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Everyone knew this was different.  It wasn’t the giddiness, excitement, or laughter that comes with a bourgeoning relationship that showed how smitten they were.  While those things were present, it was quiet, methodical actions that made friends and family realize that this?  This was different. Stephanie would wake up early to help Phillip plan for […]

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Wedding : Stephanie+Phillip

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Palm trees and the smell of the ocean–even if faint–were the sights and scents of their hometown in Hawaii.  They met their sophomore year of high school in math class when they were paired together for group work.  Holly thanked her lucky stars she was matched with Blaine, the smartest (and kindest) guy in class. […]

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When Kim and I first met, it was by way of Skype.  We chatted about her wedding day, her love for Cris, and the amazing details they had planned for their wedding at Pelican Hill Resort.  I was immediately struck with her care an concern for others, and the fondness she had toward her father. […]

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Last night I spoke as part of an online workshop and a photographer asked me if I show every photo shoot.  She also asked how to move away from shooting things she doesn’t find inspiring.  I briefly answered the question on the webinar, but I wanted to follow up and share, exactly, how I feel. At […]

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A few years ago, I met the ever-lovely Jamie Delaine when she attended a workshop.  Since then, she’s grown her photography business and helps others grow theirs (she also organized fund raising campaign to build a school in Haiti!).  She’s learned a lot over the years and today she’s contributing a blog post to ensure […]

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As I begin another year of wedding photography, I’m reminded of the beauty I get to capture.  Yes, I mean weddings, but I also mean more than that.  Lots more.  I capture a single frame of time.  I moment that belongs just to the bride and groom, a memory preserved by them…and for them. Seeing […]

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I’ve said it thousand times before: I love making lists. There’s no greater feeling than scratching some task off and feeling like you could give the Old Spice guy a run for his money. Then there’s JD. Who hates lists with equal proportion to root canals. I keep everything in this safe, he says as […]

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I’ve always wanted a mentor.  But mentorship never came in the way I imagined.  Instead of having one person in my life guide me through business decisions, I worked with a variety of people at different times, each of whom taught me something along the way.  We didn’t have coffee dates or structured conversations, but–instead–I […]

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I started my photography business a decade ago.  For the past 10 years, I’ve had ups and downs, made poor decisions, and endured the pain of negativity.  And yet each year I show up ready and willing to grow my business because I love it.  I love my clients.  I love the stress of the […]

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