Paramount Ranch Maternity Photos | Agoura Hills Photographer | Marjorie & Jimmy

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I’ve been so excited to share Marjorie and Jimmy’s Paramount Ranch maternity photos. Paramount Ranch has long been one of my favorite places for weddings, family photos, and maternity photos, so when Marjorie and Jimmy thought it would be the perfect rustic backgrop for their maternity photos, I couldn’t wait!

We arrived early in the day to take advantage of the beautiful morning light that a Los Angeles winter offers. I was so excited that Paramount Ranch was green because just a few weeks before, it had been bare and brown.

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The soft glow of the morning sun made Marjorie look absolutely angelic.

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Marjorie and Jimmy have been married for ten years, and as a father myself, I can remember how exciting my wife’s first pregnancy was. It was so fun to see Jimmy taking good care of his wife, and tenderly kissing their baby through her stomach.

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The light at Paramount Ranch really was amazing, and the sun just warm enough to make sure Marjorie didn’t get too cold. It was a beautiful day for their maternity photos!

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I know Marjorie didn’t buy these shoes just for their Paramount Ranch maternity photos, but the tiny Air Jordans were my favorite part of their session! Somehow, the contrast against the lace of her dress was the perfect symbol for their start of this new chapter in their lives.

You can check out the full gallery of Marjorie and Jimmy’s Paramount Ranch engagement photos here, and the Chavez family’s photos from the same location. Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills really lends itself to portrait sessions, family sessions, and, of course, weddings.

The Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Photos | Huntington Beach, CA Photographer | Cindy & Ian

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The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that Cindy and Ian were back here in Southern California for their Arts District engagement session, and yet, their beautiful wedding at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach has now come and gone. It was an incredible day: lively, stylish, and the perfect mix of Virginia meets Southern California.

As advertised, the Waterfront Beach Resort overlooks Huntington Beach, and as the wedding day began, the smell of the sea was thick in the air. Mid-March in Huntington Beach brings with it plenty of golden sunshine, which glared down on us through the afternoon and gave the whole day its Southern California feel, perfect for Cindy and Ian’s wedding day.

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On their wedding day, these two were just as fun as at their engagement session, bringing the country western flavor to Orange County as they created a relaxing environment for their guests to be entertained. I knew I couldn’t expect any less from Cindy, the sister of my long-time photography assistant, Carlos, but I couldn’t have imagined what a pleasant and enjoyable setting they would create for their nuptials. With an amazing team of wedding vendors behind them, unique ideas to create a personal touch for their wedding day, and the vibrant love Cindy and Ian share, March 20th was a day to remember!

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Before the ceremony, Cindy shared a special moment with her mom first, and then with her dad. It was so sweet to see her parents’ love for her on her wedding day.

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Her dress by Stella York was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen – it was a creamy sand color, and one of the most stunning wedding gowns ever.

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I loved Cindy’s simple, elegant bouquet by Flowers, Etc.

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Equally awesome was Ian’s boutonniere, also by Debbie at Flowers, Etc.

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As a perfect finishing touch on their Huntington Beach wedding at the Waterfront Beach Resort, Cindy and Ian had a mariachi band, helping us dance the night away!

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Among Cindy and Ian’s amazing wedding vendors were the following greats, making the wedding day possible:

Dress: Stella York from The Wedding Day

Make Up Artist: Laura at Design Visage

DJ: David with Synergetic Sound

Videographer: Plug Video Productions

Cake: Brooke with Simply Sweet Cakery

Florist: Flowers, Etc. by Debbie Jacobsen

Wedding Coordinator: Wendy with Chic Productions

You can also check out their full wedding gallery here!

Los Angeles Arts District Engagement Photos | LA Photographer | Cindy & Ian

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Los Angeles Arts District

The bustle, color, and busyness of the Los Angeles Arts District are the perfect place for an engagement session… but not for just anyone. The right couple would need to be fun, bold, and edgy. Enter East Coast couple Cindy and Ian, just the right mix of country and modern to make the Arts District their own.

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Cindy and Ian came to me as a referral from my long-time assistant, so there was no doubt in my mind they’d be great. Although they live in Virginia, these two love birds will be getting married in March of next year at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

Amidst the busy LA traffic and the golden sunshine, we started our session in the late afternoon of the first day in November. The Arts District offers every kind of urban backdrop, making it fun to wander around and enjoy the California fall and the colorful sights. Nearby, the LA Convention Center was hosting the annual Kitty Festival, which meant that Hello Kitty fans swarmed the streets as we searched for just the right spots. For a little extra fun, Cindy brought a little bit of country with her, wearing her boots to ensure we had a good time!

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As I’d hoped, the Arts District was packed full of great backdrops to give this country couple a little West Coast fun.

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We found this great staircase. In the middle of the Los Angeles Arts District, with all the color and busyness, this was a perfect spot for simplicity, giving Cindy and Ian a chance to sit and be themselves for a minute. Gotta love the look on face.

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As it got later in the afternoon, the Arts District took on a whole new character, giving us opportunities for some more edgy shots, as I played with light and lines. Cindy and Ian were so much fun, and totally game for anything.

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All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to travel into the Arts District with me. I can’t wait to shoot Cindy and Ian’s wedding in March, so check back then for new photos of this great pair.

Married | Elizabeth + Chris 3.3.2014

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Elizabeth and Chris’s destination wedding in Hawaii was incredible, to say the least. Not only was the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa a perfect venue, with the Pacific trade winds blowing through the grounds, the waves crashing behind the ceremony site, and the warm Hawaiian sun soaking into the wedding guests, but the couple was truly amazing! Elizabeth and Chris trusted me completely, giving me the freedom to do my best work, and I’m so happy with the way this wedding turned out… not that I’d ever complain about shooting a destination wedding in Hawaii!

Elizabeth and Chris were daring and adventurous from the start, and the moment I found out they were having a destination wedding in Hawaii with 150 guests, I knew their friends and family had seen how warmhearted they are as a couple, and no one wanted to miss them say their vows.

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The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa was a great backdrop, both inside and out, for Elizabeth and Chris’s day, especially juxtaposed against the beautiful nature of Ko Olina, Oahu.

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Check out Elizabeth’s gorgeous bouquet!

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The resort was just steps away from these rocks, where we took all the photos afterward. The wedding party was a blast–exactly what you’d expect with two people as awesome as Elizabeth and Chris.

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Make sure to see the entire gallery from this amazingly fun destination wedding in Hawaii! Elizabeth and Chris, I had an incredible time being your wedding photographer!