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My mom is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. Only fifteen years old when she had me, she was forced to grow up and raise a child, when she was still just a baby herself. My mom sacrificed her dreams so I could grow up strong enough to chase mine. After all she’s done for my family, the least I can do is shower her with lots of love and appreciation on Mother’s day.

This year I wanted to offer my clients a way to give back to their amazing moms. Since mini sessions are always a hit, why not combine the two for a super special mother’s day treat?

This time, I’ve provided a few different options that include some fun extras for all of your mom-spoiling needs…


Option 1 // The Mother Lover

  • 30 minute session for up to 5 people at a park or field (depending on date) in Orange County
  • 30-40 high res. images to print from
  • Online gallery to view and share images
  • $200

Option 2 // Mom’s favorite

  • 30 minute session for up to 5 people at a park or field (depending on date) in Orange County
  • 30-40 high res. images to print from
  • Online gallery to view and share images
  • An 11×14 canvas of your favorite photo
  • $275

Option 3 // The Mother Load

  • 30 minute session for up to 5 people at a park or field (depending on date) in Orange County
  • 30-40 high res. images to print from
  • Online gallery to view and share images
  • A 16×24 canvas of your favorite photo
  • Ten 4×6 prints OR one 11×14 print
  • $350


Saturday, April 20th at a field in Orange County:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm
  • 6:30 – 7pm

Sunday, April 21st at a field in Orange County:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm
  • 6:30 – 7pm

And since most people spend Mother’s day with their mom’s, I’ve decided to open up two days ON mother’s day weekend as an activity for the whole family to participate in…

Saturday before Mother’s day, May 11th at a field in Orange County:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm
  • 6:30 – 7pm

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th at a field in Orange County:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm
  • 6:30 – 7pm


These slots will fill up quickly (especially the Mother’s day sessions), so make sure to grab your place before it’s too late! Then, get ready to rub it in your sibling’s faces for the rest of the year.;)



They weren’t kidding when they said that dogs are a man’s best friend. Unfortunately, our little furry friends won’t be around forever, so why not capture the love we have for them to remember for years to come? I love that Kyoko wanted to do just that with her sweet white lab, Poochie. These two have been side-by-side for nine solid years, and they couldn’t be a cuter pair. Good times were had by all as we frolicked around the orange groves on a gorgeous spring day.

Anytime, is the perfect time for capturing memories. Email me at to book your anytime session!

  • William Lemon - I love that picture where she’s in the middle of the trees. I need to do this with Suki. She would love it!ReplyCancel

I can’t express how much I love a couple that adds their own personal style to their wedding day, and Ashley and Greg did not disappoint in this department. They picked a very unique and rich color pallet of navy, fuchsia and gold. Their lovely florals, created by the amazingly talented Christina of Sea of Blossoms, were a perfect pop of color on their February wedding day. But one of my very favorite details, was their yummy popcorn bar (isn’t it always the food with me?). Sure, I may have eaten about seventeen handfuls of jalapeno and cheddar popcorn throughout the night, but who’s counting?

Not only did I appreciate Ashley and Greg’s little personal touches throughout their wedding, I loved even more their amazing personalities. The first time I met Ashley, I knew we would be fast friends. She’s so easy-going and kind, and in the ever-so cliche words of Jerry Maguire, she had me at hello. Then when I met Greg and his badass cocktail making skills, I knew that they were both going to make my first wedding of 2013, one for the books!

I could just go on and on about how much I love those two, but I’ll save myself the embarrassment and show you their awesome wedding images instead.

  • Kaysha - Beautiful!! Such a fun a pretty wedding!ReplyCancel

  • emily - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! Such beautiful pics and it’s so clear that you had a great time! So happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - BRANDI!! There are no words to express how much I love these photos. Looking at them took me back to that awesome day! I am so pleased with them and I know I will enjoy looking at them for the rest of my life. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - It was a beautiful wedding for such a wonderful couple. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Z - The pictures are sooo beautiful!!! They really captured the emotion of your wedding day. It brought a little tear to my eye. You both looked so happy!!ReplyCancel

  • Ariana - Wow, amazing pictures of Greg & Ashley… You really brought out the beauty of their love!! These will make great memories for them throughout their lifetime of love <3ReplyCancel

  • Tracie T - Love the photos, they certainly capture the detail and overall sentiment of Greg & Ashley’s wedding! So happy for you too and glad to have been a part of it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen L. - These pics are beautiful and truly captures those precious moments of love and celebration suurounding Ashley and Gregg! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - I loved loved the pictures on this blog…i wanted to see more..all the pictures looked like they were from a bridal magazine..AWESOME pictures.. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Evelyn (mom) - Oh my gosh, the colors are sooo beautiful and my daughter looks even more beautiful, wow look at my handsome son in law. Love them both. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - What perfect pictures to capture the immeasurable beauty of that day!!! Brandi, you are amazing! The pictures of Greg and Ashley together are just sublime. To have been a part of it was humbling and such an honor!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny M - Beautiful photos to document a beautiful day!!! You planned a truely elegant event that captures you both perfectly. Very lovely!ReplyCancel

  • June - Once again congrats to the beautiful bride! I must say great photos and I’ve seen many wedding albums! I can’t get over the fuschia pop! Gorgeous colors! <3 Can't wait for the baby shower pictures! Hope you guys are working on it! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Vienne - Beautiful! BeAuTiFuL!! BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations again :)ReplyCancel

  • Marcella Treybig - AH! I love Sea of Blossoms, what a fantastic job :) … is that my sister I spy getting down with the bride ;) NICE.ReplyCancel

  • Heather N - Congratulations again, Ashley and Greg, on your special day and a colorful beginning to a wonderful life together. Brandi, these photos truly capture the essence of what makes this couple’s romance so special. You beautifully captured not only the ambiance of the location with your mastery of lighting, but the personality of all those in the photos. These will just put an exclamation mark on their perfect day.ReplyCancel

  • Erika Sanchez - Enjoyed looking at every single picture!!! I am just so happy for you Ashley :) You looked so stunning and loved the wedding colors!ReplyCancel

  • Jacki B - Ashley, your photos are amazing and you & Greg look so happy. Congratulations! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - Gorgeous photos and love the tilt-shift effect at the party. Your dress is amazing Ash and you look so lovely!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ian - Great pictures! Thanks so much for sharing your special day with Jess and me. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Michael H - Congratulations to the happy couple. The pictures look amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Iles-Rangel - Such GREAT photos….I want to get married again now! You looked stunning Ashley, you and Greg make a beautiful couple. Looked like a great time….good job!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Mendoza - Beautiful! Love those TOMs!ReplyCancel

If you’ve signed up for my seasonal newsletter, you might have seen a little mention of some new and exciting things coming to my business in 2013. Well, the biggest and most exciting change is currently in the works. My rebranding! Or as my friend Kaysha likes to call it, my “rebrandi-ing.” It’s corny, I know. And I LOVE it.

I’ve never been professionally branded before, my logo and website have always been designed by me. I’m no designer, but it’s seemed to work fine. Until now. Since I’ve decided to plunge into this full-time-wedding-photographer-thing head first, it’s about time I properly invested in it. So I found a crazy-talented designer, Ravyn Staddick of Three Fifteen Designs, to help me create a brand that is 100% me.

After months of research, internet scouring, and serious self-contemplation, I was finally ready to send her a pinterest board that I was proud of. From there we chatted about where I currently am with my business, and where I eventually want to be. We talked about my ideal bride; where she shopped, what she does on weekends, and what’s important to her. After our talk, I felt like Ravyn and I were on the exact same page. She knew me, my business, and the type of bride I want to attract.

From there she worked her magic, and came up with the design board you see below. My first reaction was, damn, she’s good. My second reaction was, this is SO me. Another part of the rebrandi-ing process was to come up with three words to describe my brand. Brownie points if you can guess what they are by looking at my design board.

So what do you think? Can you see me in this design?

Next up, my brand-spanking new logo!!! I cannot wait to see what she comes up with!!!

  • marcella treybig - YAY woman! can’t wait to see it all unfold!! I’ve been trying to get some updates done on my site’s as well before the babe comes. Workin’ hard :)ReplyCancel

  • Kaysha - Looks soooooo perfect!! Can’t wait to see the next step!ReplyCancel

Okay, last New York post, promise. Until I go back in the summer, of course. So I’ve decided: There’s pretty much no other city in America that can compare to New York. You have the food, ranging everywhere from street vendors to Philipino Gastropubs (yes, that’s a real place. And it BLEW MY MIND). You can’t really go wrong when you’re grubbin’ in NYC. Then there’s the people watching. It’s literally the one city in the US that you can find anyone, from anywhere. Everyone has a place here. It may be a 400 sq. ft. place, but it’s a place nonetheless. I can’t even begin to list the many other hundreds of reasons why I love it there. That’s a whole other blog post. I’ve decided that one of these days, I will live in New York. I don’t care when or how, all I know is that it will happen.

So, there were a few days during our trip that I bit the bullet and dragged my heavy camera along with me while exploring the city. It’s not often that I take my big camera along with me on trips (unless I’m working, of course). But this time I wanted to remember NYC in all it’s quirky glory. And sometimes an iPhone just wont cut it.

I also felt like this was the perfect excuse to try out some of my new VSCO 03 instant film presets. While shooting film can be fun, VSCO makes it way too easy to shoot digital images and add a film-y edge. I’ll mostly be using these new presets for personal stuff, since they are a bit too crazy to use on weddings. Either way, I am kind of loving the way they make these street photos so much more interesting. What do you think?

P.s. Most of these photos were taken in or around Chelsea, Central Park, Union Square, Madison Square Park, and the Met. Starting with the Madison Square Park farmer’s market…

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Union Square Park (in case you couldn’t tell)…


The Met (the George Bellows exhibit was my favorite)…

Central Park…

Hotdog triple fisting…

Chelsea Market (officially had the best hotdog of my life here. Yes, we like hotdogs. We are so classy)…

Said hotdog right there = insanely delicious!

High Line…


Most of these were from the day Will and I just walked. We didn’t really know where we were going, but it didn’t matter. I had fun snapping photos along the way and holding hands with my guy. Oh New York, I love you so. I would marry you if I could…sorry Will.

xoxo, Brandi