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.

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!!

Congratulations to Dana & Don! Dana Point Wedding by Focal Instincts Photography!

Congratulations to Dana and Don!  Capturing your wedding in Dana Point, California was amazing. The Chart House was a beautiful venue and Dana Point always provides a fantastic backdrop for romance! DanaDon

A Seal Beach Wedding for Focal Instincts Photography

So excited to be photographing Amanda and George’s wedding this Saturday in Seal Beach, Califorina.  The ceremony and reception will take place at a beautiful ocean front cafe with character. A perfect setting to watch the sun set and wedding! AmandaGeorgeEng

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. 
3 July IEPPV

A special thank you to the lovely ladies who helped me win tonight!