she said yes!

Every time I photograph a proposal, I think to myself: “How many people get to witness these beautiful occasions?” Not too many.

This one was extra special, because the proposer’s mom, Patsy, is someone I got to know when I photographed her wedding five years ago. She is pretty incredible, as is her hubby. And she raised a wonderful son, Bud. They all live in Tennessee but travel to Newport regularly and Bud decided he wanted to propose to the adorable Hailey at the beach.

The decoy was family photos for Patsy and Kelly’s anniversary. I did a few shots of the four of them, then as couples. This shot was taken pre-proposal. How cute are they?IMG_7070Patsy told me Bud was nervous, but it didn’t show. And Hailey was really surprised!

IMG_7149Oops, the ring was a bit too small. A bit of a disappointment for Hailey, who couldn’t wait to wear it! They got it re-sized lickety-split before they went home.

IMG_7188IMG_7199IMG_7207IMG_7261IMG_7329Patsy thought of everything, including champagne and red roses for Hailey. It was perfect in every way. I just hope they decide to get married in OC!!!

these two…

Another great evening photographing a couple whose wedding I’m shooting a little later this year. With the “May grey” weather we’ve been having along the coast, I was inspired to do a darker, moodier color treatment on their images. I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out and word has it she cried when viewing them. Always a good sign ūüôā

This was my “in and around Laguna” engagement session, which gives us lots of different backdrops and typically ends at the beach.

As brides-to-be often do, Hadhyja had her hair and make-up trial the day of our sesh.¬† And, let’s talk about her hair! Gorgeous, yes?



amanda + brian’s engagement session

I honestly do love every photography session … be it a bar mitzvah, engagement, wedding, or even corporate event. I pride myself on being able to connect with the participants in some intangible way, but every once in a while there is something extra special that happens.

I knew we were making magic together last Sunday, but ¬†when I looked at the results of ¬†this engagement session with Brian and Amanda, I couldn’t have been happier. We had so much fun! How can you NOT have fun with balloons? And they are just the most adorable couple ever.

Enjoy. And spread balloon love!

IMG_1885 IMG_1923 IMG_1939 IMG_1976 IMG_1997 IMG_2074 IMG_2108 IMG_2134 IMG_2144 IMG_2151 IMG_2185 IMG_2046 IMG_2209

Dean + Deanne are engaged

Now isn’t that the cutest? Dean and Deanne, D&D, D-Squared, Double D’s … whatever you call them, they are adorable! I’m so looking forward to their wedding day and the fun it will be. Lots of relatives traveling all the way from South Africa to attend.¬†And, Deanne will be a spectacular bride! ¬†We just wandered around Laguna Beach and visited some of my favorite spots. Do you recognize the locations?

IMG_0241 IMG_0148 IMG_0152 IMG_0169 IMG_0192 IMG_9997

A surprise engagement shoot!

What do you get when you have an impossibly beautiful girl paired with a handsome fiance? Well, hopefully, you deliver the goods, and I think I did!

My friend Todd Cooley is involved in the very worthy charity 2-1-1- Orange County,¬†an information and referral system linking residents to community heath and human services and support. He asked me to donate a photo session for a recent fundraiser and I said “Of course”.¬†Kristy’s mother, Becky, purchased it. She was planning on giving the session to her daughter Kristy, who was coming to visit with her boyfriend. Unbeknownst, Scott had proposed the day prior, so we had an impromptu engagement session!

Love their story, too… She works for Ralph Lauren in New York, who dresses the PGA golfers. Scott Langley, based in Florida, is one of them. They met at a golf event less than a year ago… and, the rest is history.

Boggled and bogged down with blogging!

THIS COUPLE ROCKED their San Juan Cap engagement session!

I admit it … there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to find time to blog, let alone Tweet and Pinterest. But, I know the social media thing is important, so I’m going to try to improve and keep ’em coming.

This session was a photographers’ dream. Or, at least this photographer! The couple — Maria Elena and Tony — was so fun, cute and happy to experiment! I brought out my mini blackboards; we wrote their Spanish sweetheart names for each other and got a darling series. But wait, there’s more. You know how much I love ‘story value’ in a photo. Props can add a lot to tell ‘your’ story. Things that are meaningful to you will bring a session to life. Maria and Tony brought along their vintage Mustang, Tony packed his guitar and a picnic basket. (I told you it was a dream!)

This was truly a case where I can’t pick favorites, so I’m loadin’ them at random.

Can hardly wait for their wedding!

Amanda + Kevin’s engagement shoot in Dana Point

Another super fun evening shoot. ¬†We met down at Dana Point’s Ocean Institute. Lots of great backdrops, as you’ll see. Plus the beach, of course. Kevin & Amanda are so cute and sweet … I can hardly wait to shoot their wedding in October!

Anita + Emanuel’s engagement shoot … rock on rockabilly!

Sometimes I almost feel guilty for having so much fun with my ‘job’! What an amazing evening last night with this incredible couple. Anita is the owner of the fabulous English Garden florals in Laguna Beach, and her fiance Emanuel is as sweet as she is!

They are totally into the rockabilly and vintage vibe and dress (and drive!) the part.  In and around the train station in San Juan Capistrano (where they live) provided the perfect setting for our shoot.


Their 1957(?) Cadillac was the perfect prop!

Couldn't resist applying an old-time Polaroid feeling to this shot.

I love an engagement shoot!

What a beautiful couple Joanna and Eddie are. We started late afternoon last Saturday on the sand at my favorite beach for photography ¬†(The Montage). Then we moved to my ‘secret’ location in Laguna Beach that has a rural feeling, plus a fabulous urban-vibe graffiti wall. Eddie was a great sport and Joanna was … well, beautiful!

It was extremely difficult to pick my favorites, let alone THE favorite, but this may very well be it.

I can hardly wait to photograph their wedding next month!

Eddie is 6 4″, so I had to work some magic to get them in the frame together!