Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Tree 2011

I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner! Where did this year go? One of my favorite things to do as soon as December hits is to decorate our Christmas tree. For the past 4 years I've picked out HUGE trees that look even more gigantic in our small living room. I don't know what it is, but I always gravitate to them. This year Art made sure that we bought a decent sized one that did not overpower our living room. It was my turn to pick out the theme for our tree. Or so I thought. Turns out it was Art's turn, but I had already bought all the decorations. Ooooopsss! He was iffy about letting me decorate it because every time I choose the theme you need shades to look directly at the colorfully lit monstrosity that is our Christmas tree :P I was surprised when he actually loved the way the tree looked.

I, like always, am very proud :) I might just be blinded by all the twinkly lights!

I was looking through past Christmas tree posts that I've made through the years since I've been blogging and I noticed I did not blog last years tree. I had to include it in this post because I love looking back and seeing these type of posts. It's like my own personal journal that you guys can also see :)

This was SO pink and bright...totally ME!

I hope you guys are enjoying the days leading up to the holidays! The days leading up to Christmas are always so fun for me. You can feel the holiday spirit in the air. I am so crazy that I even enjoy going shopping around this time. I love seeing all the Christmas decorations, hearing Christmas music playing, the chilly weather (at least this year it's cold!), the extended store hours, and even the buzz and busyness of last minute shoppers. I guess I don't mind it because I did my Christmas shopping a long time ago :P

I hope you guys are in the spirit of the holidays like I am! Hugs to you all!
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Venice Canals Engagment Session

Priscilla & Adam ~ Engaged
Venice Beach Canals- Los Angeles, CA

When we did Priscilla and Adam's engagement session, I can honestly say it was an adventure. We decided to meet at the canals but we couldn't find each other. We were like on a wild goose chase :P The good thing is that we finally found each other and we were able to walk around the canals. Then Adam & Priscilla wanted to take their car up the street to the beach so we went with them. They couldn't find their car so we brought them back with us to the other side to get our car. I'm sure all of our feet were tired! Thankfully, we made it on time to catch the beautiful light at the beach, sore feet and all :P

Adam and Priscilla will be having a destination wedding in Brazil! I know it's going to be amazing. How would it not be with two people that are crazy in love like these two?!

Check out some of their e-session:

Ok, you guys already know that when I can't decide between color and black & white I post both.

Because I love posting "behind the scenes" photos:

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Coming Up

Coming up next is a Venice Beach canals engagement session. Check back this week to see it.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

David & Jennifer ~ 1 Year

David & Jennifer ~ It's their Anniversary!
Los Angeles, California

You may remember Jennifer and David from their night time session in downtown LA. Click HERE, if you haven't seen it. Maybe you remember their Alice In Wonderland themed wedding? If not, click HERE.

I was very honored and ecstatic when Jennifer and David came to us with their idea for an anniversary shoot. They wanted a very urban look but nothing that has been overused. They asked me to suggest a few locations. I told Art that I had a real good idea but I wasn't sure if David and Jennifer would go for it. For one, it was not too close to them. Another thing, when you mention this location, you don't immediately think picturesque. Actually, you DON"T think picturesque, at all! Art said, "just tell them. What's the worse thing that can happen? They say no?" So I told them I thought doing a shoot in South Central LA would be amazing. Definitely not overused! Plus, it has urban scenery that, captured the right way, can look beautiful.

Of course, David and Jennifer ended up saying yes. From their prior sessions, you can tell they take chances and are not afraid to think outside the box. I'm glad I was not too shy or scared to suggest what I felt would be an amazing location for their vision and definitely a source of creativity for my photography eye.

Check out just a few of our favorite images:

I love the light in the photo below <3 So warm and romantic!

Art and I have a little rivalry going on when we photograph David and Jennifer, so this is just some "friendly" competition.

By the way, I am going to try and post as many of the sessions and weddings that haven't made it to the blog, which are A LOT! They will be smaller posts like today's, but I want to make sure to get as many couples as possible on here. Some of them might be older, like this session, but they will still go on the blog. Hope you don't mind!
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Long Beach Engagement Session

Downtown Long Beach, California
Engagement Session

Melody and Jason chose Long Beach for their e-session. It's a place where they spend a lot of time together and it's the place they call home. I love when a couple chooses a spot with meaning to them. It makes it so personal. I'm sure I've said this before but it truly makes it that much more special for the couple.

I enjoyed getting to know Melody and Jason. It's one thing to meet a couple when they are interviewing us and/or booking; everything is very formal. It's a total different thing when we get to photograph them and get to know their personalities. It was nice seeing how talkative Jason is and what a great couple they make. They really compliment each other. Can't wait for their wedding!

As a side note, while I was photographing Jason and Melody, I stepped in dog poop. What's the first thing Art does? Mr. Photographer grabs the camera and takes a photo. I tried to dodge the photo but he still got one :| lol I'll get him back!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you are surrounded by all those you love and are thankful for today. Hug them tight,laugh with them, and enjoy their company. I know Art and I will do just that :)

Today and every single day we are thankful for our family, friends, and our love. Above all, we are thankful that God takes care of us and gives us these blessings each and every day. I am so thankful for the love of my life. My best friend. The head of our household. The man that has always and will always give me butterflies with that smile of his. My husband.

I am thankful for our parents. Without them we would be nothing.

My mother, MY hero. Not here with us anymore, but so grateful to have been blessed with such an amazing mother. If I had to do it all over again, I would pick her, no matter what.

Art and his loving mother. I could not have asked for a more loving and caring mother-in-law. I think God sent them in my life as a package deal because he knew better than I did what I needed in my life.

Art and his dad. This photo totally makes me smile.

My daddy. Words can't explain how much I love him! Thanks to him I have my will to go for anything I want, take chances, and if I fall down, get right back up and go at it again.

We are thankful for our sisters. Our support system. The ladies we go to when times get rough, and the ones we celebrate with when times are good.

My baby sister...I'm thankful that my parents obliged to giving me a little sister. Sisters are proof that God doesn't want you to go through life's tribulations alone.

Art's older sister...he's thankful that she taught him so much growing the running man :P

Art's little sister...He's thankful that even after all the pranks he played on her, she still loves him.

Can you believe I know her since she was about 6 years old! She's in college now! How time flies!

The best friends any girl can ask for are your sisters.

We are thankful for our beautiful nieces and nephews. They make us laugh with their individual personalities and they make our hearts melt with their adorableness.

We are also thankful for YOU. The people that come to our blog, the people that supports us. We are thankful for our clients who are amazing and without them we could not say that we love our job. They are the reason we love what we do and we will forever be thankful for that.

Remember to tell those you love that you are thankful for them today, tomorrow and every time it's in your heart to say it! Happy Thanksgiving Day to you all.
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