Tuesday, May 31, 2011

{loves me | loves me not}

Loves me ... Pintrest! I can't get enough of this website! I love exploring, searching and finding new inspiration around every corner!

Loves me not ... Pintrest! Sometimes finding images that I've "liked" or "pinned" isn't as easy as it should be. If you pin from a blog I wish you would pin to the original post, not just the blog itself. It can be very difficult to find the original creator this way!

Friday, May 27, 2011

{friday photo tip | wedding | engagement | portrait}

Even if you cannot afford a stylist for your portrait, you can still pull together an adorable look. The more put together your outfit the better your pictures will look. While we highly recommend a stylist we realize it isn't for everyone. Little accessories like jewelry, belts, vests, hair pieces add great character to an outfit. Jen of Nunn Better Design always says "It's all about accessorizing". For a casual look keep it simple, it's amazing how good dark jeans and a cute top and a cardigan with the right jewelry will photograph. For a more elegant look, a classic black dress can look very sophisticated with the right accessories. For more DIY styling, Wedding Chicks has announced a new segment for their blog, like this one. Also, check out Nunn Better Design Blog.

Styled by Jen of Nunn Better Design.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

{thursday treats}

Left: I want this dress from Collette Dinnigan's 2011 Summer Collection! I love the detail and the lace overlay, this is totally my dream wedding dress! Top Center: How adorable are these dresses! They are perfect for a kid's portrait session. Find the dresses via Martha Stewart Weddings. Top Right: I love the unique sweetness of these lights! What an amazing use of vintage tea cups on Bonasera.com Bottom Center: I LOVE how subtle and elegant the type is on the cake and how bold and dramatic the LOVE is! Cake by Eat Cake Be Merry. Bottom Left: My ongoing obsession with umbrellas got exponentially bigger when I saw this amazing umbrella by Leen Sadder! Not only is the umbrella totally DIY but it was also created as an act of kindness. Click on the link to read the entire story.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{dylan 1st birthday | event | south coast botanic garden}

I am thrilled to announce our new event coverage package for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers and many other events.

Our first coverage is of adorable baby Dylan who turned 1! This fun filled circus themed party was inspired by one of Dylan’s favorite books “If I Ran the Circus,” by Dr. Seuss. An amazing DIY party pulled together by Mina, Jen (Nunn Better Design), and many more friends held at South Coast Botanic Garden. The remarkable desserts were provided by My Sweet & Saucy Shop, and, as always, they outdid themselves. All the signage, place-cards, and printouts were designs from a birthday party pack, and Jen generously customized all the additional signage. David, the balloon twister, stole the show and had guests, young and old alike, following him around. As guests entered they voted on the Doljabi game, a Korean tradition for a baby's 1st year, said to predict their future. Guests choose between Money – wealth, Book – education, Yarn – long life, and Rice – never go hungry. At the close of the party all four items were placed in front of Dylan and the one he chose would predict his future! After much deliberation on the part of the birthday boy he selected Money!

It was a blast photographing the amazing party and Mina did a great job putting it all together. Thanks for having us a part of your special day.

Picnic Tables: Mckinsey’s Nursery
Catering: CherryStones Grill & Grotto in Gardena
Balloons: LA Balloons in Glendale
Head Table and Sweet Table linens: Vini’s Party rentals
Buffet Table and sign-in table linen and skirts: Party City
Desserts and birthday cake: My Sweet & Saucy Shop
Birthday Cake stand: Rental from My Sweet & Saucy Shop
Invitation: The Candy Tree
Balloon Twister: David Nguyen
Mason Jars with Perforated Daisy design: Peak Candle
Stripe Paper Straws: Etsy
Photobooth props: Etsy

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

{loves me | loves me not}

Loves me...sleeping in. I love lazy Sunday's where I can sleep in and know that I can chill for the day with no errands, chores, meetings or work. It really doesn't happen often, so when it does I take full advantage!

Love me not...mornings. I hate waking up in the morning, no matter how early or late. I just don't want to get out of my warm comfy bed.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

{friday photo tip | wedding | engagement | portrait}

Be Comfortable! No matter how amazing the dress or the shoes look, if you are not comfortable it will show in the pictures. Still want to wear the cute dress and adorable shoes, of course, bring some flip flops or comfortable flats and a jacket for when we aren't shooting.

{thursday treats}

Left: I am still in debate over this image... Do I love the pink tulle or the pose more?! The debate rages on! Lol Photo by Tricia Gosingtian. Top Center: I think I'm feeling a new obsession coming on for the 1920's! These fantastic dresses are from Dear Golden. Top Right: How sweet is this picture?! I think this is a great idea for a wedding or an engagement shoot. Originally posted on amorology and photographed by Jamie Hammond Photography. Bottom Center: Seeing this mail sorter from Stylish Storage makes me want to write more letters! Bottom Left: Loving this Bistro inspired invitation set! My favorite part is that U+U Design has made it totally customizable!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

{press | wedding chicks}

So excited to be featured on Wedding Chicks with this adorable hand-carved apple shoot. One of my favorite styled shoots thus far. Thank you Jen for styling and Kat and Will for being such wonderful models. Check out the full post here.

{loves me | loves me not}

Loves me: ...clean laundry! I love the smell of clean laundry when I walk into our laundry room. I love how soft and warm the clothes come out and how wonderful they smell.

Loves me not:...crowds! I hate trying to fight for parking or work my way through crowds to run basic errands! I just want to tell them to get out of my way!!! lol

Friday, May 13, 2011

{friday photo tip | wedding | engagement | portrait}

When deciding what to wear for your photo shoot try and stay away from busy patterns and logos. While, patterns and prints are great, we love printed dresses for instance, you don't want to go to crazy with everyone in patterns as it will distract from the main subject, the subjects being you and your loved ones! Try to avoid logos all together, otherwise it may look like you are promoting the brand. Logos also tend to date the image and you want your images to stand the test of time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

{thursday treats}

I am in love with this lace dress from Elizabeth Fillmore's 2012 collection! When I saw this on Wedding Chicks a few days ago I literally gasped out loud. Top Center: Bow ties! Who doesn't love bow ties! This amazing variety is from Shauna and Stephen of Something's Hiding in Here exclusively for Forage. Top Right: Once again My Sweet and Saucy's cake amazes me! Those exquisite doilies and the sugar flower on top are pure perfection. Bottom Center: How hot are those shoes! Not only do I love the shoes but I also love the photograph found on Piper Page. Bottom Left: Masks are so much fun! And they make great props for wedding or engagement shoots! This one (found on We Heart It) is absolutely beautiful.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

{loves me | loves me not}

Loves me: ...french macaroons! They are my current dessert of choice and I cannot help myself when I am around them. I love how perfectly crisp they are on the outside but so soft and light on the inside. The first crack as I bite into one is pure heaven.

Loves me not: ...filing! Do I really need to explain why?

Friday, May 6, 2011

{friday photo tip | wedding | engagement | portrait}

Your personal style is very important! So, if you love romance, crave a modern look, or want something casual and relaxed, go for what is true to you. Your personal style is what will make your photographs unique and amazing. We will photograph to your style, so be sure to tell us what you personal style is. Don't be shy and don't worry if you don't know we will help you figure it out!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

{thursday treats}

LOVE this dress from Manuel Mota for Pronovias 2010 Collection! I saw it and instantly thought of the dress Kate Middleton wore to marry Prince William! Top Center: I can't stop staring at this image! New shoot inspiration through windows! Top Right: How adorable is this out fit from maan? Perfect for a portrait session with kids!! Bottom Center: I have always had a fascination with hats, and after watching the royal wedding I am now OBSESSED with them! I WANT this one from BHLDN...now to figure out where to wear it! lol Bottom Right: How cute is this invitation set??? I was even more impressed when I read on Ruffled that the invitations were DIY by the Bride!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

{ian | newborn | portrait}

Welcome Baby Ian! I have had the pleasure of photography Baby Ian’s mommy and daddy on several occasions , and was thrilled to photograph Baby Ian’s newborn session. Remember baby ditch maternity session and how adorable mom and dad were, no surprise that baby was the same. Baby Ian did a wonderful job modeling, and we couldn’t have asked for a cuter more intimate session. Thanks for letting us be part of such a special and memorable time in your life.

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