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Sunflowers, Old Tractors and Big Personality // The Donaldson’s Part 2

The Donaldson kids gave me some of my favorite images ever, so much so that they deserved their own post. Owen gives some of the best facial expressions I’ve seen in a long time, and always loves to make you laugh.. he is growing into such a handsome little guy!


I just LOVE his silly faces, so awesome!


And Lucy is so sweet! She loved the flowers everywhere and REALLY enjoys saying “Hi.” It really is the simple things!


And then Faith… what an awesome big sister, she watches out for Owen and Lucy with love and care and is SO smart. This girl can paint with the best of them too, her first paintings at 6 are better than my best at “twenty-something-ish.” And she is just so beautiful, I love her curly hair!


Are they not so cute together??
[Here’s a tip for shooting kids: get ridiculous! I put a sunflower in my pony tail and acted like I didn’t know it was there and they thought it was hilarious.]


Hope you enJOYed round 2! Isn’t this warm weather amazing? It feels like summer and I love it!

Jen Disney - April 19, 2012 - 7:42 pm

These are so great! Such cute kiddos!

The Donaldson Family // San Juan Capistrano, CA

How crazy was that storm we had last week?? I was running out on our patio to try and save my little container garden from getting blown away while the lightning and thunder was OUT OF CONTROL. The last time I saw that much water falling from the sky was in Papua New Guinea. Crazy right? We were super thankful that it cleared up in time for our family shoot on Sunday with one of my favorite families of all time, the Donaldson’s. I’ve seen them get married,  met both Owen and Lucy when they were born, and have watched Faith grow up into a beautiful young lady. Both Faith and Owen were in my wedding party and pretty much stole the show with their cuteness, and Lucy was still in the womb… now a year later we get to document their beautiful family, one that is known for their love, integrity, faith, fun, and amazing friendships.

Lindsay went for a great color theme don’t you think? It works so perfectly with the Orange trees and greenery! This is one of my new favorite places to shoot:)


Hope you had a great weekend!

Jen Disney - April 18, 2012 - 10:53 am

So pretty! Great work friend!

Primal Bacon Wrapped Egg Muffin

You might have remembered back in my post in January that Zak and I have decided to go Primal (similar to Paleo) this year, and we’ve actually done a pretty darn good job of sticking to it. I’ll come back to what the Primal Diet consists of for the most part in a later post, because right now I want to share this amazing breakfast Zak made the other day! He got home from work (which is around 9am, his fire department does 24 hour shifts) and while it would have made complete sense for him to just pass out and catch up on some rest, he went for husband of the year and made my new favorite breakfast! He got some inspiration from recipes I found for egg muffins on Pinterest that I wanted to try:

The Simple Delights Blog had a 100 Calorie version that looked good that you can find here


Multiply Delicious had an egg muffins recipe that works well for busy mornings here:

So fast forward to last Friday, Zak was inspired to try it out and make it his own by frying some bacon till it was half way done, then using the bacon as the wrap for the egg in the muffin tin. He baked it with some goat cheese and salt and pepper, and then sauteed some bell peppers and onions in coconut oil to top it off. Um, it was AMAZING! Such good flavors together, and not to mention really pretty on a plate.

We started eating them before I thought about sharing this on here, but thankfully we had one left over! So before I devoured it, here was part of the process. Next time I’ll make sure to capture more so its easier to follow, but I’m sure you get the idea.

My new favorite morning drink that I found thanks to my cousins Chris and Carrie, is to fill your glass with 3/4 coconut water and then 1/4 OJ. I’ve been doing a lot of Hot Yoga lately and the coconut water is great for keeping hydrated… not to mention it has more potassium than a banana, five essential electrolytes, low cal, fat-free, low in carbohydrates, and shoooooot, it tastes so good after a hard workout. Zico is my favorite brand because I think it has the best flavor, but if you don’t like plain coconut water this is a great way to get the benefits while getting your OJ fix without all the sugar from a full glass.

Zak is an amazing husband and I’ve had the best first year of marriage with him. He is so thoughtful and giving, I mean he hadn’t slept in days and he still put taking care of me before himself. I heard and expected the first year to be hard, which yes it is hard figuring out schedule’s and such, but being married to this guy is pretty easy and I’m so thankful for him. He was worth waiting MANY YEARS for.

I’ll be sharing more of his “inspirations” in my new Recipe’s Category so keep on the lookout for those. Have a great Friday!

Kermott Family // San Clemente, CA

As promised, here is the Kermott Family Lifestyle session in one of my favorite places in San Clemente. And no I’m not telling where it is, its a secret! Enjoy:)


Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend!

Kermott Family Sneak Peak!

This weather has been all over the place this weekend! Rain, sunshine, cloudy, more rain… and today we had sunshine and a LOT of wind. I had no idea what to expect for our family shoot weather-wise today, but I’d say we lucked out… here is my favorite shot so far:


More to come soon. Hope you had a great weekend too!

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