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Monday, December 6, 2010

Engagement Session with Dawn and Christian

This past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot an engagement session with Dawn and Christian.  They are a hilarious couple!  We spent most of the day laughing and laughing and laughing.  From the time we started planning the engagement session Dawn couldn't figure out where to shoot.  But I kept any any recommendations of "generic" places to shoot because I knew eventually they'd come up with something special.  And I'm so glad they did!

We ended up shooting up the hill on Torrey Pines.  Can you believe that in the 15+ years I've lived in San Diego I've never been up and on those trails!?!  That place let us take some great photos.  Ohh, and the reason it was special is because it is where they had their second date.  I'm gonna say that their first date was more a half date so in my mind this was their first real date.

This is my favorite picture of them!
dawn christian engagement photos - Celebration Packages


The first thing I noticed about them when we met was that they matched. Purple shirts AND matching Chuck's. So I had to get a photo of that.
dawn christian engagement photos - Celebration Packages


Aren't they so dang cute!?!
dawn christian engagement photos - Celebration Packages


dawn christian engagement photos - Celebration Packages


We were able to get some awesome photos of the two of them up at the top of Torrey Pines.
couple kissing on mountain in front of a big tree - Celebration Packages


couple standing on top of a mountain - Celebration Packages


With the sun where it was, we were able to get some awesome silhouettes for some killer black and whites!
couple kissing on mountain in front of a big tree - Celebration Packages


couple standing on top of a mountain - Celebration Packages

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fashion Portraits

I did a few fashion shoots over the past few weeks and want to share a couple of my favorite head shots.

blonde model in black v-cut top


brunette model in lace black top

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving at The Youngren's

This Thanksgiving, I had the honor of participating in the inaugural yearly tradition of a bunch of friends getting together for a post-Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving meal.  Call it, Thanksgiving II - Revenge of the Turkey.

If you know The Youngrens, you already know how AWESOME they are (and if you don't....you should).  Well, they just kicked their notch in the notch.  Because this TII dinner had YEARS worth of ideas of two (already married) wedding photographers who have seen it all...and weren't afraid to throw some of their ideas in the mix.

Let's start with the spread.  Can you believe this?
amazing thanksgiving dinner setting

One of the coolest things they did was to give everyone an apple and attach a word to it. During dinner we went around the table talking about what that word meant in our lives.  Mine was Celebrate (I got a kick out of that). 
amazing thanksgiving dinner setting


Well, before we actually got to dinner, we all spent some quality time hanging out and making dinner together....as a family :)
amazing thanksgiving dinner setting


amazing thanksgiving dinner setting


Here we are with a table full of hungry people waiting to chow down!
amazing thanksgiving dinner setting



But wait........there's more!!!  Stay tuned for a time-lapse video of our dinner.  It's legendary. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dating Coach DeAnna Lorraine

I had the honor and pleasure of photographing Dating Coach, DeAnna Lorraine, last week.  She is an awesome wealth of information about dating, relationships, and life.  Definitely check her out coaching Web Site at www.DeAnnaLorraine.com!!  She even gave me some pointers, so watch out Ladies!

Isn't she gorgeous?!  I absolutely love her big smile!


Dating Expert - DeAnna Lorraine


Dating Expert - DeAnna Lorraine


Dating Expert - DeAnna Lorraine


Dating Expert - DeAnna Lorraine


Dating Expert - DeAnna Lorraine

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Orleans Bridal Workshop Photos

Pictage Partnercon 2010 in New Orleans was AWESOME!!!!   I helped the amazing photographer, Chelsea Nicole , with her shooting workshop (ps - if you're in Vegas and need a photographer, look her up!).The models, Peter and Tiffany, were great and up for anything!  By the end her dress was just black.  And it was worth it!

I always have SOOOOO much fun hanging out with other photographers and answering technically oriented questions like shooting in manual, or understanding flash.  There was a woman literally in tears being overwhelmed by how to shoot in manual that I helped get to a pretty decent understanding.  LOVE doing things like that. 

During the workshop most of my time was spent shooting Behind the Scenes photos, videos, and helping out.  I did manage to snap a few shots that I LOVE.  Here are some of those :)

bride in dirty white wedding dress and groom in new orleans


bride in dirty white wedding dress and groom in new orleans


bride in dirty white wedding dress and groom in new orleans


bride in dirty white wedding dress and groom in new orleans


bride in dirty white wedding dress and groom in new orleans


bride in dirty white wedding dress and groom in new orleans


bride in dirty white wedding dress and groom in new orleans


bride in dirty white wedding dress and groom in new orleans

Friday, September 24, 2010

Links of London Gnome Hunt Photos

Hi All!  So now I think I can finally share the images I shot for Links of London.  They setup a two week Facebook campaign to extend what they're doing across the "pond" in the UK.  If you don't know about the Gnome Stealing Prank, check out this background from Wikipedia.  For San Diego, Links had me take photos of their gnomes all over San Diego.  The contest was that every day they would post a photo of a gnome and the first person to guess where it was, won a Friendship Bracelet. Here are a few of the photos I took for them.


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego



Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego


Links of London - Gnome Hunt in San Diego

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Romantic Couple Shoot at The Palm Restaurant

Wow. It's been quite a while since I last posted. Things have been busy on my end, doing some photography stuff and also working on building the new It's Just Lunch, San Diego Web site. And for that, I wanted an excuse to do another fun couple shoot. Because IJL is a specialized dating service for busy professionals, what better place to host the shoot than the Palm Restaurant!  Part of the IJL service is to connect people together by setting up a lunch date or drinks at a bar after work. 

Out on the East Coast they're a big name for power players, especially in Washington D.C. where the term "Power Lunch" was probably coined. I put the call out for models who are already a couple (hey, why try to create a spark when there's already ones out there :) and found model Iris and her fiance, Mandell. They were great to shoot with! Rounding out the team was Meagan on make-up and Rowena handling hair (well, on Iris at least :).


romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego


romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego


romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego


romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego



romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego



PS - the food at The Palm is UNBELIEVABLE. I mean, just look at this delicious surf n turf.  Their steaks are to die for and so is their lobster.  I just wish I hadn't let the talent eat the dinner and had it myself :) 

romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego


romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego


romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego


romantic couple at dinner at The Palm Restaurant, San Diego

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vendor Spotlight: Links Of London

The other week I did a shoot for Links of London.  They're much better known in Europe and the Asias but you definitely need to get to know them.  They make FANTASTIC jewelry!  And one of the perks of shooting for them is that I got two of my own pieces!  Hooray!!  Big thanks to Natalie at LOL (yah, I had to use that acronym) for hooking me up with this "sweet gig".  Anyway, you all should know me well enough by now to know that I love taking photos of just about everything.  What better subject to shoot than some fantastic new jewelry of mine :)

Their only store is inside Bloomingdale's at Fashion Valley Mall. They've got great stuff for weddings, gifts, or for yourself!  Stop in to check it out and say hi to Roger, their General Manager, for me! 

First up is the Friendship Bracelet.  Apparently these things are all the rage here in the American States that have United.  I can totally see why.  I LOVE this thing!!!  And yes, I definitely got a pink one! 

Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch


Next up is the Portobello White Chronograph Watch. It is just stunning in all it's details. So many little intricate details and is now my go-to dress watch. Plus, it has a genuine crocodile strap!


Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch



Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch


Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch


Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch


Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch


Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch


Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch


Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch


Links of London Portobello White Chronograph Watch