would of cried tears of joy. Today, I did just that. The last 6 weeks have been the hardest of my life. On September 22nd, my world came crashing down. I received a phone call that Dorian was in an accident. He had fallen while skateboarding with our dog, Artie, and landed on his head. When I arrived at the hospital he was walking and talking, but the CAT-scan revealed bleeding in his brain. I watched as they evaluated his condition. During the next hour, it worsened. Doctors put him in a coma to allow for his brain to swell. Three days later, they informed me that they needed to remove his skull to make room for additional swelling. Over the next 7 days, the pressure inside Dorian's head kept him in critical condition.

I spent every day next to him, reading, singing, and applying Burt's Bees to his chapped lips. The doctors told us that if Dorian did wake up, he may not be the man we once knew. Eventually, the pressure inside his head went down. He awoke from the coma shortly after with the same personality, but a bit confused. I was so relieved that he was the man I knew, the same man that I met 18 years ago at a house party in Indialantic, Florida. He was the same man I married 16 years later. Of course, a full recovery meant a long, hard period of rehab. He was admitted into a hospital and started rehab the following day. Amazingly, Dorian, being the strong man he is, shocked us when after a week of treatment was granted a discharge. And, even though we still are on the long, arduous road to full recovery, with more surgeries and outpatient rehab along the way, we are able to spend our birthdays together. We celebrated his 33rd on October 30th and mine on November 2nd. On his birthday, I couldn't help but to repeat the same thing I whispered over and over to him when he was in a coma: I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU!


Naomi & Josh Engagement Session - Downtown San Diego

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I met Naomi and Josh over mimosa's at the Bamboo Lounge back in July. We immediately hit it off. They are such a fun loving couple, and they are up for anything, which worked out really well for our recent engagement shoot! We started in Balboa Park and made our way downtown, finding interesting backdrops to use along the way. It was fun afternoon with some awesome photo's and I can't wait to photograph their wedding next October at the Don Room in downtown San Diego. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot!!!


Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Boy

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I am not prejudiced because this is my nephew, but I can't help but sing the Beatles "beautiful boy" when I see him. He is quite the looker and I am totally in love with him. He has filled some of my most trying times with happiness. My sis and him came to support me during Dorian's recovery and we shot some photo's around the house. I miss them already!!!


Megan & Evan - Engagement Photos - Balboa Park

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On a late Saturday afternoon I met Megan and Evan at one of my favorite places to shoot in Balboa Park. We had a very limited time to do the shoot and I was shocked to learn what model pros these two were. We were able to get a ton of great stuff in a small amount of time. Here are a few of my favorites.


Tammy & Ryan - Engagement Photos- San Diego

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I immediately clicked with Tammy & Ryan when I met them back in June. They have a great sense of humor and warm spirit - which I put to the test in their backseat when I tried to direct them with my interesting sense of direction.
I had such a fun time photographing them in Balboa Park and at Windansea. They were up for anything which is always nice.
Here are a few of my favorites from the day!!

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