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Teri & Paul- Laguna Beach Engagement Photos-Surf and Sand Resort

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When Teri first contacted me about she and Paul’s wedding, she described them as two fun and energetic 50 year olds. She wasn’t kidding! These two are such a fun and loving couple who are in love like a couple of teenagers! For their first date, they met for drinks at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna. Then when Paul proposed, he took her back to the same spot, overlooking the beach, where their kids held up signs that said, “Mom, will you marry our dad?” How sweet is that?

So it seemed only fitting that the Surf & Sand would be the backdrop for Teri & Paul’s engagement photos.

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Ezra Jase- Orange County Newborn Photos

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This little guy had no problem falling asleep.
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But every time we moved him he was afraid he might be missing the party!

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But with a face this cute…. I mean, c’mon!
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Christine & Jon- San Diego, Little Italy Engagement Photos

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Often when I’m talking with a couple about where to do their engagement session, I recommend choosing a place that has meaning to them. Maybe somewhere they like to hang out or where they had their first date or maybe even where they got engaged. And I love it when their engagement photos look like they’re on a date and I’m just along for the ride. Well for Christine and Jon, Little Italy in San Diego was the perfect backdrop for their engagement session. This is their neighborhood. Their favorite bar is just around the corner from their apartment. They walk their dog here. In fact, their sweet puppy is somewhat of a celebrity in that area and makes lots of friends as they walk him around the neighborhood. So their engagement photos really are “a day in the life” of Christine and Jon. I love that!

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The Lee Family- LA Arboretum Family Portraits

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I love it when I get to meet new families and take their family portraits. And I love to find out how we got connected. This mama found me through a co-worker, who I actually never met! She had seen my website when she was looking for a wedding photographer, but didn’t ultimately contact me. But when this family was looking for a photographer to do their family portraits, she remembered me and sent them my way. So, thank you, dear co-worker I’ve never met! I really enjoyed working with this adorable family!

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Should you purchase a wedding album?

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When I was a kid I looked through our family photo albums ALL. THE. TIME. So much so that if there were a photo my mom was looking for, she would ask me and I would quickly tell her, “Oh, that’s in the red album.” I knew them well. Cover to cover. And it wasn’t just at my own home, I would pull out photo albums at other family members homes. If they had a stack of albums, I would sit and flip through their family vacations, while the rest of the kids played outside.

But my favorite album to look through was one at my neighbor’s house. It was of their daughter’s wedding. I was 6 years old when she got married and was her flower girl. So I probably enjoyed it even more since I was in it, let’s be honest. Nonetheless, I loved looking through those photos of her getting married at the Langham in Pasadena. I loved all the photos of the bride and her gorgeous dress and old fashioned hat and parasol (hey, it was the 80’s). The bridesmaids wore vintage looking dresses as well and carried fans decorated with flowers. Again…. 80’s. But beautiful.

There were photos of me crying during the ceremony (yes, I did that even then), the bride being led down the flight of stairs so regally by her father, and the couple riding off to the reception in an antique car. I remember every detail. I even remember that the wallpaper in the room where we got ready was and green and white lattice print with flowers. Wow.

I remember ever detail because of that wedding album.

When I got married, I didn’t order an album from our photographer. I just wanted the digital files so that I could print them myself and, since I am a wedding photographer myself, I would design my own album. Yeah… I think you know where this is going. Two years later… still no album. At first I just didn’t have time. I was busy working on everyone else’s photos and getting used to being married. Then it was a money thing. Albums are expensive, plain and simple, and that expense was just not a priority. I made my mom an album for Christmas that year, and I’ve found myself opening that album and flipping through it to re-live my wedding day whenever I’m at their house. My mom has an album of my wedding and I don’t.

I’ve noticed that over the past several years, less and less of my wedding clients have, like me, opted not to purchase an album because it doesn’t fit into the budget. Most people just say that they want the disc of images. I hope that some of them have made albums for themselves. But I have a feeling that most of them, like me, have a couple of photos printed out and the rest of them sit on the disc I gave them. We all say that we are going to do it ourselves, but here’s exactly how many photos I have framed from my wedding.

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One. And I LOVE our wedding photos. ALL of them! It’s just a shame.

So, learn from my mistake! Here are a few reasons to consider ordering an album from your photographer (even if it’s not me!)

Should you get a wedding album?0031. Wedding albums telling the story of your day.

Flipping through all 800-1000 images on your ipad or on facebook is a little overwhelming. But one or two photos framed on your shelf don’t even begin to tell the story of one of the most important days of your life. An album is something you will flip through time and time again with friends and family. Looking at them on the ipad isn’t quite the same. And you probably wouldn’t frame a photo of your bouquet but I’m telling you what… I would definitely have it in my album! Mine was gorgeous!…… and now it’s dead. :)

Should you get a wedding album?0052. It’s an heirloom

I want my kids to be able to see the story of when mommy and daddy got married. Right now, that doesn’t exist. To be honest, since digital took over, I don’t have one album of a trip I’ve taken or my friends and I doing silly things. Pre-digital, I do. I hope to be able to sit with my little one and show him/her the story of our day, and to have them be able to pass it on to their kids one day. And laugh at how out of style everything looks, of course.

Should you get a wedding album?0093. Technology changes.

Up until now I’ve been providing clients their images on disc. Now Apple is designing many of their computers without disc drives. I’m switching to USB drives, but when are those going to be obsolete? An actual printed, archival album in timeless.

Should you get a wedding album?0064. You probably won’t do it yourself.

As much as we say we will, most people don’t ever get to it. It takes a lot of time and energy to look through all of those photos and pick which ones you want. Let your photographer do it. You hired a professional to photograph your day, why not have them professionally print and bind your story.

I will get an album, gosh darn it! It’s just a matter of time (isn’t it always). But since we’ve got a little one on the way, I’m feeling like it’s more important than ever. I want to have a keepsake from our day to help me remember one of the most important days of my life.

I want that for you too.

Sarah & Dustin- San Juan Capistrano Engagement Photos

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Ooooohhhhh…. these two. I can’t even handle the cuteness. I can’t believe I get to be the one to photograph the beginning of their lives as husband and wife in a few days. She’s a nurse, he’s an engineer. She’s got the most beautiful, crystal blue eyes. He looks at her like she’s the only girl in the world. Together, they are just one of the most compassionate, sweet, and kind couples you’ve ever met. And they are just a dream to photograph.

This sea of lavender flowers was perfection. All of the flowers seemed to come out to play that day.

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ooooh that light!

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Seriously? Magical.

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Hidden House Coffee is one of their favorite date spots. They love this area so much they decided to get married about 100 yards from here! That’s pretty romantic. They will DEFINITELY be able to always say this is their spot.

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What did I tell you? Those eyes, right?
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Little Isabella- Orange County Newborn Photographer

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This post is long overdue. This little one is now a few months old, so I figured I better get this posted… well… before she starts kindergarten!
I couldn’t have been more excited for the arrival of Baby Isabella. Her parents are dear friends of ours and we couldn’t wait to hold her and squeeze her and love on her! I have a feeling this little girl is always going to be on time, since she actually arrived a few days BEFORE her due date! You don’t hear that very often on a first baby, at least I don’t. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her, so a few days after she arrived home, I went over to the house to take some photos of the little princess.
Sooooooo…. you know how we all love those sleepy newborn photos, so we do them as early as possible so we can bend them and roll them up in a ball? Well Little Bell would have none of it. She was ready to be awake. There is far too much world to be seen!

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Ooooohhhh! Getting sleepy?
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Let’s feed her a little to put her to sleep.

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Nope. She’d rather play with daddy!

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Aaaaannnnnd finally…. we wore her out.

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What a sweet little princess.
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Fore! Becky & Bobby’s Pink and Sparkly California Country Club Wedding

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Well this blog post is a long time coming! As was this wedding! Becky and Bobby met right after high school and had been dating for nine years. Over the years their love has grown deeper and deeper and matured into something beautiful. They compliment each other perfectly. Bobby is sweet, quiet and reserved. Becky is equally sweet and thoughtful, fun, energetic and crazy on the dance floor! They are a perfect pair. They genuinely care for the people around them and their family and friends know that these two would do just about anything for them. These two are the kind of people you want in your corner.

Bobby loves golf. I mean LOVES golf. While Becky loves all things bling-y! So their wedding took place on the green at California Country Club and there was plenty of sparkle to make this evening both elegant and magical.

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Uuuuummm… hello gorgeous!
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What a sharp looking groom!
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They are just a gorgeous couple!
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Becky and Bobby, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day and your lives!

Jed & Sonia- Soka University Engagement Session

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I met Sonia a few years ago when I was photographing a wedding. I remember seeing her and hoping I might get to photograph her one day. I knew she would make my job fun! A couple of more years passed and I did get to photograph her, as she was a bridesmaid in another wedding I photographed. But I got really excited when I received an email from her last year, telling me that she was engaged! I am already giddy about how gorgeous she is going to be on her wedding day! And what a joy it was to meet the one who has stolen her heart. Jed is kind and smart and oh so stylish! They live in Connecticut and love to read and fish and picnic. Together, they are a wonderful couple! I can’t wait for their wedding this June!

 

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Little Lucy

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Oh what a sweetie pie this little gal is. She recently celebrated her 1st Birthday and needed some photos to show how cute she is!2015-01-20_0035.jpg

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She’s a rough tough cream puff!

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