Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lisa+Mike Wine Cellar Engagement Session

We shot the coolest engagement shoot in Hillsborough, California recently to gear up for the awesome wedding of Lisa and Mike! We shot at Lisa's childhood home where the surroundings were nothing short of breathtaking. After looking around the house a bit I stumbled upon their amazing wine cellar and knew we HAD to shoot there-of course they were both totally up for it!

Here's a sneak peek at their session! Look out for their wedding next year!!!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

SoulPancake Book Launch with Rainn Wilson

We're not gonna lie, shooting the SoulPancake book launch party with Rainn Wilson this past weekend in Los Angeles was just as fun as we anticipated. Not to rub it in your face or anything but if you live in L.A. and you're weren't there.....well then I don't know where the heck you were...

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Don't know what SoulPancake is? You're not paying attention!!

I mentioned it a few posts back when I shamlessly plugged my cousin Ferraby and his new music video featuring the always hysterical Rainn Wilson:

 

Still don't know? No worries...let me hook you up...


or here
http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/video/rainn-wilson-launches-soulpancake-book/1257953/

 or here

http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/08/25/rainn-wilson-book/

 or here and here

http://www.daemonsbooks.com/2010/11/05/soulpancake-book-trailer-featuring-rainn-wilson/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-11-05/rainn-wilson-book-office-actor-releases-soul-pancake/

You get the picture....

I got mine from Amazon a couple weeks ago right before hopping on a flight to a photography conference in New Orleans-perfect timing! I dove into it on the plane and fell in love. You really just have to flip through it to truly "get it". I wanted to buy one for every person in my family and circle of friends. I wanted to give them out on street corners and drop them in random mailboxes-but alas my husband might have divorced me if I drained our bank account going SP crazy so I settled on a respectable 5 copies and the plan to pick his brain apart before bed every night for the next few months/years with insightful questions.... 

Aside from the obvious joy I got from being able to chat with Rainn Wilson....

****side note: I'm not going to pretend I'm not mildly *intensely* obsessed with The Office...everyone knows for my "Push Present" after giving birth to Luci I told my husband instead of the normal jewelry or bracelet charms or couture baby books I requested every season of The Office available on dvd which he happily delivered on...I can honestly say Luci probably heard Dwight's voice just as much as her own father's in her first week of life...***

...I was also thrilled to finally be able to meet Golriz Lucina & Shabnam Mogharabi
 who I've heard so much about and who are just as sweet and charming as they were rumored to be....

oh and of course it was great to see the uber sweet Devon Gundry again who I was in youth group with back in Nashville (there's the connection in case you're wondering)

So here's a few pics from the awesome launch party we were honored and delighted to shoot! The event was an interactive experience where many of the cool ideas and activities from the book were created on tables for everyone to try out and explore-people were WAY into it. It was so cool to walk around easedropping on people's thoughts and expressions as they dove a little deeper with one another. 

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If you were one of the great supporters who were there that night and are looking for your pic with Rainn we posted the complete set on our facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/BellaLuPhotography

Go there and become a fan-then we'll tag you up! Make sure you share the link with your friends too!!!



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oh and p.s.


get the book. like..............NOW! Go! Go! Go!

Monday, November 15, 2010

SoulPancake

We had SUCH a great time shooting the SoulPancake launch party! SO fun!!! If you're looking for pics you're in the right place! Stay tuned!!!

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hey! I know her! Wow, I'm REALLY short.

Yellow Brick Road Dance

Last year we were so excited to be asked to participate in such an awesome event and we were invited back this year as well!! The Yellow Brick Road Dance was a special event put on by West Gate Church specifically for youngsters with special needs who so often miss out on the funnest parts about being students and young adults-DANCES! From the lights to the dj, the candy table and the pizza-these kiddos were spoiled rotten-as they should be! And of course everything was completely free for them-they just had to come and dance the night away-they were happy to oblige...we were too :) 

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The complete set is on our facebook page! You might even see a few with my own kiddos dancing away :)
http://www.facebook.com/BellaLuPhotography#!/album.php?aid=244311&id=57689946794

not on facebook yet? You're missing out!!!! We're constantly giving away awesome gifts and helpful links! Come by and say HI!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

San Jose Children's Photography Mini Shoot

Here's a sneak peek at today's adorable family photography session in San Jose-these kiddos were adorable and so much fun! It never ceases to amaze me how much great stuff we can get in these mini sessions! And they adored their gorgeous dog Murry!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Special thanks to all of my Nashville folks who are being so patient waiting for their shoots to come back! We're almost there!

 


Jackson

a photographer's diet

when you're workin your tail off at a wedding sometimes the only time you get to stop and eat is after all the guests have left and the staff is breaking down the room. Under such circumstances I find it's best to go straight to the cake table...and go ahead and grab 2 slices. Props to my hubby (aka second shooter) for such an attractive shot of yesterday's meal (and Sweet Tooth Confections for supplying it)

 

 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oh Fall.....

I've been missing....since my birthday I suppose which was almost a month ago! YIKES! Where have I been? 

One guess:

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Well I'll tell you anyway in case the cowboy boots didn't give it away...
(aren't they fun by the way? I've been searching for the right cowboy boots for over a year. Apparently in California they are hard to find-the real ones at least-the ones that mold to your feet and can be refinished like hardwood floors. I had to go all the way to Nashville to get some legit kicks and they're luxurious. The man who sold them to me looked like he just walked off his ranch-always a good sign. I'm hoping they'll last until I'm too old to walk anyway)

Oh Nashville....you have such a special place in my heart.

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We had a family reunion in Little Rock, Arkanasas and then made the 6 hour drive through Memphis and into Nashville-naturally indulging in Cracker Barrels along the way where Luci adopted numerous lost baby dolls and dragged them through the store.

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oh and while on the subject of food-I gained 3 pounds while on vacation and promptly came home last week, sat down in and subsequently broke my kitchen chair. 

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yes. I did. 

Daily trips to the Loveless Cafe, Jack's BBQ and trips to our family friend's place Julia's Homestyle Bakery will do that to you. We got to go in the back and get a sneak peek at the bakery....

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No regrets. Calories well spent. 

My grandfather lives in Australia and flew all the way out for the family reunion. We spent some very precious time with him taking an afternoon to grab a few family shots.

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my children refuse to wear their shoes on the correct feet...my grandpa didn't want them to feel left out...

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We snagged a few shots of my mom and her new hubby since they're 1st anniversary is this month! 

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It was a very special day.

We also went to the absolute best pumpkin patch I have ever seen (and I've seen A LOT!) I can't believe I never found it all of the years I lived there! Walden Farm in Smyrna, Tennessee is completely free to enter. It has the absolute most charming buildings and decor and activities for the kiddos. Little goats, horses, chickens, an awesome hay maze for young kiddos, a cute little tracker pull and they sell HOT corn on the cob and it's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! That's just a few things out of the many many many things they have-and most of them are free or close to it!! It's a fall heaven and if I lived in Tennessee I would be there once every 3 days during their open season. 

Here's a few shots of the girls enjoying this awesome place...

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What a treat.....and can you believe it's already November? whoa.

So you'll be seeing some posts from some fun Nashville shoots we did in and around my beautiful city. 

Enjoy!!!