Monthly Archives: July 2013

I’ve been eagerly waiting to post this specific blog because this couple is two of my close friends. What I loved most about this wedding is that it was two of my friends getting married and most of their guests and bridal party were also my friends, so it almost seemed like I wasn’t working. It was a day full of smiles and lots of joking around, but in the end these Dave and Frances finally got to say I do and start their journey as Husband and Wife. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a lil misty eyed during the ceremony because the joy I felt for these two just couldn’t contain itself. I’m so happy for these two and can’t wait to see what these 2 will do together. There were TONS of great shots from the day, but these are my favorites. Enjoy!

Dave and Frances decided to do a 1st look. One of the best 1st reveals I’ve done in the past year. So much joy!This group cracks me up. I was laughing the whole time.
After all the fun photo time was over, it was finally time for Dave and Frances to finally tie the knot!Dave and France actual 1st date has been debated their whole relationship. Frances thinks its the 1st time they went out to dinner and david thinks it’s when he took her to Mr. T’s Doughnut shop late one night 2 weeks before he asked her to dinner. So the officiant took a pole to see how many people thought Dave was right and how many people though Frances was right. As much as it disappointed Frances, Dave won by a landslide:)
Since their wedding was in the evening, Dave and Frances decided to do a dessert bar for the guests instead of a traditional sit down dinner. They had a HUGE array of delicious desserts!
Now it was time to dance and party the night away!
Yes that is me! The Cupid shuffle came on and I had to help show everyone how to do it. It was my duty. LOL.Me and the cute couple before they left.Dave and Frances decided to have a sparkler send off at the end of the night.

Hey everyone! I am in the midst of my busy season and it’s hard to believe summer is already halfway over! When I realized this, I figured it was time to blog some summer weddings for all of you! This blog post is about Tara and Ryan’s backyard wedding that was in French Camp. It was SUPER hot this day, but what I loved best about this couple and their wedding party was that, despite the heat, they were such a fun group, laughed a lot, and were all smiles. It made my job more fun and had me smiling all day too. I loved all of the yellow too! It matched Tara’s sunny smile (which was present all day long!). A lot of brides get nervous, but Tara was just excited to get down that aisle and marry her best friend:)I hope you all love these images as much as I do. Enjoy!

Look how gorgeous these bouquets are!Tara’s flowers girls had these awesome tutus they got to wear.

This is Maui! Tara’s precious dog and honorary flower girl!Maui was a lil nervous about all the people in the house, but when she sat next her momma, she perked up and became super friendly:)This is Tara with both her cute puppies!Tara was absolutely STUNNING in her gorgeous wedding gown.
Don’t mess with these ladies!Tara with her new sister and mom in law!

Tara and Ryan gave out flower seeds for her guests to plant! So every time they see the flowers, they’ll remember them. Such a cool idea!The awesome decked out Kids table. Complete with an array of candy and coloring books!
Here she comes!

Ryan’s 1st reaction to seeing his beautiful bride on her way to the alter.Look at this group, so much fun! They didn’t wanna stop taking funny photos. 

Ryan and his awesome groomsmenTara’s mom had this AWESOME car that she let us use for some photos.The speeches that the best man, maid of honor, and parents gave to Tara and Ryan were some of the sweetest and funniest speeches I’ve heard all year.
One of the best parts of the night was when Tara and Ryan did their 1st dance. They had a complete choreographed dance for everyone!After the Mother/Son Father/Daughter dance, it was time to party!

When I posted my last blog explaining Amanda and her situation, I wanted the blog to be shared so people could not only participate in this photo project but also be aware of the Amanda’s situation. But I had no idea that people would be so generous. People I knew, people I had never met, people of all walks of life came out and decided to support this project. Not only did they come out and be involved in the photo series, but they were beyond generous and gave more than I could have ever hoped for. In just 2 days, The Breath Project brought in over $800! I am absolutely floored and astounded by all of generosity and kindness. This project meant so much to me and to see such a positive response. Not only did you come out and give, a lot of people who came and people who commented on the blog, told me their stories about their loved one and friends who also suffer with Cystic Fibrosis. All of your kindness as well as all of these stories touched my heart deeply. I am just about speechless. Words cannot begin express my gratitude to all of you that helped by getting your portrait taken or by praying. Because of your hard work and prayers Amanda and Matthew now can rest a little easier during these hard times.

Matthew (Amanda’s Husband) contacted me the other day and informed me that Amanda is now at the top of the list for her Lung transplant. She only has one person ahead of her, so the surgery will happen very soon. So all of your continued prayers and well wishes would be greatly appreciated. She’s about to start her long journey towards a new life.

Again everyone. Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!

Now here are all the portraits! If you got your photo taken you can download your full size photos HERE

Before I even begin, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this blog. It means a lot that you even clicked on the link and are taking the time to read this story. This story is about Amanda.

Amanda is my friend and also the wife one of my best friends, Matthew. They got married last summer and have already been through a lot. Amanda has Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a lifelong, hereditary disease that causes thick mucus to form in the lungs. This mucus blocks the airways, causing lung damage, making it hard to breathe, and leading to serious lung infections. Amanda (like the other 30,000 Americans with Cystic Fibrosis) has struggled with this disease her entire life. Her journey has been long and hard, but she has finally reached the point where even simple things like walking needs to be treated by breathing treatments.

But here comes the good news! She is now in the great and capable hands of the doctors at Stanford Medical Center. Because she failed her tests, she actually is now able to able to get a lung transplant, allowing her a 2nd chance at life. This would mean Amanda could lead a much normal life with her family, her new husband Matthew, and all the people she loves dearly.

Now here’s where you come in. Amanda journey is starting to look a little better, but she still has a long way to go. So the very 1st thing I wanna ask all of you is to say a prayer for her. She needs strength not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. Keeping her in your thoughts and prayers  will dramatically help her and it’s the absolute best thing we can do. The second thing we can do is help her financially and create an awesome project. This is where you guys really come in.

As I heard the news about her upcoming surgery and the help she needed, I thought to myself, What can I do? Then it dawned on me. Why not do a creative series that you and I can participate in to not only help Amanda, but raise awareness about all the other people with Cystic Fibrosis. This series represents what I think of when I think of a big blue sky. Fresh, clean, and inspiring, just like Amanda’s journey and her future.

So here’s how we’re going to do it. You show up to my place: 3901 Hennings Drive Modesto, CA this coming Monday and Tuesday (July 15 and July 16th) between 5-8pm wearing a white t-shirt and I take your portrait in front a white backdrop with a projection of a beautiful blue sky over you. Just like this!

Each photo will be a suggested donation of $10.00. All the proceeds collected will go directly towards Amanda’s Fund to help fund her surgery, as well as her recovery time at Stanford. The donation you give will get you a photo in front of the backdrop.  I will post all the photos online for you to download and use as your profile picture or just hang up in your room! We will also have baked goods for you to purchase at a donation as well! If you are reading this and cannot be involved with this series because of distance, you can still  be involved by making a donation of any price you’d like HERE .

So please, take a couple minutes out of your day, be a part of an awesome project, get a cool portrait taken, and help out Amanda!

 

So this blog is to update all of you on all the creative projects I’ve done over the last couple of months! Creative projects are just my fashion shoots that I do. I call them creative shoots though because sometimes, the emphasis isn’t really as much on the fashion, as it is subject or theme. But anyways! I’ve found some time to do some creative photoshoots in the midst of the wedding season. So here they are, Enjoy!

1st up is a fashion shoot I did in Hawaii while I visited a couple months ago. We hiked into the jungle of Oahu and battled many mosquitos to get these shots, but it was totally worth it!

Next up is a series I did inspired by Iconography and Renaissance paintings.

Next up is a very whimsical shoot we did in San Francisco by the coast. This shoot was inspired by greek sirens, wood Nymphs, and all things magic.

This shoot was a quick one, but a fun nonetheless. It actually is one of my favorite styled shoots I’ve done over the past year. oh,  and just so you know, I did her hair! I used art chalk and it took a while, but totally paid off in the end.

 

This shoot was inspired by the most recent holiday, July 4th! Another idea I’ve had for a while but this one was actually a quick impromptu shoot. It ended up being one of my favorites I’ve shot this year.

This shoot was an idea I’ve had for a while now. I named this shoot, “Bubblegum Punk.” The inspiration lots of various things: Pastels, Studs, Sherbet, Glitter, and alien princesses to name a few.

Last but not least, I had to opportunity to work with one my favorite male models, Nik. We shot together when I 1st started shooting but time went on, we both started getting busy. Nik moved to L.A. and got signed with an agency. But he came up to visit for a few days and we got the opportunity to shoot again! It was so awesome to work together again.