Monday, February 25, 2008

The Future's Looking Bright

I love this image I got of Jeremy this past weekend. Can you guess what we were up to? Hint: Changes are a' comin' and we're very excited! =)

Stay tuned...


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Love Day!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Love Day! If you've found that wonderful someone, I hope you will fall in love all over again today. Remember that flowers and chocolates aren't what make people fall in love. Was it his eyes that drew you in? Was it her laugh that captured your heart? These things first brought you together so celebrate them! If you haven't found that Mr. or Mrs. Right, no worries! Why not celebrate the love you do have in your life? Think about the people who show us love every day: parents, children, friends, sisters, brothers, mentors, collegues - even pets (they love us oodles). Why not take a moment to thank them? I bet it would totally make their day!

I challenge everyone not to let their Love Day stop at the flowers and adorably stuffed teddy bears. When you have love in your life, embrace it! Cherish it! Celebrate it!

As for me, I would like to thank my sweetie and hubby for his love - of which I am in awe of daily. Without you, my life would not be the same. :) Thanks Jeremy!

Happy Love Day! ^_^

(photo by Jose Villa - a super awesome photographer!)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

New 2008 Collections

Goodbye, 2007! Today marks the official debut of our new collections - circa 2008! What's the difference? Well, lots!

First big news: we are now accepting weddings through 2009. That's right, everyone that has asked me about their 09' dates can now contact me to reserve your wedding and get a copy of your 08' rates before the 09' ones come out. Thank goodness those are still a year off!

Second big news: wedding negatives are included in all of our collections. We have four of them now(instead of three) - and also what we call base coverage. This is our standard coverage for every wedding and this is where we give you the wedding negatives. ^_^ Base coverage is included in all of our pre-made collections. But it can also be used as a starting point to create your own custom collection. If you are interested in hiring us for your 2008 or 2009 wedding, email me soon to receive your own custom quote.

I'm really excited to announce our cutest parent album ever! Look at this adorable 5x5 (mini) album! It's made exclusively in Japanese silk with a wide range of colors to choose from. And it can be created with traditional matted or flush mount pages. With its twenty images, the mini is the perfect length to give to your parents or even to yourself as a brag book!

(photos courtesy of cypress albums)

We first announced our online slide shows this past fall. This year, copies of the slide shows can be purchased on DVD for home viewing - complete with their own custom case :)

In 2008, our albums receive a re-vamp. The original any size album now becomes four: 5x5, 8x8, 10x10 and 12x12. We will continue to offer our custom album option - where you can choose your album's size and shape. Albums come standard with the silk bookbinding covers (but you can still have the option to have them made in leather, suede, (new) acrylic, or metal). We will also design your flush mount album by the number of images rather than the number of pages. This way, we can design the best album for you without being confined by a limited amount of space to tell your story.

I love creating albums for our clients. To me, an album is just as important as the pictures themselves. I'm that in love with albums! It is my hope that by offering four new sizes, everyone can create their first family heirloom. Seriously, everyone should have an album to remember their wedding day :) Oh, and these albums aren't just for weddings. Engagement albums, bridal portrait albums - whoa! Your pictures can look hot in these - especially when I design them! Does anyone remember that amazing 10x20 titanium beauty at our show last fall? That was an engagement album, ladies!)

If you are interested in seeing our full 08' collections and options, email me here
or through our website's contact form and make sure to include your wedding date.

If I may stray off topic in this last bit, I'd like to give the movie, The Last Mimsy two thumbs up! I got to see it last night and, although I wasn't expecting much from it, I actually really liked it. It's whimsical, it's fanciful, it's in Seattle, and it's a neat twist on a classic tale (another favorite of mine). I love movies that encourage you (and children) to use your imagination and forget the humdrum of our everyday known world. And there's some great humor too! My favorite line of the night, "I haven't eaten in 8 hours." "It's called sleeping." ^_^ Don't expect all of the movie's mysteries to be answered. I guess it's like it's own modern fairytale in that way. Some things should just be believed and enjoyed. Oh! And the bunny's cute too.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Last Day

Hey guys! I wanted to remind everyone that today is the last day to book us with our 2007 rates. They will permanently be retired tomorrow to make way for our 2008 collections and goodies. If you've been considering us for your wedding photography, you can still talk to me today and reserve us under the 07' rates. Although, the 08' collections are pretty sweet too :}

Switching things up, I wanted to share a little surprise I got yesterday. Jeremy came home from a random run to Home Depot (don't ask) and says, "I got something for you". "Oh?" I get nervous when he starts pulling out Beware of Dog and Exit signs - reaching deep into the bag. "It's an early birthday present," he tells me and hands me a chunky black box. Mind you, my birthday is this month but not for a few weeks. I think he's realized by now that it's pretty tough to surprise me. I am one of those kids who on Christmas morning knew exactly what type of present I got by the weight, sound, and shape of the present. Well, this time he got me! And just look at the little treasures inside that little black box!

I LOVE tea! I'm a huge fan of green tea - especially hoji-cha (or roasted green tea). There's something special about taking time out of your day no matter when it is and slowing it all down for a slip of tea in the prettiest little tea cups! It was such a sweet gift from my sweetie and it really made my day! ^_^

Monday, February 4, 2008

In need of a giggle?

I've been slacking a bit in my blogging. So I'd like to dedicate tonight's post to everyone out there who needs a giggle. And I'd also like to preface this video with this disclaimer: I do not support the biting of children's fingers nor support the children doing the biting. But I do find myself laughing at this baby's reactions to his brother. The way he chuckles gets me every time. ;} You know the baby's really the one in charge! Diabolical genius baby, lol. I do love the simple things that children do to amuse themselves. I try to keep up my childish musings as much as I can. But I promise - I won't bite.

Click here to watch the video!