kim + gabriel | maternity session.

Posted on: Friday, February 5, 2016

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

My philosophy on maternity photography is that it should capture the short-lived, incredibly special phase of pregnancy in a modern, timeless, and never cheesy way. I mean, I’m sure we’ve all seen that Buzzfeed article about maternity sessions gone AWRY…yikes! So when Kim (a blogger here and here) reached out to me to take photos, I was thrilled! Not only is Kim an old friend from junior high, but she and I share the same doctor! That may not sound too crazy, but of all the thousands of doctors in LA, what are the odds of us choosing the same one? I love it.

Since Kim and her husband currently live in the Pasadena area, I jumped at the chance to use some of my favorite locations for our shoot. We started at Float (which happened to be closed that day…perfect for photos!), then wandered down Lake Avenue, and finally ended up at Pasadena City Hall. It was such a fun afternoon and I am so honored to have captured these two before their world changes in the best way possible :)

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot:

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Militello Maternity Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

I can’t wait to meet (and photograph!) your little one, Kim and Gabriel! xo

honeymoon feature in the knot.

Posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pacific Northwest Honeymoon in The Knot | Ann-Marie Loves

Sometimes I feel a little self-conscious about how much I love color. The trend in recent years has been to be as monochromatic as possible. All the cool kids have super minimalist, black and white Instagram and Pinterest feeds, while I’m over here like GIVE ME ALL THE COLOR! I think this is part of why I’m still so surprised by how much people resonated with my wedding. There were many times during the planning process when I would pore over wedding blogs and think, “am I doing this right?” Is this going be a total disaster or a total success?” Luckily the latter turned out to be true, but trusting my own design and color inclinations above the noise of what was trendy or popular during the process was a big hurdle that I had to get over.

Pacific Northwest Honeymoon in The Knot | Ann-Marie Loves

The same anxiety crossed over into the honeymoon planning phase. It seemed like everyone went on a European adventure or lounged on a remote beach in a tropical location. As amazing as those trips sounded, they just weren’t jiving with the visions that John and I had for our own honeymoon. We spent months mulling over what we should do and we finally came to a conclusion when we got clear about what kind of experience was most in line with our values. Given the fact that we got married in the fall, we wanted an authentic autumn experience where we could wear cold weather clothes, drink really good coffee, see colorful leaves, and explore new-to-us towns together. We also didn’t want to spend a fortune or lose too many days in transit to and from our destination. So the Pacific Northwest it was! And hands down, it was the best week of our lives.

Pacific Northwest Honeymoon in The Knot | Ann-Marie Loves

I just want people to know that weddings and honeymoons don’t have to be a serious, over-the-top production. You don’t have to spend your life savings on a single day of your life (actually, I highly recommend that you DO NOT). You don’t have to follow traditions or do what everyone else is doing. If I can only offer one piece of advice, it’s this: do what feels right to you and your significant other. Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) is going to have an opinion about what you should do and where you should go, but honestly, it’s your wedding and your honeymoon. Do what you want!

P.S. Our honeymoon was featured in the Spring issue of The Knot! You can read more about each of our honeymoon destinations here!

diy woven bag.

Posted on: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

Lately I’ve been in this wonderful creative phase of life where all I want to do is MAKE STUFF. I want to play with paper. I want to play with yarn. I want to play with photography. I want to play with design. I just want to make anything and everything! Two nights ago I woke up in the middle of the night and knew that I had to make Briar a colorful woven bag to house her treasures. I wasn’t sure exactly how it would turn out, but I knew it would be super fun to try it. Here’s how the bag came together:

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

If there’s one tool I can’t get enough of, it’s my Martha Stewart loom. I’ve used it countless times in countless ways and I’m still turning to it over and over again! Highly recommend. Aside from the loom, the rest of the supplies are pretty basic: yarn, scissors, and a needle (or a paperclip if you can’t find your needle right away – ha!).

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

For this particular project, I set up the loom with seventeen pegs across and wove about seven inches down using my favorite yarn colors. Each weaving took approximately 45 minutes each.

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

And this is how someone who hates measuring “measures” where I ended the first weaving so I would know where to stop with the second weaving. I eyeball everything and somehow it works out.

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

Here are the both of the weavings after they came off of the loom. To attach them together, I first tied the fringe on the bottom of each weaving to each other in double knots. Once that was finished, I took my scissors and cut straight across the bottom of the fringe to make it look uniform. From there, I grabbed my needle and yarn and sewed up the sides of the bag. The pom pom handle (a dollar spot find from Target over the holidays) was added in a similar fashion by simply sewing each side onto the inner part of the bag using a needle and two small strands of thread. The entire process took about three hours from start to finish…just enough time for Briar to squeeze in a nap and then wake up in time to take photos! It was the perfect afternoon project.

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Woven Bag | Ann-Marie Loves

She has her baby, her rain boots, and her cross body bag. Girl is set!

2016 album + journaling card printable.

Posted on: Friday, January 29, 2016

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

My list of current obsessions is pretty all-encompassing except I forgot one crucial item: my new Minc foil applicator machine. You guys, I am in love with that thing. I made a calendar and then I decided that I wanted to make journaling cards for my 2016 album using the rose gold foil. I always love when I look back on lists of past obsessions, so this time I made a page featuring not only my own things, but John’s and Briar’s as well.

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

I used the six pocket page protector from BasicGrey to house photos of each of us and our corresponding journaling cards and then embellished with a few strips of washi tape and enamel dots from Pebbles. It was such a quick and easy page (ten minutes tops), but I have a feeling it will be fun to look back on it in the future!

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

Also, I’m just now realizing that we are all wearing glasses in our photos…ha!

Ann-Marie Loves | 2016 Album x Free Journaling Card Printable

The list for Briar could go on and on! It could include but should not be limited to: “passing out unlimited dog treats to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s dogs, climbing (and then standing) on every high surface possible, waving and saying “bye bye!” to any and all moving vehicles, and carrying around items that are way bigger than my tiny body should be able to hold.” I love that crazy-haired seventeen month old…

P.S. I made a PDF of three 3 x 3″ cards and three 3 x 4″ cards that can be printed out many times and most importantly, run through a Minc! You can download the PDF here!

parkinson family shoot.

Posted on: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

A few months ago I had the pleasure (seriously, it was such a joy!) of taking photos of my friend Heather’s parents and all six of their beautiful, energetic grandkids. It was a dream job because they just wanted me to shoot fly-on-the-wall-style and capture the special relationships that Grandma and Papa have with each of their little ones. As much as I enjoy a good posed photo, there’s nothing quite like catching those priceless moments in between…and with six kids under six, there were priceless moments galore!

Here are some of my favorite images from the day:

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

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Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

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Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Parkinson Family Photo Shoot | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

2016 album.

Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Last year I felt all over the place, like I didn’t have strong roots or a clear sense of where I was going. It was not one of my finer years on record so I am determined to make 2016 much better. On a similar note, I’ve been feeling the pull back into scrapbooking again, especially in a Project Life-style sense. Even though I don’t scrapbook every single standout moment of every single week, I find that any memory that I do record brings me tremendous satisfaction and helps me to gain a better sense of where I’m at in life. There really is something to be said about art therapy!

I’ve also really been loving two apps that help me to capture different moments in 2016: Snapchat and One Second Everyday. Oddly, these new-to-me ways of documenting my life only fuel my desire to scrapbook even more! I’ll take what I can get ;)

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the intro page, I used some of my favorite paper and embellishments from Amy Tangerine’s new line, Better Together, as well as puffy stickers from Seven Paper (obsessed with these!) and my favorite black felt tip pen. I’m using a BasicGrey Capture album and the corresponding page protectors to house my memories this year.
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2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Undoubtedly this album is going to be heavily focused on Briar, because she’s the center of my universe these days and I am more than okay with that. But I definitely want this album to be about my perspective on life, so I’m sure there will be many a selfie and the occasional photo of the hubs as well ;)

2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For this page, I printed out a 6.5 x 9.5″ photo at home and used a little yellow distress ink (my fave!) in the upper left corner to bump up the visual interest. When paired with the pink gradient in the photo, the end result was a bit more orange than I expected but I still really like it. From there I added a rub-on + Thickers from Amy’s Better Together line and then journaled using a magenta felt tip pen.
2016 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

On this page, I used a divided page protector to house two of my favorite recent photos and embellished them with paper designed by Tina (amazing free download!), puffy stickers, and Better Together components. Once I had my photos printed (the longest part of the process), it took me about 45 minutes to put these pages together! I’m definitely more inspired by the minimalist approach to scrapbooking right now, so I’m sure that will be apparent as I build this album, but I am excited to see how my tastes evolve as the weeks roll on!

SUPPLIES: BasicGrey Capture Page Protectors // Life Love Paper FriYay Freebie // Mini Yellow Washi Tape // Yellow Distress Ink // Mini Ink Blending Tool // Seven Paper Baxter Puffy Stickers // Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens // Glue Stick // Target Dollar Spot Scissors

it never rains in california.

Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves

Last week we were lucky enough to enjoy a handful of storms that brought some much-needed water to our dry state of California. Given the fact that we rarely see rain in LA, I knew I had to seize the moment and let Briar experience a little weather in her life! So after breakfast, I put her coat and her shoes on over her PJs (no time to waste!) and we headed out back to find some puddles. And find puddles she did! Girl ran straight into the heart of the downpour, giggling and tilting her head back to catch rain drops in her mouth (I swear I didn’t teach her this!). Then she found some lemons and watched as the rain quickly washed the dirt off of them.

Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m so proud of her curious, adventure-loving nature. Her fearlessness may make me nervous from time to time, but it really is such a treat to watch her explore her world with such abandon. I wish I was as bold as Briar!
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves
Briar in the Rain | Ann-Marie Loves

We played outside for about ten minutes before I brought her in and gave her a nice warm bath. I’ve always thought that rainy days were special, but now that I have a water-loving daughter, they’re downright magical. Bring it on, El Niño!

P.S. We ordered rain boots for the next downpour, should we ever see rain again ;)

as of late | january edition.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

As of Late | January Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Feeling so grateful for a new year to start fresh and make things happen! My word for 2016 is ACTION.

Loving loving loving the One Second Everyday app! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time, so to find an app that pieces it all together for me? Perfect! Here’s the first eleven days worth of memories.

Laughing so hard at the Bitch Sesh podcast, hosted by my favorite, Casey Wilson. If you are an unabashed Real Housewives fan, you need to listen to this podcast stat. You will die!

Watching Superstore with John and really enjoying it!

Taking lots of bright sunlight pics with my 50mm lens, thanks to my new (and super affordable!) neutral density filters. Before these, I couldn’t use my 50 without all of the images overexposing.

Eating more than my fair share of edamame nuggets from Trader Joe’s. I mean, I feel like if you have to have a nugget, it might as well be of the edamame variety instead of mystery meat, right? You can find them in the frozen section ;)

Trying to get over a bad cold that has rendered me voiceless, which means going through the Starbucks drive-thru before naptime is a no-go! Gah!

Using my new Minc Foil Applicator to add gold foil to EVERYTHING IN SIGHT! My first project was a calendar, but I’ve quickly moved on to making journaling cards for my (loose) Project Life-style scrapbook that I’m putting together this year.

Wearing my new colorful coat from Anthro that I scored on super clearance with an additional 25% off. I mean, these kinds of deals do not happen nearly enough! (P.S. you can still take advantage of the super sale with the code TAGTIME)

Going through stick after stick of Burt’s Bee’s lip crayons! They’re moisturizing and they add just the right amount of color.

Wanting to book another trip to the PNW rightthissecond after seeing our honeymoon in the Spring issue of The Knot. Or maybe we should just move there?

Reconnecting with my favorite fellow crafters at CHA this past weekend…so much fun!

Reading Mindy Kaling’s newest book and really enjoying it! Next up: Drew Barrymore’s book!

Finding it nearly impossible to resist Baby Gap sales. I just picked up a cream colored pompom beanie, holiday jammies, multi-colored mittens, and my most favorite, gold heart leggings! Briar’s wardrobe is a million times more stylish than mine, that’s for sure.

Listening to this song on repeat.

december daily 2015 | part two.

Posted on: Monday, December 21, 2015

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

The name of the game for this week’s installment of December Daily is the BLENDING TOOL. Holy moly, where have I been the past several years? I’m obsessed with incorporating yellow into all of my projects, so to be able to bring in a gradient of color on every page using a yellow distress ink pad is so easy and so addicting!December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

For this page, I used my hand lettered brush pack to create a 4 x 6″ card with the word “celebrate.”

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

More digital brush action!

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

My Kelly Purkey wooden alpha stamps are in heavy rotation around here.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves
December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

For these two spreads, I used some of my favorite business cards from Renegade and cut them down to fit the constraints of a 4 x 6″ card.

December Daily 2015 | Ann-Marie Loves

And finally, I incorporated a funny moment from this past month and paired it with — what else? — yellow patterned paper accented with yellow distress ink ;)

SUPPLIES: Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink in Fossilized Amber // Blending Tool // Gold Foil Thickers // BasicGrey 25th and Pine Patterned Paper // Triangle Aqua Candy Buttons // Hand Lettered Digital Brushes // Kelly Purkey Alpha Stamps // Gold Foil Hearts // Black Ink Pad // Black Pen // Tape Runner // Matte Photo Paper // Photo Printer

P.S. Part one of my 2015 December Daily album!

our 2015 holiday cards.

Posted on: Monday, December 14, 2015

Gold Brushed Holiday Cards | Ann-Marie Loves + Pear Tree Greetings

With Christmas fast approaching, I knew I wanted to get holiday cards but I also knew that we needed an updated family photo. As much as I would have LOVED to have had one of my favorite photographers capture us in the finest light, there was simply no more time left to get it done. Enter: the camera self timer.

John was fighting off a bad cold, Briar was desperate to jump out of my arms and roll in the dirt, and I had to change my shirt twice, BUT WE MADE IT HAPPEN. I got a great family photo (plus a few more gems!) and my dream of sending out holiday cards in 2015 was actually made feasible. Small victories, people.

Gold Brushed Holiday Cards | Ann-Marie Loves + Pear Tree Greetings
This year I partnered with Pear Tree Greetings and chose a brushed gold style holiday card from Genevieve Gorder’s collection (P.S. I love her). My love affair with a gold is showing no signs of stopping plus I love the simple design.

Gold Brushed Holiday Cards | Ann-Marie Loves + Pear Tree Greetings

These cards are so thick! I’m obsessed with sturdy paper goods and these totally fit the bill.

Gold Brushed Holiday Cards | Ann-Marie Loves + Pear Tree Greetings

On the back, I took a single photo slot and turned it into two images with a little Photoshop magic. I like to bend the rules, what can I say? ;) I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and receiving lots of happy mail!

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