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new years eve eve

12.31.2009

Last night we went to the new Derby in Mission Viejo for our New Years Eve Eve celebration. We had way too much fun singing and dancing and taking silly photos.

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the best of 2009: engagement photos

12.30.2009

It's hard narrowing down my favorite images, but over the next week or so, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite images from 2009 in a few different categories. Today I am posting some of my favorite engagement photos. I love shooting engagement photos because not only does it give me a chance to get to know my clients, it gives them an...

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top ten blog posts of 2009

12.29.2009

It's that time, the year is almost over and I have been looking back at my over 220 blog posts from 2009 reviewing where I've been and here are my favorite posts of the year (in order in which they occured): The WPPI Convention in Las Vegas is always one of my favorite times of the year. 2009 was no exception and I am already getting excited for...

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recharge week

12.28.2009

The week between Christmas and New Years is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It's right up there with WPPI week and Burning Man week, but for a totally different reason. It's my time to rest, relax, recharge, recover, chill, organize, lay low and lounge around. I make no official plans this week and just basically do whatever I feel like on...

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The Engel-Kids

12.27.2009

The say it's better to give than receive and I believe that with all of my heart. Sure, of course I like getting gifts and presents as much as the next guy, but my favorite part of this past Christmas morning is when my sister opened up the gift I got for her and Matt. They joy in her face and the tears that welled up in her eyes assured me that I...

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Christmas 2009

12.26.2009

I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas. I had a nice relaxing day with my family. On Christmas Eve, I went to dinner with Keats and her family at a place in Glendale that the go to every year. We went back and played some Balderdash and I had to use some of my poker skills to bluff my way to a victory. Here we are in front of on of her dad's...

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my mom's world famous cinnamon roll recipe

12.25.2009

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I had a great day with my family and I'll be sharing more photos from today in tomorrow's post, but for now... I convinced my mom to let me share her world famous cinnamon roll recipe with my faithful blog readers. I've teased y'all each year with photos and stories of how amazing they are, and trust me,...

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Merry Christmas from Becker

12.24.2009

For the 3rd year in a row, I've opted to do a more environmentally friendly holiday greeting instead of sending out traditional Christmas cards. Plus it saves time, saves money and you get to relive my entire year, instead of just checking out a photo or two. I love putting these slideshows together because it takes me back to where I've been in...

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for your holiday enjoyment

12.23.2009

A close family friend of ours had lots of free time on her hands so she played around with the special effects in Apple's Photobooth while lip singing this holiday classic. I think my favorite parts are when she cracks herself up. Way to go Jamie... you are a superstar! Check back tomorrow for my 3rd annual Christmas slideshow. You can...

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The Engelken's Christmas Portraits
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