So honored to be featured on Make-A-Wish's Donor Spotlight! (Aka: My goodness that's my face LOL! I think I'm more used to being behind the lens XD )

Make-A-Wish u r awesome-sauce!! 

For more info on how to volunteer, do check out their site!

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For the past several years or so I have had the honor and privilege of working with the amazing folks at Make-A-Wish - they seriously rock, and work so hard to bring joy to so many kids and their families. It really is such a humbling experience, and mostly I just feel so lucky to even be a small part. 

So much luv to Kara, my go-to person at Make-A-Wish OCIE!! She is always there if I ever need anything and really is da Best :) !!!

So much luv to everyone, & have a most awesome day!
~ e <3

Golden Light & Genmaicha

A little under the weather today (bleh!!) so I'm drinking my favorite tea (genmaicha hehe so good) out of my Baymax mug & thinking about beaches & golden light XD. 

 Taken at Manhattan Beach ~ Michelle &amp; her lovely hat :)&nbsp;

Taken at Manhattan Beach ~ Michelle & her lovely hat :) 

I'm a very bad & impatient sick person lol and cannot wait until I'm well!! My god then the day better watch out for me that's for sure LOL :).

Stay well guys & happy sunset,
~ e

"Tree Rings" for Emi & David :)

"Tree Rings" for Emi & David :)

When I saw the star in the middle of this tree stump, I just couldn't pass it up :) . Being a botanist, Emi loves everything about the world of plants :D! This is why I wanted to be sure to incorporate her theme into her ring shots.

I have a great love of trees too, and the feeling and poetry around the whole idea of them, so it really was too much fun to run around the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden with her and her hubby!

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We Jump for You! :D

We totally want to jump so high to say "Thank you sooo much!!" to all of our wonderful, awesome couples!! So although this is not technically a "Jumping Awkwardly in Front of Impressive Objects" addition, we are so grateful and humbled that we had the opportunity to work with all of you <3, so are totally sticking to tradition :) . 
(And I'm wearing my Porg shirt too bc it's a special occassion XD!)


Thank you so much again guys, wishing you all the happiness :D!
~ e

Aw! Meini & Kevin, Luv You Guys Too!!

Things like this really make my day :).


Thank you so much Meini & Kevin for the Before-the-Wedding Thank you Card :D! You guys are too sweet omg.
I'm so grateful for all of my amazing couples, who continue to make me totally excited about shooting & honored to be a part of their happiness :).
~ e

Thunderbolt & Lightning! Very, very frightening!!! (Actually mostly just awesome Lol)

So a couple days ago there was a lightning storm over the ocean :O!! 
Caught purely by chance, it was my first time ever trying to shoot lightning wahaha!! It's so unpredictable & crazy fast that I wasn't sure if I would even be able to catch anything in the frame LOL. Luckily, I have the most amazing boyfriend ever <3 so at 12am he drove me to the pier & waited with me in the dark while I propped up my camera on both of our jackets on the railing to shoot :) . 

 Manhattan Beach Pier is a great tripod XD

Manhattan Beach Pier is a great tripod XD

 Wahaha it went through 2 clouds!!

Wahaha it went through 2 clouds!!

 Multi-bolts :)&nbsp;

Multi-bolts :) 

There were also people having bonfires down on the beach, & it was so funny to hear them cheering and yelling "Wow!!!" for the lightning too hehe - it was the best show in town that night, I really gotta say! Mother Nature, u r pretty badass.

~ e

"Bals on the Side"

I've never had this option before at an eatery LOL - 


But I guess if I had the choice that's what I would pick XD. 
Without question.

(PS - the salad was actually amazing: Chicken Curry Salad at The Devil's Teeth in San Francisco. My boyfriend & my bestie's husband had the Special Breakfast sandwich on a biscuit. They do it up right.)


Karen & Darius ~ Truly Blessed :) . Awesome Serenading Bridesmaids, Super Cute Pink Robes, & A Very Cool Double Ceremony!!

Karen & Darius ~ Truly Blessed :) . Awesome Serenading Bridesmaids, Super Cute Pink Robes, & A Very Cool Double Ceremony!!

Sometimes you meet someone and you instantly connect with them in a very happy way ~ it was Totally like this when I spoke to Karen for the first time on the phone. She had left me a message earlier that day asking if I was available on her wedding date, and after speaking with her I hung up and was like, "OMG I soooo hope we work together!!!" (that evening I also gushed to my boyfriend how much I hoped that she would choose me, that's how much I hoped Lol!). She just had such a sweet, uplifting spirit to her, that even just chatting with her for that fairly brief time was so refreshing and wonderful.

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Who Wants to Get "Sandwich Face???" (aka "Shimojis", & the story of my phone)

Who Wants to Get "Sandwich Face???" (aka "Shimojis", & the story of my phone)

Before I start, just a little background on my phone.

I got my first smart phone about 6 years ago in 2011. Before that, I had 2 hand-me-up phones from my brother (the kind where you have to push the same button 3 times to get all of the letters when you text kind of phones LOL). 

The first one's life ended when I did not follow one of my first rules of shooting:

"Put your phone in your camera bag when you are working by the ocean."

LOL you can guess what happened X( ....

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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 really don't know how :D! Engagement Session

Omg Jordan & Jon! Can you both be any cuter?? I really don't know how :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 having a Destination Wedding in Cabo san Lucas next year (I am so super excited to fly over and shoot their wedding btw, Omg), and for their engagement session, they wanted to feature a place very near and dear to their hearts ~ 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.


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

Travis the Super Cool Graffiti Artist Tags for Our Shoot!

This was Totally a first for me!


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!

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 &amp; 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!


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 :) . 


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