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Holly Steen – Cakes & Kisses – Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

What is your favorite wedding photography trend at the moment?
My favorite wedding photography trend at the moment is colored bridal shoes. I am a huge fan of brides that think outside the box and buy shoes that match their lifestyle, rather than just their wedding dress. It is even better when the bride wears them for the engagement photos or tells me that she wore them during bachelorette party and broke the shoes in… that means no limping around the reception because of hurt feet.
What are the advantages of having your engagement shots taken by your wedding photographer?
The advantage of having engagement photos with your wedding photographer is simple… you get to know what it is like to be in front of the camera. It builds a trust and relationship that is different than sitting and chatting in a showroom. Although I try not to use all my jokes during the engagement, it is a great way for me to spend time with the couple and make them laugh. I think that the more time the couple spends together the better, and the more food/drinks the couple buys the photographer, the better the photo shoot.
What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
The FireFly Events package that I will pick for my bachelorette party is pretty much a laundry list… I have different kinds of friends so I would do a few different to suit each of the groups. Recording Studio- Idol Wannabe, for my overly musically talented friends to sing at the top of our lungs “Lean on Me”, my anthem for 7th grade. Girlfriend Getaway – Sex in the City Weekend, for me and my closest craziest girls. The kind of “All for one and one for all” girls that you have tons of fun with but can’t share any of the stories because they would get us all in trouble. Plus, the Charlies Angel, Self Defense, with my girls and teach them some awesome ways to kick butt in and out of the bedroom.
Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Three famous people I would invite to my bachelorette party would first invite Jewel, the musician, to make my recording studio party to the next level and get us a Grammy. Second, comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, because she makes me laugh so hard, and I think it would be fun, because she probably has some pretty crazy stories. Third, mixed martial artist, Gina Carano, to give us some tips on how to be a knock out and give killer muay thai kicks!
What’s your most outrageous wedding memory, either one you have worked at or one you have been a guest?
So many outragerous wedding memories when I was a second shooter in my first few years of wedding. One of my favorites was for the daughter of the late Pat Morita (the infamous Mr. Miyagi) at a Buddist temple in Hollywood. It was amazing and exclusive, while being unique and special. During the toasting, the brides’ sister stood up and said, “Bonzai” and to have the whole room chime in with “Bonzai” even louder.  This chant carried on through the night was especially memberable when at the end of the first dance the guests all had score cards like “Dances with the Stars.” They received a perfect score.
Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
I am a beach wedding girl. Some of my favorite beach weddings had lounging couches, bon fires, and perfect breeze that made the day seem so magical. I really think there is a mood that is captured in a beach wedding that is missed in a ballroom, or in a exclusive golf club.
If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?
Wedding advice is follow what you want. You will regret having the wedding your best friend, mom wanted. Have the wedding that you want, so you can look back at your wedding photos and remember that every moment that was captured was part of your day. This is more marriage advice, but be sure to marry someone that you enjoy listening to and talking to. They will be the one person you can depend on for an opinion, advice, or a shoulder to cry on.

Holly from Cakes & Kisses, lives & breathes photography and it shows. She cries at every wedding, her heart is always in the right place. She cares and feels the joy of each couple. Holly will capture your most cherishible moments, creating art pieces and documenting your day.

If she’s not documenting marital bliss, you’ll find her at a Dodgers games or getting her new studio space ready for the wedding season.  - go Holly.

Holly has become a lovely friend and she will soon become yours, she will make you feel at ease the moment you meet her.

What is your favorite wedding photography trend at the moment?

My favorite wedding photography trend at the moment is colored bridal shoes. I am a huge fan of brides that think outside the box and buy shoes that match their lifestyle, rather than just their wedding dress. It is even better when the bride wears them for the engagement photos or tells me that she wore them during bachelorette party and broke the shoes in… that means no limping around the reception because of hurt feet.

What are the advantages of having your engagement shots taken by your wedding photographer?

The advantage of having engagement photos with your wedding photographer is simple… you get to know what it is like to be in front of the camera. It builds a trust and relationship that is different than sitting and chatting in a showroom. Although I try not to use all my jokes during the engagement, it is a great way for me to spend time with the couple and make them laugh. I think that the more time the couple spends together the better, and the more food/drinks the couple buys the photographer, the better the photo shoot.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?

The FireFly Events package that I will pick for my bachelorette party is pretty much a laundry list… I have different kinds of friends so I would do a few different to suit each of the groups. Recording Studio- Idol Wannabe, for my overly musically talented friends to sing at the top of our lungs “Lean on Me”, my anthem for 7th grade. Girlfriend Getaway – Sex in the City Weekend, for me and my closest craziest girls. The kind of “All for one and one for all” girls that you have tons of fun with but can’t share any of the stories because they would get us all in trouble. Plus, the Charlie’s Angels, Self Defense, with my girls and teach them some awesome ways to kick butt in and out of the bedroom.

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Three famous people I would invite to my bachelorette party in Los Angeles would first invite Jewel, the musician, to make my recording studio party to the next level and get us a Grammy. Second, comedian, Ellen DeGeneres, because she makes me laugh so hard, and I think it would be fun, because she probably has some pretty crazy stories. Third, mixed martial artist, Gina Carano, to give us some tips on how to be a knock out and give killer muay thai kicks!

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory, either one you have worked at or one you have been a guest?

So many outragerous wedding memories when I was a second shooter in my first few years of wedding. One of my favorites was for the daughter of the late Pat Morita (the infamous Mr. Miyagi) at a Buddist temple in Hollywood. It was amazing and exclusive, while being unique and special. During the toasting, the brides’ sister stood up and said, “Bonzai” and to have the whole room chime in with “Bonzai” even louder.  This chant carried on through the night was especially memberable when at the end of the first dance the guests all had score cards like “Dances with the Stars.” They received a perfect score.

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Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

I am a beach wedding girl. Some of my favorite beach weddings had lounging couches, bon fires, and perfect breeze that made the day seem so magical. I really think there is a mood that is captured in a beach wedding that is missed in a ballroom, or in a exclusive golf club.

If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?

Wedding advice is follow what you want. You will regret having the wedding your best friend, mom wanted. Have the wedding that you want, so you can look back at your wedding photos and remember that every moment that was captured was part of your day. This is more marriage advice, but be sure to marry someone that you enjoy listening to and talking to. They will be the one person you can depend on for an opinion, advice, or a shoulder to cry on.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Holly! Be sure to check out Holly’s website at http://www.cakesandkisses.com/

Bella Rosa Photography – Southern California Wedding Photographer

jenBellaRosaJennifer Carrillo from Bella Rosa Photography, captures your true spirit and beauty.  She uses her photography as her way of expression and connection. She loves being able to photograph people in love and experiencing love.  A large part of her love of photography is the beauty and emotion she is able to capture in her subjects.  We met Jennifer when she was planning a bachelorette party and needed some help. In helping her with the party we found out she’s not only a great photographer, but a pretty cool gal. Thanks Jennifer for sharing with us!

What is my favorite wedding trend at the moment:
Vintage.  Definitely the vintage look in photography, textures, faded colors, and artistic photography.
What Firefly package would you pick for your bachelorette party
okay, there are way too many fun choices!  I like the Wind Tunnel, the Whale Watching, the Trapeze or The Chocolate…too many fun choices!
Name 3 famous people you’d invite to your bachlorette party
Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet
What’s your most outrageous memory at a wedding-there are so many!  Bridesmaid fainting at the wedding, groomsman falling to the floor during ceremony, those were both pretty crazy.  Both were fine, thank goodness!
Your rich uncle, Donald Trump, gives you $5 million dollars, how would you spend that on a wedding.
Wow, never think about having that much money.  I would put a very large donation in me and my husband’s name to the charity of our choice.  With the remaining money, I would choose a beautiful and comfortable venue, pay for all my guests hotel rooms and stay, ensure we had amazing food and entertainment at our wedding so everyone, not just me and my hubby to be, will feel special and have a blast!
Which wedding are you, beach, mountain, forest, or countryside:
My first response is countryside, but I like the beach too.
Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…..
The wedding is just the beginning, communication is key, friendship is the foundation, and forgiveness is essential.  Go into your marriage knowing it will not end and that no matter what happens, you both will find a way through it.  That is commitment.  That is marriage

What is my favorite wedding trend at the moment:

Vintage.  Definitely the vintage look in photography, textures, faded colors, and artistic photography.

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What Firefly package would you pick for your bachelorette party in California?

okay, there are way too many fun choices!  I like the Wind Tunnel, the Whale Watching, the Trapeze or The Chocolate…too many fun choices!

Name 3 famous people you’d invite to your bachlorette party

Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet

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What’s your most outrageous memory at a wedding

There are so many!  Bridesmaid fainting at the wedding, groomsman falling to the floor during ceremony, those were both pretty crazy.  Both were fine, thank goodness!

Your rich uncle, Donald Trump, gives you $5 million dollars, how would you spend that on a wedding.

Wow, never think about having that much money.  I would put a very large donation in me and my husband’s name to the charity of our choice.  With the remaining money, I would choose a beautiful and comfortable venue, pay for all my guests hotel rooms and stay, ensure we had amazing food and entertainment at our wedding so everyone, not just me and my hubby to be, will feel special and have a blast!

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Which wedding are you, beach, mountain, forest, or countryside:

My first response is countryside, but I like the beach too.

Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…..

The wedding is just the beginning, communication is key, friendship is the foundation, and forgiveness is essential.  Go into your marriage knowing it will not end and that no matter what happens, you both will find a way through it.  That is commitment.  That is marriage.

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Shannon Lee Images – Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

Shannon Lee loves being a photographer and capturing love, you can definitely see that in her work.  Clients fall in love with her and we can see.  She is energetic, optimistic, passionate and open minded.  She loves to laugh, stay up late, read a book and travel.  Shannon was just awarded included by The Knot in their  the best of Weddings 2010. We are very excited for her and happy to share a bit more of Shannon Lee with you – enjoy.

What is your favorite wedding photography trend at the moment?
Vintage. I’m so obsessed with vintage.  I can’t get enough.  (although I may not be saying that in 6 months) I love shooting every detail at a wedding and something about the rustic, old details at a wedding just looks so classy and stunning.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
Are you kidding?? How am I supposed to pick just one? I want to go on at least 10 of them!  The adventurer in me really wants to go on a bike tour or white water rafting while the girl in me opts for the wine or champagne tasting or even martini’s and manicures… I would probably have to go with one of the packages that includes all of the above like “kayaking/horseback riding/wine tasting” or “kayaking/wine tasting/sailing” might be my best bet.  Just knowing that FireFly would be organizing every bit of it makes me want to do all of them even more.  Do I have to be getting married? :)

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Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Maybe Natalie Portman.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and she’s a delight[firefly note: james is jealous]. Regina Spektor because I’m obsessed with her newest CD and she seems quirky like me so I’m sure we’d get on. And maybe Zach Galifianakis.  He’d be good for some laughs.  If there’s one thing I love, it’s laughing.

What’s your most outrageous memory at a wedding?
DJ’s always surprise me with what they can come up with.  One reception, the DJ had the bride leave the room and while she was gone made all the groomsmen get on their hands and knees so only their butts were facing her when she came in.  At first he was going to blindfold her and make her touch the boys bums to guess which one was her new husband.  He thought better of it and just let her look at them since you  couldn’t see their faces.  She hesitated between two but she got it right!  It was a lot of fun too.

Shannon Lee ImagesIf a wedding you were shooting, was attacked by ninja’s what would you do?
As a photographer I am trained in the fine art of stealth.  This skill would be put to the test as I would have to do my best to be unseen and unheard, capture some amazing shots of all the rad ninja moves (who doesn’t love ninjas?), and of course protect the cake at all costs.

Your rich uncle Donald(trump) gives your $5 million dollars. How would you spend that on a wedding?
Thank you Uncle Donald who I wish really wish was my real uncle.  Wow.  Seriously, I don’t know how my couples begin to plan their weddings.  There are so many amazing ideas out there.  Recently I’ve been helping a good friend plan her wedding and I’m so overwhelmed.  Personally, I want a small wedding but at the top of my list would have to be hiring a phenomenal photographer.  I think investing in a photographer is the smartest thing any couple could ever do.  Once the flowers have died and cake is eaten (sad), the only memories you’re going to have are the photographs so they better be good!  To me, a good photographer is priceless.  I’d also be sure to find an amazing designer who wouldn’t skimp on the many, many details.  As well as a really great baker for all my sweets.  Cake is my favorite part of the day.  I also think a great coordinator can’t be valued enough.  Good coordinators take everything off your shoulders so that you can do nothing but have fun and enjoy every minute of your always too short day.

Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…
Listen to your vendors.   Really, we just want to make sure you have the most fabulous day possible.  Don’t be afraid to ask advice/opinions of us either.  I know I love helping my brides/grooms every step along the way.

Stephanie Williams Photography – Wedding Photographer

Stephanie Williams is beautiful inside and out.  She is enjoying her passion alongside the person she loves most and can’t live without.   Every package she offers will include your engagement session, so that they can get to know you, your love story and how you interact with each other.  This will result in more creative images for you.  As you can see she has a beautiful style, you will feel comfortable in the presence of Stephanie and Issac as they capture the emotions of your wedding.

Stephanie Williams is one of our favorite Orange County, California wedding photographers. We are delighted  she gave us a few minutes of her time for an interview  - thanks Stephanie.

What’s your favorite trend in wedding photography at the moment?

I would say that my favorite trend is couples getting more creative and personal with their engagement session and wedding day, from bringing fun props (cameras, vintage bikes, balloons, lollipops, etc) to their engagement session to carefully crafting their wedding theme to match their personalities and getting out of the bounds of what a traditional wedding is “supposed” to look like.

What about your job still makes you smile?
Definitely witnessing love day in and day out, the sweet smile and gentle embrace – it still makes me giddy to capture it, and I hope that never fades!

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party? -
ooh, either White Water Rafting (it’s so much fun!) or Horseback Riding – I love the outdoors, and either of these looks like a great adventure!

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Drew Barrymore – cause I just think we’d get along, Joanna Newsom – she’s brilliant, soulful and I love her music, and Alia Shawkat – because she’s hilarious and I also think we’d just get along

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
Oh, that’s a tough one! I love all kinds of outdoor weddings, but I guess I’ll have to go with Countryside…there’s just something about an open, expansive field that I love…..

Finish this sentence: *If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would
be…*
true to yourself and personality and style. Don’t go along with something if it isn’t “you.” Feel freed to bend the wedding rules and create an amazing day that celebrates truly who you and your fiance are as people and as a couple.

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory?
I do have a good one for this question…recently, I shot a wedding where the father of the bride forgot his pants! Everything was pushed back a bit because they had to send someone back to the hotel to retrieve them. The cool thing about it though, was that the bride and groom just rolled with it and didn’t freak out. We just got to shoot extra romantics and bridal party shots :)

You can view her website here: http://www.stephaniewilliamsphotography.com/.

And you can view her Blog here: http://stephaniewilliamsphotography.com/blog/

what’s your favorite trend in wedding photography at the moment?
I would say that my favorite trend is couples getting more creative and
personal with their engagement session and wedding day, from bringing fun
props (cameras, vintage bikes, balloons, lollipops, etc) to their
engagement session to carefully crafting their wedding theme to match their
personalities and getting out of the bounds of what a traditional wedding
is “supposed” to look like.

What about your job still makes you smile?

Definitely witnessing love day in and day out, the sweet smile and gentle
embrace – it still makes me giddy to capture it, and I hope that never
fades!

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party? -

ooh, either White Water Rafting (it’s so much fun!) or Horseback Riding – I
love the outdoors, and either of these looks like a great adventure!

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Drew Barrymore – cause I just think we’d get along, Joanna Newsom – she’s
brilliant, soulful and I love her music, and Alia Shawkat – because she’s
hilarious and I also think we’d just get along

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside? Oh, that’s
a tough one! I love all kinds of outdoor weddings, but I guess I’ll have to
go with Countryside…there’s just something about an open, expansive field
that I love…..

Finish this sentence: *If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would

be…* true to yourself and personality and style. Don’t go along with
something if it isn’t “you.” Feel freed to bend the wedding rules and
create an amazing day that celebrates truly who you and your fiance are as
people and as a couple.

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory? I do have a good one for this
question…recently, I shot a wedding where the father of the bride forgot
his pants! Everything was pushed back a bit because they had to send
someone back to the hotel to retrieve them. The cool thing about it though,
was that the bride and groom just rolled with it and didn’t freak out. We
just got to shoot extra romantics and bridal party shots :)

Vendor Love: Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star, her last name says it all – her passion and love for photography shines  in her work.  If you haven’t read her blog, you will be hooked, you will go back for more not just for the pictures but for her stories.  You will definitely feel very comfortable in the presence of Jasmine if she were your wedding photographer – she has that welcoming calm personality.

We have been following Jasmine’s work for a while now, so we were delighted when she answered our interview questions, so peeps here’s a closer look at Jasmine.

What’s your favorite photo style at the moment?
I adore Lifestyle photography, as it yields natural–yet fabulous–poses and captures fun moments.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
I’d definitely do the cooking party…lord only knows how badly I need to learn how to cook!  ;)

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party?
oprah (com’on…she’s OPRAH for crying out loud!), rachel ray (she could cook for us), and ellen degeneres (she’d make us laugh!)

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory?
It was POURING rain the day I got married.  Like, torrential downpour.  I thought the day was ruined, but two hours before the ceremony was supposed to start, the skies parted and the day was perfect!

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

Beach!  I had a destination wedding in Hawaii and I’m a total SoCal kinda girl!

Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…
HAVE FUN!  There are bound to be things that go wrong on a wedding day, so the key to happiness is just to go with the flow.  At the end of the night, you’ll have a husband and that’s all that matters anyway!  :)

Thanks Jasmine

You can view Jasmine’s work here: http://www.jasminestarblog.com/

Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star