Archive for February, 2010

Elyse Carey’s Celebration of Life | Fresno & Hume, CA

February 21st, 2010

No words can express how amazing yesterday was. I’ll attempt, rather poorly I’m sure, to sum it up. First and foremost, God was glorified. Cliff & April are standing on Him, their solid rock. Although there was pain and heartache we were able to rejoice and praise His name through our tears. Friends and family […]

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No words can express how amazing yesterday was. I’ll attempt, rather poorly I’m sure, to sum it up. First and foremost, God was glorified. Cliff & April are standing on Him, their solid rock. Although there was pain and heartache we were able to rejoice and praise His name through our tears.

Friends and family circled around and helped make Elyse’s Memorial Service something so incredibly special. Nothing was forgotten, not one small detail. Here are just a few of the moments I got to capture from yesterdays events.

Psalm 139:16 (New International Version)

your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Cliff and April have asked that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hume Lake Christian Camps Campership Fund.  You can send any correspondence to:

Cliff & April
64144 Hume Lake Rd. Unit 201
Hume, CA 93628

To read the letter that Cliff wrote to Elyse (which he read at the Ceremony) please visit his blog

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In memory of Baby Elyse Carey | Hume, CA

February 17th, 2010

A few months ago I had the special opportunity to take pictures of some of my close friends and their gorgeous little family up at Hume Lake Christian Camps. Early Monday morning sweet 11 month old Elyse went to Heaven to hang out with Jesus (what a lucky little girl). At the same time, there […]

 

A few months ago I had the special opportunity to take pictures of some of my close friends and their gorgeous little family up at Hume Lake Christian Camps. Early Monday morning sweet 11 month old Elyse went to Heaven to hang out with Jesus (what a lucky little girl). At the same time, there are many broken hearts left down here on earth. Please, when you think of Cliff & April Carey along with their son Peter, pray for them. Pray for peace, rest, and strength as they go through this.

A Memorial Service will be held at The Well in Fresno, CA this Saturday the 20th at 2:00 in the afternoon.

Elyse Carey | March 27, 2009 - February 15, 2010

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Palmer/Lee Engagement Shoot Revisited | Hume Lake, CA

February 16th, 2010

Last year I shot Andrea & Herbie’s engagement pics up at Hume Lake (and their wedding in Gilroy after that) and I thought it would be fun to revisit them for a quick sec… Enjoy…

 

Last year I shot Andrea & Herbie’s engagement pics up at Hume Lake (and their wedding in Gilroy after that) and I thought it would be fun to revisit them for a quick sec… Enjoy…

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Matthew & Lisa + 1 Family Portraits | Fresno, CA

February 13th, 2010

Such a great day… and here’s a sampling.

 

Such a great day… and here’s a sampling.

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Valentine Chocolate Cake Part Deux | Reedley, CA | Food Photography

February 13th, 2010

Weighing in at 8.5 lbs the chocolate cake is exactly that… chocolate.  I haven’t tasted it yet but I imagine that it’s gonna be a super rich treat.  I’m thinking I should buy some vanilla bean ice cream to balance out the intense bittersweet chocolate & chocolate ganache.  AND, the recipe didn’t tell me to […]

 

Weighing in at 8.5 lbs the chocolate cake is exactly that… chocolate.  I haven’t tasted it yet but I imagine that it’s gonna be a super rich treat.  I’m thinking I should buy some vanilla bean ice cream to balance out the intense bittersweet chocolate & chocolate ganache.  AND, the recipe didn’t tell me to put the cake on a large plate because the ganache would ooze everywhere!  Thankfully it didn’t spill off the plate but the cake is surrounded by a moat of chocolaty goodness.

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Valentine Chocolate Cake | Reedley, CA | Food Photography

February 12th, 2010

I spent a small portion of this evening baking a cake.  It won’t be finished until tomorrow because I have to leave it in the fridge overnight then make the chocolate gnache to finish it off.  This cake is like none I’ve ever made.  It doesn’t have flour!  So it’s really thin… I mean REALLY […]


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I spent a small portion of this evening baking a cake.  It won’t be finished until tomorrow because I have to leave it in the fridge overnight then make the chocolate gnache to finish it off.  This cake is like none I’ve ever made.  It doesn’t have flour!  So it’s really thin… I mean REALLY thin.  There are going to be three layers but they won’t stack up nice and tall like most cakes.  Either way, this thing should be delicious.  I’ll post the after pictures tomorrow.  Until then, here are the before.

Oh, and by the way, my house smells chocolaty good.

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“I took the cheap Photography route” by Lauren of Every Last Detail

February 11th, 2010

A friend of mine through the great little website of Twitter (ever heard of it?), Lauren, has this excellent blog called Every Last Detail and on there she posts all sorts of wedding related things.  Today she posted an article she wrote about wedding photography.  I got her permission to repost this information for you […]

 

A friend of mine through the great little website of Twitter (ever heard of it?), Lauren, has this excellent blog called Every Last Detail and on there she posts all sorts of wedding related things.  Today she posted an article she wrote about wedding photography.  I got her permission to repost this information for you all to read and hopefully learn from.

Now, mind you, we’re not in Florida nor are we in places like Santa Barbara so wedding photography pricing will be different in the Central Valley.  I’ve tried to price my business accordingly.  I hope one day to work with each and everyone of you.  Now, go on and read her post or check out her blog… it’s pretty amazing. 🙂

Hi, my name is Lauren, and I took the cheap photographer route. And I’m here to prevent you from doing the same!

Last week there was a blog post going around Twitter that caused quite a bit of hoopla among photographers and wedding professionals. If you haven’t seen it, in a nutshell, a new bride wrote a post on her personal blog regarding her search for a photographer and the cost associated with photography. Right now, there are over 100 comments on the post. I’m sure she wasn’t expecting such a response, but nonetheless, I highly recommend reading some of the responses. It’s incredibly educational, and says just about everything that I always try to say about photography.

One of the reasons why I’m always talking about the importance of quality photography is because I made a mistake that I hope to prevent other brides from making. I took the cheap photographer route. I attribute this to the fact that when I was planning my wedding, I had no clue. The only resources I used were The Knot and Brides.com, because that’s all I knew about. However, when using their budget recommendations (which was all I had to go off of), their recommended photography percentage was way below what I was realistically seeing for photographer pricing. I didn’t have anyone to tell me what the “norm” pricing was for a good photographer. I was counting on those resources to help me, and they didn’t. So, while we wait for these resources to catch up to 2010, this is my warning!

I’m in no way a photographer, but I want to pass along some tidbits that I wish I had known as a bride. One of the first things that I tell new brides is the normal cost for decent photography, because I myself had no idea. Here in Florida, photography packages usually start at $2000, and that’s that bare minimum. It varies everywhere, and of course it also varies with the photographers and their experience. Keep in mind that photographers are not just taking photos of you on your wedding day. They also have to edit the photos (which can take up to 30 hours), design the album, answer your emails and phone calls, and carry out all of the other administrative duties that owning a business entails. (There is so much more, but I’ll leave that to the photographers to explain!) Most of all, bottom line: you get what you pay for. It really can’t be said any differently.

Needless to say, I’m still pretty heartbroken about my lack of knowledge when I chose my photographer. I wish I had known about so many things when I was planning my wedding. Now that I look at amazing work from photographers every day, I know that my photos could have been so much better. But you live and you learn, right? There’s always our vow renewals to make up for it!

[Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong when I say “cheap photographer”. I paid more than what would normally be considered “cheap”. But when you consider what was included in the price (my 12 hour wedding day, engagement session, bridal session, album and prints), and then when you see the pretty much unedited images, then yes, it was indeed cheap.]

If you have any questions about choosing your photographer, please ask! I don’t want anyone else to feel the way that I do, and this is one of the many reasons why I write this blog and why I entered the wedding industry. I want to help everyone have the absolute best wedding possible!


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In my dreams | Kelly Moore Camera Bags

February 9th, 2010

I’m always looking at camera bags and, I’ll be honest, drooling over them.  Kelly Moore has designed this lovely little thing that I keep coming back to admire time and time again.  And she’s giving one away!  Oh me oh my.  Fingers crossed that my camera equipment will one day sit beautifully inside a Kelly […]


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I’m always looking at camera bags and, I’ll be honest, drooling over them.  Kelly Moore has designed this lovely little thing that I keep coming back to admire time and time again.  And she’s giving one away!  Oh me oh my.  Fingers crossed that my camera equipment will one day sit beautifully inside a Kelly Moore bag.

Dreamy right? I can see it on my shoulder...

Kelly Moore is giving away a bag!  Go enter to win! http://kellymoorebagblog.com/

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Valentine’s Portrait Special | Central Valley, CA

February 5th, 2010

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Eric, Yvette, & PJ | Portraits | Reedley, CA

February 5th, 2010

Here is the continuation of the Blied/Milton family pictures… The youngest boy, PJ, was a Junior Higher when I worked on the Jr. High staff at my old church. Now he’s all grown up. Seeing him brought joy to my heart. Such a lovely, punk of a kid. I loved shooting these guys. Eric & […]

 

Here is the continuation of the Blied/Milton family pictures… The youngest boy, PJ, was a Junior Higher when I worked on the Jr. High staff at my old church. Now he’s all grown up. Seeing him brought joy to my heart. Such a lovely, punk of a kid. I loved shooting these guys. Eric & Yvette are recently engaged and they were so cuddly and easy going. These guys make my job easy and fun.

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Brides Choice Award 2010 | Wedding Wire & Martha Stewart Weddings

February 2nd, 2010

Reedley, CA – February 2, 2010 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Jennifer Eileen has been selected to receive the WeddingWire 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Photography! The annual Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and […]

 

Reedley, CA – February 2, 2010 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Jennifer Eileen has been selected to receive the WeddingWire 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Photography!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

Jennifer Eileen is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

I am happy to announce that Jennifer Eileen is among the very best wedding photographer within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. I would like to thank my past newlyweds for nominating me for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at here.

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