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    Hi! My name is Blair and I am a wedding and portrait photographer!
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Its that time of year again!……

So I know it has been a little while …but do you remember this post from last year? I’m guessing there is a good chance you may not have been following my blog at the time. But I figured it would be a good time to remind everyone – even if you did watch the little video at the time.

This literally changed my life last year. Not just the couple minute video, but the message that went behind it – and really just that week at church for me.

Like I said last year – this is my blog and I write what I want;)…so on that note : It’s no secret that Sean and I LOVE the lord and truly try to live our life as great examples and to be the best Christians (and people in general) as possible. But I think the holidays are especially a great time to really be thankful for what this epic holiday really is about.

It could be partially my crazy pregnant hormones – but last week at church we got into some Christmas jams and I started breaking down just a little thinking about how amazing that day really was (and still is), and how it changed the world.

To me , that doesn’t mean getting stuff – I really don’t need a thing other than my family and friends, and our health.
 So if you normally get a gift from me, you know it will probably be some very heartfelt homemade tasty goodness again this year;)

So here it is again for good measure . I think its a great way to just start to get people to think outside of the Christmas box that most people think you have to fit into. Feel free to share and maybe get others to start thinking a little differantly too.

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Katie Neal Photo - December 14, 2009 - 6:00 pm

Awww such a good reminder Blair!!! So important to remember what's important this time of you!!! It's people and time and giving!!! Thanks for posting this!

Katie Neal Photo - December 14, 2009 - 6:01 pm

woops! this time of "YEAR". :)

Chris Stewart - December 14, 2009 - 6:48 pm

Blair this video speaks so much truth and us very convicting. I wish Christmas wasn't about the gifts and all the hussle and bussle. I trully enjoy relaxing with friends and family, joking and laughing and drinking a cocktail then worrying about what I need to get for this person. With kids it's hard to just get away with presents all together but our kids do know Christmas isn't about the gifts, it's about what Christ did and what a blessing it was an is. One of the many reasons jen and I love about you two is your openness with your faith and being a believer. It's hard to stay on the path but if we never struggled with it then what would we believe in?? if we don't have faith in HIM then what Dover have faith in? Thank you for sharing this Blair. I'm retweetingthis right now. More people need to see it. :)

Jen - December 14, 2009 - 7:07 pm

Blair that video is very inspiring :) Loved it!

Anonymous - December 14, 2009 - 7:42 pm

Thank you for posting this, Blair! I agree to the fullest. Love you!
xoxo,
Sue Ellen

Wai Reyes - December 15, 2009 - 9:39 am

Such a powerful video! Thanks for sharing, Blair :)

{ Big news! }

Growing up I always dreamt of being a mom when I grew up. Not really about being a ballerina, or about my wedding…..but about being pregnant and having fun raising my kids.

I come from a back ground of some serious infertility issues (I was actually an in-vitro baby), so that’s always been in the back of my mind too – and made me decide very early on that I would be a young mom! (or at least try to be). Luckily I have the most amazing husband who has the same ideas. And we have both always talked about our kids and everything we want for them.

Well I am happy to announce (to those who don’t know already), that my dreams are coming true, and that God has blessed Sean and I with a little tiny bundle of joy.

A couple weeks ago we went for the baby’s first ultrasound and saw his or her little heart going a mile a minute and it was honestly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. We immediately prayed to God and thanked him for this the moment our doctor stepped out of the room, I mean…just wow. I am getting teary eyed just thinking about it!

Then we were able to go back this week and our baby has already grown so much!

I have to say, I feel completely different, totally different than what I was really expecting. I mean, I knew I would be happy. But Sean and I are just so utterly IN LOVE already. It’s all we can think or talk about, just like when we first started dating 9 years ago- it’s that kinda new love all over again. It takes my breath away just thinking of this beautiful baby growing inside my belly.

My heart is just too full! I could go on forever. But I know a picture is worth more than anything I could say, and I have to say this is the most beautiful picture I have ever seen!

{See the little arms and legs?! Cutest ever arms and legs ever! :) }
**Updated to add** : We have had a few questions about the time we are planning to take off for the baby. We are planning to take our last wedding at the beginning of June, spend quality time as a new family together, then we are picking up with our first wedding back on July 24th . If your wedding date is during our time off, please feel free to send us an e-mail anyway, and I would be happy to send you to some fantastic photographer friends of ours. And as always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at all. xoxo
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Matt & Molly - November 20, 2009 - 10:18 pm

baby vanbussel is beautiful! we're so incredibly happy for you both!!! we think about you all the time and pray for a wonderful, healthy pregnancy. we love you both.

SueEllen002 - November 21, 2009 - 8:01 am

Josh and I couldn't be happier for our BFFs. I love you guys so much and I love Baby Van Bussel! But you guys know that already :)

Sean Van Bussel - November 22, 2009 - 9:57 pm

I am so enamored by that baby ALREADY! I love you more than ever and know you'll be the best momma EVER!!!

Angela - November 23, 2009 - 3:11 pm

Congratulations! When are you due? We are expecting as well after 10 years together, due in April :)

chris stewart - November 23, 2009 - 3:18 pm

Oh my gosh you two. I already knew this but I cant help but be super excited for you and Sean. We hope that we will meet you guys in person in VEgas if we go. I know Jen would love to do some Prego pics. Balee-dat!!! :)

ohana photographers-david and kimi - November 23, 2009 - 5:22 pm

so beautiful!! the baby has sean's eyes and your hair! lol ok i can't really see that, but either way the baby will be a perfect mix of two awesome people! :D we're so happy for you two!!! xoxoxo

SouixsieHomeHipster - November 24, 2009 - 11:43 am

Awwww~ Congrats! It's an amazing journey.

Amber Fox - November 25, 2009 - 10:23 pm

You are so adorable Blair! I am so happy for you and Sean and for this little baby growing inside of you. God is good!

Amy - December 2, 2009 - 2:21 pm

yay congrats! I am so happy for you!!!

Candace - December 3, 2009 - 8:57 pm

Congratulations!!! How awesome!!!!!

sarah @ life {sweet} life - December 8, 2009 - 6:40 pm

Wow, that is absolutely amazing…congratulations!! I look forward to following your journey – will you be blogging about it or is this just your photography blog? Your work is beautiful, btw! :)

Orange County Family Photography – { Danielle, Ian and baby Ariana }

Danielle , Ian and little Ariana should probably get an award for one of the cutest familys ever. Fer reals.

Individually they are beautiful people, but when they all come together you can just feel so much love. There is just something about the way Danielle and Ian smile at each other, and at Ariana. And of course Arianas priceless faces, you have to love them!
I was honestly smiling the entire time I was working with these pictures , and my face will probably be cramped for the rest of the month;).

So I know that I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but this has to be one of my favorite sessions to date. Its true. I mean, the light was just to die for (most of these are SOOC), the family was beautiful, I had my awesome hubby there with me shooting (even though he was not feelin so hot – such a trooper!), what more could a girl ask for?!

So I have a lot of favorites, so help me narrow it down for my web site…..what are your favorites!? (Warning: This might be a very hard choice for you too, but you have got to help me out here!).

yeah…get ready, she’s as adorable as it gets….
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Love love LOVE this one!:)
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Tell me this face is not amazing.:)
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Hello? Parenting magazine? surrrree…I guesss you can use my pictures…;)
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Love this!
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Danielle , you are so beautiful….Ian , your not so bad either.:)
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I cant get over how beautiful, and at the same time awesomely funny this is!
(I know you are smiling as much as I have been with this one!):)
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Hello beautiful girl!
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Melts.my.heart.
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Love these next two tons – so I could not choose.
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Jen Stewart Photography - October 21, 2009 - 10:56 pm

Blair!!!! I LOVE THESE!!! I love #1, #5, #7 totally made me laugh, the light in #9 & 10…. YUMMY…. and then I lost count!! This session is awesome, such wonderful photos, an adorable family, great job!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!

chris stewart - October 21, 2009 - 10:57 pm

UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM OH…………………MY……………..Gosh…………..BLAIR!!!!!! This session is so so so SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO damn good. Everything and I mean everything is done to a tee, and Im not joking. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Jen and I love these!!!

Karen ReVelle Photography - October 21, 2009 - 11:10 pm

Love 'em! They came out awesome… I love the variation too… such a beautiful family and the baby's expressions are priceless… love the one with the "attitude!" But, I love the ones of her where she is just so sweet and darling… Fantastic! (Oh yeah, love the one with dad walking among the trees holding the little one too) Great job!! :-)

Wai Reyes Photography - October 21, 2009 - 11:33 pm

What a beautiful family! You captured mom and dad's excitement and the baby's curious expressions. Priceless!

Abbey Saloiye - October 22, 2009 - 4:46 am

These are amazing! Not only did you catch the many expressions of the baby, you also captured the love in the family. Awesome!

Maria Harvey - October 22, 2009 - 8:42 am

OK, All I can say is I think these are the best pics I have seen from you. You are an amazing photographer and this family is adorable. Don't even ask me to pick a favorite, not gonna happen, they are all awesome!

Sean Van Bussel - October 22, 2009 - 8:53 am

So fun and Soooooooooo cute. Great job B. At least you can hit homeruns with every at bat! (unlike the dodgers or angels who are blowing it) HA!
BUT……….. you did have me there helping you out so………. :)

ohana photographers-david and kimi - October 22, 2009 - 9:13 am

b i am seriously in love with these!! all of them!

SueEllen002 - October 22, 2009 - 9:16 am

you weren't kidding! these are so beautiful. what a beautiful baby too! i was smiling as i was scrolling down! i love the one of her laughing/ smiling. ahh i love these.

Amanda Patrice - October 22, 2009 - 9:25 am

LOVE the 12th photo and the one right before the feet photo…. those are my vote for your website! Beautiful work, Blair.

Anonymous - October 22, 2009 - 10:54 am

Ian and Danielle these are the most beautiful pictures !!! They give me chills, the LOVE jumps out at me. Love you guys
Love Joanne

MamaJoel - October 22, 2009 - 10:58 am

HELLO BLAIR! THIS IS THE MAMA IN THE PICTURES ABOVE AND I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER. BLAIR HAS OUTDONE HERSELF HERE, AND I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE SUCH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF MY FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE SWEET COMMENTS ABOUT OUR FAMILY AND BLAIR'S INCREDIBLE TALENT. IF I HAD TO CHOOSE..WHICH I REALLY CAN'T..HAHA…MY FAVS ARE: 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 20, and second to last one.

Katie Neal Photo - October 22, 2009 - 12:11 pm

BLAIR!!! These are so great!!! I LOVE the ones with sun flare especially! You are so talented and such sweet person. Thanks for being so encouraging to me! You deserve crazy success my friend!

Imacharmer2 - October 22, 2009 - 7:10 pm

I am the Grandmother of this wonderful baby girl, My Daughter and her wonderful husband Ian, are the love of my life. I am amazed by these photos, I not only smiled at some of them, but some brought tears to my eyes…I loved them all, thank you for doing such a wonderful job, they will treasure these picture forever.
Nana and Mom Lynne

Dan S. - October 23, 2009 - 11:46 am

and THAT is why actors never want to share a scene with kids or animals, they STEAL the scene.

the "face" is priceless get set

Arjelia - October 27, 2009 - 1:01 pm

Soooo very cute! I love each picture, although I think my favorite is the funny face in the basket. Great job, again!

LAURA GARCIA - April 28, 2010 - 8:07 pm

PICTURE #7 made me chuckle!! What a funny/adorable face!!

Los Angeles Wedding Photography – { Laura & Genaro : Married! }

Where do I even start with Laura and Genero!? They are honestly one of the sweetest couples we have ever worked with. We just love them! They are just too perfect together too.

I feel so lucky to be able to become friends with our clients, but Laura and Genero are so genuine and so friendly, that you just can’t help but feel like you have been best friends with them forever!

Now on to the big day…. When Sean and I arrived at Laura’s parent’s house, it was different than most wedding days we walk into, normally it’s pretty crazy with the ladies running around getting ready….but we walked in and it was so quiet and calm. Laura was there with a few family members, but mostly she was sitting in the kitchen alone having her make up done. It was perfect and sweet, and so Laura. She was just as patient as can be, and you can just tell, she was just so ready to be Genaro’s wife that day.
That morning just set the tone for the rest of the day. It went so smoothly with their beautiful ceremony and sweet, intimate reception.

Here are some of my favorites from the day! :


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Loved this light….and Laura made it beautiful!
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Cant you just feel how happy they are here?!
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Like I told you in their engagement post, Genaro plays a mean piano!
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Sean took these next two, and I am IN LOVE with them!
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So I have no idea why I never asked her before…maybe just because she pulls off “beautiful” so well , but when I saw this gate I asked for Fierce. Are you freakin kidding me!? Laura, you blow me away!
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Um yeah…. Laura,you are stunning!!

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G…your not so bad either!;)
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These next two were all Sean again, Love um!
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Their good friend Jesus made this cake for them (annnd sang in their wedding), isn’t it so beautiful!?
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Laura and Genaro, thank you so so so much for letting us be a little part of your big story. We cannot wait to see what beautiful things the future holds for you two!

Oh and once again, a big huge thank you goes out to my BFF Sue Ellen for sending Laura and Genaro our way. You’re the best!:)

p.s. I played around with a few textures for the first time, and I am pretty excited about the little edge and personality it gives those few pictures…..what do you think!?

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SueEllen002 - October 5, 2009 - 6:27 pm

wow, blair. gorgeous!!! (even though i got a sneak peak yesterday, tee hee). i can see where you used the new "textures", it looks so cool! okay okay so i have to give my two favorites… the one where laura is getting into the limo and the one of them kissing, taken from above… i love them!!!

ohana photographers-david and kimi - October 5, 2009 - 6:33 pm

lovin 7 and 11 from the bottom! awesome job b!

Wai Reyes Photography - October 5, 2009 - 6:55 pm

Love the black and white piano shot!

Mark Eric - October 7, 2009 - 7:58 am

These look great Blair! :)

Mia Marisa - October 8, 2009 - 1:11 pm

They were lucky to have had such wonderful photographers. You guys did such a great job. I love the one where Laura is looking up at you.

Arjelia - October 8, 2009 - 2:35 pm

Awe! You've done it once again! I really like the piano and the rings, that was a great idea. I really like the ambiance you set with your pictures!

Chris Stewart - October 19, 2009 - 1:57 pm

WOW!!! I am so loving this wedding . Very well done and love the simple PP on the pictures. Way to rock it BLAIR!!!!!

Anne-Margrethe - November 21, 2009 - 2:19 am

I really like the shot right over their heads! Different and so cool. :)

SouixsieHomeHipster - November 24, 2009 - 11:45 am

The picture of her face in the train case mirror is killer!

Orange County Family Photography – { Miguel : 1 year old! }

Sean and I met up with the sweet little Perez family to hang out and snap some pictures of Miguel. This quiet little man is almost one year old, and oh so adorable – so of course it was time for some pictures to capture this super fun time in the family’s life.  

Felipe & Ashley : thanks so much for coming out to hang out with us for a bit, we had a great time and hope Miguel has a perfect birthday party!:)


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Favorite of the day!:)
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SueEllen002 - September 27, 2009 - 2:22 pm

awww the little nugget! adorable!!!!!

Sean Van Bussel - September 27, 2009 - 6:38 pm

Great pics. Great time. He was such a good little guy!

chris stewart - September 28, 2009 - 9:45 am

Oh My GOODNESS!!!!!! He is so adorable. I want to squeeze his cheeks. Great job Blair!!!

Amber Fox - October 5, 2009 - 4:58 pm

I especially love the first photo. He is so adorable and you photographed him well. Good stuff Blair.