Walking Dead Inspired Engagement Session

I don’t know about you guys but I am a Walking Dead super fan. I have played the video games and watched the spin off show that recently aired over the last 6 weeks. The dork side of me comes out for this show all the way. Naturally when I came across this submission a few months back I turned to my trusty boyfriend and said I just got the perfect feature for your birthday weekend / walking dead returns weekend! So here it is you guys the coolest session I have seen it makes me want to have a zombie wedding if I ever get married again. Is that totally weird?:)Enjoy and HAPPY FRIDAY!

“Alyssa and Jared’s friends and family drove in from all over to make the shoot happen. The day started pretty typical, if you are a zombie. Blood, guts, and weapons were prepared and makeup was applied to everyone with careful attention to detail. Although, no one was a professional actor, or zombie for that matter, we wanted everything to be realistic with a hint of cheese factor.

Our original location fell through, so with just a week to find a new location, we opted for one closer to home. In order to get to the main shooting location, everyone had to climb down a really steep hill and obviously do it without falling. The mud and rain soaked leaves made for very slippery conditions and I was lucky enough to slide down the side of the hill a number of times carrying equipment on-site.”

Captured by Matthew Druin Photography

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Camping in Love

Maria and Tony love the outdoors and love camping. They wanted their engagement shoot to showcase that, so we traveled all the way to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park for some excellent scenery. While setting up our tent, we saw wild turkey and a few deer grazing in the fields behind us. This couple is so adorable! Tony makes Maria laugh so easily. They can’t wait to be married to their best friend.

Captured by Shelly Anderson Photography

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Hippy Love

We figured since we were going to put together a styled shoot , why not do it with an actual couple. I love capturing real chemistry and intimacy . Shawntee and Jack are as interesting as they are gorgeous and since they were recently re-married (to each other! yes, they have gotten married 2x to each other!! ), we figured a down to earth, artistic type of feel would be the perfect theme.

Dressed in a vintage peach cream organza dress (which she wore on their 1st actual wedding day) was perfectly paired with ruby slippers. The bohemian bride wore a deluxe garland of seeded eucalyptus, scabies pods and antiqued hydrangea loosely in her hair.

Once we found the smoke bombs it perfectly set the tone for our artistic inspired, down to earth shoot.

Photographer:  addisonjonesphotography | Location:Hoover dam park | Floral Designer: Lizzie and lace | Beauty:Maddiemakeup Beauty:nailsbycally | Equipment Rentals:the swanky abode

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Pin Up Mama

I’m absolutely loving the pictures we had taken last month while we were in Texas.We originally planned on taking the photos with my Dad’s red ’57 Chevy, but as luck (and old cars) would have it, it wouldn’t start on the day of the shoot and we couldn’t get it to the beach. I was so bummed and a little worried about how the pictures would turn out without it; but obviously my worries were pointless… they’re great! These are actually the first family pictures we’ve had taken by a professional photographer.

Captured by Iliasis Muniz Photography | Hair & Makeup:  Sammy’s Salon

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Sara’s Iced Pumpkin Pie Latte

Most people call Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. In my house I can PUMPKIN season the most wonderful time of the year. If we have ever met in person than you know I have been obsessed with those cute big orange squash like objects since I was a little girl. I think my love for them started because my birthday is the week of Thanksgiving and some years like THIS YEAR it falls on the actual day. I now to this day can’t celebrate my birthday without a homemade pumpkin pie from my girl at The Wicked Spoon.

As soon as the madness begins I buy everything that comes in pumpkin flavor because hello I HAVE to try it, Trader Joes takes all my hard earned money and coffee shops everywhere suck me in with sometimes 2 or 3 pumpkin spice lattes a week.;)But can I be honest with you? Im a single mom who is on a budget and definitely doesn’t need the insane amount of calories that are in those drinks so I came up with my own version that is healthier for you and honestly way tastier. (TOTES not just saying that) I hope you enjoy this slice of heaven because it really is easy to make and takes like no time at all.


1 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons pumpkin

1/2 cup fresh brewed coffee or espresso

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1. Brew your coffee

2. Pour almond milk, coffee, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar and vanilla extract into your glass with ice.

3. Mix all ingrediants together

4. Enjoy your amazing fall drink

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