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. ;)

The Year of 2012 pt 1: Weddings and people I’ve photographed.

January 12, 2013 | 4 Comments

As I guiltily let the weeks slip by without posting any of my new work during the last few months of 2012, I resolved (as cliché as it sounds) not only to start posting my work more frequently again, but to also pick up my camera every once in awhile just for fun. It’s easy to let things/life catch up with you and forget what you like to do, and sometimes why you even enjoyed it in the beginning. At the end of last year, I forgot almost entirely how much fun I have photographing nature and its sheer enormity, amiable strangers, friends making silly faces, lovers in their own universe together, animals playing, miscellaneous family trinkets, and well, pretty much everything.

It has been awhile since I’ve posted, and things may be a little different from here on out, but I think that’s a good thing. :) Today I would like to show you all of the people I’ve had the extreme opportunity to work with in the year 2012 (it’s gonna be a big post, so brace yourselves…). You’re all amazing, every single one of you (even the people whose photos may not make it into the post tonight; I probably miss you terribly [ESPECIALLY those of you I've met and haven't photographed yet]). You guys have kept me going, and give me the courage to continue. So thank you. Here’s to 2013 and all the opportunities this new year may offer us. <3

Ok, cut to the photos now, Lady McTalksALot. 2012 Weddings and people I’ve photographed:

January 6th, 2012 : John and Junie’s photo booth.

January 25th, 2012 : Lish’s family portraits.

March 17th, 2012 : Joe and Jeannie’s wedding.

March 19th, 2012 : Olivia’s six month portraits.

March 24th, 2012 : Ali’s 21st birthday party.

April 28th, 2012 : Gabriel and Ellie’s wedding.

May 19th, 2012 : Tyler and Joanna’s wedding.

July 4th, 2012 : Tom and Kelly’s wedding.

July 7th, 2012 : JD and Nicole’s wedding.

July 21st, 2012 : Joanna and Kristen’s wedding.

August 4th, 2012 : Steve and Megan’s wedding.

August 11th, 2012 : Phillip and Lizeri’s wedding.

August 22nd, 2012 : Genaro’s 20 year serving portrait.

September 22nd, 2012 : Arles and Milargro’s wedding.

November 17th, 2012 : Jeff and Ariel’s wedding.

November 19th, 2012 : Portraits in the park with Jeannie.

December 9th, 2012 : Cooke family portraits.

Stay tuned for 2012 : Places I’ve been. I love you all, and thank you for changing my life for the better. :)

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… :)

1.6 John and Junie’s Wedding; My first photo booth experience.

February 6, 2012 | Post a Comment

Jeannie’s sister got married one month ago today! In order to celebrate, here are a few of my favorite photo booth photos I took!

Note: This was my first time operating a photo booth at a wedding. It was a LOT of fun! I knew I could expect amazing hilariousness from Jeannie and Junie’s awesome family, and I was right. I went home that night with a stomach sore from laughing and a camera full of silly images and being thrown into the mix myself. :)

This is my cousin Phillip. He attended the wedding with his wife, Nicole. They are both excruciatingly awesome. ;)

Sexy lady moustaches, anyone?

The loverly Jeannie and her love, Rob.

Junie, you are so gorgeous! <3

As aforementioned, they threw me into the booth a couple of times as well. I relented and went for it. :)

 

Mark and Sam 10.14.11.

December 13, 2011 | 3 Comments

Mark and Sam’s wedding was by far one of the most relaxed weddings I’ve ever shot at.  Another that I tagged along with the ever talented Jeannie Mutrias :)  We had a blast working with Mark and Sam on a beautiful golf course, and got tons and tons of laughs (along with the guests!) watching the little ring bearer amuse himself throughout the event.

(We got to drive our own golf cart!  It was SCARY but Jeannie and I laughed our butts off the whole way.)

The little guy who bore Mark and Sam’s rings ended up helping me take my favorite photo (bottom image) I’ve ever taken out of sheer hilariousness :)

William and Sara 10.15.11

November 28, 2011 | 3 Comments

William and Sara are a couple after my own heart.  They were silly, loved to laugh, make each other laugh, and hi-fived every chance they had.  They were a blast to work with!  I got to work with lovely people, and witness a wonderful wedding at The Hacienda in Santa Ana; two of the many perks to being a photographer ;)

Albert made a little buddy :)

William and Sara are sexy beasts ;)

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 :)

Chris and Claire 7.31.11.

September 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

Back again with another amazing wedding for you all to put your peepers on!  Another great day spent with the fantasic Jeannie Mutrias, an awesome couple, and all their friends and family.

Chris and Claire were an absolute blast to work with.  All smiles, laughs and some gnarly faces thrown in here and there throughout the day.  I went home that night with sore sides from laughing with them so much :)

Before I get into the photos, I just wanted to point out something that struck me as very awesome and very brave.  Claire took the time to hand-make every single one of her brides maids dresses.  There are five brides maids.  Pretty crazy cool, right?  Well, she didn’t only make all five brides maids dresses.. she made her own wedding dress too!  I was blown away by how much time, care and love she put into every detail of her wedding.  I’ve got mad respect for you, miss lady!  Not to mention that everything turned out perfect.

And of course.. RIDICULOUS FACES :D

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!

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 :)