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They say a mothers love for her child is one of the deepest, most powerful feelings in the world. At only 6 months pregnant, I can already see how this is true. The fierceness that comes with both loving and protecting our babies is something so complex, only another mother is able to understand. From what I hear, the days are long but the years are short. When I photograph families who have teenagers, the parents often reminisce about the days their children actually wanted to be in the portraits with them. How they never wanted to leave their side. I’m sure this can be very taxing to a parent, but also, hindsight proves these are some of the fondest memories. As a photographer, I love having the privilege of documenting these sweet moments, so that parents have pictures to reflect back on. This Mommy and Me photography session at Santa Ana Train Station is a great example of how powerful both a mothers love and a photograph can be.

Mommy and Me Photography Session

Mommy and Me Photography Session Santa Ana Train Station

To say this Mommy and Me photography session got me even more excited to be having a little boy is like the biggest understatement evvvveeerrrrrr. Seriously, you guys. That hat?! Those eyes!? That look he gives his Mama?! I could barely hold it together while photographing these two.

I love shooting at the Santa Ana Train Station. Steeped in history and gorgeous architectural design detail, it was the perfect backdrop for this laid back Mommy and Me photography session. This mom and son chose a simple color palette which let the tile work in the train station pop (and was the perfect accompaniment to my heart bursting).

I’m sure what they say is true about the days being oh, so long and the years being way too short. So- let’s make sure we never underestimate how important it is to capture it on film. Ready to book your Mommy and Me photography session? Contact me today.

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This couple was set up by a friend (who might have a career in matchmaking in her future), Sungmi, who also ended up being the officiant at their wedding. I think Sungmi said it best: “Jen and Jeff’s relationship is based on a real love, not the kind filled with gifts and grand gestures, but rather a deep connection filled with honesty, respect, and appreciation for one another.” If you ask me, THIS is what all relationships should strive for. This type of love is what will get a couple through good times and bad. Through sickness and health. Through all the hurdles that this crazy thing we call life will throw at them. This Santa Barbara Zoo wedding was a testament to what true love is.

Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding Photos

Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding Photos

Jen and Jeff’s wedding day was one of those days where everything went exactly as planned. Married at the adorable Santa Barbara Zoo, the couple seemed to literally float through their day. I was thrilled to be their photographer from the very beginning, but watching them on their wedding day made me adore them even more. It was awesome to see both families so excited, smiling from ear to ear, as they watched these two get married. If you didn’t know any better, you would’ve thought that Jen and Jeff’s families were old friends, with relationships that go back for ages. It was truly something special seeing them all come together to support this couple on their wedding day.

As if the Santa Barbara Zoo venue wasn’t cool enough, Jen and Jeff got ready at the coolest house everrrrrrr. This place overlooked the mountains, had a pool, tennis court, chicken coop and a barn! I didn’t want to leave!

This was one of those weddings I wish I was a guest, because they got to feed giraffes, hang out with penguins, enjoy a professional Lions Dance performance, and end the night with trays of ice cream sandwiches. Like, for real, people. Most amazing day ever!

This wedding was a great mix of rustic, glam and down-right fun. Not much decor was needed to amp up this venue, but I absolutely adored Jen’s choices for her dress, flowers and accessories. By the huge smile on Jeff’s face, I’d say he agrees. :) The small personalized touches throughout the ceremony and reception really showed the couples personality. But, let’s get real, they hosted their wedding at a zoo… so basically you know their personalities rock!

Here’s to many more years of fun and adventure together, Jen and Jeff! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your day.

The Details

Getting Ready: Bella Vista | Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo | Coordinator: Master Plans Events | Hair & Makeup: Grace Lin Professional Makeup Team | Videographer: Cotton Love Studios | Cakes & Sweets: Your Cake Baker | Catering & Rentals: Rincon Events | Ceremony Music: Jason Sulkin Music | DJ: VOX DJs | Photobooth: PopRock Photobooth | Invitations: Minted | Papergoods: David Luong

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  • Rachelle - Ah, what a fun and lovely location. So many sweet details!! Congrats!!

Questions to ask your wedding photographer. You’ve seen it on Pinterest or that favorite wedding planning website you’ve saved to your favorites in your browser.

“Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer.”

I think I’ve been asked almost every question in the book. For real. And, while I certainly don’t mind answering any question my brides and grooms throw at me, I do think some of these lists you see online miss the mark. Most of these lists can give you great ideas and definitely a solid starting point. They’re just…well…a little basic for my taste.

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

When you’re interviewing someone to be the potential photographer to document one of the most important days of your life… you need to get up in there with your questions! I think the biggest hurdle in finding your photographer is finding someone whose style, personality, and budget aligns with yours. That’s no easy feat and I’m here to tell you, not all photographers within a price point are created equal.

I’ve been in this biz a while and I’ve had some time to reflect on questions being asked and answered. So, here’s a round up of questions to ask your wedding photographer that I personally think are wise.

Questions For Your Photographer
1) How many images can I expect to see from my wedding?

2) What is your turn around time?

3) How will the final photographs be delivered?

4) What kind of editing is included?

5) How much is this all going to cost me (and are their hidden fees)?

6) How do you work best on a wedding day?

7) Can I see an entire wedding gallery of images delivered to past clients (or several)?

In my opinion, these are all questions that should be covered when you meet with any photographer. It is their responsibility to set the expectations and make sure all the vital information about pricing and booking is effectively communicated with you.

But how do you decide if this photographer is truly the right fit for you? Don’t think you’re going to be let off the hook in answering some questions yourself.

Questions For You & Your Partner
1) What is your gut telling you about this photographer?

2) Can I spend 8+ hours on my wedding day with this person?

3) Do I trust this photographer?

4) When looking through an entire gallery of their images, am I excited to see more?

5) Are their gaps in the quality or consistency of their work?

6) Have they been flaky or difficult to get ahold of?

7) Does this photographer seem unexcited about my wedding day?

So as you can see, you’ve got some homework to do! Get up close and personal with that potential photographer. Set up an in-person meeting or Skype session so you can get a good impression. This is invaluable for both the photographer and the client. Do your due diligence in collecting all the info, but don’t neglect your own instincts. This is too important of a day to incorporate someone you don’t have 10000% trust in and regard for.

Interested in hearing more about my wedding photography services? Drop me a quick line with all your questions today :)

  • Rachelle - Great tips!!

Each of my clients is a treat to work with. But every once in a while, there comes along a couple who is just 100% trusting and over-the-top pleasant to work with. When this happens, it really makes my “job” seem like no work at all. Melissa and Josh were that couple for me, and their Vellano Country Club wedding was such a pleasure to photograph.

Turns out, Melissa and Josh were guests at a wedding I photographed a few years ago and I’m so glad they reached out when they got engaged. I absolutely love learning about all the different ways I am connected with the couples I work with. From the moment I first interviewed with Melissa, I knew she was a girl after my own heart. She is confident, bold and very precise about what she wanted out of her wedding. Her main focus of marrying the love of her life was the top priority (as it always should be!).

Vellano Country Club Wedding Photos

Vellano Country Club Wedding Photos

The weather at this Vellano Country Club wedding was on point. Crisp. Sunny. Flowers in bloom. My kind of day! Melissa and Josh chose a muted color palette that fell nicely against the backdrop of the country club. And, those blush colored floral arrangements had me swooning! I loved the rustic details, like the wrought iron arching they stood under for their vows.

In addition to the love Melissa and Josh put on display on their wedding day, it was really touching to see all of their friends and family come together to celebrate them. They were such an amazing couple to work with (aren’t I the luckiest?!) and I wish them nothing but a lifetime of happiness together!

The Details

Venue: Vellano Country Club | Florist: Events by Floral Sensations |  & Kari Hoyt | Prince Productions | Some Crust Bakery | Vellano Country Club |MusicJC Entertainment | John W Photography | Dinglewood Design & Press | Officiant: Joining Hearts Together | Favors: Favor Favor | Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal | Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse | Limo: The Perfect Limo | Rings: Tacori

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  • Rachelle - Gorgeous wedding! So many lovely details. Congrats to the couple!!

When I first started my photography biz, and even still today, people would ask me if I would be willing to take their professional headshots. I get it, you need a nice photo, with good light that makes you look put-together and that you wouldn’t mind being plastered all over your company website and brochures. That’s often not a photograph you can take with your iPhone, so you reach out to professional photographers you know. Historically, I would decline when asked if I would take a headshot. For one, it’s limiting creatively. Secondly, I prefer to shoot in natural light whenever possible. My photographs are taken outside at beautiful venues, or in the comfort of a clients home. So, headshots have never been a niche that I’ve fallen into. That is, until creative headshot photography became a thing.

Like weddings, photography for small (and big) businesses has modernized over the past few years. Long gone are the days of weird close ups on a dated backdrop made of carpet remnants. Professionals now want their headshots to reflect their actual personality and the actual passion that they’ve poured into building their business. And, for that, I’m totally game!

Creative Headshot Photography

Creative Headshot Photography

When Valerie contacted me about updating the company photos for her interior design business, Serendipite Designs, there was no way I could say no. This business is all about class, personality and style – so why shouldn’t their headshots be, right?!

Step aside dated carpeted of days past, we held this headshot session at The Mission in San Juan Capistranio which was truly the perfect backdrop. We had fun, I got to learn a little more about what these women do at Serendipite Designs and, of course, we got some amazing photos!

If your interested in creative headshots for your business, contact me for all the details.

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  • Rachelle - Beautiful! I need a new headshot! Maybe we can do that in December? ;)