Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Glamorous Mama

This beautiful lady makes the road to Mommyhood look adorably-glamourous! I loved how this last minute shoot came together so nicely. I think we had about a week to prep for this one. Momma definitely brought her A-game! Papa, a former professional MLB player, isn't to shabby either. It was so easy to capture the love and affection between these longtime lovebirds. All I had to do was say the secret "magic" word to bring out Mike's best smile! Congrats Jessica & Mike! I can't wait to meet your little bundle of love.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

OH Baby!

Here are a few photos from my absolute favorite maternity session to date! I was lucky enough to photograph this couple's wedding and now we're moving on to the next chapter! Oh BABY!

As you can see, our maternity session got a little HOT... 

...at one point baby Daddy said, "Hey, what's going on here? This isn't a maternity session?"

Even the fur babies wanted to get in on the bump session. 

The baby got plenty of love from her furry brothers!

Momma to be was absolutely glowing from head to toes!

Here's the little nugget at just a few days old. 

Father & daughter bonding time.

She's already a happy little princess.

No doubt dreaming about her next meal. 

Congrats Terry & Tiannah! Your little bundle of joy is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for trusting MoonStar with all of your special moments. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Family Circle

Here's a family that I've been wanting to photograph for a while now. Well, we finally made it happen and now you can see why I was stalking them.

Gorgeous parents and super cute kids along with their fur baby makes for beautiful family photos. The newest family member Avery Hope definitely helped complete this circle of LOVE.

Oh boy! These 3 guys have their work cut out for them once Avery is ready to date. Hehe…

She's gonna be petty like her Momma! 

Christian is a natural in front of the camera.

Jalen is a bucket of endless energy. I was running around just trying to keep up with him!

This set of grandparents were so proud of their beautiful family. 

Unlike his big brother, this little guy LOVED the camera. Such a cute & curious boy!

"The most romantic love story isn't Romeo & Juliette who died together…but Grandpa & Grandma who grew old together." ~Unknown

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Pretty Fall Day

If you follow my blog or know me personally, you'll know that I've been taking it easy this year. Being pregnant for the past 10 months (Full term is 40 weeks - I know - I always thought it was 9 months to!) prevented me from practicing my craft. Standing on chairs, tables & crouching down low to get that perfect angle is difficult with a big 'ol belly. 

What an awesome way to come back to my passion! This sweet & Noble family helped me kickstart my Fall family photo session for 2013.

I love photographing people in the Fall when nature's paintbox is much more vibrant. This season gives me the most delightful colors to play with. 

A nice Fall day in California means you get to wear your summer dress & your Fall colors. 

Of course this sweet girl was very fun to photograph as well. She started off kinda shy but opened up a bit towards the end.

Miss Noble was definitely Daddy's Little girl. During our photo session she was very shy & only whispered to her Daddy when she needed something. Her Dad easily brought out the sweetest smiles in her.

Being a Daddy's girl myself, I totally get the bond that girls have with their Dads. My Father was the first man that I adored and fell in love with. His love & support in all of my dreams big & small made them that much easier to achieve. The funny thing is that I'm starting to find a lot of my Dad's qualities in my husband. So I guess it is true that in the end you marry your Father! I know, gross & endearing at the same time. 

See what I mean about the vibrant Fall colors? Thank you to the Noble Family for making my first day back as a photographer so much fun. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Our Little Prince is Here...

Our sweet Prince Ryan Lucas Surat arrived on 8/4/13 @ 10:23AM.  Oh boy. Life has been turned upside down & sideways!  

You hear it all the time from parents that having a baby is hard work, but it doesn't really hit you til you have your OWN BABY. Til this day, I still don't get how this little human who weighed only 6lbs 5oz  at birth can be so much work & take up SOO much time! 

For the first two weeks I literally felt like a POW where my enemy's torture of choice was sleep deprivation! Here's what my daily schedule consisted of. Change the baby, feed the baby, put the baby to sleep, pump (this little guy prefers bottle services rather than straight from the source), feed myself, wash the bottles & pump. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat... And if I'm lucky I get to shower & sometimes put on make up & feel like a human being again. 

Since he's a little Leo baby, we started calling him Ryan "The Lion." I found this super cute outfit on Etsy & had to photograph him in it. 

I'm very lucky to have my husband & my parents. They were around to do a lot of the heavy lifting for me, but ultimately I'm the food source. So there's only so much that they can do. 

Here I am trying to enjoy a quiet moment with my Lion. His sweet baby breath & toothless grins makes it all worth while.

 Who's captivated by whom? 

Happy Grandmas with a big red pocket. 

Checking out Grandpa Surat's beard.

I love the old vs. new of my Dad's hands holding Ryan's. I think I'm going to frame this one. 

Grandpa Luu's Sidekick. This boy LOVES  the sound of my Dad's voice. He'll sit quietly to hear his Grandpa talk. Is that a fighting stance Ryan? I guess he is going to be a fighter like his Poppa after all. 

Big sister Zoey likes to stand by & watch him sleep. 

Our very first family photo in the hospital just minutes after Ryan was born. It has been quite a journey & we're just getting started. We love you Mr. Ryan Lucas Surat & we're so very excited for you to be a part of our world. 

Monday, July 29, 2013


Life for the past nine months has been a little bumpy...

In a little over a week it should take a turn for the better. Yup, Baby Surat will be making his grand entrance. Maybe life gives us speed bumps just so we'll slow down & enjoy the ride. Personally, I'm scared about the whole labor & delivery part, but a huge part of me is very excited to finally meet the little guy. My husband, Greg, on the other hand, is pretty thrilled. The day he found out that we're having a boy he built the crib right away & started putting the nursery together. Our main hope is that our baby will be born healthy and the rest would just be icing on the cake. 

Zoey, our fur baby for the past 9 years doesn't even know what's coming her way! We're both trying to spoil her as much as we can before the baby gets here. Lately she's been getting plenty of time at the park, tons of doggie treats & her ultimate favorite home cooked meal of chicken breast meat.

Greg, you've been my bestfriend since we were teenagers. You have my heart, know all my secrets & quirkiness. In spite of it all you still seem to love me. There's no one else that I'd rather share this next phase of life with. I truly admire your strength & character with everything that life has thrown our way. I hope that our son grows up to be just like you, filled with heart, humor & humility.

**Photos were taken by my talented husband who posed me in the 90 degrees heat, ran up to the camera to focus it, set the timer &  jumped right into frame just as the camera went off. I "might" hire him for my next photo gig!**