Renaissance Club Sport Hotel • Fitness • Spa | Aliso Viejo

This past weekend I was able to assist Brian Carter of Pixel That! Photography. Everyone was getting ready at the Renaissance Club Sport Hotel in Aliso Viejo. I’ve never heard of this place before so I was a bit curious. Walking through the front door of the hotel I knew this place would be special. The decor was completely MY style! It is modern, edgy, masculine with strong linear patterns and lines, but is softened with bright punches of color. Just check out these images I captured on my trusty iPhone.

Look at that texture and crisp lines! Then the curved wooden slats in a dark mahogany…scrumpdeeliumptious! Ok I just made up that word.

Gosh I want that tortoise shell lantern for my side tables. I love the juxtaposition of the glass and wood. Isn’t the carpet fun? I mean it’s whimsical and the colors are so punchy! Definitely FUN! Oh the desk….the front desk….I want something like that for my home!I can’t wait for another couple to get ready in this hotel. OH please someone stay here! 

The Ritz Restaurant | Newport Beach

Orange County Restaurant week is a must for all foodies. My love for food has lead me to try many restaurants throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. For this year’s OC restaurant week Vanessa and I thought The Ritz in Newport Beach was the one for us!

While on their website I decided to look through their regular dinner menu and came across the most unique appetizer dish “Escargots en Croute”. Don’t ask me what it means, but the appetizer had me at “escargots”. It is described as “Baked in individual Crocks under a flaky Puff-pastry Crust with Walnuts, Parsley, Lemon Juice, Garlic & Red Wine”.

Oh yeah, did I also mention that the prix fixe menu also came with Lobster bisque and yet I still had to order the Escargots en Croute? 😛 Yeah, I’m a little piggy, I proudly admit that.

The entree was 8 oz sirloin that was tender and juicy and cooked to perfection! A+ they really do know how to cook their steaks. It also came with a free dish of creamed corn that was broiled to a crisp on top…delish! Don’t let the picture of the sirloin fool you. That slab of meat was bigger than it looks here.


The trio of desserts was good, but I’ve had better elsewhere. The trio consisted of raspberry creme brulee, key lime tart and chocolate cake. It was a good sampler though.

The service was impeccable. You cannot complain when your waitress serves you in a tux! The prix fixe menu also came with a free glass of wine, which was a plus and completely appreciated. The Ritz also had live music and the band played beautifully. I enjoyed my time there and would definitely visit again for a special occasion.

Kelly + Josh | Assistant Photographer for Karlo Gesner | Lancaster, PA

This is it! This was the moment that I have been waiting for! I waited 3 long months for this New Year’s Eve wedding to arrive! DESTINATION PHOTOGRAPHER! Whoo hoo! My very first destination wedding!

I had the honor to second shoot for Karlo Gesner. I’ve never worked with Karlo before so I was really nervous when we met up at Prince Street Cafe in downtown Lancaster to go over the itinerary for Kelly and Josh’s wedding. I was immediately put at ease when we met because Karlo is such an incredible individual. He was really open, very personable and so friendly. He completely trusted me and just allowed me to be creative and shoot and have fun at the wedding. Thank you Karlo! I  can’t wait for another opportunity to shoot with you again.

As with all my second shooting gigs I get the men! Yay me!

Josh, a fireman, had an accident just a few days before his wedding. Nevertheless, he told Karlo that he would do whatever it takes to get to the church to marry his beautiful bride. Josh is also an incredible individual. He is so warm, friendly and was ready and willing to do whatever it took to make this the best day of Kelly’s life. I don’t think I saw Josh stop smiling the entire day! I absolutely adore Josh and his groomsmen. They did whatever I asked of them and it made for a fun shoot.Aren’t they dashing? Just mere moments before we had to leave for the church I just had to sneak in a few formals against this rugged backdrop. I love the juxtaposition of the rugged rocks and the elegant sophistication of the suits.Josh waiting for his beautiful bride for the first look! I love the way Josh looks at Kelly. You can tell he’s totally smitten with his bride.Ah the men…didn’t I say that I love my job? Well I do, I get to shoot handsome men all day long. 😛 I came across this corner in the train station that had the most amazing softly diffused light! I had to shoot in here…This was the most amazing experience I have ever had during my first year as a professional photographer. I was able to travel to the east coast and shoot a New Year’s Eve wedding! I ended my year on such a high note that I hope 2012 will be just as perfect and just as incredible.

First Look: Lancaster Train Station

Ceremony: Mary Dixon Chapel at Linden Hall, Lititz, PA

Reception: The Overlook, Lancaster, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

This was my first trip back east during the middle of winter and New Year’s week! I got into Philadelphia after midnight and was super tired from the long flight and of course the dreaded delays due to “inclement weather”. Nevertheless I got up bright and early the next morning to hike in Lancaster County Park. That is the start time and temperature on the left and the end time and temperature on the right. Although it was 23 degrees outside, once I started hiking I warmed up and started to take off the down jacket and gloves and hat. :)

It was a pretty amazing hike because I saw deer! They are very shy animals, but so beautiful. I was able to get a pretty good look at them. Can you believe that the bones pictured below are actually part of deer vertebrae? Amazing that their discs are in the shape of a heart isn’t it?