Photography, Design and other artsy things.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Barbara : Whenever

Over the weekend, I met with Barbara to take some portraits for a personal, special reason at her request. Barbara is one of the most easygoing people ever because when I suggested we meet at 7am to avoid crowds and to catch the yummy morning light, she totally went for it. Since my clients choose their own locations, whenever they choose the beach, I recommend the early session time and the reaction I get more often than not is a death stare. Not Barbara, she showed up ready and willing to do anything! She even came prepared with ideas of her own which I love.

Barbara has a beautiful inner peace within her. Most of the time she'd get lost in thought, lost in the sound of the waves crashing close by and her heart just shined through her gorgeous baby blues. I think this is the peaceful look Barbara was going for and I really hope her special someone enjoys them.

Barbara, thank you so much for hanging out with me so early in the morning. I hope you had a fantastic time at the grand prix and that you remembered to wear sunscreen! xoxo

Barbara chose this gorgeous rock formation cave thing and it blew my mind! I'd love to go back! Just sayin'...

My favorite shot of the day. Thank you, 24mm!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Clear as day...

Over a month ago, I was having issues. Like real serious eye issues. My eyes were constantly dry, watery and itchy - to the point where ripping my eyeballs out seemed to be the only option for relief. So I did what I always do, I googled my symptoms. According to webmd, I either had pinkeye or allergies. Um, ew. I diagnosed myself with the latter and went on my merry way with over-the-counter remedies. 

A few weeks later, things had progressively gotten worse and I was forced to see a doctor. I decided to visit an optometrist because I had no idea where to start. I hadn't been to an optometrist since about the 3rd grade so I was expecting to be in and out with some kind of prescription to fix this madness. Instead of the doctor diagnosing my symptoms, he told me the unthinkable, "Yep. You have an astigmatism in both eyes and you're significantly nearsighted. I'm surprised you've gone this long without your vision bothering you." After my initial shock, I scooped my jaw off the floor and insisted he tested me again because duh, I have 20/20 vision. He did a few more tests and solidified his first diagnosis. I needed glasses. **

Once I accepted the fact that I was now considered a member of the "four-eyes" club, I tried on lots and lots of glasses. Fat frames, skinny frames, pink frames, purple frames, frameless, etc. I finally landed on what I like to call the nerd-style. I think they're perfect for me. The second I slipped them on to my virgin eyes, I almost teared up. I COULD SEE! It was like my eyes were in photoshop and clicked on the Magic Sharp action. Everything is crystal clear now! I'm kinda bummed I've been missing out on the clarity of life for the past 27 years.

This past Saturday I attended my bridal shower sans glasses but once the party was over and done, I slipped my Velma's back on. Here's a few pics for your viewing pleasure.

Headband (AFarmersDaughter), Dress (Max and Cleo), Glasses (Lenscrafters)

And speaking of my shower, it was fantastic. The disadvantage of being a photographer is that you don't take pictures of yourself or your own events. I took like 6 pictures of the details when I first got there and then I got lost in the shuffle of being the bride. I must say it was so weird to be the center of attention but I loved every second of the time spent with all my lovelies. I'm praying someone else took pictures of all the details. A huge thank you to my mom and dad for their hard work on planning the day, my bmaids for helping set up and run the show, and all my family and friends for your love and support. 

If anyone is in the market for a cake, I have your hidden gem. She doesn't have a website or even a business name, but once I get my hands on her she will. Her cakes are absolutely stunning and incredibly tasty. Mine had 3 layers: red velvet, chocolate and vanilla. Her prices are a steal. I can't even tell you how much she charged my mom for this cake. You won't believe me. Email me for info if you're interested!

** By the way, the glasses did not fix my dry/itchy eyes so after a visit to an opthalmologist, they're on their way to being 100% again! 

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Feelin' the love...

Getting married makes you really feel the love. Not only by your future spouse but also by all the the people around you that care about you and are just as excited for your union and future as you are. I'm about to jump in the shower to get ready for my bridal luncheon that my Mom is giving us and it's all feeling so surreal. I'm incredibly blessed to have such beautiful people in my life and I'm truly grateful for all the hugs and kisses that will be swirling around us in the upcoming weeks. 

I haven't blogged about it yet (still deciding if I want any humiliating pics shown to my clients) but here is a picture from my bachelorette shenanigans a few weeks ago in New York. I was beyond thrilled to find out that we'd be headed that way since I had never been, and with some of my favorite people no less! It was such a fabulous trip and if I haven't said it enough, I love my friends! 

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Yazgulian Family : Whenever

Or Katie, Brandon, Christina, Natasha, Oliver and Charlotte. I'll cut to the chase and say that I'm so excited to have worked with this family. I'm lucky enough to be documenting Katie's wedding later this year and so when she contacted me for some portraits for mother's day I was beyond thrilled. I know I gush about all my sessions but I can't help it. I love when people decide to get out of the portrait studio to capture them in real time. I think it brings their photos to life, capturing real expressions, real emotions and real love. I'm seriously blessed with the coolest clients. Ever.

I'll save the favorite portraits for the family so their mom can be surprised at the one they decide on. For my blog purposes, I'll share some of my favorite frames, lots of smiles and a few out-takes. I can't wait to see you all very soon. xoxo


Oliver gave me his best stuff when the rest of the family wasn't paying attention. So enthusiastic and definitely deserving of a visit from the Easter bunny.

This is probably my favorite shot of the day. I love how the family is off in the distance and the kids, well, they're having the time of their lives!

Katie said she's not photogenic but I beg to differ. She is going to be such a beautiful and stylish bride. My camera cannot wait to get it's hands on her!

Christina, I have one word for you - fierce! 

If anyone is listening, I'd like to order 1 Charlotte please. Delivery can be made in about 3 years. Thanks.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Kim, Mike & Elias

Or as I called them, Mommy, Daddy & Eli. I didn't actually meet the Vitar family until the day of our session but I like to think my clients and I are close-knit the second we start shooting. Kim emailed me a few weeks ago hoping I could squeeze them in for a family/maternity shoot. With only a month left before her due date, she wanted to be sure to get some portraits because she wasn't able to during her first pregnancy since Elias came prematurely. Um, yes please! Since I haven't really mentioned this on my blog before I'll say it now - I adore maternity sessions! Pregnancy is such an intimate experience for a woman and her family and I am honored to document such a special time. Plus, pregnant women glow and it's hard to take a bad picture.

Kim is the type of girl who, if it weren't for the baby bump, you wouldn't know she was pregnant. She carries herself with such ease and grace it's easy to fall into comfort with her. It's no surprise that Mike is head over heels for his wife, constantly tending to her, with a hand at the small of her back quietly letting her know he was there. And the two of them together are amazing parents to that beautiful little boy. I'm not going to lie, I think I'm in love with little cutie Eli! If his parents weren't so fantastic, I would have stuck him in my shootsac and ran away!

Kim, Mike and Eli - thank you for finding me and trusting me with your memories. I cannot wait for baby W. to arrive! He's going to fit right into the little love nook you have created. See you all soon and I'll be sure to bring tictac's, pine cones and a train. xoxo


Isn't Kim stunning? (And teeny! Dear God, make me look like Kim. Thanks!)

See, it's true. Pregnant women GLOW!

Eli is such a daddy's boy! He loves his daddy and was glued to his side most of the day. Such a sweet bond those boys share!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Lauren & Ariann

What happens when your good friend randomly asks you and your boyfriend to be models for an upcoming project? Lauren and I have worked together on several shoots so she wasn't too shocked when I told her my models cancelled on me and I desperately needed a couple to shoot. She was a little nervous because usually she's doing hair and makeup and assisting me behind the scenes but she was a trooper and agreed to help me out. Little did she know, it was all a hoax! Peep the slideshow to see what happened. =)

I'm so thankful I was able to be a part of this session! I can't wait for all the goodness to come from this couple! xoxo

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Marisa & Ruben : Whenever

Some days, I wake up and thank God for my love. Other days, I wake up and thank him for my friends. For the last few days, I haven't stopped thanking whoever it is I should be thanking for the internet. Not only has the internet provided me with a platform to pour all my pointless ideas into, but it has allowed me to meet some fabulous people I never would have met in my normal day-to-day life. Yes, I said it. I have real life friends and I have internet friends. And I'm damn proud of it!

One of those friends is Marisa. We 'met' over a year ago while I was in the beginning stages of planning our wedding on a wedding forum. I can't even remember exactly why we came in contact for the first time, but I do remember that I adored her feisty spirit. We fell into an email friendship and she was a valuable resource for me when I had weird, random questions. It's hard for others to understand how you can build a friendship with a stranger but I'm here to tell you, it's not weird. It's cool!

Back in December when I posted my Giving is Awesome giveaway, Marisa submitted a heartfelt entry about a dear friend of hers. It just so happened that I chose her friend which meant that Marisa would also receive a free session with me. Here's the catch though, Marisa lives in New York with her husband Ruben while he attends Columbia. I honestly didn't think we'd ever have this session because you know, I live in California. When I found out I'd be in New York, it all worked out perfectly and I did the happy dance because I was going to shoot in New York and meet my internet friend!

I met Marisa and Ruben (for the first time!) in Manhattan this past weekend and it was like we'd known each other for years. I devoured every last second I had with them as we wandered around the artsy streets. And in those moments, I was thanking God for this incredible gift I get to experience, documenting people's lives. Oh, and of course, for the internet. Thank you for hanging out with me so friggin' early in the morning. I adore you both and when Steven and I visit in the fall, I'm definitely looking you up. xoxo

About 20 minutes into our session, Marisa wanted to change out of her really cute rainboots and into her fabulous brown leather boots. She slipped the first boot on only to realize that she forgot to pack the second boot! Here's a shot of her putting the rain boots back on and laughing. I'm not gonna lie, I probably would have pouted for about 5 minutes. I loved that Marisa just moved right along.

My favorite shot of the day. Marisa and Ruben in their own world and the lady and her dogs didn't even flinch.