Archive for July, 2010

Los Angeles LDS Wedding & La Verne Reception

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I am so excited to finally share Courtney and Ryan’s Wedding here on the blog.  Just a few days ago, I shared some of their formal family portraits, but now I get to post my favorite images from their wedding day – all the fun portraits!

Ryan and Courtney it seems have always known each other.  Growing up, their families knew each other and did things together.  In high school they dated.  But it wasn’t until now that they got serious and decided to spend eternity together.  Ryan and Courtney were sealed in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on March 20th, which is two days before our anniversary.  It was a nice way to start to celebrate our 7 years together to shoot this wonderful wedding side by side.  I think that describes how Brian and I are – always side by side.  And I can see the same quality in Ryan and Courtney.  They were so comfortable together and just loved being together.  I think that’s the most important thing – to be your spouse’s best friend.  I know they will love married life because now they won’t have to say “goodbye” at the end of the night.

Here is the Mormon Temple.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Everyone waiting for them to exit.  I loved the bidesmaids’ dresses – so cute!

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

And….. Courtney and Ryan – husband and wife!

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

After we spent some time taking the family portraits (which you can view HERE), we walked around the temple grounds and took some casual wedding portraits of the two of them.  This series perfectly shows how sweet and loving and…. simply happy they were.  I loved their laughter – it was contagious!

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Of course we needed some portraits in front of the LDS temple.  Courtney was stunning in her beautiful bridal dress.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

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I don’t remember what I said to get these awesome expressions, but I LOVE it!  So fun and full of personality.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Here is my favorite series from the day.  I loved them so much I couldn’t narrow down which ones to share, so here are three sweet, loving portraits of Courtney and Ryan.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

After we took the temple portraits, we quickly stopped at a nearby location to get a little different portraits.  I loved the tall grass in this field, and here is my favorite from the spot.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

We headed to the reception, which was held at a private residence in La Verne.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Courtney and Ryan chose to have a ring ceremony for their family and friends, and I’m glad they did.  It was beautiful!

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Here is Ryan watching his beautiful bride come down the aisle.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

And Courtney and her dad.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

The bishop gave some  nice words.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

And they exchanged rings.  I loved their laughter and personality.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

The rings.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

As I mentioned, Courtney and Ryan grew up together.  I love that Courtney was dressing up as a bride in the picture.  And I love even more that Ryan was an Indian.  Hehe – what does that say about boys and girls?!  So cute and funny.  What wonderful memories to cherish.  And I know you truly will live “Happily Ever After”.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Courtney and Ryan created many beautiful details for their wedding day.  I loved it!  Especially the colorful candy station.  Yum!

And their lovely cake.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

I’ll leave you with this first dance picture from their reception.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

Just Married!  That says it all.

Los Angeles LDS Temple Mormon Wedding Photography La Verne Reception 01

America’s Birthday

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Even though it’s a few days late, I wanted to share some pictures from our 4th of July celebration at our new house.  This is the first year we have lived somewhere that allows “safe and sane” fireworks.  I was so excited to light some small fireworks with Elijah since I have so many fond memories of holding sparklers and lighting fountains when I was a kid.  I was a little worried that Eli would be scared so I made sure not to get any fireworks that were too loud or scary.

We started the day by talking about “America’s Birthday” and telling Eli that we were going to throw a party.  I even baked a cake – a yummy carrot cake made with fresh carrots from our garden.  When it started getting dark, we lit some of the small snakes and smoke bombs.  And Eli got into it.  He especially loved the poppers and sparklers.  He kept asking for more and more fireworks.  When we were done lighting our flowers and fountains, we went out front and watched some of the many many big fireworks in the sky.

4th of July fireworks

Brian and I had a little fun with the sparklers as it got dark.  Oh la la…

4th of July fireworks

Photoshop Actions

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Lately I’ve been thinking about how I can make this blog more useful for my clients and friends interested in photography, so I thought I should start sharing tips and tricks.

Many people ask me how I process my images.  I edit each photo in photoshop, where I retouch color, exposure, sharpen among other things.  To do many of these routine things, I use several different “actions” which is how photoshop records a certain set of events that I want to repeat quickly over and over again.  You can purchase sets of these actions, and when I first started editing my own images this was a lifesaver.  It saves so much time and allows you to try different artistic approaches to your images.  Two places I have would definitely recommend actions from are: MCP Actions and Totally Rad Actions.

Right now, MCP Actions is having a contest where they are giving away a free version of Photoshop CS5.  If you like photography, Photoshop is essential to help finish off your images.  To enter, MCP Actions is asking for a creative use of their name/logo showing what their actions mean to you.  My creative husband Brian thought of this idea to use a directors clapboard to signify “action” and the production of your images.

I thought these images of little Levi were so cute, I just had to share my entry.   :)
MCP Photoshop Actions