Archive for July, 2010

{ Out of Office | Palm Springs }

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

We’re smackdab in the middle of July, our busiest month of 2010, and it’s been a fun ride so far! I just got back from a quick SF trip for Deb & David’s amazing wedding and I’m heading out of the office again tomorrow morning, this time for play :) Looking forward to 3 whole days of swimming, laughing, lounging, eating, shopping, and margarita-ing, with some of the sweetest photographer ladies I know! I’ll be out of town until Wednesday evening and will be returning all emails then – really looking forward to this splash of relaxation so I can jump into the last part of July completely refreshed & rejuvenated!

I leave you with this little collage Ala put together for our trip, love it!

{ Elisa + Andrew | Vintage Books Engagement }

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

When Elisa mentioned incorporating her love of reading into their session, 2 images immediately popped into my head – one was of them standing among stacks & stacks of vintage books, a million feet tall, looming all around them like crazy book-skyscrapers. The second vision was them laying on a blanket, with tons of books again, except this time they were swimming in them. Either way, I figured we would need a googelplex of books.

So the next couple weeks were spent collected hardcovers, coming across gems from the 1940s from my dad, with the corners of the pages all brittle & yellow, and the prettiest collection of novels {those would be all the pastel ones you see} from Scott’s mom. I was seriously driving around town with bags & bags & bags of books in my car and it sort of made me crazy excited that I pretty much was in a mobile library & at any given time I could just stop and read them ALL (didn’t happen, but exciting nonetheless). And though, by the time the session came around, we didn’t end up with quite enough books to tower 18 stories above Elisa & Andrew or to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, I was quite super giddy with the more realistic versions of brainstorming that we brought to life!

But Elisa must have figured that super giddy wasn’t quite giddy enough, because she had a second genius idea up her sleeve. She brought to the session a handcrafted GIGANTIC red heart kite. A kite. That was a red heart. That she put together, WITH HER HANDS. It was perfect & combined with Elisa & Andrew’s super sweet & silly personalities, it made for the funnest of fun photos. GIDDY X 1000!

{ Yessica + Fernando | UCLA Engagement }

Monday, July 12th, 2010

There is a well-known pathway at UCLA known as Bruinwalk. It is probably the most frequented route to get to class – a wide walkway lined with tables, where members from campus clubs sit, hang out, chat, and bombard you mercilessly with flyers. I have fond memories of both handing out flyers (I know, GUILTY AS CHARGED), and strategically avoiding being flyered to (the secret is in pretending your phone/ipod ear buds are surgically attached to your head.)

But for Yessica & Fernando, Bruinwalk holds even more fond memories. It is where they met and had their first conversation, sitting at one of the flyer-laden tables. And years later, it is where Fernando brought Yessica back, to relax together, to reminisce, and to ask to be his wife :)

They are the sweetest couple, and I loved photographing them at the campus where they met and fell in love!