Katie +Tanner

First im gonna start off by saying I AM GONNA MISS WINTER! How crazy is it that me and my daughter are complete opposites. She’s just like her auntie Christy and is a total summer girl, and me, I’m a winter girl haha. I absolutely loveee the cold. Snow is a dream come true to me so I died when I did this session.

Let me tell ya’ll about Katie and Tanner. They are your drink-a-beer on the hood of your subi, jalepeno popper lovin, game night friends. Not to mention, SO in love it makes you sick. Just kiddddding, it makes you long for it though thats for sure.

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Hope you guys love this session as much as I do!!

XOXOX

Elle

Unboxing Grove Collaborative

So this week I realized facebook is THE PLACE for advertising. Let me walk you through my brain for a sec.

So here I am scrolling, and a sponsored post is in my feed. The title read: 6 things tidy people don’t do
I immediately thought “omg I bet all of these apply to my friend Christy.” So I clicked on it. I got the first bold thing tidy people don’t do (I honestly don’t remember lol) and they went on and on about Grove Collaborative. So before reading anymore, I immediately clicked on this thing called Grove.

While looking through, I noticed you can get a subscription with them for free stuff. So duh, I signed up. With signing up I got soooo much free stuff!

Opening the box

Opening the box

I could hardly wait to unbox and use anything I could that night. Although I wish I would’ve waited til the next day because well, lighting.

My order came out to something like $46 for ALL of this. I got:

Tree free bath tissue

White matte caddy

Glass spray bottle with silicone sleeve in seafoam green

Multi-Surface cleaner in lavender

Tree free facial tissue

Daily Shower spray in eucalyptus

Stoneware Tray in white

Antibac bathroom cleaner in spearmint

Mrs. Meyers Dish soap in lavender

Wrinkle release spray

Mrs. Meyers hand lotion in lavender

Mrs. Meyers Cream Cleaner in lemon

Grove Collaborative organic cotton swabs

Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges

European Dish Cloth set of 2.

Grove Collaborative bar soap in lavender and oatmeal

Grove Collaborative hand sanitizer

Glass Cleaner concentrate insert

All of this for $46.03

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Can’t wait to try the Basil scent from Mrs. Meyers!

Can’t wait to try the Basil scent from Mrs. Meyers!

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If you’re still reading, I LOVE YOU but also, Im just sayin, IM SOLD. I didn’t care what so ever that my hubby didn’t approve. My finger tapped purchase so dang fast .

I highly recommend buying cleaners, laundry stuff, bath supplies from Grove Collaborative. They have a subscription that is $20 for the year, and you get free shipping and monthly shipments! You can even customize your shipments too! Its pretty much da bomb. Especially for those with multiple kids that you don’t want to have to bring in and out of the car and into the store (AMIRITE)

The only thing I will say I am disappointed in so far, is I used the glass cleaner concentrate, you mix it with water.. I did one closet glass door with that and the other glass door with the Sprayway Glass Cleaner from Costco and the Sprayway won hands down. I don’t know what Im going to do with the concentrate version cause I don’t want to waste it, but it basically spread the dust and I had to grab it with the paper towel to get the line of dust that was left. If that makes sense………. Smelled great, but I also love the smell of Sprayway too so theres that.

Haha well thank you guys so much if you made it this far!!

XOXOX

Elle

Wandering West Challenge

Hi everyone!!

Were in the middle of the week here and I have a challenge for you. I might even do these challenges monthly..

I want you all to dig deep into your soul and pick THREE people on your friends list, or contact list in your phone, and send them each ONE thing you admire about them.

And thats it!!

I want to see proof. Message me your screen shots and spread the love. Use hashtag #WWchallenge so I can feature them. I believe when people see good, they want to do good, simply because they FEEL good. Less hate, more love y’all.

With love,

me <3

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Laguna + in loveee

Hi couples!!!

This blog is here to help walk you through a session with me. I believe we should mesh and be able to love working together! If candid, RAW, emotional photography isn’t for you, thats totally okay! I can recommend some posed photographers for y’all!

Theres NOTHING I love more than a cute a$% couple! Okay, I lied. I love my husband, my kids, and dr. pepper more. Sorry.

Montage Beach, Laguna

Montage Beach, Laguna

Laguna is so incredibly beautiful. If all y’all can book your engagements here, that would be greaaaaattt.

I wanted to walk you all through how I shoot! I think that its always nice to know how things are gonna go before doing it. Lots of people/couples get super nervous before shooting and I GET IT! Being in front of the camera can make you feel so awkward. BUT NOT TO WORRRYYY. I direct you the entire time. from beginning to end. Some of the photos below, Im going to write out prompts given to the couple to create the image taken! I believe SEEING it on someone else, will help relieve some of the stress of being in front of the camera. Gives you the clarity to know that everything will flow and be fun, adventurous, loving + you will laugh your pants off.

“Stand back to back, relax your legs, (boy) look out in the distance, (girl) look at me with your chin up. Give me your best model face.”  *Also I will add, there are various poses in this spot looking in all different directions to make sure you have many to choose from!

“Stand back to back, relax your legs, (boy) look out in the distance, (girl) look at me with your chin up. Give me your best model face.”

*Also I will add, there are various poses in this spot looking in all different directions to make sure you have many to choose from!

“Jump on him and give him a big ass kiss”

“Jump on him and give him a big ass kiss”

“(boy) stand back far, (girl) face me and don’t look back at him. (boy) run up super fast and surprise her, grab her and spin! (girl) kick your legs slowly so they bend and look cute and natural!

“(boy) stand back far, (girl) face me and don’t look back at him.
(boy) run up super fast and surprise her, grab her and spin! (girl) kick your legs slowly so they bend and look cute and natural!

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This is him putting her down from the spin! &amp; the one below it.

This is him putting her down from the spin! & the one below it.

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If you are down to get wet + wild, laugh til your muscles hurt, roll around in dirt/sand with your lover, be barefoot and have tickle attacks, then Im the right fit for you.
We play games, you will think im crazy, Ill make you booty bump each other into the next year, whisper dirty cleaning supplies in each others ear, draw weird things with your nose on her cheek, and so much more weird stuff haha! Below Im going to bring in a snow session from Big Bear for more examples.

“Walk towards me and when I tell you, booty bump, HARD”

“Walk towards me and when I tell you, booty bump, HARD”

“Ok bump now!”

“Ok bump now!”

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The next few photos will be all various prompts I had my clients do to make it look as playful as possible!

“(boy + girl) run as fast as you can away from me, when I tell you, look back at me and then at each other”

“(boy + girl) run as fast as you can away from me, when I tell you, look back at me and then at each other”

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It helps so much when you’re down to try new things and trust your photographer. Just think, the more adventurous and willing you are to get down and wild, the best out come for your photos! You will have so many emotional, and intimate, playful photos to have and cherish forever. This couple in particular thought I was crazy haha! I made him throw her in the snow like a crazy pants. I will add, that it was like a windy, stormy blizzard in Big Bear this particular day, and we live in the desert. SOOO we were not used to this weather what so ever hahaha. We were freezing our little booties off.

“Kiss each others teeth”

“Kiss each others teeth”

“Kiss each others teeth again”

“Kiss each others teeth again”

Sneak attack prompt. I can’t and won’t explain because it will take away from the surprise from the moment. :)

Sneak attack prompt.
I can’t and won’t explain because it will take away from the surprise from the moment. :)

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“Okay so were gonna play tag and kiss, in the area I show you, you will run in this circle, and (girl) you’re it first. Instead of tagging with your hand, tag him with a kiss. Kiss him anywhere and everywhere! (boy) once she gets you, you’re it. (girl) run away from him in the circle I outlined for you.

“Okay so were gonna play tag and kiss, in the area I show you, you will run in this circle, and (girl) you’re it first. Instead of tagging with your hand, tag him with a kiss. Kiss him anywhere and everywhere! (boy) once she gets you, you’re it. (girl) run away from him in the circle I outlined for you.

boys it now.

boys it now.

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Okay so I got a little distracted there for a minute haha! Lets go back to show you the diverse photos from the Laguna Session!

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So thats it guys! I hope you all love my stuff and I would love to work with you and capture your unconditional love! If you want the emotional style of photography, WRITE ME <3

What to wear to a photoshoot

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Hi guys! My name is Jodie, I run my own blog Frisky Gypsy and I have a serious love for fashion. I have to take pictures for my site all the time so I’ve finally gotten down what you should and should not wear for my blog post. So I’m here to give you all the tips and ticks on what to wear for you shoots from engagement photos to photos with the family! Photos are def an investment. So with that being said you want to invest in the perfect outfits to make your photos stand out!

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  1. The number one rule when you are taking pictures as a couple or a family is to somewhat coordinate. No you don’t have to be matchy matchy and wear the same color flannel. You should somewhat color coordinate. For instance, what not to do would be put your fiancé in a button up yellow shirt while you’re wearing a red dress.. THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH COLOR. (you’d also look like ketchup and mustard…) lol pick colors that vibe together.

  2. People don’t realize the professional cameras pick up everything! Dark clothing tends to slenderize your appearance in photos if your not 100% comfortable with your size  black dress, dark jeans & a dark top is definitely going to make you appear smaller in a photo.

  3. Going with a busy prints or pattern gets a HUGE thumbs down in my book. They can make you look wider then you are and draw the wrong kind of attention to your photos. It takes away from people looking at how beautiful you will look in your photos. Prints are just distracting. I’m not saying you can’t throw a little bit of flare in there but try to minimize it.

  4. Light clothing in photos are always a good option. They come across as crisp and fresh and will add life to the photos. Don’t over accessorize! Make sure you know the location of your shoot. Make sure the colors pop off the background verses blending in. Less is always more especially when it comes to photos. For instance, don’t wear a bulky statement necklace and big earrings it will take away from your beautiful face.

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Now lets talk hair, make up, and nails. Never do anything crazy to your hair before photos. Wear your hair how you normally would. Being your natural self is always best! You’ll love a photo a lot more looking like yourself. You should wear a little more make up then usual. Cameras can wash you out. Adding a little darker eyeshadow, little more blush, & false lashes will make your face pop! If you have a small mouth or don’t like your teeth avoid bright colors on your lips! Red lips can ruin a photo if your lips are slim because it will blend in with your skin color and gums when you smile. If you don’t like your teeth, think they are yellow or don’t like your smile bright colors  will 100% draw attention to that. Make sure to paint your nails before your shoot or have no nail polish at all. Nothing is worse then chipped nails in a photo. You will see it! Like I said professional cameras pick up EVERYTHING.  

Hope these few tips and tricks for what to wear and not to wear on your shoot! Just these little details will help you feel more comfortable and absolutely fall in love with your photos!

Xoxo, Jodie

Puente Wedding

Hi!! This is my very first EVER blog. I am incredibly terrible at writing so bare with me. WARNING: there will be run on sentences, improper punctuation and most likely won’t make any sense. Enjoy the ride hahaha.

Lets talk about the Puente’s (Puente’, Puente’s? oh gosh I don’t know. Like I said, punctuation.)

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I was recommended by Dassi to photograph this wedding 2 WEEKS away. This amazing couple unfortunately had a photographer who completely ghosted them and I was luckily available! Anyways…. Rosemary (the bride) and I had never met, she saw my work and under incredible stress and finding a photog was time sensitive. We clicked right away. We met the DAY OF her wedding and we made it the best ever. I met her girls while they were getting ready, and they were so sweet. One of her bridesmaids, Jessica, had a malfunction with her dress from Davids Bridal where the zipper WOULD NOT zip all the way up. Not for any reason other than whoever took the dress in completely ruined the zipper.

Bride trying to fix Jessicas dress

Bride trying to fix Jessicas dress

After lots of lotion, 2 blistered fingers (mine) and no clothes pins in site, we finally asked Janice, the owner of Blue Barn Events for a quick (and quite permanent) fix, and she came to the rescue! The bride and her girls made the decision to just sew the dress completely. Worked like a charm!!

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Janice, owner of   Blue Barn Events     sewing the dress!

Janice, owner of Blue Barn Events sewing the dress!

I think its safe to say, something like this happening on your wedding day is a huge fear of everyones. But despite the hiccups they had to deal with, they had such a good attitude about it.

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There were tears involved. Okay yes, I cried a lot, I couldn’t see through my lens (LOL). They had the sweetest ceremony. *Do you all see how gorg this venue is?!

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Theres nothing more special than having your daughters there on your wedding day. As a little girl, your imagination goes crazy picturing what your own day will someday be. These little ones were crazy about their mama and her dress. Constantly fixing it, making it perfect. Its all in the details and I think they knew that. They knew how special this day was. So intricate. Eyes so big you can see all their dreams. This was a day they will remember forever, so special.

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This was minutes after they said I do. Pure joy. Oh my gosh I just soaked up all the love that was pouring out of everyones hearts. They say a picture is a thousand words. I hope when you look at it you feel all of the words this photo deserves. Happiness, joy, loyalty, friendship, laughter, genuine, to name a few.

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Who else watches in awe when its the first dance? Its no secret im a total sap for this stuff. First dance, groom watching his bride walk down the isle, first look, mother and father seeing their daughter in her dress for the first time on her wedding day, father daughter dance, all timeless traditions that make my heart throb and tears come out of my poor little eyes.

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Okaaaaaaay y’all lets talk about this best man speech thouggggghh. HE KILLED IT. I think I only got 3 photos of it cause I turned video mode on and recorded it. I HAD too. It was too good. Maybeeee ill post it at the end of this blog. Lets just say, he broke out in song and wow.

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So lemme talk about this right quick. Out of all of their wedding photos, Im pretty dang sure I took more of this dance than anything (not really but kind of). It was a ridiculous amount. And you bet your bottom dollar I delivered every. single. one. Y’all know Pony by Genuine, and if you don’t, educate yourself, its a classic. He got sooo into it.

It was so dang hard not posting 100 photos from this wedding. Trust me, I tried to limit it to keep you all interested. I think when you have a connection to something, it makes reading and scrolling all the more worth it. I connect so much to everything, I can feel what other people are feeling, I can feel fear, I can sense emotions, it is so draining sometimes, but when I am overwhelmed with love like I was at this wedding, its like a high. I leave feeling so happy. Why can’t everyone in life be THIS happy. I hope and pray everyone feels what these two felt on this day and everyday. Its REAL. They’re REAL. Love is REAL and it is out there for you to find. Or best case, It will come to you and you don’t gottaaa do any of the work HAHA.

The enddd

XOXOX

elle williams