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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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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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<3
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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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A favorite!!
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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!

It’s a ……. {Gender Reveal}

 So Saturday was the big awaited day! We were not the only ones totally on pins and needles anticipating the gender reveal of our little one….. Sean’s parents , sister, and cousin Heather came down from San Diego to go to the appointment with us. There is only one word to describe how it was…..amazing. It was the first time we have “seen” the baby since the very first ultrasound when it was only 8 weeks along, and just a little “gummy bear”, with no details on the ultra sound pictures. This time it was a whole new experience, and there was not a dry eye in the house. I will share those pictures in a sec…. but first! The gender reveal party…..

Today we went to San Diego to share the big news with the rest of family. So I thought I would share those pictures with you first so you can be surprised along with them.

First was the “team picture” where everyone held up signs for what team they thought the baby was. And for the family that was there at the reveal, they stuck with their original guesses! (Team girl in the lead!)


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The big cupcake with the big surprise inside. The filling was pink for girl, and blue for boy!
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Aunt Debbie and cousin Jen cut the cake along with the boys! {she really chopped it!!;)}
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and were so surprised to find out its a boy!!!!!

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And now for a few pictures of OUR big reveal on Saturday at the ultra sound.

 
The place we went to was so cute! I had my own little tv over with the ultra sound tech, and the family got cozy on the couch with a big plasma TV infront of them – watching everything I was. 

 
 Like I said, not a dry eye in the house.
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Sean and our fave cousin Heather watching the baby stretch and move around. It was so perfect!
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And a few pictures of the big guy!
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ummm yeah, so the ultra sound tech said he was a very “big” boy!!! And he was not a bit shy!
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LOVE this one!!! He is amazing!!!!
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We went out to lunch after we found out and of course I had to share the news with our waiter, and he brought us a baby sized treat to celebrate;)
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So I just have to say that we are so in love with OUR SON!!! He is just perfect.
I am just about 1/2 way done with my pregnancy, and all his little movements on the ultra sound were more than enough to leave me breathless and in tears (and I was not the only one lol). 
Theres really not a whole lot more I can say about it other than I am in awe of how amazing he is, and how I just have this perfect little guy in my belly growing, stretching, covering his face, kicking, and being awesome in general. 
Oh! and as I promised…. We are going to call this adorable little guy : Jordan Rockett Van Bussel <3 
Thanks to all of our friends and family for all of the love and support, the 3 of us love you so so much!!! 


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Karen ReVelle Photography - January 31, 2010 - 10:19 pm

Hi Blair! So happy for you! I personally thought it was a boy — every friend I've known that's been pregnant with a boy had a breeze of a pregnancy (and you seem to be having a smooth pregnancy too)… and you look just beautiful… you're growing your hair out, yes? It looks so pretty long! Big congrats to you & your hubs! And if I don't seem to run into you before then… see you at WPPI! xoxo

Yvonne - January 31, 2010 - 10:21 pm

Congrats! You are seriously gonna have the cutest family!! Love how you revealed the news :)

Nicole xoxo - January 31, 2010 - 10:22 pm

Congrats to you and the hubby!!

Anonymous - January 31, 2010 - 10:28 pm

So amazing! Congrats to you both and your family. Baby boy will be here before you know it!

Matthew & Molly Snelson - January 31, 2010 - 10:35 pm

YEAH!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO MEET ROCKETT!!!! I WILL LOVE HIM A TON!!

love you guys! xoxo.

Paige + Blake Green - January 31, 2010 - 10:38 pm

congratulations!!!
how very exciting for you.

Tracy (Serendipity Images) - January 31, 2010 - 11:48 pm

What wonderful news!!! Many many congratulations to you and your hubby on finding out that you have a son on the way! What fun!! :)

ohana photographers-david and kimi - February 1, 2010 - 8:42 am

ah crud. i guessed girl lol. either way congrats you guys!!!! so happy for you!

Anonymous - February 1, 2010 - 9:32 am

I love these I cant wait to meet Jordan i love him so much and you too sister :)

Wai Reyes - February 1, 2010 - 10:03 am

OMG, I'm crying! Sooo happy for you both. I totally voted Team Girl, but Team Boy is equally fun and awesome. Jordan is great name! Congratulations, you guys. Love you!

Lorrie Prothero - February 1, 2010 - 10:35 am

You are going to be the best mom of "The Boyfriend"!!! I've never seen such a neat way to reveal – both the cupcake and the viewing room to see the actual ultrasound. BTW – the reactions you captured when the cupcake was cut – AWESOME!!!

Jen Stewart - February 1, 2010 - 4:04 pm

Blair you are one ADORABLE Mama!!! I can't wait to give you a big hug when I see you in March!! Congratulations, boys are SO MUCH FUN!!!

michelle cunningham - February 1, 2010 - 6:32 pm

it's a boy!!!!! woohoo! congrats blair!

Anonymous - February 2, 2010 - 3:28 pm

I love you guys so much!!!!! Can't wait to meet Rockett!!!
xoxo
Sue Ellen

Anonymous - February 3, 2010 - 3:03 pm

I was so excited to cut that cupcake and find out what it was. I'm so happy for both of you. You are going to be wonderful parents! I can't wait to meet the new addition to our family!
Love ya,
Auntie Debbie

simplyfabulousnow - February 7, 2010 - 12:39 pm

I love how you told your family that you were having a boy!! What a moment to remember!

{ Pink or Blue? }

So I am torn between whether I think the little baby I am growing is a boy or a girl. At first I was pretty convinced that it was a boy – only because I have had my future daughter named, and have had everything down to her bedroom details planned out in my head for YEARS. And whenever Sean and I have talked about our future child in the past, we have always assumed the first baby would be a girl – always talking about what “she” was going to do, or what we were going to do with “her”.  But then recently I started to really think it was a girl…..along with A LOT of other people. But Sean is pretty sure it’s a boy! But in all honestly, of course we will be beyond happy with whatever God decides to give us. I know the baby will be amazing regardless of the gender!

So any way, we have our gender ultra sound scheduled for this weekend and we just can’t wait!!! I think the most exciting thing for the both of us is to actually call the baby by name! Oh and um, of course start shopping!! So exciting!!!

Alrighty, so…… what do you think? Is “Baby VB” a boy or a girl?

The answer will be posted early next week after we get the chance to share with our family first!:)
Oh and we have both names picked out (boy or girl), so I will be sure to share that fun detail too!

I will leave you with a couple pictures that a friend and my hubby shot of me during our portrait sessions over the last couple weekends. Baby and I make a good photo team (and Sean too of course!);)

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Manda Murphy - January 26, 2010 - 7:14 pm

I think its a girl! :)

alissa baroldy - January 26, 2010 - 7:26 pm

boy …

Anonymous - January 26, 2010 - 7:35 pm

Sabrina says…
Little girl… Love you baby VB

Katie Neal Photo - January 26, 2010 - 7:49 pm

I'm gonna vote GIRL! There are so many boys being born right now that you could do an arranged marriage! :)

Sean Van Bussel - January 26, 2010 - 8:09 pm

Boy. FOR SURE. 100%. hehe

Nicole xoxo - January 26, 2010 - 8:40 pm

Girl Girl Girl!!

chadsveronica - January 26, 2010 - 9:14 pm

I say Girl!

JayneSees - January 26, 2010 - 10:54 pm

I have a baby boy and he is AMAZING, but I also hope we have a girl (haha). Either way, it'll be the best and most beautiful thing you've ever done!

BTW, You make the most adorable pregnant lady!

Heather Alex - January 27, 2010 - 6:43 am

Did mine post? TEAM BOY

Jen McLaughlin - January 27, 2010 - 8:36 am

Im joining TEAM BOY!!! Brayden needs a BOY cousin to play with… Of course he will love his girl cousin(if baby VB is a girl)

Love you 3 :)

Ashley McNaught - January 27, 2010 - 12:45 pm

I am going to say boy!!!

Heidi - January 27, 2010 - 9:10 pm

I am voting GIRL!

Jennifer - January 27, 2010 - 11:11 pm

Awww Blair you are too cute!!! i am going to say BOY! hehe!

Anonymous - January 28, 2010 - 11:37 am

It's a girl for sure!!! Love you B!
xoxoxo
-Sue Ellen

dan s - January 28, 2010 - 12:11 pm

HEY let's just go for HEALTHY ok?

we did don't ask don't tell 3 times, got three BOYS hehehehehehehe

Corinne Allen - January 28, 2010 - 1:11 pm

girl! :)

Louise Cervantes - January 28, 2010 - 2:34 pm

It's a BOY!!!

Anonymous - January 30, 2010 - 9:12 am

Boy!! Can't wait to find out :)
Kelli

Lindsay Fields - January 30, 2010 - 9:32 am

woo hoo!!! i'm gonna say boy, since everyone i know is having girls or have had girls. :)

ohana photographers-david and kimi - January 30, 2010 - 10:16 am

i guess girl :) can't wait to find out!

Lake Arrowhead Wedding Photography – {Snow Brides}

This awesome bridal shoot was put together by Elizabeth Luna . It was so fun and such a great idea . I am always so excited to be part of these shoots and to be part of such an amazing community of photographers!


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Thank you to our wonderful Brides:
Amy Clarke (also our MUA)
Natalya Roa
Emily Bos
Kristen Camacho Enriquez (also our hairdresser)
Erica Arispuro

Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA
Hairpieces: http://www.rachellarraine.com/
Make up Artist: http://www.amyclarkesfaces.blogspot.com/
Florist : http://www.lavendersflowersandgifts.com/
Hair dresser : http://hairbykristen.blogspot.com/

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Wai Reyes - January 18, 2010 - 8:43 pm

Whoa! Awesome work, girl! I had so much fun hanging with you last Saturday. Let's do it again!

ohana photographers-david and kimi - January 18, 2010 - 11:21 pm

absolutely beautiful b! in love with #8!

Katie Neal Photo - January 19, 2010 - 7:50 am

GORGEOUS MY FRIEND! Love the up close one of Natalya! Such beautiful eyes!

Thomas Frank - January 19, 2010 - 8:41 am

Stunning Blair! Beautiful images! It was so great to finally meet you, loved our little talk session after dinner.

Lavenders Flowers - January 19, 2010 - 9:34 am

Beautiful!!

Jennifer - January 19, 2010 - 10:42 am

OMG Blair these are absolutely beautiful! I loved every single one! I makes me want to get married in the mountains just so you can take the pictures haha! muah! lovely my dear!

Amy Clarke ~Make-up Artist - January 20, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Beautiful Blair! It was fun to meet you and your pictures turned out amazing!

Candace - January 20, 2010 - 6:11 pm

how great!!! these are beautiful!!!

Anne-Margrethe - January 21, 2010 - 1:44 am

Great pictures! Really liked the first one, different! :)

Amber Fox - January 21, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Oh my gosh…those eyes, the flowers, the show….gorgeous!

leah sherer - January 24, 2010 - 8:09 am

great work… nice to see something different and nice to fine you on facebook!

bridal hair make up - July 6, 2010 - 11:21 pm

I couldn't help to sigh that the pictures are so beautiful !I like the dresses,hair styles,followers…..almost everything you show in the pictures!Really wonderful !