I met Christie a while back at a bridal show. We became friends and kept in touch. She decided to do a glamour photo shoot for her birthday and I'm so glad she did because now she has a gift that she can cherish a lifetime and will bring a smile to her face every time she looks at them. She loved all her images ! I did her hair and make up and we had such a great time on her photo shoot.
Angie was such a beautiful person inside and out. She hired me to do headshot and lifestyle photos for her so I told her I have a perfect spot for her. We head out to my special spot in 4S ranch which I love.
At the end of our photoshoot she told me how fun this was and she absolutely fell in love with her images and so did I :)
I love how I make my clients feel relaxed and comfortable after a few min of shooting with me. Most of the time before we begin they tell me how nervous they are or that they are not photogenic. Angie felt the same but then after a few min and a couple warm up shots she was so comfortable and confident that I could see it in her face and that is when I capture what I am looking for.
I met Mike through a photography group on Facebook . He lives in Portland but wanted to get Married in San Diego so after seeing my work he loved it and asked me to shoot his wedding !
Since they were flying from Portland and very busy for the wedding, I only got a chance to meet them until their wedding day and boy they were so kind, adorable and funny! I mean this couple could not stop kissing each other and I had to ask them to stop so I can take my pictures . LOL
They were goofy and funny. They wanted to make funny faces for all their pictures and were not serious at all. I loved that about them :) I had a blast shooting their wedding and so grateful that I met this lovely couple and had the opportunity to capture their wedding day.
Here is their story:
From 2005-2012 Mike & Laura were co workers at Rentrak in Portland. A couple years after meeting they became besties. Everyone thought they were a couple but, they simply just enjoyed each other's company. This was not for lack of trying on Mike's part!
They Fell In Love
Let's face it... how many couples never fight, always have fun together, are equally pig-headed and goofy, have the same values, want the same dream kitchen, both love Top Gun enough to still watch it regularly AND are both Britney Spears fans? That's soulmate makings there, how could we not fall in love? Perfect fit!
They Got Engaged
On September 1, 2015 .... Mike figured he better lock it down before Laura changed her mind yet again! SO . on an equally special day with an equally special ring, Mike popped the question out of the blue. " Luckily the gamble paid off" and Laura said YES! And now they are soar off into the sunset together for all kinds of fun adventures.
This love story is one of the rare ones .Kodi and Sabrina knew each other since they were kids. They grew up together and quickly found out they are inseparable. Of course like all love stories it was a long a complicated processes for them but what matters is they made it happen and that is all that matters. Their wedding day was beautiful as they are and of course having Deejay Mohsen made me dance while I was shooting so that was a plus for me. Cheers to these 2 beautiful lovers. Wishing you a long a happy life.
Venue: Carmel MountainRanch Country Club
Hair and make up : Emalyn D Hair&Mua
Event Planner : Talissa Arcangeli
Photographers : Shadi Ameri & Shiva Salehi
DJ : Deejay Mohsen
Rena and Tod are owners of Massage Heights in my Neighborhood 4S Ranch. I have been a member of Massage heights for over a year now and absolutely love their service. Rena and Todd also love my photography work and asked me to do their head shots.. They were so happy and excited when they saw their pictures and Im happy that I was able to provide excellent service to them as they deserve.
Getting married is exciting yet overwhelming these days. Main reason? so many options if you ask me.
Main questions couples ask themselves:
How do we start? where do we start? who do we contact first? how do we know if this vendor is the right one for us?
Most couples start the process from the location they want to get married at, some start from the wedding planner or the Make up Artist. Most of the time the last person they hire on their list is the photographer so at that point they already spent way over the expected budget.
Based on years of shooting weddings I believe the best way to start planning your wedding is starting from your photographer . Here is why:
A great photographer will be able to make even a simple wedding look so elegant and chick you wont even believe your eyes. She/He will make you look amazing and will capture images for you to cherish forever. Isn't that the most important thing? Everything at the wedding will be gone. The only thing that stays with you forever and will bring you back to that special day are your pictures so start from your photographer and because you like their work trust that she works with the best to fit your budget and she knows your taste and style.
Another important factor that you should keep in mind is finding a photogrpaher that has a strong portfolio in capturing 2 things.
1- Details of your wedding
2- Bride and Groom Pictures
A great wedding photographer will pay attention to the smallest things at your wedding. Anything from your laugh with your sister trying to help you get into your gown to the little details at the reception area and how everything is decorated. These are the images that are valuable and will bring tears to your eyes when you go back and look at them.
I hope this helps you to make better decisions planning your wedding and make the process easier for you :)
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I have been taking pictures for the Donboli family since Elham was pregnant with their first daughter Ariana. Now they have 2 beautiful girls and I have been photographing them every year so I get to see how much they grow and capture memories for them to cherish forever. They are such a lovely and lucky family and I absolutely adore these 2 little Angeles. Cheers to you guys. Thank you for having me be the one to capture your special moments . I hope I can photograph their wedding one day :)
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I posted this picture not just to show another photograph of my recent work but because while doing this shoot I realized something that I want to share with you. Something I think a lot of you can relate to.
I did a photoshoot for Lynn more than a year ago and she planned on coming back and doing another shoot because she loved her images. Ok, now lets get to the point. While we were in the middle of the photoshoot and I was just so deep concentrating on what I wanted to capture, Lynn looked at me and said: WOW you seem very happy right now! I asked: Really? how come? She said: you came to life, I wish I had a camera in my hand right now to capture the joy and light that is in your eyes and on your face! your eyes are sparkling and you're glowing. That made me happy at the moment just realizing how lucky I am to find my passion but later while walking my dog Snoopy, I thought about what Lynn said again and made me realize something very important.
I realized Photography for me is my happy place. I call it " Happy place" because its easier to describe my point. Its a place that when I am lost in it I dont think about anything else except enjoying what I am creating whether its shooting,editing, blogging or whatever that comes with it. Its a place that no one can take away from me and I can rely on it whenever I need to. Before I found photography I used to try finding that happy place from another person and that was wrong because people can disappoint you or not always be there for you no matter how much they love you and that can make you feel sad and dissatisfied. Everyone should have a happy place. When you have your own happy place, you feel stronger and confident. I used to be that girl that cared about what everyone thinks about me and always cared about pleasing my partner more than what I really wanted and what makes me happy but I changed. I learned to accept things as they are and as long as they last and it became easier for me to let go of things because I have my happy place within me.
So find your happy place. When you find it,It will make you feel stronger, more confidant and satisfied. I hope this Inspired you today. Happy Friday ! :)
I know planning a wedding can be very overwhelming and there are so many options out there so let me help you with some beautiful and elegant wedding ideas that I absolutely love as a wedding photographer.
Classy & Fabulous! Chanel Inspired Wedding Designs.
Who doesn’t like a little Coco Chanel? As spoken by Coco Chanel: “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”, why not reflect this concept in your wedding and bring the Chanel spirit into your designs?
Rachel A. Clingen wedding & event design
Fairytale Glam California Wedding
Event planning and design: Male Amore events, Floral design: Florals by Jenny
Navi & Silver Wedding Inspirations
we can’t deny the simplicity and elegance that comes with the Silver color. The color Silver can be paired beautifully with almost any color but combining it with grey was done solely to express a more natural and “less is more” look.
Black & Gold
Gold and Black is my favorite. Very elegant and classy style by Kate Minassi Events & Design
For petite brides with long beautiful legs, one option for your wedding gown could be a short and classy style. Very unique and stylish.
For Brides that are looking for a longer look yet not too much I recommend Strapless gown in lux organza and double faced organza, featuring a beautifully layered skirt.
And absolutely stunning open back gowns
When it comes to wedding shoes, every bride wants a pair of Jimmy Choo and these are a couple of my favorites.
I hope this article helped you with some ideas for your wedding day. For more tips, Inspirations and special offers please subscribe to my email list. thank you and stay inspired.
Are you engaged?
Are you adventurous and love spending time outdoors?
Are you happy to be involved in a creative process, experiment with photography and go with the flow?
If this is you, I think we are going to be a great fit!
I’m looking for new couples who want some unique engagement photos and are happy to get dirty, sandy, wet, close and be a little adventurous for some cool photos.
This offer is good for only 5 couples who love getting outside and are happy to take life as it comes. These engagement session are totally free! Yep, seriously… free. I’ll even throw in a print from the shoot.
You will have the opportunity to purchase more photos if you like but there is no obligation.
Why? I want to try a few new locations, experiment with some photography techniques and styles and not have to worry about shooting what’s “expected” at a normal engagement session.
If this sounds like you and your fiancé and you’re keen to get amongst it – fill out the contact info below, give me some details and we’ll speak soon.
Can’t wait to hear from you!
Engagement session questionnaire
I love make up. I can spend hours in a make up store studding about different make up and skincare products because I believe your skin is very important and needs to be taking care of in order to look younger, beautiful a vibrant for a very long time.
After years and years of purchasing different products I finally got it all together what best works for me and my skin and I would love to share that with you !
I use Aveeno for cleansing my face and I also use 3 different masks through out the week one for each day. One for Hydrating, One for reducing my pores and one for preventing my face from acne . You can get them all from ULTA and I highly recommend YES !
I use CHANEL eye and face cream. I have learned after purchasing many different products that CHANEL Skin care and make up products works best for my sensitive and complex skin. It smells good, It feels good and I noticed results quickly comparing to other products.
Make up :
Now the fun part :) here are some products I use for makeup. I love Matte lipsticks , at least for me because I like Natural looking makkeup and not too much so I finally found the one I absolutely adore from BareMinerals and if I want to go with more color, I use Maybelline Color Blur.
So here it is. Hope you enjoyed and this was helpful. Untill the next tip, Stay Inspired.
Hello its me again !
We have less than 2 weeks to end 2016 and start the new year. As we know, the new year is a time for reflection, resolutions, and turning over a new leaf. We all concentrate on loosing weight, changing things around the house, buying new things, new clothes and ect .which are all positive and makes us feel better about ourselves but what we don't really pay attention to is changing our thoughts which I believe, is the most important thing to change in order to really make a difference in our lives. If we repeat our same old patterns and thoughts, then we are not really changing anything .
As most of you know I love yoga. On Tuesday nights my yoga teacher starts the class with a positive affirmation and repeats it at the end of the class when we're doing our Shivasena . This time she read us 11 Positive daily affirmations that I thought I should share with you because it really had a positive affect on me and I hope it does for you as well .
1. I love myself unconditionally.
2. I am STRONG!
3. I allow only healthy and loving relationships into my life.
4. Life wants the best for me. I am OK with where I am right now.
5. I am connected and comfortable in all environments, with all people.
6. I find and enjoy the simple pleasures life is offering right now.
7. How I feel matters, therefore I concentrate on aspects of life that make me feel good!
8. My challenges bring me better opportunities.
9. My mood creates a physiological response in my body. I am peaceful and positive!
10. I am in control of my thoughts and my life.
11. I love myself and who I am
I learned 2 important things from this quote
1- Loving yourself is very important because when you really love yourself you will walk away from anything that is in the way of your happiness and your happiness is very important. Life is too short not to be happy.
2- Be ok with where you are in life and stay strong. Believe in your journey and breath because no matter how hard it is right now at the end, it will all make sense to you and it will be ok.
We go to sleep each night and wake up in the morning to a new day with new opportunities - a day filled with the power and freedom to choose. The minute we wake up, we can choose to get out of bed and make the most of our day or press the snooze button, roll over, pull the blankets over our head, and feel dread about the day ahead. This is nobody's choice but ours. Generally, the way we start our day influences how we feel for the rest of the day.
Let's look at 4 ways we can start our day off on a positive note:
1. Take a few minutes to check-in When you wake up, take this time to be thankful for all that you have in your life instead of wasting your energy on thinking about what you don't have.
2. Spend 5 to 10 minutesmeditating. Simply observe your breath. Notice how your breath enters your body, notice how your breath leaves your body. This will allow you to create a sense of peace within and it will also help get you into a good head space before your feet touch the ground.
3. Before breakfast have large glass of water and lemon juice squeezed into it and you may even like to add some ginger or cayenne pepper. This will assist with digestion and is effective in body cleansing and detoxification - it will help get things moving. Follow this with a nutritious breakfast to kick-start your metabolism and fuel your body to face the day ahead.
4. Get clear about your intentions for the day. For example you can intend to have a productive day. You can intend to have a calm and peaceful day. Whatever it is just be clear about what it is you want your day to be.
Many people don't understand the power of thoughts, because they live every day on autopilot, doing most things out of habit, and therefore they create their reality unconsciously, as if they’re wearing a blindfold. But whether we’re aware of it or not, we create our reality with our thoughts and behavior - and this means we have the power to choose to be a conscious, mindful creator and change our reality to what we really want it to be. Remember, you choose your thoughts, you choose your behavior, you choose the outcome. And every choice you make determines how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Now, let me ask you this: How do you start your day?
Looking at the wedding photos on Facebook and Instagram these days, I have noticed a lot of weddings look exactly the same. There's nothing unique or different from one wedding to another. Same poses, same venue, same photographer, same wedding planner , caterer, theme color and so on so forth and you wanna know why? Because most people want to do what their friend or cousin did. Just because they hired Mr or Mrs doodle Doo, you need to hire them as well. What is so special and unique about that?
Each wedding should be as unique and special as you are ! So tip of the day. Look a little further. Put more thought into planning" YOUR" wedding day . Dont DO what everyone elseDID. Be unique. Be different. Make your wedding day one that no one has seen before.
Stay Inspired and happy Planning! :)
These 2 love birds are getting married next year and we started the first step by taking their engagement pictures . Nasim wanted beach photos so I suggested Coronado beach. They had a great time in front of my camera and I of course always get excited capturing magical moments. Here a couple of my favorites.