Megan Hartley Photography » Orange County Photographer

Melissa, Jorge, Max, and Oliver

They told me his nickname is “Mad Max” but I didn’t see anything other than a sweet, precious, wonderful baby. Max is 3 months old and beyond words adorable. He is strong, giggly, and so incredibly loved by his Mom and Dad. Oh, and the family dog, Oliver. He loves Max too. He loves him so much his new favorite hangout is right under Max’s crib. Yep, Max is one loved little baby and it is easy to see why – as you’ll see in the photos below, he’s utter perfection.

Melissa and Jorge, thank you so much for inviting me into your gorgeous home to photograph your family. You guys are amazing and even in the few short hours I spent with you I could just feel the love radiating from your home. I look forward to staying in touch and watching sweet Max grow!

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And then came Olivia …

Is it possible to have baby fever when you still have a baby? A week ago, I wouldn’t have thought so with my own non-sleeping 9 month old at home, but spending an afternoon with 2 week old Olivia made me long for tiny newborn goodness all over again! Every stage of a child’s life is so fun, but few are as uniquely sweet as the newborn phase. Everything is so small and precious! Those little newborn grunts and squeaks are so endearing and lovely! Yes, there are those endless sleepless nights, and the diapers, and the hospital bills … but have you seen those itty bitty SHOES that newborns have? The shoes alone are enough to make me want another little one!  I am sure cooler heads will prevail (i.e. my husband’s) but Olivia and her adorability are just too impossible to resist!

Laura and Nick, thank you so much for inviting me into your home to take these newborn photos of darling Olivia. She is already such a blessing to all who meet her and it was my privilege to spend the afternoon with your sweet family.

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Desert Elopement

I love the idea of eloping. Don’t get me wrong, I love big weddings that allow an entire community to celebrate love, but there is just something so intimate and romantic about the idea of whisking away and eloping. Since eloping couples are a little hard to find, Whitney Mittmann of Whit Mitt Design and Events and I decided to put together our own styled elopement! We set our elopement in the desert because we thought that added to the isolated atmosphere created by an elopement. Our beautiful friends, newlyweds Mark and Beca, agreed to model for us and we were so blessed to have other amazing vendors participate with us. This photo shoot led to the creation of some of my favorite photos that I’ve ever taken and I hope you love them as much as I do!

The amazing vendors whose work is featured below:

Photography: Megan Hartley Photography
Stylist: Whit Mitt Design and Events
Desserts: Sweet and Saucy
Florals: Art with Nature Floral Design
Make Up: Flawless Faces
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
Boutonnieres: Rosie as a Button
Cake Stands/Plates: Sweet and Saucy Supply

Now, the beautiful Mark and Beca! Their real life love for one another made the photos authentic and so special.

Whitney and her sweet husband, Mark, created this gorgeous background to serve as the ceremony site! How amazing are they?!

Kim of Art with Nature Floral Design put together all of the florals and I was absolutely blown away by her creativity and beautiful work! She also made the gorgeous floral crowns for the bride and flower girl! Thank you so much, Kim!

Even though it was an elopement, we still wanted to have a flower girl and ring bearer because … well, they are cute! They added such great energy to the shoot and are such sweet kids!

{Found} Vintage Rentals provided the perfect chairs  for our sweetheart table and they also provided the yarn spools which gave the shoot just the vintage feel we were going for.

Beca looked absolutely gorgeous thanks to makeup by the amazing Flawless Faces! For all of my 2012 brides – book them! Seriously … they are the best!
This awesome cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop incorporated so many of the elements from the shoot – the desert color palette, the yarn details … I am pretty much in love with everything Melody from Sweet and Saucy Shop dreams up!
A million thanks to all of the incredible people who made these photos possible! It was such a great day spent exploring creativity with a wonderful group of people! Thank you!!!


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July 17, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Britty - These are gorgeous!! Love the whole vibe of this. Great job :)

March 29, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Toni Fizdale - This photo shoot is amazing. So calming and peaceful. Great job!