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Walt Disney Concert Hall DTLA Photo Shoot

I'm pretty sure it's no secret at this point that I LOVE working as a photographer. I love that photography gives me a creative outlet to enjoy, a gift I can share with others and the coolest thing about photography is that there are SO MANY facets and genres. There's always something new to explore and experiment with whether it's style, genre or technique! My absolute favorite genre (I'm sure you can guess!) is wedding photography, obviously. Ha! My second favorite is photographing engagement sessions and anniversary shoots. Lately, I've had a...

Tropical Under the Sea Themed Wedding Hotel Maya, Long Beach, CA

I recently had the privilege helping out as an associate photographer alongside Gary Coelho and Pixel Perfect Wedding Films on a beautiful wedding at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA. Hotel Maya is a beautiful hotel and event space, a hidden gem based in Long Beach near the Queen Mary. The outdoor ceremony area rests against a backdrop of the water and the Long Beach skyline. The tropical style decor complimented the couple's under the sea themed reception perfectly and gave us so many neat textures and backgrounds to...

Newport Beach Engagement Photos | Jocelyn & Oscar

The first time Jocelyn met Oscar, she knew she liked him. Little did she know he instantly felt the same way, but both of them were too shy at first to say anything. Soon after they met, Oscar arranged for a group of friends and family to hang out and he, of course, invited Jocelyn too. When most of the group ended up cancelling that night, Jocelyn decided to come along anyway. After Oscar saw how well she got along with his family, he knew she was the...

DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit

DIY: Create Your Own Wedding Day Emergency Kit

No matter how carefully you plan out your wedding day, there are always going to be little unexpected things that come up. You might find a run in your nylons (Pro Tip: clear nail polish can help prevent it from tearing further) or maybe a button comes loose on a groomsmen’s shirt. The good news is, you can be prepared! Today I'm sharing a DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit that will keep you prepared for any less than ideal surprises; In addition, it doubles as a good purse or...

Long Beach Wedding Photography | Ebell Club Wedding Highlights

In a quaint little chapel in Long Beach, Matt & Tess promised their lives to each other before a crowd of their loved ones. Their vows were heartfelt and their faces full of glee. On the way to the reception, they stopped by their favorite coffee joint, Lord Windsor Coffee, for a quick pick me up before the festivities began! After coffee it was time for the party to start! Their Reception was held at the beautiful Ebell Club in Long Beach. I fell in LOVE this venue's classy and...

How to get the best family photos on your wedding day

How to Get the Best Family Photos on Your Wedding Day

Ahh the ever important family formal photos! They’re kind of a big deal on the wedding day, but if not planned properly they can get pretty unorganized very quickly, and really start to mess with your timeline! So let’s talk about how we can make it easier on everyone involved. Efficiency and communication are key to making this part of your day run smoothly! Here's a few tips on how you can get the best family photos on your wedding day. Make a List First of all, figure out...

How to care for your engagement ring

How to Care for Your Engagement Ring

You can’t stop looking at it. It’s so dang sparkly and who knew your ring finger could get such a work out from carrying around that rock all day! It’s true what they say, "Diamonds are forever", but there are a few caveats to that statement. To make sure your new best friend truly lasts a lifetime you’ll wanna make sure it's cared for properly! Here's five things you should be doing to care for your engagement ring:   Clean It Properly: While your ring is made of metal and stone, remember...

Wedding at Hilton Waterfront Resort in Huntington Beach, CA

Hilton Waterfront Resort Wedding | Huntington Beach, CA

A warm ocean breeze drifted in through the window of Stacie's bridal suite. The day she'd been waiting for her entire life had finally arrived and even though there were butterflies in her stomach, she felt a steady calm come over her. The buzz of her friends and family getting ready only made her more excited and more sure of the hours ahead. Later that afternoon, Ray stood waiting in an intimate pathway near where the ceremony would be held. He could barely stand the anticipation of seeing Stacie...

A Notebook, Angela Lansbury and My Teenage Self Walk Into a Bar…

In the eighth grade, I decided to write a novel. I loved creative writing and I wanted to take it to the next level. My novel was a murder mystery filled with twists and turns (side note: I may or may not have watched a few too many episodes of “Murder, She Wrote” with grandma as a kid). I started with a draft in my navy blue Mead notebook. Then, I banged away at my keyboard for several months, ran spell check a few times to make sure...

Date Night ideas Orange County, Ca

4 Fun and Fresh Date Night Ideas in Orange County

"You have to start it from the very beginning or it won't make any sense," I said to my husband, Collyn, as we clicked through Netflix. It was right after they'd released "A year in the life" and I was debating watching it but I knew he would be totally lost and probably bored without the context of the original show. "It's not a big deal. Just watch it." He said With wide eyes I turned and said, "What if we just power through and then you can see all...