Closing out 2011 in Pennsylvania!

After getting back home from a few days in Bakersfield during Christmas, I flew out the next day to spend the last week of December on the East Coast! I’ve never been on the East Coast during the December, much less during winter! As a So Cal native, I wasn’t prepared for how cold it could get…

The only thing that I purchased for the trip was this down jacket by Nike (find it here). I should have purchased thicker pants and UGGs. The jacket kept me warm enough, but when the wind kicked up and was blasting against me….YIKES! My poor legs. I only wore skinny jeans and those were as thin as tissue paper! Thankfully the weather was pretty nice during the week except for two days, the day after I arrived and the day I departed. Brrrrr!

It was also my first time I experienced snow! I mean real snow falling from above and not that man-made crap at Big Bear or Mountain High!

But my trip back East wasn’t just for relaxing, I also had a job to do! More about that coming up!

P.S. Yes, that was a horse and buggy behind me. I was in Amish Country after all. Plus, the store behind me is an Amish store and had generators to power the electricity!

Elmore + Keller Family | Orange County Lifestyle Photographer

I absolutely adore Christina and Chris who I ran into on a warm Saturday afternoon in Brea. You can read more about the story here. When Christina contacted me for a Christmas shoot with her new 3 month old baby girl and her in-laws, the Keller family, I was super thrilled! I captured Christina’s baby bump during the summer just a couple days from her due date and I haven’t seen her since. So being able to capture their new baby was a treat for me as well as being reconnected with the Keller family and seeing the adorable Kolby’s face again.

So excited to see Christina and Chris introducing their precious girl, Emmaline.

I love the name Emmaline too. It’s so unique and original. I especially love the huge flower headband that Christina’s relatives gifted to baby E. The gorgeous girls together! Baby E is an absolute doll! I love her with this outfit on! After the shoot, I just had to put my camera down and give Baby E a cuddle. She was so light too!The beautiful Elmore family! You can see that Baby E already has daddy wrapped around her teeny tiny fingers. That’s right! You work it Emmaline!Christina’s idea for this shoot was to get a family portrait together with all the grandkids, siblings and spouses to give to their mother Kathy and new step-father, Ron as a Christmas gift. You can see Kathy and Ron’s wedding here.Look how tiny Baby E is! I love this photo! The Keller family! Linda is Chris’ sister and was also in Kathy’s bridal party. In fact, the entire Keller family was in the bridal party. I also adore that Linda gave her two sons names that begin with a “K”. I’m partial to the letter “K” what can I say? Introducing Kyle (father), Kenny (eldest son) and Kolby, the stunningly handsome kid in front.The grandkids all together!
Linda gets to babysit Emmaline quite often, I’m so jealous! I’d love to babysit Emmaline too! Thank you Christina and Chris for inviting me into your family and allowing me to capture these precious moments in your lives! 

 

UCLA Dermatology Dept Christmas Celebration | Assistant Photographer Victor Garcia

OMG!! UCLA!!! Living in Southern California my entire life, I never made an effort to visit the UCLA campus. I’m so thankful that Victor asked me to come out to assist on this event so that I could finally see what a beautiful campus it really is. The party took place at Covel Commons on the third floor. I didn’t take the elevator because I wanted to walk up the round stair care! I don’t know what it is about round stair cases that fascinates me. I guess because linear ones are so common that when there’s a round/spiral one, I just get all giddy.


We had an open bar for the entire celebration! Thank you UCLA!It was an awesome night hanging out with the UCLA students and faculty and VLS Mobile Entertainment! 

J + M Wedding | Assistant Photographer for Brent Stanley

A rainy day for a wedding…one would consider it a disastrous day right? Not for this couple! Jessica and Mike took the weather situation very well. Although it did rain the entire day and even into the night, Jessica and Mike were just ecstatic to be married and to enjoy their day with their family and friends. Thank you Brent for having me assist for this wedding.

Mmmm….who could resist M&Ms? I loved that the ceiling had tulle and lights that were strung from beam to beam. Although the ceremony was supposed to take place outside, the staff at the club house quickly set up the ceremony indoors in the reception area. While Brent was out in the drizzling rain capturing the first look, I was indoors capturing the bridal party’s reaction to the first look.We took Jessica and Mike to the garage for some formal portraits. It’s a bit out of the ordinary, but we felt that it was unique to their wedding since their wedding was at a country club. I don’t know about you, but I’m digging it. It was so cool that Mike gave Jessica a little lap dance before reaching for the garter! Awesome Mike!! He gave all of us a laugh.

M + E Wedding | Assistant Photographer for Victor Garcia

On my birthday, I had the opportunity to second shoot for Victor again for the sweetest couple, Marisol and Enrique. To say that this couple was the epitome of calm, cool and collected would be an understatement. Neither Marisol or Enrique was anxious or nervous for the ceremony. Both families were so inviting and so appreciative for us being there to capture their day.

What better way to start off the day than to have a glass of bubbly with your family?

I placed the rings on the frame of this gorgeous Marilyn Monroe portrait! I know!! Why didn’t I take a picture of the entire portrait? The bubbly is poured, now comes the speeches and the tears! 😛 The church in Glendale was gorgeous! Look at the wood beams and the light fixtures? It’s got a rustic charm about it. As a photographer light is key so having all the lights on was a dream come true!