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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Alexis and Gabe Engagement Slideshow

Merry Christmas!!! I have been slaving over a hot stove cooking up this engagement show hotness! If you read my last post for Alexis and Gabe's sneak peek you already know how awesome and gorgeous this couple is. Now, you get to check out their engagement shoot slideshow. One of my favorite parts about photography is being able to tell a story. So this slideshow is really a memory book design for Alexis and Gabe to turn into a guest sign-in book for their wedding so they have a cool coffee-table reminder about how awesome this day was ... because it is a snapshot, a memory. When they look back at this book, I hope they remember the first step they took together, into the journey of the rest of their lives together.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Alexis and Gabe Engagement Shoot Sneak Peek

Wow, today was amazing! A few weeks ago, I got an email from Alexis Del Chiaro with some happy news that she was now engaged to Gabe! Of course, she immediately thought of getting photos taken (Gabe says that was the first thing out of her mouth) and I was more than honored to be asked! If Alexis looks familiar, it's because she is! She is one of the morning anchors for KUSI.

Skip forward to today... we had already rescheduled a few times because of all three of our busy schedules but today was the day! Rain was looming on the forecast but we were hopeful because the skies were gray but there wasn't any rain yet... Well, I went down to La Jolla to scout things out and right at the top of the hour when we were supposed to meet it starts raining! AAAAHHHHHH!

After chatting and figuring out a backup plan (really, who makes a backup plan for rain in San Diego???) we drove over to La Jolla Shores beach where it miraculously stopped raining. We got out into the cold where Alexis and Gabe were super troopers for sticking it out through rain and hail and sleet and .... well, maybe just cold but it was pretty brisk! It had just rained and the sky was cloudy. But we made it work and got some amazing photos!

PLUS, they were amazing models! Alexis knew the drill and gave Gabe some direction also. She already knew that it would be their job to relax and just act natural. After a few minutes, I really didn't need to tell them anything... they just did exactly what I wanted them to do!

It was so hard to pick through photos but this one is definitely my favorite of the day. With the rain, I asked them to grab their umbrellas. The "umbrella" series was probably my fav and you can see why. Their personalities totally shine through and this image really just encapsulates how I see the two of them.

celebration packages engagement shoot with gabe and alexis del chiaro of kusi san diego on la jolla shores beach holding umbrellas

I am soooo excited to share the rest of their photos with you! Make sure you register at Pictage so you can be the first to know when the rest of their photos are released to the wild.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Williams Sonoma Registry Party

Last Thursday I was invited to take photos for the Williams Sonoma store at Fashion Valley in San Diego, CA. Heidi, the store manager, sets up these really cool events for couples who have registered there. She puts together an event bringing together a few different vendors who have products at the store and invites couples to walk around, register items, listen from experts talk about their products, and have some amazing food provided by their store chef.

I walked around and got to do one of the things I love most, take photos of details! and all the fancy store product displays.


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party


Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party



And here are some of your friendly staff from the store!  And yes, I made a rookie mistake shooting this so the glass line cuts right through their faces.  D'oh!
Williams Sonoma - Fashion Valley Store San Diego, CA - Bridal Registry Party

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Victoria, Sarah, George, and David's Senior Prom

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of capturing Victoria, Sarah, George, and David's senior prom photos. Starting in the morning, I followed Victoria and Sarah as they got their makeup did, their hair did, their dresses did.... (more photos from that in a later post). After meeting up at George and Sarah's place we went out to Santaluz where we took some photos by this awesome villa-esque building. Now that I have my new Vagabond Mini battery pack, I can take my studio lights anywhere. So I brought them and used a beauty dish to light them against the sun and sky to create this dramatic lighting. It was so fun! (yes, I'm a nerd like that) Anyway, enjoy!


prom group photos


prom group photos


prom group photos


prom group photos


prom group photos


prom group photos


prom group photos


prom group photos

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Palm Resturant - Lunch Re-Opening

sLast Friday, The Palm Restaurant in San Diego celebrated a grand re-opening--for lunch.  For the first time since they opened five years ago, they will be serving Friday lunch.  No other restaurant of this caliber and quality open for lunch in downtown San Diego.  So if you're looking for some AMAZING food, check out the Palm for lunch on Friday!  Maybe make it a long lunch meeting... that never ends.  :)

Be sure to register to be notified when the entire photo gallery is up.

The Palm Restaurant San Diego



The Palm Restaurant San Diego



The Palm Restaurant San Diego




The Palm Restaurant San Diego



The Palm Restaurant San Diego


The Palm Restaurant San Diego

Thanks to all the amazing staff from The Palm.  You guys rock!The Palm Restaurant San Diego

Monday, May 9, 2011

Fashion Valley Mall - Mom's Night Out

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of working with Fashion Valley Mall for their "Mom's Night Out" Mother's Day event. It was such a blast seeing all the great table displays for some of the best shops in the mall.

Be sure to register to be notified when the entire photo gallery is up.

woof 'n rose winery
fashion valley mall - san diego, ca


links of london
fashion valley mall - san diego, ca

williams sonoma
fashion valley mall - williams sonoma


mac cosmetics
fashion valley mall - san diego, ca


kiehl's
fashion valley mall - san diego, ca


origins
fashion valley mall - san diego, ca


ronald mcdonald house
fashion valley mall - san diego, ca


starbucks
fashion valley mall - san diego, ca


the container store / san diego magazine
fashion valley mall - williams sonoma


fashion valley mall - san diego, ca

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Connect Your Laptop to HDTV Wirelessly

Have you ever wanted to view images or a movie on your HDTV but hate the fact that you have to be "wired in", as they say on "The Social Network" movie?  Well, now you can wirelessly display anything you want from your computer on your HDTV.  It's great for watching movies and being able to control them from your couch, using your HDTV as a second (or larger) monitor, set up wireless projection or presentations, etc.

I use it for my photography clients to walk through images via Lightroom. They watch the big screen HDTV and see large images while I can look through my Grid or Develop view on my laptop.

Here's a diagram I created to show how it works (photos are real but simulated on the devices).

All you need is a computer, an iPad (1 or 2), an HDTV with HDMI input, Air Display and an Apple iPad HDMI adapter.
  1. Download Air Display 
  2. Install Air Display on your Mac and iPad
  3. Turn Air Display on for your Mac and select your iPad
  4. Turn off "mirror display" in your System Preferences>Display Settings (personally, I prefer having my Grid displayed on my Macbook and only the image on my iPad/HDTV but you can mirror your display also)
  5. Connect your iPad to your HDTV via the Apple iPad HDMI adapter
  6. Display anything you want now!

Let me know via comments how YOU use this setup!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jolene & Scott's NYE Wedding Slideshow

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited right now!!!  I just finished the design for Jolene and Scott's wedding album and when I put it to music I got emotional.  This slideshow is their wedding album put online and timed to music.  They are such an awesome couple and I love the way the story of the whole night is encapsulated here complete with some of the extra special, unplanned moments. 

The wedding albums I make for my couples are of the highest quality and will literally last for generations.  So when Kimber grows up, she will be able to show HER grandchildren what her parents' wedding day was like!  I thought it would be cool to see if we can get everyone to donate toward the "Jolene and Scott Wedding Album Fund" so we could buy this for them!!!  If you're down with the idea, contact me.

The complete set of wedding photos will be online soon so register now with Pictage so you will be notified. And you can still check out the first blog post with photos.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jolene & Scott's NYE Wedding

I hope you're all as excited as I am about these awesome photos from Jolene & Scott's New Year's Eve wedding!!!!   Ohhh my, it was such a blast!  I know Jolene from my work at It's Just Lunch and adore her.  Her wedding was a great chance for me to meet her closest friends--who are awesome too!

Jolene and Scott rented a townhouse in downtown San Diego where they got ready.  Admist all the craziness I was able to snap some great candids plus some ADORABLE kids (which will come in one of the next posts).  They were married at North Chapel church in the Point Loma area.  And the reception was the coolest idea ever!!  They rented out SD Lounge downtown so we had a club all to ourselves for a blastin NYE party!

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OK, I'll stop rambling and let you check out what you came here for ... photos of Scott and Jolene!



PS - she had THE BEST wedding shoes ever!!
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And all her bridesmaids had awesome shoes too!!
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celebrationpackages.com - jolene and scott wedding


This is Jolene's daughter, Kimber.  Soooo cute!
celebrationpackages.com - jolene and scott wedding


Here is their "first look", where they saw each other for the first time in their wedding attire.
celebrationpackages.com - jolene and scott wedding


celebrationpackages.com - jolene and scott wedding


celebrationpackages.com - jolene and scott wedding


Yup, we set up a photo booth.  They rock!
celebrationpackages.com - jolene and scott wedding


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Family and Friends: please register at Pictage so you can be notified when all the wedding photos are available.
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