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Ulloa Wedding – 9/26/2015

Since its been a long, long time since I’ve posted ANYTHING…

I felt like it may be a good idea to post a wedding that’s coming up on its 2 year anniversary.

Two years later, and I still remember how much fun I had shooting this wedding. This couple’s wedding was so much fun to shoot because I know them, how much they love each other, and how much they love the people they surround themselves with.

I hate I wasn’t able to post this wedding immediately after it happened, but hey, I was in grad school and crying while having panic attacks in the shower… so, yea.

Also something worth pointing out, its almost your 2 year anniversary and you have a precious little one that I get to share a birthday with. THAT, makes my dreams.

So, incase you forgot, here are some photos of  your absolutely beautifully intimate, wedding day.

Mel, you were stunning.

Alberto, you were dapper.

And, your framily sure knows how to boogie.

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Love you both +1!

(and obviously so does your inner circle 🙂 )

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Kellie & Shannon <3

Okay y’all, these guys are getting married in April. I don’t normally do blog posts this soon after taking the actual photos… (and I also have not done a blog post in like a year, but we aren’t going to talk about that) I just can’t help myself.

These guys took Jonathan and I to the spot where they got engaged last weekend for some engagement photos. Here are the results. Hopefully you can look at these and see the love and friendship they share. Its kind of awesome.

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Beauty Queen.

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I love foot shots.

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Just straight love.

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A big thank you to my sweet husband who goes on these adventures with me and helps me get shots like these two ^. I was struggling with getting the exposure right on these and he was able to expose for the sky and get these great silhouette shots. 🙂

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I hate that we are going to miss your wedding, but you two are going to have such a magical day.

Kimberly’s baby shower – 2015.06.20

A few weeks ago one of my good friends and I threw a baby shower, for our good friend, Kimberly.

And I do say, it was a success. The food was great, the Gigi’s cupcakes didn’t melt, and all of the beverage dispensers worked with out leaking (in my opinion that makes a good party).

Here are some of the photos from that day.

Cheese straws, can’t have a southern event, without cheese straws.
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You want to hear something crazy? This fruit dip is SO delicious, and its only sour cream and brown sugar.
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A big thanks to the mommy being honored, for doing all the signage, because she has pretty hand writing. 🙂 DSC_0008 7

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Centerpieces.
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“Shower”, get it?
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“Guest book”, where guests sign baby Samantha’s piggy bank. 🙂
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November 1st – My Best Friend’s Wedding

This past November my best friend got married, I was fortunate enough to be asked to be one of 2 Matrons of Honor, and a photographer.

I’ve known Carlie for almost 20 years and have been biffles with her for almost 10.

We’ve been through so much together, including her listening to me sob when I thought my husband wasn’t ever going to propose to me; to her sobbing thinking she’d never find her soul mate.

Well, she did and here are photos of the day.
(Which, do not ever agree to be a photographer and a bridesmaid, unless you absolutely love the bride. That junk be cray 🙂 )

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I honestly didn’t think we would find THIS dress. Carlie searched and searched… several visits to different boutiques/ stores and I’m so glad she fell in love with this one. I might have strangled her if she hadn’t. We all fell in love with it the moment she put it on.

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Joe was super excited about his wedding day shoes. haha.

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One thing you should know about Joe, is how awesome his laugh is. Its loud, but it brings you right in, to be on his level. You might not know what exactly he’s laughing at, but you’ll be laughing because he’s laughing.

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I walked in on Carlie and Mary hugging and I did my usual ” DON’T MOVE” scream.

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Um, she’s opening “Hot Hands”, and thats because it was like…. 40 degrees on her wedding day. haha We were putting these things around our bouquets so we could stay warm. 🙂

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I had to make him laugh, otherwise I think he might have died.

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First Looks are the best.

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Everyone approves.

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Joe can make this girl giggle.

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Hey Pook, you found your soul mate :).

2014 Dragon Con – thousands of nerds in one place

This was my first year ever going to Dragon Con, and let me just say it was awesome. It had that feeling of being with likeminded friends, except you knew no one but everyone was still smiling and gawking at all the creative and well done costumes.

I mean, WELL DONE.

The kind of well done, that, you should dress like that everyday or at least once a week. Its something to be proud of, especially if you made the costume.

Its just really comforting to know, that I like to dress up and pretend to be one of my favorite characters, and so do other people. Lots of other people.

Here’s some stuff from the weekend.

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Zelda girl waiting in line for SIR PATRICK STEWART, which BTW he was such a sweet man. I wish I could have hugged him, and have him tell me a story.

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Happy Grieco.
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Star Lord.

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Nerd Xing.

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Rev. Newlin dancing on Lafayette.

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My only complaint were all the girl Lokis. SO MANY, SO STUPID. Sorry, not sorry…

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Wolverine.

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Multi-passsssss….

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Gandalf!

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Love.

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Waiting in line for the BSG panel… my heart was oh, so, so happy.

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That moment Mary McDonnell walks out in her Laura Roslin suit and is SO excited about it.

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Best part of the day, is yelling at the top of my lungs “SO SAY WE ALL”, led by Colonel Tigh. Tears every time I replay the video.

Couples Shower – 06/12 for Zack & Chelsea

In honor of one of my best friends’ wedding coming up on Saturday, I figured I’d post about her couples shower we threw back in June…

Better late than never.

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Chelsea has a love for white and gold. Especially fake animals. 🙂

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We had a mild fiasco with the cute drink dispenser to the right… hence the pitcher. Not only was it just leaking, it was a steady stream of fluid.

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Super cute cheese board.

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YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED !

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Yea, she’s a diva.

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And Bre brought Gavin!!!

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So cute!!

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A great round of corn hole, and apparently you want to be on Sarah’s team. She wins.

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Happy Shiny People.

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When the game gets rough… Brenden takes off his shoes.

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I told you, she wins!

LA, Hollywood, & Santa Monica – July 2013

 

 

Last 4th of July, I got to visit Los Angeles, for the first time with Jonathan’s family. Jonathan’s mom’s longtime friend let us stay with her in Redondo Beach, which was perfect; it was a 2 block walk from the beach, a drive to all the big touristy places, a walk from some of the best gelato/ prebiotic yogurts EVERRR and SHE was an amazing cook. Thank you for letting us stay with you!

You’ll be able to see, my favorite thing about LA was the food. Its sad, but its the truth.
I’ve been super bad about blogging – but here are some shots from the visit.

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I think y’all all know this guy.

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At the Chinese Theatre! I was semi bummed, because they were doing construction on it and had a wall up. So no shots of the entire thing.

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*Queue the  theme song*

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Live long, and prosper, y’all.

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Hand prints of Judy Garland. 🙂

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and my lady, Fräulein Maria.

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We drove. A lot.

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I love this photo so much. I grew up an only child, and never had a sister. I’m so thankful I finally do, and its this chick!

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Lunch at this place called Cheebo. Oh, yum. Get the Chicken Salad Sandwich and eat all the chips covered in Cholula you can.

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Santa Monica. Beautiful.

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Dinner at the Sonoma Wine Garden.
So, I love Southern food.
Let me just be clear on that. BUT, I don’t think I have ever gone somewhere and actually tasted the freshness in what I was eating like I did in LA. First of all, I never opt for the healthier looking food, but that fruit tray was amazing. I know, everyone uses the word, “amazing”, but really. It was.
Lets move on to that salad. Grilled peaches, arugula, crunchy proscuitto and the icing on the cake… burrata. If you have never had the pleasure of eating burrata, you need to find the closest place that you can, to try it. It is fabulous. Sad thing is, from what I’ve read, its a really complicated cheese and most people won’t bother to make it. Therefore, hard to find… I have DREAMS about this salad.

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Going back to what I said before, the whole only child thing, yea, so not only did I get a sister, when I married Jonathan… I also got a brother. Dang, I did good.

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Walking Venice Beach.

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Shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school…

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If you need cheap, worthless sunglasses… you know where you can go.

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Ordering, probably the best, fish tacos I’ve ever had.

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Just shut your mouth. Right now.

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She’s going to be the coolest when she’s older. No question.

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So, I got obnoxiously excited when we found this dude with the plaid cut off shirt. I thought he was Blake from Workaholics… but it wasn’t. 😦

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This little guy, is gonna be big.

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Just incase anyone is planning a trip to Redondo Beach, PLEASE, PLEASE, hit up 22 Degrees. The yogurt is freshly made, all natural, and inventive. I had some crazy flavors: lavender, rose, chocolate/ cayenne pepper & a “mystery” flavor which, I think they said was seaweed. Phenomenal!

The Goat Girl – one of my favorite people.

I know I’ve written about Anna ( http://goatgirlgazette.wordpress.com), before but this lady is doing all sorts of self-fulfilling things right now. I’m jealous in more ways than I can explain. I love that she and her husband live this simple (and by simple I am by no way demeaning them) life, where its just them, their house, and their animals. They love every minute of it.

I really admire Anna, because she is doing what she wants to do with her life and there is really no thought of “will we make it”, she just goes and knows that it will work. She and her husband are a self-sufficient system, working for themselves, building things and selling what they make (or raise) with their own hands (YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT HER SOAPS).

I just love how they are able to sustain themselves without much want or need, everything they might needs is pretty much provided for them by the animals and land they have.

I’m hoping that one day, I can work with Anna taking photos or helping her start up her soap business :).

Ignore, or do not ignore my silly goat commentary below, I just look at these pictures and hear them talking to me… its weird, I know.
Here she is loving on one of her babies.

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This lady is like, “MILK ME!”
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“MILK HER!”
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“These guys suck on my teets all the time…”
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” HEY THAT HURTS!”
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“These guys are cray, but I wov you.”
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*Sultry goat*
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“Um, did you say treats?”
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“SHESAIDTREATS!SHESAIDTREATS?!TREATS!TREATS! TREAAATTTTSS!!”
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“Please sir, can I have some more?” 
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“MORE?! YOU WANT MORE?!

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The end. (goat butts are the cutest).

Sims Wedding!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking photos for Emily and Drew, and let me just say that, every time I do a wedding, I seriously think THIS is the best wedding I’ve done. Every time I get to shoot something new, I learn more and more about people and how to get the best photos I can.

I met Emily and Drew my freshman year of college at Faulkner University, and I was actually friends with Emily’s sister Sarah (who’s wedding I shot 2 Decembers ago). I also knew Drew from an ex boyfriend’s friend circle.
So funny how things work out years later, and how you can tell this is how its supposed to be. 

This ceremony took place in the Lester Chapel on campus, and truth be told, I was extremely nervous about shooting in this little chapel. I had only seen  one time during my 2 semesters at FU (little convenient/ inappropriate shorthand for the Christian school).  I don’t have serious lighting equipment so, I needed to make sure the light I could get for the ceremony was acceptable. Thankfully, 2 things were true:
1. The rose window let in a HUGE amount of natural light
2. The “stained” glass windows are actually fake and you can control the light they put off.
WHAAAA???

Needless to say, I fell in love with the yellow light from the rose window and we spent a lot more time in the chapel taking photos than I thought we would. We were also able to achieve some fairly intimate shots. 😉 meow!

ALSO, between Faulkner and Alabama Christian School there is a water reservoir/ ditch, that I played in a few times, and I thought that that would be a pretty cool backdrop for these guys. Faulkner has a really pretty campus, but as I was scoping out photo spots, I noticed there would either be a brick building or a vehicle in the background. This ditch kind of gave it a little edge, without a view of the normal world.

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You really get to know someone when you are in their personal space telling them to kiss their newly married spouse, and I will say, that I truly believe you two are going to have a life full of love and fun. You two have a special look you give the other, and that in its self is extremely special.

Congratulations, and thank you so much (seriously, I really enjoyed shooting your wedding) for asking me to take your wedding photos. I hope I was able to ease some of the fear of being in front of the camera ;).