Monthly Archives: December 2008

2008 – Year in Review

Wow!  2008 has definitely been a momentous year to say the least.  We welcomed our baby boy in February, I launched my new blog the same month (I was on the phone with my blog designer on the way to the hospital to make sure it gone done before Brayden was born!), I launched my new logo and branding, I shot 21 fabulous weddings, tons of awesome families, and I’ve seen my business grow in ways I could have never imagined!  I’m feeling a little nostalgic today so let’s take a walk down memory lane and looks at some of my favorite images from 2008!


Last January I was pregnant, huge, and very grumpy!  I was ready to get Brayden out of me!  But, I did have two fabulous weddings to shoot and I was not going to let anything stop me!

First was Lauren and Robert at 7 Degrees.  Jasmine snapped this shot of me.  At the time I didn’t think there was anything wrong with being 36 weeks pregnant and standing on a chair.  Now I just think I look silly!

But, the wedding was amazing and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it!

The following week was Ashley and Tyson’s wedding.  The night before my husband and I were driving to pick up a new lens and on the way home we got in an accident.  

The paramedics came and I was fine, but just super shook up.  I got sent to the hospital and they thought I was going to have the baby, but the contractions finally stopped and at 1am I was sent home.  As I was leaving the hospital I asked the nurse, “So, if I’m a wedding photographer and I have a wedding tomorrow can I go?”.  She told me I probably shouldn’t, but of course I still did.  Chuck came with me to make sure I was okay.  Although I had extremely swollen feet I was fine and the wedding was amazing!



Good thing I didn’t miss Ashley and Tyson’s wedding!  Brayden was 4 (very painful, excruciating, long) days late.  I rushed to launch my new blog and branding before Brayden was born.

Brayden was born on the 12th and he did a lot of this for the first few weeks.

A couple of days later Jessica came over to do our newborn pictures.

Hauggy and Brayden also did some quality bonding.


I was itching to shoot something other than my baby and dog so when two of my favorite people came in to town I made them do an engagement session!

Brayden turned one month old and I made the poor kid lay naked on a chair in the middle of a field.

But, it was a pretty picture :)

One of my favorite families also came in to town and I made them do a family shoot.  Are you seeing a trend here?  I was bored so I made everyone do a shoot whether they liked it or not!

UCLA lost the NCAA tournament … again.  But, Brayden sure did love basketball!


My first official month back on the job and it was a good one!

First up was Baby Griffin.  What a cutie!

Then onto Chelsea and Sean’s unforgettable engagement session!

And Nikki and Jeff’s fabulous wedding!



The month started off with Natalie and Scott’s wedding.  They just so happened to get married 10 years to the day that Chuck and I had our first date!

Then I got to shoot a cool baby with a cool name.  Baby Drew!

I shot a few awesome engagement sessions!

Krista and Erik

And Shelley and Dave

And I also got to shoot one of my all time favorite couples with their new little guy.  Gina, Joel, and Baby Julian!

And guess what?  Gina is pregnant with baby number 2 and she’s due on Julian’s 1st birthday!  Stay tuned for more pictures of this gorgeous family next year!



Lots of wedding this month!

Jackie and Stephen


Matt and Rachel in Boise

And Chelsea and Sean at The Montage

Brayden kept getting cuter!

And I shot another awesome engagement session



Brayden was feeling patriotic on the Fourth of July

Another one of my favorite families came into town for a shoot

And Alex and Corey got married!  I just adore these two!


And Baby Cameron came to visit me for a few pictures!



I went up to Berkeley to shoot Ki and Andrew’s engagement session.  Can’t wait for their May wedding!

Janelle and David were married!

Shelley and Dave were married


I got my very own fan club on Facebook thanks to my BFF and number one fan Christy!

Leslie and Husam were engaged

Another one of my favorite families came into town for a shoot


And Brayden Bittel learned how to sit!  Woohoo!


I went to Northern California for Romy and Ryan’s engagement shoot at Ryan’s family vineyard!

Sandy and Dave were married

Trista shot an awesome family session for us!

Tara and Tyrone were married

Brayden went to Disneyland for the first time

I shot Lorraine’s maternity session

And Krista and Erik were married!



Heather and Justin had their engagement session at the “Happiest Place on Earth”

Alison and Wayde were married

Another successful Bengard family shoot

As well as another successful Imus family shoot

And Tracy and her family won my Nie-Nie auction

And last, but not least, Brayden Bittel was the cutest sock monkey ever!


Heidi and Chris’ engagement session.  They are my first 2009 wedding!  Can’t wait!

Brayden Bittel was excited about our new President!

Another fun shoot with the Cox family

I had fun with Brayden’s future wife, Baby Caroline

And we braved fires to shoot the Ramirez wedding



My FAVORITE family shoot of the year!

I taught my first mentoring session and it was so much fun!  I can’t wait for the sessions I have scheduled next year!

We headed south of the border for Krista and Vince’s Puerto Vallarta wedding

My last family session of the year was so much fun!

And here’s a sneak peek of my last engagement session of the year!


Wow!  That made me tired and was much longer than I intended it to be!  Pat yourself on the back if you’re still reading :)  

Thanks again to everyone for making it such a successful year for DrewB Photography!  I can’t wait to share everything I have in store for next year!  I hope everyone has a very safe and happy New Year!

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Brayden Bittel and the whole Bittel family want to wish you a very, very Merry Christmas!  May you all spend time with your loved ones, enjoy giving as much as receiving, and eat lots of yummy holiday treats!

I want to take this opportunity to thank my amazing clients and blog readers.  This has been a crazy and momentous year and I appreciate all of your support and encouragement.  Thank you for coming along for the ride and allowing me to share my life with you!  Every day I think how lucky I am to be able to do what I LOVE and I wouldn’t be here without each and every one of you.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you!  2008 has been such an awesome year and I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings.

Happy holidays to each and every one of you!

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The Kim Family

I know I say this about every family, but it’s always true!  The Kim family is one of my most favorite families.  What can I say?  I love all of my families!  I’ve known them for a few years now and have shot their youngest son’s baptism, all of their birthday parties, and their family pictures.  Petra and Ray have always welcomed me with open arms and they’ve been SO supportive of my business.  You would think that Petra would be too busy with three young boys, but she is so extremely generous and thoughtful.  Anyone that can call Petra a friend is very lucky.  Petra is also a great photographer herself!  She shot some pictures of Brayden and I when we went over for a play date this summer and they meant so much to me because I’m always the one behind the camera and don’t have very many pictures of Brayden and I together.  And I love Petra even more now because when she emailed me to ask about family pictures she said she wanted to do them anywhere but the beach!  You’ve got to love that!  Okay, onto the pictures!

Meet Alex!  Can you guess how old he is?

Alex is obsessed with Thomas the Train and orders special trains from England!  He’s a Tae Kwon Do master (not karate!).  But, I’m sorry ladies.  This 7 year old is taken :)

Meet Nicholas.  

He’s all boy and likes guns (that kind of sounds bad, but I promise it’s not).  He’s such a sweet little guy and is a great listener.  Especially when you give him lots of M&M’s ;)


Meet Ryan.  

He’s the baby, but don’t let that fool you.  He doesn’t let his big brothers pick on him!  While all the boys have grown up since I’ve known them, it seems that Ryan has grown up the most.  When I first met him he was so little.  He couldn’t walk or talk and now he’s such a big boy!

Here are the rest of the family pictures.  Thank you to the Kim family for being so willing to get down and dirty and for braving the cold!  It was so much fun!  Here’s your slide show!

I think this might be my new favorite picture that I’ve ever taken!

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