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Downtown Santa Ana and Laguna Beach Engagement Session

Meet Josephine and Keith. Their engagement session started at downtown Santa Ana and ended in Laguna Beach. Downtown Santa Ana is very similar to the popular downtown Fullerton and many other downtown areas in OC. It has a sprinkle of unique textures all over the two block radius we roamed. The rustic alleyways, brick and stone walls, and architecture and romantic fountains, it’s the perfect place for our down-to-earth couple.

How To Use Your Engagement Photos

Engagements are one of my favorite sessions to photograph. It’s probably one of the very few, if not the first time, the couple has gotten their photos taken professionally. The jitters, the glow, the love shared between the couple at this very moment is unique and marks the beginning of many more in the future. Now, as I talk about all the great feels couples share I’m not dismissing the possible difficulties and struggles couples ALSO experience during this time. An engagement session is a great way to bring the couple together again and remind them what truly matters in all of this- each other.

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What It Really Means To Be a Second Shooter

Have you ever been asked to second shoot for another photographer? Or have you come across a post on FB for referrals? Have you ever thought about what that really means?

Photographers often believe that what they have to offer exceeds the monetary cost of the service. And, without a doubt, I am one of those photographers. I truly believe in the priceless value of quality images. It is our human way of cementing life and time, two things that we inevitably can’t ever get back.

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Our Signature Wedding Albums

We are so proud of our contemporary and timeless wedding albums sourced from a local Los Angeles printing company. These handcrafted heirlooms are made of the highest materials and printed on Kodak Lustre Paper. There are four material options: leather (bel0w), leatherette, Japanese cloth, and fabric (below).

All materials include a beautiful selections of neutral and vibrant colors to match your wedding images and aesthetics. In addition to choosing the material, there are also four cover style options: foil stamping/embossing (below), recessed photo image (below), metal cover (below), or none.

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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Videographer Before You Hire

“Find a company that does what you want well rather than requesting another company to replicate their style. Experience cannot be replicated overnight.” ~GYP

I filmed weddings early in my career as a photographer. Since the early 2000’s, DSLRs have redefined what wedding videos are. The days of 1-2 hour long wedding films are long gone. Now, you will actually want to watch your wedding film more than once… and so will many others! With the popular wedding short films of 3-8 minutes, you can easily share and re-watch your day over and over. The best part of it all is the cinematic experience that wasn’t as accessible before!

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Lacy Park and Walt Disney Concert Hall Engagement Session

This engagement session was taken around Los Angeles at Lacy Park, Walt Disney Concert Hall and LACMA. It was another special one to me. Linda and Tom are friends of mine and it’s a little different photographing someone you know personally. Photographers out there, you probably know what I’m talking about. You’re not trying to get to know the couple during the session, because you already know them, and you can read their body language more accurately than perhaps a couple you don’t know well. Most of all, communication is naturally open between you guys so you know exactly that they want.

Fun and Silly Family Portraits | Family Photography

Here’s a throwback to fun family session in Orange County. My favorite images from this set are of the mom and son! They’re so adorable and priceless :) These photos just remind me how valuable individual portraits of you and your child are. They do grow up fast! Having these memories to keep will allow you to cherish every step of the process and relive the moments as often as you’d like.

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Queen Mary Wedding Photography | Vintage Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Did you know that Queen Mary is available for weddings? This historic and elegant venue offers nothing short of an extraordinary experience for couples and their guests. Ever since Queen Mary arrived in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967, she has never left again. This beauty is a worthwhile attraction if you ever get a chance to visit her in Southern California. For the lucky few, the next chapter of your lives may very well start here :)

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Top 5 Reasons: Photo & Video on Your Big Day!

So this post is probably more about whether you should hire a videographer. Most couples understand why they hire photographers, but are on the fence about video. Wedding films are easily dismissed by couples with their wedding budget. But before the cost makes that decision for you, we hope that you take the time to evaluate your values in life.

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Is a First Look Worth It??

What is a first look, you ask? Well, I’m so glad you did. A first look has become a popular event at weddings. It is where the bride and groom see each other for the first time in their wedding attire, usually in a private and intimate setting.  There are many reasons why most couples choose to do this. Here are couples’ top 4 reasons for choosing to do a first look on their wedding day!

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What are “Mommy & Me” Portraits | Session Tips and Ideas

The bond between mothers and their children is like no other. Theodore Reik described it best, “The relationship of mother and child remains indelible and indescribable… the strongest bond on earth.” This is why Mommy and Me sessions are becoming more and more popular. Here’s our fun breakdown of the 5 “W” for mommy and me portraits :) We hope you find them helpful and fun!

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Spring Maternity Photoshoot in Bakersfield

Lana and Frank’s maternity photoshoot in an almond orchard is definitely one-of-a-kind. We had a blast working with them! Thanks to the dad-to-be for driving a total of 6 hours to and from Bakersfield to make this session possible!

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A Sweet Maternity | At-Home Lifestyle Session

This simple yet beautiful maternity session took place at the couple’s home and around their neighborhood and is especially special to me. This is my soon-to-be niece! The photoshoot authentically represents their daily life. We first started the session at home, then walked over to the toddler park right across the street, and finally visited the community center near their home.

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At-Home Family Portrait Session | Lifestyle Photography

If you are looking for a either a unique session or one to truly showcase their beautiful family, a lifestyle at-home session is one for you! This reminds me of how I fell in love with photography. It was for the people and to capture their relationships along with all the touchy-feely stuff :) Of course, I often have to “pose” or direct my clients but only in such a way that feels natural to them.