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December 11, 2013

Over the weekend, we photographed Brianna & Donnie’s wedding at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club, which was our last wedding of the 2013 season! It’s so hard to believe how fast this year has flown by!

This year was full of big changes as we went into our first full year as California photographers. We began the year living in Temecula, but as we realized most of our life was in San Diego we decided over the summer to move yet again. As we begin looking forward to 2014, it’s time to reflect on what worked over the past year and what didn’t and think about what we want our business to look like moving forward.

My friend and fellow photographer Rupa Kapoor just happened to be coming to Florida for the month of December, so I decided to join her at a beach house in St. George Island for a week. We’ve been bouncing ideas off each other, doing some work and business planning, and having a lot of fun in between! Yesterday, we took her dogs for a walk on the beach and enjoyed the most beautiful sky! I sent the cameras home with Matt, but I couldn’t resist snapping some pics of beautiful St. George Island on my phone! Sometimes you just have to go on a retreat and clear your head, and there’s something about the ocean that soothes the soul and fosters the creative spirit!

Where do you go to find inspiration?

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We are back from China & Japan and I have some overdue blogging to do, which I promise to get to before the end of the year! I have some past weddings and some of our trip highlights to share, plus our last wedding of the year (which we are shooting this weekend in Florida!). But first I wanted to post a sneak peek from our bridal fashion shoot last night with bridal gown designer Danielle Berg of D’Marie Bridal Couture! You might remember last year’s desert bridal shoot with Danielle, which ended up being featured along with some of Danielle’s other stunning gown designs in the July 2013 issue of The G.O.O.D.S. Magazine!

Well, when we started talking over the summer about doing another shoot, Danielle had a ton of great ideas, and one developed into this amazing carousel fashion shoot with several models. I love the location she chose and all of the gown designs she selected for the shoot! The ladies at The Doll Service did an exceptional job on hair and makeup. And thank you to all of our models, who made climbing up on carousel horses in full wedding dresses look easy! I definitely was not as graceful when I had to climb on one!

Our models (in order by individual photos):

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

I hope everyone enjoys this sneak peek!








We’re so excited to finally share the images from our Anza Borrego bridal shoot in December! The desert is a place I’ve fallen in love with, and I think you’ll see why! The beauty of the desert seemed like a perfect fit for a bridal fashion shoot, especially with a dress as unique as this one designed by D’marie Bridal Couture! And the black dress that Danielle designed worked so well for the evening part of our shoot!

I knew the idea to shoot in the desert was a bit ambitious. It’s a two hour drive from San Diego, so it really was a full day commitment. I had to go out there to scout the location to tell the film commission and the park administration exactly where we planned to shoot. We had to take a primitive road to get to our spot (past a No Trespassing sign, but we had permission to be there). There were no restrooms and no place to change, so we rented an RV to use for the shoot. It rained the night before (winter rains are vital to the desert’s ecosystem) and there was a forecast for rain in the morning, so we thought the shoot might have to be cancelled. Fortunately, we had to rent the RV for 3 days so we stayed in the desert the night before. Contrary to what the weather forecast said, we knew that it was bright and sunny. We were also able to make sure that our location was accessible and safe for the shoot.

Another challenge was that we were up against time. Since our location was surrounded by mountains, the sun sets much more quickly than it does on the coast. If you can believe it, all of these images were shot within an hour! We shot for about 30 minutes with the sun beyond the mountain (but not yet below the horizon) and another 30 minutes after sunset. To give you an idea of what the shoot was like, here’s a shot without our flashes (left) and with them (right):


Matt was holding a flashlight on the models, which was our only source of light to see with! Danielle was holding a reflector for us to diffuse one of the flashes (we used 4 total). There was no moonlight and no city lights to provide any kind of ambient light. Not only was it completely dark, it was also freezing cold! In between shooting, each model took a break to put on a jacket and warm up. They were so phenomenal to work with on this shoot! We seriously could not have done this without such experienced and talented models!

There are a lot of things we were depending on for this shoot to go right, but we really had an amazing team collaborating on this project! We can’t thank each of you enough for your commitment to this shoot and for sharing your amazing talents!!

Gown Designer: D’marie Bridal Couture
Bridal Model: Stephanie
Bridesmaid Model: Chloe
Jewelry Designer: Flawed Perfection Jewelry
Makeup Artist: Kelsey Doonan


































Matt and I had such a great time at The Wedding Exhibit Bridal Show yesterday! It was our very first time doing a bridal show, and I think we chose the right one! The producers of the show were fantastic and so were the staff! They helped us unload all of our stuff from our 14′ U-Haul truck and also helped us load it back up at the end of the show. I don’t even want to know how long that would have taken just the two of us to do! So thank you so much to The Wedding Exhibit for making the show such a great experience!

We also had a great time seeing some of our vendor friends there (though we didn’t get nearly enough time to go say hello to everyone). We also met several new wedding vendors at the show! Our booth was located across from Riverside Tours and Travel. I’m not sure if that was intentional, but it sure was an ideal match up since we travel for about 40% of our weddings and we just love to travel in general! We’re looking forward to working with them on a few things! We were also across from Kelly’s Bloom Room, which had one of the most beautiful displays at the show! So when we weren’t looking at our own booth (which we think kinda rocks) we were looking at gorgeous photos of the Caribbean and a huge display of orchids! Can’t beat that!

We also had the opportunity to interact with a lot of brides and grooms and their family and closest friends who attended the show with them! Meeting everyone was the highlight of our day, especially connecting with brides who have followed our website and Facebook page! We’re looking forward to meeting with so many of you over the next few weeks and hearing even more details about your wedding day!

We also want to thank everyone who came out to our studio Open House on Saturday! We so love and appreciate all of you, and it warmed our hearts to see some familiar faces and some new ones! We love seeing our couples’ families grow! <3 I know some of you couldn't make it to the Open House or the bridal show, but we appreciate your support! And since everyone keeps asking for photos, here they are! : ) First, we have a couple pics of us and our booth at the bridal show:

Anyone who has been to our studio will recognize the setup above, because we basically packed up part of our studio and moved it to the Prime Osborn! Here’s our meeting space at the studio:

Here’s one of the front door (forgive the mess – this was when we were still putting it all together):

When we first got the keys, the walls were light brown and it was one big open space. One day I told Matt my vision. I wanted him to build a partition wall so that the meeting space would be separate and would feel like an art gallery. Oh, and I wanted it to be portable so we could break it down and bring it to bridal shows! At first he thought I was crazy, and he was probably right, but eventually he liked the idea!

This is our shooting space, which is still a work in progress. We just received our newest backdrop, so hopefully we’ll have it set up tomorrow! We also have a wardrobe and prop area in there now with some fun accessories for Pillow Book Boudoir sessions!

In addition to building a portable partition wall, one of our biggest projects was reupholstering my antique settee, which used to be in my home office. I had never reupholstered before, but I wasn’t ready to let this adorable piece of furniture go. I’m so glad I didn’t because after much attention, patience, and time it has transformed into such a gorgeous piece! I think it makes our meeting space! You can see the old fabric vs. the new here:

And just for fun, here is the mock up that I did to show Matt what I had in mind for the wall!

It’s crazy to see it all come together the way it has, but we just love our space! It’s cute and cozy and has a ton of character. As someone put it this weekend at the open house, it looks like our website! We think it’s a reflection of our work!

We still have more exciting changes coming, including our new logo and marketing pieces. But we’re excited to share our biggest project with you! We’d love for you to stop by the studio and visit! : )

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Matt and I just returned from an amazing trip to New Orleans for the annual ImagingUSA Expo! Imaging is the big convention held by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). We’ve been PPA members since the start of our business, but this is our first time attending Imaging. We’re definitely planning on going again next year! I’ve been to the big convention and trade show held by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and while they are similar in a lot of ways I got a lot more out of attending Imaging.

Part of the reason is that Matt was there with me, so we were able to sit down and review everything we learned and all the products we saw and start doing a lot of business planning on our trip. We were on the expo floor almost the entire time that it was open, meeting with vendors, asking questions about their business, and looking at their products. We are really excited about the changes we will be making to our packages very soon! We also found lots of pretty things for our studio (REALLY can’t wait for you to see that!!). We also attended seminars presented by some incredibly talented photographers, such as Jerry Ghionis, Robert Evans, and Kenny Kim!

We got some snippets of everything on our iPhones so you can see for yourself what Imaging is all about! : )

We’re thrilled to announce an incredible sale from our friends at MagnetStreet! Receive 25% off ALL Wedding Stationery from MagnetStreet Weddings: Save the Dates, Invitations, Reception items, Embellishments, Thank Yous, and more! Just enter promo code WED25THANKS at checkout. This promotion expires 11/30/11.

Yesterday I shared images from an Indian wedding at Ventana’s that I shot with Atlanta wedding photographer Rupa Kapoor of Love Captured Simply. Today, I’m sharing an Indian wedding at the Georgia Aquarium – and this bride is the twin sister of the one in yesterday’s post! These two gorgeous girls had separate wedding ceremonies and one elaborate, elegant wedding reception (which will be posted tomorrow!).

The fantastic part about having a wedding at the Georgia Aquarium in the Oceans Ballroom is the array of fish, sharks, and whales that swim by during the ceremony! Every once in a while you heard guests going “ooh” and “ahh” when something would swim by. It was a beautiful place to get married!

Tomorrow I’ll post a few details from the reception. You won’t believe how this space was transformed into a very swanky reception area with a lounge, casino, and a dance floor in addition to dining and dancing space! Thanks again to Rupa for allowing me to come shoot!

All images are copyright of Love Captured Simply.













Since I’m hanging out with my friend Rupa this week on our photography retreat in Vail, I thought it would be a great time to share some images that I shot for her last June. It was a double Indian wedding in Atlanta, and it was just phenomenal! I am so thankful to Rupa for allowing me to come second shoot for her, because she’s so talented and such a great friend! So if you are looking for an Indian wedding photographer in Atlanta, definitely check out her website! Of course, if you’re looking for an Indian wedding photographer in Jacksonville, you can call us! : )

So here is Part 1 of 3 of the amazing double Indian wedding. The two brides are twin sisters, and they had separate wedding ceremonies with a joint wedding reception. The first wedding was at Ventanas in downtown Atlanta, a gorgeous event space covered with windows with a rooftop that has the most incredible view of the skyline. Ah-ma-zing! The bride surprised her groom with a helicopter ride around the city as his wedding gift!! And if you think that is cool, just wait until you see Parts 2 and 3! Sorry, that’s all I can tell you for now! You’ll just have to keep coming back to see what I mean! : )

Thank you Rupa for the opportunity to shoot with you! It was the experience of a lifetime and the couples and their friends and family were so wonderful. It was an honor to be part of their wedding memories!

All images are copyright of Love Captured Simply.























Talk about a great way to start the week! First, we gave away a copy of “Something Borrowed,” which comes out on DVD tomorrow! Then we found out that Jessi & Jeff’s Save The Date for their downtown Nashville wedding was featured on under “10 Fun Save the Date Ideas .” Since they were married in Music City, they decided to have their friend (and amazing graphic designer) Cory Ridge design a backstage pass as their Save The Date! Certain badges, like those sent to the wedding party, were actually VIP passes! We totally love when a couple does something cute and creative like that!

Thanks so much to Get Married for including Jessi & Jeff in your top 10! The Save The Dates were just one of many amazing aspects of their Nashville wedding!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We’re excited to start this week off with an announcement from our friends at Storymix! They are giving away a FREE wedding video package worth $500!

Storymix is a unique service. They aren’t videographers. They mix YOUR videos into a professionally edited video (because who really wants to watch hours and hours of raw video?). And with this amazing package, they actually send you HD cameras so that friends and family can record your wedding memories to be sent back to Storymix and be turned into a work of art, like this sample video below:

How fun is that?!!

So go to their Facebook page and click on the FREE VIDEO tab to sign up! There’s also information there about ways for you to get even more entries into the contest! The deadline to enter is this Friday, July 1th!

Best of luck, brides!! : )