Monthly Archives: September 2008

Mr. & Mrs. Hampton

When I got pregnant last year I kind of became the unofficial pregnant photographer expert.  After I had Brayden I got a lot of emails from photographers who were either expecting or hoping to be expecting soon.  One of those emails came from Katy Regnier.  She emailed me to ask me the logistics of what to tell clients and how to handle weddings that were close to her due date.  I was very, very lucky to have two amazing photographer friends help me at my weddings when I was VERY pregnant (thanks Trista and Jasmine!) and it was such a relief to know that if I wasn’t able to make it to their weddings that they would be in good hands.  Since Katy was local I offered to help her out if she had a wedding where she needed backup.  When Katy found out she was having twins we both knew there was probably no way she was going to make it to her last wedding before her due date so I was more than happy to help!

That last wedding was Tara and Tyrone’s wedding.  I’m always nervous for weddings, but I was even more nervous for this wedding because I had never met Tara and Tyrone before.  Never even exchanged an email or phone call with them.  And they didn’t even hire me to shoot their wedding so I just really, really wanted to do a great job to make them happy and to make Katy happy!  As soon as I met Tara all my nerves went out the window.  She’s so friendly and inviting and to top it off she’s a BRUIN!  Hallelujah!  Finally, a UCLA bride!

Tara and Tyrone had such a gorgeous wedding on the campus of Ambassador College in Pasadena.  Their wedding was only the second wedding on campus!  Tara planned every, tiny detail herself.  I loved, loved, loved the yellow bridesmaids dresses and all of the yellow details.  Absolutely stunning!  

Tara and Tyrone have been together since high school and they are so sweet together.  They have such an amazing life ahead of them and I’m so grateful to have been a part of their wedding!  Congratulations Tara and Tyrone and I hope you are having an amazing honeymoon in Croatia! 

I loved all the yellow touches!

Such a cute flower girl!

I love this shot.  Tara showing off her bling after the ring exchange!

Jumping the broom!


My favorite shot of the day

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My Two Favorite Kiddos!

A few weeks ago I met up with my BFF, Michelle, and her kids, Owen and Emma, down in their neck of the woods.  You may remember the Demolition Derby cars from the Abadie Family session.  As soon as I saw those cars I knew that Michelle would love them so we made plans to do a session down there fast in case they moved the cars.  Well, as soon as we pulled up to the parking lot they were towing them away!  I was so sad!  But, we went ahead with the session anyways.  Owen and Emma weren’t super into the session.  They were more interested in French Fry (aka Brayden Bittel).  The kids are obsessed with French Fry.  It’s really cute how much they love him.  Chuck even said that we need to hang out with Owen and Emma without Brayden because they don’t pay attention to us anymore!

I always love shooting this family because they have an amazing sense of style.  I’ve asked Michelle for all of Owen’s old clothes.  They are the ones who got us hooked on Small Paul.  They have the best clothes for boys!

I’ll be doing their real family session soon, but for now here are a few of my favorites of my two favorite kids in the whole wide world!


This is where Owen started getting serious about his modeling

My favorite kids with my favorite baby!

I didn’t realize exactly how pale my child was until I edited these pictures!  He needs a tan!

Brayden B with his Auntie Michelle

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The Bittels on the Other Side!

Yesterday my amazingly talented friend, Trista Lerit, did a photo shoot with us and we had so much fun!  I saw a shot once with a baby sitting in between his mom’s legs and I just absolutely fell in love with it and knew I wanted a shot with Brayden and I like that.  Last week I realized Brayden was practically already crawling and if I wanted to get that shot I had to get it NOW!  I knew I wanted a preppy, slightly retro look to the shoot and I really wanted an antique baby carriage.  Lucky for me I found one at the Orange Circle last weekend.  I went in the store and asked how much it was and the lady told me it was $385 and I must have gotten a sad face because the guy in the corner said, “I’ll give it to ya for eighty bucks.”  $80 I can do!  

Trista styled the whole shoot.  I’m wearing her dresses and shoes!  Those shoes were so high I couldn’t even walk in them, but they did look good!  She should be a stylist as her second job!  And Carina is the one who made me look good.  Note to brides, please book Carina NOW!  She and her associates are absolutely amazing.  And she just opened a new studio in Costa Mesa which is just gorgeous!  She even did my hair because the curls started to fall.  How awesome is she?

Trista, Chuck and I thank you from the bottom of our heart.  I know how crazy busy you are this time of year and it means so much to us that you took time out of your hectic schedule for us.  I’m so lucky to have you as a friend!  You are such a talented photographer.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Here are some of my favorites.  Go to Trista’s blog to see the rest!

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