Monday, February 11, 2008

The Blog Has MOVED!!

Hey there all you blog readers... something new and exciting is coming your way! I have just put the finishing touches on my NEW BLOG!!

I've been itching for a new look for a while now and the new blog is sporting some fancy features I've wanted for a while... comments displayed right in the page, an info and contact form right in the blog, plus dropdown categories for easy navigation... and just general fanciness all around :) I've also grown up a bit and dropped the .blogspot address in favor of the classy self-hosted address so please update your bookmarks!

I'd like to give an extra special thanks to Jared at for designing the amazing wordpress theme I'm using, as well as all of his helpful step by step instructions that made the switch over so easy!

For all of you reading this through an rss reader, never fear! Your subscription will be re-routed and you don't even have to do anything! Posts from the new blog should be arriving in your reader just as they always have.

Plus (as if that wasn't enough) I imported all of my old blogger posts into my new blog (comments and all) so everything you see here is over there and more! So what are you waiting for?? Scoot on over to the NEW BLOG and say howdy! I'll be waiting!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Just Can't Get Enough

Ok... I know I just posted Emiko & Luke's photos yesterday, but I was going through them this morning again and I found a few more that I just couldn't resist posting. I couldn't decide which one of these was my favorite... so I'm posting all three.




Friday, February 8, 2008

Emiko & Luke Married!

Wow, Emiko and Luke's wedding at Calamigos Ranch was FABULOUS! I love what I do and I love all weddings, but this one was was extra special for so many reasons. First off, Emiko did all of the flowers herself (amazing) and put so many special touches into the details like programs and hand folded origami cranes for every guest (also amazing). They were also just so in love that they were radiating happiness, which really just made my day :)

I try to keep these posts down to a manageable size but I fear I may have let this one get out of control. Oh well... more for you to browse :) We started out the day with Emiko as she started the transformation from beautiful woman to beautiful bride.



How could I not love photographing a wedding where the bride was THIS excited? I just couldn't get enough of her smiles!


Absolutely gorgeous!




The handsome groom with his groomsmen...


And the happy couple... looking ridiculously cute :)


I love the dreamy light in this one, beautiful light for a beautiful couple!


Ready for the big walk down the aisle!



The ceremony was so touching, but one of my favorite parts about weddings is looking at the reactions on the families. These are definitely two families who couldn't be happier about this union.


Ah details, what can I say about Emiko & Luke's details except for FABULOUS! They did such an amazing job with so many personal touches. I couldn't just pick one to show you... so I picked nine :)


The first dance as husband and wife, and man these two know how to dance! It was some fancy footwork if I ever saw it!



One quick dancing shot... like father like son :)



Awwww love..... so sweet! Now if that last one doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, I don't know what will! Congratulations Emiko and Luke, I wish you only the best in your future ahead. Special thanks of course to Crissy for bringing me along to help her shoot this wedding, I am so glad I was able to come!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday

Today is the day that us Californians get our chance to get our voices heard. I don't care who or what you vote for... but please just go VOTE! And if you're a photographer, bring your camera and document it for the New York Times polling place photo project. I'll be voting around lunchtime (and brining my camera) so look for a photo later today. If you're still reading this... what are you doing? Get out and vote!

*edit* So I'm back! No line (I'm hoping it's just because it was early, not because no one is voting!) I was worried that taking photos inside wasn't allowed... so I only took a couple quick snaps of the outside. Yay for polling places that are walking distance from the house!




Monday, February 4, 2008

The Best Kind of Love

Emiko and Luke had an absolutely gorgeous wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu this weekend and I was lucky enough to be invited by Crissy to come along to help capture the day. My full post will have to wait as I have a jam-packed week coming up, but I couldn't resist a little teaser of their wedding :)

They had a beautiful day, a beautiful location, and a heartfelt ceremony, but I have to say that the thing that made this wedding really truly amazing was their love for each other. The kind of love that makes you break out into a cheesy grin. Now that's the stuff that I love to capture! I can't wait to show you all of the images from this amazing day but for now I think this one sums it up. Check out that massive grin... I love it!


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Say Hello to Herbert!

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that Ben and I had a rough winter with the loss of our lovable family dog Rita. Our house just hasn't been the same without the jingle of a collar and a friendly face at the door to greet us on our return home.

Which is why I am overjoyed to introduce you to the newest member of our family... a spunky little guy we've decided to call Herbert! We're calling him Herbie for short, and he's quite a handful. He's a fully grown rescue dog (of course) which means he comes with a bundle of issues, but we love him in spite of all of his quirks. He came home with us on Thursday night and has been learning the rules of the house (although he seems quite unhappy with the "no dogs on the couch" rule). I am so happy that we were able to find a lovable dog that needed a good home, and that we finally have that excited jingle when we come through the door (now complete with a full body wag as well). I seem to be totally incapable of stopping myself from taking photos of my pets so expect periodic Herbie posts from now on.... but for the moment here is just one introductory shot of our fabulous new friend!


On a totally unrelated note... I just shot an amazing wedding in Malibu yesterday and I cannot wait to show you some of my favorites. I may be posting a teaser later today, and expect a full post later this week!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Get Ready for Gorgeous!

Well I have to say... picking favorites for this post was one of the toughest things I've had to do in a long time... this shoot was just so much fun, and Valena is just so GORGEOUS that it was impossible to take a bad photo of her. Here are a couple of the best... but the rest are all amazing as well. Enjoy!




One of the things that made this shoot so fun was that she was wearing such a ridiculously cute dress! Valena is not only a super mom, she's also amazingly crafty as well. One of her best talents is that she is a fabulous seamstress... she made not only a beautiful floor length strapless gown for her wedding, but a fun mini version for the reception as well. I love it! I also couldn't get enough of this concrete wall...




Ok ok... only one more on the big concrete wall... just because it's so much fun :) Check out that air... and in heels!




b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l !!


Thank you Valena for being such a stunning (and fun) model. I had an absolute blast with you!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

One Hot Momma

This afternoon I had the absolute pleasure of doing a "day after" style wedding shoot with one of my best friends, and the hottest momma that I know! Doing bridal sessions after the wedding is so much fun because we can go crazy and get some amazing shots, without the bride worrying about mussing her dress a bit. I love love love all of the photos, she's just so darned photogenic! I will post more photos later this week... but for now a sneak peak!


Friday, January 18, 2008

Dallas Wedding Weekend

Ok here goes... photos from my weekend in Dallas. There were two main reasons for me to travel to Texas; number one because my cousin Emily was gettin' hitched (yippee!) and number two because my brother is going to be marrying one of my best friends Tara in Dallas this fall as well (double yippee!) and we were going to scout locations and dresses for their wedding. We had a super packed and busy weekend, which was exhausting but SO much fun. I took lots of photos and I'm just warning you now this is going to be a whopper of a post... so sit back, grab a cup of tea and settle it, here we go!

The first thing that we did when we got in was attend the rehearsal. My mom and Tara got to work decorating the pews...

The MOB (mother of the bride for those that don't speak wedding) my aunt Sue looking so proud!


And the father of the bride, my uncle Mike, taking photos :)


The happy couple, walking down the aisle after the rehearsal...


The next day was WEDDING DAY! It was fun to experience a wedding day as a guest instead of as a photographer, but of course you couldn't pry the camera out of my hands if you tried... so I had to grab a couple of shots here and there. The next few are from Emily's bridal brunch.


The bride and her momma :)


All of the bridesmaids looking fabulous


Emily toasting her bridesmaids and thanking them.... such a sweet speech! I love girly get togethers!


Between the brunch and the wedding we headed out dress shopping for Tara (I told you it was a packed weekend!!) I am holding myself back from posting any photos of her actually in a wedding dress, as I hear it's bad luck for Chris to see her in one before the big day.


The other thing that made my trip extra-fabulous was that I got to see one of my absolute best friends Jean. Tara, Jean and I were like 3 peas in a pod in college. We were all in the same architecture studio together, all rowed crew together, and basically spent all our time together :) I was so happy that Jean drove up from Houston to hang out with us on Saturday! I just had to throw her in front of the camera though, no one is safe around me :)


How gorgeous is she? I have such good looking friends!



Tara and Jean together.. so cute!


And of course I couldn't forget Tara's sister. They are so adorable together!


And now, finally... on to the wedding! There was no photography allowed during the ceremony and I wasn't around for the getting ready... which only leaves the reception. I did my best to stay out of the way of the hired photographer, Sarah Holt from VIM studio (who is awesome by the way!) so I mostly took photos of my family, plus a few dancing shots just for fun :) Here are my parents looking sharp


And Chris and Tara, looking ridiculous. Don't worry, that face was on purpose. They don't always look like that :)


I think this one is hilarious. I always tease my sister that her mannerisms are slowly turning into those of my mom... and I think this shot proves it!


Allison with the happy bride & groom


This dancing shot of my parents is one of my favorites of the night, so sweet!


And a little more dancing action. The party was a total blast!


Just as the night was winding down I glanced over and caught this shot, Emily with her parents in such a sweet moment. She is definitely daddy's (and mommy's) little girl! It was so touching to see the love between them.


So there you have it! My ridiculously long Dallas weekend wrap-up post! I had such an amazing time and I'm so happy for you Eric & Emily!! Congratulations on your marriage and I hope you're having a fantastic time on your honeymoon.
Chris & Tara, you're next! I can't wait for your wedding in Dallas this fall, it's going to be amazing I'm sure. Thank you so much to Jean for driving all the way up to see us, you looked fantastic and I can't wait until you move closer so we can hang out all the time :)