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Shangri La Estate, Temecula, CA | Styled Wedding Photography

Last year I joined a photography group on Facebook whose purpose was to network and help photograph each other. Every few months we get together, mingle, and photograph one another so that some of us can portfolio build and others can get photos of themselves. Each event has brought more and more new faces to our little photography family. And last month the styled wedding photography session at Shangri La Estate in Temecula, CA brought more than ever before. Shangri La Estate is a fairly new, but GORGEOUS wedding...

Canvas Wrapped Prints : Simple, Elegant, Practical

One of the most popular choices for image display are canvas wrapped prints. They're versatile, beautiful, easy to use and take your decor to the next level. Today I'm going to share a little bit about why canvases can be a great addition to your home decor. One of the reasons I love canvas wraps is because they are so versatile. Your image is printed on canvas paper and wrapped around a solid wooden frame, so the only thing displayed is your image. This makes it easy for you...

Jackie & Leia | Huntington Beach Portraits

A couple weeks ago I met up with Jackie and her adorable wheaten terrier, Leia, at a park in Huntington Beach. This was my first time working with a pet other than my own, so I was a little unsure of what the outcome would be, but I welcomed the new challenge. I know for me, my pets are like my kids so it's really important to me to have a few good photos of them. It was so much fun being able to give this to someone else...

Baby Kenzie | Orange County California Family Photographer

The last few weeks have been crazy busy. I just got back from WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in Las Vegas over the weekend and I'm still trying to get everything settled. Right before I left I was thrilled to finally photograph my niece, Mackenzie for the first time. This girl is going to be so spoiled! In order to make this session most convenient for the little ones, we opted to photograph them in their own home. This worked out great because my three year old nephew...

Hello From Vegas

This post was supposed to be epic. Ok, well not epic, but it was supposed to be cooler than this for sure. This week I'm in Las Vegas attending WPPI, a photography conference and expo for wedding and portrait photographers. So I was going to share a sweet shot of the strip with you guys, buuuuut - I just literally haven't had time to run outside and get a shot of the strip because I've been so dang busy learning, networking, and buying more books than I can possibly...

Los Angeles Portrait Photography | Noah

I was so thrilled when Noah and his mom got in touch with me to photograph him again this year! I took their family photos last January and we had such a great time that I knew Noah's Los Angeles portrait photography session for this year would be a blast! When I sat down with Noah to plan the session he had this vision in his head of a vintage Hollywood style shoot at Griffith Observatory. Just a few blocks away from Hollywood Blvd, this location is such a...

Product Feature: Handmade Leather Albums

Today I wanted to share a little about my favorite handmade leather albums from KISS and how the album design process works for my clients. These are the albums included in my wedding collections and they are seriously beautiful. I chose these albums to offer as part of my collections because of their simple elegance and their outstanding quality. The first thing I do when creating an album is create a custom design of your wedding day story so that you have a basic framework to start from when...

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...