This weekend, we get to kick off our 2015 wedding season with this charming couple – Diane and Brett. We love how the couple picked a location that matched their wedding venue style. The art deco doors and design at the Griffith Observatory was just a perfect spot! Having the session first thing in the morning was a great way to avoid the crowds too. We look forward seeing this duo once again very soon and all the awesome things they have planned for their special day at the Cicada Club.
January 15, 2015
We kicked off the start of our 2015 photography season with our very own family members of ours, Cousins Jenn and Dave. We spent the afternoon with their adorable family and even threw in a mini-portrait session of their newest addition, Avery. We love seeing the kids grow up year after year and can’t wait to see Avery start playing with her older brothers.
January 14, 2015
Right before the holidays, Bess and Neal tied the knot with an intimate ceremony at the Laguna Hills Civic Center. Their love story began back in the east coast where they first met and six years later, they finally said their “I dos.” After snapping a few photos at the Civic Center, we drove down to Laguna Beach for the rest of their pictorials. It was truly a perfect day. Congratulations you guys!
January 12, 2015
This post is a long time coming. Few months ago, we spent some time in South Africa and Eastern Europe for a much needed vacation. We were thrilled to cross a few experiences off our bucket list which included this segment below – the safari. Everything about our safari portion of the trip was amazing – hospitality, food, views, the animals….just spectacular. Since our visit in the African bush, we often find ourselves in wanderlust — wondering about the next time. We just have to go back….
We’ve been asked about our favorite portion of the trip and that is just hard to pin point. Everything about our safaris were awesome but the one thing we were sad about was not seeing all of the big five animals. We saw four of the big five animals – elephants, buffalo, rhinoceroses, and lions…but the leopard didn’t make an appearance for us. And really, that is just the way these safaris go. There are no guarantees being out in the wild and we can use the leopard as an excuse to visit South Africa once again.
Picking photos to share online was hard….and we are still torn because there was so much to share. Perhaps we’ll share more one day on our own personal site of our travels. But for now, we hope you enjoy this first segment. The next series of images will be displayed within the next two weeks – once we narrow those down. Enjoy!
After our elephant safari, the owner of the lodge we stayed at was notified of a pride of lions that had a fresh buffalo kill nearby. We stayed for about 45 minutes and witnessed a few lions protect their fresh kill. The buffalo is towards the right behind the reeds with another lion guarding it. The other lion was defending their carcass from the crocodile.
Below are a few images from our temporary home, Needles Lodge in Marloth Park – Mpumalanga, South Africa. We loved seeing all of the wildlife run through the bush daily…There were wildebeests, zebras, and warthogs. We also had a fun encounter with some giraffes during our walk. During our dinners we even met an adorable bush baby who came by to visit.
We had daily visits from our friends the wildebeest, zebra, and warthog.
Every night, this cute little galago (aka bushbaby) visited us during our dinners on the deck.
Us with a few of our new friends from the UK who also stayed at Needles Lodge after they traveled through Mozambique. We are also with our hospitable hosts, Gail and Denis.
We’ll end with this spectacular sunset. It was a dream come true to witness this.
January 9, 2015
Last month we spent the day with this amazingly adorable couple in San Francisco. Forecasters predicted a cold and rainy day, but with our flights and travel all arranged, we had to take the bull by its horns and shoot. Luckily Karisa and Jon had some kind of force to stop the rain as we approached each of our destinations: The Palace of Fine Arts, Cupid’s Span, and the San Francisco City Hall.