Archive for January, 2014

Now that Stephanie & Erik have returned from their amazing honeymoon in London and Paris, I am so excited to share their beautiful wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton! This was our first wedding of the 2014 season, and what a beautiful way to start the year! My nickname for Stephanie is Sparkle, and I think you’ll see why! Not only are there some fabulous bling details at this wedding, but their intimate evening candlelight ceremony was so romantic and moving! And then there is the reception, with more sparkles and pink pretties all around! Such a beautiful fairytale wedding! I had a wonderful time celebrating with them at this stunning south Florida wedding! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Sparkle!


Venue | The Addison Boca Raton
Makeup/Hair | Jordan
Airbrush Tanning | Perfect Glow Mobile Airbrush Tanning
Ceremony Music | The Elegant Harp
Cake Designer | Johnson’s Custom Cakes
Floral Designer | Orange Blossoms Florals
DJ | Doubleshot Entertainment
Lighting Design | Effects Lights and Sound, Inc.

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our studio open house yesterday! It was so wonderful to see all of you! We had too much fun chatting with everyone, but we did manage to snap a few pics! Thank you Cynthia for sharing yours with us, too!

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Remember super cute pup Chip from last week? Well, we have more of his adorable face to share with you over on the Aroo! Pet Photography blog! Guaranteed to make you smile! Here’s a preview of some of our favorites from his session!

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I am super excited about this blog post because these two are very near and dear to my heart! Carl is my bestest friend, and after more than 20 years of friendship he’s more like family to me. So when he (finally lol) proposed to his girlfriend Crystal over the holidays, I couldn’t have been happier! I was so excited to get to see them on my recent trip to Florida, and we took a drive out to nearby Cocoa Beach for their engagement photos! Engagement photos! Not just a portrait session this time!! It makes me so excited to say that!

Congratulations Carl & Crystal! So happy for you both and we can’t wait for the wedding!!

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Yesterday, I got to shoot this adorable face in the studio! His name is Chip and he’s the cutest and quirkiest little guy I’ve ever met! He packs a huge personality in that little body! Here’s a sneak peek, with more cuteness to come soon!

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I’m back on the west coast after Stephanie & Erik’s wedding at The Addison in beautiful Boca Raton! Can’t wait to share photos from their intimate candlelight ceremony and their fabulous pink and bling reception details! But while they are off enjoying an incredible honeymoon in London and Paris (swoon!) help me congratulate the newlyweds with these sneak peeks! : )

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We are so honored that Julie & Garrett’s stunning classic wedding at the New Haven Lawn Club was featured this week on The Black Tie Bride! The Black Tie Bride is a new wedding blog created by the amazing Justin & Mary Marantz (our favorite photographers ever!). The blog celebrates timeless, iconic weddings, and we love the tag line – “Because classic never goes out of style.” Beautifully stated! Trends come and go, but classic is always beautiful! When the blog was announced, we instantly thought of Julie & Garrett’s wedding! If you want to be inspired by swoon-worthy wedding pretties, follow The Black Tie Bride on Facebook.

The Black Tie Bride also has a twin blog called The Well Groomed Groom! Yes, finally a blog dedicated to the gentlemen! Your groom can also follow them here on Facebook. Ladies, it’s okay to take a look as well. Who can resist a well dressed man?

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We are excited to share more of our images from our carousel bridal fashion shoot with bridal gown designer Danielle Berg of D’Marie Bridal Couture and the ladies at The Doll Service! We had such a fun time shooting 6 lovely models in 6 beautiful wedding dresses at a historic carousel here in San Diego! So many unique designs! Which one is your favorite?

Our models (in order by individual photos):

Kaite
Anisse
Natalie
Mara
Amanda
Grace (one of the lovely makeup artists from The Doll Service!)

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We are so excited to share more photos from Vanessa & Joe’s family and maternity session! They already have such an adorable little family with their cutie pie poochies Bella and Bozi, and soon there will be one more sweet face added to the bunch! We met up with Vanessa and Joe at Balboa Park for their session. Seriously, could Vanessa look any cuter with that pregnant glow and that perfect bump?! Totes adorbs!

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View more photos from Vanessa & Joe’s maternity session on the GTP | Family blog.

I love a new Year! It’s a time to for new beginnings, and we couldn’t be more excited about what 2014 has in store! A few weeks ago, I spent some time in Florida with my friend and fellow photographer Rupa and tried to dig deep about what I want. See, at some point I stopped dreaming. I had achieved all my goals already, which sounds like a good thing, but what do you do when you don’t have a vision for what’s next?

So on the retreat I dared myself to search within and figure out what it was that I wanted. To not listen to the reasons why I couldn’t do something and imagine that there were no boundaries. There were two things that stood out. One, I really want to do a shoot in Europe. Preferably Paris, but if anyone would like to do a shoot somewhere else in Europe I’m all for it! Second, and slightly more attainable, was to have a studio again. A space where I could create.

Since moving out here, I’ve searched for a studio from time to time. It was more wishful thinking than anything. But something happened while I was in Florida. The stars began to align or something, because since I dared to dream about this space the universe has sent me signals prompting me to believe. Before I left the retreat, I sent out inquiries for some of the spaces I found. No harm in looking, I thought. Most of them weren’t what we were looking for, but there was one that was a dark horse. There were no photos of the space, but it had so many of the things I was looking for. We saw it the day I got back, and the next day we sent in our application. A couple days later we were signing the lease and we were handed our keys. And then the reality of it all hit us – what just happened?

We got into the studio and started painting… and painting… and painting. It was more work than we had ever imagined. While I tried to dream about what the space would look like, it was coming together slowly (and seemed like it wasn’t coming together at all). Then the voice showed up. That horrible voice inside that told me what a stupid decision I had made and all the reasons why it would fail. And I sat on the floor as big plopping teardrops fell from my eyes. Doubt is the enemy of dreamers.

I’ve tried to silence that voice of doubt, but it’s still there. You have a choice. You can listen to it and hold yourself back, or you can listen to your heart and dream of things greater than you ever imagined.

That is my challenge to you. Dare yourself to dream this year. Dare to realize more of your potential. You can list off all the reasons in the world why things are holding you back, but in the end we only hold ourselves back. If you want something, MAKE it happen!

It’s still a work in progress (a little more painting to do, backdrops to be hung, etc) but here is my dream coming to fruition:

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What does this mean for GTP moving forward?

Well, it means that things are going to look very different for us in 2014. We’ve had to put aside shooting portraits because weddings have always kept us so busy (especially being on the road so much), so we are limiting the number of weddings that we will shoot each month/year. We really want to put more focus on our other brands so that they are as successful as our wedding brand. Though our main website will continue to showcase our wedding work, we will begin using our blog and our Facebook page to show off the work we are doing under our other brands:

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We are so thrilled to have a beautiful natural light studio to shoot in, along with a meeting space and (coming soon) dressing room and makeup station for boudoir photography! We also have some stunning pieces of furniture in the studio that we can’t wait to shoot with!

We are also excited to offer more to our brides and grooms. As their families continue to grow, we want to be able to document their family history. We couldn’t be more excited about offering more to our couples through our GTP Family brand! From bellies to babies and beyond, we look forward to telling your stories!

And along with shooting babies, we are happy to once again have a space to shoot furbabies! This was a huge must on our studio wish list – to have a space that allowed pets so that we could offer our Aroo! pet sessions again!

Once the studio is complete, I’ll share more photos, including some before and afters! It’s unbelievable how the space has transformed, but we saw its potential from the start! It’s located in the heart of North Park – dangerously close to many thrift stores and boutiques with a wine bar downstairs and a brewery across the parking lot! Our neighbors include a yoga studio and an arts and culture magazine. We couldn’t have imagined a better place for the studio!

With that said, we would love to invite you to come visit the new studio during our open house!

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I will put the details on Facebook soon with directions, parking, and how to gain access to the building! Make sure to follow our Facebook page for more information!

I would like to thank some very special people who encouraged me to dream bigger! Thank you Rupa for the late nights listening to music and constantly inspiring me by living out your own dreams! Thank you to our bride and amazingly talented photographer Stacey for letting me bounce off crazy ideas and for lifting me up when doubt weighed me down. I can’t wait to see where your dreams will take you! And to Justin & Mary Marantz, who always challenge others to dream big. Thank you for inspiring me over the years through your work and through your words! Though it has been a year since your “What’s Next?” workshop, I’ve finally taken that next step. Ooh… big hairy audacious goals sure are scary!

And finally, thank you to my hubby Matt. Seriously, I couldn’t do anything without you beside me! When I have a crazy dream, you tell me it’s not so crazy. Well, you tell me I am crazy but to do it anyway! When I’m crying on the floor, you tell me to put on my big girl pants and get up! You tell me that you’ve never seen me fail and you encourage me to not hold myself back. You sacrifice your entire holiday vacation and spend a ridiculous amount of time painting while I struggle to finish one little section. You are always so selfless and do whatever it takes to support me. Thank you for these things and the other million things that you do! At least we can look back and say that our lives were never boring! Thank you for being beside me on all of these crazy adventures! Here’s to making 2014 the most amazing year yet! <3