Cassie & Justin | Engagement Photography | Whispering Oaks Terrace, Pala, California

Cassie and Justin are getting married!! I've known Cassie for a long time, and I'm glad to see her so happy, ready to marry the man of her dreams. I'm so honored that they asked me to capture their special day! In less than 48 hours, they will be saying their "I Do's" in front of their family and friends at the beautiful venue Whispering Oaks Terrace in Pala, California (right outside of Temecula).  This beautiful venue has so much character! From the vineyards, to the trees, to the barn and other cute buildings, there are so many different spots for photos. As we made our way around the venue, we had a couple onlookers, a couple kittens who decided they wanted to know what we were doing... you can see one of them photobombing the happy couple in one of the later photos!

If you're a fan of the TV show "How I Met Your Mother", then you'll love hearing about how Justin proposed to Cassie (even if you're not a fan... this is still pretty sweet!)! While living in different states, Justin surprised Cassie one day, showing up, and taking her out. Later that evening, he gave her a few letters (shown below), which began with, "Kids, I'm going to tell you an incredible story; the story of how I met your mother." He went on to write out the exact number of days they've known each other (984, at the time), the number of days they had been friends (798, at the time), the number of days since they had gotten together (186, at the time), and ended with, "1 Day where a decision was made to spend the rest of my life making those 798 days blend seamlessly into the 186 after, and every day prior to the 984 never existed." Is that not incredibly sweet?! Of course, she said yes! You can see her gorgeous ring below. I wish these two, and their yellow umbrella (another ode to HIMYM), nothing but the best!

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Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California

Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
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Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California
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Whispering Oaks Terrace Engagement Photography Pala Temecula California

Venue: Whispering Oaks Terrace, Pala, CA

Personal | New Camera | Fun with Bubbles | Rancho Cucamonga, CA

This week, I felt like it was Christmas! My new camera was delivered, and I don't think I could be more excited!

I've been wanting to upgrade for some time, and while I'm not someone who needs to have the newest or the best, I knew I was being limited by my equipment. I am a big advocate of making what you have work for you. When I first started, I had a Canon Rebel Xsi (though some of my earliest favorite photos were from a Kodak Easyshare!). For the last couple of years, I've been working with a Canon 60D. I pushed that camera to it's limits. I learned to use it to my advantage, and learned to create the look I wanted with the equipment I had. Lately, I've realized that while my 60D gets the job done (most of the time), I know I was being limited by it's capabilities.

So, with much thought and consideration, I decided to upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark III (go big, or go home, right?!). I may have experienced some heart palpitations after purchasing (haha), but I'm so happy I did it! I still can't believe this baby is really mine!! I'm so excited to have this amazing tool in my hands, which I know will help push me forward in my art and in business, and allow me to deliver even higher quality images to my amazing clients.

The day my camera came in, what else was there to do except go play with it?!
Here's the first photograph I took with my new camera: My fur baby, Lola! (It was a lazy kind of day, haha)


My nephew had fun playing with bubbles, and I had fun capturing his excitement!
This is the face of anticipation... 


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Let the bubbles begin!!
Portrait Photographer Inland Empire Rancho Cucamonga California
Portrait Photographer Inland Empire Rancho Cucamonga California
Portrait Photographer Inland Empire Rancho Cucamonga California
 He was trying to pop them with his nose, heh. 
Portrait Photographer Inland Empire Rancho Cucamonga California

I love this little dude! I can't wait to share what's coming!

Portrait Photography | Mt. Baldy, California

I've got some exciting news! I'm the proud new owner of a 5D Mark III!!! I can't even being to tell you how incredibly happy that makes me (though I'm still in a little shock that it's actually mine!).

Yesterday, a few photographer friends and I went up to Mt. Baldy for some creative time, which gave me the opportunity to play around with my new camera. It was a lovely day, with the bluest of skies, and the scenery was just beautiful. Add in the beautiful Sarah, and I walked away with some photos I love! Here are some of my favorite portraits of Sarah!
    
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Mt Baldy Portrait Photography Southern California
Mt Baldy Portrait Photography Southern California
Mt Baldy Portrait Photography Southern California

Special Moments | Military Goodbye | St. Louis Airport

Sometimes there are moments that remind us why we do what we do, and why we love it.    

          A month ago, I was in at Lambert International Airport, in St. Louis, MO, exhausted after an amazing couple days at Shutterfest with fellow photographers (more on that in a future blog!) and frustrated with the situation of delayed flights.  I was going to miss my connection, and be stuck in Denver.  I just wanted to get home, and sleep in my own bed.  
          Then, things started lining up.  My airline changed my flight, putting me on a nonstop flight to Denver, where my connection would be waiting for the couple of us who would be running a little behind.  I moved myself and my belongings to the new gate, and sat down to wait to finally get on a plane and get closer to home.   
          I called my mom, to update her on what was going on, and in front of me I see a woman in her military dress uniform, saying goodbye to her two young sons. I mentioned what I was seeing to my mom, and she immediately said, “Take pictures!”  Honestly, I was so tired that I forgot I even had my camera on me.  I told my mom I’d call her back, nearly hanging up on her.  I approached the family, and asked if they wanted a few photographs taken.  It didn’t take but a couple minutes of my time to capture a few moments for this family, and it warmed my heart to be able to do so.  The photos are simple, totally on the spot and in the moment, but it was something so special, and helped put things into perspective.   
          It’s interesting how things work out sometimes. Had my flight not been delayed, then changed, I wouldn’t have been there to capture these moments for this family.  Military families hold a special place in my heart, and I love photographing Military Homecomings (this was a little different, being a goodbye, but still so beautiful)! I’m glad I was able to give these few images to this beautiful family.  Turns out, they even live local, in Southern California! Small world! Moments like these don't happen too often, and sometimes it's easy to bypass them without even realizing. This was a great nudge, refreshing my mind with why I love being a photographer.

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Military Homecoming St Louis Airport
Military Homecoming St Louis Airport