Serious Blog Break!

{this is just a lovely picture i came across of a lovely friend, and i felt like posting it :D}

That was one of the longest blog breaks I have had in a while! Pardon me :)
It's hard to blog when its so gloomy outside. There's nothing to take pictures of. It's freezing. And, I am pretty busy doing the "other-half" of this job! Hahah
It's very fun to me, however, to be getting all ready and prepared for this upcoming year! I have also been scouring the world for songs - cause I have lots of madly-in-love-couples this year, who need good songs for their posts! haha I can't wait to use them! Brides, I hope you are half as excited as I am!!!
So, here's a quick update...
First of all - we have had a nasty flu going around our house. So far Dude and I are the last ones who haven't gotten it... we'll see if our rock-solid immune system can do it!
Poor baby girl :(

I have also been baby-sitting a lot. I so love kids - and I have been seeing these two kiddos a ton recently!
I have known them since they were first born (I remember when their mom was pregnant with both of them :D) And I love being them.
Recently I have been getting them up and off to school on occasional weekdays. We make breakfast, get dressed, play around and then do the car-pool. I def feel like a mother and its preeeetty fun hehe
And I have to introduce everyone to my dear friend, Nadia. There will be a whole post on her later, but I just have to you a little about her.
Nadia is one of the most amazing people you could ever dream of meeting, though she would never think so herself. Her story and life is just simply a miraculous and inspiring story of a faithful woman and her faithful God. I love being with Nadia and laughing (very, very hard - she thinks I'm pretty funny haha), crying, talking, learning and laughing more. So, stay tuned for more about her :)
Oh! And we did a little photoshoot in her apartment a little while back. It was quite fun!
I went to an incredible conference this past weekend with about 20 people from my church. It was a Passion Conference, where worship was led by Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Charlie Hall. It was, like, I am trying to find words to explain it, it was just a beautiful time. I fell in love all over again with my Savior - He is too good to me!!!
So, besides getting ready for my crUUuuiisse, where I will be getting taaaan, I am just chilling :)
Oh! I have been getting more organized I am sitting in a fabulously clean room right now that smells like PassionFruit & Guava (I am IN LOVE with B&BW's WallFlowers!). I am also realizing that taxes. Taxes, taxes, taxes. Yeah, thats enough said. I am just realizing TAXES. (In all honesty, its not terrible yet. But, I have just begun. So, we'll see how it continues...)

The shoots start back up again on Monday, with an engagement shoot. Wait for it, waaait for it...



I did an excellently fun senior portrait session a few months back. I kept saying I needed to post and I don't know why I never got to doing them! I am really good friends with all of them, and I had so much fun. They make.me.laugh.
Ok, so, I have had this Carrie Underwood song called "All-American Girl" stuck in my head for weeks. Since this shoot was 1 guy and 5 girls, I decided to use it. Billy, sorry that you get the few "boy lines" at the beginning :)


Since the day they got married,He'd been praying for a little baby boySomeone he could take fishing,Throw the football and be his pride and joyHe could already see him holding that trophy,
Taking his team to statesBut when the nurse came in with a little pink blanket,All those big dreams changedAnd now he's wrapped around her finger,She's the center of his whole worldAnd his heart belongs to that
sweet, little beautiful, wonderful, perfect All-American Girl!
Sixteen short years later,She was falling for the senior football starBefore you knew it he was dropping passes,Skipping practice just to spend more time with her
The coach said "Hey son, what's your problem?""Tell me, have you lost your mind?" Daddy said "You'll lose your free ride to college.""Boy, you better tell her goodbye".
But now he's wrapped around her finger,She's the center of his whole worldAnd his heart belongs to that
sweet, little beautiful,
wonderful, perfect All-American...And when they got married and decided to have one of their own,She said "Be honest, tell me what do you want" And he said "Honey, you oughta know... Sweet, little, beautiful... one just like you. Oh a beautiful, wonderful, perfect All-American..."



So, I have some favorite quotes from this week aaand I am gonna blog them with some pics. Today is a cut to the chase day haha

"I am held by how humble
Yet overwhelmed by your majesty...
That you are so marvelous, God
And I am so in love with you"
{big daddy weave}"I knew that I would never remember what she was wearing,
But I knew that I could never forget how she looked"
{george banks in father of the bride}Michael: "The early worm gets the worm!!!"
Jim: "Really, he gets another worm? ...Is it his friend?"
{the office}And this whole post is a sneak-peak to my next post, which I did FORever ago!


Post 2!

Ok, this is, again, a very long post - sorry it took me so long to do it! I had to go through many pictures and figure out exactly what I wanted to say :)

So, the rest of the wedding pictures are of the cocktail hour and reception :)

They had really yummy drinks - Pomegranate Tea, Arnold Palmer and a peach something. It was so refreshing haha
Right when the ceremony ended, this incredible California glow landed on the whole area. It was so warm and sunny, and made for some yummy light!
Aaaaah. I want to go back to that moment. It was just so happy watching everyone drinking their cute little drinks, and wearing their cute little dresses and laughing, and, ugh, it was just beautiful.
I looked over at one point, and away from everyone else, the bride and her sister were dancing together - and all three of them were singing and laughing. It was too precious :)Slowly the sun sank, and an impeccable evening followed.The reception was in what was basically a barn mixed with a sunroom. It was all rustic and adorable, but had floor to celing glass windows all the way around. Plus, on one side there was no wall at all - it was just open, so you could feel the breeze...
Brittany and Rod were sweeter than ever, and I spent most the evening just watching them interact.
Rod wrote Brittany a song, and sang it for her (possibly one of the most romantic things ever). He actually has a very, very nice voice and is a fabulous guitar player - I wish the song was recorded, cause I would love to listen to it again!
The night ended with a slideshow and an awesome jazz band, with swing dancing. It was just a perfect day :)
Congratulations Rod and Brittany!!!

Ok, I would be a total idiot if I did not talk about the people I "worked with" at the wedding.
Jessica Claire and David Jay are my heroes in photography. I honestly in my wildest, most imaginative dreams (and I have HUGE dreams) would never have thought that I would be shooting a wedding with them, especially being 18.
It was officially David Jay's wedding, and he was SO kind to let me come. He has been so wonderful in talking to me, answering questions, commenting on my blog and being very generous with his knowledge. It was seriously an honor to shoot with him.
Jessica Claire. Jeez, I don't quite know where to begin.
When I was 15 I was sure I was going to do sign language. I was about to take my 3rd year of it in highschool, and I was preparing to make my way quickly through school, to start working ASAP. I had just "finished" a long process of deciding what I wanted to really do/pursue after highschool. The main four things were writing, teaching disabled kids, sign language and photography. I had shot a wedding, bought a camera a completely loved photography (and weddings, my goodness, I love weddings). But, looking at wedding photographers in my area and looking at the "business" of it, I wasn't thrilled. I picked sign language, and in my stubborn nature, was determined not to change that. Until, that was, I found Jessica Claire's blog.

I was roaming around theknot.com one afternoon and somehow found this lady - this lady who was, in my mind, a perfect photographer. Her pictures were exactly what wedding pictures should be. Over the next few weeks I found David Jay, Sarah Barlow, [b], Jasmine Star and the Boutwell's.

I dropped out of Sign Language III, bought my camera and began this adventure of a life. So, to be able to shoot with this amazing woman who basically changed my mind career-wise is a dream come true, to say the least. Jessica, THANK YOU for your inspiration and kindness to me!!!

Now, I have been getting tons of e-mails from people asking me how I was able to shoot this wedding, with these "greats." Well, as the saying goes "it's not what you know, it's who you know." My friend Josh Newton invited to come along, because he was also shooting the wedding and knows the bride's family really well. He knew how much I loved California and wanted to shoot with these people. I can't thank him enough for the invitation! He is also a super-talented photographer, himself!
There were also so greaaaat videographers there too. Jonathon, Brett and Paul rocked that wedding!So, after the wedding we all went to DJ's house ("The Freedom House") I just has to photograph some of my favorite parts :)

He has these little wire men that are randomly on different walls - they make my day.He has a real orange tree. With real awesome tasting oranges.His bathroom floor has polka dots on it. hahahahah that totally kills me hahaI think his kitchen is adorable. It's such a girl kitchen haha but, really, its awesome...
This is a sneak peek at one of the things we did at his house....Oh! And Jessica Claire have Brienne her very own personal ShootSac. Brienne was basically on Cloud 9 :)
This would be why I want to move to Cali. It looks like this in stinkin' February!!!!
And here are a few more favorites that Brienne took of me and Nat :)Phew! That was a long one - probably too long, but, oh well :) I enjoyed myself THAT much!