Class of 2011, this post is for you! Seniors, it’s that time of year again where you need to start thinking about booking your Senior Portrait Session. You don’t want to have that boring yearbook picture as the only picture you have of your darling self. Let me make you feel like you are on America’s Next Top Model and create a portrait that expresses the real you.
You want to start booking your senior session soon, so you can get your fun graduation announcements in hand before June.
So my lovely ladies, check out this darling outfit I have created for your wardrobe inspiration.
On today’s post, I am declaring that we are in the process of buying a house in Fullerton and we are having our home inspection today. Maybe it is a bit premature to post this, because technically we are still in escrow and technically the house might not pass the home inspection. But if I blog about it, maybe it will mean that it will go splendidly well, since it’s practically in print already. The writing is on the wall people!
I am truly an optimist. After today all goes well, keeping my fingers crossed, I will feel much better about really declaring to the world that we finally bought a house. I seriously will declare it over the loud speaker and tell the whole wide world. Oh wait, I have some blog readers in France who might be reading this.
I wanted to post some older photos I had that really describe what I am feeling right now. These photos are from a series titled Discarded Season and I think really illustrate how we as Americans think of an object as precious one moment and then forgotten the next. I never realized how much stuff I had till I actually looked in my closets and realized that I had to pack everything soon. I open the closet, ponder what I should give to the Salvation Army, and then say to myself, that I am not ready to get rid of my dad’s old leather jacket. Ugh, I can’t let go. Purging is a must and it will happen, but I’m not quite ready to forget.
And to all you film photographers who might be reading this, I shot these on black and white film AND printed them myself in my darkroom.
When meeting new people, they often ask me what I like to do for fun. I usually ramble on about my love for photography, my secret romance with jumping into cold water and swimming 2500 yards or how much I miss doing yoga regulary. I might confess to them that I am totally addicted to websites like Apartment Therapy or Young House Love, aka house porn. I will probably definitely tell them about my love for eating organic and how I really think Gluten Free living is super cool. Those are just some of my favorite things.
A few weeks ago, a friend asked John and I what we like to do together. Without much hesitation in answering his question, wine tasting has to be one of our favorite things to do together. So when it was my year to plan our anniversary trip, I didn’t have too hard of a time dreaming up a three day get away to Paso Robles. Having went here earlier in 2010, we wanted to go back to some of our favorite wineries, like Castoro Cellars just so we could buy some of their fabulous Zinfusion again. But this trip, we wanted to go to the wineries that were more off the beaten track, the ones that get less visitors and give the best costumer service experience.
We went to probably 10 wineries, but the best places were where we bought bottles of delicious wine. So our top five vineyards were….drum roll please…Castoro Cellars, Wild Horse, Vina Robles, Pomar Junction and Rotta. We usually buy white wines on our trips, but this time, we had so many outstanding reds, that we just couldn’t resist.
I found myself kind of obsessed with the lonely oak trees that speckled the landscape. Gorgeous!
I love the clean lines that just seem to go on forever.
And for a pop of color, a gorgeous sunset to end the set of Central California Wine Country.
I have a feeling this is going to be the best year EVER! I am super excited about all the things that God has in store for John and I this year. Bring it, 2011, bring it!
Some of the things I hope will happen this year are buying a house, having a baby and watching my photography continue its awesomeness! Also, taking lots and lots of pretty pictures, reading a lot more books, upping the ante on my swim regimen, hosting lots of dinner parties, giving more to my favorite charities, reading the whole Bible in a year, get even more involved in our church and being more intentional with developing relationships with people in Fullerton (our soon to be hometown.)
The photos below were taken at our friends Chris & Lindsay’s engagement party. They had this great photo booth program that ran on a normal laptop with five-second gaps between photos and then printed out right away. Brilliant! We had a blast bringing in the New Year with good friends while celebrating an awesome couple.
P.S. We just got word that we were approved for the short sale we have been praying about for the past 5 months. We are officially in escrow and having our home inspection this thursday. Woo hoo! 2011 is already turning out to be awesome!
It’s the last day of 2010. On the last day of the year, we often look back on how the year went. And I have to say, this has been a great year! I have been able to turn a dream of owning a photography business into a reality and have had so much fun watching it become something that is pretty awesome.
2010 was marked with some really great shoots. I put together some of my top favorites that I think really show off my style and photos that make me happy. There are a lot of stylish seniors, some happy families, some beautiful newlyweds in love and lastly some couples who have been married for a while that remind me that love does endure.
This shot from Chandra & Noelle’s shoot is one of my ultimate favorites from the year. Chandra is my senior portrait rep from Rosary High School.
Jerrica graduated in June and I just loved this young lady. She seriously had the best sense of fashion and wasn’t afraid of truly being herself.
Oh, Sara! You are so beautiful! Sara has such a grace about her, that her confidence shined through in every shot. There were so many favorites from this shoot, that it was hard to pick a favorite, but this random art display served as the perfect backdrop that I had to choose it as a top pick.
Sheri is the cutest girl ever! She is John’s sister and is about to graduate from Biola University. I love my sister-in-law and her darling freckles.
So I think Nicole wins the award for the most fashionable senior I had for 2010. Every outfit she had on for this shoot, I wanted to borrow.
Kristen should be modeling for Teen Vogue. Seriously! When I first saw her beautiful face, I knew the camera would LOVE her.
I love photographing best friends. These graduating seniors were stars of their cheer leading team, so it was super fun to spend the afternoon photographing them.
I had the privilege as having Hannah & Richard as my models while leading a photography group focusing on Senior Portraiture with the So Cal Photog Shoot Out group. I had a really hard time choosing my favorite shot from that shoot, but I decided to go with this one, because I love when my seniors get to show off who they are and really express themselves while being totally silly.
I had the privelage to accompany Jessof Blackbird Portraits on this super fun shoot and I just LOVE this last shot we got. I think it really shows off the preciousness of friendship and being young.
Photographing families is so important. We have photos to remember the special chapters in our lives that help us remember where we came from. I love this shot of the Yoon family, because the backdrop really speaks of the beauty and love this family has for each other.
I LOVE this family! The couple on the right are some of our very best friends and it was such an honor to photograph this family. I had so much fun with them and we had a blast using all sorts of fun props for the shoot.
I did a few weddings this year, and I have to say, this is my favorite shot of a couple in love. James and Laura are awesome and the most eclectic wedding complete with homemade beer and fake reindeer.
I especially loved the location that Monica & Ryan got married at. Orcutt Ranch is a place not too far from my parents house, that I used to spend many afternoons walking through with my mom when I was a little kid. So as I shot this wedding, I was filled with all sorts of wonderful nostalgia.
And one of the most delightful surprises I found out last year, of what I just love to do, is to photograph couples that have been married for over 10 years. There is a sweetness and deep love that a couple has when they have been happily married for awhile that is just inspirational to me. This shot was from the Israel family shoot, but I think it really captures the love this couple who has been married for over 25 years has for each other.
Lisa & Randy were a joy to photograph and these shots remind me of how much fun Lisa’s laugh is.
I love this last shot of John’s parents. They love each other so well and have been such good models to John as to what a marriage should look like, that I have been especially blessed by a hubby who knows how to love me. When I photographed John and Linda their love was just overflowing and normally they are not this affectionate in front of the kids, so it was super fun to see them so in love.
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