Meet BRENDEN

newborn,baby, & family photographer

I specialize in in-home newborn photography in and around Monterey, Morgan Hill, and San Jose California. My goal is to create timeless images that will remain in your family for years to come, and capture that feeling of love you experience for the first time you hold your new baby. Each newborn session is crafted to capture the delicate features of your baby and the sweetness of this new little life. 

It’s funny for the longest time I had no idea what to do with my life. Then one day it all clicked. I wanted to be a professional newborn photographer, and I dove in head first. I love being able to capture those precious early memories when they are so small and new. Even funnier any time I tell someone I’m a newborn photographer I usually get the same reply “yep, that make sense.” And I always take it as a extreme compliment. 

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All of these photos are my legacy. Each person is a part of me. Even though so much time has passed that I never met many of them, these people shaped the generation beneath them and in turn shaped a part of me. Each one is a treasure-a family story- a piece of history that is mine.

The greatest value in your portrait session is having tangible memories. A printed piece that lives permanently in your home can be cherished for generations. We didn’t have photos, on the walls, in my house growing up but my grandparents did. To this day they have photos of me as a child in their living room. The first time my husband came to their house one of the first things I showed him was baby me on the wall. I was so proud and felt so cherished! It wasn’t long after that my Granny pulled out two boxes of photos for us to go through together. Each photograph was like a treasure. I even found some slides of my dad and his siblings that had never been printed. I scanned and framed them and gave them to everyone for Christmas that year. Printed images matter, memories of you, your parent, grandparents, great grandparents matter. I can’t explain to you how special it was photo after photo, learning the family tree, and realizing my curly hair must have come from my great grandpa Buster.

It’s my mission to help you create something not only tangible for your home, but also deeply moving for you and for your children to love and adore as the years pass. There’s a reason you chose to invest in professional portraiture. I want to ensure that reason resonates in your heart each and every day, and that your portraits grow in sentimental value as your children grow, and as time rapidly rushes by.

save your past for your future

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My legacy

In April 2016 I married the love of my life and my best friend, Bradley. He was the support I needed to follow my dreams, and he is my constant cheerleader. We are two peas in a pod, and have joked since we met that we are basically the same person.

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I’m a co-leader for the Monterey Chapter of the Rising Tide Society. You can watch us all come together to create a beautiful styled shoot at Asilomar in Pacific Grove.

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I have a fur baby cat named Martha Washington, and yes that is her full and proper name. I’d love to take credit for it, but my husband’s mom named her and when she passed away we adopted Martha and she made us a real family.

And to the left is an example of what happens when you are trying to take headshots... but someone wants to be held.

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Before I started my photography business full-time, I used to work in the world’s smallest Apple Store. It was an adventure to say the least!

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FUN FACTS

In April 2016 I married the love of my life and my best friend, Bradley. He was the support I needed to follow my dreams, and he is my constant cheerleader. We are two peas in a pod, and have joked since we met that we are basically the same person.

I’m a co-leader for the Monterey Chapter of the Rising Tide Society. You can watch us all come together to create a beautiful styled shoot at Asilomar in Pacific Grove in the video below.

I have a fur baby cat named Martha Washington, and yes that is her full and proper name. I’d love to take credit for it, but my husband’s mom named her and when she passed away we adopted Martha and she made us a real family.

And to the above is an example of what happens when you are trying to take headshots... but someone wants to be held.

Before I started my photography business full-time, I used to work in the world’s smallest Apple Store. It was an adventure to say the least!

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FUN FACTS

FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

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FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

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“I can’t say enough awesome things about Brenden. She has taken my daughters newborn, six month and now one year photos. My daughter has not been the easiest for two of the three sessions and she was so patient and understanding. It’s so convenient she comes to your house and you don’t have to worry about getting your kids out the door…. I have gotten so many compliments on these photos and I will cherish them forever!”

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- Savannah

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“We booked a newborn shoot in Carmel with Brenden. She was more than we had hoped for and the photos were outstanding! As a new mom you don't have time to prep or buy a lot of props. Brenden has a HUGE selection of items to use for your photos. We did various scenes and have trouble selecting a favorite. We ordered a full album, photo blocks, a canvas and purchased all the photos. It was well worth the money. You truly get what you pay for. She's talented, professional and the product quality is great. We will cherish these photos forever!”

- Jennifer

“A true professional - she knows what she is doing!...I hopefully will get to work with her again for future milestones!”

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- Betsy

“I booked an outdoor maternity shoot with Brenden. My husband and I are extremely satisfied with the outcome and here is why…I LOVED how she gave us direction on what to do. For example "chin up more" or "bring your arm this way"…I need direction...I'm no model ;) Being 8 months pregnant at the time, I didn't feel completely confident with certain body parts, but she made sure to position me and work her magic a certain way that when the final images were sent to me I adored them and was relived that I actually came out decent… The whole process was painless and stress free…Overall...A++ experience. I loved basically ALL the images and that's rare for me.”

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- See

"Brenden is amazing! I highly recommend her to everyone. We were so impressed with our new born photos!"

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- Christine

"Brenden captured an absolutely amazing maternity photo shoot for my family. The experience was great in every way: easy to work with, easy to schedule. I would recommend her services to anyone!"

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- Josh

"Brenden is AMAZING!!! The true baby whisperer! She was so gentle with our newborn and had her sleeping and calm during the entire photo session. Not only is she sweet and patient, her artistic eye made for the most beautiful photos!!!. What she provides is truly priceless; she captures a moment in time that is brief and so precious. For us she has, in such a beautiful way captured the best thing that ever happened to us: our baby and that is truly a special gift. Adding to all that, she is prompt and professional. She had earned our business for all of the important moments in our child's life. You need look no further. Book this woman to take your photos!!!"

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- Em

"I met Brenden at a baby fair & I ended up winning a shoot with her! She met up with my fiancé & I for a maternity shoot. The location she chose was simply beautiful! She made us feel comfortable & she took her time getting the shots she wanted & was happy to catch some moments that we wanted. When she sent me the photos I couldn't be any happier!!! It turned out great! I'll be sure to keep her in contact for future photo shoots. Highly recommended if you want memorable, beautiful photos!! Thank you Brenden!"

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-Kristie

"Thank heaven for Brenden! Had a less than positive experience with another local photographer and were running out of time (literally) before delivering. Found Brenden and she saved the day!...Met her the day of our maternity session and felt immediately comfortable (so important). The pictures were incredible, she had them to us quickly and for a great price! Obviously, we continued with Brenden for our newborn photos!"

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- Ricky

“I can’t say enough awesome things about Brenden. She has taken my daughters newborn, six month and now one year photos. My daughter has not been the easiest for two of the three sessions and she was so patient and understanding. It’s so convenient she comes to your house and you don’t have to worry about getting your kids out the door…. I have gotten so many compliments on these photos and I will cherish them forever!”

- Savannah

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- Jennifer

“We booked a newborn shoot in Carmel with Brenden. She was more than we had hoped for and the photos were outstanding! As a new mom you don't have time to prep or buy a lot of props. Brenden has a HUGE selection of items to use for your photos. We did various scenes and have trouble selecting a favorite. We ordered a full album, photo blocks, a canvas and purchased all the photos. It was well worth the money. You truly get what you pay for. She's talented, professional and the product quality is great. We will cherish these photos forever!”

the reviews

- Betsy

“A true professional - she knows what she is doing!...I hopefully will get to work with her again for future milestones!”

the reviews

“I booked an outdoor maternity shoot with Brenden. My husband and I are extremely satisfied with the outcome and here is why…I LOVED how she gave us direction on what to do. For example "chin up more" or "bring your arm this way"…I need direction...I'm no model ;) Being 8 months pregnant at the time, I didn't feel completely confident with certain body parts, but she made sure to position me and work her magic a certain way that when the final images were sent to me I adored them and was relieved that I actually came out decent… The whole process was painless and stress free…Overall...A++ experience. I loved basically ALL the images and that's rare for me.”

- See

the reviews

"Brenden is amazing! I highly recommend her to everyone. We were so impressed with our new born photos!"

-Christine

the reviews

the reviews

"Brenden captured an absolutely amazing maternity photo shoot for my family. The experience was great in every way: easy to work with, easy to schedule. I would recommend her services to anyone!"

-Josh

the reviews

"Brenden is AMAZING!!! The true baby whisperer! She was so gentle with our newborn and had her sleeping and calm during the entire photo session. Not only is she sweet and patient, her artistic eye made for the most beautiful photos!!!. What she provides is truly priceless; she captures a moment in time that is brief and so precious. For us she has, in such a beautiful way captured the best thing that ever happened to us: our baby and that is truly a special gift. Adding to all that, she is prompt and professional. She had earned our business for all of the important moments in our child's life. You need look no further. Book this woman to take your photos!!!"

- Em

the reviews

"I met Brenden at a baby fair & I ended up winning a shoot with her! She met up with my fiancé & I for a maternity shoot. The location she chose was simply beautiful! She made us feel comfortable & she took her time getting the shots she wanted & was happy to catch some moments that we wanted. When she sent me the photos I couldn't be any happier!!! It turned out great! I'll be sure to keep her in contact for future photo shoots. Highly recommended if you want memorable, beautiful photos!! Thank you Brenden!"

- Kristie

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"Thank heaven for Brenden! Had a less than positive experience with another local photographer and were running out of time (literally) before delivering. Found Brenden and she saved the day!...Met her the day of our maternity session and felt immediately comfortable (so important). The pictures were incredible, she had them to us quickly and for a great price! Obviously, we continued with Brenden for our newborn photos!"

- Ricky

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