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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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A family trip to the Renegade Craft Fair

Recently we went to the Renegade Craft Fair in LA. I have been wanting to go to this awesome craft fair since before they even had it in LA, so I was pretty stoked when both Sean and I had a whole day off together and got to check it out.

We grubbed on some tasty food truck lunch, and walked the fair. There were honestly some of the most awesome and creative things I’ve ever seen there. They really choose some awesome vendors to show! I got a few little things, a sweet little ring from Verameat, a fun camera necklace, and a couple awesome Christmas gifts from The Poster List.

We fell in love with so many awesome goodies, but next year we need to bring more cash… too much awesomeness. But here are a few of our favorite vendors that have found a place in our favorites folder (and should be in yours too)! 🙂

Petals: www.petals.etsy.com
Orangeheat : www.Orangeheat.com
BobbySoxie : www.bobbysoxie.etsy.com
Paper Scoundrels : www.paperscoundrels.com
The Poster List: www.ThePosterList.com
Miles to go : www.milestogoclothing.com
Verameat : www.verameat.com
Paper Pastries : www.Paperpastries.com


Jordan crusin’ the craft fair with a little balloon that he had a blast with 😉
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Here are a few pictures we took of Jordan getting out of the stroller for a bit and stretching his legs.
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And of course, we had to take advantage of the photo booth and add one more strip to our collection. 🙂
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I would HIGHLY suggest checking out the craft fair next time they come around (July 16th & 17th). It a fantastic way to spend a few hours of your day – spending time with the ones you love, and checking out some awesome creative stuff!

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Anonymous - February 1, 2011 - 11:44 am

U all are soo adroable!!! Cute Little Perfect FaMilY!!! =)

Samantha Schmitz - February 2, 2011 - 8:49 pm

Love these pics!!! 🙂

We have some big news!

Hi friends!

So as I sit here to share my big news, I am excited, really excited. But I am also extremely nervous. Not about sharing my big exciting news, but because life is changing BIG TIME for our sweet little family! And what big changes are not scary? But that’s what life is about, like REALLY LIVING. It’s about taking chances and reaching for your dreams. Well, I have been reaching for quite some time now, but now its time to grab…grab and hold on tight – because we are about to take one wild and exciting ride.

Over the past few years I have been working hard to build this business. A little “husband and wife photography team”…now turned “family business” with the addition of our sweet little boy. What did this business mean for us? I’m going to be honest with you. It has been kinda hard…just like any new business, I’ve put in a lot of time, and dreams, and constant brainstorming, and e-mailing, and networking, and editing….lots of editing. All this along with a full time job. Sean also works full time and goes to school full time. And now, we have a baby. So you can imagine how hard it is some times to keep up our little “family business”, along with our crazy personal lives. And then we were having some struggles trying to figure out how we can spend all the time we can with our baby during this important time… But with tons of work, and crazy schedules, it was a little frustrating. But we prayed, we prayed A LOT. And we thought about it till we could not think about it any more. And Sean said “You are quitting your job. Your quitting your job to stay home with Jordan, and your going to be a “full time” photographer” ….well, it was something along those lines 😉 . But the words were scary. The words are scary. But they needed to be said, it needed to be done. So ladies and gents. That is my big news. You, my amazing friends and clients – have me 100%! Well, ya know…after I spend as much time humanly possible with my adorable baby boy, and amazing husband 😉 .

I obviously have wanted to be a full time photographer since the beginning. And I am so glad that this dream has become a reality. It is time to take this to the next level, baby! 🙂
So on that note, I need your help. Yes, you. You know some one getting married…maybe having a baby, probably some one graduating high school….these people, they need their picture taken.
And us? well we want to do it. We REALLY want to do it! So help us out , yeah? We will make it worth your time, promise! Just make sure to tell your friends tell us that you sent them!

And let it be said. Don’t put off your dreams people. This might sound cheesy…but I can’t tell you how amazing it is to know that I am 100% doing everything I absolutely love. The thought of spending all of my time with my baby, and taking care of the most amazing brides and grooms, and actually getting to see my friends….I could not ask for anything more! 🙂

So , that’s all for now. Thanks so much to all of our beautiful couples that have brought us this far, and to the fantastic couples that we get to work with in 2011! And of course a big time thank you to our friends that were so excited for us as we were trying to get here. Thank you sooo much!

Lots of love,
Blair

Oh, and of course every post is better with pictures…. so I will end this post with a picture of what I traded my 6:30am alarm clock in for. A much much sweeter way to wake up! 🙂

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Anonymous - January 24, 2011 - 6:49 pm

: ) Luv it!

-Christine Brown

Amber Fox - January 24, 2011 - 7:01 pm

So exciting Blair! I am really excited that you took this risk! And I can't wait to see your business grow!

amanda doublin - January 24, 2011 - 11:52 pm

so excited for you blair!!!!! go girl go!

p.s. i ADORE the middle pic of jordan here!!!!

Dana - January 25, 2011 - 8:24 pm

Your amazing & inspiring!!! I'm super excited for you 🙂

Sarah Carter - January 30, 2011 - 10:56 am

Congratulations! Very wonderful you are taking the leap into a full time creative career doing what you love! I pray you can OWN those words "Full Time Photographer" more and more!

Book giveaway!

Hi friends!

I was cleaning out the old book shelf and found a bunch of slightly used books that I thought any bride to be would love. So I figured I could pass them on to some one who could put them to good use!

Books:

What No One Tells the Bride

The Anti-Bride Guide

The Knot’s Guide for the Groom

The Knot’s Guide for the Mother of the Bride

Wedding Chic

1000 Best Wedding Bargains

The Complete Guide for the Anxious Bride

I will pull a name at random this Friday Janurary 14th, 2011…..Good luck!

Enter here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGhpcWdyWkhneE9oLTc1WXQtUU9QekE6MQ

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Whittier Engagement Photography – { Mike & Rochelle : Engaged! }

Rochelle and Mike are such a sweet couple. I had a great time chatting with them about their big day, while walking around Uptown Whittier. We are really looking forward to their wedding next month, I’m sure it will be just perfect!

Hope you two enjoy your preview!  

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Loved this cool little spot we may have kinda sneaked into 😉
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Such a cool old building….this area has such sweet charm
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When we were about done, we stumbled upon this sweet little vacant lot. 

It ended up being by far my favorite part of the session!
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Tracy - January 9, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Beautiful shoot! Isn't uptown Whittier fun? I love shooting there! 🙂

Rochelle and Mike - January 12, 2011 - 4:58 pm

Awesome! Great shots, Blair….you're the best! Loooove it…thanks a bunch! 🙂

Whittier Baby Photography – { Welcome to the world Avery! }

So this post is kinda late…who whoulda thought that having a baby, and working all the time would push a few things back? ;)… but better late than never right?

Tracy is a fellow photographer, who takes beautiful photos! Over the past year, Tracy and I have become good friends, and I have absolutely loved watching her little baby bump grow. She is such a beautiful woman already, but she just looked so radiant carrying little Avery in her belly. But I have to say; I sure love Avery more now that she’s on the outside! 😉

Tracy and I both went to the same obstetrician, delivered at the same hospital, and now our babies are both seeing the same pediatrician. So it’s pretty exciting to share our experiences and go through all of this (pretty much) at the same time. I think it’s such a special thing to share! 🙂

I stopped in for a super quick visit at the hospital to see Tracy , her husband, and brand new beautiful baby girl – and snapped a few pictures while I was there!
Here are some of my favorites:


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Avery – you are a such perfect little baby girl! I cant wait to watch you grow up during all of your play dates with Jordan!

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ohana photographers - December 20, 2010 - 12:05 am

just beautiful!

Tracy - December 20, 2010 - 3:34 am

THANK YOU Blair! I absolutely love them!! I am so glad you came to visit us in the hospital! Let's get together this week if you have time! 🙂

Karen ReVelle - December 20, 2010 - 11:01 am

pretty pretty! So happy for Tracy and her new expanded family; Blair, these came out lovely!

Wendy Valenzuela - December 20, 2010 - 4:21 pm

so beautiful!