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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

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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

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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!

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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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haiti volunteer trip – christmas 2013

I am so, SO excited to share my Haiti experience! This December Paul and I spent a week with Paul’s parents and a wonderful team of volunteers supporting Village of Hope Haiti. People from all over the U.S. (including some of my fantastic girlfriends!) donated Christmas gifts and supplies for the children, and our team had the honor to transport, prepare and deliver the Christmas gifts to 600+ students who would not otherwise receive any gifts.

When I was first getting to know Paul a few years ago I fell in love with him for many reasons and in many moments. One of those moments was hearing him talk about his previous experience in Haiti. His blue eyes lit up with joy when he talked about the children at Village of Hope. How could a girl resist? After we got married, we spent six crazy months volunteering at an orphanage in Thailand. But finally going to Haiti and having the joyous light reignited there was so special. I will always admire the Maree Family’s incredible heart for Haiti and am so thankful that they have shared it with me.

This trip actually inspired us to start seriously researching adoption! Its something that we have always wanted to do and we will be doing some soul searching to figure out what our best adoption path might be. From what I can tell, younger couples like us are not allowed to adopt from Haiti, but there are so many international and domestic options to explore. We are very excited to begin the journey and would absolutely love to hear from anyone with adoption/foster knowledge/experience/contacts/resources to help us begin!!!

I usually don’t post so many photographs, but there is just so much beauty and cuteness to share! I hope you enjoy these photos and that the children’s sweet faces will bring you joy and inspiration.

To start off, here are some scenes of beautiful Haiti.

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6-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1671_WEB This set of photographs was taken at Little Children of Jesus, an orphanage for children with special needs. LCJ is run by Food for the Poor and Village of Hope provides some financial assistance. Connecting with these beautiful, loving kids was the most meaningful part of the trip for me. 10-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1689_WEB 12-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1734_WEB The girls loved C who is currently living in Haiti with her family. 15-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1724_WEB 17-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1761_WEB The girls also loved me and my sunglasses! 18-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1751_WEB 20-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1779_WEB This set of photos is from an afternoon spent at the Village of Hope School.
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31-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1974_WEB Many of the kids wanted their pictures taken and would swarm around Paul and me waiting for a turn!  33-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-2000_WEB Of course, Paul and I had to grab some photos with the cuties, too!  36-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-2034_WEB 37-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-2021_WEB We also delivered gift bags to all of the wonderful Health Center staff members 41-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-1902_WEB For our last day in Haiti, we returned to the school for a special Christmas celebration! The children performed songs and dances for us and we also performed some carols for them. Then we spent the rest of the day helping Papa Noel (Santa) deliver the unique gift bags to each grade of boys and girls. It was so amazing to share in the children’s joy and excitement.  43-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-2313_WEB 49-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-2191_WEB 50-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-2370_WEB 56-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-2347_WEB 58-Haiti-VillageofHope-JewelMaree-2240_WEB

Happy New Year! Lots of Engagements!

Happy New Year, friends! Our business has been growing and we have been truly blessed with amazing, fun, beautiful portrait and wedding clients. This year we road-tripped all over California to photograph gorgeous weddings and have adventures, fell in love with stand up paddle boarding, kayaked in La Jolla, camped in Big Sur, had some special visitors, celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday in Oregon, watched dolphins in Santa Barbara and sea lions in Malibu, adopted a PUPPY, celebrated our second wedding anniversary at Big Bear Lake, and ended the year by volunteering together in Haiti (Haiti photos coming soon!). Of course the year had ups and downs and struggles like any other, but 2013 was full and beautiful, and I know 2014 will be too! Thank you all for being a part of our journey and allowing us to be a part of yours.

Life has been too full the past two months  for me to blog (eek!) so I thought I’d start off by sharing a few recent engagement portraits of some of our amaaazing 2014 couples! We love doing engagement portraits. We actually include them with all of our wedding collections because we think its such a valuable time for us all to get to know each other. For the couple to become comfortable in front of the camera. To create beautiful, tangible memories of this short and beautiful and exciting time in life!

Jessie & Drew – Santa Barbara Engagement Session

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Rosalie & Josh – UCLA Los Angeles Engagement Session 1RJ-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-6564_WEB 2RJ-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-6624_WEB 3RJ-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-6625_WEB 5RJ-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-6640_WEB 7RJ-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-4448_WEB 10RJ-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-6745_WEB 13RJ-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-6823_WEB

Shirley & Eddie – Old Town Pasadena Engagement Session 1SE-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-1332_WEB 4SE-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-1370_WEB 8SE-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-1395_WEB 11SE-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-1414_WEB 12SE-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-1426_WEB 14SE-Santa-Barbara-Wedding-Photographer-1473_WEB View full post »

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