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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...

Huntington Beach Wedding | Kamrin & Morgan

Last September I was so fortunate to be able to photograph Kamrin & Morgan's Huntington Beach wedding. I have known Kamrin since we were both very young and it was SUCH a privilege to photograph her through finishing high school to now starting this amazing new chapter of her life with her amazing new husband Morgan. Seriously, they are ridiculously cute together! We started off the morning in the Ayres Hotel in Seal Beach. I am SO in love with the drop dead gorgeous silk bouquet that Kamrin's aunt...

Griffith Observatory | Shoot & Meet

It's funny to me sometimes, when I realize how much I have taken living in California for granted. I've got the Ocean, the mountains and snow, the city, the desert and so much more all within driving distance of me, yet there's still so much I haven't seen. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm kind of a homebody. So lately I've been trying to reach out more and explore new places. Recently a photography Shoot & Meet group I'm in gave me one such opportunity. Earlier...

New Product Boutiqe Frames

I am SO excited about this post. I've been working so hard at keeping the lid on this new secret- although if you follow me on instagram (@belindaphilleo) you may have gotten a sneak peek already! I'm happy to announce a brand new product line that will be available starting January 1st: Handmade Boutique frames. There are four styles to choose from and several colors within in each style, so no matter what your home decor is like, we have a frame that will suit your style! The best news?...

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Easy Tips for Taking Better Snapshots

In between professional photography occasions, families have a lot of opportunities to take photos. This is especially true right now with the Holiday season fast approaching. But not everyone has the time or resources to learn all the techniques or purchase the best equipment. So how can you make your photos better with limited time and at no cost? There are a few things everyone can keep in mind, regardless of what kind of camera you have. Here's 5 of my favorite easy tips for taking better snapshots:   1....

Orange County Maternity Session: Jennifer

It floors me to think that my first maternity session was already three years ago. My sister in law was carrying my nephew, her first child, and I was overjoyed at the opportunity to record such an exciting time in her life. Now, three years later she's about to give birth to my niece and once again, we got together to photograph this special time. I'm so excited to welcome my new niece into the world! =) Here's a few favorites from this very special session:   To see more from this...