D+K // Family Portrait Sesh

Look at this adorable little family. Look at them, so nonchalantly and happily hanging out on the beach, getting their family photos taken. Not a care in the world.  

What you can't see are the droves of beach goers around them. And I mean DROVES. Never in my life did I so completely regret my decision in not planning out this shoot more properly. Not once did I even consider the fact that, oh I don't know, it's summer. What do people do during the summer? Well, they go to beach. Sigh. And it gets better. The tide was coming in hot and the marine layer was already consuming the coast. So any lofty thoughts of having a bright and sunny shoot were directly out the window. Even bigger sigh.

But alas, we all gotta suck it up and do the job regardless of the circumstances. So I bit down hard and started shooting. Thank the good Lord these three were so easy-going, laughing and joking and flexibly playing along as I strategically photographed them, sans all the hot pink bathing suits looming in the background. It was hilarious and unnerving all at the same time. 

Take-way: be vigilante about location scouting during specific seasons. Or prepare to sweat like a beast during the entire shoot.

Now look at some pretty photos of cute people. 

Little dude was so done for.

Cheers,

Nat

Senior Portraits & Why They're Lame

Oh, high school. All I really remember about you is how hungry I was all the time (bottomless pit over here) and how awkward every single moment of my existence was during those 4 years. I might as well say 6 years since junior high was just as, if not more, brutal. I clumsily made my way through my high school experience, ridiculously long limbs and all, hoping I was cool. I very much wasn't.

Then graduation was just around the corner and the excitement for freedom (kinda) was palpable. Just had to make it through senior portraits. You know, that right of passage where you attempt to be modelesque for some minimum wage employee of a massive, mediocre photography studio that SERIOUSLY abused the "chin leaning on fist" pose. I think the fact that my parents opted to keep the proofs and never actually ordered prints is a testament to how wonderful the end result was. 

Fast-forward about 14 years and you'll see a drastic change in the portraiture world in general. Digital has made a lot more possible in terms of shooting high-end imagery at a mid-level price. Quite frankly, the results are stunning all around. But honestly, senior portraits are still a bit… well… blah. Apparently I missed the memo where I'm supposed to take a regular teenager and photograph them to look ridiculously gawky and awkward. As if they aren't self-conscious enough. 

In my humble opinion, the game needs to be changed. So this is my answer.

Cheers,

Nats

The Weekly Roundup // New Year's Shenanigans

What. A. Year.

It's been awhile. A long while. Like over six months while.

But I'm back in hopes that The Weekly Roundup remains weekly and not biannually. 

Long story short, this last semester of my life (because as a student, time is only broken down into semesters) was nothing short of hellish. Preface: I basically knew what I was getting into so I can't really complain. However, luck was definitely not on my side and between the heat wave, computer malfunctions, perpetual illness, lack of funds, car trouble and general sleep deprivation, I almost lost my mind. I  absolutely lost a few pounds as well. It was a cluster.

But now that I'm on the other side of it all and had a few moments to breeeeeeeeeathe, I've decided to change course and I'm feeling pretty good about it. More on that in future posts.

Right now, I choose to talk about the goodness of life. If you know me, you know that this doesn't happen often. I'm the worst cynic alive and manage to find problems with EVERYTHING. Don't get me wrong, I think being realistic about everything is a healthy way to be but I can make puppies and rainbows and unicorns a negative thing. I have problems.

However, lately I've been gifted the opportunity to get outta town a couple times and it has been such a wonderful thing. Sometimes, you just have to escape and be separated from your priorities for a short time to realize how small they are and how they don't deserve your anxiety in the least. But what's better is these mini-trips were a gift from an incredibly generous human I have the pleasure to call a close friend. She's one of those people who has a tremendous amount of favor in her life and is constantly paying it forward. Her sharing capabilities are off the charts and she basically makes me smile when I think of her. Again, if you know me, few people actually make me smile when I think of them. We shall call this little treasure "Buddy".

For New Year's Eve, we had the pleasure of using one of buddy's client's mansion cabins in Big Bear at no cost to us. So of course, Buddy went to great lengths to plan a less than 24 hour trip where we went hog-wild sledding and coloring and eating and barely making it to midnight. It was basically my childhood, save for the added spiked libations to keep our innards warm. We enjoyed ourselves beyond expectation.

Buddy is the best.

We keep it weird...

… and very rarely bring it back to normal.

Buddy in a nutshell. 

New Year's Resolution? Not so much. Resolutions seem like a sure fire way to crash and burn and fail. Instead, let's all just try to be better people than we were the day before. Go, team, go!

Cheers,

Nats

Chris+Kirk // Engagement

Since it's supposedly the day of love and there's a lot of people loving each other and love is abounding and love, love, love, I thought I'd do a little post on one of my lady loves. She befriended me when I was the new kid way back in the days of elementary school. It's been two decades and despite our glaringly obvious differences, we somehow managed to remain friends. Best friends, in fact. BFFs til' kingdom come. Now she's being whisked away into marriage and I had the pleasure of photographing her engagement. I have not cried… not just yet...

Cheers,

Natalie

RJPDesigns//Look Book

Despite the fact that my car broke down and we lost light like it was going out of style, we still managed to bust out these beauties for local jewelry designer Robert Palazzolo. Yes, indeed, I did have to step in as the model for this particular job. And of course, the lovely Collette stepped right in and worked her photography magic. The girl is a continuous rock star. 

Cheers,

Natalie

Seb+Chels

This was an interesting wedding to shoot. Long story short, I came in last minute as a second shooter to a photographer who I had never even met. Not exactly ideal but I love this family and had to step in. Of course, I was in charge of the guys. And their guns. Guys+guns = severe lack of focus. They turned into little boys playing with their toys. More than amusing.

The gorgeous piece of property where the wedding was held actually belonged to the groom's parents and it was located in the mountains of Frazier Park, north of Los Angeles. A little birdie told me that Sons of Anarchy (a television show I have yet to have the pleasure of watching) filmed on the property. Apparently, it's quite the place to be.

Cheers,

Nat

California-Chic Styled Winter Wedding

Oh there I go again, late to the game as usual. Forgetting that I have a blog. But honestly, it was the holidays. With so much eating and celebrating and procrastinating.

Back in early fall, I took part in organizing a styled wedding shoot. It pretty much exceeded my expectations. Could be that I worked with an extraordinarily talented group of people. Yup... that's probably it...

And with that, let's keep Christmas alive forever. Or at least until St. Patrick's Day.

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Vendors

Location: Noguchi Garden / Mastro’s Steakhouse in Costa Mesa, CA 

Rentals: Baker Party Rentals

Photography:  Von Butz & Co. Photography 

                         Johnson & Thomas Photography

Photo Editing: Johnson & Thomas Photography

Flowers:  Paul Fenner Floral Design

Dessert: Twinfully Sweet

Paper Goods: Where’s the Party

Hair (both Bride & Groom): Hair by Cherise

Makeup: allison escalante _MAKEUP

Styling + Coordination: Michael & Michelle of Baker Party Rentals

                                         Natalie of Von Butz & Co. Photography         

                                         Paul of Paul Fenner Floral Design

Models: Daisha Escamilla

               Michael MacGregor

 

Cheers,

Nat

IdahoYoudaho

How my family keeps ending up in Idaho for holiday is rather interesting. Let's just say we have adopted family that keeps inviting us up there and we keep answering the invite. Considering it's about a three hour flight, you can't really go wrong. And since I happen to be partial to lakes, rivers, forests and getting very lost in the wilderness where I don't burn the moment I step outdoors, I win. Technically, I win twice.

 

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Cheers, 

Nat

NewYorkLovesMe

Since we're on the cusp of fall, I thought I would post some photos I took last winter.   

Don't worry, the logic of the last sentence alludes me as well. 

This is J, my brother from another mother. He does not like to have his photo taken. This only makes me want to take as many photos of him as I can. Photography puts a strain on our relationship. 

Too bad he can never get rid of me. Never. Ever.

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New York City has some serious tricks up it's sleeve. It is truly magical... despite the decades of grime impacted on every square inch of tangible surface. Hence, the invention of antibacterial wipes.

Cheers,

Nat