Heidi’s Senior Photos in Bidwell Park // Chico Senior Photographer

After shooting Heidi’s session I was reminded, once again, how much I love love LOVE shooting senior portraits. There is nothing like taking an idea and turning it into life. Photographing a gorgeous girl who is comfortable in front of the camera isn’t bad, either. Heidi wanted a boho look in a park like setting. Bidwell Park at sunset provided us the perfect backdrop for her photos. She worked with the amazing Lisa of Lisa Claire Floral who created all of the amazing florals. (Seriously, that lady is so stinkin’ talented.) Heidi’s outfits were perfect and she is beyond gorgeous. Thank you for allowing me to photograph you, Heidi, and congratulations on your graduation! You’re going to kill it in college! (Congrats, graduates! If you’re still needing senior portraits or are thinking ahead to next year, please contract me. I would love to photograph you!...

Katie & Nick in Mount Shasta // Redding Wedding Photographer

Katie and Nick live in the Bay Area, where their careers are, but recently bought a cabin in the Lake Shasta Area. They now have a beautiful place to relax and get away from the hustle of the city. I loved hearing about their passions, how they’re making their dreams come true, and now I might just want to buy a mountain cabin of my own. Their upcoming wedding is the icing on the cake of a beautiful life they are building together. I had the BEST time exploring new to me areas of the Lake Shasta area and I am SO looking forward to Katie and Nick’s wedding day!...

The Five Love Languages // Thoughts on Marriage

I’m obsessed with the Five Love Languages. If you hang out with me for long I guarantee I will ask you what your love languages are. I love knowing and talking about them, especially with couples. I love hearing about how they meet each other’s love needs and how easy or hard it is based on what each of their love languages are. The premise of the Five Love Languages is that we all give and receive love through five basic ways. We all use all five, but we have one or two that are most dominant. The languages are Acts of Service, Quality Time, Gifts, Physical Touch, and Words of Affirmation. Acts of Service means doing tangible things like cleaning the house, fixing something, filling up the car with gas, cooking meals, or watching the kids while the other person sleeps in. Quality Time means that the amount of time spent together is as or more important as what you’re actually doing. It’s about being together and doing things together. Gifts is giving something to show love from a flower that is hand picked to a large, significant item. It’s both the surprise and special occasion gifts that are meaningful. Physical touch is not just sexual. It is showing love by touching when you walk by each other in the hall, holding hands, hugging, and touching more often than not. Words of Affirmation means that you express how you feel in words. It can be through a heartfelt card, a quick text message, and saying I love you should be said, not just lived out. Words are important...

Spring Mini Sessions // Chico Family Photographer

It’s time again for Spring mini sessions! These are quick 25 minute sessions that are perfect for an updated family photo, headshot, senior session, or photos of the kids. This year they will be held in beautiful Bidwell Park. Spots are limited. DETAILS- Dates: Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 Location: Bidwell Park What’s included: Up to six people, 25 minute session, 10 edited, digital images Price: $150 Email me at hello@morganchantelle.com to snag your...

Travel Diaries // Honeymoon in Puerto Rico

At a recent meeting for creative entrepreneurs (Tuesday’s Together) we went around the circle and introduced ourselves and said our favorite vacation. Mine was my honeymoon in Puerto Rico. Why? Because it was my honeymoon. It’s hard to top the first vacation you take as husband and wife and a week on a tropical island was the perfect start to our married life. We tossed around many locations for our honeymoon and considered waiting a few months after our wedding to leave, but I am so happy with our final decision. We left the morning after our wedding and spent a week in beautiful Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a US territory so it was easy to travel to, communicate, get around, and travel around, but it felt like an exotic destination. The island is stunningly gorgeous and I highly recommend visiting several areas because different cities, towns, and parts of the island feel completely different. We landed in San Juan in the evening, so we spent our first night there. We stayed at the Olive Boutique Hotel, which was charming and beautiful. (I’m a huge fan of boutique hotels, which seem like the perfect marriage between airbnbs and huge chain hotels.) We grabbed drinks at their rooftop bar, which had a beautiful view of the harbor and the city, great drinks, and a friendly and helpful bartender. After drinks we crossed the street and had dinner at what seemed like a dive bar. The drinks were good and the food was mediocre. Overall, I found a lot of the food on the island to be kind of bland. Maybe it’s...