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

Things like this really make my day :).

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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 :).
<3
~ e

Who Made The Third Dinosaur?

I was sooooo excited to finally visit my bestie's new house in SF ~ so long overdue!! To go along with our gift to her & her husband, my boyfriend & I found this amazing card that had dinosaurs on it - dinosaurs that you could take off the card & use as finger puppets!! GAME CHANGER!

(My love for dinosaurs began when I was 5 yrs old with Dino Riders toys & The Land Before Time, & continues strongly to this day.)

(My love for dinosaurs began when I was 5 yrs old with Dino Riders toys & The Land Before Time, & continues strongly to this day.)

Being all about the cute though, it was decided that the T Rex was not nearly as cute as the outer two (maybe also because we didn't understand why his bottom teeth pointed downwards LOL...) - so on the plane ride we removed him & drew a picture in the middle of the card instead in honor of the new house.

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It was then, & only then when we took him out of the card, that we realized the full extent of the "un-cuteness" of this particular dinosaur LOL....

Yeahhhhhhh.....LOL??  Who was in charge of making this I wonder? 

Yeahhhhhhh.....LOL?? 
Who was in charge of making this I wonder? 

He's not so bad from the front though, so my boyfriend used him as a very trendy alternative to the pocket square when the four of us went out for a stroll & brunch the next morning:

So fancy.

So fancy.

He actually ended up traveling home with us back to LA.

Sneaky little dino lol -

Sneaky little dino lol -

Safe travels to everyone else zooming out & about today :) !
~ 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 was a great tripod XD!

Manhattan Beach Pier was a great tripod XD!

Wahaha it went through 2 clouds!!

Wahaha it went through 2 clouds!!

Multi-bolts :) . 

Multi-bolts :) . 

It was pretty cool that there were clouds as well :D! Yay & u know how much I luv the clouds! 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 - the best show in town I really gotta say! Mother Nature, u r pretty badass.

\m/,
~ e

"Bals on the Side"

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

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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.)

\m/,
e
 

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)

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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The second one, sadly, met a very similar fate.

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People who know me were not surprised (a plus is that now I can always count on my friends to send me random updates whenever any new waterproof technology comes out lol!).

So, when my brother's new iPhone 4s had a malfunctioning button, I offered to take it off his hands, went to the Apple store, and they were nice enough to send me a brand new one :D! Yay great customer service!!!  A+, I say!

All of my friends were ecstatic: Finally we could all group text!!!

(With my granny-phones they always had to text me separately - so many cheers Lol.)

I suppose in many ways I have always been a little old fashioned. So I just didn't see the harm in writing things down on a calendar, or emailing when I got back home at the end of the day. Or using things until they were completely worn out or broken - or drowned in the sea I suppose LOL.
My Mom just says that I should stop being so cheap lol - XD thanks Mom.

But with all that being said, I will be perfectly honest and say that my new smartphone did totally change my life! 
 

Fast forward to today, my awesome iPhone 4s is still a topic of conversation:

My uncle:
"Hey Erin! I saw your phone on Antique Roadshow last night!"

My best friend (whose husband works for Apple):
"Tony really hates your phone, Erin." 

Another Good Friend (when my case broken & I was using my phone sans-case):
"OMG did you finally get a new phone???"
(sad face & silence when they realized this was not true)

My boyfriend's dentist:
"Wow! Does it still run apps?"
(I haven't even met my boyfriend's dentist)

Random cashier at the drugstore when I'm buying gum:
"Dang, that's really old school."
*Silence*
My Boyfriend: ("Erin, he's talking to you.")
Me: .... X( 

So basically everyone has something to say about my phone LOL. Even strangers. 

I get it.
It's really old.
It's slower.
It's camera is kind of poopy.

But it still works!!! And I really still like it!
So.

Everybody who hates on my phone gets SANDWICH FACE!!! Wahahaha!!!

ENTER: The "Shimojis"

(Taken with my phone at Tokyo Central Japanese market in the refrigerated food section. My boyfriend & I have looked for Sandwich Face ever since that day, but have never seen him again.) 

(Taken with my phone at Tokyo Central Japanese market in the refrigerated food section. My boyfriend & I have looked for Sandwich Face ever since that day, but have never seen him again.) 

(Sandwich face is a "Shimoji". The term one of my old friends Calvin coined - basically the Shimazu form of Emojis.)

Since my phone is so old, it does not support many things (such as many of the newer emojis). Actually lots of times I get these kinds of messages from my friends, family, and Adam too when we are texting about wedding shoots coming up or about ramen lol:

Wahaha tan colored block!!! What do you mean? What mysteries are within the question mark error icon?? XO

But never fear!! I am always at the ready to reply with the appropriate homemade, low-tech, & very ghetto pictorial expression of my true feelings!!

Pumpkin from Ralphs: "Happiness! :D"

(Taken at the local Ralphs in October)

(Taken at the local Ralphs in October)

Eggs Benedict Face: "Quiet Contemplation"

(After brief discussion with Adrienne, my bestie, we have decided that this contemplation is of not the most intelligent nature LOL.)

(After brief discussion with Adrienne, my bestie, we have decided that this contemplation is of not the most intelligent nature LOL.)

Anxious Whale: "Worry"

My boyfriend is really good at crane games.

My boyfriend is really good at crane games.

Anxious Whale + Tie-Dye Chicken - "REALLY Worried."

Like he's really good at them LOL :D

Like he's really good at them LOL :D

Octopus Guy - "There was no coffee today Lol."

"You Trippin'./ Hmmm? This still confuses me."

This is like my most favorite bird ever I think LOL. Photo cred: @forest_limit an awesome bird/nature photographer from Japan!! Totally check them out too!! https://www.instagram.com/forest_limit/

This is like my most favorite bird ever I think LOL. Photo cred: @forest_limit an awesome bird/nature photographer from Japan!! Totally check them out too!! https://www.instagram.com/forest_limit/

These are just a few of the Shimojis. One day I will get a new phone for sure. Until that day though, I will continue to gleefully wander out into the world to search for more unexplored weirdness. Shimojis & beyond :D!

Wishing everybody Happy Pumpkins for days!! XD
~ e :) 

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.

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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