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Now that wedding season has slowed down a bit, I was able to focus on being a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding this past weekend! It was such a fun wedding and I can’t wait to share more with you; but until then I have an ADORABLE fall family mini session to share with you!The first time I met Jessy I wanted to be her best friend. Then I met her cutie baby Cal and I died. Seriously. That little boy is just too cute. I was super excited when they got the whole family together for a little mini session action.

Here are a few of my favorites from their shoot!

I know this photo is soft focus (as we like to call it in the industry ;)) but it just melts my heart and I actually love it that way…

 Thanks for letting me photograph your beautiful family, Jessy! I can’t wait for more mini sessions later this month!

Happy Wednesday! xoxo

I’ve known Jenn since we were playing barbies in her parents garage and putting together dance routines to Ace of Base. Yes, we’ve been friends for THAT long, and no I don’t care that you now know what a giant nerd I am. She was one of my best  friends growing up, and I could go on forever with awkward yet hilarious tales of our youth. But I’ll spare myself the embarrassment, and stick with photos.

Jenn and John got married four years ago, and the two of them are seriously the sweetest and most stylish couple I know. I was so honored when Jenn asked me to photograph them for their anniversary, and I just love every photo and wish I could post them all! But for now I’ll just stick to a few of my favorites.

In case you were wondering, John is a RAD tattoo artist out of Fullerton, and most of Jenn’s awesome body art is courtesy of her very talented husband. If I ever get a hankering for pain I know exactly where to go. Needless to say I’m a giant wuss so this will probably never happen. For now I will live vicariously through my brave friends.;)

Loving her snake skin booties!!!

Love these two so much! Can’t wait to take their ten year anniversary photos!:)

From the moment I met Stephanie I knew she would be one of my favorite brides of all time. She is such a positive person who is incredibly genuine and kind. She’s also extremely organized and prepared, making my job a million times easier, which = major brownie points.;)She planned every last detail of their sweet and relaxed backyard wedding, and it went off without a hitch. I especially enjoyed the amazing made-to-order pasta bar provided by the awesome crew at Billotti’s Catering. I’m dying to to throw a party of my own JUST so I can have an excuse to eat seven helpings of their homemade sausage. YUM.

Here are a few of my favorites from their big day…

Couples who do a first look make my heart sing…

A killer sunset on your wedding day HAS to be good luck.

This crew knew how to P-A-R-T-A-Y. And dancing is always one of my favorite parts of a wedding. Even I like to throw in a little of my finest Roger Rabbit dance moves.

Congrats Stephanie + Joey (and Ethane)!!! Here’s to a beautiful life together as new family! xoxo

  • Celeste Ambrose Ortiz - Such lovely photos of a fabulous, highly anticipated event. Thank you for capturing this special couple so amazingly and for posting this up for those of us that were unable to attend that day, Brandi.

    Along w/you, we wish Stephanie and Joey a lifetime of happiness, joy and love.


    All Our Love ~ Kevin Ortiz & Celeste Ambrose OrtizReplyCancel

Fall is my favorite time of year. The days are shorter, the air has a crispness to it, and it also means the holiday season is quickly approaching! What better way to prepare for it then to get the family together for a fun photo session? It’s perfect for gift-giving, holiday cards, or just for fun. This deal is only available on the below dates and times, so make sure to take advantage of it while you can.

Book your spot today as they tend to fill up quickly! See below for details and available dates and time:

 $200 Includes the following:

- 30 minute session with up to 6 people

- Online gallery for viewing, purchasing and sharing

- 30-40 high resolution images to print with

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, October 30th at a field in Irvine:

  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm
  • 3:45 – 4:15 pm
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm

Friday, November 2nd at a park in Irvine:

  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm
  • 3:45 – 4:15 pm
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 3rd at a park in Irvine:

  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm
  • 3:45 – 4:15 pm
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm

Sunday, November 25th at a field in Irvine:

  • 2:15 – 2:45 pm
  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm
  • 3:45 – 4:15 pm

Email me at to book your session!:)

Lauren and Shaun are such a fun couple. We first met over cold beers and fried food, as they told me all about how they wanted their wedding to just be a really great party. I have to say, it was just that. I love it when a couple just lets go and really makes it a point to enjoy their day. Lauren and Shaun were the picture of happiness; it  was written all over their cute faces.;)

I love that Lauren DIY’ed most of her wedding details. Some of my favorites were the pretty little vases of wildflowers, the burlap seating chart, and the subtle touches of gray and yellow incorporated into the decor. It was a lovely day, with a gorgeous couple, and I could not be more happy to share it with them.

Congrats to you both!!! I hope your future together is one big party.;)

  • Marcella Treybig - She’s pretty gorgeous with a BEAUTIFUL smile! I love baby’s breath :) great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Laure & Shaun - We love the pictures Brandi!! They look amazing. Cant wait to see the rest!!ReplyCancel