Casa De Lago Wedding in Orange, CA | Wendy & Steve

When Steve proposed to Wendy, he took her to a romantic dinner and a walk along the Berkeley Marina, where there’s a great view of San Francisco. It was there that he asked Wendy to be his wife. They chose to keep the moment private, and not tell anyone for almost 3 days! They did this because they wanted to enjoy the depth of this event privately before all the excitement began. So when it came to their wedding day, it was all about sharing an intimate and...

Romantic cloud reflection engagement photo in downtown santa ana. photography by Belinda Philleo

Romantic Downtown Santa Ana Date Night Photoshoot

A few weeks ago I met Jessica and Micah in Downtown Santa Ana to photograph a romantic couples session for them. This part of Santa Ana is special because when they got married several years ago they had some of their wedding photos taken at the Old Orange County Courthouse. Of course, we had to revisit that historic spot and take a few updated photos there too! One of the most common questions I get when I'm talking to couples for the first time is "We're not models, do...

Date Night ideas Orange County, Ca

4 Fun and Fresh Date Night Ideas in Orange County

"You have to start it from the very beginning or it won't make any sense," I said to my husband, Collyn, as we clicked through Netflix. It was right after they'd released "A year in the life" and I was debating watching it but I knew he would be totally lost and probably bored without the context of the original show. "It's not a big deal. Just watch it." He said With wide eyes I turned and said, "What if we just power through and then you can see all...

Newport Beach Engagement Photos

Julie and Charlie have been together for so long that it's hard for them to remember what life was like before each other. Time has only made their love for each other grow deeper, there's no doubt about that. This summer, they'll be celebrating their love along with their closest family and friends at the wedding of their dreams. Last month we met in Newport Beach to take a few engagement photos in celebration of their upcoming wedding day. We started out with some fun, playful moments at an...

Fullerton Engagement Photography | Aaron & Veronica

I've said it a thousand times and I'm sure I'll say it again. There's nothing more exciting for me than photographing two people who're in love. Engagement sessions are so much fun because we're capturing that special, crazy, emotional time when it's all starting to fall together. I love using engagement sessions as a time to get to know my couples, help them get comfortable in front of the camera but also as a time for them to just slow down for a little while and enjoy the...

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...

Laguna Beach Engagement Photography: Ben & Nadine

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ben and Nadine for their Laguna Beach engagement photography session recently. While we were there they told me the story of how they met: "I met the perfect person for you!" We've all heard it before. A helpful friend wants to introduce us to a friend of a friend. They tell us all about how perfect they are for us, they show us a picture and hopeful, we agree to meet them. And that's when Ben knew. The night they met he knew...

Karinna Briseno: Orange County Fashion Blogger

I had the great privilege of working with an up and coming Orange County Fashion blogger. We had an amazing afternoon creating signature images for her new website. The location she chose was just stunning! As a special treat to all you readers out there, I asked if she'd be willing to write a little something to introduce herself! I'm pleased to introduce: Karinna Briseno | Fashion Blogger Hi, everyone! Karinna here. I’m so thrilled to be writing as a guest post for Belinda today! I was honestly a little surprised when...

Orange County Portraits| Chris’ Baseball Session

I was never very good at sports. PE was complete and utter torture for me. Last kid picked on teams? No, not me, I was always second to last because at least I wasn't drooling on myself.Β  My own mother referred to me as "athletically challenged." When it comes to sports, I stick to my strengths, hellloooo channel surfing! Last week I met up with Chris, who is the opposite of athletically challenged. He does baseball, soccer, you name it. We went to a local ball field to get...

Wedding Day Timeline: Vital to a Successful Day

No matter how big or small your wedding day is, it will require some strategic planning in order to run smoothly. Even the most well planned weddings have their mishaps and delays. This is why it's vital to have a solid timeline in place so that all your wedding vendors can work together to keep the day on track so you won't have to worry about it. I work closely with my brides to make sure they have a solid schedule for the day and they communicate important...