Holiday photos 2017

I love holiday photos especially with little ones! We had so much fun getting these shots!

That smile is so sweet!!

That smile is so sweet!!

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Oh what fun we had!!!!

Oh what fun we had!!!!

Prom 2017

I had so much fun photographing this group of young adults.  They were so funny and down for anything!  Prom is such a crazy time for teens!  For most, it's the final celebration before they part ways and adventure out on the next chapter of their lives.  There are always those people that you never lose touch with.  Here is a group that I'm sure in 10 years will still be in touch with each other.

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Patrick and Georgina

I had the honor to photograph Patrick and Georgina become husband and wife at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.  They met in L.A. a couple of years ago and since Georgina was from England they had a beautiful long distance courtship for some time.  They obviously have a deep deep love for one another.  It was so lovely to photograph them as they vowed to share their lives with one another. Congratulations to you both!!!!!

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Senior Portrait at the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara, CA

I photographed a lovely young woman who was staying at the beautiful Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, CA.  She was from Oregon and they had been having so much rain that she had not been able to get her senior portraits done.  So...why not have them done in paradise at the most beautiful resort in Santa Barbara!  We had so much fun!!!

Making friends everywhere she goes at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara, CA

Making friends everywhere she goes at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara, CA

Senior Portrait shoot at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.

Senior Portrait shoot at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.

Such a fun family!!!!

Such a fun family!!!!

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Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, CA

Historical Museum and the Four Seasons Biltmore

I photographed an event for a group staying at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara several weeks ago.  The event was at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.  The Four Seasons Biltmore catered the event.  Bella Vista Design did the beautiful set up and Allied PRA did the event coordinating.

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Four Seasons Biltmore, Catering at it's finest.

Four Seasons Biltmore, Catering at it's finest.

INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER FOR COLORSERVICES!!

Hi Everybody!!

I have been asked by Color Services Photo Lab in Santa Barbara to "take over" their Instagram account for a week.  The theme is "Photograph Your Love".  I will be some of my series of Fine Art Abstract Seascapes.  I hope you will follow along and enjoy as I share some of my favorite pieces. Here are a few of them I posted yesterday!!

 

City Lights after sunset

City Lights after sunset

Stunning sunset in Santa Barbara

Stunning sunset in Santa Barbara

Sometime lack of focus can be beautiful....

Sometime lack of focus can be beautiful....

Fire in the sky.  Hendry's Beach, Santa Barbara, CA.

Fire in the sky.  Hendry's Beach, Santa Barbara, CA.

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Senior portrait spectacular!

Senior portraits are so fun!  It was planning to rain and it did, but then suddenly right as our photoshoot was about to start, the rain stopped and a rainbow appeared. Drew and I had fun at this cool spot.  He was such a natural. 

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Moonlight at the Oasis

Last night as well as photogaphing the sunset, I went back just before midnight and photographed the ocean by moonlight.  The moon was nearly full, and the surf was crashing. It was so beautiful and peaceful.  It felt like I was a million miles away. 

Moonlight at Butterfly Beach, Montecito, Ca.

Moonlight at Butterfly Beach, Montecito, Ca.

Santa Barbara City Lights and Reflection on water at Butterfly Beach

Santa Barbara City Lights and Reflection on water at Butterfly Beach

Top Wedding Trends for 2017

Hi Everybody!  One of my favorite online resources, Wedding Wire, just released an article on the top wedding trends for 2017!  The article, posted by Kim Forrest, includes some interesting trends.  Here are a few:

  • Sheer and sexy wedding dresses
  • Gray and burgundy suits for grooms
  • Bridesmaid jumpsuits
  • Urban Elegance = the “new Rustic”
  • Marble details
  • Giant floral wreath backdrops for ceremonies
  • Drone photography and videography
  • Instagram videos
  • Brunch weddings
  • Doughnuts
  • Creative food presentation – food “walls” and hanging food
  • Silent disco (seriously, it’s awesome)
  • Geode cakes
  • Drip cakes
  • Greenery motifs on invitations

You can view the entire article at http://problog.weddingwire.com/index.php/trends-and-stats/top-wedding-trends-2017/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_content=B&utm_campaign=newsletter-010817

I personally can't wait to photography all of these fun trends!!!

Grace

Gracie is my bundle of joy!  She is my 12 year old Australian Shepard who has loved me and played with me and let me take a ton of photos of her as you can imagine.  I love hanging out with her!!!

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Sunset Chaser

I am always looking at the afternoon sky, wondering if it is going to put on a magnificent show at sunset.  Are there clouds in the sky?  Is there a fog bank forming?  Is the tide low or high?  I get so excited when I know tonight is the night!!!  In addition toloving Wedding Photography, I also love taking abstract seascapes!  Here are a few from the other night.  

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I find joy in watching the colors form, peak and fade away.

I find joy in watching the colors form, peak and fade away.

Feeling Lucky

Lucky Me!!  I photographed this lovely couples wedding and they called me back to photograph their growing family!  I love having that connection with couples!  Thank you!  And congratulatons on your little bun in the oven!

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She said yes!

I was lucky enough to photograph a surprise proposal at Butterfly Beach in Montecito, Ca.  The adorable couple has been together for 8 years and had such a natural loving way about them!  Congratulations to Aaron and Sarah!!!! xoxoxo

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