I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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Alex + Gina | A Dreamy Malibu Beach Session

Hello my lovely friends!! Excuse the absence from the blog lately – these past 3 months have been a whirlwind of weddings, engagements, meetings, editing, and traveling and I’m just trying to stay afloat! :) But once again, just as fast as it all came, the craziness of wedding season has subdued. Instead of racing against the clock to finish work, I’m able to have a leisurely workday – just me, myself, Rusty, and that life-changing pot of tea that always brings peace to my mind. I’m even lucky enough to have time to – dare I say – grocery shop!! Oh, the simple joys of life. :)

If you’ve been keeping up with my somewhat stale blog, you would have seen the gorgeous wedding of Kerby & Kailee’s last week. If you haven’t seen it, just take a look. Skim it if you must. Some of my favorite photos to date are from their wedding – I know you’ll love it. :) Go ahead, I shall wait.


Did you love it?! I knew you would. :)

As I said, amidst weddings and work, Paul and I managed to fit some traveling in. Each year, wallets and bank accounts permitting, Paul and I try to travel some place new. We try to take turns picking places (Paul leans towards all-inclusive-don’t-do-anything-but-relax-on-the-beach-with-a-drink-in-hand vacations, while I lean towards something-new-something-adventurous-tourist-type vacations) and this year we managed to fit two trips into our schedules – New York (click here to see that wonderful trip) and……………….California!! :) I picked California because a. my grandparents live out there about 6 months out of the year and I have only visited them once in Cali throughout my whole life (10 years ago to be exact!) and b. it’s warm, the ocean is there and c. DISNEYLAND and d. we both have friends that live in Cali. Although I have more photos to show you (and oh my goodness I cannot WAIT!), today I’m showing you my absolute dream session.

Like I said, one of the reasons we chose California was because we have friends living out there. One of those friends is my childhood best friend, Gina. She moved to California about 4 years ago? Is that right?! Time flies. Anyway, she made a life for herself out there and I couldn’t be prouder – she is dating this amazing guy, Alex (who you will see shortly), she has a good career and she is also an author!! I’m so proud! You can see her series of books here (she’s coming out with a new series soon – you can follow her adult series on Facebook and also her kid series!!) So, when the time came to actually plan our trip, I made sure Gina and Alex were free and up for doing a session on a beach. Anywhere. At sunset. Gina picked the location (I’m in LOVE) and on Saturday around 3:00pm, Paul and I picked up Gina and Alex at their Santa Monica apartment and made the coastal drive up to Malibu and El Matador Beach. The sun was perfect, the ocean was gorgeous, and I was in photography Heaven. :)

So friends, enjoy this tiny part of our trip (want some music to listen to? :)) and stay tuned for more bits of California (and my adorable grandparents :))!! Enjoy and a thousand thank yous to Gina and Alex for trusting me with this session!!! xoxoxo :) :)

To try and save on typing, these are ALL favorites. I just LOVE these.

Ahh!! That light is dreeeeaaammmy.

She has two different colored eyes. :) Isn’t she pretty??

These rocks were life-savers from other tourists and the harshness of open light. Love this place!

I usually don’t have people face the sun but I wanted some water without it being blown out. And I kind of like it. :)

The view from halfway up the top of the cliff. Gorgeous!!

Such models. :)

I was so happy at this point – these two did AMAZING.

Love this!! The water was freezing but these two were troopers!! :)

Love. :)

Are you swooning, friends?!?

Gorgeous you two!!

Oh my. Heaven right here, friends.


My goodness. My heart is full. 

Cannot WAIT to show you the rest of our trip, friends!! Happy Tuesday!! :) xoxoxo

  1. Tricia says:

    WOW! Stunning work and what an adorable couple!!

  2. These 2 are adorable and so glad you had a great trip!