These two are native to San Diego. Growing up here the bride to be wanted to include one of her favorite places in National City, Niederfrank’s Ice Cream. A staple on A avenue since Elmer Niederfrank opened his ice cream parlor in 1948. New owners bought Niederfrank’s in 1995 and have kept the spirit alive today. Everything is made on premises with all natural ingredients. Worth the drive if you live in north county! I can’t think Lelia and Matt enough for introducing me to this awesome place. Leila is a super creative lady and I can’t wait to shoot the gorgeousness that will be her wedding day.

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Special thank you to Niederfrank’s Ice Cream for letting me photograph in their shop. I got a scoop of the Butter Rum Pecan and it was awesome!


It’s that time of year for cozy sweaters, tall boots, and scarves. Not that it gets very cold here in San Diego but it’s finally time to put on a little cardigan in the evenings. When planning what to wear for family portraits don’t think matchy; as in everyone in a white shirt and kaki trousers.  Plan along the lines of a color scheme. You want to coordinate not duplicate the same look for all your family members. If you pick a simple combination of three colors you can make sure everyone shows their individuality while looking like a whole family.  Each outfit doesn’t need to have all three colors only enough to make them all coordinate together. Here is a color scheme of warm browns, rust oranges, and purples.
November Family Portrait Session
November Family Portrait Session by alexis-kubista featuring a blue cashmere sweater
Jaeger blue cashmere sweater, $280 / EAST fitted top, $94 / Vest waistcoat / Linea Weekend indigo jeans, $61 / Short brown boots / Miz Mooz pointed toe shoes / Vintage style necklace, $38 / Atmos Here woven scarve, $10 / Paul Smith Tapered-Fit Black Mid-Wash Jeans / ASOS Cable Jumper, $18 / PAUL SMITH SHOES Suede Ankle Boots / Sequin Cami / Heart and Crush Girls Marled Split Neck Heart Belt Tunic Sweater / Roberto Cavalli Floral-Print Poplin Tunic / FOREVER 21 GIRLS Classic Skinny Jeans (Kids) / FOREVER 21 GIRLS Classic Solid Leggings (Kids) / Old Navy Girls Long Sleeve Gauze Tops – Sea salt plaid / Old Navy Girls Denim Jackets Size XS – Bright white / UNIQLO Girls Corduroy Skirt / FOREVER 21 GIRLS Southwestern Print Shorts (Kids) / Nina Girls’ or Little Girls’ Stitched Western Boots / Old Navy Girls Skinny Fashion Belts – Gold glitter / Old Navy Girls Patent Leather Flats Size 1 – Leopard

Last weekend I was at the Handlery Hotel San Diego for their Oct 11th bridal fair. It was a beautiful day and thank you for everyone who stopped by my booth. I always like meeting people in person and love the opportunity to showcase my work and style. Here are a few details of the day.
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I always try yo offer something special for the bridal attendees. This time it was a free 2 hour engagement session drawing. And without further ado, the winner is:
Winner of the Drawing

I hope everyone have a lovely time and thanks for entering.

 The focus may be on baby but mom and dad should plan on what to wear too. Being present in your photos with your newborn is not something to forget. You are as important to them as they are to you.

Vintage Airplane Newborn Photography Session
Vintage Airplane Newborn Photography Session by alexis-kubista featuring blue toss pillows

This June 3rd made it 9 years since my Hub and I said I do. We were married at a pretty little resort named La Mariposa in Arizona luckily before the desert heat really kicked in. Growing up in the desert I never thought a June wedding would be ideal. Just so you know the average high temperature at La Mariposa Resort this time of year is 105° F. Our wedding favors were personalized paper fans we gave out to the guests before the outdoor ceremony. Practical and pretty to help the guests keep cool. I didn’t intend to be a June bride but I always think of this song from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” on my wedding anniversary,

I loved planning all the little details for our wedding. I wish I had Pinterest when I got married. I designed the Save the Date cards with a rose logo which I ended up using in the program and menu cards. We picked roses after we decided on a outdoor garden ceremony. The Hubs likes roses as well. The invitations were a nod to my printing work done while getting my degree. We met while in college. Simple and elegant text with a subtle engraving pattern. Since I didn’t have a press of my own we embossed the ceremony program on the cover with gold ink. We printed out little wedding vow cheat cards just incase we couldn’t remember from memory.Copyright ADK Photography 2014The Hubs wedding band is a simple white gold band. I personalized it by having it engraved with “My Heart.” So where ever he goes he carries my love with him. It has held up well after almost a decade of wear and tear 🙂Copyright ADK Photography 2014I polished off my wedding day jewelry for an anniversary portrait. The earrings and broach were my something new. The broach was given to me by my sister and helped me incorporate pearls into my weddings day.  Sweet tea and pearls is what remind me of my grandmother, who is originally from Tennessee. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her without at least pearl studs on, always a lady. My “something borrowed” was an black opal ring my aunt had made from a loose opal my grandfather found for the same grandmother in Australia during his time overseas. My “something blue,” and “something old” was a vintage hankie from my Hub’s grandmother.  My mum and I, made silk tote bags with monograms for he ladies in my wedding party. I made one for myself as well in light silver.Copyright ADK Photography 2014This year to mark our nine year anniversary I wanted to somehow use all the extra wedding stationary. I’ve lugged this stuff around for more than a few house moves. I really didn’t need to keep the piles of stuff in boxes, but I didn’t want to just throw it all away. I decided to make an interactive set out of paper butterflies to shoot in. I choose butterflies to highlight that we were married at a venue named La Mariposa Resort. I attached them to fine netting and pulled lines forward with fishing line. We basically stood inside a funnel of paper bugs. Copyright ADK Photography 2014

I’m one luckily lady to have a man who is down to participate in my creative projects.

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