Friday, September 25, 2009


How do you live life properly?  In The Now baby, In The Now.  That’s the name of coordinator Amanda Auer’s stellar company – In The Now Weddings & Events, and she recently had the grand opening of her studio located in the cool Santa Ana arts district.  Even cooler?  The studio design, the lighting, the atmosphere, the signature drinks, the delicious desserts, the music, the photo booth … ya get the idea?  Amanda knows how to throw a good party. 

Thanks to Amanda for the invite … and for not kicking me out when I brought my camera.  :P



Girl Photogs Luncheon!

Recently I was surrounded by some serious talent.  Cat Benner of Next Exit Photography hosted a little afternoon soiree.  The guests?  About 15 of the awesomest female photographers around.   Had I been a bride in search of a photographer, I would either have been in wedding heaven or confused out of my gourd … so many choices.  Instead I had a plethora of yummy food to choose from.  To avoid any frustration in deciding what to eat, I went the easy route – one of everything!

In between my munching, I shot the footage below. 

Special guest appearance by Fat the Cat (minute 2:00).  

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cecile + Julian

Ok, so normally I’m not a fan of hot weather unless it involves a cabana, a fruity umbrella-christened drink and a pair of flip-flops but on this one particular day heat didn’t phase (or daze) me. 

Cecile and Julian broke up their wedding into two parts – the I Do’s on Saturday and the reception on Sunday.  Made sense especially since the ceremony took place in Lancaster – a desert town about 75 miles from downtown L.A. – and the reception at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, 110 miles away.  As I aptly put it on Facebook, it was love California-style - from the desert to the sea. 

Because the ceremony was a more intimate affair and was a little restrictive for guests due to distance, Cecile and Julian wanted to make sure that those that weren’t able to go to the ceremony could relive the day on Sunday.  That’s where I come in. 

I got to capture them getting ready early Saturday morn, the emotion-filled ceremony and the way cool photo shoot afterwards.  What made the photo shoot so cool, you ask?  (Ok, maybe you didn’t ask but let’s just pretend.)  The post-ceremony photos were shot on a movie set out in the middle of nowhere.  Well, it felt like nowhere. 

Imagine the Bates Motel Kill-Bill style …. saaa-weeet.  The visuals were awesome.  I can’t wait to see what images Candice from Mark Brooke Photography got.  And the heat gave it that extra umph.  You don’t see the temperature in the video but you can feel the heat …. hmmm, or was that the chemistry Cecile and Julian had going on?   Oh my!

After the shoot, I made the trek back down to Long Beach and to my edit desk to marry some of C&J’s favorite songs with the video shot just hours earlier.  Below is an example of a happy marriage.  :-)  The next-day edit was shown prior to Cecile & Julian’s grand entrance into a style-filled reception room – kudos to Amanda Auer of In The Now Events and Weddings. 

Cecile and Julian – thanks for allowing me to be a major part of your day.  It was an honor.