Mrs. Sarah W. B. | Boudoir | Costa Mesa

I’ve been waiting on pins and needles to post my first sexy boudoir session with the stylish and fashionable, Sarah. I met Sarah and Daniel more than a year ago when I shot their engagement session at El Matador beach in Malibu. This boudoir session has been about  a year in the making. We finally set a date to shoot this sexy and stylish boudoir session with a month to spare before Sarah and Daniel’s one year anniversary. We did the shoot at the beautifully decorated Hotel Hanford in Costa Mesa.

Sarah was married a year ago in Santa Barbara and had this gorgeous cathedral length veil that I had to use in the shoot. Of course it paired perfectly with her designer Dior heels!

Her make up was perfectly executed by the professionals at MAC cosmetics! Love them! 

I love that Sarah is just as passionate about fashion as I am. Yes, she picked out all her outfits and accessorized them herself! It was absolutely fabulous for me to photograph and I loved capturing her beauty and her sparkling eyes for her husband’s anniversary gift. 

I loved the entire shoot and I found it really hard to narrow down the images I wanted to blog, but I think my absolute favorite is this last image. It just seems so vulnerable, beautiful, dramatic and mysterious.

Cleopatra: The Exhibition @ California Science Center | Los Angeles

I’m so excited to share with you the Cleopatra Exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. I must thank Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf because if it were not for the barista making my cup of latte and slipping on that sleeve with the announcement of the Cleopatra exhibit I would never have known it was here! I have always been fascinated with Ancient Egypt and Greek Mythology! When I was in London, I made a stop at the British Museum and saw all the mummies they had displayed. I also had the chance to see the King Tut exhibit which was awe inspiring as well. Now I can see all the glory of Cleopatra’s reign, who was one of the most powerful and intelligent women in Ancient History.

I booked the earliest possible showing to try and avoid the crowds and long lines so that I could get my photo on. 😛 Well, I had to show all of you, who couldn’t make it, the treasures of her reign right? Anyway, the crowds were definitely light and there was still enough room to enjoy each piece of art. Upon entering the exhibit we sat in a media room where a short film and history of Cleopatra was played. The film ended and the projector screen lifted up to reveal a dark room with a silhouette of a statue. The the carefully orchestrated lighting turned on to reveal this gorgeous statue below!

The curators of the exhibit did an amazing job. All the objects, statues, relics, jewelry, etc were found underwater. Cleopatra’s beloved city was hit by natural disasters such as floods and tidal waves which sunk the beautiful city. The curators set up the exhibit to exude the feeling of an underwater dig. Images of underwater excavations were enlarged and hung up on walls, the lighting was dim and there were a couple of tactile exhibit for kids to play with to illustrate how sand was sifted and how sand is affected by currents.

Here are some of the images from Cleopatra’s exhibit.

These two statues were over 12′ tall!Ah the jewelry! Such exquisite works of art! These were said to be the two perfectly intact sphinxes found on the excavation. The image on the right is the head of Cesarian, Cleopatra and Cesar’s first son.Coins with Cleopatra’s profile.This was a small, but fantastic exhibit. I definitely suggest checking it out. The Natural History Museum is also nearby and so are the Coliseum and Rose Garden. :) 

 

 

Green Bliss Cafe @ Downtown Fullerton

This is such a treat for me to introduce Green Bliss Cafe in the heart of Downtown Fullerton! It’s green, organic, modern and has an understated elegance. It is light, bright and airy and everyone here is very warm and friendly. I never drink straight black coffee, but when I was offered to taste the fresh brew I was blown away. It wasn’t bitter or burnt like Starbucks! I actually didn’t have to sweeten it or add any cream. The coffee is definitely the star here!

I really love what Rita Ho, owner of Green Bliss Cafe, did with the space. Her love for organic, natural, eco-friendly products are displayed beautifully on the shelves. I love that pops of color such as the turquoise glass chandelier and the lime green seating against the dark wood tables.Not only does Rita provide delicious organic coffee and pastries, but she also has eco-friendly products and eco-books available!I just adore these hand illustrated cards on natural kraft card stock with brightly colored matching envelopes.“Garden Bon Bons”….yeah…I almost picked it up and tried to eat it. **chocoholic**And here is the adorable and sweet Rita Ho. She was definitely a joy to work with! She is someone that all of us photographers dream of working with! Laid back, sweet, friendly, trusting and very personable! You’re a doll Rita! My love for coffee is not just a “love”, but an addiction. I must, I repeat, MUST drink one cup a day. My day doesn’t start until I have my first cup. Coffee makes me happy. Coffee can cheer me up from a bad day! Coffee can cure my headaches! Yes, it’s true! It’s cured many a headaches for me in the past. 😛MMMM, just look at that froth! One mug for me please!The baristas here are very experienced and they know how to make a fantastic cup of coffee without the need for any sugar or cream! Now that is what I call a BARISTA!

TOTEM Cirque du Soleil | Del Mar Photographer

“A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind”

I’ve been to a handful of Cirque shows before and the last one I went to was IRIS at the Kodak Theatre last Christmas. I thought IRIS was the best that I have seen. It spoke to my creative mind and my love of fashion. I loved the innovation and how IRIS incorporated the audience into the show and made us feel like we were part of IRIS! I won’t spoil the ending for those of you who have not participated. :p

So when I was surprised with tickets to watch TOTEM in Del Mar I wasn’t too enthusiastic. I didn’t think it could possibly top IRIS! No way! Well, the day arrived and we drove down to Del Mar during the week day. We got there with plenty of time to spare so we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants “The Fish Market“. After dinner, we took a walk on Del Mar Beach where we watched the sun set and the Surfliner pass by. :)

Show time! So we always get front row seats for any Cirque du Soleil show. Yes, that is how we roll! 😛 I really really REALLY enjoyed the show! I just love how modern this show was compared to all the other Cirque shows. TOTEM incorporated technology with traditional music, dance and earthy sounds and colors. It was absolutely beautiful and I am so glad that I went. :)

K + M | Aliso Viejo Wedding Photographer

A gorgeous wedding in beautiful Aliso Viejo! This time assisting Brian of Pixel That Photos! The entire wedding party got ready at the Renaissance Club Sport Hotel. You can view the modern, chic hotel on my previous blog post here. Yes, I would definitely stay at the Renaissance Club if I were planning a trip in South County.

This church in Dana Point is glorious. The tall ceilings and the beautiful light filling the room is just magic!
Yes that light is fantastic! You really don’t need any floral arrangements when you have such a gorgeous church like this!And here we are for the reception at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. The decor that Karen and Matthew have chosen are breathtaking. Shooting details are my absolute favorite part of the day.