Joe and Jeannie 3.17.12

July 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

It only took me four months to get this wedding posted. But better late than never, right!? ;)

I knew Joe and Jeannie back when they used to work at the restaurant my parents manage, when their relationship was all shiny and new. Six, seven years later Jeannie emailed me asking if I wanted to photograph their wedding. I was thrilled!

Joe and Jeannie got married on St. Patrick’s day, in the middle of a torrential downpour. Luckily, the fire station next door let us use their garage for a couple of bridal party photos; Joe happens to be a fireman, and the guys next door were more than happy to help out on his wedding day. :)

Joe and Jeannie, I am so so happy for you both. Everyone always knew you two would be together forever, and I was so honored to be a part of your big day. Wishing you guys much love and happiness in your marriage! See ya around at EC! ;)

Again, huge thanks to Mr. Seth DeDoes for being an awesome second shooter, helping me out all day, and for catching this…

On our way to the reception, Seth got an AWESOME shot of the wiener-mobile! I might’ve started flipping out a bit in my seat… :)

Kitana’s Second Birthday.

May 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Apparently, as far as blog posting goes, I fell off the face of the planet. :( I’ve been very behind on posting my recent work, because I’ve had so much recent work lined up on my to-do list for the past two months. Don’t get me wrong, I love it! So now that I’m (sorta) caught up with editing for the moment, I can try to catch up on a few of the blog posts I haven’t had time for lately. :)

I shot Kitana’s second birthday towards the beginning of the year. As with most two year old birthdays, there was a swarm of kids every which way you looked. I was drowning in cuteness! Between all the fun games they played, beating the piñata down, and eating fresh pizza out of a real wood-burning oven, I had more than enough to photograph.

And a big, giant THANK YOU shout out to the lovely and talented Erika Ramirez, who helped me out buckets throughout the day! :)

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 :)

Cory and Jessica 6.11.11

July 24, 2011 | 6 Comments

Hi guys!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity of shooting a wedding very close to home – right in the heart of downtown Long Beach!  Cory and Jessica are a lovely, wonderful couple who were a blast to work with, and the scenery made a beautiful backdrop.  Not only did we (by we I of course mean the talented Jeannie Mutrias [http://www.jeanniemutrias.com/] and myself) have a gorgeous background, but the weather was perfect too!  I happily kicked off my shoes for just about all of the shots we got on the beach :)

The guests were friendly, the food and dessert smelled like heaven, and Cory and Jessica’s wedding unfolded all day long as a lovely event.

Bret and Lulu.

June 3, 2011 | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I drove out to Riverside for a maternity / baby shower details shoot.  This is where I met Bret and Lulu, who had traveled all the way from Las Vegas to visit family, enjoy the lovely California weather, and celebrate the fast approaching arrival of their son.

Bret and Lulu were sweet as can be and tons of fun to work with.  They were comfortable in front of the camera, and their excitement about their son was apparent.  I suppose I can let the photos speak for themselves at this point..

Adorable little pre-babyshower jump-tent party in here :)

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 :) )

 

Maegan and Ross Harms 3.5.11

April 5, 2011 | 2 Comments

Back so soon?  Yes I am!  :)  I’m pretty dang excited to share this wedding with you all, seeing as how it’s one of my favorite weddings I’ve shot to this day!  Another winner shot along side the ever talented Jeannie Mutrias.

Maegan and Ross were married on March 5th, 2011 at the White House Restaurant in Anaheim.  Everything about this wedding was gorgeous; the bridge, groom and their adorable son, the decorations, as well as all of the emotions being expressed throughout the day.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves from here.

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!