Rebel Rebel PJ

Hello Wanderers!

This was the first photoshoot I went to with Suzanne. Tariq and I got to experience this shoot first hand. Persephone’s mom is a fashion designer and created this piece just for her.

Never would I have thought that I would see a miniature version of David Bowie, but then I met PJ. Channeling Bowie's 1974 performance of Rebel Rebel on Netherlands TV show TopPop, PJ was dressed in the iconic red overalls, black and white blouse, and of course the famous eye patch. And to finish channeling her inner Ziggy Stardust, PJ’s hair was of course painted that bright orange. Set up behind the iconic blue background that Bowie once stood in front of with a red blow up guitar in hand PJ was ready to groove. We had an amazing time shooting with this little firecracker! Maybe even turn on some Bowie as you scroll through these photos...

Xoxo, Rachel



joyfully waiting to be one more — maternity portraits

I first met Katie when she was a guest at Alicia and Adams wedding years and years ago.  She has the most amazing personality and ease.  I admire the way she is with her girls and how she manages to pull things together and let the moment be - at the same time. 

When she reached out for a maternity session and said she wanted to include the girls as well I was so happy.  These two sprites??? are full of love and laughter and on this day many many songs.  Soon there will be 3 little ones.  

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A photo walk around North Park with the Estrada family

Every time this crew says they are ready for pictures my heart explodes.  I was at a party at Eddie and Lindsay's house a million years ago and Lindsay was gushing over her new girlfriend.  The smile on her face was the real deal.  Then later that night her new girl walked in and ... it turned out to be my friend Justina.  Yup.  It was a moment.  So fun.  And in between this day and north park and that other day in Hillcrest over a decade ago there has been the sweetest most inspiring day and so many other loved ones that have joined their story.  Here are a few gems about how much I love them.

xoxo Suzanne

Morning routines with the Hoards - Espresso anyone?

Abbey and Steve are two of the coolest people I know.  Two artists/architects who support each other around every turn.  I love their point of view - how they see and explain things.  From where I stand it seems their commitment to creating a life that exemplifies beauty always starts from this point of graciousness.  Kind of like a solution to something must be elegant and kind - or benefit the most people.  Ha - words are failing me.  But to spend time with this family is to be inspired and always makes me want to make the world more beautiful.  I loved photographing their morning routine.  Otto is such a good big brother and Louie made espresso and told me jokes.  And finally I got to meet little their newest love.  What a day.

xoxo Suzanne

The whole family at grandma's house : Coronado family portrait

Alexis has a giant heart.  For her family portrait this year we went to grandmas house and Finley played with her cousins.  I photographed Alexis's brothers wedding years ago so I felt pretty warm inside to get to share in Christmas 2017 with baby Finley and the whole gang.  I also want to give a shout out to some rad ensembles.  It's always hard to figure out what to wear and how to be in the same "season" in San Diego and she nailed it. 

Fertility Vacation // A Heart Full of Gratitude

“No one has friends half as good as mine or loves them half as much.”

I butchered that quote, but the people in our lives astound me and I am wholeheartedly grateful for them.

I often think we must have done something right to have such incredible people in our lives. Really incredible people like Cristina, Vanessa, Jenny and Janna who would fly out and meet us in Prague, Germany, and Iceland.

An amazing group of people in San Diego and scattered all over the world, rooting for us and our 10 eggs. Everyone has been so kind on Facebook, via text, and WhatsApp. It’s been good to share our experience. I feel so safe wrapped in everyone’s collective prayers and vibes.

I like to imagine our little eggs swaddled in a myriad of wishes and dreams; all of us collectively willing life into them. I want them to be safe and healthy and know they are loved. Four eggs growing strong, three slightly slower; seven eggs left in the race. They are small, but mighty.

While my mind is exploding with wonder, I am gently reminded of the song, “Que Sera Sera”.

Que sera, sera

Whatever will be, will be

The future's not ours to see

Que sera, sera

What will be, will be.

I feel grateful for the opportunity to try IVF.  Some people never even have this chance. At the very least I can give it my all in the process and feel grateful for every opportunity. Grateful for IVF, for travel, for Prague, for the lower prices in Europe, for my translator, for amazing coffee, and for my handsome husband.

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