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Friday, November 27, 2009

Celebration Packages Memory Books

Today, I took some time to photograph a few of the Memory Books we offer.  I thought it would be nice for those of you who haven't seen these yet to get a small glimpse into how exciting albums such as these are and why I love making them so much!

First off here's (almost) the entire family.  From left to right (13x10" bespoke memory book, lifetime memory book in 12x12", lifetime memory book in 10x10", and in front are two 4x4" brag books):



Stacked top to bottom are the 4x4" brag book, the 10x10" lifetime memory book, and the 12x12" lifetime memory book:



Front to back are the 4x4" brag book, the 10x10" lifetime memory book, and the 12x12" lifetime memory book:



Here's the 10x10" lifetime memory book:



And the 12x12" lifetime memory book laying flat:



Bespoke Memory Book in 13x10" with keepsake presentation box:



And then a cameo appearance by my kitty, Pancake.



He loves these albums almost as much as I do!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Challenge

148 days.  Starting on July 1st, 2009 I have tweeted/Facebooked something I am thankful for every day.  And for that, I am very thankful!  So for today, I am going to thank some of the people who were so influential in getting me to where I am right now.


  • Jeff & Erin Youngren for being some of my best friends, inspiring me, and being so open and willing to share their talent and knowledge with the photography community. 
  • Julie Larsen for being a great friend and taking a chance to partner up with me to create Celebration Packages at the Omni Hotel San Diego.
  • Leonard Simpson for giving me the opportunity to shoot some amazing fashion shows and for putting me on the 2008 Top 10 Best Dressed List in San Diego and for introducing me to ...
  • Natalie Aguirre-Jenkins for hiring me at Louis Vuitton who to this day is still my best corporate client!  And for introducing me to ...
  • Maree Mossmer for her great ideas, support and introducing me to...
  • Natasha Reiss who has thrown some A-MAZING parties and has really helped kick-start everything for me.
Thank you all soooo much for getting me to where I am now!



What are you thankful for?  From today until the end of the year, I want to challenge all of YOU to write down something you're thankful for every day (that's 35 days).  And if you're a "tweeter", follow me at www.twitter.com/CelebrateReuben so I can keep up with what you're thankful for!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Awesomeness That Is Me


Last week I told you a very personal story about my family and why photography means so much to me. This week I thought I'd share a little more about who I am (that's me as a kid to the right) and let you see the awesomeness that is my exterior, courtesy of La Vida Creations photography!

I am Reuben. I am devilishly handsome and charming (don't forget modest...haha) I live vicariously through myself. During the day I am a voracious reader of instruction manuals. At night I participate in full-contact origami.  Without "me", life is just aweso..

If there's anything else you'd like to know about me, post a question in the comments section and if I can get that information de-classified, I'll share it. 

Now enjoy the photos!

















Monday, November 23, 2009

Ramona Ranch Romance

The other day I was lucky enough to head up to a Ramona ranch with a bunch of other photographers and models for a good ol fashion photography shootout! Along with some great models, there was a "fake couple" there for us to shoot: Anna and JK.  I thought I'd post these pictures because they were so fun! :)
















































Sunday, November 22, 2009

Natasha s 40th and a New Contest!!!

Hello!!!! So for those of you following from the last post where I shared about a surprise bespoke book that I made for one of my favorite clients: Natasha Reiss, I gave her the book and she loved it!!! So here is the album design for everyone to enjoy.

As another surprise, I am starting a new contest for both Natasha and everyone else. Here's the scoop, Natasha. If you get 100 people to comment on your blog post, then I will give you either a gallery print or a brag book! So everyone else help her win this!! (some day it will be your turn :) And so no one else feels left out the 100th person to comment will win a $50 gift certificate to McCormick & Schmick's!








Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Capturing A Moment in Time: A Personal Story


I want to share a personal story with you that ties together why I am so excited about these new Celebration Packages we are offering. Recently, my Father was diagnosed with cancer.  When my Mother was only one, her Father died of cancer.  The photo to the right is the ONLY photo we have of him.  My Mom never knew her Dad except through this photo and what my Grandmother could tell through stories. 

Perhaps this is why I have always been attracted to photography.  When I was a little boy, my cousin showed me his really cool photo gear and that sweet motor drive.  In college, I was the guy running around taking candids of the group and posting online albums for people to look at.  I think that part of what drives me is creating a moment, a memory, for other people.

Tomorrow, I am giving a client of mine a surprise thank-you present for being such an awesome family, friend, and client.  I've been waiting four LONG weeks for it to be custom-designed and painstakingly put together by hand.  Aside from the fact that I designed it (so you know it's gonna be awesome, right?) and that it just looks AMAZING is that I know that 50 years from now her grand-children and great grand-children will be able to look at this album and get a glimpse into her life.  Not a scripted "say cheese" moment.  But a peek into what one moment in time was like for her.


My goal for every Celebration Packages that I shoot  is to capture a memory, that magical moment.  A canvas print that you can show off to your friends and family today.  An album you can reminisce with your great grand-kids tomorrow.  I don't want your great grand-kids to shuffle through a cardboard box in their garage looking for the ONLY photo they have of you.  I want them to pass down to THEIR grand-children a worn-down box with a set of pristine albums that showcase a time in the life of their great grand-parents.  I want your friends to sit down at your home and shriek in excitement when they see a hardcover book with you on it and slowly thumb through each page, remembering how awesome you are and how stoked they are to be your friends. 

Because what I want for you is a magical memory, all of my packages will come with credit towards either an album or a canvas print.  An artistic representation that tells a story.  A story about YOU that will resonate with your friends, your family, and with generations yet to come. 


Monday, November 16, 2009

Trash the Dress with Melissa and Nick

Had a GREAT shoot with Melissa and Nick yesterday at the Omni Hotel. Special thanks for Char and Amy for some fabulous hair and makeup.

After shooting a few couples shots, Melissa pulled out her actual wedding dress and we lived it up! She agreed to jump in the pool with it so we did. Soooo much fun! Thanks Nick and Mel!





Friday, November 13, 2009

Welcome to The Celebration Packages Blog!!

Hello!  And thanks for reading the first blog post for my new site/project: celebrationpackages.com   For a little background, Celebration Packages are an idea hatched over dinner with my good friend, Julie Larsen.  So as a partnership with the Omni Hotels San Diego, we will be offering what we think will be the (second) most memorable night ever (after your wedding night :)! 

Celebration Packages will be the PERFECT GIFT for a wedding anniversary, birthday, engagement, or any celebration! The base package will get you a night stay for two at an amazing Omni Hotel suite with champagne and strawberries PLUS a photography session with yours truly! As a memento for your night, you'll get a credit to use for a custom album or a gallery-quality canvas print (the package includes enough for a 4x4" mini-memories album). 

For an even more memorable night, we'll offer additional customized options: in-suite dinner or dinner at your favorite restaurant, carriage ride or limo to dinner, his/her pampering spa day, romantic live music, tickets to the ball game, engraved champagne bottles, anything you can dream up!  The goal is to put together THE ULTIMATE night and set everything up for you.  All you have to do is tell us what you want and show up!

So for this inaugural blog post I thought I'd start with some teaser images from one of today's shoots with a GORGEOUS couple, Tammy and Dan.  While Tammy was getting her makeup done I decided to have some fun and take some pics of her amazing shoe collection.  And since we all know a woman's outfit always starts with her shoes, I thought it would be a fitting start to the blog.  Enjoy!