3.13.13 Kaitlyn’s Bachelorette Party.

April 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

Last month, I was hired to shoot Kaitlyn Johnson’s (now Mooney!) bachelorette party as a surprise to the bride-to-be by her maid of honor Amy. My friend Jeannie and I had already been hired previously to shoot Katie’s wedding, so when Amy requested I shoot the bachelorette party as well, I happily agreed. I’ve shot for Katie’s photography studio (The Rock Studio) in the past, and was thrilled to be able to photograph Katie on her own wedding day, as well as the festivities she was going to share with her closest lady friends on the day prior. She’s clearly a very talented photographer, and I was excited to be able to give her what she gives to her clients on a regular basis: beautiful memories of the happiest times in her life! :)

The girls all had a blast at the party, and Amy constantly surprised Katie with games to play throughout the evening. If you doubt the fun I say they all had, well, just take a look at the photos. I think they communicate the good times pretty accurately. ;)

Marco and Rocio 9.24.11.

November 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

It’s been a little too long since my last post.. I’ve been so busy lately that it’s hard to find a chance to sit down and construct a full blog entry.  Now that I’m starting to catch up on my work though, there will be many a-post coming up in the foreseeable future ;)

Marco and Rocio were married at an awesome little venue in the middle of Hesperia with a first-class view of the rolling hills.  The ceremony took place in what looked like a shady orchard, surrounded by apple and peach trees (which Rocio and I enjoyed during our first client meeting).  After the ceremony, we found the perfect spot for a majority of my favorite pictures from this wedding on top of the venue’s property.

Beautiful couple, beautiful venue.. What more could ya ask for on a clear, sunny day in the middle of Hesperia?

And of course, with fun people come fun faces :)

Also, huge shout-out to Seth of Seth DeDoes Photography for coming along and second shooting with me.  Thank you again, Seth!  You helped me out soo much :)

The Inn at Fawnskin.

September 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

My cousin Kevin and his AWESOME fiance Bridget (who’s lovely faces have been on my blog two times before this post!) got married up in Big Bear at the Inn at Fawnskin last month.  I don’t often get to attend weddings as a guest, so I took complete advantage of being able to capture my cousin’s wedding from a guest’s perspective.

The Inn at Fawnskin was a tiny little cottage in the midst of hundreds of trees stretching up towards the sky.  We were able to enjoy the greenery, blue skies, dappled light, and perfect temperature on the day of Kevin and Bridget’s wedding.  I even got to see Jeannie hard at work too!  Which was strange since I’m normally shooting weddings with her, instead of visiting with other guests and drinking wine.

A fun, intimate little wedding with my little family, welcoming another member officially into the clan; as far as I’m concerned, Bridget has been a part of our family since the first time she came to dinner at my parent’s house :)  congrats again, you guys!

My mom got a few shots of Matt and I, which I’m thrilled with :)

Grandma on the left, Mutti (our mom is called Mutti) on the right

I freaking ADORE baby Conor.  And his big brother Jack :)  cutest little guys ever!

Not sure if you guys know my dad, Fabs (our mom is called Mutti, our dad is Fabs.  Family weirdness, but our parents love us anyway).

And now that you guys all know what most of my family members look like, you can shout at them if you happen to recognize them walking down the street ;)  Tell them they looked supah hot on my blog!

Beach House in Ventura 2011.

September 3, 2011 | 3 Comments

It’s been almost two months since my boyfriend Matt and I headed up to Ventura to join his family at a beach house they rented for the week of 4th of July.  Going through these photos brings me back to a vacation of no stress, all relaxation, a little bit of beer and margaritas, and a lot of fun.

We saw a lot of cool things right in the backyard of this beach house on a somewhat regular basis.  The front yard was what I imagine a tropical garden would look like.  The sun set right where we could see all the colors of the horizon blazing.  One evening enormous pelican even landed on the rocks in the backyard and almost got into a fight with the family dog Winston!

Winston would NOT stop digging in the sand almost the entire time we were there!  I think the texture freaked him out a little bit.

We tried to find grunion, but found the police trying to catch people shooting off fireworks instead.

Winston tired himself out so much at the end of the trip that we posed him with a tequila bottle and he didn’t even move from his spot.

Funny faces :)

Chris and Miranda 7.9.11

August 8, 2011 | 2 Comments

Chris and Miranda, I can’t possibly say enough nice things about them, their family, their friends, and their beautiful backyard wedding celebration.  They were an awesome, beautiful couple to work with!  Their guests were friendly and had a wonderful time laughing, visiting and celebrating.  Not to mention, their two children were absolutely gorgeous.  I had a field day capturing their happiness on their parents’ big day.

It’s easy to see what a huge success their celebration turned out to be.  See for yourself :)

Just another Saturday night.

May 13, 2011 | 2 Comments

A couple of weeks ago Matt and I walked four blocks to our new neighbor’s apartment to hang out.  Albert is not a new friend, but now that we live in Long Beach we’re officially all neighbors, and that makes it incredibly convenient when we all want to get together for a Saturday evening.

Naturally, I brought my camera to the event and snapped a couple of pics throughout the night.  Since today is Friday, perhaps this will get you all in the mood for a fun, relaxed Saturday tomorrow :)

Wine Weekend.

April 11, 2011 | Post a Comment

Guys!  I’m so excited to share the photos I took while up in wine country two weeks ago with you!  The scenery was amazing, the wine was delicious, and the company was excellent  :)

Matt, Albert and I arrived in Solvang on Saturday in the evening and took a trip to The Hitching Post for dinner.  Some of you may be familiar with the interior of that restaurant from seeing it in the movie Sideways.  It’s seriously one of the best dinners I’ve ever had – if you’re ever up in Solvang looking for some good eats, The Hitching Post is the answer (and although it is a tad on the spendy side, it’s definitely worth every penny)!

Sunday was by far my favorite day of the trip.  Some of you may remember when Matt took me up to Solvang for my birthday last year and I shot a few photos at Demetria Estate.  Naturally, we felt we needed to return to enjoy the awesome view from the estate’s patio of the grape vines growing all over the hills and enjoy their delicious wine.  We ended up staying for about 3 hours talking with the guys who work there and listening to their musician serenading the folks on the patio with lovely acoustic melodies.  Oh Demetria, I miss you already!

On our last day we drove a few hours north for a separate adventure which I will share with you in my next blog post  :)  For now, I hope you guys enjoy the photos from our wine-tasting extravaganza!

(Photo creds go to Albert on this one :) )

 

Bernie and Mike O’Connor 2.19.11

April 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

Hello again.

I’d like to present the first of two recent weddings I shot with Miss Jeannie (http://www.jeanniemutrais.com/).

Bernie and Mike O’Connor were wed on February 19th at the First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim (the church looked like a castle!).  Bernie and Mike were both insanely nice and had awesome senses of humor.  Mike’s dad enjoyed trying to scare all of the girls throughout the day by touching the tops of their heads whenever he could.  I could see exactly where Mike got his sense of humor from!

I had such a blast shooting with Jeannie and getting a chance to hang out with Bernie, Mike, and all of their friends and family.  It was so lovely to meet and have the opportunity to work with you all :)

Now for photos!

 

Mike’s Birthday!

March 26, 2011 | Post a Comment

Every once in awhile I’m asked to photograph an event.  Weddings and children’s portraits are by far my favorite things to shoot, but whenever I’m asked to photograph a birthday party I’m more than happy to agree.

Last year I shot Mike Limon’s graduation party at the popular mexican restaurant El Cholo – Mike’s entire family and all his friends showed up and everyone had a great time celebrating.

This year Mike asked me to shoot his birthday party in the same room he celebrated his graduation party at the same restaurant.  Naturally, I said yes.  I was even allowed to introduce my first prop into the mix!  I hope you all enjoy the photos from Mike’s 27th birthday party :)

Grand Canyon trip 2011

February 17, 2011 | 2 Comments

A trip to the Grand Canyon is beginning to become a necessity for Matt, Albert and I who have gone at the beginning of the year for the past three years.  The year 2011 was no different, and we took off on a Friday afternoon towards that gigantic hole in the ground that never ceases to be amazing to behold, no matter how many times you see it.

A weekend filled with snow, elk, a few games of pool, boots, giant crows, and of course, the Grand Canyon.

Hope you all enjoy the photos from our trip (I certainly enjoyed taking them)!