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Happy Anniversary | Amanda & Dustin

In March 2011 I received my first email from Amanda. She was a future bride who had been referred to my website by a friend of her fiancee. Amanda was looking for someone to photograph her wedding day. I replied to her email, crossed my fingers, said a prayer and waited to hear back. I was thrilled when she decided to meet me for coffee. Along with her, she brought her groom to be, Dustin, and his parents - All of whom I came to love. They are seriously...

A Cozy Day In Engagement Photos | Jennifer & Ninad

"So tell me what you two like to do together?" This is a question I find myself asking often. One of the most exciting parts of photographing someone is understanding what makes them tick; what makes their love the best ever. I want to capture THAT for all of my clients. To me, that's so much more special than putting them against a cliche backdrop and snapping a few photos. When I sat down with Jen & Ninad to plan their engagement session, this is exactly what we discussed. And...

The Custom Photography Experience by Belinda Philleo

Why A Custom Photography Experience? In short. It's a whole new way to enjoy yourself while capturing REAL moments between you and your loved ones. Let's take a short trip back to my photography experiences as a kid: My mom would dress us up in matching (no seriously, MATCHING) outfits and march us down to Sears portrait studio for an afternoon of sheer torture. Hate doesn't even begin to explain how I felt about this experience. The stupid matching shirts, the awkward and stiff poses, mom yelling, the annoyingly fake...

Happy Anniversary Ben & Nadine

Just want to take a quick moment to say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Ben & Nadine! I'm totally in shock at how fast this past year has flown by! A year ago today I photographed Ben & Nadine's beautiful Laguna Hills Wedding.  Their gorgeous day took place at the beautiful Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills, California. The stunning ambiance was perfectly set to match the overwhelming amount of love that filled the reception ballroom. The ceremony touched your heart and the party to follow burned holes in the dance floor! Press play...

A Day Off

There are a lot of common misconceptions that people have about starting a business. They think "how awesome is it to be your own boss? You can set your own hours! Pay yourself as much as you want!...

Malibu Family Portraits | The Hawkins Family

Recently I met the Hawkins family on the beach for their Malibu family portraits to celebrate their parents' anniversary. It's so awesome to get to know large families like this one and celebrate their special bond. This beautiful stretch of beach in Malibu, California was the perfect spot! There were lots of cool rock formations and of course the beautiful ocean breeze! One of my favorite shots of the day was this one below when I asked the two girls to kiss their brother on the cheek! So so cute!...

Orange County Photography | My Top Ten Moments from 2013

I still can't believe 2013 is gone! It was such a great year, both personally and professionally. I'm excited to see what 2014 has to offer, but I want to bid 2013 a proper farewell by sharing 10 of my favorite moments in no particular order:   That moment during their reception when Ben & Nadine forgot about everyone else in the room and shared this adorable smooch. The day this lovely family invited me into their home to photograph their love. The day I spent photographing the ever gorgeous Jackie. This freeeezing...

Irvine Engagement Photos | Sneak Peek

Last Saturday I met up with Jennifer and Ninad to take their Irvine engagement photos. I always include engagement shoos in ALL of my wedding collections and  like to help clients design sessions that fit into their personal lifestyles so that that photos can really capture who they are. I've found that including these engagement sessions has been a huge success because it gives us a chance to get to know each other before the big day. Knowing what to expect when it comes to photos definitely helps...

Did You Know Your Camera Can Do This?

I keep seeing commercials about the latest and greatest point and shoot camera or the on going competition between cell phone companies about who has the best built in camera. These commercials crack me up because they're advertising "MORE MEGAPIXELS THAN EVER!" and promising better low light performance. It's not that I don't think these cameras are any good, granted I wouldn't shoot a wedding with one, but what many don't realize is that taking good photos doesn't require you to have the most megapixels or the most...