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A new client this week asked me what I photographed while I was in Southern California, and I responded, “A short family session, and a Pretty Girl session.” And the immediate follow up was, “What’s a Pretty Girl session?”

I loveLOVElove getting to answer that question.

My boudoir work at Girls on Film is something I believe in fiercely, and I am insanely proud of. But “boudoir”… in the case of my work, taken to mean “showing off more than a normal amount of skin”… isn’t for everyone, or every season. Sometimes my Girls on Film clients show up in gorgeous dresses. Sometimes in their favorite pairs of jeans. Sometimes in a huge tutu. And, of course, sometimes lingerie, or completely naked. And I take all those possibilities and turn them into ways to showcase these incredible women.

So when someone wants the Girls on Film experience, but isn’t in a “get naked” kind of place, we plan a Pretty Girl session. Wear something that makes you feel like a million bucks. Get your makeup done. Throw your head back and laugh in the pretty light.

Because every woman… EVERY GIRL… deserves to feel pretty. And I’ll spend every single day of my life trying to make that happen for every single one that will let me.

Nori, you showed up gorgeous, but you left glowing. I am so glad to have been able to meet you!


Nori’s handsome husband was a really good sport to hop in for a few… there’s just NO good reason not to grab some romantic portraits in this sunset light!


That image is such a representation of Nori’s joyful Gypsy spirit. I adore everything about it!

This is the second year in a row I’ve been able to spend part of my early summer photographing in Southern California. SPOILER ALERT, we want more. Weddings, portraits… you name it, we’ll shoot it out there. So if you’re a SoCal native, or just a travel bug like McG, let’s make some magic happen.:)

While in San Diego a little over a week ago, I was so glad I got to enjoy the gorgeous Best Coast weather and shoot some portraits!! I have a handful of clients that have asked me about whether or not we travel to shoot out there, and the answer is ALWAYS yes. There’s a pretty high likelihood we’ll be headed to the San Francisco area toward the end of the summer for a session, and I’m ALWAYS down to return to San Diego County, whenever there’s enough interest to pay for the trip. So if you want McG beach family portraits, gorgeous romantic images in Balboa, or Girls on Film with an ocean view… let me know, let’s put that together ASAP.:)My heart misses it when I’m not there!!

The first of the sessions I shot on this trip was for Mandy and her cute little family. We were only together for about a half hour, but sweet little Jade was just immediately my bestie. We had SO much fun, and I’ll definitely have to make a swing through my old Temecula stomping grounds to catch up next time I’m in town!

Check out a few of my favorites…

UGH so much cute. It’s an absolute crime that you waited so long to have portraits made, but I’m glad I could be the one to do it for you. SO GREAT to meet you, girl!

Stay tuned, blogstalkers… I’m feeling better after a bit of a break, and I’ll have another new blog up tomorrow… and Thursday… AND Friday.:)Get excited!

We photographed some beautiful families the last weekend in March, and even MORE beautiful families the last weekend in April, and as those clients send their image choices in, we’ll be blogging our favorites from all these sweet mini sessions. I got another batch of image choices over the weekend, and I’m so glad to get to show off some more!

All four of these families are people we’ve photographed before… we love that. It’s such an honor that these amazing people keep investing in what we do year after year!


Swoooooon just can’t get over that stormy sky! We’ve still got a handful of sessions left from the Spring Minis, so stay tuned for those on the blog soon!

McG will be out of the office from today through next Tuesday. I’ll be doing my best to keep up with emails as they come in, but please be patient!


  • sarah - YAY! Such great work! Those colors are amazing!

I got to snuggle baby Kase last week before all the storms rolled in, just a few days after he came home to his house in Dallas. His Mommy & Daddy were one of our 2013 wedding couples, and it was so nice to catch up with them again and hear how life has been treating them. Kase might just be the easiest newborn I’ve photographed yet this year… he was mostly asleep, but completely quiet and chill. I loved every second of getting to kiss on him… oh, and photograph him, too.:)

Here are a few of my faves:


Such a handsome little guy!
Thank you so much for inviting me into your home… we hope to get to see you again as sweet Kase grows!

  • Rachel Knox - Oh my goodness!! You captured our little guy just perfectly!! We are so in love with these! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • Beverly Slocum - Love these pictures. Looks like an angel.

  • Donna Roberts - Rachel, What beautiful pictures. He is absolutely beautiful and so is your puppy! Thanks for sharing!

Danna found us by looking online for weddings that had been photographed at her venue, Fischer Hall near New Braunfels. It’s a lovely little place that our clients Nikki & Forrest introduced us to, and we were so excited to get to go back! And this time, the weather was nice enough that we actually got to explore a little!

We had only hung out with Danna & Joey once before, at their engagement session by the coast last summer, but that was enough to know we were looking forward to seeing them again. They’re just exactly our speed, and we can’t WAIT to schedule a fishing date!

I’m hoping they dug up some wi-fi on their honeymoon to check out this prettiness…


Such a pretty spot to see each other for the first time… that Spanish moss is to die for!


SO THRILLED to finally be Mr. & Mrs. Steckler, after so many years!




You guys are really just WONDERFUL. Your families made us feel so loved & welcomed, and we know you have such an amazing support system moving into this next phase of your lives together. We can’t wait to see where you go from here!

  • Danna Steckler - Ohhhhh my goodness!! They are just beautiful! Seriously I keep oooing and awwing! I can’t even begin to tell you how appreciative we are of you and Mack. There were countless times you made our day! Let us know when you have an open weekend and we will get that boat ready!

  • Susan Troppy - This was certainly a love filled occasion. You captured the joy of everyone perfectly!

  • Melaini - Just beautiful. The two of you are amazing at your craft. I can’t even begin to pick my favorite. The sunset was amazing, first look was precious, first kiss was super sweet… So many beautiful smiles on such a joyous day and you captured it all.