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Laying Low

12.31.2008

I love the week between Christmas and New Years. I don't do a whole lot, but in fact, I do accomplish a bunch of little things during this week every year. I give the staff the week off, and have some nice alone time. I just like to organize my life a little bit during this week. My room is as clean and organized as it's ever been. I donated...

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Year End Engagement Photos

12.30.2008

These two will be tying the knot in March. I shot her brother's wedding back in 2004 and I look forward to another wedding keeping it in the family.

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Top 10 Blog posts of 2008

12.29.2008

I think my favorite thing about blogging is the fact that I now have an archive of my life. It's so fun for me to just go through past posts and relive my experiences. Since May of 2005, my life is pretty well documented and available to the public. Although I didn't blog every day in 2008 like I did in 2007, I still had almost 500 posts between...

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100K miles on my FX

12.27.2008

Yesterday I passed 100,000 miles on my Infinti FX 35 and I have to say, it's been a pleasure to drive. I've had the car just over 5 years now, and I have had virtually no problems with it (knock on wood). While I am planning on getting a new ride this spring, I can't recommend the Infinti highly enough if you are shopping for a car in that...

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Christmas Recap

12.26.2008

I had a wonderful day with my family yesterday and hope y'all enjoyed your holiday too. I got up super early so that I could be there when Caden opened up his & Addison's presents (he helped her since she just tried to put everything in her mouth). We had a nice relaxing day. Lots of presents (those kids are spoiled). Good food, good times, and...

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The real meaning of Christmas

12.25.2008

I saw this over on Gabriel & Carlie's blog and had to repost it. Whether you believe in the religious portion or not, it's a very powerful message. Merry Christmas to you all! The Advent Conspiracy Promo Video from theadvance on Vimeo.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

12.24.2008

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much for your continued attention and support. I hope you all are surrounded by loved ones this holiday season and I wish you the very best in 2009. Here's my environmentally friendly Christmas card slideshow with a look back on the highlights from 2008: Merry Christmas from the becker on Vimeo. I...

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The [ b ] Logo is 10 years old

12.22.2008

Wow... it's hard to believe the [ b ] logo is 10 years old this month! Back in the summer and fall of '98... in just my second season as a wedding photographer (my first full year in business), I was lucky enough to connect with an incredibly talented individual, Mr. Tim Holmes. When I met him, he didn't ask me if I needed a new logo or if I wanted...

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Sundance

12.21.2008

Last week I went on an inpromptu trip to Utah to just get away and relax at the Sundance Resort for a day or so. It was absolutely gorgeous. Cold, but simply beautiful. It was totally a last minute trip, and the resort was amazing. There wasn't a Robert Redford sighting, but the place was so cool. The cabin was spacious yet cozy... it had a steam...

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I want to wish a very happy first anniversary to Max & Lexi who tied the knot at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe on June 1st, 2013. The groom, Max Thieriot,...

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Last weekend I found myself shooting a gorgeous wedding at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego. It was a pleasure working with Karina Hale and her team from...

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A very special wedding in Italy
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After speaking at the SWPP convention in London last week, Ashley and I popped down to Barcelona for a couple of days as neither of us had ever been there. I...

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Barcelona
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Audrey in the desert
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Audrey in the desert
The Whole 30
Ok, so this was me in November of 2010 at a wedding at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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The Whole 30
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Fullerton Art Walk

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