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Cailen + Sean + 1!

Ah yes! A rare Sunday post before taking a break for the first of my favorite holidays!

It is such a joyous serendipity that three years after (ack! Has it been that long?!?!) shooting Cailen and Seans fairy tale wedding in the Loire Valley of France, we all find ourselves here in sunny southern California, where the weather is easy, and the sunshine is nice. I seriously FLIPPED when Cailen sent me an email redently letting me know that she and Sean are expecting in the coming months. Not only can I obviously relate, but another chance to make the journey out to see these two (I always seem to be meeting up with these crazy kids somewhere in paradise) and spend some time catching up. Even Uma came to assist me (obviously), and the Bean family was happy to offer a glimpse of the amazing future that lie ahead of them. And what’s better is when this (fatefully) perfect and gorgeous baby makes it’s arrival, we’ll all get together again and lament about days where we slept through the night, and rejoice in the small price that is to pay to bring a child into the world as your own.

Also, did I mention that Cailen and Sean are pretty much the easiest people to photograph I could ever hope for? Yes. There’s that.

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so honest and real and beautiful. love!

The Birth of Avellana Jolie.

When I started shooting weddings, it was a revelation. Having been married myself, to a man I consider to be my soul mate, having struggle through high times and low times, through sickness and in health, through our own baggage and the complexities we add to each other, weddings are about more than a day to me. It’s about the promise of things to come. That the person you care about most in the world will always have your back, and you will always have theirs. To know what that truly means makes me a passionate photographer of peoples weddings.

And now, after 9 months of pregnancy, 86 hours of labor, and one very beautiful 9.5 lb baby later, to call photographing a birth a revelation feels an understatement. (btw if you are pregnant and due in april, Birth Photography is 1/2 off ;)) I’m very thankful to have made a new friend upon moving here to California, in Courtney and Erin (erinheartscourt.com). Courtney was about a month behind me in her pregnancy, and we made a deal on our first lady date that we would trade birth photography. Little did she know what she was in for on my end – but she was there to photograph the most intense part of our journey – in all it’s incredible, . As for her, she was (thankfully, as I regained my strength) 2 weeks overdue despite her efforts to evict the little one. She started her induction that morning, and progressed slowly and erratically. I got a text from Erin – they just broke her water, she’s at 4cm. Here I am, thinking it will be hours before they needed us, planning to go to dinner in Pasadena and wait for their call. I texted back something about heading out in an hour or two. The next text I got back said only, 7cm. Yipes! So Huz, Uma and I jumped in the car and raced to Pasadena – 40 minutes away. 8cm. I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to make it, and I think they might have thought the same. I jumped out of the car and left Huz to strap Uma to his chest, and raced to their room. She was at a 9 last time they checked and was feeling ready to push. One hour later from when I walked into the door, this little half Court and half Erin came into the world, purple and bloody, and a girl (they kept it a surprise!). Avellana. Avi. So amazing.

To be there with Courtney and Erin was so amazing. We haven’t known each other long, but to have been there for each other during these incredible times, to have photographed each other in these, the most passionately difficult and amazing experiences of our lives is a bond that I’ll always cherish. I’m so grateful Courtney’s given me the go ahead to share these images with you. They are my favorites. I can’t wait to get Uma and Avi together for their first lady date!

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Oh my gosh, I’m crying! Punam, I ended up on your site because were doing beauty for Leah at the Ace tomorrow and then here Im seeing the birth of Courtney’s and Erin new baby girl! These pictures are amazing. Small world and Im glad to have stumbled across you and your work!

Oh my goodness, where have I been?! I don’t know how I could’ve missed this. What an incredibly beautiful experience and what touching photos. The cry is my favourite-you really feel it.
Congratulations E+C & to you too Punam, for being very brilliant.

So intense… in the most wonderful way possible.

Courtney

LOVE!!! Thank you for capturing the most amazing moment in our lives. With your 86 hour labor and my freakishly long pregnancy and short labor our girls are the yin and the yang to each other, destined to be best friends. Love you!! I am so happy you moved to Cali :)

Beautiful moments captured Punam :).

Bee Kim: is gonna be a momma!

It’s been a while since I’ve been around a woman with child, and I had forgotten about the glow. Bee is so glowy I could see her with my eyes closed. I feel so intensely honored that she chose me to photograph her at this precious time in her life. Wedding Bee was the thing that effectively launched me into this crazy amazing world of wedding photography, and it was so awesome to get to know the incredible woman behind the blog that changed my life. She’s so beautiful and elegant, so peaceful. I’m so happy for her and the mysterious Mr. Kim!

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This session happened to be on Mr. and Mrs. Kims wedding anniversary. So, for a gift, he recreated her wedding bouquet! How sweet is that??

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There’s a person inside! Crazy!

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Sadly, we realized that Fuzzy Bee was no where to be found in a book about her friends.

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That is so sweet that recreated her flowers, how thoughtful. You are a talented photographer, love the leave photos.

GAH! Bee is GORGEOUS! =)

Absolutely beautiful! I can’t believe Bee is due next week already! Time flies!

GORGEOUS! Stunning images Punam – and Mrs. Bee is certainly at glowy mama to be!

Beautiful shots Punam! Bee is a beautiful and I think you captured her perfectly :)

So sweet!! Beautiful images of a beautiful woman. Can’t wait to see the little bee!!

Wow, these are so gorgeous, and Mrs.Bee looks sooo calm and happy!

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These are stunning! I love the fall colors and the warmth in each photo – and she definitely is glowing beautifully!

these are so so pretty. i love the one of her holding the leaf. beautiful work as always, punam! xo

Congratulations Bee! What elegant pictures. And yes, you are so ethereal and glowing.

So sweet of your hubby to have your bouquet re-created also.

What a wonderful day to have a photo shoot! Happy Anniversary too!

J.

crebre80

Stunning!!! I love the pictures of her in the street and with the bouquet!

Love the simplicity of the second one down – so beautiful. Especially the way the color of her dress pops against the leaves.

Gorgeous…absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous! :)

Turtle

Mrs. Bee is so beautiful. That shot of her in the middle of the street is stunning.

With child!: Melissa

Melissa is the most drop dead gorgeous woman with child I have ever seen. She carries little Jaqueline Jay inside her. Do not call her Jackie. This mother is fierce, and amazingly beautiful.

 

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Wow, these are so gorgeous. You totally rocked the tilt shift.

Cynthia

luminous!

Fantastic!!! I love the parallel with the fruit! Amazing! In fact the last three posts are all inspiring!

I love the last shot! Beautiful work!!!

LOVE that first image of her in the maroon dress. What a stunning beauty. Her daughter is going to have beautiful eyes just like her mom!! Beautiful work Punam :)