Kristin & Matt - Engagement Session Preview

 Friday, April 18, 2014

I just loved this engagement session.  Not only is it two of my best friends, but we shot in one of the most beautiful locations I could imagine.

I have so many pics to sort, but here's a quick preview, just one shot from each location.


Kristin & Matt engagement
Kristin & Matt engagement

I can't even explain why I love that second shot so much. They are so tiny and far away, and walking away from me, but I love it anyway. And I figure since this is just a preview, it gives a good teaser of some of the amazing shots we got in that awesome spot!





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Thailand - Part 3: Krabi

 Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This is my 3rd and final post from my amazing trip to Thailand, and it may just have been my favorite stop.

We went to the beautiful region of Krabi. From where we were staying, we took a boat to the elusive Railay Beach. There are no roads that go to this beach, you can only reach it by boat.
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The hotel we stayed at was also my favorite of the trip. It had this amazing infinity pool over looking the ocean.
  Krabi, Thailand

Our last day there, we went on an amazing hike. It was over 1200 steep steps to the top! My legs were shaking by the time I even got to the half way point! So to take a break I snapped some pics of this unbelievable view.
  Krabi, Thailand

The view at the top was definitely worth it.

Krabi, Thailand

Pictures don't even do it justice. It was simply breathtaking.
  Krabi, Thailand
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Thailand - Part 2: Phi Phi Island

 Monday, March 31, 2014

First of all, if you missed Thailand Part 1 click on over to see a few shots of Bangkok.

I took these photos with the AWESOME Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 that my boyfriend got me for Christmas.  This super wide angle lens is perfect for travel photography.  I once rented a Nikon 14-28 2.8 lens that is about 3 times the cost and I honestly love the Tokina more.  It is smaller, wider, more lightweight, WAY cheaper, and just as sharp as the Nikon version.  I highly recommend this lens!

Anyways, on to Thailand....We took a ferry from Phuket to get to Phi Phi Island.  Seeing pictures of this island is what made me want to go to Thailand to begin with!

Once we reached Phi Phi we transferred form the ferry to one of these long tail boats (the main form of transportation in Phi Phi, as there are no cars on the island) which took us around the island to our hotel.

Phi Phi Island

The next day we hired one of these long tail boats to give us a tour of the island. He took us into all the cool little coves where we could jump off the boat to snorkel and explore. It was really overcast and foggy (but hot!) when we first set out!

Phi Phi Island

After a bit the clouds started separating and blue skies started peaking through.

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

Definitely my favorite spot at Phi Phi was Maya Bay, about a 20 minute boat ride away. This beautiful uninhabited island is where they shot the Leonard DiCaprio movie, The Beach.

Maya Bay

Maya Bay

I loved taking pics of the long tail boats tied up at shore. This one is definitely my favorite.

Maya Bay

This was our last view of Phi Phi before departing to our final stop, Karbi.
  Phi Phi Island

I also wanted to share these two pics. These are two shots my boyfriend took with a go pro camera. Just wanted to show that you don't need an expensive dslr to take cool shots.
  Phi Phi Island (go pro)


I'll share part 3 soon!



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Thailand - Part 1: Bangkok

 Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Over Christmas I went on the most amazing trip of a lifetime to Thailand.  I just want to share with you a few little snippets from each city I went to.  The first stop was Bangkok.  It was such a cool bustling city with a bit of a run-down village feel.  It was an awesome cornucopia of ornate temples, street vendors, delicious food, unique produce, and amazingly friendly people.

And since my boyfriend surprised me with an awesome Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for christmas, I was able to capture these scenes with a beautiful wide view.  Here are just a couple shots to show a variety of scenes we encountered during the trip.


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I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for travel, and travel photography. I'll post more from this trip soon!

I've been so out of the blogging loop, I don't know where any of the link-ups are anymore! If you know of any, please leave me a link in the comments!


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A Very Merry Family Portrait Session

 Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Well, since I've been blogging about once every three months, March seems like a perfect time to get around to posting pictures I took around Christmas!

This is the first time I shot a full extended family portrait session, and I thought it would be hard to pose so many people but I actually found it easier because I could do so many combinations--dad and daughters, mom and daughters, just the sisters, sisters and significant others, etc.

We shot these in Old Town Orange which is a very charming area of Orange County filled with vintage stores and old brick buildings.  This is also my first time trying to shoot a session in a crowded town instead of a park, come to think of it.  I think it worked out nicely!


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