Archive for August, 2010

Goodbye high school, hello world! Laura’s senior portraits…

August 31

I can still remember my high school senior pictures as if it were yesterday.  A lot of time went into the preparation of the session – numerous shopping trip’s with my best friend to find the right outfit, a entire bottle of Sun -in to make my hair extra blond (or if I am honest – yellow). Finally deciding on the blue silk sweater top from Esprit (don’t judge me it was the 90’s!) I was ready. After managing to get completely lost on my way there ( I have the WORST sense of direction and GPS did not yet exist) it was time.   If only someone had warned me the awkwardness that awaited me. Cheesy studio with faux brick backdrops, awkward stool to sit on , a few clicks and that was it.

Things sure have changed. My senior session with Laura was pretty much the entire opposite of what mine was like. I met up with Laura at her cousin’s house who she was visiting. Laura’s cousin Amanda was our chauffeur and drove us all around a private golf course in her family’s golf cart as we scouted out spots to take pictures at. We all three talked about traveling and school and food. The mood was fun and light and relaxing. I thought to myself ” I could totally travel with these girls, we could eat our way through Europe” !

Laura has these eyes, that just totally draw you in. They are piercing. I was feeling pretty darn happy by the end of the session. After we finished I was able to spend a hour visiting with Laura’s mom and aunt (who also happens to be a favorite person of mine) and getting to know Laura’s family a bit better.  It is clear that Laura’s mom adores her daughter. She is obviously proud of her – something that no matter how old we are we always want from our parents.

Tonight Laura’s mom shared this with me, so I thought I would end with this:

“I have a picture of Laura when she was little, In my invisioning her older it is priceless…to see the two side by side..incredible. brings tears to my eyes.”

Laura – your future is going to be full of amazing things!

xoxo

Allie

First comes love , then comes the bridal Shower….

August 27

Like a unexpected gift, the friendship I have built with my October bride has been one I am very grateful for.  I adore this girl. We click. I have been a part of her wedding process for months now, getting closer and closer to her “big day”.

When she asked me to come to her bridal shower , as a guest- I was floored. Floored as in excited and thankful to be asked to be included. She had a bossy moment (probably why her and I get along so well) and so her 2 rules for having me come – no gifts and no camera. She really just wanted my presence. Of course a photographer without a camera is a combination that really does not exists, especially when I knew I was going to such a important event. So along came the camera.

It was amazing. Stephanie’s mom is a interior designer and had the shower looking like a wedding. The homemade sangria was delicious. the desserts were soooo good. The games we played were VERY funny, my face actually hurt from smiling. Kenny (the handsome groom to be) like the true romantic he is, showed up to suprise stephanie with roses . awww! I smiled the entire time Stephanie opened gifts, she was adorable and fun in every single possible way.

I ended the day getting to meet the entire family, which was wonderful! Stephanie and Kenny are so blessed to have such a wonderful group of people to share there life with!

Those wine bottles – custom made with there engagement pictures! I adored that. And to top it all off – I received the most beautiful thank you note yesterday from Stephanie.

Stephanie (and family!) you make me feel so blessed to be sharing this with you, and I VERY excited for the wedding!

xoxo

Allie

These boots are made for walking… Temecula Boudoir Session!

August 27

Usually I have shy clients. This was NOT the case for this sexy woman. We talked about incorporating some of her husbands work attire into her session, and when she showed up with an entire SUV full of work clothes, work boots, and tools – I started to get excited. The ideas were bursting out of my head of ways to use them.  That with   the combination of of her amazingly fun and outgoing personality made her session so awesomely fun!

I love boots, I think they are sexy and cool and just all around kick butt awesome. Everything about this session I love.  A previous client commented on her  image #4 below as “obsessed”. I love that – obsessed is a pretty fabulous description for the coolness of her and those boots!

Thank you for such a sassy session, girlie – you rocked it!!!

xoxo

allie