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not so crazy about santa. {crystal court holiday photography}

In my last post you probably got the idea that I have been WAY busy. WAY doesn’t even describe the busy part. It’s beyond WAY. It’s WAY WAY busy here. And because of the sickies and the other stuff that gets thrown my way, we put off Santa. That’s right. We didn’t do our annual Irvine Park Santa Train trip. We didn’t even pass him once (except when I saw him at the shake shack in Laguna and he was in his civilian clothes, well, if you count blue dockers and a red polo with a Santa emblem as regular clothes) in the shops and the asforementioned sighting was without the kids.

And we LOVE our trips to see him, even if they are brief.

Today, yep, December 23rd, we braved to go visit him. The kids got dressed up a bit and because this is my first little girl (and only!!) we had to do the frilly get up to go with it! We went to a late breakfast at our favorite joint and then hit Crystal Court. And there was a line. And I knew there would be a line. So we waited anyway. An enthusiastic mom of three in front of us in the line said that it’s worth waiting for this Santa. He’s the best. I felt like the line and the thought of an over an hour wait felt like something out of a bad movie.

The kids survived. Juliet did okay until the tail end. Having given up her nap that mid-morning, all in the sacrifice of going to see him, she hung in there. While waiting I walked around to show her a glimpse of him and she waved at him. And he waved back and then she blew kisses. And I thought, boy, this is going to be totally worth the wait. She’s going to sit right there on his lap and love it.



So, I would sum it up like this. Yummy breakfast. Four beautiful kids waiting patiently to see Santa. Excited to share what they want with him. A screaming toddler and a perfect photo to sum it up. Priceless.

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family. We hope that this season brings you lots of love and joy.


ps – My cards finally arrived. And I am proud to say that I am getting them out by the grace of God. And that I am beating to my own drum that although late – they definitely will be worth the wait.


December 24, 2009 - 2:13 pm

Joanne - Nice photo, Bridge! It’s these types of memories and photos that will really amuse the entire family years down the line.

December 24, 2009 - 9:44 pm

Shelley - OH – loved the build up, love the shot…!

January 5, 2010 - 3:53 pm

Marina - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! love it. xoxo

January 18, 2010 - 12:52 pm

Cheryl - That is the BEST Santa Photo EVER!!!

dear blog {orange county family photographer}

Dear Blog,

I am sorry I have neglected you. It’s just right now with the holidays, a wedding to edit, traveling to see my sister and two kids coming back with the swine flu. Well Ms. Blog, you got pushed to the back burner. Actually you got removed from the stovetop. You were even pushed behind the long nights of snotty noses, up with feverish kids, the neglected dog and even watching Survivor and So You Think You Can Dance. Then, I prioritized putting up a tree with my kids and more sessions and wrapping up Holiday cards. And I am sorry blog. I am back and am excited to reunite with you this week. What’s funny Ms. Blog – I have you on the top of my 2010 list. Yep, that’s right. You and me are going to hang out more.

I have something to cheer you up Blog. A couple outtakes from my RAD Christmas card photo outing with my four beauties last week. Yep, that’s right, my designing and photoing for my cards even got delayed. All these sickies for 2 weeks are for the birds.

But we ARE BACK! And healthy. And ready for this awesome Christmas!!!

Singing Itsy Bitsy Spider. It’s J’s favorite song!

YES, she knows how to work a camera!

I have had dreams of coming here with all 4 kids. And I adore it. Ironically, look at the last line on the picture on the right. I HOPE THE KIDS READ THAT PART!!!

So Blog. Please forgive me. I hope this makes you happy. I have somethin that will make you giddy tomorrow too!



December 23, 2009 - 12:26 am

Vanessa Preziose - Can your kids be any cuter??? I don’t think it’s possible.

December 23, 2009 - 2:35 pm

Marina - ACK! J is such a ham and I LOVE it! Looks like you knocked your card session out of the park. Send me a digital one if you run out of paper. xoxo

corona symphony orchestra and the young americans {corona event photographer}

had the pleasure of photographing the Holiday Spectacular this past weekend at Santiago High School. The Young Americans teamed up with the Corona Symphony Pops featuring the local youth of the Corona Norco USD to pull off a energizing performance to kick off the holiday season! I could feel the energy when coming into the concert!


A jazz hands post is always in order. Especially with a young group of AWESOME performers!



The fabulously talented Walt Straiton conducting the beautifully composed music.


My favorite part of the concert was the Santas sneaking in with flashlights. Too funny!


And of course the audience participation part was loads of fun. Juliet loved watching all the dads try to dance.



The energy from the kids is outstanding. I am definitely going to sign my kiddos up for the Young Americans program. There was a mom I spoke to after the concert ended and we shared thoughts on the energy that the kids poured out while performing. She let me know how her daughter was very shy and now she is seeing a new kid brought out by the music and singing. I danced for 14 years and could relate to the way it can make you feel when up on stage. It’s a positive thing for the kids to have positive, music influences in their young lives.

and the tear jerker at the end. She sang like an angel.



November 30, 2009 - 2:41 pm

Walt Straiton - Bridget, the photos are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Exquisite colors, my gosh, you have a GIFT!!! Thank you, thank you for your gift of artistry!!!

December 15, 2009 - 11:49 am

amy b - Love these Bridge. The energy is amazing!

sums up our thanksgiving. {tustin ranch photographer}

We flip-flop on where we spend our holidays every year. This year, my dad’s house won and boy did we have fun. A lot of excitement for the camera, a pie contest, a good turkey and lots of laughs during the “why we are thankful” segment of the meal.

Only have time for a quick photo. More photos to follow tomorrow.



November 27, 2009 - 10:42 pm

monique - LOVE

November 27, 2009 - 10:45 pm

ingrid - love it. Your sister is adorable.

from this moment.

From now on when I hear “From This Moment” by Shania Twain it will be in a completely different light with different raw emotions that will always pop up in my mind from photographing a small, intimate wedding in Fallbrook, California. A new loving wife to be embraced her loving husband surrounded by friends and family. Leslie and John were friends and together for four years then married early October knowing that John only had days to live. Only lucky to be married and together a few more weeks together before he passed on. Rest in peace, John. I was honored to be there when you and Leslie had your special day. I am even more happier to have known you and be around your loved ones on what was such a happy, joyous celebration.


On this Thanksgiving Eve, I am thankful for my family.


November 25, 2009 - 1:21 pm

ingrid - Oh my goodness. How touching. So much love in one photo.

December 23, 2009 - 2:38 pm

Marina - this is an amazing moment. great photo B!

January 16, 2010 - 5:19 am

Michele (Pinkle Toes) - wow, b. this image is phenomenal.