Archive for August, 2010

Hand-rolled Cuban Cigars by Mursuli

August 31st, 2010

Location | Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Drexelle: David, anything you’d like to say about these cigars? David: All I know is that it was amazing. David: Oh, and Oscar was awesome. Oscar Mursuli and the Mursuli family are 3rd generation from Cuba, whose business is the Mursuli hand-rolled Cuban cigar.  They were a popular hit at […]

 

Location | Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Drexelle: David, anything you’d like to say about these cigars?

David: All I know is that it was amazing.

David: Oh, and Oscar was awesome.

Oscar Mursuli and the Mursuli family are 3rd generation from Cuba, whose business is the Mursuli hand-rolled Cuban cigar.  They were a popular hit at the Ritz.

want to learn more?

View more about their cigars and how to have it at your next event (wedding reception or rehearsal dinner perhaps?) here.

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So Scrumptious | Hog Island Oysters

August 28th, 2010

Location | Hog Island Oysters at San Francisco, CA Neither David nor I were ever oyster fans. Not at all. That is, at least, until… Oh…my…gosh.  The oysters were DELICIOUS. The clam chowder, hands down, best we’ve ever tasted. Want a taste of Hog Island Oysters?  Check out their site here. _____________________________________________________ Know another great […]

 

Location | Hog Island Oysters at San Francisco, CA

Neither David nor I were ever oyster fans.

Not at all.

That is, at least, until…

Oh…my…gosh.  The oysters were DELICIOUS.

The clam chowder, hands down, best we’ve ever tasted.

Want a taste of Hog Island Oysters?  Check out their site here.

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Love on the Big Screen

August 27th, 2010

Posted months ago in our featured galleries but never here on the blog, we decided it was time to release it here. …Ah, the movies. When we photograph couples in love, we get to see, behind the camera, a beautiful love story.  Sometimes, a great way to capture your love story is to show it, […]

 

Posted months ago in our featured galleries but never here on the blog, we decided it was time to release it here.

…Ah, the movies.

When we photograph couples in love, we get to see, behind the camera, a beautiful love story.  Sometimes, a great way to capture your love story is to show it, HOLLYWOOD style.

In honor of some great flicks, we did a series of shoots dedicated to love…on the big screen.

movie #1


movie #2


movie #3


can you name ‘em?

Leave a comment to guess the movies that inspired the shoots above.

want one?

Movie posters are now available by D. Park Photography

Own a fabulous custom-made movie poster starring you!  The text and design can be customized to your theme and preference.  We have 3 standard templates from the 3 movies above for you to choose.  Additional customization and design by our studio are available.

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No Vacancy Entertainment | Amazing. People. Talent. Music.

August 26th, 2010

Location | Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Allow us to introduce you to a truly incredible musical group: No Vacancy Entertainment. Whether you want elegance Or some funk Music for the day Or to last late into the night No Vacancy Entertainment can assemble any kind of musical group you’d love to have for your wedding or […]

 

Location | Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Allow us to introduce you to a truly incredible musical group: No Vacancy Entertainment.

Whether you want elegance

Or some funk

Music for the day

Or to last late into the night

No Vacancy Entertainment can assemble any kind of musical group you’d love to have for your wedding or special event.  We were truly impressed by the quality and can honestly say this has been the best live band we’d ever heard at a special event.  Truly, they are worth booking.  Ask for Dave Damiani.  He honestly rocks.

Just look at ‘em.

They’re awesome.

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Photographer’s Corner with Jaimee Hubert

August 25th, 2010

video Tips for professional photographers from the incredibly personable and talented Jaimee Hubert.  She blew us away with how amazing she is with people.  She is one of the most energetic and amiable photographers we’ve met by far.  Jaimee answers: What advice do you have for 1st year photographers (0:15 in video) What sales tips […]

 

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Tips for professional photographers from the incredibly personable and talented Jaimee Hubert.  She blew us away with how amazing she is with people.  She is one of the most energetic and amiable photographers we’ve met by far.  Jaimee answers:

  • What advice do you have for 1st year photographers (0:15 in video)
  • What sales tips do you have for photographers (2:17)
  • How can photographers help their clients feel comfortable in front of the camera (3:53)

View the video in HD here.

who is jaimee hubert?

Some highlights:

  • 10 years of professional photography experience, 5 years specializing in weddings
  • In her 1st year of business, Jaimee earned a 6 figure income
  • Incredibly talented with people and in closing sales, she books 9 out of 10 referrals
  • Photographs weddings, engagements, family, glamour, and boudoir

how did you do in your 1st year?

I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t have the right software. I had a semi-professional camera. I was shooting with 20D at the time, not full frame. I didn’t even have a proper flash.  There were lots of hits and misses.  Everything in the beginning stage was a lesson learned and difficult.  I was just thrown into it. But I learned a lot really quickly. Working for somebody else and not knowing the brides and grooms, I learned how to be flexible as a wedding photographer.  Super important!  You learn how to put out fires. I scanned a premise and made a decision in 1-2 minutes on how to shoot them super quick.  It was really fast paced.

In Capturing Moments‘ 1st year, I dove in. I spent a lot of time on web stuff that was present then.  I knew I needed to market.  I really tried everything: internet, direct mail, wedding shows, coordinators, venues, and other photographers.  I was literally just getting to know every part of the business.

how’d you even get into wedding photography?

I shot right out of high school.  In college, I took a few photography courses. I originally started doing families, birthdays, taking my camera everywhere and shooting everything.  Then, as I was in my best friend’s wedding, a photographer who happened to be there watched me run around all day and he was impressed even though he hadn’t seen my work. He talked me into it.

Afterwards, it was like BAM!  I shot wedding after wedding not knowing the bride, groom or venue. After about a year of shooting with him, I felt really confident and comfortable starting my own wedding business.

In my 1st year, I shot probably 30-50 weddings.  I had never thought I would be a wedding photographer. It landed on my lap.  At the time, my husband had a stroke and since we had 3 boys, I became head of the household.  With the economy dropping at the same time, I had to take my photography to a new level.  I was the breadwinner and didn’t have much of a choice.  So when I launched my business 5 years ago in the wedding world, it was very lucrative and successful.

View more of Jaimee Hubert’s work with Capturing Moments Photography here.

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