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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...