Los Angeles Wedding & Boudoir Photography – Hazelnut Photography » Los Angeles Wedding & Boudoir Photography - Hazelnut Photography

 

On occasion, I walk into a bridal suite with absolutely no idea which lovely lady might be the bride.  It can feel super awkward. like a super weird blind date.  But last Saturday I walked into a room buzzing with excitement to see a gorgeous woman in a white robe.  She came running towards me and hugged me like we were the oldest of friends.  Krishel is just that kind of person.  You feel absolutely enveloped by her the moment you meet.  She is warm and kind and absolutely stunning.

Obviously, I had nothing to worry about, because John is the same way.  I’d actually met him briefly, about five years ago at his sister’s wedding.  I knew he was warm and welcoming, as is his entire family.  But I had absolutely no idea that they would be absolute rock stars in front of my camera.  They moved with each other and laughed and were so easy with one another that my job was just to keep up.  It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!

Venue: Calamigos Ranch Malibu / Planner: Vanessa Noel Events / Florist: Precious & Blooming / DJ: Red Shoe LA / Videographer: Seven Pines Production / Bakery: Sweet E’s Bake Shop / Hair & Makeup: Blushing Beauty

Krishel & John:  So many congratulations!  It couldn’t have been a more wonderful day and I am so happy for the two of you.  It was an absolute pleasure to document these moments for you!
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Before we really settled in to our house, I took meetings with new clients at coffee shops.  It definitely wasn’t my favorite.  Finding a good table wasn’t easy, it was always loud and so awkward staring people down as they walked through the door to try to figure out if they were the ones I was meeting.  It was a few years into my business before I really transformed the formal living room into a meeting space.  Best.Decision.Ever.  It’s quiet, the coffee is great and I’m positive that the first couple walking in the door is the couple I’m waiting for.

I didn’t think I’d made too many changes here in the last few years, but I just recently saw a photo from the Glitter Guide feature (and a few more on this post) and realized it’s almost completely different!   I’m on the hunt for a new coffee table, but I’m so happy with how this room has slowly transformed.  A little less antique, slightly more modern and so many colors!  And even more functional!   When McC was born, we juggled all of our rooms and the studio pulls double-duty as my office too.  A much more efficient use of the space and that ENORMOUS cabinet.  So, a little update on the studio space!

 

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Joella played a pretty amazing role in Hazelnut Photography, and I don’t think I ever really told her about it.  See, she was one of those very early supporters of this little business of mine.  Back in 2008, she hired me to shoot an event, in Paris.  That event gave me the push to quit my full time job and pursue photography full time.  I wasn’t sure how it was all going to work out when I got home, but Paris.  So, I was sure I would figure it out.  It was such an incredible experience and I am still so grateful for it.

So, over eight years later, she called me for an engagement session and I was so thrilled to oblige!  We met up at USC and walked around a bit in the freezing cold.  The campus is so beautiful and these two were so fun to watch together. Then we chased the sun to a little rooftop downtown where it was even colder, and getting progressively darker.  Joella & Oro were such good sports.  They posed and nuzzled and pretended the whipping wind wasn’t freezing cold.  They were rockstars and let me take some time to really get it all right.  And it was all so good!

Joella & Oro: Thank you so much for a fantastic session!   You two were absolutely wonderful and I couldn’t appreciate it more!  Hope you enjoy!

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And just like that it’s 2017 and engagement session season has begun!   How did it even happen so quickly?  Every time I turn around it’s the start of a new month!

I started the year with these two, in one of those magical places.  I don’t make it down to Orange County too often these days, but this place is incredible and stomping around these green fields with Colleen & Irvin was kind of the perfect Saturday.  I couldn’t possibly be more excited to get the season started with these two!

 

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2016 was pretty incredible.  Looking back over it through these images makes me feel so good.  These people that entrust their wedding days to me, I am absolutely honored to know them.  Thank you beautiful people for letting me do something that I love so much.  I hope I do you all justice!

It wasn’t easy, but I picked a few favorites from 2016.  Okay, 50 favorites.  But it was too hard 🙂

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