Friday, May 30, 2008

Mandy & Joe ~ Married!

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

Last Saturday Art and I drove to Orange County for Mandy & Joe's wedding. When we arrived to Kindred Community Church we were greeted by rain. I found Mandy a bit nervous, but calm nonetheless. She had her girls with her who helped make everything run smoothly, so it was all good :)

The site coordinator kept coming to the bride's room to let us know how the weather was holding up and for a moment she thought they would have to delay the ceremony, but, thankfully, it was not necessary! Although it was still sprinkling when the ceremony started, when the time for Mandy and Joe's vows came, the sun shined through. I think that the sun wanted to celebrate, too! :) Although threatening cloudS still lingered, we had no more rain for the rest of the day!

I was honored to photograph Mandy and Joe's wedding. Art and I did two engagement sessions for them. During the last engagement session Mandy was telling me about their plans for the wedding and how proud they were of each other for doing this on their own. Everything she was saying was so genuine and heartfelt. At that moment I knew just how special these two are. Not only are they awesome individuals, but they are extraordinary together.

Mandy & Joe: You guys already know that we think you are great! Thank you for allowing us to photograph your wedding. You guys are the best!



















The girls wanted to have some fun with the parasols! I love it!


Of course the guys wanted in on the fun :P


















Art's version of the cake








I'll end this entry with my most favorite photo of a guest at the wedding!


Oh, yes, yes, here are some photos of Art and me hard at work :)

I was too chicken to go all the way down there so Art went instead :)



I think this is the blog entry with the most images! Enjoy!

P.S. I know a few of Mandy & Joe's family and friends read my blog because they told me so, so please feel free to leave a comment ;)
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gooooooo Lakers!!!

High fives to all my Lakers fans out there!

Props to the Lakers! Western Conference Finals Champs, baby!

Finals, here we come! 1 more team! Only 4 more games to win! Can you tell I'm excited? :)









I LOOOOOVE LA!!!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Kim & Joey ~ Engaged!

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Art and I met Kim and Joey near the Kodak Theater on a very warm Sunday evening. I knew beforehand that this e-session would be really fun and that Joey would make us laugh...a lot. I knew this from our initial meeting with Kim and Joey. I was right! At one point I had to say, "no more making the photographer laugh," because I could not hold the camera steady since I was laughing so much.

Kim and Joey were so much fun to photograph. Their sense of humor had a lot to do with it, but also the openness to try anything :)

Kim & Joey: Thanks so much for being up for anything and even riding in the car to go find the walls we wanted as backgrounds :) We had a lot of fun.

Here are just a few of our faves:





I love this image! My goal is to capture real emotions and in this image I captured true happiness. I love it!




Art took this image. It's my absolute favorite! It's so silly!



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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

E-mail is still down

My e-mail is still not working properly so please continue to e-mail me at natlemus@yahoo.com

Thanks!
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Sunday, May 25, 2008

T-I-R-E-D!

Art and I just got home from another awesome wedding! We are exhausted!

Don't I look tired?




P.S. I was not posing for the cam, I swear! lol
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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Rain, rain, go away!

Today was a fantastic day and even though it rained, that did not matter one bit! Although for a while I am sure a few of us felt like chanting, "rain, rain, go away...come again another day." :P Thankfully, right when Mandy & Joe said their vows the sky cleared up and the sun shined down on all of us :) So, Mandy and Joe got the good luck that is said to come with rain on a wedding day and they got to take photos without worrying about getting wet!

Here are just two teasers from today:






A lot more to come!
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Friday, May 23, 2008

My website is back!

Thankfully my website and e-mail service is back. Apparently the website host was doing maintanance and neglected to inform us that we would be down. Well, like I said, thankfully the website is back up and running!

If you e-mailed me yesterday or today, please send your e-mail to me again. Thanks!

UPDATE: It is back down! For now please continue to e-mail me at natlemus@yahoo.com

Thanks!
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Website is gone!

Soooooo...my website is gone! I tried to log on today to check my e-mails and NADA! ZIP! GONE! So there is no way for me to check my e-mails. If you e-mailed me yesterday or today please e-mail me at natlemus@yahoo.com. Please e-mail me to that e-mail address until further notice.

Now I am off to figure out where in the world has my website gone!
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Engagement Session Locations

I‘m often asked if I recommend any specific location(s) for engagement sessions. The truth is, I don’t have one special spot I recommend. Of course there are many lovely places to photograph at that I love, but I, personally, think that it’s even more special when it’s a location that has a special meaning to both of you. Maybe where you first met? Or how about where you went to on your first date? Or maybe where he proposed? I am not saying that every single couple has to have a special spot, but if you do then I would suggest you have your e-session there.

For all those who want a list of locations for an engagement session in Los Angeles or Orange County, here are some of the places I’ve shot at or would like to shoot at:

Angels Stadium
City Walk (Universal City Walk Hollywood)
Disneyland
Dodgers Stadium
Downtown Disney
Downtown Fullerton
Downtown Los Angeles
Griffith Observatory
Griffith Park – Travel Town
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Laguna Beach
Long Beach
Los Angeles Union Station
Malibu
Miniature golfing (there are many locations all over Southern California)
Old Town Pasadena
Olvera Street
Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica Beach
The Getty Museum
The Grove - Los Angeles
The Mission Inn (If you are having your wedding here they allow you to use the premises for an e-session)
The Queen Mary
UCLA Campus
USC Campus
(YOUR school campus)
Venice Beach
Walt Disney Concert Hall

These are only a few locations! I am open to any ideas that you may have. The more unique, the better! I like the whole beach engagement session, but there are times when I would rather break away from that and try something crazy and unique. So if you are planning to have an e-session, by all means, surprise me with the location you choose! ;)

I hope this post is helpful for anyone trying to find a location for their e-session. If there are any other locations you think I should add to the list, let me know!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Nicole & Oscar ~ Married!

Nicole and Oscar were married in Lake Elsinore. I loved the color scheme they picked out for their wedding. Everything was so bright and green and there were touches of pink everywhere. If you don’t know pink is my favorite color, now you know :)

All I can say is that their families sure know how to PARTY! This had to be the one dance floor we saw overflowing with people nonstop.

Here are a few images of their wedding, but I have more to come!
























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