It’s all In the Details

One of my favorite things about photographing a wedding is getting to record all of the beautiful/fun/elegant/quirky details that the couple has chosen to showcase their personalities and make their special day uniquely theirs.  It’s also fun for those who are planning their own weddings to be able to get ideas.

Top three favorites from this wedding?  Her shoes, hairpiece, and the sparklers at the end as they made their grand exit.  What a wonderful night!

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Hot, hot, HOT!

During our recent family vacation we swung by my wonderful Aunt Robin’s house in Arizona on the way home.  My Aunt’s house is like a Disneyland “desert land”  and we had so much fun watching all the critters (cardinals, rabbits, roadrunners, toads, scorpions) in her yard.  I love family pictures in unusual locations so I had to have ours for this year taken in my Aunt’s back yard.  I especially wanted the saguaro cactus in the background.  The sun is a little higher in the sky than I originally wanted it to be but we were up really late the night before scorpion hunting with black lights (they glow like you wouldn’t believe, it is the coolest thing).  I knew it would be hot (face-melting hot as my husband put it) so I had the pictures planned exactly even to a sketch showing everyone where to stand.  We were done in 16 minutes and I only took 35 images.  That has to be some sort of record for me!  Even that fast by the time we got back inside at 8:36 a.m. (I just checked the Metadata) we were all drenched with sweat.  It was awesome, what an adventure!

While at Disneyland my little family was trying to entertain ourselves waiting in the line for Luigi’s Flying Tires in the new cars land and we started a new family tradition where someone says “3-2-1 spontaneous dance” and we all have to break out in dance.  We amuse ourselves and sometimes those around us.  Anyway, that’s what we are doing here.

My cute kids.  They were such troopers!  They didn’t complain at all about the heat.  It probably helped that I lectured them well in advance on how them being good for family pictures was ALL I wanted for Christmas AND my birthday etc. etc. etc.

My oldest has since chopped all of her hair off and donated it to Locks of Love.  I am so proud of her.  Her new look is super cute so she probably won’t ever go back.  Yay for me to have a photographic record though ironically I didn’t notice that she had pushed it behind her.  It really is super super long!

She is proud that she is the only one in our family to have broken a bone and it’s ironic because really she is the last one who you think would.  The doctor says it’s always the one you think won’t that does.  She got a buckle fracture from catching herself falling off of a ripstick.  Technically she didn’t have to wear it by this time but we thought it looked cool and again photographic evidence!

My boys, total scamps but I love them so!  Sidenote:  I wish there were more occasions for my little one to wear his fedora.  So stinkin’ cute!

So the main point of all of this is that it’s fun to take family pictures in different than usual locations, especially locations that have meaning to your family.  Hint, hint, hint!  We will always remember the story and how much fun we had every time we look at our images on our wall.

Take Me Out To The BallGame!

My husband has a goal to see {and attend games at} all of the major league baseball stadiums in the U.S. and since I love to travel and I actually really enjoy live sports we are now a baseball family.  He decided on this goal in July of 2011 and I have been to Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), Yankee Stadium, The Oakland Coliseum, A T & T Park (San Fransisco Giants), Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium, and Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks).  Todd {husband} has this really elaborate routine for each stadium and he recently decided he needed a picture of each field so I’m going to have to go back to the first five … hardship. 😉

In July we went on an awesome family vacation and these are images from the games we went to.

All my boys.

For my two little boys this is their very first major league baseball game.  It should have been their second but my son in the Dodgers gear gave himself a concussion right before we left for the San Diego Padres game which is also why I do not have an image of Petco Park.  I played the role of heroic, long-suffering wife and spent the evening asking my son random questions and trying to keep him from going to sleep until we were sure he was okay.  That was a loooooooong night.

Dodger Stadium.  Traffic in LA was horrendous so even though we gave ourselves PLENTY of time we didn’t get there until the top of the 4th.  Luckily the game went twelve innings, ending with a walk-off home run by Matt Kemp.  Fantastic!

The Angels game was probably my favorite because it was packed!  They were playing their division rivals the Texas Rangers.   I also liked it because I have an Angels hat and I got to wear it.  Yes, I’m a girl.  They won too.

Chase Field was so fascinating because it was indoors.  I was a little worried that it would be too cold because people in Phoenix keep their indoors FREEZING!  But it was just right, thank heavens.  I have a bit of a history of being miserably cold at baseball games and to be cold in Phoenix would have been so ironic.  The Diamondbacks took the win so we ended up 3-1 as far as home teams winning.   The only game the home team lost the boys and I missed because of our concussion party so I call the entire trip a win.  We had an absolute blast!

Here is the link to my boutique where I will be putting the images of all the stadiums I visit.  So far there are only three but you can count on there shortly being more! 🙂

http://www.illuminephotography.com/baseballstadiums

“For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball gaaaaaaaaame!”

p.s.  So I had husband proofread this post to make sure I didn’t mess up any names etc. and he informs me that it’s not a goal, it’s a QUEST.  I asked him if he wanted me to change it and he said no…but I thought it was funny. 🙂

July 2012 Temples

I got to go on a lovely summer vacation with my family in July.  While we were jaunting about we were able to stop at three separate temples.  We meant to try for four but LA traffic was heinous so we missed that one.

Sidenote:  I don’t want to be disloyal to my lovely Utah temples but the San Diego temple is the most beautiful temple that I have ever been in, it’s breath-taking.

I love how different the Newport Beach Temple is. It’s landscaping is stunning!

The sky was fantastic the night that we were at the Mesa Arizona Temple.  There was a storm brewing and it made for some fantastic clouds.

Here are the links to more images of these temples on my online boutique.  I also am offering 25% off of my temple images through August 7th, 2012.  Enter the code Temple (it’s case-sensitive) at check out.  This will be the largest and possibly last discount I offer this year.

San Diego Temple http://www.illuminephotography.com/sandiegotemple

Newport Beach Temple http://www.illuminephotography.com/newportbeach

Mesa Arizona Temple http://www.illuminephotography.com/mesatemple