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Erin + Ranil: Woodland Hills Country Club Wedding

August 8th, 2014

One of the first questions I ask couples considering me as their wedding photographer is the engagement story. Each couples’ story is so different, and in Erin + Ranil’s case, Ranil went BIG! Their engagement involved a surprise limo, what Erin thought was going out with her mom for manicures, then the proposal and a [...]


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One of the first questions I ask couples considering me as their wedding photographer is the engagement story. Each couples’ story is so different, and in Erin + Ranil’s case, Ranil went BIG! Their engagement involved a surprise limo, what Erin thought was going out with her mom for manicures, then the proposal and a big party with family and friends at the end. It was so sweet and well-thought-out, and it was no surprise to me that their wedding followed the same vein! There’s always excitement from the bride and groom on the wedding day, and I saw that excitement clearly echoed on both sides of the family, that they were finally coming together. They had a touching ceremony and their Woodland Hills Country Club wedding was the perfect balance of shared moments with friends and family to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, out on the dance floor! I was also honored to witness the lighting of a traditional Sri Lankan oil lamp, symbolizing both sides of the family coming together.

Many thanks to Michael D’Avello for second shooting with me, and to Sara of At Your Door Events for introducing me to Erin + Ranil! Enjoy!

Wedding Planner: At Your Door Events
Wedding Ceremony: St. Bernardine of Siena
Reception Venue: Woodland Hills Country Club
Florist: Romance Etc.
Hair and Makeup: Passion For Makeup
Linens: Linen Lenders
DJ: Special Occasions
Transportation: Upperclass Limousine
Videography: Viken Productions
Cake Designer: Portos Bakery

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Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and Skillset Workshop

July 29th, 2014

Last fall was an incredibly crazy time for me. My husband and I purchased our first home, and moved into the house in September after a 6 month build process. I was having my busiest wedding season since I started shooting weddings – and usually in the fall things slow down! Earlier in the year [...]


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Last fall was an incredibly crazy time for me. My husband and I purchased our first home, and moved into the house in September after a 6 month build process. I was having my busiest wedding season since I started shooting weddings – and usually in the fall things slow down! Earlier in the year I had committed to a workshop, and as the date in October approached, I wondered if I had made a mistake.  I was feeling overwhelmed, and I was also wondering if I was truly ready.

Back in 2008 when I started shooting weddings, I happened upon a forum of wedding photographers. One of the first questions I asked was what workshops were the best bang for the buck. As I’ve come to learn over the years, this industry is LOUSY with workshops, and some of them are not as good as others. I knew I wanted to learn from someone whose work I respected, someone that continued to be a working wedding photographer, and that criteria led me to Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp.

It’s hard to boil down the experience into words, but this workshop was absolutely the best investment I could make in my education.  I was pretty nervous going into the workshop. Intimidated, actually. I really admire Cliff’s work and feel like there’s a gap the size of Grand Canyon between his and mine, and I was starting to think maybe I was missing some innate vision that this workshop wouldn’t be able to teach me. Happily, I was very wrong. I learned SO MUCH about seeing moments, about seeing light, about using the right tools for the setting. About helping my work to stand out. I can already see a difference in how I approach my work since last year.

The second surprise was Cliff himself. Now, I’ve never been to a multi-day workshop, so I don’t have any other comparison, but I highly doubt there is a photographer that works harder at giving value to his students. There was not a single second of downtime during the workshop. We had breakfast and lunch at his studio, and those were all working meals. Cliff would stand up at the front of the bus on the way to shoot models on location, hold on to a hand rail, and answer questions from the front of the bus. We all had dinner as a group, and of course the discussion revolved around photography then, as well. Our mornings were typically dedicated to technique discussion, and in the afternoon we’d go outside to practice what we’d learned. We covered everything from differences in lens selection and output, to reception lighting, to making your clients look great outdoors, no matter the time of day. Cliff also shared information with us on the business end, including meeting with clients, how he runs his studio, and how he processes and delivers images and albums to his clients. That was really important information. I feel so many photographers focus on the “art” because it’s more fun, and it’s what we love to do. One of the first things Cliff said to us was, “Don’t turn off your phones. I know you are all running a business, and if someone calls you, then you should take that call.”

As I said, going into the workshop I felt like I wasn’t ready, that I might be wasting my money. Leaving the workshop, I was SO GLAD I made the decision to invest in my skills. The investment level for this workshop was more expensive than any other course I was considering, and it was 100% worth it. I really can’t more highly recommend it if you are looking to take your skills and business to the next level! I also met a great group of people. We started a Facebook group after the workshop and it’s been awesome having a group of photographers to connect with, bounce ideas off of each other, and see how we’ve all progressed since the workshop. It might even be worth it for Cliff to set up an advanced workshop (hint, Cliff! ;) for photographers who have taken his bootcamp!

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Erin + Ranil

July 27th, 2014

Sneak peek of Erin + Ranil’s gorgeous Woodland Hills Country Club wedding. Can’t wait to share more of these soon!  


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Sneak peek of Erin + Ranil’s gorgeous Woodland Hills Country Club wedding. Can’t wait to share more of these soon!

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I’m So Flash-y

July 20th, 2014

My husband often tells me I’m a marketer’s dream. I’m a total sucker for a fancy display and am apt to say, “Oh my god, I NEED that!” when we’re out and about for things I clearly don’t need. I love and appreciate nice packaging and I always buy Papyrus cards, even though they’re absurdly [...]


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My husband often tells me I’m a marketer’s dream. I’m a total sucker for a fancy display and am apt to say, “Oh my god, I NEED that!” when we’re out and about for things I clearly don’t need. I love and appreciate nice packaging and I always buy Papyrus cards, even though they’re absurdly expensive, because they’re the prettiest.

I sometimes have a love/hate relationship with this digital world when it comes to photography. On one hand, I love giving my clients digital files. Delivering them can be as easy as putting them in a Dropbox file and emailing the client. But at the same time, I feel that kind of takes the “wow” factor out of their wedding files. For many of my clients, this is most amount of money they will ever spend at one time on photography for themselves – and I feel the end product should reflect that sentiment.

I recently upgraded my final product delivery to include a Courtney McManaway Photography branded flash drive (!!!!) and a custom box with a wedding day image. I don’t want to say this packaging is fabulous…oh wait, I just did! Tina + Cory were the first clients to receive this new packaging and I just about squealed when I received it in the mail.  I hope my clients love it as much as I do! :)tc_woodblog

 

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Tina + Cory: Aliso Viejo Country Club Wedding

July 5th, 2014

I really do get lucky with my clients, and Tina + Cory are no exception! I knew they would be a fun couple when they showed up for their engagement session in running gear. Their Aliso Viejo Country Club wedding was such a fun-filled day with the absolutely gorgeous golf club as a backdrop.  The [...]


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I really do get lucky with my clients, and Tina + Cory are no exception! I knew they would be a fun couple when they showed up for their engagement session in running gear. Their Aliso Viejo Country Club wedding was such a fun-filled day with the absolutely gorgeous golf club as a backdrop.  The camera just loved these two – they were so naturally affectionate I barely had to say a word to them during their portraits! Their ceremony was officiated by a friend and was one of the most personal, and funny ceremonies, I’ve ever witnessed, either as a photographer or guest! They also entered their reception to “Turn Down To What,” which makes them extra awesome in my book ;) Many thanks to John Dinh for second shooting with me! Enjoy!

Wedding Coordinator: J Bird Events
Venue: Aliso Viejo Country Club
Floral Design: Designs By Tricia
Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery
DJ: Extreme DJ
Photobooth: Pink Shutter

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Dennis + Marissa: Long Beach Wedding

December 14th, 2013

I was honored to be part of Dennis + Marissa’s gorgeous Long Beach wedding! I was recommended to them by the wonderful Sara of At Your Door Events. These two had been waiting a long time to put on the wedding of their dreams, and it was completely worth the wait! They put a lot [...]


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I was honored to be part of Dennis + Marissa’s gorgeous Long Beach wedding! I was recommended to them by the wonderful Sara of At Your Door Events. These two had been waiting a long time to put on the wedding of their dreams, and it was completely worth the wait! They put a lot of thought into both the flow and the details of their day, and it was simply beautiful to see them together as husband and wife! Enjoy!

Wedding Planner: At Your Door Events
Ceremony: Wayfarers Chapel
Reception: The Grand
Florist: Romance Etc
Videography: Vnext Media
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang
Cake: Rossmoor Pastries
Candy Display: Two’s A Party
Rentals: Glow Concepts
Stationary: Paper Crew
Photo Booth: Splendid Photo Booth
Entertainment: DJ Tempoe

 

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Wayfarers Chapel is absolutely gorgeous!

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We had about 20 minutes of sunlight after the ceremony to get pictures of the two of them – they really rocked it!
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Sara and her team did an amazing job setting up the reception! The Grand looked amazing!
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They had a very touching first dance to Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.”

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Congratulations, Dennis + Marissa!
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Claire + Michael: Wiens Family Cellars Wedding

November 8th, 2013

Prepare yourself for some gushing here! Claire is a friend of mine, and I was completely honored when she asked me to shoot her wedding.  There is always a little extra pressure when it comes to photography with family and friends – but also extra joy, you know what I mean? Claire + Michael’s engagement [...]


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Prepare yourself for some gushing here! Claire is a friend of mine, and I was completely honored when she asked me to shoot her wedding.  There is always a little extra pressure when it comes to photography with family and friends – but also extra joy, you know what I mean? Claire + Michael’s engagement session was so much fun, and their Wiens Family Cellars wedding was absolutely beautiful. I don’t think there was a person attending that wasn’t deeply touched by their love and devotion for one another. The entire day was such a perfect reflection of their two lives coming together, with the people who were most important to them. I also LOVED shooting at Wiens Family Cellars! There’s no shortage of wineries in Temecula, but their barrel reception room in particular is such a unique backdrop to a reception – not to mention Claire + Michael’s shared love of wine! Enjoy!

Ceremony + Reception: Wiens Family Cellars
Florist: RSVP Events
String Trio: Ocdamia Strings
Hair and Makeup: Charmed Beauty

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Congratulations, Claire + Michael!

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Association of Bridal Consultants Coto De Caza Event

October 6th, 2013

I was very honored when Kerri Hatter of LVL Events asked me to photograph the Association of Bridal Consultants September meeting.  I really enjoy networking, and there is no better setting than Coto De Caza! We treat these networking events as mini-weddings, and there is a team of vendors involved to showcase the venue as well as [...]


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I was very honored when Kerri Hatter of LVL Events asked me to photograph the Association of Bridal Consultants September meeting.  I really enjoy networking, and there is no better setting than Coto De Caza! We treat these networking events as mini-weddings, and there is a team of vendors involved to showcase the venue as well as their expertise. Enjoy!

Venue: Coto de Caza Golf & Raquet Club
Rentals: Fusion Linens
DJ: Steve Burdick Events
Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Ice Sculpture: Carving Ice
Paper Goods: Paper Plane Paperie
Videography: The Emotion Picture Studio
Ceremony Florals: Flowers Etc.
Reception Florals: Designs By Tricia
Live Music: Chris Wooley
Speaker: Mike Agresti, LTSP CPA

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