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Melissa and I are actually retired from wedding and family photography, but if you'd like to take a look around you'll see some of the wonderful clients and memories we had with all these beautiful people.

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July 27, 2014
There really are no words for how uniquely pure the love is between Anna and Andrew. Watching them slowly stitch their lives together over the course of their engagement has been such a gift to us, so you can imagine...
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There really are no words for how uniquely pure the love is between Anna and Andrew. Watching them slowly stitch their lives together over the course of their engagement has been such a gift to us, so you can imagine how completely satisfying it was to witness and document their wedding day.

Sometimes love looks like flowers, sunsets, and champagne. But with these two, it looks more like Marvel comics, Storm Trooper masks, swing dancing, and Lord of The Rings goblets. Everywhere we turned, there was some sort of token pointing to the distinctive bond that they share. When it comes to showing guests a good time, Mr. and Mrs. Hare are unmatched.

Thank you, Anna and Andrew, for inviting us to be a part of your big day. Cheers!

July 27, 2014

Cityscape and Heroes and Craziness! Take a look at the shots from the Hare Wedding Photobooth!

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April 9, 2014
We are so excited to be shooting Anna and Andrew’s wedding coming up in just a couple months!  We wanted to do a little “warm-up” session with them, so they can get used to how it feels in front of...
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filed under: Engagements, Weddings

We are so excited to be shooting Anna and Andrew’s wedding coming up in just a couple months!  We wanted to do a little “warm-up” session with them, so they can get used to how it feels in front of our camera.  I think they’re doing just fine.

See for yourself.

BTW, the lettering on the thumbnail for this post came directly from their wedding invitation designer Cassie Poe.  Thanks Cassie for letting me use your amazing hand-drawn typography!

April 6, 2014

When mom Stefanie contacted me about possibly meeting her family in Disneyland… The answer was… yes of course!

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It’s so fun to meet people at Disneyland.  People come from everywhere!  It’s like Disneyland is popular around the world or something!  This wonderful family is from Colorado, and I had the privilege of meeting them and hanging out with them for most of one of their days during their vacation!  

When mom Stefanie contacted me about possibly meeting her family in Disneyland… The answer was… yes of course!  Melissa was really jealous that she couldn’t come with me this particular day, especially when she saw the pictures.  “Cute kids!!” She exclaimed.  Yep.  I have a great job!

Thank you Greens for letting me hang out with you during your vacation.  I hope I didn’t monopolize your time!  I really had a blast with you guys.

March 4, 2014
Melissa and I are so lucky to meet some amazing and beautiful people in this profession.  When we met Jessica and James, we knew we’d met some truly special people.  FUN people!  On top of being some of the...
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filed under: Disneyland, Engagements

Melissa and I are so lucky to meet some amazing and beautiful people in this profession.  When we met Jessica and James, we knew we’d met some truly special people.  FUN people!  On top of being some of the sweetest people we’ve met, these two love to laugh, they love each other, and they love Disneyland!  Which is okay with us, of course!

When I look through these images, I’m reminded of how much fun we had bumming around the parks that day.  It didn’t matter that we didn’t have our normal sunny Disneyland weather, nothing could dampen the fun beaming from these two!  Enjoy!

We’re REALLY looking forward to Jessica and James’ wedding in 2015!

December 7, 2013

Sun, smiles, vacation, and family. Sounds like a vacation in Hawaii! Wait, no.. This amazing family was on vacation FROM Hawaii!!

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Sun, smiles, vacation, and family.  Sounds like a vacation in Hawaii!  Wait, no..  This amazing family was on vacation FROM Hawaii!!

Melissa and I always jump at the chance to do a family shoot in Disneyland.  We’re finding that it might be getting more difficult to do these types of shoots as Disneyland might be trying to adopt the “No Pros” rules that Disney World has, but we do what we can!  We did have some severe issues walking in with our cameras, as security held us at the checkpoint for quite some time.  It wasn’t pleasant, however, the chance to meet families from near and far on vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth is just too tempting for us.  :)

The Sagayadoro family came all the way from Hawaii for the first time as a WHOLE family to visit Disneyland and a few other places.  We feel so lucky to have met these warm, sweet and FUN people.  Take a look at their day and let me know if you think they had a bad time.

Yes by the way.. Little Luke is reenacting the elevator scene from the Gangnam Style video!

Mele Kalikimaka Sagayadoros!

November 27, 2013

Smiles, Fun, Sweetness, Smiles, Dancing… did I mention Smiles? And some Disney love for added fun!

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Announcing Daniel and Serena Hinojosa!  We couldn’t be more excited to share this day with this amazing couple.  From our first meeting in Starbucks, we knew we were on to something good with these two!  We had so much fun with them during their engagement session in Disneyland earlier this year, and knew that their wedding was going to be a blast.  We couldn’t wait!  This sweet couple is full of love for each other, and those around them.  In case you couldn’t tell from these pictures, they’re also some of the happiest people you could ever hope to meet.

Daniel and Serena are also fellow Disneyland lovers, so they have a special place in our hearts.  If that weren’t enough, Serena had a hidden Mickey sewn into her dress!!  Check out the last picture of this set.  I couldn’t help but giggle like a little boy (or probably more like a little girl) when she showed me.  I hope you enjoy these pictures!  This day was so much fun!

Thank you Daniel and Serena for letting us be a part of your day.

Wedding coordinated by the incomparable Tracey Buys of Attention To Detail.  This is the 2nd chance we’ve had to work with Tracey, she’s amazing!  Seriously!

November 18, 2013
Check out this sweet family session from a few weeks ago.. out at Hart Park!  We had so much fun with the Raguindin Family!  Cute Kids, Fun Parents and Grandparents and some amazing fall colors! So much fun in these...
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Check out this sweet family session from a few weeks ago.. out at Hart Park!  We had so much fun with the Raguindin Family!  Cute Kids, Fun Parents and Grandparents and some amazing fall colors!

So much fun in these sweet faces!  Thank you Raguindin Family!

September 12, 2013
Well, this was a BIG wedding and was A LOT of fun! I was asked to do something a little different for this wedding… video!  Even though most of my adult professional life (well, pretty much all of it), has been...
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filed under: Videography, Weddings

Well, this was a BIG wedding and was A LOT of fun!

I was asked to do something a little different for this wedding… video!  Even though most of my adult professional life (well, pretty much all of it), has been dedicated to video work.. when it came to weddings, photography was really where I focused.  One of the main reasons I moved back to Bakersfield in 2006 was to start a wedding video business.  As life would have it, that didn’t happen!  I decided to professionally photograph weddings instead.  This little video was sort of an experiment.  Beyond being an experiment, [the wedding] was an EXPERIENCE.  This was the biggest wedding Melissa and I have attended, and wow, was it amazing!  The DJ Bino Bates was hands down, the best wedding DJ we’ve experienced!

 

Wedding Ceremony and Reception DJ
Bino Bates (Bino’s Entertainment/Let The Music Play)
Wedding Photography:
Ashley dePoncier Photography

August 12, 2013

Another sweet family session at the Happiest Place On Earth! Click on!

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Have I ever mentioned that I like Disneyland?  No?  :)

One of the coolest jobs I have as a lifestyle family photographer is being able to capture real-life moments as they happen.  I certainly have an appreciation for posed family pictures, and they will always have their importance, but I’ve learned that the images that have always meant the most to me were the ones of great moments between me and my wife or those between family members.  I may be completely wrong here, but I think this is why we like dog and baby videos on Youtube, because these are real moments that really happened, and most of the time they are fun!

One of the advantages (and blessings) I have to living in Southern California, is that Melissa and I are able to travel to Disneyland quite often -usually to enjoy the place- but we’re also available as Disneyland family photographers to those families who may be traveling from out of state or out of the country even!  When heading to Disneyland, people sometimes realize that they need to hire someone to capture some real moments with them and their loved ones (even photographers realize this!), instead of taking the pictures themselves.  This gives people some more freedom to just have a great time in a truly wonderful place!  To some extent, this is why Disneyland invented the “Photopass” system.  If you’re not familiar with the system, basically you buy a prepaid package of pictures of your family taken at pre-determined locations throughout the park, along with a collection of stock images of Disneyland (or the Disney Park you’re visiting at the time).  All you have to do is look around for the cast member who looks like a photographer with a tripod and a vest (and a hat), you’ll know them when you see them.  I think this is a great idea for families who would love to get some family portraits in front of the traditional landmarks of the park.

What I like to offer is something a little more special for those families looking for an “upgrade” of sorts.  I like to spend some time with the family, and capture the real moments as they happen.  This way families have pictures of them that capture more of their personalities and what makes them unique, not just pictures of the same smiles in front of the landmarks they saw.  I will always do my best to capture traditional “portraits” in front of the main landmarks (you HAVE to have these!), but I also like to give families something special and hopefully more emotional.  So that when they look back on the images, and even others see their moments, they can remember how happy their time was, and not just of the sights they saw.  This is Disneyland!  The HAPPIEST Place on Earth!

When Courtney approached me about doing some family photos at our favorite place, of course I jumped at the chance!  Courtney is one of the lucky few who made it on to this years’ Disney Parks Moms Panel to answer questions people from everywhere have about visiting the amazing Disney Parks around the world.  What a cool job!  I may have to submit and application!  :)

I had so much fun with the Bautista’s on this SUNNY day in July.  Thank you for letting me hang out with you! … and I may or may not be stealing Mason’s outfit for myself.