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my mom’s a gem + diamond earrings giveaway!

Posted on: Friday, April 15, 2016

UPDATED: The winner of the diamond earrings is Jamie (#2)! Congrats!

Ann-Marie Loves x JTV | Diamond Earrings Giveaway!

My mom and I are definitely different people, but there are a few key things that make us two birds of a feather:

  • We love a good mall. We will travel far and wide for a good mall.
  • Our favorite place to eat is at Cava in Montecito. It’s a long way to go, but it’s worth the trek for seafood enchiladas!
  • We’re both night owls who love nothing more than sleeping in.
  • We can’t decide if “You’ve Got Mail” or “It’s Complicated” is our favorite movie. So we watch both. A lot.
  • We are forever running at least fifteen minutes late. It’s the worst habit in the world yet neither of us can seem to break it.

Ann-Marie Loves x JTV | Diamond Earrings Giveaway!

And finally, we both have come to appreciate the value of understated jewelry. Okay, let me clarify: my mom has always appreciated the value of understated jewelry. Me? Not so much. I had to go through many an oversized J. Lo hoop earrings / blinged-out costume jewelry phase throughout my high school + college days to get to where I am now. But hey! Here we are, together.

Ann-Marie Loves x JTV | Diamond Earrings Giveaway!

The bottom line is that my mom is my best friend and the first person I thought of when it came to gifting a pair of these beautiful white diamond stud earrings from JTV’s collection of insanely gorg diamond jewelry. After all, she’s the one who taught me everything I know: how to be a friend, how to be a mother, how to be a wife, and how to see the bright side of any situation. She’s a gem.

Ann-Marie Loves x JTV | Diamond Earrings Giveaway!

Now it’s your turn to win a pair of these earrings! To enter, follow JTV on Instagram and then leave a comment below letting me know what your ideal morning looks like. I’ll announce the winner at the top of this post on Friday April 22nd! Good luck!

This post was sponsored by JTV, but as always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are my own.

briar at 18 months.

Posted on: Monday, March 7, 2016

Briar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

As of February 8th, this girl is officially a year and a half! It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since her birthday and a whole year since these photos were taken, but alas, here we are and we are loving every minute.

Briar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza PhotographyBriar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

She’s also still active and fearless as ever. In fact, on the day I took these photos, we spent awhile at a local park and she was ALL OVER the jungle gym. I’m normally a pretty relaxed parent, but something about having my one year climbing up open structures that were taller than my head made me so nervous! We had to leave after a short time because I thought I was going to have a mini panic attack every time she would go down the giant twisty slide. Briar, of course, loved every minute.

Briar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Briar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

At eighteen months, this girl eats just about EVERYTHING. There are times she eats just as much as an adult! She is also still nursing a few times a day, which was certainly not my original plan, but we’re rolling with it. When I hear other moms talk about how their babies just decided to wean themselves out of the blue, I feel the slightest tinge of envy…I can’t even begin to fathom what that would be like! I’m hoping to slowly wean her over the next couple of weeks, but we will see how that goes (let me know if you have any tips for weaning a toddler!)

Briar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Briar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

The biggest development that has taken place over the past couple weeks has been her sudden vocabulary explosion. Up until January, she only had a few phrases in her repertoire (mama, dada, nana, papa, etc), but all of a sudden, she can say over forty different words and counting! It’s been so exciting to watch her put names to objects / people / actions in her daily life.

Briar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

In terms of favorites, Briar loves reading books (this one is her jam); playing with her water table and watering plants; taking classes at Gymboree; and thanks to her new favorite show Sarah + Duck, Briar is especially obsessed with ducks! She also has become much more consistent with her daily afternoon nap and she now sleeps through the night (most of the time)! Thank goodness.

Briar Soleil at 18 Months | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

There have been so many wonderful phases over the past eighteen months, but I’m pretty sure this phase takes the cake. We are so in love with our one and a half year old!

Cream Eyelet Top // Gold Heart Leggings // Shoes

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

family portrait session | the jubrans.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

I’m pretty sure I won the jackpot in the in-law lottery.

John comes from an amazing family full of loving, caring, hilarious people who made me feel like a member of their tribe from day one. This is his sister Jamie’s family and I’m so thrilled that John and I not only consider them to be our family but also our really good friends. Needless to say, anytime I can get them in front of my camera to document different phases of their lives, I am more than happy to do it! We took these photos back in August at golden hour and I am so excited to finally be sharing them:

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

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Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

Family Portrait Photography | The Jubrans | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

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workspace wednesday | working with amy.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Workspace Wednesday | Working With Amy Tangerine | Ann-Marie Loves

At least once a week, I drop Briar off with one of her grandparents and jump in the car (by myself! ahhhhh!) to spend the day working with Amy in her studio. As much as I love being able to work from home and stay with Briar, I NEED this day to get out of the house, have inspiring conversations with one of my favorite creative people, and feel like a productive member of society again. I know I’ve said this before, but seriously: I had no idea how hard it would be to balance work and baby. Not only is it tricky in terms of finding the time to get assignments completed while still giving Briar my undivided attention, but it’s incredibly draining on me mentally and emotionally.

However, I’ve discovered that all of these stresses are relieved and put into perspective by doing one simple thing: working outside the house once a week. It really is as easy as that. Also, as if mental health wasn’t incentive enough to brave traffic on the 405, I work with Amy on Thursdays, which means that two of my favorite podcasts (The Lively Show and One Part Podcast) release their latest episode that morning. Thursday are OFFICIALLY my favorite.

doing just fine.

Posted on: Friday, February 20, 2015

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As I uploaded a bunch of recent images onto my computer last night, I was overcome with joy. I am so grateful to have these simple moments — the ones that are so fleeting yet so powerful — captured forever.

I often wonder if John and I are doing enough as Briar’s parents. Are we setting a good example? Are we showing her enough love? Are we giving her all the tools she needs to flourish and thrive? And worst of all, are we looking at our phones too much?! I’m constantly evaluating and reevaluating all the ways the two of us can better our parenting skills.

But then I see these images and I know we’re doing just fine. I see the joy and wonder on Briar’s face. I see the unconditional love in my eyes. I see how John would move heaven and earth for the sake of his daughter. These photos reaffirm everything for me. We are doing just fine.

mama + baby session | jamie + luna.

Posted on: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

My mind currently resides in Babyland Central.

If I’m not feeding, changing, bathing, playing with, dressing, rocking, or carrying Briar around, then I am most certainly thinking about any one of those activities. I’ve been warned many times that the baby stage flies, and my goodness, truer words have never been spoken. Briar will be six months (!!) in a week and half and I feel so fortunate to have had her early newborn days (which I can barely remember at this point!) captured forever, thanks to La Rousse Photo.

That’s why I was so thrilled to be able to take these photos of my sister-in-law and my niece. Baby Luna has already changed so much since then, but I can attest that the bond she shares with her mama grows stronger and stronger everyday.

Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography
Jamie + Luna | Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography

photo love.

Posted on: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography | Photos for The Nutty Nutritionist

I’ve always been reluctant to call myself a “photographer” for a myriad of bogus reasons (“I didn’t major in photography” or “I don’t have this or that lens” or best of all, “I’m not good enough”), but ironically, it’s the one creative medium that makes me incredibly happy, EVERY SINGLE TIME. I love everything about it, from the conceptualizing to the shooting to the editing to the sharing. I’ve been toying with the idea of pursuing photography as my main gig for quite some time, but I haven’t had the confidence to really go for it. That is, until now.

Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography | Photos for The Nutty Nutritionist
Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography | Photos for The Nutty Nutritionist

So when my friend + fellow blogger Heather asked me to shoot food photos for her amazing recipe posts, I gladly agreed. Food is a tricky subject to capture; not only do you have to get the lighting and the composition just right, but you have to make it look appetizing…no easy feat! Needless to say, it’s been an exciting creative challenge for the both of us, as Heather works her magic in the kitchen and I work mine near the window with the best natural light.

Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography | Photos for The Nutty Nutritionist
Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography | Photos for The Nutty Nutritionist
Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography | Photos for The Nutty Nutritionist

(I can attest that these recipes are incredible. In fact, I even made Heather’s green chile corn casserole (shown above) for Thanksgiving!)

Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography | Photos for The Nutty Nutritionist
Ann-Marie Espinoza Photography | Photos for The Nutty Nutritionist

There’s something about having a baby that has forced me to truly reevaluate everything in my life, from the to the way I drive to the words that I say to the way I can support my little family while still being a stay-at-home-mom. I’ve been in need of a change of pace for quite some time and Briar has been the perfect catalyst for pushing me to make things happen. Plus, I figure, if I can capture babies and food (two tricky subjects) with a moderate level of success, I can capture anything, right? (Ha!) ;)

Stay tuned…

briar + luna.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Luna Dalia (5.5 weeks old) + Briar Soleil (9 weeks old) in their ballerina best.

Briar was expected to arrive in late July and Luna was expected to arrive in late September. But as it worked out, one decided to come early and one decided to come late (guess which one), making these cousins just shy of four weeks apart. It’s been so much fun watching the two babies quickly morph into tiny little humans with distinct personalities and temperaments. We get them together (and take countless photos!) as often as possible and it’s amazing to see how much they change in such a short amount of time. Briar + Luna still have yet to acknowledge each other’s presence, but in due time, I know they will be lifelong partners in crime. Love these two girls oh so much!

settling in + staying put.

Posted on: Monday, June 30, 2014

Ann-Marie + John Espinoza | Photo by Sorella Muse

Photo by Sorella Muse

After a crazy month of being gone every single weekend, John and I have created a self-imposed rule that we are going to stay as local as possible until this baby of ours decides to make an appearance. We have grand plans of:

– Sleeping!

– Learning how to install the car seat properly.

– Marathoning Veep.

– Cleaning out the garage. And the closets. And the cabinets. And everywhere else in our house.

– Picking up the remaining items on our list (namely the Ergo!).

– Marveling at how ridiculously dark my hair is and how unbelievably swollen my feet have become! (What is happening?!)

– Feeling the baby kick (I know I’m going to miss this so much!).

– Rereading all of our notes from the baby classes we recently took.

– Sleeping some more.

– Trying to convince ourselves that we are ready to take care of a tiny human.

– Decorating + redecorating the nursery AT LEAST five more times.

– Packing our hospital bag (any essentials I need to bring, moms?).

– Taking the last few weekly bump shots.

– Writing more letters to our daughter.

– Enjoying every minute of time as a twosome. After ten years together, we are so ready to bring another person into the mix!

– Did I mention we will be sleeping?

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