June 08, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: Previews
...pig, 2 ponies, 6 goats, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 donkey, 1 fish and 7 chickens!!!
This amazing and gorgeous family are some of our very best friends. We see them numerous times a week (usually at their house, or their awesome restaurant - Mama Kat's in San Marcos! THE best breakfast around. Try it out!! Even my dad frequently drives up from Chula Vista for it!!), our daughters (PJ, and their youngest, Kamryn) were born just a few weeks apart and go to the same school, we've been having weekly "taco nights" for the past few years, etc, etc. We love this family from the bottom of our hearts....and I love them even more for always letting me use them as my guinea pigs. Last years shoot was a big hit, so just like with my sister's shoots, we knew we needed to step outside of the box and do something fun again this year. I suggested this last year and they were completely up for it! :) Seriously, I could have asked them to fling mayonnaise at each other with slingshots, wearing burlap sacks and flip flops.....and they would would have totally done it ;) They trust me, my ideas....and do whatever it takes to help create my vision. Yesterday they brought out the bed from their guest room and set it up in their front yard, they bathed/groomed all of the animals, washed the truck, hauled a bunch of the animals out (we left a few in back....mainly the chickens ;) hehe - if you know me...you know i'm freaked out by birds), got all dolled up, etc. Everything went exactly like I had hoped for and we had a BLAST! The hardest part of the shoot was trying to keep the animals on one side of the yard (mainly the donkey and goats).....and fending off some mosquitos (surprisingly I only walked away with 3 mosquito bites....but one is on my NECK - damn Edward Cullen mosquito!). Ok, so is anyone even reading this? Let's get to the pics already! P.S - I know my processing is all over the place, but I couldn't figure versions I liked best, so here's a taste of all of them :)
.........and we went out with a SPLASH!........