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Pregnant Couple Embracing

Lifestyle

Ashley + Nick
San Diego Maternity Session

SAN DIEGO It feels like just yesterday that I was photographing Ashley + Nick’s Willow Creek Ranch wedding! Now here I am photographing their San Diego maternity session almost a year later! I loved photographing Ashley + Nick’s wedding, not only was it a really beautiful wedding, but Ashley + Nick are just the best […]

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Bride and Groom on Beach

Wedding

Ethereal California Beach Elopement

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA There’s just something really special about an ethereal California beach elopement. California is famous in photography circles for our glorious light. It’s pours down and sun-drenches everything it touches and creates pure magic. Above all places, this light shines down the most on the shores of our beaches. This California light bathes […]

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Bride with Vibrant Wedding Bouquet

Editorial

Lush + Vibrant
Colorful Wedding

  JULEP VENUE, SAN DIEGO   Color. Not just any ole color. Lush and vibrant wedding color. Color has been a hotly debated topic in the wedding industry for quite some time. You either love it or you hate it. Candidly, I’m a pro-neutrals kind of gal. And so the plot thickens…I have been wanting […]

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Mission Bay Elopement The Bahia Resort

Editorial

Elegant Beach Elopement
Bahia Hotel and Resort

  BAHIA RESORT HOTEL, MISSION BAY   I’ve officially become obsessed with elopements, and I’ve become even more obsessed with elegant beach elopements like the one I photographed recently at the Bahia Hotel and Resort in Mission Bay. I shot two elopements last year, one at the San Diego Central Library and one on Coronado […]

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Bride and Groom Portrait

Wedding

Ashley + Nick
Willow Creek Ranch Wedding

  WILLOW CREEK RANCH, VALLEY CENTER   Ashley and Nick’s Willow Creek Ranch Wedding was an affair to remember! I loved every single detail of their gorgeous wedding! From couture seating areas that I’d want in my living room, to a custom dessert table with five different cakes! Their wedding reception was full of beautiful […]

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San Diego Sunset Cliffs Surprise Proposal

Engagement

Kalee + Zach
Sunset Cliffs Proposal

SUNSET CLIFFS   When I think of Zach’s Sunset Cliffs surprise proposal to Kalee, one word comes to mind. EPIC. Most girls dream about the moment they get proposed to and wonder what it will be like. They kind of put it up there on a pedestal as one of the great moments of their […]

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Private Estate Wedding Julian, California

Editorial

Quiet Oak Manor
Wedding Editorial

  QUIET OAK MANOR, JULIAN   This Quiet Oak Manor editorial was an absolute dream! Does anyone know where I can get a job just shooting editorials full time? That’s got to be a thing right?! I was so excited to be a part of this shoot because I knew the planning and styling was […]

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Lifestyle Portraits in Paris

Lifestyle

Ashley + Nic
Paris Anniversary Session

TROCAD√ČRO, PARIS   Ahh Paris, the city of lights, love, and broken cameras. Oh yes, my friend, you read that right. We’ll get to that story a little later along with a recap of my Paris and London trip, but first let’s talk about these two! Nic and Ashley were honestly my favorite part about […]

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San Diego Beach Anniversary Pictures

Lifestyle

Jill + Mike
Solana Beach
Anniversary Session

SOLANA BEACH   We pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves during this entire anniversary portrait session on the beach and I was all about it! Jill and Mike are just the best. We had so much fun playing in the waves and taking pictures. I mean really, when is that ever not fun?! […]

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Balboa Park Engagement Session

Lifestyle

Carla + Ess
Balboa Park
Anniversary Session

BALBOA PARK, SAN DIEGO Carla and Ess traveled all the way from South Africa just for their Balboa Park portrait session with me! Okay, soooo that’s not entirely accurate, but I mean would you just look at these two, they were meant to be in front of my camera! (Insert so many heart eye emojis […]

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ABOUT VANESSA

There's no place like home. Ever-focused on beauty and the thrilling art of creation; believing that photographs make time travel possible. 

My grandmother gave me my most prized possession the day I graduated high school. An album filled with photographs taken over her lifetime, dating back to the 1930's. A collective chronicling her life, my parents growing up, and my childhood. It's irreplaceable and nothing will ever be as meaningful. It became my 'why' and led me to pursue a college degree in photography, hoping to give this same gift to others.

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