Make-a-Wish* Shoot: Walk for Wishes Fundraising Event :) !

Make-a-Wish* Shoot: Walk for Wishes Fundraising Event :) !

Even the other side of the Force was with us today LOL!! 'Tis the power of wishes :D!

I was so happy and honored to be asked to be one of the volunteer photographers at this year's Walk for Wishes at the Orange County Great Park!
I've been shooting the walks for several years now, and I swear I always receive so much more than I ever can imagine I could ever give when working with these amazing Wish Kids, their families, & Wish Granters :) .  

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Omg Jordan & Jon! Can you both be any cuter?? I don't know :D! Engagement Session

Omg Jordan & Jon! Can you both be any cuter?? I don't know :D! Engagement Session

I love running around in the hills. Like really love it LOL. So what could possibly make this even better? Running around the hills with an Awesome couple + super bloom :D!! Yes!

Jordan & Jon are getting married in Cabo san Lucas next year (we are so super excited to fly over and shoot their wedding btw, Omg), and wanted to feature a place very near and dear to their hearts for their engagement session ~ Palos Verdes, where they both have spent much time and also now live :) . 

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Meet "Hedgy"!

Meet "Hedgy", busy keeping the wedding ring safe.

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He is the fuzzy friend of the wonderful sister of the bride (he also loves a good macaron).
Cannot resist the cute XD!!
<3,
~ e

Travis the Super Cool Graffiti Artist Tags for Our Shoot!

This was Totally a first for me!

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I was out shooting with Elise & Kristopher (one of my awesome couples :) in Venice, CA for their engagement session when we met Travis, who was working away on one of the public walls by the skatepark.
I had no idea btw that there were legal public spaces available to anyone who wants to create graffiti art!

Here's a link to learn more!

http://venice311.org/venice-beach-park/venice-public-art-graffiti-walls/

I've always loved & supported street art so this is pretty darn cool if I do say so :D.

We struck up a conversation with him, and the next thing we know, he's tagging their last name on a wall so we can take some shots with it!
LOL Travis, you totally made our day - you seriously rock \m/ .

Travis, you are shirtless & also awesome XD! Here he is tagging their name on the wall!

Travis, you are shirtless & also awesome XD! Here he is tagging their name on the wall!

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The situation was very serendipitous, as we had scheduled this mini shoot due to the fact that a couple weeks ago we had to end our session a little early due to really crazy, unexpected, high winds - LOL as you can see from the image below!

This day though, ended with a beautiful sunset :) . 

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Elise & Kris, I had a blast shooting with you both and cannot wait for your wedding next month :D!!
Stay cool,
~ e :) 

Shaka Selfies for All :D!

LOL!! We love it when our couples and their families ask us to take selfies with them XD !! 

From the mehndi, to the beautiful day of their Nikkah (gorgeous weather, shooting by the sea), and then on the day of the Walima (when we shot both in downtown Long Beach and by the super cool lighthouse by the shore! :) , we had a blast and such a warm welcome from them and from their loved ones.

Congratulations again guys!!! I can't wait to start editing!
Spread that Aloha! :) 
~ e
 

Natalie's Wish

Natalie's wish was to be a ballerina - so Make-A-Wish teamed up with Subaru USA to make it happen :) !  After a red carpet welcome and a few rehearsals, she danced on stage at the beautiful Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles in front of a crowd of family and friends, alongside three amazing professional dancers. She was absolutely perfect. Rock that tutu, girl :D !!

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It is always an honor and a joy to work with these wonderful people and all of the incredible wish kids! The experience is amazing and very humbling at the same time - and I always feel like I am gifted so much more from it than I give.

This is just one of my favorite shots of the day.

Much love, 
~ e

#7 - Jump the Record-Setting Snow In Mammoth! (aka We Got Snowed In!!)

"Jumping Awkwardly In Front of Impressive Objects Until I'm 80"

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"So. Although I don't take a lot of photos of people jumping, I started this collection a couple years back and am going to continue to do this until I'm 80 - so eventually there is going to be an 80-year-old woman jumping. 
Not sure why, but that never stopped me before anyways Lol!"

Wow! I have never seen so much snow in Mammoth, not even from way back in the day when I used to go skiing with my folks. It was sooo pretty, but not very good for driving in Lol - Hwy 395 was completely closed for 2 days! But we got really, really good at digging out cars from the snowbanks and putting on chains XD! And what about the bread at Erik Schat's on the way back in Bishop, eh? Yay! 

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We also made a Snow Chicken! He lives in a snow cave LOL.

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Powder for DAYS!!!

Stay warm :) , 
~ e

Best Pen Ever!! :D

Who wouldn't want to write with a little tuna roll?? All we had to do to win you was to eat 15 plates of sushi LOL! 

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My boyfriend took me to Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in Torrance, and I was very pleasantly impressed! Just the fact that I get to watch food revolve all around me pretty much makes it for me X) , but much of the sushi is quite tasty for the price (although our go-to in LA is still Sugarfish of course :), and there is also a really cool secondary conveyor belt: it's right alongside the regular one and delivers any made-to-order food right to your table! I want to go back and take a video of this, since right before your plate leaves the kitchen on the belt, you hear a "Ding-Dong!" doorbell sound lol! 

Cannot resist the cute!!
~ e

#6 - Jump the Washington Monument! Preeti & Aman's Destination Wedding, Virginia

"Jumping Awkwardly In Front of Impressive Objects Until I'm 80"

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"So. Although I don't take a lot of photos of people jumping, I started this collection a couple years back and am going to continue to do this until I'm 80 - so eventually there is going to be an 80-year-old woman jumping. 
Not sure why, but that never stopped me before anyways Lol!"

We traveled to Virginia to work with one of our awesome couples, Preeti & Aman - I absolutely love them, they're so cool :) . About an hour or so after we landed, we were welcomed with open arms at the mehndi, where we were treated to homemade Indian food :D (Omg totally one of our favorite kinds of food - other than traditional after-wedding ramen of course Lol)! It was soooo good - we felt super lucky!!

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Preeti waiting for her mehndi to dry!

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They're so cute, thank you so much again you guys!!

They're so cute, thank you so much again you guys!!

We then took advantage of arriving three days before the wedding to shoot some detail shots of Preeti's jewelry and the couple's wedding outfits!  From chatting with her I knew that she really loved nature and greenery, so I totally wanted to incorporate this theme into her photos as much as I could.  It just so happened that there was a very lush forest-y area in the back of her parents' home which turned out to be really fun to work with! This still is one of my favorite wedding jewelry series I've done to date - can I take the forest with me on all of my shoots Lol? I would really, really like that.

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Thank you Adam, for all the cool shots of Aman's outfit too!

Thank you Adam, for all the cool shots of Aman's outfit too!

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The next two days of shooting were so much fun as well.  We had a blast at both the Sangeet and on the Big Day, and were so grateful and honored to be a small part of this amazing celebration :) . 

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Thank you so much again Preeti & Aman! You guys are the best, and many congratulations again!
~ e

Italia! A Few More Post-Destination Wedding Adventures :)

"Scorps", our super rad scorpion car (aka the Fiat 595 Abarth hehe) took us on many an adventure after Matt & Michelle's amazing castle wedding. Here are just a few images from our travels :) .

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After eating ALL of the gelato (lol see previous post!) we explored more of the beautiful city of Siena.

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I have a thing for windows :).

Firenze! :D  Photo cred: Adam Dotson

Firenze! :D  Photo cred: Adam Dotson

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We had to try it just once LOL. Courtesy of Adam's iPhone.

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We totally wanted to stop here LOL!

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Ciao for now!
~ e

The BEST Gelato EVER!!! Siena, Italy

In the castle town of Siena there is a magical place. A VERY magical place. 

It is called La Vecchia LatteriaAnd inside there is the most AMAZING, Awesomest, most delicious gelato we have ever tasted!!! :O We don't claim to be gelato experts by any means, but all we know is that we believe it to be what all other gelato only dreams of being LOL.

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OMG we went back literally 5 times in 2 days haha.
Ciao!
~ e

We live in a Tower in Firenze! We also travel to Cinque Terre :D

After saying goodbye to Castello di Gabbiano, we headed to Firenze! Our Airbnb was awesome, but we came to the conclusion that perhaps people were not as tall wayyyy back in the day during medieval times when they built it - lol or at least they were my height XD (as I am slightly vertically-challenged hehe).
We then drove Scorps to Cinque Terre, one of Italy's coastal towns - Omg unreal!

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Nobody is getting into our place XD!  Although it was not made for Adam-sized people LOL!!

Crazy Locks!!

Crazy Locks!!

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Just washing the dishes lol.

Just washing the dishes lol.

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In Cinque Terre

In Cinque Terre

"Scorps": Our Italian Scorpion Car

So. After shooting Matt & Michelle's amazing wedding at the Castello di Gabbiano, we got a Scorpion car!
And a pretty sweet parking spot too ; ) 

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Scorps took us on many adventures, and soon we came to realize that Adam actually is actually an Italian driver at heart. 

Short Post: "Italian Shaka"! And the Most Delicious Castle Sandwich Ever

Two things we learned: 
If you ever travel to Italy and you give someone a shaka (the "hang loose" sign), it actually means you want to talk on the phone.

Also, we have learned that Castle-spec sandwiches are on a Whole other level. Omg. How are you so delicious only with tomato, basil, cheese, and pancetta?? Guess it just goes to show what amazing farm-fresh ingredients can do.

Ciao for now :) , 
~ e

Photo cred! Adam Dotson

Photo cred! Adam Dotson

#5 - Jump the Castello di Gabbiano! Destination Wedding, Italy :)

"Jumping Awkwardly In Front of Impressive Objects Until I'm 80"

So. Although I don't take a lot of photos of people jumping, I started this collection a couple years back and am going to continue to do this until I'm 80 - so eventually there is going to be an 80-year-old woman jumping. 
Not sure why, but that never stopped me before anyways Lol!"

Ciao bella! Matt & Michelle had an awesome plan. Their plan was to get married. Their plan was to get married in a castle. In a castle in Italy :O ! Which they did. Which was amazing :D!!! Ahhhh!!!

We had so much fun adventuring and shooting in and around the Castello di Gabbiano, located roughly 30 minutes outside of Firenze.  Myself and my amazing second photographer Adam shot their wonderful rehearsal dinner (after which any other tiramisu was ruined for the both of us forever LOL ) and the next day had a blast taking full photographic advantage of the surrounding olive groves, vineyards, and everything else this amazing piece of history had to offer.  Adam even shot the groomsmen in the wine cellar, which was pretty darn cool too :) .

Just finished shooting a Couples Session with the bride & groom the day after the wedding! Lol soooo amazing!!

Just finished shooting a Couples Session with the bride & groom the day after the wedding! Lol soooo amazing!!

Matt, Michelle, and their friends and family were and are such a wonderful, nice group of people too - working with them all was a joy, and we are so happy to have the privilege of being a small part of their wedding celebration.

Grazie mille,
~ e

I miss this!! Just walking around the vineyard lol with Bride and Groom and also the amazing wedding planner Lindsay from LVL Weddings & Events!

I miss this!! Just walking around the vineyard lol with Bride and Groom and also the amazing wedding planner Lindsay from LVL Weddings & Events!

#4 - Jump the Street Art! Wien, Austria

"Jumping Awkwardly In Front of Impressive Objects Until I'm 80"

"So. Although I don't take a lot of photos of people jumping, I started this collection a couple years back and am going to continue to do this until I'm 80 - so eventually there is going to be an 80-year-old woman jumping.
Not sure why, but that never stopped me before anyways Lol!" 

Vienna, you have kick butt street art -  we took this one after happening across a huge stretch of seriously cool works on the Donaukanal (Danube Canal).