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orange flowers family {corona family photographer}

I have watched this family grow up right before my eyes. The little guy in the family, Landon, is bff’s with my little guy Evan. And they have been hanging out together the last almost 3 years and are best buds in kindergarten right now. We trade playdates once a week and they want to really have them everyday because they get along so well. Landon’s older brother has grown up with our twins and are also in the same class together. They all love playing and running around and having that many boys all in one group makes for a lot of laughter, burps and mud!

I had the pleasure of updating their family photos. You see, it’s a busy life with 4 (I am guilty of not hiring someone myself for 4 years!) and they haven’t had family photos done since Merrill was barely 1-year-old. And Landon wasn’t even in any of the family portraits. Well, the official, pro kind of portraits.

And I am the one that got to take their photos of them! And I love them and their love together and of course that most of them have freckles and beautiful red hair. And don’t forget the beauty, oldest daughter that is on her way to high school and just a spitten image of her mom!

25 comments and I will gift them an 8×12!!!



January 28, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Adrianne - I really like the last group shot where they are all hugging each other, and the individuals of the kids!

January 28, 2010 - 1:26 pm

monique - OH!!!! Awesomeness! Totally cute family!

January 28, 2010 - 1:44 pm

Jodie - Gorgeous Photos Bridget..

January 28, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Harmony Morgner - Love them all! You are amazing as always….

January 28, 2010 - 5:11 pm

Haylee Vowles - Love it!!!

January 28, 2010 - 11:40 pm

Julie - Love it Bridge great pics

January 29, 2010 - 1:12 am

Marci - You all look great!!! What a fun day this must have been to be together.

January 29, 2010 - 11:08 am

Julie Noteboom - Oh my gosh!!! Beautiful!! Where is that pretty tree – or is it a secret!?!?

January 29, 2010 - 11:45 am

wendy - Amazing family pictures that will last you a lifetime!!!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

January 29, 2010 - 11:47 am

Brandi - NOW THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!!!! Great pics.

January 29, 2010 - 12:16 pm

Catherine - Beautiful family!!!!!!!! love the pictures they are all AWESOME!!!!

January 29, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Julie Oraivej - What beautiful photos!!!! Stunning!!! Beautiful family!!!

January 30, 2010 - 8:52 am

Tonia - Bridget!!! Was sooo fun to work with, she is amazing at what she does. I LOVE EVERY PICTURE!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I can not wait till our next photo shoot!!!!

how I feel today. {big bear photographer}

Conquered an epic storm in Big Bear. Against all odds – made it to my sister’s. Went through crazy snow in my minivan with chains of course. And today I made it down the mountain. And this is how it feels! (and it’s a little sneak peek of my favorite local Corona family). And snow pics will be here too. Funny how hard it is to take shots when my hands are full with my 18 month-old.


the winning ring shot! {In Style California Wedding Photographer}

Thanks to everyone who voted for Harmony and Jacob’s Ring in the New Year gifting contest! I had a blast hearing from all of you and knowing what you like! Harmony and Jacob will receive an 8×12 art print of~


For today, I am headed to get my hair done by the fabulous Alicia at Alcazar Hair Connection and it’s going to be interesting to get there since California is getting so much rain this week. It’s coming down in buckets!


January 21, 2010 - 9:20 am

Harmony Morgner - Yay! I am so excited! The winning shot is our favorite! Thank you to all that voted : )

January 21, 2010 - 9:26 am

Kimberly Farrell - Gorgeous Bridget!!! LOVE IT!!

an upland engagement {upland wedding photographer}

I’m an OC girl. Born and raised. It’s a cool thing to talk about remembering when the 5 freeway was a small freeway and most of southern orange county were orange fields. I remember when the El Toro Marine base had Marines there and when the Blue Angels actually flew there anually. I remember as a kid driving the Ortega and it had barely any cars on it. And when San Juan Capistrano felt like a long way away down the 2 laned PCH.

I also remember how far Upland felt. And how I didn’t know much about the mountains other than a few trips to Big Bear. And funny how things turned out, I married a guy that spent his pre-teen and teenage years growing up in all places, UPLAND! And as I got to know the city through David, I grew more and more in love with it. Everytime I drive up Euclid with the huge trees going up the center divider all the way to the top of the road and the eclectic, historic houses and oh, the craftsman houses how I feel. I want to move there. I want my kids to grow up in one of those houses. I want those big oaks and pepper trees scattered all over my yard and have an attic with creaky hard wood floors. And I love the people in Upland. There are beautiful lots there and beautiful landscapes. The colors and the vibe of the old town, oh so cool!

And how lucky I felt when I was at the Dos Lagos Bridal Fair this past November (yes, I need to share photos from the faire!!!) that I met the nicest family. They have three daughters and literally the day before they came to the faire, they found out their oldest daughter, Ali was engaged to be married to her high school sweetheart Brian. And I knew that I had to get to know this family.

And I was lucky to meet all of them and get to photo Ali and Brian’s engagement photos. They had a quick chance for us to get together while Ali was down visiting from Idaho where she currently works and lives. Brian is working with his dad’s local construction company and was able to come after work to meet up with me. We had a fabulous time exploring all parts of Upland. Seeing the love these two have reassured me how much fun it is having this job. And how much I love seeing people in love and especially being able to capture it on film.

***Edited to add – Ali & Brian – have your friends and family leave 25 comments and I will gift you an 8×12 of your favorite image from your session.











Want more? Ali & Brian’s Slideshow


January 20, 2010 - 2:15 am

Lori - I love all of them!!!

January 20, 2010 - 3:40 am

Joanne - I’m too old/fat for crotch shots, but they look great on this couple! The reflection crop was also very cool.

January 20, 2010 - 11:00 am

Harmony Morgner - Gorgeous pictures B!!! I so wish you had done our engagement pics. Maybe anniversary pictures this year : )

February 25, 2010 - 7:22 pm

LarryLove - Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya ๐Ÿ™‚

ring in the new year {california wedding photographer}

When I shot the Halloween wedding, we lost light, fast. It was fall and the sun is down at about 5 p.m. (something to think about brides when planning your timing for your ceremony and reception and timing of your bridal photos). I had this vision of their rings on a tee with the sunset mostly because Jacob’s a pro golfer and since the wedding was at a golf course, then it’s a great combination.

I did get to take ring shots a few weeks after the wedding. I like to call this “Trash the Rings Session” but I really didn’t trash them, I just photoed them. Jacob and Harmony let me “borrow” the rings at my sister Natalie’s house to do more detailed shots of them. And I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.

I am thinking that while offering a “post-wedding” session either the day after or the weekend of viewing all your wedding photos that a “ring sesh” is in order. Let me know if you are interested in adding a “post-wedding” session when booking your wedding.

And in honor of “ringing in the new year” I have the top 6 images I took of their rings. Please vote and I will gift them a 8×12 of the most voted on image.








January 18, 2010 - 12:44 pm

Cheryl - Wow Bridget, these are GORGEOUS!!

If you’re ever up in Seattle, we’re going to have to work together for sure. Wish we’d managed it when I was still in CA. Doubt I’ll ever be back there, at least not on purpose. LOL.

January 18, 2010 - 4:27 pm

becca - 1. stunning work.

January 18, 2010 - 4:32 pm

erin - #1 for sure!

January 18, 2010 - 5:27 pm

Annette Hoegner - Oohhhh, it is a toss up between #1 and #4 for me. If it is a tye, let me know and I will pick.

January 18, 2010 - 5:40 pm

Joanne - They’re all stunning, Bridge. I like #1 and #4, but leaning toward #4 due to the colors. The flower in #6 looks really cool too.

January 18, 2010 - 5:42 pm

Marina - lloks like you had fun! beautiful rings and beautiful photos!!!

#1!!! FTW!

January 18, 2010 - 6:39 pm

Harmony - ALL of them!!! They are amazing!

January 18, 2010 - 6:51 pm

Haylee Vowles - I love them all, you are great wig the details. I cast my vote for the last one, inside the flower. Love it the most

January 18, 2010 - 8:15 pm

debbie korhonen - I love #1
my son Ethan said that looks “tarter sauce cool” not sure what that means i think its a spongebob reference but his vote is for #1

January 18, 2010 - 9:58 pm

janet - i like the concept of #1 & #2, but I like the contrast of #4. the shots are amazing!

January 18, 2010 - 10:18 pm

jodie - BRIDG! I love #1 (that’s my vote!) but they are all awesome!!! Loved the wedding pics too! I wish I’d had know YOU five years ago b/c our wedding photos SUCK! ๐Ÿ™‚

January 19, 2010 - 12:31 am

Julie Noteboom - Love #1 and #4. I think my final answer is #4 since a red rose is love and the way the rings are interlocked and the beautiful colors!!

January 19, 2010 - 1:25 am

dina - beautiful!

January 19, 2010 - 8:31 am

julie Bull - Very original ideas, but #4 is probably my favorite because of the color.

January 19, 2010 - 11:14 am

Natalie - Hmmmmm……
#1 – Love Ilex berries and the brightness
#2 – love the fact that was a piece of their wedding trees
#3 – good detail of her ring
#4 – Peony….what else can I say, they are my FAV!
#5 – Most fitting image for them
#6 – Good Black and White
#7 – You’re welcome for my genius setup
Love them all which makes me no help

January 19, 2010 - 11:26 am

Amanda - Love them all but if I had to choose…. I pick #1

January 19, 2010 - 11:41 am

Martha Morgner - Wow…these photos are awesome. Love the golf tee photo (of course I do) and then #1 second. Amazing photos or an amazing union.

January 19, 2010 - 11:42 am

Martha Morgner - oops…I meant…Amazing photos OF an amazing union.

January 19, 2010 - 11:42 am

Martha Morgner - These are the most gorgeous wedding pictures of all time! Of course, I like the rings on the golf tee the bestโ€ฆbut I am a boy.

January 19, 2010 - 12:15 pm

Donnelle - I love #1. The simplicity and color contrast is amazing.

January 19, 2010 - 12:57 pm

bridget - You are right Natalie. It’s a toss up. You wrote out the details perfectly on each one. And yes, thank you for the set up. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Thanks for all the comments! I will wait for more entries and then choose the winner by tomorrow (Wed. 1-20) at 5pm.

January 19, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Donna - #1 is my favorite, followed by number 4. I just love the color!

January 19, 2010 - 4:29 pm

Russ - all of them are good…good job!….i like #1 the best ๐Ÿ™‚

January 19, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Kaaren - I love #1. They’re all gorgeous! Natalie great set up! Bridget stunning pics. Well done!

January 19, 2010 - 6:33 pm

Kaaren - Also think the tee shot on the tree stump is great!Jacob should have that one hanging in his office. What a hard decision….How beautiful to see the union pictured like this. Thank you Bridget!

January 19, 2010 - 8:24 pm

Ann - #3 for me!! It so beautifully reflects Jacob and Harmony and what I saw “lived out” the day of the wedding. I watched Jacob embrace his bride as a husband which serves to make Harmony shine even brighter. What a pretty picture that creates!!

January 20, 2010 - 6:36 am

delona - i vote for #1 and then #6. beautiful

January 20, 2010 - 6:38 am

Donna - Delona is my friend at work so i had her vote

January 20, 2010 - 6:40 am

Randi and Phyllis - Hi – we work with donna and we both vote for #1. those pictures are incredible!

January 20, 2010 - 6:42 am

Donna - It looks like Delona’s vote didn’t count, but she IS legit – I work with her in the math department at SMNW high school. She puts up with silly high schoolers all day. you should take her vote – #1. ha ha

January 20, 2010 - 8:37 am

Chris - #1 may the fruit of their union and love be multiplied

January 20, 2010 - 8:47 am

Steve - They all look great, but I think #1 takes the prize.

January 20, 2010 - 9:21 am

Tammy - #4, although, I would love to see the last photo with color.
They are all beautiful.

January 20, 2010 - 10:13 am

Pug - #4 is my favorite. They all look awesome though.

January 20, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Sarah - I Love #1 is the best pic of all ๐Ÿ™‚

January 21, 2010 - 8:22 am

Tina Morgner - They are all beautiful shots HOWEVER, my favorite is # 1 ….the rings together on the tree limb with the berries! Beautiful!!!!

January 21, 2010 - 9:02 am

the winning ring shot! {In Style California Wedding Photographer} » bridget photo blog - […] to everyone who voted for Harmony and Jacob’s Ring in the New Year gifting contest! I had a blast hearing from all of you and knowing what you like! Harmony and Jacob […]

January 21, 2010 - 3:25 pm

Shannon MacGillivray - I love love love number 4!

A Halloween Wedding {California Destination Wedding Photographer} – Part I

I admit. I waited a bit to post this wedding. I actually was having a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to post. “Why?”, you ask. I was able to spend the entire weekend with Harmony and Jacob and their families and friends and I just had so much fun getting to know all of them. And I became attached. And I became close to all the hundreds of images I shot for them. And it’s hard to narrow down 2 days of shooting.

Harmony and Jacob are a special couple. They met on a fluke. And became soulmates. He took to her instantly and you can feel their love. They are small town people with huge hearts and the love that surrounds them is inspiring and refreshing. And truly, I miss them and the whole gang of people I got to know on their wedding weekend.

I was able to travel with my hubby and baby girl (lucky me – my sister-in-law took all 3 boys for us) to shoot for the weekend at Saddle Creek Resort nestled in the foothills of the central valley. The rolling hills and fall colors was a photographers dream. The weekend started with an amazing rehersal dinner with homemade pizza, oysters, cocktails and hanging out by the firepit. Later that evening the guys took off for a night of poker and the gals to chat about what will come the next day.

Harmony and Jacob’s wedding day began with the getting ready in each bungalow and lots of laughter amongst friends. The perfect 70 degree weather made it picture perfect and only the way Harmony and Jacob deserved. The custom arch and flower details in fall colors were perfectly matched with the color scheme of deep browns and oranges.

Their wedding flowers were designed and planned to the smallest detail by my wonderful sister as well as her uber awesome coordinating details, Natalie Galasso of Simply That Flowers and soon to be Natalie Galasso Designs.









Probably one of my favorite moments. Jacob’s mom came to greet him with a letter and words of encouragement both so proud and loving.




I love the way he’s smiling at her when he first sees her coming down the isle.









January 16, 2010 - 8:31 am

Harmony Morgner - Bridget,

You picked my FAVORITE pictures! (of course!) I just love you : ) Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing weekend with us… not to mention a lifetime of friendship. You are an amazing photographer and we are thrilled you were able to shoot our special day.

Love you!


January 16, 2010 - 9:23 am

Amy B - Awesome bridge!!!

January 16, 2010 - 11:21 am

erin - as always B you are amazing. i have watched you grow from a “hey can i take some pictures to see what i can do” to a gifted artist behind the camera. i am so lucky to have you as a friend!

love u!

January 16, 2010 - 7:45 pm

Annette Hoegner - Wow Bridge…..I love it! Gorgeous work!

January 18, 2010 - 11:21 pm

tami - holy SHIZ! you rock bridg! GORgeous!

January 19, 2010 - 11:44 am

melinda kim - really beautiful ring shots! I love the peoney one!

January 20, 2010 - 1:16 am

Brandy - Hey Bridget! I was just checking out your blog, and I came across this page…these pics are AWESOME!!!