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WHY THE PHOTOS IN YOUR HOME MATTER

Do you have photos displayed in your home? I’m sure there are at least a few. A wedding photo in the silver frame that was a wedding gift. A picture from a photo booth that’s stuck to your fridge. The craft your kiddo made with their school photo for mother’s day last year. All of them are important to you in some way, or you wouldn’t have them up.

But have you ever thought about why they are important? There are a lot of reasons, but one is because they help us remember. We want to remember our wedding day or what our child looked like when they were first born. We want to remember happy times and surround ourselves with them.

Another reason the photos in our home are important is because they show what or who is important to us. Only the people who are most important in our lives make it into the photo frame or onto the fridge. They also show everyone who steps across our threshold who are the most important people in your life.

What got me thinking about this? Well, a couple of months ago, our son, Cooper, found that he could reach the frames on our table tops. He left most of them alone, except for one. A photo of my dad.

Both my mom and dad have thought it was weird that I’ve had that photo framed for years. It’s one of my favorites. It’s actually from the very first roll of black and white film I ever took in my first photography class. I loved how it was just so my dad. 

Cooper carries that photo around all the time. I find it in his room, the hallway, the bathroom… and do you see those smudge marks? those are from the kisses he give it. He loooooooves his grandpa. And I’m thinking this photo helps him remember one of his most important people when he can’t see him. So cute, right? 

Another photo we love is this one of my husband’s grandma at our wedding. Don’t you just love her old school film camera? She was so excited that her grandson was getting married (finally!). That was actually the last time we saw her since she passed away a few months later. One day Cooper brought this photo to me and grunted at it, pointing. I told him, “That’s your great grandma. She would have been crazy about you.”

As our kids grow up, who or what is important to us will be communicated by what we surround ourselves with in our home. If a child sees their photo in a frame or on the wall, it says,you are important to me“.

So print your photos! Get them up on the wall!

Do you need some new portraits? I can help with that! Contact me for a consult today. Let’s fill your walls with the people you love most.

Have a great week!

~Jen

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Expecting- Rebekah- Orange County Newborn Photography

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This beautiful mama to be was only NINE days away from her due date when we took these photos of her adorable baby bump! Ready to pop! But doesn’t she look amazing. Her little guy was born a few days ago and I’m so excited to meet him!

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Celeste 1 Year Old!- Orange County Family Photographer

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Today this little cutie is ONE!!! I got to meet her a little under a year ago for her newborn photosnewborn photos. I can’t believe how big she’s gotten. What a precious smile she has!

Happy Birthday CeCe!!!
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And the two who made this cutie!
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Scott & Cari- The Hacienda, Santa Ana Wedding

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So much about Cari & Scott’s wedding was about dreams coming true. I think at times Cari thought her prince charming might need show up. And when he did…. all 6’8″ of him… he was a dream come true. Just the sweetest guy with a heart of gold.

When Cari was very young, she went to eat at The Hacienda and was overtaken by its beauty. She thought that if she could get married there one day it would be a dream come true.

Shooting weddings, for me, is very personal. I love to be connected with the couple, to be invested in their story, and theirs truly reminded me of mine. Working at a venue with beautiful details and lots of sparkly lights doesn’t hurt either. So for me, Scott & Cari’s wedding was a dream come true.

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Cari & Scott, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day!

Happy 1st Birthday!!!- Orange County Children’s Photographer

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Time really does so quickly! I met this little guy’s parents over three years ago when they booked me to shoot their engagement photos and wedding. engagement photos wedding And today he turns ONE! Crazy!

So grateful I get to document this growing family!

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Yvonne & Saul- Long Beach Engagement Photos

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The way she cuddles into him. The way he cares for her. It all just shows how grateful these two are to have finally found each other.

They met at a restaurant in Long Beach. You may get two different stories about who approached who first. They had their first date in the same area of Long Beach. Saul definitely thought Yvonne was special from the moment he met her. And Yvonne… she had fun with Saul, but wasn’t ready for anything serious. They dated casually for a little while and then just lost touch. A few years passed, and they got back in touch. They’ve been inseparable ever since. They both knew this was it and didn’t want to waste any more time. Saul brought her back to the place where they met and had their first date. Took her up to the lighthouse and proposed.

I’m so excited for Yvonne and Saul and can’t wait for their wedding in April!

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Jill & Bryan- Fullerton Arboretum Wedding

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You know when you plan an outdoor wedding, there’s always that fear: What if it rains???? Even in Southern California it does happen. And it did happen on Jill & Bryan’s wedding day. The Fullerton Arboretum is a gorgeous setting for a garden wedding. Jill and Bryan were to be married under the Wisteria Arbor and the reception would be in the covered pavilion. While we waited to see if the rain was going to let up, we did their first look. One of the most emotional first looks I’ve ever seen. Bryan’s reaction was priceless!

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I mean, look at Bryan’s reaction!!!

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As we waited to see if the rain was going to die down, we took some portraits on the covered wrap-around porch of the historic home on the property.

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Look at that dress. Absolutely incredible!!!!! BHLDN does it again!

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Once they saw that the rain was only getting heavier, the decision was made to move the ceremony to the reception pavilion. Everyone rolled with the punches.

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What a wonderful moment right before Jill walked down the aisle.

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When Jill was handed off to her handsome soon to be husband, I heard her whisper, “This is perfect. It’s perfect.”

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Jill & Bryan, you two are seriously two of the most gracious people I’ve ever met. The way you treat each other and love each other is beautiful. Thank you for inviting me into your lives.

Thomas & Suzanne- American Martyrs Church Wedding, Manhattan Beach

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Thomas & Suzanne got married on the best day of the year. My birthday! Many friends were telling me it was a bummer that I had to work on my birthday. Not at all! Not if you get to be surrounded by love and beauty and wonderful people!
Every once in a while I shoot a wedding where I didn’t get a chance to meet the bride or groom before the big day. This was the case with Tomas & Suzanne. But the minute I met them , they were both so gracious and trusting. I felt like I’d known them and their families for a long time.
And let’s talk about her dress. In the past year THREE of my brides have purchased their dresses from BHLDN. I’ve decided that if the dress is from BHLDN, I’m in! It means that the bride has excellent taste and it’s gonna be a good day!

The wedding was at the gorgeous American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach, then we all headed over to the Hotel Portofino in Redondo Beach.

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Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day guys!

Colleen & Jeremy- South Coast Botanic Garden Wedding, Palos Verdes Wedding Photographer

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Colleen & Jeremy’s wedding was beautiful. There’s nothing like a garden wedding and South Coast Botanic Gardens does not disappoint. This was my first time there and I instantly saw why Colleen & Jeremy fell in love with this place! It’s just gorgeous! These two are a fun loving couple. Both of them have lived all over the country, but found themselves on the East Coast and ultimately found each other. But when an opportunity came for them to move to Long Beach, they jumped at the chance. They have fallen in love with their city, as I discovered when they showed me around, during their engagement sessionengagement session
We started at the Hotel MayaHotel Maya where they got ready surrounded by their closest friends. Colleen looked stunning in her lace dress and showed me, once again, that she knows how to rock a red lip!

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Jeremy, dapper guy that he is, sported a blue suit with some extra special touches.

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They chose to have a quick first look before heading over to the gardens. Can you tell Colleen was excited?

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I think this was my first wedding with brides men (brides brothers) and a groomsmaid (grooms good friend). Is that what you call it? I’m not sure. But this was a fun group of people!

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Married!

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While their guests headed over to the reception for some drinks and lawn games, we had some time to let the new Mr & Mrs just spend some time together soaking it all in.

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Jeremy shocked me with his dance moves! I had no idea he had such skill! Even grandma got down!
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Jeremy & Colleen, you two were such a dream to work with. Classic beauty and sophistication combined with a fun-loving spirit. That’s you guys through and through. I feel blessed that
our paths crossed and I can’t wait until they do again!

Chris & Ashley- Laguna Beach Surf & Sand Resort Wedding

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Someone recently pointed out that I am always saying how much fun I had with such and such clients at their wedding or with their family. With a sly, suspicious eye she asked, “Is that really true?”
Yes! Yes it really is! I mean, I have one of the best jobs ever! Everyone is looking their absolute best. The couple is ecstatic to get married and their family and friends are excited to celebrate with them. There are flowers, beautiful dresses, a gorgeous location, delicious food. And CAKE! I mean…. what’s not to like???

But seriously, Ashley and Chris are two of the most gracious people I have met. The way they are with each other. The way they look at each other. The way the care for everyone around them. Their wedding day was a dream, because they were a dream to work with. They wanted their day to be relaxed and for people to enjoy themselves. I think it was all of that and more.

Venue: Surf & Sand ResortSurf & Sand Resort
Event Planning:LVL Events LVL Events

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