Heritage Park Dana Point Wedding ~ Isaac & Brandon

On a cool summer day, Isaac and Brandon tied the knot during an intimate wedding ceremony at Heritage Park in Dana Point, California.

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The wedding ceremony was officiated by Isaac’s sister, Marisa.Dana Point Heritage Park Wedding

As a fellow surfer, I loved that Brandon’s natural reaction to the excitement of getting married was to throw a shaka.
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Brandon’s little nephew was one of the most adorable ring bearers ever!June Dana Point WeddingDana Point Wedding CeremonyOrange County Wedding Ceremony

After some quick family pictures at Heritage Park, everyone headed down to The Cellar in San Clemente for a private dinner.The Cellar Wedding ReceptionWedding Dinner Orange CountySan Clemente WeddingThe Cellar San ClementeThe Cellar San ClementeSan Clemente Wedding DinnerSan Clemente Wedding ReceptionSan Clemente Wedding Reception

Congratulations Isaac and Brandon!  I loved being a part of your family for the day.

Chapman University Graduate ~ Marissa

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One of my beautiful sorority sisters recently contacted me about photographing her senior pictures.  It was so nice to walk around my old campus and ask Marissa a million questions about life at Chapman U.

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While I was chatting with Marissa I found out my Phi Sigma Sigma little sis, Nikki, is the person who convinced Marissa to go to Chapman.  They’re both from Hawaii and Athletic Trainers.  It was pretty awesome to find out the connections we had even though I graduated 11 years ago.

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I really wanted to take some pictures of Marissa in front of the Chapman windows.  I felt like they’re such an iconic part of Chapman’s campus and they reminded me of singing the Chapman Hymn as an orientation assistant while giggling with my new friends.

Hail to Chapman’s halls of learning Firm foundation through the years. Where the spark within was nurtured, And the search for truth held dear.

Chapman University, Your flame is ever renewed And kindled by the glow of each Small candle passing through.

Hail to knowledge used with wisdom, Forming character and skill. And the flame grows stronger, brighter, With a purpose to fulfill.

Chapman University Your colors are unfurled On our beloved community, A window to the world.
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Seriously, how awesome is Marissa?  Look at all the stoles she had!Chapman University Panther

Congratulations Marissa and all of the Class of 2015!  

Now go out there and change the world for the better!

CrossFit Engagement ~ Nikki & Candyce

A CrossFit Love Story.

When Nikki and Candyce told me they wanted to do some of their engagement pictures at Nikki’s CrossFit box, I was totally stoked!  They brought their two rescue dogs along and we had a blast playing with the weights and coming up with poses.

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KD decided she was the star of the show and liked to sit right in front of me while I was taking pictures.CrossFit Engagement PhotographyCrossFit Engagement Pictures

I’d like to take a moment to point out how strong Candyce is.  

She picked up weights like it wasn’t a big deal.  Being completely new to CrossFit, I had no idea how heavy the weights actually were.  I tried to help move some out of the way and couldn’t make them budge.  Luckily, the ladies helped me out and were really nice about moving equipment wherever I wanted it.Kiss Overhead SquatOverhead Squat

I couldn’t resist taking some pictures of them, “Tying the Knot.”
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Nikki and Candyce had the cute idea of coloring in their wedding date with chalk on some dumbbells.CrossFit Engaged Couple

After a quick outfit change we headed outside to play in the sunshine at El Dorado Park.Long Beach EngagementEl Dorado Park Engagement PicturesEl Dorado Park Engagement PhotographySave the Date El Dorado ParkEngagement Pictures in Long Beach

Nikki and Candyce, I had so much fun spending the afternoon with you.  I love hearing your engagement story and I can’t wait to photograph your wedding!

Crystal Cove Engagement Pictures ~ J+M

Crystal Cove State Beach is one of my favorite places in Southern California.

Ever since I started photographing weddings I’ve been wanting to photograph a wedding surrounded by the gorgeous scenery in Crystal Cove.  Thanks to J & M, that wish will finally be coming true this August!

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We started their Engagement Session on the observation deck where M proposed.
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M has so much energy that he had J and I laughing the whole morning.Crystal Cove Engagement PicturesCrystal Cove Engagement PicturesCrystal Cove Engagement Pictures

It’s hard to do a serious pose when the groom starts singing the song from Titanic.Crystal Cove Engagement Pictures

I’m pretty much in love with J’s beautiful lace dress from For Love & Lemons.

I can’t wait to see what she wears on her wedding day!Crystal Cove Engagement Pictures

After a quick outfit change we headed to the backcountry of Crystal Cove for some more pictures.Crystal Cove Engagement Pictures

J & M’s engagement session just kept getting better and better!  After dancing in a cave I asked if they knew where we could find a giant oak tree.

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I couldn’t resist asking J to twirl in her awesome blue skirt!
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Words cannot express how much I already adore this couple and I haven’t even photographed their wedding yet.  J & M, thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer!  Your wedding is going to be filled with so much love and I can’t wait to be a part of it!

Seal Beach Portrait Photography ~ Sunday

Seal Beach is such a cute beach town.

It’s so close to where I live in Huntington Beach and yet it’s completely different.  On a beautiful, California winter morning, Sunday and I met down by the water for a fun portrait session.

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Sunday loves hats so she brought a couple to pose with.  She was looking for some fun, relaxed headshots that she could use on social media.Photographer in Seal Beach

Sunday, I had a blast walking around downtown Seal Beach with you.  Your happiness radiates out of your eyes and you were so much fun to photograph!