One of the hardest parts about my job is writing these posts. Not because I have nothing to say, but rather, because I love my couples so much and I love with working with them so completely, that I fear all of my posts will come out the same. I really do feel incredibly lucky that I get to work with the smart, funny, utterly beautiful couples that I do. Ivy and Tristan are such a special couple to me. Ivy likes to say that "they did everything backwards." They actually got married years ago and they have two whip smart, adorable sons. But they didn't get the chance to do a big wedding and so, a year ago, Tristan got down on one knee and asked Ivy to marry him...again. Naturally she said yes. We did their engagement shoot at the gorgeous San Juan Capistrano Mission and a little later at the beach, where they brought their sons to join us. They are such a fun couple to work with, they clearly love each other and their family so much and they just seem to love to laugh. I just loved every moment of this shoot and by far the hardest part of the whole thing was choosing which photos, out of so many gorgeous options, were the best.
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Maddie and Sean are both one of those couples that are so giddily in love you just can't help but be a little giddy with them. They're both super sweet and they're both musicians; Sean plays the classical guitar and Maddie plays the French Horn. Scheduling their engagement shoot ended up being a little difficult as Maddie is finishing her last year of school and she and Sean combined had pretty crazy schedules. We did finally settle on a date, though...that happened to be the day before Thanksgiving. Maddie and Sean had chosen the Fullerton Arboretum as the location they wanted for their shoot (I was really excited about this because the Fullerton Arboretum is one of my favorite locations) but it ended up meaning that both they and I had fairly epic drives braving the pre-Thanksgiving traffic. We were pretty pressed for time, but these two are such naturals that we got all the photos we needed and more. They're such sweethearts and I am so excited to shoot their wedding this June!
Paul and Christine have one of the sweetest love stories I've had the honor to be a part of and, to make it even more romantic, Paul flew Christine and her boys out to Paris where they eloped. I know, right? But they wanted to have a celebration with their friends here, in Los Angeles, so they threw an elopement tea in the Magnolia Room at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. They brought back sweets from Paris and served gorgeous tea sandwiches and pastries. Christine, who has pretty exquisite taste, designed the decorations and put together the signs they had on their table and guys... they put it all together in like a week. It was such a beautiful, heartfelt event and Phi and I felt so lucky to be a part of it. I'm seriously so happy for these two.
Hair and Makeup was by Angie Lam of Angie Hair and Makeup, http://www.angiehairandmakeup.com
Diana An of ModMIx Studios prepared the gorgeous table linens, chairs and the DJ services.
Cindy Mayo prepared the flowers.
James and Caroline had two ceremonies for their wedding. They had a Vietnamese Tea Ceremony in the morning and later that day had a church wedding. Caroline has a really amazing eye for details, so she set up all sorts of lovely little decorations and details. I totally loved the kimonos that she gifted her bridesmaids with and check out the adorable snowboard that they used in lieu their sign in book! We shot their portraits at the beautiful Christ Cathedral (formerly the Crystal Cathedral) which was super stunning. It was such an amazing day and James and Caroline are just the sweetest couple! True love, guys. For real.
Sane, Ernan and I scheduled their engagement shoot for late September, thinking that it would be perfect since all the plants would still be pretty (we did some of their shoot at the South Coast Botanical Gardens) and the weather wouldn't be too terribly hot. Boy were we wrong. We somehow managed to pick the hottest day of the year. It had to have been at least a hundred. I have to say, these two are troopers. It was so hot guys. Seriously. Somehow, though, Sane managed to keep looking cool, composed, and beautiful and Ernan was so upbeat and cheerful. We finished the shoot in Ranchos Palos Verdes hanging out with their adorable pug, Mushi and it ended up being a super fun day.
Toni and Tony are high school sweethearts and they recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Toni is a major animal lover and wanted to include the entire family, including furry family members, in the photos, so we spent some time hanging out with their three pets. They have two adorable dogs, Chiquita and Marley, and a new bunny whom Toni rescued off the street, named Dulce. They're such a super sweet couple, and so perfect together. I had such a wonderful time shooting with them!
What is it that's so fun about Photo Booths? Maybe it's the crazy props, or maybe it's just the fun of taking a bunch of crazy photos with your friends. I don't know, but I always love when there's a Photo Booth at events and I love shooting them even more. Our setup is a little atypical. We have the snazzy backgrounds and the hilarious props, but we use studio lighting and shoot everything personally, so the photos end up looking really good.
This past Saturday Phi and I got the chance to set up our Photo Booth at the DOMHS Senior Prom, which was downtown at the the Omni Hotel. It was so nice! The decorations were super pretty, the music was great, and of course the seniors looked so grown up and gorgeous. We had so much fun and just totally loved the whole experience.
I am so excited to announce that we're going to be booking hour long Mini Portrait Sessions for $100 through the end of June! I absolutely love shooting portraits. It's always fun to hang out with cool people while getting some gorgeous photos. Check out some of the photos from a few of my last mini sessions!
After your mini session you'll recieve a dvd of fully edited images in print and web resolution as well as an online gallery to print from. These sessions are so fun! Book your session today, as space fills up quickly!