Chicago Mini Sessions

July 1st, 2015

I’m excited to report I’ll be headed out to the windy city in just a few weeks! During my time there, I will be offering a morning of mini sessions. Mini sessions are a great way to get some nice family photos without committing to a full session, and they’re perfect for kids with short […]


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I’m excited to report I’ll be headed out to the windy city in just a few weeks! During my time there, I will be offering a morning of mini sessions. Mini sessions are a great way to get some nice family photos without committing to a full session, and they’re perfect for kids with short attention spans! ;) The sessions will take place on July 18th in the Elmhurst area. See below for details on cost and what is included:

Chicago Minis

 

To reserve your space, please use the contact form below and let me know your top 3 desired time slots. Once your session time is confirmed, I will send an email with payment details (payment is due at time of booking to hold your space). Shortly before the session, I will be sending out an email with the meeting location and to answer any last-minute questions. If you’d like to see some more of my work, check out my Mini Session posts!

If the spots book up quickly, I may also add in a Friday morning session as well, so be sure to let me know if you’re interested in Friday as well!

Looking forward to capturing some fun family memories! :)

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Angelique + Daniel: Orange County Wedding

May 2nd, 2015

Sometimes, as is the case with Angelique + Daniel, I meet the groom for the first time on his wedding day. There’s nothing I love more than hearing the story of how a couple met. While taking a few portraits of Daniel, he shared with me he wasn’t the type to seek out relationships. He […]


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Sometimes, as is the case with Angelique + Daniel, I meet the groom for the first time on his wedding day. There’s nothing I love more than hearing the story of how a couple met. While taking a few portraits of Daniel, he shared with me he wasn’t the type to seek out relationships. He and Angelique worked together, and during lunch he would typically eat by himself. Clearly Angelique saw something special in Daniel, and Angelique, being as sweet and friendly as she is, isn’t the type that I think anyone would ignore! :) Casual conversations turned into exchanging numbers; then dates; then a proposal; which took us to their beautiful Orange County wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club.

We started the day at the club, where it was drizzling outside mid-day. Daniel and his groomsmen stayed to one side of the club while Angelique and her bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law got ready on the other side.adwed_0048orange-county-weddingorange-county-wedding-aliso-viejo-country-clubadwed_0058orange-county-weddingadwed_0007adwed_0046adwed_0009

As a last-minute decision, the ceremony was moved indoors so as to be out of the rain. However, if there’s one thing I love, it’s window light! The change in venue didn’t seem to matter one bit to the bride and groom :)adwed_0017adwed_0059adwed_0020adwed_0021adwed_0010adwed_0023adwed_0060adwed_0014adwed_0011adwed_0008adwed_0012

Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio absolutely outdid herself with this gorgeous white cake! Isn’t it stunning? I love how the delicate layers and ruffles had the same feel as Angelique’s wedding dress.
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I absolutely loved the mother-daughter dance! I haven’t seen this at a wedding before. It seems dads get the spotlight on the wedding day, but moms deserves it just as much! :) I love the sweet moments it showed between Angelique and Natalie.adwed_0041adwed_0042adwed_0043adwed_0044

Miracle of miracles, the weather cleared up and we were able to wander the golf course and spend some time getting portraits of Angelique + Daniel. We only had about 20 minutes before the sun went completely away, but were really able to take advantage of the grounds and get some beautiful images of the newlyweds!orange-county-weddingadwed_0032kdimg_0036adwed_0034adwed_0062adwed_0066

Angelique asked me mid-way through the session, “Can I sit down in my wedding dress?” Um, yes you sure can! I love an adventurous bride! :) orange-county-wedding-aliso-viejo-weddingadwed_0064adwed_0036adwed_0051 adwed_0052adwed_0065

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Congratulations, Angelique + Daniel!

Venue: Aliso Viejo Country Club
Hair and Makeup: Blown Away
Floral Design: Design By Tricia
Bakery: Plumeria Cake Studio
DJ & Lighting: Epic Entertainment

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Angelique + Daniel: A Sneak Peek

April 26th, 2015

Angelique + Daniel were just married at the Aliso Viejo Country Club on Saturday. Can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous wedding soon :) ABOUT COURTNEY     WEDDING PORTFOLIO     WEDDING FAQ     WEDDING INVESTMENT     TESTIMONIALS     CONTACT


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Angelique + Daniel were just married at the Aliso Viejo Country Club on Saturday. Can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous wedding soon :)

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Kayleen + Micah: Rancho Santa Margarita Engagement Session

April 24th, 2015

I love when wedding clients choose an engagement session location that has meaning to them. Kayleen + Micah’s Rancho Santa Margarita engagement session took place at Lago Santa Margarita. Kayleen lived with her parents in Rancho Santa Margarita at the time she and Micah met, and they spent several dates wandering around the lake. It’s […]


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I love when wedding clients choose an engagement session location that has meaning to them. Kayleen + Micah’s Rancho Santa Margarita engagement session took place at Lago Santa Margarita. Kayleen lived with her parents in Rancho Santa Margarita at the time she and Micah met, and they spent several dates wandering around the lake. It’s one of those “hidden gems” in Orange County that’s a great place to do a variety of activites: work out, walk your dogs, or, of course, stroll hand-in-hand with your date. The light was gorgeous during our shoot, as was the location, but my favorite part was definitely how much fun Kayleen + Micah had interacting during the shoot. I know it can be a little intimidating to get behind the camera, so I really focus on giving a couple light posting instructions and then just letting them be themselves. “Let them be themselves” means, in this case, Micah really knows how to make Kayleen laugh! :) Thanks for the fantastic shoot! Can’t wait for your fall wedding at Coto de Caza!

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Tina + Cory’s Wedding on The Knot

April 18th, 2015

I was very excited to get the notification that Tina + Cory’s wedding has been featured on TheKnot.com! It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I photographed their wedding at the beautiful Aliso Viejo Country Club. Thanks again to the wonderful team of vendors!


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I was very excited to get the notification that Tina + Cory’s wedding has been featured on TheKnot.com! It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I photographed their wedding at the beautiful Aliso Viejo Country Club. Thanks again to the wonderful team of vendors!

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Print What You Love

April 11th, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about prints lately. I guess it’s not super surprising, as they seem to be turning up quite a bit recently. When I was home last Christmas, I went through my mom’s meticulously organized photo albums and asked for copies of some prints from my childhood, which she brought with her […]


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I’ve been thinking a lot about prints lately. I guess it’s not super surprising, as they seem to be turning up quite a bit recently. When I was home last Christmas, I went through my mom’s meticulously organized photo albums and asked for copies of some prints from my childhood, which she brought with her when she and my dad visited in March. I’ve also been on a weird organizing kick lately (which I’m not going to question, I’m just going to go with it) and I turned up envelopes of prints I had completely forgotten about. I really loved going through these photos, actually holding them and flipping through them, stopping to reflect on the memories.

Shamefully, though, it’s been probably 3 years since I’ve printed any of my personal photos. Everything lives online now – Facebook, Instagram, my blog, and I’m sure at least 3 other social networks that I have no clue how to use. My own wedding photos (600+) are sitting in a folder on my computer. I rarely go through these – when I want to remember our wedding day, I reach for our wedding album.

Looking at most of my personal photos is a pretty big contrast between my memories and my professional work. When I’m shooting for my clients, I’m shooting for perfection. I’m looking for the perfect light, the perfect framing, the perfect background, the perfect emotion. When these all come together, I feel I’ve done great by my clients.

For my own photos (and I think this is the case for many of us), I’m not so hard on myself. Who cares if the light is in our faces, making us squint, or if there’s a distracting background, or heck, if the photo is a little blurry. It’s more about capturing the memory. I don’t tear apart my own personal photos from a technical perspective when looking through them – I smile because the people I love are in them.

I’m finally getting a point here. Going through those stacks of photos made me realize I need to start printing my own photos again. We don’t know, technology-wise, what the future will bring. I’m typing this post on a laptop which doesn’t have a disc drive. I used to deliver all my clients’ photos on disc, but now I’ve moved on to USBs. Maybe USBs won’t exist 10 years from now.  I also know I’m not unique in that I probably have 3,000+ personal photos on my computer I NEVER look through. I just don’t. If I’m on my computer, I’m probably online, have 25 tabs open, and am being distracted by 14 things. But sitting down with those photos – I really focused on those. It’s just different, holding a tangible product, seeing your memory.

So this year – make a commitment to print some of your photos! They don’t have to be professional photos. Take the prints to Costco, or to my favorite online print company, Mpix.com. Make an album. Frame your photos! It was a fun surprise turning up these prints, but I really want to be able to see them regularly as well.

I’m in the process of taking some of those photos and framing them, so I’ll definitely update with the finished product! Stay tuned!

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Kylie + Daniel: Temecula Engagement Session

March 29th, 2015

One of my favorite questions to ask an engaged couple is how they met. In Kylie + Daniel’s case, that answer is pretty unique! I asked this question of Daniel when Kylie had run back to their car and he said, “I met Kylie crashing a wedding.” That’s right! Daniel went to a wedding hosted […]


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One of my favorite questions to ask an engaged couple is how they met. In Kylie + Daniel’s case, that answer is pretty unique! I asked this question of Daniel when Kylie had run back to their car and he said, “I met Kylie crashing a wedding.” That’s right! Daniel went to a wedding hosted by Kylie’s family and that’s where the romance began! Daniel lives in the Portland area and ended up proposing to Kylie at the Portland Japanese Garden, which is said to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside Japan. I had so much fun getting to better know the two of them at their Temecula engagement session. It was also surprisingly chilly that day, and Kylie couldn’t have been a better sport about getting around (in heels, no less) the area for their Temecula engagement sesseion. Thanks for the fun shoot, guys!

 

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Eloisa + Victor: Serendipity Garden Wedding

March 17th, 2015

There were a lot of touching moments on Eloisa + Victor’s gorgeous Serendipity Garden wedding day. Eloisa got ready with her close friends and family while Victor did the same. They had an incredibly sweet first look and personalized vows that included both a sand ceremony and lasso ceremony. Lots of tears and laughter were […]


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There were a lot of touching moments on Eloisa + Victor’s gorgeous Serendipity Garden wedding day. Eloisa got ready with her close friends and family while Victor did the same. They had an incredibly sweet first look and personalized vows that included both a sand ceremony and lasso ceremony. Lots of tears and laughter were heard during their toasts – I know everyone was particularly touched, including me, when the father of the groom sang a song that had also been sung at Eloisa’s quinceanera. Of course, no wedding is complete without a floor full of people dancing! Besides the excitement and love they showed throughout the day in becoming husband and wife, it was clear they know how to have a good time as well :) It was a real honor to see them surrounded by friends and family as they started their journey together. Thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding day memories!

Venue: Serendipity Garden Weddings
Videographer: Theater 10 Wedding Films
Officiant: Don Johnson

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