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Sarah + Nick - A Surprise Pelican Hill Engagement

When your best friend gets engaged and you’re in the wedding industry - it’s kind of a big deal. Years ago my high school best friend, Sarah and I reconnected. For a good time I was hearing about her boyfriend and at that time, she already knew this was the man she wanted to marry. Naturally I made it my mission to hang out with him asap and as much as a could. Does anyone else have a hard time breaking this wall down with their friends sometimes? Maybe it’s the boys not wanting to be judged or they just want to be with their guy friends? I don’t know. But for some reason it seems to always be a little difficult am I right? And now Nicky knows I’m the funnest so theres that!

So once I finally got in to Sir Nick’s busy schedule, I was absolutely in love with him - that is in love with him for my best friend to marry. Passed the test.

Years later when he started planning his proposal, I was so honored to be included in the planning process. It was one of the hardest things holding back as a creative, but I wanted this to be about him and his woman. So with just a tiny bit of help from me - and lots of photographs he surprised his bride and made (to date) the best night of her life!

I loved, loved being able to capture this for now, two of my best friends! XOXO

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Rose + Scott's Intimate Fall Nuptials

These two created the most relaxed, laid-back, joyful wedding. With just a handful of friends, they took to their longtime country club and said their vows surrounded by pink roses that matched the bride’s hair. Here’s just a few from the fun afternoon!

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Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement - Elisabeth + Etienne

Living in Paris, these two souls have a thing for history, architecture, and beauty. So when we booked their engagement in Southern California, my first suggestion was to shoot at the San Juan Capistrano Mission. 

The perfect backdrop for the effortless affection they had for each other. Here are just a few from their shoot! 

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Emily + Cory's Cinco de Mayo Wedding

If it had been up to this bride, Emily would have eloped but her fiance, Cory convinced her that looking back, she'd be glad they were able to celebrate with those closest to them! Her laid back cool girl vibes created the perfect effortless chic May 5th, Wedding. Cinco de Mayo holds a special place in their hearts as a couple. Borrowing from the holiday, the wedding incorporated bold vibrant colors, delicious comfort mexican food, and featured a breathtaking view of the ocean.

 

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Venue: Crystal Cove State Park

Photography: Sidney Kraemer Photography

Wedding Planner: Pop the Champagne Events

Caterer: Beachcomber Cafe

Florals: DIY

Wedding Gown: Reformation

Bridal Shoes: Nordstrom

Groom's Attire: Menguin

Bridesmaid's dresses: Lulus

Invitations: Bella Figura for Urbanic Paper Boutique

Hair and Makeup: Daniel Mendoza

Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery

DJ: Showcase DJ

Favors: Otomi print koozies at Moontower Rentals

 

Jordan's Maternity Session - Laguna Beach

The morning after St. Patty's day, with the beach all to ourselves, I met up with Jordan and her husband Nick to photograph their growing baby bump. They chose the same beach they were married and it made it a super special shoot. Jordan's inspiration for the shoot stressed a casual lifestyle, that is the epitome of their personalities. Just the two of them enjoying a most lovely day at the beach, waiting patiently to meet their new one!

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Laguna Beach Engagement Session - Emily and Cory

Emily was a friend of mine in high school, when she reached out to me about shooting her wedding I was super excited about it! Meeting her fiancé over coffee and discussing her visions for their big day was completely full circle from giggling over boys between classes.

I am so honored to capture their sweet love story. Seeing the laughter and happiness shared between the two was a constant reminder that I love what I do. Below are some of my favorites curated. Enjoy.

and hug your own curves // an intimate portrait session

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Finally sharing this most beautiful intimate boudoir session. Below are the highlights. We wanted to mix the modern boudoir ideas of the white sheet and bathtub with a warm, relaxed vibe. Drawing inspiration from classical paintings, the session was all about embracing oneself, connecting with the body in order to see the soul. 

Kiss your own fingertips

and hug your own curves.

You are made of waves of honey

and spicy peppers when it is necessary.

You are a goddess,

I hope you haven't forgotten.

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poem by Emery Allen

Sydney - Floral Inspired Boudoir Shoot

 

"Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first."

-Carrie Bradshaw

 

Sydney @ Brand Model and Talent

Styling & Creative Direction: Mac Meckley

Makeup & Hair: Mac Meckley

Photography: Sidney Kraemer

 

Mother Daughter Self Portrait Series - Long Beach

Happy Mama's Day! I can vividly recall a moment in time, long before my daughter was in my arms. It was in this moment, that it was so very clear to me what I wanted to be.

You see, I went off to college thinking I had to go. I had to learn something, that could get me a job and basically set up my life forever and ever. I had applied to colleges in an interesting matter. Each college I applied to was with the intent of studying a different material. I didn't really want to be anything. So when the acceptance letters came in, my choice came with not only a school--but set up what I thought I'd be doing for the rest of my life. I throughly enjoyed art; I appreciated it earnestly and so after careful consideration the school that was my art path was selected and off I went.

But it was later in a moment of hysterical tears streaming down my face, brought on by a stressful, competition riddled college and a beautiful case of PMS, that I dramatically blurted out, to my boyfriend at the time, that all I really wanted to do was be a mom. I had broken down and thought I was never gonna make money (I was doing a lot of free work at the time). Therefore I would never have the funds to support a kid. I thought for sure I was just destined to never be able to have them. And the one thing I wanted, ever, was to be a mom. That's all I wanted.

Looking back I clearly was amazing girlfriend material, so many guys love a super-young-crying over wanting a baby-girlfriend! While that was not the prettiest moment in my life. I was vulnerable. I was embarrassed. I even remember thinking it wasn't right--so many woman had worked so hard for equality that  JUST wanting to be a mom seemed like a betrayal.

But every once in a while I like to remember that moment, that night. When my heart was breaking and I knew what I wanted, a single thing-my baby.

Maybe it was about a year later, that I got what my heart desired. My baby came without any plan. And despite the hardships, the trials that came with an unplanned pregnancy, I know She and I were planned, just by someone a lot smarter than me.


So when I asked Billy to take some portraits with my yesterday she said "sine" which is "fine." She can't quite get those Fs down. But as we went to her closet, she was adamant she didn't have the right clothes. After pulling out her entire dress collection I said then you'll just have to be naked. She looked at me, smiled, and threw off her shirt and that settled our wardrobe choices. However, I must say that taking self portraits, while trying to hide some delicate parts AND have your three year old insist she should click the wireless remote shutter and not  really know about hiding it, the "session" was one of the more difficult ones I have done.

 

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Here's to my little budding photographer. A mommy and me collaboration.

 

 

Old Towne Orange - Rainy Day Newborn Lifestyle Session

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I started reminiscing about when I first became a mother. I remember being worried that I wouldn't know what to do. I still can recall the first night with my baby and thinking I shouldn't go to sleep--I thought I should be doing something (How silly is that?) I ended up watching my kid sleep and missing out on those precious hours that could have helped a few nights later! Oh well, first time mom mistakes! What I do know is that taking pictures, even though that is probably the last thing you want to do in the first few days, is so incredibly special. Babies change so quickly in the first weeks/days/hours. Having those images, you can recall just how you felt in that moment.

Below is a newborn session I never shared more than a few images despite how beautiful these pictures show mom and dad with their week old babe. I always have a heart for moms, but it gets worse at this time of the year. Share in it with me here through this session!

"And so the adventure begins"

 

 

Sweet Anaheim Hills Wedding - Korryne + Keller - Orange County

I am so excited to share with you some highlights from Korryne and Keller's wedding! Marine and southern stud met Socal beauty Korryne, a no fess, laid back, say it like you mean it woman...Keller was hooked and how do they say it?--the rest was history! These two know how to have a good time and their wedding reflected just that. Priorities were made for this day and it was all kinds of fun, filled with dancing, laughter, and heartfelt tears. This is what love looks like!

 

Blessed by southern California rain in the weeks prior, the beautiful canyon where their ceremony took place was lush and green.

 

 

 

 

Chandeliers sparkled above their heads as they smiled, laughed, and shed a few tears.   

The kiss.

Enjoying a few intimate moments together after becoming husband and wife.

Love capturing those in between moments like this. 

Driven away in chic red falcon...

First dance goals.

Mother of the bride's tears matched her daughters as the father-daughter dance took place. 

Bride and groom were surprised with these Mr. and Mrs. cups when they took their seats.

Grandma on the bride's side, shared with me she wore this same dress to her wedding and wanted to wear it here for good luck to the young couple! 

A little selfie action on the dance floor. 

Sharing special moments on their dance floor.

 

Ceremony Venue: Oak Canyon Nature Center

Photography: Sidney Kraemer Photography

Florals: Kat's Creations Floral Design

Reception Venue: Yorba Linda Community Center

Catering: Blue Agave 

 

Romantic San Juan Capistrano Wedding - Mikaylah + Evan - Orange County

This was one of those weddings were I went home and I was so happy with what I do. I am a firm believer that photography should be one of the biggest investments in your life. It might be from the many many times my family would look through the giant albums my mom made, but photographs have always been a big part of my life. I love looking back and being able to recall a memory because of a photograph or asking about an image that goes beyond me and learning something about my family history. When I began photographing weddings, I felt like a part of history. These are the images tell a family's real story.

Mikaylah and Evan's wedding was by far a favorite of mine. There was so much family, so much love throughout the day. The baby of all her sisters, Mikaylah was surrounded by her best friends for life. As the evening progressed the bride and groom danced surrounded by all their nieces and nephews. It was truly a sweet, sweet affair that will be remembered fondly from all different perspectives, all different generations.

Below are some highlights...

 

 

 

 

 

Some reception fun...

 

 

Venue: Plaza de Magdalena 

Coordinator: EVENTS by Robin

Photography: Sidney Kraemer

Videographer: Ellie Meade

DJ + Lighting: VOX DJs

Florist: Fantasy Floral

Hair: Dry Bar

Cake/Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cake

Officiant: Jeremiah Ramer

 

Alta Vista Country Club Wedding - Katie + Brandon - Orange County

It was all smiles and laughter, as Katie and Brandon prepared for their nuptials at Alta Vista Country Club in Orange County, California. There is not a better word I can think than to describe their day but-- perfectly happy! The bride, Katie lounges between makeup and finishing hair.

 

What a gorgeous ring! Here it sits atop pearl covered converse sneakers that the bride wore allowing her to dance the night in style and comfort.

Mama, sis, and maid of honor help the bride into her dress.

I love the effort couples put in. It's the little details that really make it yours. Check out the cute hanger.

Katie, you made such a stunning bride!

The bridesmaids wore navy mismatched dresses.

Flower girl sweetness!

In traditional fashion, the bride and groom waited for the ceremony to see each other.

The groom, Brandon eagerly awaiting.

Smiles right before walking down the aisle.

The flower girl was also their daughter and stayed close to Mama's side throughout the ceremony.

Alta Vista Country Club's spacious green golf course was such a beautiful backdrop to showcase the couples portraits.

 

The cake was navy with gold to go with the rest of the wedding design.

The couple sneaked out for a few moments to themselves.

 

 

Venue: Alta Vista County Club

 

Florals: Victoria's Garden

 

Portrait Session with Tommy

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A bit ago I was contacted to do a session for Tommy. A runner, he was looking to test his feet in some fitness modeling. Never been in front of the camera, he came into the studio a bit nervous but after just a few minutes was feeling like a pro! Here's the results.    

Ocean Calling

The ocean, the beach- it's like pure medicine to me. I need to live near it. Too much time without gazing at the horizon, too much time without touching my toes to the water, or walking on the sand and I break a little inside. While California water gets cold, dipping into it and floating on its surface, the temperature doesn't matter to me. It's healing and as I grow older, I become more and more self aware of a much needed connection I have to the sea that I just cannot ignored. During my time in college, a great professor, downright scared me. He scared me because he spoke of "burning out." He shared that many students he would talk with after graduating did not want to photograph anymore. Since then, I have burnt out, many times.  My relationship with photography has been a continual rollercoaster of love and hate. I'm always wanting to get better and in response to this, I've gotten angry. I push myself and I burn out. But, then I get anxious and I need to create. I need to pick up that camera.

The ocean helps. It inspires. It heals. It reignites the flame. It's a reset for me, a way of stepping back and acknowledging the grandness of the world. It's hard to do that in the world today. There is a constant demand of instant, new work. Share! Share! Share! But it's in those moments of rest for me that the seed of something great has time to develop, to be created. I need to live a life, in order to create something lasting.

The ocean is an inspiration to so many and means a great different things to people. But here, this story is a reflection of the calm, the quiet, and the stillness it can bring directly to one's soul.

Model Kelly Coker shows up as the ultimate beach goddess in Malibu, California.

Makeup by Maddie Buffardi

Photography & Art Direction: Sidney Kraemer

Photography Assistant: Alexa Smith

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Dressing To Impress This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is officially behind us. I hope everyone can attest to eating as much turkey as I did. And now...onward to the Christmas season! I'm sure many of you will agree with me, there is something about Christmas that just makes everything good. There is nothing I love more than seeing all the lights and decorations. I absolutely love the window displays, each transporting you to magical world. I'll admit sometimes I head to the mall, grab a cup of cocoa, and my favorite almond croissant, just to look at the over the top holiday displays. The creativity that goes into everything is just one of the reasons I love the season so much.

Another reason it remains my favorite season is the holiday parties. Holiday parties are a chance for us to show that same creativity, luxury, and opulence. One of the few things in today's casual world we can still dress up for. Perhaps it is the cold weather allowing us to wear that outrageous fur coat that automatically ups the ante or the twinkling lights that provide the perfect ambience for our floor length gown we thought we would never have a chance to wear...but let us dress to impress this holiday season.

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting Miss Taylor Anne of Brand Models. Here she shows us some perfect holiday looks from the party, to after hours. Everyone on set was loving the sequined asymmetrical dress, vintage fur coat, black velvet, and classic lingerie. What do you guys think?

Model: Taylor Anne @ Brand Models

Makeup by Sharla Sobraska

Photography & Art Direction: Sidney Kraemer