Form submitted successfully, thank you.

Error submitting form, please try again.

A Magical Day-Calamigos Ranch Wedding, Malibu

2014-06-23_0038.jpg
I have been waiting for this day for well over a year! The day Brittany, my Disney-lovin’ bride, married her prince charming, Michael.
Their day was perfect. Definite hints at her love of the Happiest Place on Earth, but done in such a classy way!

2014-06-23_0005.jpg
Brittany made her own bouquet. Each of the charms she included represented someone special, either a bridesmaid or family member. And she even had one for me! A big ‘ol key! I was so touched! And would you get a look at those shoes!?!
2014-06-23_0006.jpg
2014-06-23_0007.jpg

2014-06-23_0008.jpg

I love the corsage Brittany made for her grandmother, who always tells her “You are my sunshine” and my little bee.

2014-06-23_0042.jpg
2014-06-23_0009.jpg
2014-06-23_0010.jpg
2014-06-23_0011.jpg
2014-06-23_0014.jpg
2014-06-23_0015.jpg
2014-06-23_0013.jpg
2014-06-23_0012.jpg
2014-06-23_0017.jpg
2014-06-23_0019.jpg
2014-06-23_0018.jpg
2014-06-23_0016.jpg
2014-06-23_0020.jpg
2014-06-23_0021.jpg
2014-06-23_0022.jpg
2014-06-23_0023.jpg
2014-06-23_0024.jpg
2014-06-23_0025.jpg
2014-06-23_0026.jpg
2014-06-23_0027.jpg
2014-06-23_0028.jpg
2014-06-23_0029.jpg
2014-06-23_0030.jpg
2014-06-23_0031.jpg
2014-06-23_0032.jpg
2014-06-23_0033.jpg
2014-06-23_0034.jpg
2014-06-23_0035.jpg
2014-06-23_0036.jpg
So very “Kiss the Girl” of us!
2014-06-23_0037.jpg
2014-06-23_0039.jpg
2014-06-23_0043.jpg
2014-06-23_0058.jpg
2014-06-23_0061.jpg
2014-06-23_0044.jpg
2014-06-23_0040.jpg
2014-06-23_0041.jpg
2014-06-23_0045.jpg
2014-06-23_0046.jpg
2014-06-23_0047.jpg
2014-06-23_0048.jpg
2014-06-23_0049.jpg
These two were amazing! Every move from the running man to the q-tip!
2014-06-23_0050.jpg
And such an emotional mother/son dance.
2014-06-23_0051.jpg
Then… the glo-sicks came out!
2014-06-23_0052.jpg
2014-06-23_0053.jpg
2014-06-23_0056.jpg
Check out their cake! A dear friend of the family made it!
2014-06-23_0054.jpg
2014-06-23_0055.jpg

2014-06-23_0057.jpg
2014-06-23_0059.jpg
2014-06-23_0060.jpg

Kate & Kellen- Griffith Park Engagement Photography

2014-05-21_0020.jpg
Meet Kate & Kellen. They’re gonna get married summer. They’re super fun. He’s super tall. That may or may not have been the first thing I said to Kellen when I met him. Filter, Jen. Filter.
Since they live in Dallas, Kate and I first met over Skype months ago. So when they came out to California for their engagement shoot, I had actually never met Kellen before. I’m sure my comment about how tall he was helped me make a great first impression! He started off quiet, but soon enough we were all joking about the strange group of people we saw in Griffith Park wearing furry tails and aniimal heads. Like theme park character animal heads. So so strange. If anyone has any idea who these people might have been and what their deal is, please enlighten us. We would really like to know.
We were all over the park, starting at the Old Zoo and ending up at the Observatory. These two were amazing! Not good in front of the camera… yeah right! They were striking poses like nobody’s business! I can’t wait til their wedding at one of my favorite venues, Maravilla Gardens!
2014-05-21_0021.jpg

2014-05-21_0022.jpg
2014-05-21_0023.jpg
2014-05-21_0024.jpg
2014-05-21_0025.jpg
2014-05-21_0026.jpg
2014-05-21_0027.jpg
2014-05-21_0028.jpg
2014-05-21_0029.jpg
2014-05-21_0030.jpg
2014-05-21_0031.jpg
2014-05-21_0033.jpg
2014-05-21_0032.jpg
2014-05-21_0034.jpg
2014-05-21_0035.jpg
2014-05-21_0036.jpg

Spring Mini Session Recap

I think feasting on the cuteness of these kiddos is a perfect way to start the week!

This is the first time I’ve ever done mini sessions and man, was it a blast! So much cuteness crammed into one weekend!
Thanks to all the families that participated. They are some of the most adorable families ever!

2014-05-21_0003.jpg
2014-05-21_0001.jpg
2014-05-21_0002.jpg
2014-05-21_0004.jpg
2014-05-21_0005.jpg
2014-05-21_0006.jpg
2014-05-21_0007.jpg
2014-05-21_0008.jpg
2014-05-21_0009.jpg
2014-05-21_0010.jpg
2014-05-21_0015.jpg
2014-05-21_0014.jpg
2014-05-21_0013.jpg
2014-05-21_0011.jpg
2014-05-21_0016.jpg
2014-05-21_0017.jpg
2014-05-21_0018.jpg
2014-05-21_0019.jpg

The Dress That Keeps Going… and Going…

Well I know I haven’t blogged a lot lately. Honestly, I’ve been spending a lot of time getting our new blog, All Things New, up and running and that’s been really fun. But a few weeks ago we celebrated our anniversary! Can you believe Tony and I have been married for a year! I sure can’t. It has flown by.

So for our anniversary we wanted a little getaway so we went up to Big Bear, where my parents have a little cabin. It was nice to get away to the mountains and just rest and connect. Knowing we would go out to dinner to celebrate, we had an idea.

Some of you remember the story of my wedding dress. Well part of that story involves the fact that my mom actually wore her dress out to dinner for their first three anniversaries, sans the veil and capey-train thing. The next year, she cut it off a little. And the next year…. mini skirts were in. I don’t know if that doll was a gift from my dad for their third anniversary or what… I hope not. :)

But can we please talk about that beehive? I believe my mom called that a “wiglet” or a “cascade”. Whatever. It’s tall.2014-05-20_0018

So why not carry on that tradition and wear that same dress, in its current state, out to dinner? I made sure I brought a tri-pod so we could at least attempt to take some photos.
2014-05-19_0001.jpg
2014-05-19_0002.jpg
We went out for Indian food and had a great time. And other than one congratulations from the next table over, who of course thought we had just gotten married (we chose not to correct them), pretty much all we got were questioning glances. Not even a free dessert! Come on people!
2014-05-20_0004.jpg

Stefanie & Will- French Estate Wedding

2014-05-12_0008.jpg

From the first time I heard from her, I knew Stefanie’s wedding was one I wanted to be a part of. As she told me about dressing up in Star Trek costumes and doing a photo shoot right after they got engaged, I knew that Stefanie and Will were people I needed to know! These two are fun, silly, and caring. They invest time in their friends and because of that it is obvious how much their friends and community love them. Their day was full of love and support for these two as they start their journey together.

This was my first time at the French Estate. I love all the little details.

2014-05-12_0009.jpg
2014-05-12_0010.jpg
2014-05-12_0011.jpg

Stefanie wore her grandmother’s watch. Doesn’t she look beautiful?
2014-05-12_0012.jpg

In honor of Will’s love for all things Star Wars, each of the groomsmen had a little lightsaber in their boutonierre. I told you these people were fun!

2014-05-12_0013.jpg

And here’s the man of the hour lookin’ all handsome and stuff!
2014-05-12_0014.jpg

The two of them decided to do a first look, almost always my favorite part of the day! I just love his expression as she snuck up behind him.
2014-05-12_0015.jpg
2014-05-12_0016.jpg

And how perfect that the words “enjoy this moment” were right above their heads.
2014-05-12_0017.jpg
2014-05-12_0018.jpg
2014-05-12_0019.jpg

They are just so sweet together!
2014-05-12_0020.jpg
2014-05-12_0021.jpg

Stunner!
2014-05-12_0022.jpg
2014-05-12_0023.jpg
2014-05-12_0024.jpg
2014-05-12_0025.jpg

Will’s gifts to his groomsmen were these daggers. Such a dude.
2014-05-12_0026.jpg
2014-05-12_0027.jpg

And these bridesmaids were so so fun! Stefanie has a deep deep love for Sidecar Doughnuts so one of her gals made sure she had some on her wedding day.
2014-05-12_0028.jpg

They took a moment in a little corner of the house to exchange gifts for each other.
2014-05-12_0029.jpg

Gorgeous bouquet by Michele at Magnolia Design
2014-05-12_0030.jpg
2014-05-12_0031.jpg
2014-05-12_0032.jpg
2014-05-12_0033.jpg
2014-05-12_0034.jpg

All of their guests were invited to come up and join in prayer over the couple.
2014-05-12_0035.jpg

Woo hoo!!!
2014-05-12_0037.jpg

I love these moments right after the ceremony. A dear friend’s embrace, a bride twirling in her dress, and saying hi to a friend tuning in via skype from Africa.
2014-05-12_0038.jpg
2014-05-12_0039.jpg

All of their details were just beautiful. Another friend of theirs hand drew all of the table names. Each table was named after a song and when that song was played, the table was dismissed to visit the food truck.
2014-05-12_0040.jpg
2014-05-12_0041.jpg
2014-05-12_0042.jpg

You can certainly tell a lot about a couple by the toasts their friends and family give. These were so perfect. Funny but incredibly heart felt and with a lot of depth. A great way to describe Will and Stefanie!
2014-05-12_0043.jpg

Yep, they had a food truck. Awesome!
2014-05-12_0044.jpg

I loved everything about the cake table: the hand made paper chain background, the rustic but elegant cake and  the groom’s cake that Will loved so much he refused to cut into it!
2014-05-12_0045.jpg
2014-05-12_0046.jpg
2014-05-12_0047.jpg
2014-05-12_0048.jpg
2014-05-12_0049.jpg

So silly!
2014-05-12_0050.jpg

A beautiful evening under the stars, complete with s’mores!
2014-05-12_0051.jpg
2014-05-12_0052.jpg

They exited through a tunnel of glow sticks since, as Stefanie said, “it’s kinda like lightsabers!” Always thinking of her man!
2014-05-12_0053.jpg

I know I say this a lot, but it truly was an honor to be a part of your wedding day. I feel like my life is better because I’ve gotten to meet you. I am encouraged by your love for one another and the deep love that your family and friends have for you. Stefanie, let’s get together with our men folk soon!

Love, Jen

Aubrey & Stephen- Orange Circle Engagement Session

2014-04-02_0001.jpg
I double dog dare you to look at this post without a smile busting onto your face. You can’t help it! These two are possibly the cutest darn couple you ever did see. They are absolutely adorable.
I first met Aubrey when she was a bridesmaid in Ashley & Matt’s wedding. Then again when she was a bridesmaid in Haylee & Adam’s wedding. She is one of four amazingly sweet friends who have all been in each others weddings. And I have been extremely blessed to be there. It makes it really nice to arrive and already know half of the bridal party! How cool is that?!?
Anyway, I’m going to stop talking now and let you just feast on the cuteness that is these two.

2014-04-02_0006.jpg
2014-04-02_0002.jpg
2014-04-02_0004.jpg
2014-04-02_0005.jpg
2014-04-02_0007.jpg
2014-04-02_0008.jpg
2014-04-02_0009.jpg
2014-04-02_0010.jpg
2014-04-02_0011.jpg
2014-04-02_0012.jpg
2014-04-02_0013.jpg
2014-04-02_0014.jpg
2014-04-02_0015.jpg
2014-04-02_0016.jpg
2014-04-02_0017.jpg
2014-04-02_0018.jpg
2014-04-02_0019.jpg
I can’t wait for your wedding you two!!!!
PS- a big thank you to Will from Vintage Bicycle Restoration for letting us take photos with his awesome truck! He just happened to pull up right as we walked by. I wasn’t gonna let that opportunity pass me by!

Spring Mini Sessions! May 3rd, 2014

I’ve often had people ask me if I do mini sessions. Since I like to have a good hour and a half to really get a variety of looks for a family, I chose not to do mini sessions….

Until now!

For one day only I will be offering 7 mini sessions. Yep… just 7! So if you’re interested reserve your time slot right away!

*update* there are just 2 spots left!

2014-03-24_0001Here’s the deets:

Saturday May 3rd, 2014 in Orange County (exact location TBA)

$175 includes:

~20 minute portrait session

~3 retouched digital files

~a viewing gallery of approximately 30 images to choose from

* the fine print *

~mini sessions are available for families of up to 6 people

~ a $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking

~prints, canvases and additional digital files are available for purchase

~a CD of all edited images from your session is available for an additional $175

Here are the time slots:

3:00pm

3:30 pm

4:00 pm

4:30 pm

5:00 pm

5:30 pm

6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

2014-03-24_00032014-03-24_0002

 

 

Will & Stefanie- Crystal Cove Engagement Session

2014-03-23_0024.jpg
This is Will & Stefanie.
Fact: They are awesome.
They are smart, silly, and self-proclaimed nerds. But I’ll tell you what. They are a blast to be around and their love for each other shows all over their faces. They so obviously adore each other. They are getting married in less than three weeks and I can’t wait!

2014-03-23_0001.jpg
2014-03-23_0003.jpg
2014-03-23_0002.jpg
2014-03-23_0004.jpg
2014-03-23_0005.jpg
2014-03-23_0006.jpg
2014-03-23_0007.jpg
2014-03-23_0008.jpg
2014-03-23_0009.jpg
2014-03-23_0010.jpg
2014-03-23_0011.jpg
2014-03-23_0012.jpg
2014-03-23_0013.jpg
2014-03-23_0014.jpg
2014-03-23_0015.jpg
One of several personal dance parties we had.

2014-03-23_0016.jpg
2014-03-23_0017.jpg
2014-03-23_0018.jpg
2014-03-23_0019.jpg
Can we talk about this sunset? It was an amazing night at Crystal Cove.
2014-03-23_0020.jpg
2014-03-23_0021.jpg
Just another dance party. No big deal. Nothing to see here.

2014-03-23_0022.jpg
2014-03-23_0023.jpg
2014-03-23_0025.jpg

Girly Girl Baby Shower- Redondo Beach Photography

2014-03-14_0001.jpg
I’ve been on the party circuit lately and I love it! Remember Becky & Bobby’s fairy godmother? Well I knew I loved her when I first met her, but I’m loving her more and more all the time! She is one of the most generous people I’ve ever met and it has been so much fun to get to know her and see how much she loves and blesses her family.

Teresa recently threw a baby shower for her daughter, Jill, who is expecting her first baby in April. It was such a fun party and they made me feel right at home and just like one of the guests. Just look at all of the beautiful details!
2014-03-14_0002.jpg
2014-03-14_0003.jpg
2014-03-14_0006.jpg
2014-03-14_0004.jpg
2014-03-14_0005.jpg
2014-03-14_0007.jpg
The guest(s) of honor.
2014-03-14_0008.jpg
2014-03-14_0011.jpg
2014-03-14_0009.jpg
Cecilia from Royal Elegance Designs is the one who made all the magic happen!
2014-03-14_0010.jpg
And here’s the fairy godmother herself!
2014-03-14_0014.jpg
2014-03-14_0013.jpg
2014-03-14_0012.jpg
The daddy to be showed up to help carry all the gifts home.
2014-03-14_0015.jpg
He’s a huge Dodgers fan. How adorable is his face, watching his bride open gifts for their daughter?
2014-03-14_0016.jpg
They were starting this girl off right! Can you even stand these little shoes?
2014-03-14_0017.jpg
Such a fun way to spend a Saturday!

What are you doing this weekend?

Come Learn with Me!

So for those of you that were hoping my announcement had something to do with me being pregnant… well… you might be pretty disappointed. I’m not. Pregnant, that is.

But for those of you who are wanting to start a photography business or are feeling stuck and wanting to take it to the next level… well, my announcement may just be great news for you!

I am so excited to offer, for the first time, one-on-one mentor sessions!

I have been running my photography business for almost nine years now (wow, has it really been that long?!?). I’ve done some things right and have fallen flat on my face at other times.

But through the trial and error of it all, I’ve learned A LOT! I’m an open book and I love sharing what I have learned with other photographers. I have created these one-on-one mentoring sessions to help you learn in the best way possible so I will be completely open on how I run my business, from client meetings, to pricing, to final product.

Everyone is at a different place, from dreaming of breaking into the photography biz to needing that extra push to grow your business. Let me help. Your one-on-one session will be customized to fit YOU and what YOU need most. Here are the details:

Mentor Session Postcard