We all do it at one point or another. We meet someone for the first time, shake their hand introduce ourselves, exchange a quick little story, and we tell ourselves that we'll remember this person's name and what they do. But the truth is, we forget.
We may remember something about their story that stuck out, what they did for a living or what they wore. So there's nothing different when it comes to meeting a few dozen different wedding vendors month after month as you plan out your wedding day. As you try and remember everyone's name and keep their phone number in your phone, remembering their business names or social media handles are not particularly on the top of the list of remembering (at least not when you're planning one of the biggest events of your lives)...
I sat across the table with her in a crowded Starbucks coffee shop when she told me that she didn't even know where to start. As we both had an iced cold coffees in hand, a small part of me thought, "Well, I'm a photographer, not a wedding planner." came across my mind, I still knew I had to help her. This was the among the first weddings I had ever shot.
There are wedding receptions, and then there are wedding receptions with your best friends who are obsessed with Harry Potter. Seeing as Tawny and Julieanne got engaged while vacationing in Harry Potter World, it was only fitting they have a wedding reception themed by the wizarding world.
It's hard not to think of all the possible Pinterest perfect inspirational quotes that come to mind when I think about how gorgeous our trip to California's central Pacific Coast was. Coming from Southern California--particularly Los Angeles, we don't see all the stunning blues and lushes greens that world can offer. Every color was so vibrant and full of life that the best words I can come up with to describe it is...
Beauty and Gratitude.
As a corporate job employee by day, and a solo entrepreneur by night (and weekends), I spend a lot of my time in the car on my morning and evening commutes. Aside from playing some Mumford and Sons or a soundtrack to my currently obsessed movie, I rely on a good mindful podcast to keep me sane from the mundane commute and crazy LA drivers.
Since I talk a whole lot about podcasts and what I'm listening to (usually via my Instagram Stories), I thought I would share my Top 10 Podcasts that I can't seem to get enough of.
Every time Angely asks me to take her family portraits, there's nothing but excitement and happiness that comes over me. Not only is her family so photogenic, but they are genuinely the sweetest!
This time we headed to Travel Town which sits inside of Griffith Park in Los Feliz, California. This adorable little town of old trains educates people and children about the history of the railroad system, hosts parties and has so many to see! During our shoot, Leonardo (who is almost three-years-old) was so excited to be visiting his most favorite place while he gets to play conductor and climb alongside the trains. Don't worry, all these trains are all locked in one place and meant for show now.
As I close out the last week of April, I am just filled with just gratitude.
Today is my birthday, which is it's what I like to think of as the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new chapter as May rolls in. This month had so many highlights for my business and I'm so glad you're here to reminisce with me as I go through everything amazing that happened.
End of an Era!
To the Person I Never Thought I'd Meet,
Where did you even come from? In a blink of an eye, you stood right in front of me and I didn't even see you coming.
Thank you for saving my life. Thank you for always being there for me and all the cheesy popcorn things I can continue to say.
Before you, I always thought to myself I could be content being with where I was. And to be completely honest, I really was. To be even more honest, you made me realize that I can be more than just content, but to be truly happy. You took a risk in putting yourself out on a limb, and I took the risk in meeting you off that limb, and I'm so happy I did.
Just when I thought I've already done the cutest birthday mini-sessions, something that my heart cannot even handle comes along like this week's Mickey Mouse themed birthday smash.
This was Baby Adrian's first solo session with me and he was the cutest thing dressed in his little red shorts, black suspenders, a yellow bow-tie and who can forget Mickey's ears?
It wasn't long until we found a little spot in one of my favorite parks, O'Melveney Park in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
The morning had a subtle overcast and this session went by so quickly! But OMG, did little Adrian deliver!
See for yourself...
You've had this idea to do family portraits and you've finally found the photographer who's going to do it. You've booked me as your photographer. Now what?
You could go straight into it not knowing what to do (but if you're with me, you won't go in blind *pinky promise*), or you could keep reading and see how you can prepare yourself and your family what to look into before your spring session day.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for your planned spring session...
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Los Angeles native.