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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!

   
  • Gail - January 4, 2011 - 7:24 am

    Look at all this goodness happening for you and we’re only three days into the new year! Congrats hon!

  • Blair Van Bussel - January 4, 2011 - 7:41 am

    OHMYGOODNESS!!!! SOOOOOOO excited for you guys!!! I cant wait till your prayers are answered to fill that house with a sweet baby too!

  • Lisa Dabbs - January 4, 2011 - 8:14 am

    Love your goals and vision…Rock on Girl! Let me know if you need Randy to check things out on the home front for you, too. Love and Blessings to you guys!

  • Lisa Dabbs - January 4, 2011 - 8:30 am

    BTW…just wanted to add that I’m doing #The365Project this year! So excited to chronicle my year with pics!

  • Tira J - January 4, 2011 - 8:35 am

    YAY! Happy New Year Amber! I will be praying for you this year and we have some of the same goals. xoxo

  • michelle cunningham - January 5, 2011 - 5:49 pm

    congratulationS!!!!!!!

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.

   
  • Troy Grover - December 31, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Awesome job Amber!!

Tomorrow is my four year anniversary. Four years ago today, I was super nervous, but really excited for the big day. A lot of things have happened over the course of these four years, but it’s exciting to see how God’s plan has unfolded. I am more in love with John than I was four years ago, which is hard to believe, because back then, I couldn’t have imagined loving him anymore than I did on that day.

I love our engagement story and I thought I would share it with you, my faithful blog readers. John wrote it in his journal shortly after he proposed….

Thailand, August 1, 2006 So that morning we told each other our dreams – I dreamt of stealing a pickup truck and trying in vain to return it, she dreamt of going to a party in a towel. The typical dream culprits.

After a full English breakfast (fresh squeezed mandarin juice!), we walked to the beach and swung on beach swings, ones fashioned from a single plank held by knotty nautical ropes thick as my forearm, and we took turns pushing each other in 30 foot arcs far out above the surf. As much as the beach sand exfoliated our feet, we needed a bit more work, and so ordered four hours of spa bliss: One hour of herbal steam sauna followed by a honey & tamarind body scrub, followed by an aromatherapy massage.

We were so hungry afterwards that only three crabs and a spicy papaya salad could fill us. This is the point that she told me it was the most romantic day of her life. Oh, and she mentioned something about that I was the perfect guy and I told her she was my dream woman. But alas, the wind was bowing the palm trees diagonally and the monsoon rain came down in slates, and since I had wanted to ask her on the beach I decided to put it off until tomorrow. So we went to bed and I plotted, praying for sunny skies that would serve as a metaphor for our future. (Ps. She thought that since I hadn’t asked her that day, that I wasn’t planning to do it on the trip, and grudgingly decided to wait)

Next morning, we collected shells on the beach, four to five inch whorled shells that tapered to a fine point. After a fine Thai lunch, I read her a long list of reasons why I loved her, reasons I had been writing all trip long. She cried. Then we took a long walk on our beach, past the few tourists, toward the end where the sand gave way to rocky cliffs. When we were alone on the white sands beach, I told her that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her and then dropped to a knee. Amber: “Oh my gosh, oh no you’re not.” Me: (Breaking out ring) “Will you marry me?” Amber: “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how big it is.” Me: “Is that a yes?” Amber: “Yes, yes, of course yes!”

Then this cute elderly Irish couple with long white hair (who were traveling for three years!) came down the beach jokingly shielding their eyes because we were making out. “Hey, we just got engaged,” I told them. So they hugged and kissed and congratulated us, then we all took pictures together.

We took a taxi back to our resort where the top concierge was in on my plan, and she hugged and kissed Amber too, then (according to my instructions) broke out margaritas, a gigantic chocolate cake with two candles and a huge bouquet. While we ate cake, I read her an essay I wrote about asking her father for permission to marry her, in which he spoke in glowing terms about his wonderful daughter. She cried again. Dinner of a head-to-tail seabass followed, accompanied by lovely Thai dishes, and running on proposal fuel we phoned our parents and told them the wonderful news. Then, five months later, came the wedding.

I adore our wedding photos. Even four years later, I still enjoy looking at the images that the Sanderl’s took.

   
  • Gail - December 28, 2010 - 9:12 am

    Ahhhh..happy anniversary hon! This is really sweet!

  • Blair Van Bussel - December 28, 2010 - 9:12 am

    I LOVE this story! I knew your side, but it was cool to “hear” it from John too.

    You too could not be any more perfect for each other! Happy Anniversary! :)

  • Jackie - December 28, 2010 - 10:41 am

    Happy anniversary! What beautiful writing. Loved having the oppurtunity to read how it happened. Your reaction made me laugh so much …” Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how big it is.” . So Cute!

  • Jen Disney - December 28, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing the story. You two are just too cute!

  • Holly Gratner - December 28, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    So special! Loved reading your story. Congratulations!

There are lots of things to be thankful for this year. God has blessed me abundantly. My husband and I have been praying for many things over the past year and it is exciting to see how some of those prayers were answered.

At the top of my prayer list is always my husband. I am so blessed to be married to such a wonderful man who I just adore. He loves me so well. We are about to celebrate our 4 year anniversary and I am so thankful he is in my life. I am totally addicted to my husband and I love that we love living life together. One of the things that was super cool for him this year, and a big answer to prayer, is that he got a bunch of publications in a variety of literary journals, the biggest one being in Shanendoah. Woot! You can check out more of his writing on Book Fox. We are quite the artist pair.

Another thing we prayed for was to find a church that we could get involved in. When we moved, we left a really amazing church, Pacific Cross Roads lead by Rankin Wilbourne, who I have to say, without exaggeration, is the BEST preacher I have EVER heard. We searched and searched for a great church that had solid preaching, was close to our house, had people our age, had contemporary worship and a strong sense of community. After a year of not feeling really connected anywhere, we found IT! Rock Harbor planted a church in the heart of Fullerton and we have been at home ever since. We have found ourselves serving as Life Group leaders and also on the greeting team, which has allowed us to meet some amazing friends and create a strong community that we fellowship weekly with.

I also prayed to see where God would take my business. I rebranded this year and decided to focus on lifestyle portraiture of hip and happy people. I have the best clients in the world and I am so honored that they trust me to capture their family with my camera. I am excited to see how my business is going to grow next year. And to my former clients who are reading this, thank you for being so awesome!

There are many other wonderful things that have happened this year, but this post is getting too long. Thanks for all of you who read my blog and leave sweet comments. Thanks to my students who I am honored to teach. Thanks to my family and friends who support me and love me. And praise God for all the blessings He pours upon us. Merry Christmas folks.

   
  • Tira J - December 24, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    Merry Christmas Amber! May God bless you and your husband richly during this season. xoxo

There once was a day when a parent would whip out their wallet and show off their kids under dirty plastic protectors. If you’re like me, I don’t want to always make sure that my wallet is super organized and free of clutter, just so I can show off my cute kiddos. Now you can carry one of these cute little albums in your purse or dads, even in your pocket, and have a fun keepsake from your family photo shoot. And your kids are definitely going to shine in these adorable albums.  Say hello to my newest product, the Mini Accordion Album.

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  • Blair Van Bussel - December 21, 2010 - 10:29 am

    Love the design on these Amber, so adorable!

  • Susan Yoon - December 22, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • Lisa Dabbs - December 29, 2010 - 7:45 am

    I love it! Pricing please? Thanks!

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