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Birthday Weekend

Officially another year older… and feeling fabulous. This week, I’ve officially entered my mid thirties and I’m currently loving a week long celebration.  The highlights include hosting a couple of my oldest friends from Chicago, Shari and Nga as I shared my favorite things: Photoshoot at the Griffith Observatory, Massages at a Korean Spa, and inspirational Ted Talk.  Here are some of my favorite pictures.

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Below: a few of my favorite LA friends (Alma & Thu, and Kris)

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From the iphone collection (mostly foodie adventures around town):

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(above: post brunch at Ocean Seafood in Chinatown for dimsum.  Below: pork spring rolls at Brodards in Garden Grove, and dinner at Chosun Galbee, my favorite spot for KBBQ.)

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Pictured last, is what I did on my actual birthday, commercial photoshoot in Santa Monica for office space and ice skating in Pershing Square.

Happiest New Year: Bridal Show

I want to start today’s blog post by wishing everyone a happy new year!  I hope you had a chance to spend some relaxing time with loved ones and created fun memories.  It’s been pretty busy here at the studio and I just want to do a quick recap of my bridal show project.  My buddy “Bob the Builder” made me something amazing.

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And we had a great show.

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I met lots of cool people, including Travis and Julie who are getting married this February!

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Camping: El Capitan

After checking the moon phases and picking the perfect ocean view camp site, we finally made it up to El Capitan State Park.  The campground has sites that overlook the Pacific Ocean atop tall cliffs, cool bike trails, and just enough peace and quiet to enjoy the outdoors.

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The Milky Way.

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My First Bridal Show

This weekend, I participated in my very first bridal show at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort.  I’ve been meaning to do a bridal show for years now, but I’ve always been afraid.  I’ve only attended a bridal show once in my life as a bride, and as a vendor I wasn’t really sure of what I was getting myself into.   After extensive research I finally gathered enough courage to participate.

The largest part of my preparations were focused on working on my booth display.  I ended up creating a simple setup with a few new canvas enlargements, brochures, a few sample albums, a slideshow, candy, and a giveaway.  Overall the show went really well!  Here’s some images from the show.

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I was pretty lucky to have my booth right in the front of the ballroom, where the light was coming in from the windows illuminating my prints beautifully.

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A big thanks to my assistant Dawn for helping me chat with brides and shooting some of these action shots.  (Note to self, get new hairdo and get back on diet!  lol)

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One promotional thing I did at the booth was a giveaway for a Free Engagement Session with 11×14″ print (winners will be announced via email this week!)   Details on the candy lollipops: I got them from Candy Warehouse, an awesome place to get candy in bulk if you’re planning something like a candy buffet at your wedding.  They organize their website by colors, theme, occasions, etc, to make searching for what you’re looking for super easy!  The heart lollipops I got were supposed to be cherry flavored, but I think they tasted more like cotton candy.  Maybe it was the light pink color that threw me off.  The small little tags hanging off were made from Black River Imaging, one of my favorite photo labs.  They have the “itty bitty cards” that allow you to do a double sided design with the same design on one side, and multiple images for side 2.  This would be cute for a wedding favor tag on anything small or maybe even as a holiday gift tag.  (Note* I think BRI might be a pro lab only, but as a general consumer you can get the same things at moo.com)

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As I walked around the bridal show, I really loved a lot of the other setups.  I was inspired to snap a few extra pictures for the vendors, here’s some of my favorites.  Below is Glow Concepts, they have beautiful linens, chair covers, fabrics, and invites.

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Another booth with stationary, party decor and rentals was Love by Three Concepts.  I really loved the idea of a welcome box they displayed, pictured on right.

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Below is Posh By Nida with beautiful invitations. photo SJP_7988_zpseebd579e.jpg

And florist Lily Fiore below.

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