Monthly Archives: November 2009

The holiday season begins…

I always find the holiday season the most difficult time of the year to get things done.  On top of the regular grind of day to day life, there is the added stress of finding the perfect gifts, making the perfect meals, and hosting the perfect parties.  The stress of it always makes me want to move to some remote island until January.  This season, I’m attempting to change and get back into the holiday spirit of things.  So, as I wind down on the sessions and get photos processed for Christmas cards and gifts, blogging may be a little light.  I’ll get back into the swing of things as soon as life settles down a bit.

In the meantime, here’s a little something that I think back on when I need to take a chill pill…

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… aaaahhh.  Works every time. :)

Photobooth // Ciara + Del

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I’ve already talked about Ci & Del’s wedding here and here, but I have one more post to share.  When Ciara and I were talking about what she envisioned for her wedding, she brought up the idea of a photobooth.  It was something we both had seen, but I had never attempted.  Lucky for me, she talked me into trying it and it was a hit!!  Ciara brought props including pink feather fans and homemade moustaches-on-sticks and all the guests really had a good time with it.  Although it was initially scheduled to run an hour, after 45 minutes in, my lightbulb popped!  Next time, I’ll be sure to bring backup bulbs…

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I’m going to start offering the photobooth on a regular basis… it’s a great way to get photos of your guests at your reception, without getting trampled on the dance floor. :)

Los Angeles Wedding Photographer // Ciara + Del

I know I already wrote up a post on some of the time I was able to spend with Ciara on her wedding day, but now it’s time… on to the rest of the photos!

The wedding was on a gorgeous day in October at the very chic Oviatt Penthouse.  Deborah James & Nikki Keller from Bella Vita Events made sure everything was perfect.  Sandra Pan was my sanity and inspired 2nd shooter.  And the beautiful flowers were provided by Ricci Events.  With a team like this behind the scenes, I knew the wedding was going to be chic and elegant, just like Ci & Del.

However elegant though, the bride and groom made sure to make it their own.  Which means that in addition to everything above, the wedding was a small, intimate gathering of close friends and family, most who helped with the wedding plans along the way.  There were also homemade “moustaches-on-a-stick” and a photobooth like no other (stay tuned for the next post!).

All in all, it was a perfect celebration of love, friends, family, and beauty.

Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day…

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If you enjoyed these and would like to see more, check out the slideshow!

Happy Weekend…

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So happy for the weekend because it means:

The start of San Diego Beer Week!

A beach photoshoot with a stunning red-headed friend of mine…

A housewarming pah-tay!

Enjoy your weekend and all that it has to offer! :)

Married! // Polikretis

The wedding photographer’s ultimate dilemma… when one of your BFFs is getting married, do you go as the photog or the bridesmaid?

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She’s gorgeous… she’s been one of my best friends for 10+ years… I wanted to be a part of her wedding in a way she would remember forever… I wanted to spare myself the pain of an ugly dress… (just kidding!!)

I went as the photographer.

I spent a lot of time with Ciara on her wedding day in the role of co-maid of honor(less – ha!)/photographer.  The time she spent getting ready was especially sweet for me… quiet, intimate, and personal.

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There will be plenty more photos to share from this wedding, as the entire event was exquisite.  In the meantime, I thought this was a good place to start.  Love you, Ci!