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  • MY CAMERA, YOUR STORY

    Hi, I'm Jen! For a long time, I admired the artistry of other photographers until one day I felt an urge to start capturing images on my own. As I embarked on this journey, I had many ups and downs, but one thing remained constant...I love what I see through the lens of my camera.

    I'm a Southern California lifestyle photographer with a passion for capturing special moments and memories. Please join me as I continue along this journey - my vision is to make each shoot not about me, but to capture your moments, joy, anticipation, love, commitment and laughter!  Whether your needs are for family portraits documenting special milestones,  engagements to celebrate, head shots for new business ventures, or weddings to capture, I'm confident that I can meet your needs in a way that expresses who you are.  It may be my camera, but it's your story.

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YOUR PROMISE: WEDDING GOWN SUGGESTION

I just got back from a trip to Maui with my family. We had a great time, relaxed, drank many lava flows, and tried to stay dry from the torrential downfalls – SERIOUSLY!

During one of the rainier days, we headed to the aquarium and I think my niece and nephew really enjoyed seeing all the fish (and sharks!). After lunch, the kiddos went back to the Ocean Club to nap and my mom, dad, sister, and I went and toured more of the island. At one point, we actually went to a quilting shop for my crazy family and while there I saw this hilarious pattern for a traditional Hawaiian wedding gown.

So, if you are searching for a wedding gown, look no further! ; )

I look forward to sharing more Maui pics this week!

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YOUR PROMISE: ANGELA & GREG

On March 19, I had the honor of second shooting for Melissa Brandman at Angela and Greg’s wedding. I was thrilled to be on the team for this wedding, as it took place at my church and this was the first wedding I’d be to there! Having met Angela before, I knew her to be a wonderful woman with a beautiful heart and I knew her groom would be the same.

Second shooting is a lot of fun for me…not only do I get to get different shots and some unique angles (sometimes they work…sometimes, not so much), but I usually get to spend the morning with the guys.

That morning, I walked into a house that was all about football, razzing, and beer. The guys were hilarious and I knew this would be a great day. Greg LITERALLY could not stop smiling, which was truly charming. I hope someday my future groom is the same way!

Greg’s big brother helping him out with the cuff links. What a cool moment between the dudes!

Greg’s dad took a moment to help his son out/threaten him a little. ; )

GQ, anyone?!?!

I always have to get a Reservoir Dogs shot. : )

Before the first look, the gorgeous bride was calm and serene!

LOVED their first look!!! They laughed, cried, hugged, and smooched. It was so special!

Melissa Brandman is a killer photographer (and great friend!) whose clients just love her!

As it was time to prepare for the ceremony, the guys and girls split up for some relaxation and prayer. It was really cool to be a fly on the wall and Eric Heard (on staff at Mariners) prepared everyone’s hearts for the ceremony.

Angela was so prepared and on top of all of the details for her special day. Her dear friend Joy handed out programs and tissues to their loved ones!

Not a Miss for much longer!

MARRIED!!!

Not having attended a wedding at my church previously, I had no idea that the bride and groom immediately go around to the front of the chapel and ring the bell themselves. I LOVED this!!!

At the reception, I knew a handful of people already. This is my friend Mark. He dared me to take a picture of him like this. I did…and now I’m posting it. I’m sure he’ll LOVE it. : )

The sweet flower girl and her mom dancing outside of the reception!

These two have MOVES!

The brides sister was her Matron of Honor. I loved catching her sign the marriage certificate!

Melissa showed a lot of fun shots from the reception and I have to include my favorite. This crowd knows how to have a good time and I had a hard time not joining them on the dance floor!!!

Angela and Greg, may God bless you with a lifetime of love and happiness! Your day was really special and I enjoyed being a part of your team. XOXO!

And thanks to Melissa for having me along once again!

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Rachael WApril 25, 2011 - 10:29 am

Hi Jen – I follow your blog even though you don’t know me :) I think I found you from my good friend, Kara Noel at Eli’s Lids?? Anyway, so funny that I went to high school with Angela and the rest of her siblings. And my brother just got married at Strawberry Farms on Friday… that’s where this wedding’s reception was? Your pictures are gorgeous and always inspirational :)

Tira JApril 20, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Awesome images Jen! The one of Angela and Greg coming out of the church is my favorite. It is PERFECT!

MelissaApril 18, 2011 - 4:21 pm

LOVE that last dance shot! Thanks for everything Jen – I’ll have you as my second anytime. Especially if the groomsmen will bring us drinks during the reception, right??

YOUR PROMISE: ANGELA & JERSON

Last month, I had the wonderful pleasure of photographing Angela and Jerson’s wedding in Montebello. A friend referred me to this wedding and I while I did not meet the bride or the groom prior to the wedding day and had very little contact with them, I enjoyed their group immensely. From the moment I walked into the bride’s room until I left, I was surrounded by love…the love of a couple, the love for their daughters, and the love of their families.

When I woke up the morning of the wedding, I was slightly concerned by the weather, however, the overcast skies made for beautiful portraits!

We had a first look at Quiet Cannon Country Club and it was a touching moment between just two people. As a traditionalist, I never wanted to consider how special a first look could be, but once I became a photographer, I became a believer. Angela and Jerson had the perfect quiet time before the craze of the day!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this shot!

Work it, Angela!!!

What a beautiful bride!!!

A self-proclaimed Daddy’s Girl, Angela had a couple of emotional moments with her father…as he walked her down the aisle and during the reception. It was really moving!

The bride’s little brother gave a reading during the ceremony. He was a rockstar!

Angela and Jerson, thanks for allowing me to be a part of your day! You two are beautiful and I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!!! I’d also like to thank Myra with Project Party…you made my day so smooth and easy. It was a real pleasure to work with you!

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No. 17 Cherry Tree LaneApril 12, 2011 - 4:42 pm

Lovely, Jenn.
The blue color is so vibrant!

SIMPLY DASHY PHOTOGRAPHYApril 10, 2011 - 8:41 pm

Way to go Miss JJ!!!! =) Looking at your photos took me back to that special day. You captured all the special moments so well. THANK YOU so much for taking great pictures of Angela and Jerson’s wedding. =) They LOVE your work so much! You made everyone look even more fabulous. =) Wooohooo!

Angela Garcia-PerezApril 8, 2011 - 10:36 am

Jen, these pictures are GORGEOUS!!! You are such an amazing photographer and we are so happy we chose you to capture these moments..You are so talented and creative! We love all of them!!!

MY JOURNEY: A MAD MEN THEMED SHOOT

When I was in Vegas last month, I participated in Victor Sizemore‘s mentor shoot. Victor arranged a swank penthouse suite at the Palms Place and worked with Summer from Grey Likes Weddings to style some fabulous models, who were beautifully made up by Amelia C. While I don’t regularly watch Mad Men, I do appreciate the styling and feel of the era, so when I heard about the shoot, I was all over it!

Because we shot in groups of five or six, I knew I wouldn’t be able to run my shooting time like I normally would, so I focused on a couple of things, such as new creative angles and lighting. I’m quite happy with the results and hope you like them, too!

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Stacie FrazierApril 7, 2011 - 8:37 pm

So cool! Great job!

Melissa MundingMarch 24, 2011 - 1:04 pm

LOVE IT!!!!! I don’t watch Mad Men either but I’m absolutely obsessed with the whole mid-century modern style. The furniture is my favorite from any other era. These are awesome.

Kristin A.March 16, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Jen!!! OMG these pictures are stunning! They could be in a magazine.

melissa stoverMarch 16, 2011 - 9:55 am

this looks like so much fun. i love mad men!

Tamara McDonaldMarch 11, 2011 - 5:41 pm

Great photos!
How fun!

MelissaMarch 11, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Gorgeous! Love the light in these – great work!

Tira JMarch 11, 2011 - 2:39 pm

WHAT AN AWESOME shoot to be a part of! Your images are amazing!

MY JOURNEY: BAG FOR SALE

Early in my career, I purchased items that caught my fancy and only later learned how much I’d really need them or find them useful. I had a lens that I loved at first, but then became unpractical for me, so I sold it to a good friend and she’s been happily using it since. I never really felt the need to advertise the lens for sale here because I knew a couple people who were potentially interested.

Well, I have a new item that is no longer useful to me that I’d love to offer up here. If you’re interested, please feel free to shoot me an email and I can provide you with more details.

I loved this bag at first because it is really cute, has excellent craftsmanship, and it’s pretty versatile. However, I needed something bigger. With that said, this might just be the perfect bag for you! It’s made by Jill E. Bags and retails for $299. It’s black suede, has a smooth set of wheels and the handle is great (like an upscale piece of luggage). There are four external pockets with magnetic closures, a laptop slot inside, and velcro/moveable gear slots inside. There is a small attached bag (where I kept CF cards or business cards) inside, as well. The bag is airline friendly and even fits in the smaller SWA overhead bins.

I checked online and saw some sale prices recently as low as $175. Mine has VERY LITTLE wear and tear and I’d be willing to sell it for $125, so let me know if this is the bag for you and we can make arrangements to get it to you!

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Stacie FrazierApril 7, 2011 - 8:37 pm

That bag is super stylish!

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