Costa Mesa Photography: Eat Chow Wine Nights

One of my favorite restaurants in Costa Mesa is Eat Chow. My boyfriend would always take me there for breakfast and it became a tradition and special place. We’ve gone there so much over the last couple of the years we became regulars. So we were graciously invited to this special wine night, hosted at their Newport Beach location. Just imagine the most amazing six course meal, along with special pairings of wine from Goldschmidt Vineyards… Ridiculously delicious.

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Oh hi Handsome! (My date.)
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One of the best Sauvignon Blanc’s I have ever had.
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We silly.
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Left: Burratta Alal Cheeca Panzanella. Right: Barbequed Duck Enchilada.
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I couldn’t get enough of this EAT sign. I need one in my house.
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I keep dreaming about this Smoked Trout Romesco Bruschetta.
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Steak Burger Truffle Fondue Slider.
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Left: Sausage and Seafood Vera Cruz. Right: Fresh Berries Flambe.
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Thank you so much to everyone at Eat Chow for an AMAZING night!

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Family Photography April Special

To celebrate Easter and for the month of April, I’m offering a beautiful mounted canvas print of your favorite image (if you can pick just one!) along with a 30-45 minute session and all the edited images.

Contact me for for details!

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Some canvas images I’ve had printed. What’s awesome it that you can have the image wrap around the sides and it looks great on the wall from any angle. 

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The texture of the canvas is also very nice. It give it just a little something special than just a regular print.

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Abbot Manor Photography: Tara + Jay Wedding

Since I’m finally catching up on blogging, I wanted to share this super sweet wedding from last year. Tara + Jay are such a wonderful couple and I adore spending time with them. Their wedding was beautiful, relaxed and filled with love from family and friends. They even made me cry a bunch of times!

Venue: Abbott Manor in Temecula
Hair and Makeup by Melody
Tara’s dress was designed by her and made by her mother
Jays suit: Custom order from Proper Suit
Cake: Ontario Bakery

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Some of the Abbot Manor details. It was a gorgeous day! AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0002

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Tara, along with her bridesmaids got the flowers with the LA market and put them together before the wedding.

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Wood centerpieces and flowers Tara made around the head table. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0005

Already emotional while getting ready. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0006
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Those are my hands. A lot of times I’m the one who pins the boutonniere.
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I absolutely love shooting the guys.
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They chose to do a first look, which I highly recommend. Love their anticipation in this. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0012.5
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One of my favorite first look shots EVER! AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0015
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Even though they did a first look, they still both cried (again) at this moment of her walking down the aisle. The first look doesn’t take away from this special moment, it adds to it. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0020
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I don’t remember what they said, but I do remember crying a lot. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0024
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My favorite kind of light with my favorite kind of couple. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0030
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Candy bar and succulent favors. (We got to keep one. Thanks Tara + Jay!) They hand made and packaged the favors- succulent pots and salted caramel bars. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0037

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Pujols Family Foundation Photography: ESPN fun zone night

Last Summer I had an opportunity to donate my services to Pujols Family Foundation. Their goal is to help improve the lives of those living with down syndrome. I’ve always had a heart for those with down syndrome and even tried getting a part time job tutoring right out of high school (but it never worked out). It meant a lot to me that I was able to donate photography to an organization that does special events like this.

The event was all about giving families a special night of fun at the ESPN zone at Downtown Disney. They played games, ate food and spent quality time with others that really understand their unique situation.

To read more about this wonderful organization and what they do, check out their website: Pujols Family Foundation

Fox Sports was there to cover this special event. Interviewing Albert Puljols.PujolFamilyFoundation0005

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Look at all these cutie patooties!
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The kids were very excited to get Pujols’ autograph…PujolFamilyFoundation0008

and their photo with him. PujolFamilyFoundation0009

Pujols’ wife and daughter also enjoyed the night. PujolFamilyFoundation0006

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How cute are they?!PujolFamilyFoundation0020

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LA Photography: Adventures in Subway

On the way back from shooting Kristi + Josh all over LA and the subway, the funniest thing happened.

As we got on at about 10pm (on a Wednesday) there were all sorts of characters to behold. A guy free style rapping like he’s alone, some shady people drunk and/or on drugs and a man with six fingers. Cool. 1,2,3,4,5…6. Definitely six. All I can think is, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.”

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The older drunk man sitting next to Josh offers him a drink. Josh says no thanks as the man downs half a medium bottle of rum (as if the man wasn’t drunk enough already. But hey, at least he’s not driving.) Then he asks Josh for a picture, which Josh interprets as a picture of Josh and Kristi, since it is their engagement shoot. No, this man wants a picture of himself with Kristi. So Josh, being a good sport, takes the man’s flip phone and snaps a shot of Kristi and this drunk stranger. The whole subway car bursts into hysterics as the man makes the image his screen saver. The rapper is laughing and says, “This never happens and I’m from Philly!” The girls behind us tell Kristi how nice that was while the man is making kissing faces at his new screensaver. Everyone is laughing at this strange scene.

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All of the sudden, somehow the rapper’s friend now wants a photo with me? Sure, why not. This is the subway car from the Twilight Zone and I have nothing to lose. The rapper who calls himself “best writer in the world” calls me “red shaped heart” because my hair is red and my pants have hearts on them, naturally.

We’re all best friends by now and Josh asks where we’re going and they tell us we’re heading to Long Beach, which is the wrong way. Everyone is hysterical laughing at us again. So we get off at the next stop, which is Florence and I wonder if anyone will try to rob and/or kidnap me as we wait for Uber. It also happened to be the drunk man’s stop and he staggers over to us and tries to tell us in broken English to be careful. Uber finally gets there and we almost hit the drunk guy as he is staggering around middle of the street.

And that’s how I discovered the LA subway.

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