Vintage Western Engagement Portraits for Nikki & Jeremy Capture The Look of Love at Mentryville

We first met Nikki and her mom at the beginning of the year, and had a great time planning for Nikki’s upcoming wedding to Jeremy at Gardens of Paradise in Agua Dulce.  We always stress the importance of an engagement session before a wedding, and we feel it is so important to the overall success of the wedding photographs, that we include the session in all of our packages.  There really is no better way to get to know your clients, how to best photograph them, and instill confidence in you with them, then to actually create portraits for them that they love.  We pay close attention to what our couples tell us about what they are looking for.  Over thirty years of experience has taught us how critical this is, and it also keeps things fresh and interesting for us.  Every session is different, even if the location is the same, because of this interaction and exchange.

Since the actual session was our first time meeting Jeremy, we made sure his voice was heard.  We could tell Jeremy was an artistic, creative, individual and welcomed his input.  We processed the images in lots of different black and white and sepia variations, and these were their favorites.  We also had a chance to utilize some of the cool, old, rusty equipment in Mentryville as props.  The most important thing to us, was that Nikki and Jeremy were able to relax and enjoy the session, and we really could see the love they had for one another.  It was in their eyes!

We can’t wait to explore Gardens of Paradise with them, meet their bridal party, and the rest of the family.  We will keep you posted.

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TPC On A Breathtaking Valencia Evening Is Beautiful Site for Deanna & Paco’s Wedding

The sky was amazing…first a rainbow, then the billowy clouds set against a darkening sky, then the lightning show lighting up the evening skies…wow!  Here is just a little bit of what guests found enhancing the festivities and joy at Deanna & Paco’s romantic wedding.  We will spotlight more “people pictures” soon, but couldn’t resist sharing these right away.

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Shannon & Andy Wed at Robinson Ranch in Beautiful Ceremony With Their Daughter

Shannon & Andy are a unique,romantic, fun loving, family oriented couple and all of this is evident in their wedding photographs.  Mother and daughter wore red shoes to celebrate their individuality, and Shannon’s gown was both original and stunning.   We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed creating them.

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Gabriela’s Sweet 16 Celebration

Gabriela’s Sweet 16  was a special day for family and friends to get together and celebrate with Gabriela and her family.  What a great bunch of young people!

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USC Sets the Stage for Kellie & Craig’s Engagement Portraits

One of the traditions in Kellie & Craig’s relationship is attending USC football games with Craig’s family.  When they told us about this we thought the campus would be the perfect spot for their engagement session. We carefully checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t orientation or the beginning of the school, hoping we would find a pretty empty campus in the early evening hours.  I (Jody) was really excited to visit the campus again, since I had been a freshman there myself when I moved to California from New York.  We had done Crystal & Ryan’s engagement portraits there a couple of years ago, and I was more than ready for another visit.  There are some new buildings on the campus, and lots of cardinal and gold flowers everywhere, but, for the most part, things are the same.

Kellie & Craig had their own game day traditions and favorite spots on campus that they shared with us.  We recreated Craig’s game day “kick” of the California flag pole, picnicking in Doheny Park, and added a few of Kellie’s touches like the white frames she had bought to pose with.  Aside from the NCAA commercial they were filming at Tommy Trojan keeping us away from that popular spot, we got to do it all. And it was all lots of fun for us.  Kellie and Craig are fun loving and compliment each other perfectly.  Their wedding day will be an amazing one…we can’t wait.  Enjoy!

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Kandis & Matt Explore Mentryville for Romantic Engagement Portraits

We braved the heat, dirt and even a bee sting (Matt was a real trouper) last week with Kandis & Matt and Adriana as our very able wardrobe consultant, stylist, helper, and sister to Matt Farrell; the groom to be.  We had lots of fun and wanted to share these right away.  Enjoy this fantastic couple…we certainly did!

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Romantic Backyard Wedding in Santa Clarita of Maria & Lalo

We have known Maria & Lalo for quite a while.  They  first met us at their cousin’s wedding we photographed several years ago.  Their wedding was originally scheduled for last June, but Maria’s deployment to Iraq forced them to push the wedding ahead for a year.  Lalo is a Marina recruiter and Maria is in the U.S. Army.  Their adorable daughter Isabella is a student.  Maria’s cousins graciously offered their beautiful Santa Clarita hilltop home for the intimate ceremony and fun filled reception.  Isabella was a very important participant in the planning and execution of this perfect day.  And yes, Lalo’s tears were real when he saw his beautiful bride.  We were proud to share this amazing day with this special couple and their family.

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Alison & Tony’s Wedding at Valencia Country Club- A Magical Evening Under the Stars

We learned during one of the toasts at Alison & Tony’s reception that the first time Alison met Tony’s family was when she was invited to dinner at their house.  Being the Alison that we know and love, she had to bring a dessert- and it had to be special and homemade.  She chose lemon meringue pie- even though she had never made one before.  I guess what turned out had little resemblance to an actual lemon meringue pie.  Her pie baking skills might not have been evident, but her love for Tony and her dedication to everything she did certainly was. You need only see the look in Tony’s eyes as he admires his bride to know the feelings are reciprocal.  It was a long road to June 11, 2011 and a magical day topped off with a fantasy like reception under the starts at Valencia Country Club- a location close to Alison’s heart as she has worked there.

Hearing this story of the pie during the reception,  we dubbed  their wedding the “Lemon Meringue Wedding” because it really summed everything up- especially with the yellow, white and black theme.  From the hand made backdrop for the ceremony which later did double duty at the reception behind the head table, to the Lemonhead candy favors, there was not a detail that was overlooked in preparing for this day, and so many details were attended to by family and friends who had a vested interest in feeding the perfectionist that we all know as Alison. (check back to our blog from their engagement session)  It was what Alison would do for a friend or family member, so she had legions ready to help her.  I will follow up with another post to showcase the details and the fabulous venue that the new site at Valencia Country Club provides (previously featured in this blog for their recent bridal show).

We know that this evening was just the beginning, and the lesson we learned is that anything worthwhile is worth waiting for, working towards and believing in…because dreams really can come true.  Thank you Alison & Tony for sharing your dream day with us and we look forward to sharing many more wonderful times in your future.

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Jennifer & Phillip’s Wedding at the Airtel Plaza is a Family Affair

Jennifer & Phillip’s wedding at the Airtel Plaza in Van Nuys was all about family and romance.  When we first entered the bride’s hotel room to do our prep shots we were taken aback by Jennifer’s twin sister- after doing a double take and reassuring ourselves that we weren’t having double vision- the excitement began.  Jennifer & Phillip’s children was prominent participants in the day and we had a great time capturing them.  From the sheer joy of being allowed to wear lip gloss of their young daughter, to their son’s sense of responsibility for taking as many photos as he could with the cell phone given to him for such purpose (check out the one he was snapping in the middle of the ceremony) to all special shots of the kid’s during the day- we totally enjoyed them.

The Airtel’s Midway Garden looked beautiful underneath the puffy clouds, and although it got a little chilly and windy after the ceremony, we were glad the rain held off long enough for this gang to get married.  The lighting in the Gulfstream Ballroom was amazing and we must say- we have never seen this venue look better.  Jennifer & Phillip and family- all of your hard work and attention to detail really made your wedding very special and we felt privileged to share the day with you.  It was great to see your dad the photographer again after more than 20 years as well.

Enjoy your family- we certainly did!

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Bellisima Bride Bridal Show Marketing Photo Shoot at Tournament Player’s Club in Valencia

It truly takes a village… Sandra Lopez of J & M Entertainment and The Bellisama Bride Bridal Show called us to do some photos for the new marketing campaign for the August 7, 2011 upcoming bridal show at the Valencia Hyatt.  Adriana Cruz Farrell was on board to model a new dress from the Maggie Soltera collection and Sandra & Adriana Farrell came along to TPC- Tournaments Player’s Club- Valencia with us to help.  (Check out Dave & Sandra helping Adriana onto the fence) We wanted to catch the beautiful end of the day light so we started at 6pm and needed to be done by 7pm to accommodate everyone’s schedules.

Sandra & Adriana were amazing assistants and we never could have done it without their help.  We couldn’t leave without checking out the bridge that we had noticed on our way out to the site.  Sandra was on hand to bring the bouquet into the scene (Check out our model in waiting) Adriana’s professionalism and elegance made it easy for us to capture these images.  We still think they could increase golf cart sales with the pose of Adriana on the back of the cart!  Thank you to everyone  for making this a memorable evening for us.

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