Friday, September 25, 2009

Jessica Claire Workshop & A Trip to California

So, since Monday morning (early Monday morning), my mom and I have been vacationing in California. When we arrived at the Orange County airport, we hopped into our convertible and headed towards our resort:

I know you are all feel so sorry that we had to spend 2 days here! (Can you say destination wedding?)

the view from our balcony...

I loved these cute little homes next to the resort; wouldn't it be fantastic to live there?

On the last day, we travelled to LA to view Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc. It was a nice city, although I will say that I am more fond on New York City. All I had heard was that I had to visit this "Sprinkles Cupcakes" place, and I must say that I was not very impressed. Maybe I am spoiled by the Pastry Art Bake Shoppe right here in Homewood.

On Tuesday, it was off to the Jessica Claire workshop, and for those of you who don't believe me, I got a photo to prove it!

A few things that really impressed me about Jessica were that she is very kind and really funny. She is also very open and honest with teaching; I can tell that with her, "what you see is what you get." I wonder if I'd ever be so lucky as to have her photograph my wedding?!

I did win a gift card for making a name tag that represented my brand best... Yay Camille!

Jessica Claire and her team made the most incredible "mock ceremony." A huge thanks goes out to the following:

Event & Photo Stylist: Grey Likes Weddings,

Floral Design: Flora Organica:

Hair & Makeup: Vivian Tran: All Made Up,

Wedding Stationary, Favors, and Paper Suite: MaeMae Paperie,

Printing of paper products: Czar Press,

Fabric Rosettes, shoe clips, and "just married" banner over cake: B. Poetic:

Cake: Cheryl Stewart of Cake My Da

Here are a few detail shots from the day:

Through the mock wedding, Jessica showed us how she shoots through the schedule of a wedding. It was great to watch her in action.

And, this was the scene behind Jessica shooting...

My favorite of the day. Weren't our models just beautiful? They actually weren't models at all, just a couple... But, a beautiful, model-like couple!

I really tried to get photos that representing my photography style and brand, and I think I accomplished that.

I met 2 talented photographers at this conference. Can you believe there was another Camille there (from Canada)? She and I made a "Camille sandwich" for Ashley, of Picture Me Married out of Texas.

And, for all you web-stalkers, there were some well-known people at dinner. Recognize this guy?

Jeff, Jessica's fiance, cooked us a fabulous dinner.

And, his brother, Michael Norwood, was there grilling and chatting.

It was really a fabulous time. I will end with this photo, which really jumps out at me every time I go through my sequence of photos:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Sonnet House

I really could not express my love for the Sonnet House, located in Leeds, Alabama. The owners are the ever-fabulous Jared and Corey, both making everyone's wedding and reception experiences absolutely wonderful. They are also some of the easiest vendors to work with that have ever existed -- absolutely fantastic.

I was able to photograph some of Jared and Corey's good friends, Aras and Jasmine, last Sunday at a very laid-back wedding. These 2 are fabulous and were surrounded by some friends and family who travelled a very long way to attend their special day. I was lucky to be there...

More to come from the Jessica Claire's FABULOUS workshop. For now, it's time to catch my red eye!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jessica Claire's Workshop

I am here in Ladera Ranch, California, for the 1st-ever Jessica Claire workshop:

More to come on this beautiful mock wedding and the team that went into making it so wonderful. Check back later for photos from the big day; for now, here is a sneak peak of my favorite:

Monday, September 21, 2009

small images...

these images are smaller than i usually post, and truthfully i am just too tired to do more work.

i love these shots, though, and wanted to share them; these are a few of my favorites from shooting with kristen on friday. beautiful wedding!!!

tomorrow is jessica claire's workshop. woo-hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


isn't she beautiful?

maggie and i actually worked camp together years ago and were re-united for her beautiful wedding today. i shot with kristen, and we are shooting another wedding tomorrow. i am excited that aras and jasmine's big day is almost here... and SUPER excited to be shooting at the sonnet house again.

more photos from maggie's wedding soon...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

growing up...

I am enjoying my little nephew because I know that he will be growing up very quickly. He is SO cute and VERY sweet... Is there a way to love another just as much? I think it is.