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    Hi! My name is Blair and I am a wedding and portrait photographer!
    I am based out of Southern California, but absolutely love to travel for weddings everywhere! I love becoming good friends with our clients; watching their love blossom, their families grow, capturing those fun and intimate moments in their life... and of course, having a blast doing it all along the way.

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Fullerton Portrait Photography – { Anthropology Inspired }

So the photography community is just where I fit in, its where my heart is just so happy!. I thank God all the time for giving me this opportunity to do what I love along with some fantastic people who share the same passion! Not only are these people so fun to hang out with, but also so generous! I have grown to love all my photog girl friends so much and look forward to any time I get to spend with them on these fun little projects, dinners, or networking events – it’s ALWAYS a good time!

One of these fantastic ladies is Wai Reyes…she is an amazing photographer!!! She put together a fun shoot recently and invited me and a few other friends to come along to share a fun few hours of just hanging out, chatting, and shooting the model together. How blessed am I to have such sweet friends!? I love it!

Wai, Katie and Sirena, I had such a fantastic time hanging out with you! Love you guys lots and lots!

A big thanks goes to Carla & Karla for some amazing make-up and hair . And to Emily for being such a fab model – you ladies are amazing!!!!

Every one else, hope you enjoy these fun Anthropology inspired shots as much as I did taking them!


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ohana photographers - March 13, 2010 - 10:28 am

gorgeous! love 6th from the bottom b!!!! rocked it!

Amber Fox - March 13, 2010 - 5:54 pm

Beautiful and playful images! I especially love the first and last one. Gorgeous!

Sean Van Bussel - March 13, 2010 - 6:20 pm

Again…. Photo domination!!! Great job B!

amanda lynn photography - March 13, 2010 - 7:40 pm

love these!!!!! what an awesome location too!!!

my. - March 15, 2010 - 11:45 am

These are beautiful, Blair!

kristi clark - March 15, 2010 - 3:28 pm

fun fun fun!

Katie Neal Photo - March 16, 2010 - 7:11 am

gorgeous! :)

chris stewart - March 18, 2010 - 2:35 pm

HOLY HECKLBERRIES!!! Blair this is AMAZING work!!! The whole feel of this shoot is outstanding!! Very anthropology fo sho!!!

jenn king - March 26, 2010 - 5:17 pm

amazing!!! great job blair! please invite me next time!!!

{ My CRAZY WPPI Schedule }

Hey there peeps! So on Sunday I leave for my very first year at WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) in Las Vegas.. and let me tell you, I could not be any more excited! As you know if you are going, it’s pretty pricy, so last year it was just not possible for me…and I felt so left out reading about everyone’s adventures on Twitter and Facebook, but this year I was offered an fantastic opportunity to go, and I am sooo thankful for it!

I am rooming with some of my photog besties (Katie, Wai and Amber….LOVE YOU GIRLS!!) and I know we are just going to have a FANASTIC time together!!:)

So here is my insanely packed “schedule” ….but I am thinking realistically here and its more like “my list of things I would absolutely LOVE to do, but we will see how much energy this pregnant lady can muster up to pack it all in” . So, this is what I really hope to do, and I really really hope to see lots of you there! So if you see me, please stop me and say “Hi!” , I honestly am so excited to see everyone!!!!

Oh and since lots of people have asked me, no….Sean will not be there with me :/ …. Hopefully next year!!:)

Please be sure to leave a little note in the comment section below and let me know what you are MOST looking forword to checking out at WPPI, or if you have any first timer tips for me! xoxo!

2010 WPPI Schedule

Sunday , March 7th :

8am: Drive up

6pm: PhotoLovecat Happy Hour

6-7:30pm: Shootout Dinner GTG

7:30-9pm: WPPI & Canon Welcome Reception?

9:30pm: Airhorns & Lasers Party

8-10pm: Finao Party – MGM?

Monday , March 8th :

8-10am: Jesh de Rox – “Beloved”

11am : Shoot with Jen & Chris Stewart

12:30 : MPixPro booth
Bobbi + Mike – “Why Fake it!?” (Mon-Wed)

1:30 : MPixPro booth  (or 11:30 Tu)
Carey Schumacher – “Solutions for home-based photographers”

2:30pm : Chenin Boutwell – ProDPI booth

3pm : Becker’s avatar shoot

4-5:30pm: Fast Track Shootout

6:30-8:30pm : Jasmine Star “Ghetto Fabulous Marketing”

8-10pm : WPPI Pool Party?

9pm: Photog Shootout Party

10pm : B-School night shoot?

Tuesday , March 9th :

8-10am : John Michael Cooper “An almost backwards workflow”

11:30am : Boudoir Divas “Boudoir tips and tricks”

3:30-5:30pm : Dane Sanders “Anatomy of a creative”
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3:30-5:30pm: Justin and Mary Marantz “Creating loyalty beyond reason”

6pm : Fast Track Photographer Afterparty

6-7:30pm : Shootout Dinner GTG

8:30pm-11pm: Kiss / Pictage party – Studio 54?

9pm: SmugMugPro BayPhoto Slumber Party at WPPI MGM

10pm-1am: PIF party

10pm-1am : B School Party

Wednesday , March 10th :

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Blair Phillips — Break the Mold: Eclectic Elegance

1pm-2:30pm: Photog Shootout

3pm: Go home!

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justin - March 6, 2010 - 6:19 am

That's so awesome!! Hope to see you there!

Justin & Mary

{ Baby Update! }

Just thought I would fill you in on the progress of our little growing baby , since he is the center of our lives these days…..

Wait…first can I just say that I am so sooooo blessed. Seriously people, my heart is so full of love – I can hardly stand it! I have an amazing husband (who has regular loving conversations with my belly ) , two perfect hilarious/cuddly dogs , a cozy little apartment to call our own, lots of work to keep us busy , the best family and friends ever , and this perfect little boy that will be joining our crazy/loving family in a few short months. Sure, we feel like we are ALWAYS working, and money is tight, but really – Life is so good!:)

So with that said, little Jordan has been busy busy busy having daily dance parties on his own in there, and I just love it. I just love him!:)

We got to go for a ultra sound at our doctors office this week to check on his development and to find out his gender (even though we already took it upon ourselves to go find out a little early).

Shocking update : He is still a boy!;)…. & he is still perfect!

We have only had a few ultra sounds, but every time, it’s a tear-fest. I mean, how could you not get emotional seeing him moving and stretching, and doing the things he secretly does every day in there? I just can’t get over it. And since it’s the most amazing thing I have ever seen, I thought I would let ya’ll in on the magic.:)Enjoy!

And a few pictures ……

His strong little kicking legs:
Sweet little face:
Profile with his hand on his face :
and his 10 little toes:):

xoxo – Sean and Blair
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Lorrie Prothero - February 20, 2010 - 6:24 pm

thanks for including "us" in your experience – I look forward each post and/or FB post with the little details.

Sean Van Bussel - February 20, 2010 - 6:42 pm

Thats my little boy!

Candace - February 20, 2010 - 6:48 pm

how exciting!!!!! yeah baby jordan!!

Katie Neal Photo - February 20, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Awww I'm so excited for you my friend!!!!

michelle cunningham - February 21, 2010 - 4:34 pm

omg.. i love how active he was for the video! kaya was so sleepy she was pissed to be bothered. hahah!

Anonymous - February 21, 2010 - 4:52 pm

I have such a big smile on my face right now :)
-Sue Ellen

Brandie - February 22, 2010 - 12:48 pm

Thanks for sharing. That is so awesome.

Wai Reyes - February 22, 2010 - 12:48 pm

Aw Blair! I'm super excited for you and Sean! Can't wait to meet Baby Jordan!

Jen McLaughlin - February 22, 2010 - 2:49 pm

Blair! I LOVE the video.. it brought a tear to my eye! Im so excited for you guys!! Thank you soo much for sharing that video :)

Anonymous - February 22, 2010 - 6:21 pm

how do you get anything done during the day?! i would be watching the video all day! hes so sweet and perfect! i cant wait to see him!
~meagan

ohana photographers - February 26, 2010 - 10:44 am

that is so unbelievably awesome!!!

Ryan - February 26, 2010 - 10:47 am

Oh my gosh! My heart is smiling after watching that video. So beautiful!

Redlands Engagement Photography – { Janeth & Diego : Engaged! }

So when we first met Janeth and Diego at the consult, we got back in the car and said “I so hope they book us!!” , they are just one of those couples. Seriously so sweet and genuine!

We headed up to Oak Glen to shoot in their engagement session in the snow and had a ton of fun. It was a bit of an adventure finding a place that had snow and was not crowded , but I think we did pretty darn good! Of course I slipped and fell about 100 times, and they got to see how big of a dork I am, but its all good!;)

After we got some fun stuff in the snow, we headed down the mountain to their reception location in Redlands….. and let me just tell you, it was the cutest area ever!  I am so excited to continue where we left off come wedding day!


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Janeth – you are SOO beautiful!
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LOVE this one!
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Seriously though, could they be any sweeter?! I think not.
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So much fun!
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I could not choose between these 2 – sorry!

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I don’t know about you, but this series kinda melts my heart!
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Janeth and Diego, we had such an awesome time with you guys! and thank you so so much for the delish lunch!! We cant wait to head back up for your wedding day!!

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Anonymous - February 12, 2010 - 6:06 pm

Don't you just love when you find couples who you just "click" with :) Great job…love the snowy backdrop
Kelli

michelle cunningham - February 12, 2010 - 6:15 pm

in the snow!!! fun!

Arjelia - February 12, 2010 - 6:59 pm

These pictures are great Blair! They look like a fun couple.

Troy Grover - February 12, 2010 - 9:41 pm

I heart redlands :)

ohana photographers-david and kimi - February 13, 2010 - 1:02 am

yay for shoots in the snow! so rare for out here :) awesome job b!

Heather - February 13, 2010 - 12:15 pm

great pictures! you definitely captured "them" :)

chris stewart - February 15, 2010 - 11:20 am

Blair these are fan-tastico!!!! I LOVE THE BARBED WIRE SHOT ALOT!!! She is beautiful!!! Way to rock these blair!!!

Wai Reyes - February 17, 2010 - 10:32 am

What a fun session! I like the tire shot the best (one where you're shooting down). Great job girl!

Katie Neal Photo - March 5, 2010 - 11:58 am

i love the one where you shoot through the spiraled fencing. can't remember what that stuff is called but you utilized it well!!

Balboa Portrait Photography : { Natalie : Quinceañera Portraits! }

I met with Natalie and her family to get some fun photos of her in her fun quinceañera dress down by the beach last weekend.

Natalie was so super sweet, and is such a natural beauty! I had a great time walking around with her finding some fun little nooks to snap some pictures.


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BIG thanks to Sue Ellen , who referred Yajayra to me, to in turn refer her mom and sister Natalie to me …. all of which I LOVE!:)Love you ladies!!!

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arjeliaphotography - February 2, 2010 - 9:22 am

Great pictures!

Anonymous - February 2, 2010 - 3:07 pm

they came out so pretty!!! awwww you're welcome for the referrals… still waiting on that dinner ;) tee hee.

Anonymous - February 2, 2010 - 3:08 pm

**oops*** the comment above was from Sue Ellen!!

Sean Van Bussel - February 2, 2010 - 3:34 pm

Love the ones with the converse! The ones where she is laying down on the sand…they look like she is floating. hehe crazy stuff. Great job B money!

ohana photographers - February 6, 2010 - 9:55 am

so beautiful love the ferris wheel shots!