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.

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!!

Hanan and Kyle’s Engagement Portrait Session by Focal Instincts Photography

Hanan and Kyle celebrated their recent engagement with a vintage style engagement portrait session. The beautiful backdrop for this session is a quiet lagoon in Long Beach, California.

Their amazing wedding will be held in Maui next spring and is sure to be a fantastic event. You can tell this couple thinks out of the box by how creative they were with their engagement photos!

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Focal Instincts Photography captures Michelle & Justin’s engagement

July is the month for love! We’ve shot three engagement sessions in the last 2 weeks with word of more on the way!

Meet Michelle and Justin who are celebrating their recent engagement!  Focal Instincts Photography is so excited to capture their special day next April!
ArrayAlong with sexy and romantic shots, we also captured some cute “Pinterest” type shots as well. Michelle and Justin were good sports, they came with ideas and were totally open to some silly ideas from us!

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Focal Instincts Awarded Three Merit Awards at July’s Image Competition in Riverside, California

At tonight’s Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers (IEPPV) image  competition, from the four images submitted by Focal Instincts Photography, three of them were awarded merits in the portrait category.  Below are the 3 winning images. 
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A special thank you to the lovely ladies who helped me win tonight!