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the holiday party season kicks off!

11.30.2007

Last night I hosted a little shin dig to watch the Cowboys vs. Packers game and to play some cards. What says "the holidays" like football and gambling? Of course the Cowboys won and locked up the first NFC playoff slot and are favored to have home field advantage as long as they are still in the playoffs. I was so happy about the win that I...

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More family portraits

11.29.2007

I shot Alex & Brandi's wedding back in 2001 and I've been shooting there family portraits every year since. They have a new addition this year, and we just headed down to the beach for a few relaxed portraits.

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oh happy day!

11.28.2007

The sun is out, the birds are chirping and life is good at the [ b ] pad in beautiful Mission Viejo, California. No, I did not just win the lottery, but I may as well have. The kinds folks at DirecTv have just finished installing my brand new HD satellite dish, as well as upgrading my DVR's to accommodate all the new HD channels that DirecTv...

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songs that should be banned

11.27.2007

As a wedding photographer, I hear the same songs over and over at each and every wedding and a few of them make me want to go postal and choke the DJ. Of course, I alway exercise restraint, but it's getting harder and harder every week. Here are a few that I really test my self control: The YMCA any version of The Electric Slide We Are...

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miscellaneous monday #10

11.26.2007

_____ Reminder to my clients: You just have until this Friday to order reprints, enlargements and holiday cards in order to get them in time for the Holidays. Find your event here. _____ Dude, have y'all seen that new Bud Light campaign where the guys just say "dude" with a bunch of different tones and inflections to show how one word...

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Fall Family Portraits

11.25.2007

Who says we don't have fall foliage on the west coast? Ok, so it's not as exciting as back east, but we had some nice light for yesterday's family portrait session.

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engagement session for my favorite bridesmaid

11.24.2007

I met the bride to be at a wedding I photographed in 1999. She was the maid of honor and I thought she was gorgeous. But what really blew me away was her speech. It was thoughtful, sincere and very well delivered. She made people laugh and cry all inside of a few minutes. Smart and Beautiful... that's a good combo! I gave her my card and made her...

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Black Friday

11.23.2007

Let the shopping begin! But do yourself a favor, avoid the long lines, the crowds, the traffic, fighting for a parking spot and save time and costly gasoline by shopping online. (I heard some stores opened at 4am this morning... I don't think I'd get up at 4am if they were giving out free plasma TVs. Well of course I would, but short of that, I...

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[ b ] thankful

11.22.2007

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are all able to spending the holiday with friends and loved ones. I am just kickin' it at my folks place today watching the football and relaxing. Matt, April and Caden are in one of those fly-over-states visiting his family so it's just me and the parental units today. We've been chatting about what we...

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