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Orange County Family Portraits | Ritchie

I met Lavonne last winter at a coffee shop near her home. From the moment we sat down I knew that we were a good match when it came to photography. She was so excited about the experience and had a ton of wonderful ideas. Lavonne wanted to surprise her family with a gift of a family portraits. It was an honor to be chosen as the photographer for the job. While most of my clients chose to have their photos taken at a park or the beach, this particular...

Manic Monday: Instagram & Inspiration

So two weeks ago I decided to take a week off from posting. Of course that came back to bite me as  last week my site (along with apparently many others) was attacked. Stupid Hackers kept us busy all weekend with nonsense. Thankfully it appears we have finally found the source, and have eradicated the issue. Horray! Since the time I would have spent preparing my latest blog posts was spent cleaning up the site, I don't have it ready yet! So instead I decided to share a few...

Newport Beach Portrait Photography | Kamrin

I've known Kamrin since we were both in grade school so it was really exciting for us to get together again for her Newport Beach portrait photography session.  I had a chance to work with her back in 2010 for her senior portraits, but personally this session was wayyy more fun! I wanna start this post with one of my favorite photos from the day. The light that afternoon was AH-mazing! Plus, Kamrin looks just fabulous in this shot! So awesome to see lifelong friends grow up! The sunset that...

Wedding Day Budget Planning | 5 Simple Steps to Success

As a one time bride and also as a small business owner, I completely understand the stress of budget planning. Knowing what you need, but feeling overwhelmed & not knowing where to start can be maddening. In order to be successful, you must have a clear plan BEFORE you start spending. I've assembled five steps to help you get started with YOUR wedding day budget planning. Take a look. :) 1.Estimate The first thing required for successful wedding day budget planning is figuring out how much you can realistically afford....

Laguna Hills Wedding | The Hills Hotel

  The very first night Ben and Nadine met, they knew it was something special. Maybe they couldn't quite put their finger on it, but they knew. Time has only reinforced this feeling. They decided on a winter wedding last month, and Nadine, like any bride was nervous about what the weather would be like, but it turned out to be a gorgeous day. Not too hot, not too cold and plenty of sunshine. Not a cloud in the sky. They chose The Hills Hotel as the backdrop for their...

Seal Beach Family Portraits

I met Kelly and Dave down recently for their Seal Beach family portrait session. It was a freezing cold January afternoon with the ocean breeze blowing everyone's hair every which way. We wandered up to the pier bundled in layers of clothing, hoping the weather wouldn't completely overtake our photo shoot. I've known this family for a long time and had the opportunity to photograph the kids, Chris and Brayden, back in 2010. Since they chose the same location for this session, I thought it might be fun to recreate...

Hidden Gems & Digital Dust

I was sitting at my computer scouring my hard drives for some photos to add to my website. I went back - allll the way back. Seriously, there's not a folder I didn't flip through. About halfway through my search I came across an album of images that I had all but forgotten about. And then there it was. A photo that meant so much, that said so much, sitting in this folder collecting "dust". [caption id="attachment_1766" align="aligncenter" width="426"] Photo credit: Kalani Sanders[/caption] I took a quick break from what I...