Hi friends!

I am so excited to share with you the first of many interviews I will be doing with top industry leaders and professionals. Not only will I be interviewing wedding industry professionals and masters in photography, I will be speaking with people from all walks of life and from many various professions.

Be sure to subscribe for future posts because I have some incredibly talented people lined up and ready to share themselves and their advice with you.

Deanna, of Deanna Nash Events, is a wedding coordinator and one of the leading industry professionals here in Southern California. Not only is she an amazingly talented coordinator, she is one of the kindest people you will ever meet.

In this video, Deanna shares her top 5 pieces of advice for newly engaged couples.

You can also see more of her advice and on this topic on her blog, here: Deanna’s Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

Megan and Robert are two incredibly strong and beautiful individuals. There are not enough ways that I could possibly put into words just how amazing they are.

First of all, Megan and Robert literally created and planned their entire wedding themselves with the help of friends, family and their day of coordinator.

They didn’t just plan what goes where and what they would like to have in their wedding, such as choosing flowers, color schemes and decor. Nope, they built and decided on everything. They went to the fashion district themselves to purchase linens, literally EVERY aspect of their wedding was created by them.

I would like to emphasize on their strength for a second. Robert suffers from a chronic and very painful condition called, Colitis. However, there is not enough public knowledge about this chronic condition. It is painful. It is life altering and it affects more people than you could imagine.

As someone who suffered from a chronic condition, albeit, mine does not compare to those suffering from Colitis but for a very long time I was in and out of the hospital, going through this or that treatment and it never seemed to end. This went on for years. I have Interstitial Cystitis which is another unknown but common pain condition that many women (and men) suffer from. I finally have found ways to minimize its hold on me but it still sometimes rears its hideous face.

Knowing what it’s like to have people not quite understand what I was going through, my heart goes out to these two and the struggles they have faced. Sometimes just having others simply understand your pain can give you the relief of not having to explain it over and over, to not have to feel alone.

Here you can donate to CCFA http://online.ccfa.org/goto/thepoopertroopers to support Robert on his walk for the awareness and treatment of those suffering with Colitis as well as with Chron’s Disease.  Let’s help all of those who are suffering from this condition together! Your support and even awareness will make an impact in the hearts of those going through this continual struggle.

Now back to their story and their amazing wedding….

Robert works in construction and him and his dad built their light fixtures and sewed every piece of fabric. Robert and Megan made every sign and every detail come to life. Normally, DIY weddings can tend to be a bit minimal. Not theirs! I was seriously blown away by how beautiful it was. I had no idea what I was in store for, I was beyond impressed. Beyond!

They had a Moroccan theme of beautiful metallic, white and teal accents with gorgeous bougainvillea floral arrangements. Even down to their wedding invitations made by Megan and inspired by their favorite surf artist from Encinitas, Andy Davis, every detail was gorgeous and so incredibly executed.

As two surfers and lovers of adventure (As am I) we instantly clicked. I am thankful for having been honored to document their day and to now be able to call them friends (As we will be hitting the waves soon guys!).

How did all of this wedding magic begin? Well, Megan and Robert went to Catalina Island for Megan’s birthday in January, 2016.

They hiked to the top of the mountain and laid out a blanket, taking in the beautiful views of the Pacific ocean. If you have ever been to Catalina, then you understand its incredible beauty.

Robert started reminiscing about their relationship and kind of attempting to hint at something. Meanwhile, (as us gals tend to do) Megan kept interrupting him. I do this all the time, just ask Aryan!

He finally looked at her and said, “Well, what do you think?” and she still didn’t get it. In an attempt to be more straightforward with his attempted hints he finally said, “Well, what do you think? Do you want to marry me?” and all the while, Megan was eating a pb&j sandwich whilst drinking a Modelo beer. She took a pause and said, “Yes!”.

When I heard this, it was so fitting to their nature as individuals and as a couple, which is what I love most about it. They truly love one another and are two people who I think have embraced what is important in life; each other, family, experiences, friendship and living life in the now, not letting anything pass them by.

Everyone could take a page out of Megan and Robert’s book. Everyone. They are pure hearted, beautiful people. I have so much admiration for these two as people and as a couple. When people say ‘couple goals’ this is what they mean.

To their day of coordinator, my second shooter Jessica (Who rocks by the way!), their incredible team of friends and family and to the other vendors that made this wedding come to life, thank you. You made magic a reality for a day.

“The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen


Moroccan Inspired Coastal Beach Wedding


 

 

Vendors

Dress: Free People

Venue: El Capitan Sate Beach

Second Shooter: Jessica Swaner Photography

Day of Coordinator: Love Sweet Love

Table Rentals: Santa Ynez Elite Party Rentals

Food Catering: Super Cucas

Porta Loo Rental: Knight’s Plumbing

Photographer: The Argus Image

 

 

 

 

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How did this gal become a photographer? Well, it all started when I was 14 years old. My dad gave me his old Nikon F4 and I went on a life changing trip with my school to Tecaté, Mexico that would forever shape my future, even though I did not know it at the time.

At that time, I had wanted to be a lawyer, to change the world, justice, etc. I begged my dad for a sweatshirt from Harvard Law. He bought it for me as my parents always supported my dreams (no matter my age) and this was the one precious thing I packed with me that also changed my perspective on life, needs and wants.

We flew from Oregon (where my school was based) to LA (My hometown) and drove into Mexico. We arrived in Tecaté, as a group of young teens ranging between 14 and 18 with our group leaders. Little did I know, this trip would change my perspective of life at a very young age.

We arrived at the orphanage and we were brought to our rooms. The rooms were bunk beds in a tiny cramped space, nothing like I had ever experienced. We also only had about enough hot water to bath in, for each of us to have 30 seconds of hot water under a faucet (Literally a faucet) and only the first girl to bath would get hot water for that time. Needless to say, we took turns under the “hot faucet” alternating every three days.

We lived with these kids at their orphanage for about a week. One child, Alfredo (I will never forget his name or his smiling face) who was about 5 or 6 at the time, had approached me many times to play with the group but only toward our last few days did he really become comfortable with me.

I was wearing that Harvard sweatshirt. He said, “I want to be a lawyer when I grow up!” my counselor called me over and said, “He looks up to you. Would you give him that sweatshirt?” I didn’t want to at the time. It didn’t quite hit me. I said, “no, I love this sweatshirt!” Then I went back to him. He tugged on it. He looked up at me and he said how he wanted to change the world. How he wanted to be a lawyer in America. I found myself pulling the sweatshirt off of my back and putting it over his head.

This moment will forever and always be burned in my memory. The light that filled him, the hope. It was truly life changing. Who knew (I didn’t then) that something so simple as a sweatshirt could change a child’s hope for his future and for the betterment of dreams to come.

We were leaving, and as we departed, he ran up and handed me a ceramic sun and moon the kids had made. I still have it hanging in my home. It is a treasure to me. That little boy changed my perspective. I can only hope he found his dream.

If you think it stopped there, let me tell you, that was only the beginning.

We then ventured to Guadalajara, Mexico. This was where an already influential journey took the most important turn in my life.

I put the film into my camera. In fact, it wasn’t in the Nikon f4 but a Canon Rebel film camera my dad bought me that I took this photo with. I had both on my person at all times.

We ventured into the city center and this is where I saw her… a young girl, no older than 5 or 6, begging on the street.

She had an accordion that she was playing and a cup that she was to collect money in.

I was worried about offending her. I was worried about taking her photo, even at my age.

I felt that I was almost capitalizing on her suffering after experiencing what I did at the orphanage. Not that I had ever planned to make money on the image, but taking the photo itself while knowing her suffering? This seemed wrong to me. It still does.

Nevertheless, I laid down on my stomach and took her photo.

She looked into my lens. Her eyes pierced me. They said so much without us speaking the same language, without us saying anything. That photo haunts me to this day and at the same time, that photo made me a photographer.

I dropped some money in her cup and ventured off with my group.

I wish I had her contact details. I wish I could thank her. I want to tell her how she was the driving force that made me want to capture the beauty in this world. With beauty comes suffering. With suffering, comes enlightenment.

I wonder what happened to her. The girl with the eyes. The girl that inspired me. The girl that said everything, without saying a word.

That trip in itself sparked my drive as a photographer. Even though I did not know it at the time, those few weeks would shape my life forever.

Thank you, Alfredo and thank you to the beautiful girl with the eyes that shattered my very core and in turn, made me who I am today.


How I Became a Photographer


 

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Hey you!

I have some exciting news that has been so hard for me not to share but I am going to do it early because I am one of those people who is the WORST at keeping surprises a secret.

For example, I special ordered my husband’s birthday gift last year (a month before his birthday) and even though I wanted to wait to give it to him so that I could see the surprised look on his face, you know, that surprised and amazed look? Well, I let the cat out of the bag after a week. I simply couldn’t keep it in. Why did I do this? The truth is, I was too excited for him. Or rather, how happy it would make him.

I like making people happy and I love sharing exciting news. Which is why I am giving you a heads up for the BEST news of 2017!

After many months of planning, writing, shooting and editing, I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be launching my YouTube channel on January 1st!

Yep! I will be venturing into the world of PewDiePie, Smosh and iJustine. Just on a MUCH smaller scale. Think of them like your favorite celebrity. Then, enter Britt… The person you hardly know but who will hopefully make a BIG impact on your life.

I am honestly surprised I was able to keep this a secret for so many months and I can only hope you are as excited as I am!

I will not only be doing a TON of ‘How To’ videos for photography but I will also be posting on entrepreneurship as well as growing your brand and your business.

Besides that, I will be posting videos on all of my travels and adventures. That means, not only will you get behind the scenes content, you will also get the ins and outs on doing this yourself.  Helping you document life and love around the world and growing a banging six figure business while you’re at it. Hopefully… I mean, I want that too.

In all seriousness, my goal is to help you reach your dreams and to turn those goals of yours into a profitable business and to offer what knowledge I have through my own experience along the way.

I hope you will subscribe to my channel (As it is brand spanking new!) and more so, I hope that it inspires you to keep going and keep fighting for your dreams.

My goal is to help you live life to the fullest and to make what we are each passionate about, our reality.

Please join me January 1st, 2017 for the launch of my channel!

Wahoo!

Photo Credit: W.A. Henderson

 

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Hi friends!

Can you believe we are just one week away from the New Year? I know for many of you, you are saying to yourself, “Where did the time go?” and wondering how to get your goals started for the upcoming year. So let’s talk about that for a minute.

When you have a handful of goals that you want to achieve, it is all too easy to rush through them all in order to meet the deadlines that we set in our minds. The way to achieve all of your goals (No matter how many you have) and for them to actually be SUCCESSFUL is to concentrate and plan each one. Carefully, thoroughly and methodically. Think of the future implementation of the goals instead of just the present and the desired outcome.

I recently had to take a step back because I had so much I wanted to start the new year off with and I was beginning to find myself overwhelmed and not having the time to focus on each one. I finally prioritized and made a plan for the new year and for each goal that I wanted to accomplish.

It is also very important to reflect on the current year if you wish to cultivate the next year to be more successful. Use this reflection as a tool to help you get 2017 off and running and to help you build each goal for success and to continue on that success throughout the year.

I recently published a post, “Are You Ready for 2017?” which I strongly encourage you to read if you are looking for a few tools to help you get the foundation of your business off to an amazing start in 2017.

You got this!


The New Year Is One Week Away?!


Photo Credit: Jack Alexander

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