Monthly Archives: August 2008

Leaving Town!

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be out of town this weekend shooting Romy and Ryan’s engagement session at his family’s vineyard up north! How cool is that? His family has a vineyard! And guess what? It has a barn! Woohoo! I don’t think I’ll have internet access up there so I will return all emails and phone calls on Tuesday.

But, before I leave Brayden wanted me to share some very exciting news with you…

BRAYDEN BITTEL CAN SIT! WOOHOO!

I honestly never thought the kid would be able to do it. He’s so top heavy I thought he’d be walking before he could sit. But, last Sunday I just tried to sit him up and he totally stayed! He’s gotten so much better at it everyday. He really likes to fall over on our big, comfy bed. I think sometimes he falls over on purpose. It’s so cute!

And this is new today. He can now sit AND suck his thumb at the same time. That’s talent!

Have an awesome Labor Day weekend everyone!

DrewB

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Leslie and Husam

Last week I went up to LA to shoot and it was so nice to get out of the OC and find some new locations! I’ve been looking forward to Leslie and Husam’s shoot because Leslie is awesome! She has been a self-proclaimed “blog stalker” for sometime and when she got engaged she came down to meet with me and booked me for her wedding next summer! Leslie always leaves the most thoughtful and sweet comments on my blog. I really do appreciate them!

Husam and Leslie really wanted to shoot at the Korean Friendship Bell, but when we got there it was closing! I was so sad because I knew they really wanted to shoot there, but both Leslie and I talked to the security guard and he would not let us in! Husam’s parents were there with Leslie and Husam’s dog Ginger and his dad was able to get us in! I don’t know what he said, but it worked! They let us in for less than 5 minutes, but Ginger did well under the pressure and we got some cute shots!

Leslie and Husam, thanks for being so awesome! I had so much fun with you two and I can’t wait for your wedding next summer! I’m sure it’s going to be amazing! Here’s your slideshow!

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Mr. & Mrs. Kozak

On to my second wedding from my two wedding weekend.  I LOVE Shelley and Dave!  I know, I know.  I say that about all my couples.  But, I really do love them all!  I don’t take on weddings where I don’t want to be their friends and get to know them better.  Maybe that’s why I like shooting weddings so much.  I’m not just at the wedding of clients, but I get to attend the wedding of two new friends!

Anyways, I just adore Shelly and Dave.  They are so easy to photograph and they made photography a priority on their wedding day.  Shelley wasn’t afraid to get her dress a teeny, tiny bit dirty to do their pictures before the ceremony and I think that paid off.

This wedding was another tear jerker.  After two awesome toasts by the best man and maid of honor (where we all learned that Dave once lived with a 70 year old woman with lots of cat and that he read the whole Babysitter’s Club series to learn more about girls when he was younger), Dave got up to give a toast.  He talked about how it was his responsibility to load all of the wedding music onto his ipod that morning.  After he finished he went for a run.  As he was listening to his ipod he got to the song that he and his parents would walk down the aisle to and he started to get excited.  Then he got to the song that Shelley would walk down the aisle to and he starts crying.  And by the time he got to their first dance song he was sitting on the curb crying like a baby.  I look over to the wedding guests and everyone is laughing and crying by this time including me.  It was the best speech I’ve ever heard a groom make.

And that’s why Shelley and Dave are going to make such a great team.  Dave is a little more emotional, while Shelley has a tougher exterior with a heart of gold.  She’s sarcastic and funny (just my kind of girl!).  They are the perfect balance for each other.  You know that these two are going to have fun at whatever they do as long as they are together.

Their wedding was at the Orange County Museum of Art.  One of my favorite wedding venues.  It’s such a blank slate and every wedding that I’ve shot there has been so different!

Shelley and Dave, you two rock!  Thank you for making photography a priority and for being so much fun!  You two have an awesome life ahead of you and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!  Here’s your slideshow!  Enjoy!

Olivia Rice was the amazing make-up artist.  I don’t know how she made Shelley look even more gorgeous than she already is!  If you’re interested in contacting Olivia for your wedding day makeup (which I would highly suggest!) you can email her at curlieblondy@yahoo.com.

And I can’t remember the hair stylists name, but check out Shelley’s hair!  It’s a work of art!

Shelley and her bridesmaids are all from Minnesota so we had to take a picture in a boat!  What’s really funny is Shelley doesn’t have much of an accent, but when she gets around these girls she has a full blown Min-e-so-da accent!

First Look!

These two were so much fun to photograph!  They were so comfortable in front of the camera of if they weren’t comfortable they faked it really well!

Dave works for Volcom and his whole suit was Volcom.  I love it!

These next two shots couldn’t have been done without the help of my awesome second shooter Gabriel Ryan!  It was a total team effort!  These are two of my most favorite pictures I’ve ever taken!

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