Black & White

I’ll never tire of a beautiful black and white photo and I’ll always include at least a few in each client gallery! They are timeless and classic and exude such emotion. For me, the perfect black and white images tend to be of the in between moments. Little snippets from our session together…a dress lifted […]

July 18, 2019


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documenting our family life in southern california

capturing everyday beauty 


Pretty Smitten began as a creative outlet after the birth of my first child in 2008. What started as a sweet little Etsy shop has now grown into a full Southern California Life + Style site featuring home decor, food, entertaining and wellness content. I believe there is beauty in the simplified, and I strive to create a beautiful happy home where we can stop to enjoy the little things. I hope within this blog you'll find a little inspiration for your own home life as well.

I'm also now thrilled to be offering fine art lifestyle photography. Documenting love in all forms is truly a gift...sweet little newborns, expecting mamas, families and are our only "pause button."  Learn more about Elizabeth Johnson Photography by clicking below!  

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Hello July!! Wow, summer is already FLYING by too quick. Anyone else feel that way? For us, June was filled with camps (basketball, volleyball, junior lifeguards)…but July is all about free schedules, sleeping in and recharging. I’m hoping to continue work on our backyard, because it’s salads like this one that motivate me to get […]

July 2, 2019


Father’s Day

Happy Father’s day to all of the Daddy’s out there!! Like so many dads and husbands ours is really the rock of our family, so we’re excited to spend the day celebrating him!! We’re giving him a break from cleaning out the garage (we did that yesterday!!) and taking on all of the house projects. […]

June 16, 2019


Chicken Fajitas

This chicken fajita recipe is one of those recipes that’s been around so long I’m not even sure the original source. I’m fairly certain my mom copied it out of a magazine at some dentist or doctor’s office long long ago! We’ve altered it a bit over the years, but it’s a long standing favorite. […]

June 12, 2019


Last Minute Gifts for Dad

In the need of a last minute Father’s Day gift? I’ve got you covered with 10 great options that all can be delivered before Sunday! Thanks Amazon prime, how did we ever live without you? Classic Raybans, always a favorite! Dad into golf? My hubby has recently gotten back into it and this is on […]

June 11, 2019


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