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I was so excited the other day when pinup model Dianna Prince told me that our shoot was featured on the cover of this month’s Vintage Boudoir Magazine! Dianna also does pinup hair styling and runs the Dianna Prince Pinup Academy. She has since relocated to Las Vegas (the perfect place for pinup) but I had fun shooting with her and the other models she worked with. Also featured in this magazine were burlesque dancer Dee V’ous of the Drop Dead Dames Burlesque Revue and the lovely Frawy Ayazo. All 3 ladies are wearing pieces from my Etsy shop, Sweet Bisou! Dianna is wearing a 70s Miss Dior nightgown. Dee V’ous is wearing a vintage nightgown by Harvey Woods. And Frawy is wearing a vintage lace dress (which had a matching bolero). She loved the dress so much that she actually bought it!

Thanks so much to Vintage Boudoir Magazine for the feature, and to Dianna for organizing the shoot and submitting the photos! Make sure to pick up the magazine to see some more lovely vintage boudoir photos!

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One of the images I shot from a shoot earlier this year with model Kaite Dent was featured in Issue No. 1 of Kat Club Magazine by Retro Lovely! So excited to have this shot featured among so many other gorgeous images! Seriously, this magazine is full of pinup style loveliness! Thanks to Hair by Dianna Prince, who organized the shoot, and to Kat Club for the feature!

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I’m so excited to finally share some images from my Carmen Miranda inspiration shoot with burlesque performer Dee V’ous of the Drop Dead Dames Burlesque Revue! Ms. Dee V’ous was cast as Carmen Miranda for the anniversary issue of TPG Magazine, which is available now! The magazine is filled with models paying tribute to famous Hollywood icons. It’s a pretty amazing collection of images, and I’m so thrilled to have been a part of it! Ms. Dee V’ous really captured the spirit and beauty of Carmen Miranda. She also made her outfit! Is there anything this gorgeous lady can’t do?

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I really loved the images we got, but my favorites were in black and white. Dee V’ous is a classic beauty!

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Back in March, I partnered up with pinup model Dianna Prince on a photoshoot inspired by one of the greatest beauties of all time – Cleopatra! The first time Dianna and I worked together, I kept saying how I saw her as Cleopatra, and she said she had been wanting to do a Cleopatra inspired shoot! So we put the plans into motion, and with the help of Make Up By G Dianna Prince channeled the beauty and strength of the Queen of the Nile! And channel it she did! For that day, she WAS Cleopatra! The shoot was so much fun, and we created some of my favorite images ever. I’ve been dying to share this shoot, but we had to keep it secret because it was accepted for a magazine cover! Well, now I am excited to share some of the first images from our shoot, as one of Dianna’s looks is featured in the June 2014 issue of Baba Lous Beauties! Not only was it featured… Dianna is also the cover model! They chose my favorite image from the whole shoot! I can’t wait to share the full shoot, but we are still waiting on the second look to be featured in another publication. But I hope you enjoy this first look at this beautiful shoot! Thanks so much to Dianna Prince for all of your work in planning this shoot and to Make Up By G for creating a flawless look!

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Call me biased, but I think southern California is one of the most beautiful places in the world! I love the desert and the coast and all of the mountains! Plus it’s almost July and I needed a light sweater yesterday because it was chilly! We’ve been here almost two years, and we still say “I can’t believe we live here!” I really can’t!

Coming out here, I had some photography must-shoot locations on my wish list. I’ve shot most of them, but one thing I haven’t gotten to shoot yet is the desert wildflowers. With the drought this year, shooting among the wildflowers wasn’t a possibility in the location I wanted to do them. But then I thought “I wonder if we have any lavender fields here?” A quick Google search led me to find Keys Creek Lavender Farm, located less than an hour from me! Because you can find the beach, desert, and snow within an hour or two of here, so why not a lavender farm?! I love this place!

Lucky for me, a group of shoot and share photographers decided to do a photography outing at Keys Creek, so I had the perfect opportunity to shoot there! I’m so thrilled that Wendy and Chris put this event together and brought such an amazing team of models and photographers! One of the models wore a lovely vintage lavender dress from my Etsy shop Sweet Bisou!

Now I get this wonderful location off the wish list (though I’d happily go back there again!). Keys Creek is open to the public for tours and they also do special events like English tea. It’s also a perfect place for a wedding! A huge thanks to everyone involved in this event!


VENUE | Keys Creek Lavender Farm

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Maternity | Felicia
Maternity Makeup/Hair | Natalie’s Hair-Bridal

Bride | Mandy Powers
Groom | Andrew Enriquez

Couple | Betty & Eric Kunz
Betty’s MUA | Beauty by Alee

Female Model | Heather DeCarbo
Lavender Empire Waist Dress | Sweet Bisou

Senior Model | Sophie

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One of my photography wish list items was to shoot in a lavender field, and yesterday I checked that one off the list! I belong to a group of “shoot and share” photographers, and they organized a group photoshoot at Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. It was so much fun getting out and meeting new photographers and shooting in one of the most beautiful places in southern California! It really is a hidden gem and definitely worth a visit! I’d love to go back and check out their store or attend one of their high tea events!

Here’s a little preview from the shoot:

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Recently, our carousel masquerade shoot with bridal gown designer Danielle Berg of D’Marie Bridal Couture and the ladies at The Doll Service was featured on Ceremony’s Magazine blog! It was such a fun time thanks to our gorgeous models:

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

Thanks so much to Ceremony for sharing our shoot and to the amazing ladies who helped make this shoot happen!

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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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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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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