Laugh until it hurts! Destination Wedding in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Robin and I are recently back from photographing another amazing destination wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  I’ve just started working on the images but I can’t resist posting these images from the welcome party. After the rehearsal (if that’s what you want to call it, lol), the wedding party and all the couple’s guests (over 70 which is unusually high for a destination wedding), attended a welcome party hosted by the couple. During this party, the siblings of the bride and groom had the group doubled over in laughter!  The grooms sisters started off by letting Chase (the bride) know that it was not actually their brother Brett she had picked on Match.com, but it was them. They were taking credit for writing his entire Match.com profile.

Then, the brothers of the bride shared a video where the two of them re-enacted the couples first interactions chatting on Match.com, all the way to their first meeting (in front of Target?). The group was filled with so much joy and laughter and it was fun to see the couple themselves doubled over enjoying it all. Everyone including myself was laughing so hard along with the couple ,that it was impossible not to just enjoy the moment and forget about anything else.

Destination wedding welcome party.

Destination wedding welcome party.

Off to Puerto Vallarta this week with Chase and Brett!

If this week’s wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is only half as much fun as the engagement session was with Chase and Brett, it’s sure to be a hit! Chase and Brett are  high energy, fun loving and fearless in front of the camera (and not to forget, beautiful too)!  All the ingredients necessary for an amazing wedding and fabulous images! I’m so excited for Robin and I to capture the magic!

Here are just a few from the engagement shoot in Hermosa Beach!

Engagement session in Hermosa Beach, CA

Engagement session in Hermosa Beach, CA

A pop of color from Italy to brighten your day!

Yesterday while editing my television ended up on the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” and I started reminiscing (again) about how much I love photographing Italy.  I just thought I’d brighten your day with a pop of color from a few images from Vernazza, Italy. 

Can’t wait to go back!  By the way……watch for my new international web site coming soon! 

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Focal Instincts Pageant Portraits

I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this 13  year old beauty last Friday!  Marissa is building her pageantry portfolio and she’s sure to be a winner with those fabulous hazel eyes and her sparkling personality!  

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Focal Instincts Photographs Annual Sheltering Hearts Event at Riverside Art Museum

Last nights “Sheltering Hearts” event at Riverside Art Museum, benefiting Path of Life was a beautiful and memorable event. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds to help rescue, restore and rebuild the lives of homeless individuals and families.

Christi MacNee and her team organized the event for the second year in a row and did an amazing job. Focal Instincts Photography is truly honored to be a part of this special project for the second year.

Sheltering Blog Post

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Smith!

Today at Los Coyotes Golf Course overlooking the 9th hole, Focal Instincts Photography teamed up with Diane Bartoo Photography to capture a beautiful wedding ceremony.  The event was elegant and intimate. It was an honor to be a part of this event.

Mr Mrs Smith

Focal Instincts Photography wins Best in Class for Wedding Photography in Orange County, California

At last night’s Professional Photographers of Orange County (PPOC), California image competition, Focal Instincts Photography’s image “Young Love” won a merit award and then moved on to win best in category for wedding photography. Thank you again to Nikki and Paul for helping me create this and so many other fabulous images.!

Best in Wedding Photography, PPOC, August, 2013

Best in Wedding Photography, PPOC, August, 2013

Fifty Shades of Fabulous! Focal Instincts boudoir photography special!

Focal Instincts is celebrating 5 years of sexy boudoir photography with a 50 Shades of Fabulous Special!

This offer is valid through February 1, 2014 (yes, so you can use it for the holidays or valentines day). The special includes:

  • 2 hours of photography
  • Multiple looks as time permits
  • Flawless hair and make up services on site
  • 50 artistically edited/retouched images on an authentic Swarovsky flash drive
  • 20 page 8×8 custom crystal cover album
  • And of course complimentary champagne and chocolate!

The price for all of this is just $750 (regularly price is $1,500). Because the price for all of this is so crazy low, we can only offer this session to the first 10 ladies who are interested.  A $200 reservation fee is required at the time of booking.

50 Shades of Fabulous

50 Shades of Fabulous

Amanda & George’s beautiful seaside wedding!

Congratulations to Amanda and George Casiano!

It was such a joy for Focal Instincts Photography to be a part of your amazing day in Seal Beach, California on July 27, 2013.  George and Amanda looked amazing on their special day. Amanda with her classic hollywood glamour style and George looking especially handsome for his bride. The location was perfect and the weather cooperated perfectly!  The Rivers End Cafe is just a short walk from the pier where Amanda has so many memories including her proposal from George. The perfect backdrop for the perfect romance.

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The results are in! Focal Instincts Photography wins 3 merit awards in PPA’s International Print Competition!

Professional Photographers of America (PPA)’s International Print Competition is the largest and most prestigious competition. After competing locally and moving your images up through district it’s time to play big!  I have learned today that 3 out of 4 of my images submitted into the 2013 International Print Competition have won merit awards!  Two of the images are boudoir portraits and the other one is for my wedding photography!  Here are the three winning images!!

Winning images from PPA's 2013 International Print Competition.

Winning images from PPA’s 2013 International Print Competition.

Thank you Tina, Gabbie and Katherine for allowing me to use your images for competition purposes!

A special thank you to Gabbie!  Your image has also earned me the title of 2013 Western District Wedding Photojournalist Photographer of the year!

Ok, now back to work on the next District competition!!