Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Heather & Phillip ~ Engaged!

I haven't blogged an engagement session in a long time. It's not because I don't want to share, but I've been extremely busy! I had to share this e-session, though. Whenever I get referred to someone by a past client it's super exciting for me. For one, you know that your past client loved your work if they are recommending you to someone else :) When a past client refers one of their family members it makes it extra special because I know I will be seeing their family again! It's a pretty cool feeling. It feels like you are reuniting with old friends, which is sort of what it is :) It's feels very comfortable and close to my heart.

Phillip is the brother of one of my March 2009 grooms. During Micah's wedding his mom told me that she still had two non-married children. Well, lo and behold, by the end of last year I got an e-mail letting me know that one of those two was engaged (Phillip)! I don't have to tell you how excited I was! I am so glad I was still available on their wedding date. I usually save a weekend for our own personal stuff and family. That is why their date in September was still available. What a coincidence! I can't think of a better way to spend that day!

Heather and Phillip's engagement session was a lot of fun. We walked a lot, but we also talked a lot. Being out in nature can be quite an adventure. I am pretty sure that at one point there was a swarm of bees very close to where we were photographing, but that did not get them nervous. Me on the other hand...that's a different story! Anyway, below are some of my favorite images from Heather and Phillip's engagement session. I hope you enjoy looking through them!






























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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lakers Parade

I can't wait for tomorrow's Laker parade! Last year Art got some really cool shots and hopefully we can get some awesome shots tomorrow as well!

Check out a few shots from last year:







I'll be back with some images from tomorrow's parade! Guess what?! Lakers rock!
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Go Lakers!!!!! NBA Champs! Repeat!


If you've been following our blog since the beginning, you know we are hardcore Laker fans! I don't mean fans since three years ago when they went to the Finals. No, Art has been a fan since he can remember and I have been a fan for about 10 years now.

So for those of you who know we are big-time fans, you know I had to make a post about the World Champion Lakers!!! Again! Yes, they are back to back champions!!! This win was sweeter than last years! For one, the Lakers were at home!!!! Also, it was against the Celtics! Can we say rivalry? Then Paul Pierce decided to say they were going to sweep us in Boston. That, I'm sure, made all Laker fans want the win that much more!

All in all, it was an amazing series. I enjoyed the ups and the downs made the win that much sweeter. I have not blogged the games we were fortunate to go to (hopefully I still will), but I guess I have not been a blogging machine recently. As a matter of fact, I don't think I blogged about the Lakers this whole season. If you follow me on Facebook, though, you know I bombard that place with all things Lakers :P I promise I will blog the ring ceremony we went to last year (eventually) and hopefully we can go to this year's ring ceremony and blog that, too! ;)

We had so much fun tonight with some of our closest people. The house was loud pretty much throughout the whole night and I'm almost sure I am going to have no voice tomorrow!!! After the game we went to join the honking all over the city. Thankfully we were around a great atmosphere and nothing crazy happened. Everywhere you looked people were giving high fives, people playing "we love LA," a lot of honking, screaming Lakers. Thankfully no drama like what we saw on the news.

Well, it's late and I am all tired out from all the celebrating so I'll end it by saying: GOOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS!!!!!!!!

I'll leave you with a few photos from tonight's celebration :)


On the left is Art, of course :) The middle: my cousin posing with the ball Art got signed by Kobe. On the right my cousin and I on our way to celebrate, just like last year. To see what we did last year, click here. We did it again this year :)


I lost my sock while celebrating :P




I did not get to take too many photos of the celebration on the streets of LA because we were in the car at all times, but I did get this one with my phone. I might upload some other ones we got with the point and shoot.


Bring on the parade!!!
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hilda & Anthony ~ Part 2

Hilda & Anthony ~ Part Two
Click HERE for part 1 (details)
San Diego, California
Twin Oaks Schoolhouse

Let me start off by saying how difficult it was for me to narrow it down to the images I posted below! Seriously, there are like 100 other images I really wanted to blog! There are still some that I am itching to edit, but I have to keep it to a minimum :( If I were to edit and blog all the images I want to it would take me even longer to finally blog this wedding and the other weddings and engagement sessions that need to be blogged would also be delayed.

With that said, I hope you enjoy looking at Hilda and Anthony's wedding as much as I enjoyed photographing it! They are a super nice couple. Anthony seems like a laid back guy and Hilda is one of those girls you just want to be bff's with :) They are a beautiful couple inside and out.

Hilda & Anthony: Thank you so much for choosing us to photograph your wedding! It was delightful to be around you, your family, and your friends! Hugs to you both!


























Hilda made the bags below for her bridesmaids. Aren't they so cute?!















I loved that when Hilda came out with her dress on you could tell that she felt beautiful, like every bride should! She really took the time to let it all sink in and admire herself :)



Before we move on to the ceremony I want to show you the beautiful ring bearer pillow Hilda's grandmother handmade:



A closer look



Hilda surprised Anthony with a special book. She cheated just a little bit by seeing Anthony before the ceremony, but she got to witness first hand his reaction to her gift. All the while Anthony had no idea Hilda was sneaking a peek! :P























This was a first, I think. We actually only had about 10-15 minutes for portraits! It was a race against the clock, but I have to say I am happy with the photos we were able to get. I'm not going to lie, I was a bit nervous as we were taking family photos and it just kept shaving off time from our Mr. & Mrs. photos time. We initially were supposed to have about 30 minutes, which most of our couples know is still considered a "not too generous" amount of time, but it's definitely do-able. However, things don't always go as planned and when family member want family photos, you have to give them what they want :) Thankfully we were able to go around the property quickly and use some of the spots we checked out prior to the ceremony. All in all, I love what we got. Let me know what you think!





























Reception time!







I really like the photo below because I think it's totally Hilda & Anthony :)



Father/Daughter dance



Mother/Son dance



Mother/Daughter





The last dance




If you want to check out part 1, which has the beautiful details from this wedding, click HERE. I wish I could have posted everything in one blog post, but I don't think it would have fit.

P.S. Hilda, you have a beautiful heart and it showed in every detail at the wedding because you could tell all the love, thought, and time that was put into everything. All the work I'm sure you put into the wedding was worth it. When something is done with a lot of love, care and time you can just tell and it makes it that much more special! XOXO
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