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Happy New Year! Photography Publications and Honors

To our amazing clients and fans: we love you big time and are so grateful for your trust and support! We wish you a beautiful New Year!


I’d like to share a few 2014 business honors (at the risk of kinda “tooting our own horn”). In December we were featured on The Huffington Post! This photograph was selected as one of Huffington Post’s Top 50 Photographs of 2014 which was pretty exciting (#3 at bottom slideshow). This sweet couple had an international destination Big Sur, California wedding and this photograph was taken at Julia Pfieffer State Beach (more photographs from this stunner and several other 2014 weddings to be shared soon). In 2014, our photography was featured on several wedding blogs and one of our Santa Barbara weddings was even featured on the infamous Style Me Pretty.

Thanks to our amaaazing (!) brides for taking the time to write reviews of their photography experience, we were notified this week that we have won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2 years in a row! This award places us in the top 5% of wedding professionals for excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. We aim to offer even better artistic quality, lifelong memories, family heirlooms, and client care.

The highest compliment we can receive is a referral, so if you know someone (anywhere in the world!) who is recently engaged, please send them our way for a complimentary wedding photography consult! We travel all over California and the world for weddings. We are currently booking for 2015 and 2016 and we even have some special referral gifts. We are genuinely excited to spend another year doing what we love: getting to know unique people + documenting all of the love and beauty that life has to offer. May your year be filled with joy!



Happy Holidays from Paul, Jewel and Bonnie!

We want to wish all of our friends, family, clients, and colleagues a Merry Christmas! We are so grateful for you and for your support of our photography business.

Although there are SO many images I want to share from this beautiful past wedding season, for now I just want to break the blog hiatus by sharing a few quick photographs I took the other day of our goofy love-ball Bonnie. I hope her big funny smile will bring a smile to your face as well! This year she got on the Naughty List by chewing on 6 candy-canes and 3 ornaments from the tree while I was running an errand, but on the upside she had nice minty breath for a few days with no harm done! In case you weren’t previously introduced when we first got Bonnie as a 6 pound pup she is a Boxer and Australian Shepard mix and the most loving furry companion (now about 60 pounds)!

Happy Holidays from Paul & Jewel + this little redhead!


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third anniversary trip – espiritu santa island and la paz baja mexico

Hello! Yesterday I posted photographs from our rejuvinating week in Cabo. Now, here are some photographs from our day in La Paz, Baja Mexico! On our last full day in Mexico, we got up before the sun to drive our little rental car to La Paz, the capital of Baja, to catch a Mar y Adventuras boat. We had booked an island kayaking/snorkeling trip out to the amazing natural preserve islands in the Sea of Cortez, including El Espiritu Santa Island.

Unfortunately, our “waterproof” Lifeproof phone case broke early on during our Cabo trip (next time we’re getting a GoPro!), but I was able to take my DSLR on the boat in a dry bag for a few photographs. It was so magical to experience the stunning pink lava rock desert islands, white sand beaches and warm turquoise waters.

The most amazing part was getting to snorkel with the wild sea lions! While snorkeling we watched a mother sea lion catch a big fish and feed her young. We also observed two adolescents playing, dancing and spinning under the  sunlit waters of a natural rock arch. It was incredible to be in the water watching the beautiful selkies! The boat ride back to mainland was definitely an adventure as we hit evidence of Hurricane Marie and were soaked with blinding rain and huge waves (not pictured); we were thankful for a great captain. When we got back to the city (that almost never rains!) the streets were flooded.

One day on the islands didn’t feel like enough, and we would love to go back someday to explore around La Paz more (or shoot a destination wedding!) especially when the friendly whale sharks are passing through!  We hope you enjoy these photographs from our adventure.


Sunrise on our drive to La Paz

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Waiting for the Mar y Adventuras boat

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Magnificent Frigatebirds (who drown if they get very wet)

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Beautiful Sea Lions

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Heading into the storm


Back on the mainland of La Paz

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third anniversary trip – beautiful cabo baja mexico – destination wedding photographers

Its kind of crazy how a good vacation can do wonders for the soul. Paul and I have volunteered abroad together (6 months in Thailand, Christmas in Haiti) and we have backpacked on the cheap (Japan, Cambodia, etc.) and it is always an amazing experience. But this year has been tough in some ways, so we wanted to take a more typical, relaxing vacation. Cabo, Baja Mexico was the perfect spot to celebrate our third wedding anniversary (and five years of being together)!

We rented a lovely ocean-front condo for the week at Misiones (we hiiighly recommend Casa-Mar-Azul and CPM). It was a perfect spot away from the resort crowds, and I was able to cook most of our own vegan meals to keep things healthy and affordable. We explored some beautiful beaches and we spent hours swimming and snorkeling in the warm, clear water every day. Heavenly!

We hope to return to Mexico to photograph some Cabo destination weddings in the future and we always have our passports ready! Now I’m diving back into our wedding photography season here in California feeling rejuvenated and grateful.

We hope these photographs will happily transport you to beautiful Cabo temporarily! Check the blog again tomorrow for one more Mexico post featuring a day adventure in another area of Baja, La Paz and Espirito Santa Island. Enjoy!

Sunrise from Playa Cabo Bello


We did a boat tour with beautiful views of Lover’s Beach and the famous arch, El Archo

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We enjoyed lots of homemade tacos and sunsets from this amazing porch – all of the remaining photos were taken around the Misiones condos

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Paul took these portraits of me in my happy place!


This was taken near Misiones from the Sunset De La Mona Lisa restaurant which is an amazing destination wedding venue – just look at this view!


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pasadena wedding photographers – castle green – shirley and eddie

As professional wedding photographers, we always feel honored to document the official beginning of a lifelong love story. This lovely July celebration at the historic Castle Green in downtown Pasadena was especially sweet! The beautiful bride’s family is from Bolivia and the handsome groom’s family is from Mexico, so some of their guests flew thousands of miles to celebrate with them here in Southern California. There was excitement and joy in the air all day and the style was relaxed and colorful with lots of orange and red. The First Look on the stairway was so romantic, and the traditional coin exchange was really special. Shirley remained cool and comfortable all day with her pretty curls down, wearing red tennis shoes and a contagious smile. The bridesmaids kept things relaxed as well wearing super cute Toms shoes. The Castle Green provided such a beautiful outdoor setting and we look forward to photographing more weddings there in the future!

Congratulations to Shirley and Eddie, we hope you have an amazing outdoorsy Oregon-road-trip-honeymoon and we wish you all the best! You and your guests may view the complete online gallery here – it contains all of the photographs from the day, minus a handful for family privacy. Enjoy!

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Castle Green Wedding Photographers: Paul & Jewel Studios

Coordinator: The Cucumber Bride 

Hair and Makeup: Ashley Baclesse-Sher, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Florals: V & B Studios

DJ: Dave Parsons

Food: Castle Catering

Cake: Cake and Art

Photobooth: Fotos On The Go



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