I arrived a few minutes early to scope out the location and there it was.. a big CLOSED sign in the driveway. Ok.. don’t panic. Quick, call the bride to be and figure out plan B. And thats how my engagement session with Sheri and Brian ended up in Oak Glen, which is kinda perfect because it was a Snow Line Orchard that Sheri first introduced me to Brian at our family mini session last year. I had a feeling I’d be getting a call at some point that he had popped the question, asking her to be his wife. And I’m so happy for these two beautiful people to have found each other.

I first met Sheri a few years ago when I photographed her and her son, Austin, in front of the historic San Bernardino court house. We had a great time playing in the fountains and I’ll never forget how she told me she was so grateful for that session because later that year, Austin grew up and was more a young man than her little boy. Now I’m honored to share in a new chapter in Sheri’s life.. she’s getting married this December to Brian.

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Enjoy your slideshow and see you December! Can’t wait!

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Haven’t seen the Janikas family in a few years, and in that time, they’ve added to their family.. Meet Jake, Darren and the youngest, Connor.. sweet brothers who met with me in Oak Glen for some fun family photography. This was a quick mini session, but these boys packed a lot of punch with their adorableness!

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What amazing eyes.. *sigh*

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Enjoy your slideshow!!

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  • Amy Janikas

    I just love your work Carrie:) Thank You for your hard work!!

I love spending time with the Mandala Family! Last year I watched as Kieran grew from a newborn to thriving toddler, and I’m thrilled that I was able to see him and his mom and dad in Oak Glen for some family photography time! Kieran is one of the happiest kids I’ve worked with.. and I credit his mom and dad for taking such great care of him for that.. but when you’re 17 months and teething AND learning to assert your independence, you don’t always want to sit still for the perfect family photo! And that’s when we switch to ‘toddler time’. You know, you do what the toddler wants, go where the toddler wants, you are at their beck and call.:)And you explore, and pick up acorns and find mud puddles and create lasting memories and capture tender moments.

We did however capture a few perfect family portraits!

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Playtime is the best when you’re a toddler! So we went exploring!

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Always a pleasure, Mandala Family!! Can’t wait to see you again soon! Enjoy your slideshow!

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  • Mary Beth

    Lovely! It’s as if we get to experience the adventure with them.

  • Toni Mandala

    Love the photos. You really capture Kieran’s sweetness!

  • Aimee

    So beautiful! Love it Carrie!