So yesterday we ventured out to Vasquez Rocks and it was worth the two hour drive if you ask me. I made some phone calls along the way, listened to some music, drank some Starbucks cold brew and tried to enjoy the drive. But, can I just say how much I hate driving on LA freeways? I don’t mind a long drive… but I hate those freeways… they’re small and windy and people are nuts. Whenever I’m coming back from LA there is nothing more welcoming than that beautiful sign off the 5 just past Artesia that says ORANGE COUNTY. Every time I see it, I smile, take a deep breath, release my vice like grip on my steering wheel and immediately feel at ease – I’m home. Like magic the freeways widen, the traffic lightens up, and it feels like heaven.

I will say that as much as I hate that drive – it’s worth it for locations like this! I’d sit in traffic twice as long for these two anyway.

Can we talk about how bad my hair envy is for Anjelica’s silky pin straight beautiful black hair? Ugh! So jealous!! This beauty is my Mom’s husbands granddaughter. So I guess that makes her my niece by marriage? I don’t know. She’s family – and she is marrying her handsome fella Carlos next September. Our entire family is over the moon happy for this beautiful couple, and I’m so happy they were also willing to take a painful drive through LA for this engagement session. Take a look!

 

Can these two be the next Abercrombie & Fitch poster couple? I’d vote them in… if that were a thing.

For more information on Engagement and Wedding Photography in Orange County, please visit my website and say hello! http://www.BriannaCaster.com – and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @briannacaster

That’s all folks.

 

Happy Monday everyone!

How are you enjoying this heat? I am ready for the fall already… I’m ready to put my daughter in some cute ass fall clothes – and yes, HEADBANDS. I get a lot of comments from people about how she always has a headband on… And yeah – she does. She tolerates them, and she’s bald… so headbands are fun to accessorize. Plus they look freaking adorable on her, so there. If she begins to get irritated, or one day tells me she hates them… I will immediately stop. But for now, I like to play dress up with her. *insert shoulder shrugging emoji here

Also – it’s really impossible to take her for an afternoon stroll in this heat. So I look forward to cooler weather when we can be outside more!

What I’m not looking forward to is the time change… I am loving being able to shoot in the evenings as the weather starts to cool down a bit during that golden hour. It’s such a beautiful peaceful time of day. Even in this heat… shooting at 6:00 is wonderful! There is little to no traffic when I head out, and I head back after traffic. It’s perfect… the weather is just cool enough, and the lighting is delicious.

See what I mean?

Elizabeth & Steve were a dream to photograph. They are SO freaking sweet, so stinking beautiful, and so wonderfully in love. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next month!! More of these two? Yes yes yes!

Stay cool out there my friends.

For more information on engagement and wedding photography in Orange County, please visit http://www.BriannaCaster.com – and say hello πŸ™‚

*Staring blankly at the screen for 15 minutes trying to think of a topic….

Sometimes stuff comes to me, and sometimes it doesn’t. Today is one of those days where I just don’t know what to talk about… So I’ll let the photos do the talking today.

James & Gigi are one of those couples that reminds me why I do what I do. This wasn’t their first wedding… but it was. They were married 21 years ago but didn’t have a wedding. So, they decided to renew their vows and have the wedding they never got to have. Getting to capture a wedding like this was such a joy for me because in a country where the divorce rate is 50%, it’s kind of scary to get married! I only have 2 years under my belt, but these two showed me what it’s really all about… and that it IS possible to still be in love 21 years later. They are #relationshipgoals to the max.

Take a look at their gorgeous wedding at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes.

 

May we all be as lucky in love as these two have been.

Cheers to 21 years!

For more information on wedding and engagement photography in Orange County and beyond – please visit my website and drop me a line at http://www.BriannaCaster.com

You guys… I spent 7 days in Hawaii with a 3 month old baby. Can you believe it? I still can’t. She was basically perfect but I will tell you… traveling with an infant is definitely a different kind of vacation. Pre-Brynlee we would have done a lot more than we did while on the beautiful island of Kauai… but having her with us forced us to take a much slower and more mellow vacation – which I actually really loved. Our tiny girl was asleep for the night by 6pm most nights which made going out to dinner challenging (although we did manage to make it work a few times that week without messing up her sleep schedule! Woohoo!) but on the nights we stayed in, we enjoyed wine on our balcony andΒ kisses from the cool island breeze. It was relaxing and magical. I was half bummed to come home, but half super excited to have Brynlee back in her crib and on her routine. It took us a few days but we are back in action! Today Nana is on duty while I get some work done and share this beautiful engagement session with you all!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I have a love/hate relationship with photographing at the beach. The weather can be on the unpredictable side and so can the lighting… however – I can always make it work… but the outcome is almost never the same twice. Be that as it may, I still always love the work we get when we shoot at the beach. There’s something exciting about not knowing what you’ll get.

For Caitlin & Dominic’s engagement session in San Clemente we had gorgeous weather. It was bright, but the clouds rolled in just lightly enough to give us perfect lighting… and the best part was – they wanted to PLAY!! They were excited to get in the water and I LOVE a couple who’s up for a little adventure and not afraid to get dirty… or pummeled by waves.

Take a look!

 

 

Want to have some fun and go on an engagement adventure!? Check out my Facebook page for my latest engagement promotion and let’s play!

To see more work or inquire about Engagement and Wedding Photography in Orange County, check out my website and send me a message at http://www.BriannaCaster.com

Because when I shoot weddings, I wear all black… Get it? Like the song? …. No? Whatever. I thought it was funny… but I digress…

I am officially back to work after having my tiny little baby 12 weeks ago. I can’t believe it’s already been 12 weeks… and at the same time it feels like I’ve had her forever. I had a grueling 41 hour labor before we finally got to meet our little 7lb 0oz 19″Β  long bundle of perfection on April Fools Day. That WOULD happen to me right? I thought I was going to have a March baby when labor started at 2am on the 31st. But Brynlee had other plans… plans that would have me in labor for a very VERY long time. And yes – she is worth every painful moment of that process. It was hell – but she is pure heaven.

Saturday was my first wedding back and boy did it come at me full swing with obstacles, curve balls, and some moments of sheer panic. I felt like I woke up to a nice swift kick in the balls, and a slap across the face that day… (or what I would imagine a kick in the balls would feel like since I don’t actually have any)… and a real obnoxiously evil voice going “WELCOME BACK TO BUSINESS OWNERSHIP SUCKER!” However… as usual, my tribe stepped up, and everything got handled perfectly and peacefully.

Back home, Brynlee spent the day with her Daddy and he was a pro. Since she was born, we have done everything for her together whenever Randy was home – which set him up perfectly for his first full day alone with her. They didn’t have any trouble, and he kept me updated with photos all day long. It felt SO great to be shooting a wedding again. My creative juices were flowing all day long, I didn’t miss a beat after nearly 4 months since shooting my last wedding. I love what I do, so being back felt incredible – and having photos of my little girl throughout the day kept me from feeling like I was missing out on her. It was perfect!

Below are some photos I’ve taken over the last few months. One of my favorite moments, one I looked forward to from the time I found I was pregnant, was introducing my baby to my other babies – my niece and nephew… and the moment was everything I imagined and more! They are in love with their little cousin and she is already in love with them too.

Take a look:

 

I am loving Mom life, and I love shooting weddings again too πŸ™‚

 

Is it weird that a wedding can bring me back to MY childhood? If it is… I’m ok with it… because this wedding gave me all the feels for a million reasons. I’ll just share a few of them though, so I don’t bore you to death.

For starters – Shannon & Lee could not be a more wonderful couple in every way possible. Their personalities, their smiles, Shannon’s infectious laugh, Lee’s dedication to making her happy, their completely obvious devotion to each other, their appreciation for expertise, and their kindness are just a few of the things that make them so unforgettable when you experience them in all their glory. As their photographer, I got to experience this several times – but honestly fell in love with Shannon based on her very first email to me. She found me on Instagram, which led her to my blog where she said she felt my personality came through and she wanted to reach out. I could not ask for a better chain of events to lead a client to me! Shannon’s personality came through in her emails, and I knew we were a wedding photographer & client match made in heaven.

Their engagement session was a dream! If you follow my blog, you may recall the couple I posted with the kick ass classic VW truck and their adorable Labrador. We had a BLAST at their session, laughing, playing with the dog, and getting awesome photos of the truck that has been in Lee’s family for many years that he keeps in absolute mint condition. At their engagement preview session we had some more fun chatting and reliving their engagement session, I met Lee’s very sweet parents, and we talked about their wedding plans.

Finally their big day was here. February 24th at Rancho Las Lomas. It was my last wedding before starting maternity leave – and I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding, a better couple, or a better team to work with for my last event. Blissfully Styled Events coordinated this wedding to perfection and the floral by Leelina Martin was truly unforgettable. She used kumquats in the arrangements!!! I haven’t seen, or tasted a kumquat in years but it instantly transported me back to being 10 years old and moving into a new house where I very first experienced this funny little fruit. For those of you who don’t know, they look like tiny little oval shaped oranges and you can eat the entire thing, peel and all. The fruit itself is very tart, but the peel is very sweet, and they are oh so juicy. I LOVED them as a kid, and got super giddy when I saw them all over this event.

Karen at Blissfully Styled also told me that they would be incorporating 1,000 paper cranes all folded by Lee to honor Shannon’s Japanese heritage. This had me head over heels too! The first novel I ever read as a kid that actually made me cry was called Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It was the first time I ever heard of such a thing and paper cranes have warmed my heart ever since. In Japanese culture if you fold 1,000 of them it will bring you luck. So as you will see, there are beautifully crafted and color coordinated cranes all over the ceremony, with one more in Shannon’s bouquet making 1,001 in total.

If I wasn’t already a total nerd for weddings and love… you can see that this one just put me over the top with warmth, joy and immense happiness for the union I not only got to witness, but to capture and the story I was fortunate enough to tell with my images. Take a look:

As this was my last wedding before maternity leave, this will also be my last blog before maternity leave! Although I’m not shooting again until the end of June, I have still been working at home and will probably be back to the office before my next wedding… but I’m not holding myself to anything until the end of June other than bonding with my baby and enjoying my family time. See you all soon my friends!

* * I am still taking 2019 bookings, so if you or anyone you know is interested in booking wedding photography please visit http://www.briannacaster.com and send me a message! My emails will be answered by my staff while I am on maternity leave. If you’re not already following me on Instagram – please do so @briannacaster. * *

 

Vendors from this beautiful event included:

Venu: Rancho Las Lomas

Planning: Blissfully Styled Events

Videography: Perfect Union Films

Floral: Leelina Martin

Rentals: Archive Rentals & Signature Party Rentals

Catering: 24 Carrots

Deserts: Great Dane Baking Co.

Signage: Letters From Home Art

Beauty: Beauty Crave by Jenn Mau

Entertainment: Elevated Pulse

Photo booth: Pixster Photo Booth

 

My cuties.

My blogging has been slooooowwwiiiinnnnngggg dooooowwwwnnnn. That’s because as I get closer to my due date, I have been shooting less and less… so I don’t have a ton of new stuff to share. Whomp whomp.

But today I want to share my little cuties. My adorable niece and nephew turned 4 and 2 last month and their birthday session turned out so dang cute. How could it not, with these faces? You could say I’m biased… and I am… but also – it’s real life. They are really this cute… Since their birthdays are just 3 days apart, we get to do their session together – double the trouble, double the fun πŸ™‚

I adore these two!! Take a look:

I. Love. These. Children. Too. Much. My sister and brother in law make some DAMN cute babies don’t they? Ugh. They’re as sweet as they are cute.

Although I am primarily a wedding photographer – I love love LOVE photographing kids too. If you or anyone you know is in need of photos of their children – please send them my way!

Is “Raniest” a word? WordPress says no. But that’s ok.

I heard we were having a “mini” El Nino this year, but so far it has proven to be anything BUT “mini”. This is full blown adult status El Nino. I love the rain, so I’m not complaining too much (especially after we had such a long and horrible drought) BUT… I am complaining a little when it messes with my clients and causes all kinds of rescheduling on top of rescheduling. Also… I really want to wash my new car but feel it’s pointless…. #firstworldproblems am I right?

I have always been a lover of the rain though… so I am enjoying it for the most part.

We got LUCKY with the weather for our weekend up in Arrowhead. It rained here, and dumped snow up there the weekend before. So traffic up and down the mountain, thanks to all the snow bunnies wanting to hit the slopes, I heard was a nightmare. By the next weekend, we headed up the mountain with no traffic at all… not much snow left on the ground in Arrowhead, and beautiful clear skies. Then that following week the rain and snow came back and dumped some more. So we snuck in our weekend of shoots in the absolute perfect timing… because there would be no way to reschedule all 5 sessions we had booked. I am super thankful for that!

Side note – happy Valentine’s Day my friends. I’d say that I’m posting this session in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and love and all that crap… but all I post are photos of people in love so… that would be dumb. Instead I’ll be honest… I’m posting simply because I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks and this session is freaking stunning. But I’m also wishing EVERYONE a Happy Valentine’s day. Taken, or single… you are loved! I used to DREAD this time of year… the second all the lovey dovey crap was littering the walls, floors and air of every store I walked into, reminding me that I was feeling heartache and loneliness, instead of the love and adoration that I longed for. I remember that feeling every year, even though I am happily married and very much loved and in love now…. and I think of others who are feeling that way and I wish I could hug them and tell them it’s temporary… and to call their mom or dad, or their best friend, and share the love of this day that way! Or you know… close up your windows, lock your door, and put on an action thriller and crawl into bed with a glass of wine and remind yourself that tomorrow all the decor goes away and you can pretend it never happened πŸ˜‰ Whatever makes you feel best!

On that note… here is just another beautiful engagement session having absolutely nothing to do with Valentines Day!

Enjoy πŸ™‚

 

Enjoy the rain, enjoy the day!

 

 

For more information on Orange County Wedding Photography, Destination wedding photography, Destination engagements – or whatever else you have in mind… visit http://www.briannacaster.com and send me a message!

Is it seriously already the end of January? What happened?

This is one of those months where I feel like I’ve been pretty busy, but I also feel like I have not accomplished a thing. I hate that feeling. What I HAVE accomplished is the launch of our new team website at http://www.ShyHeartStudios.com – it still needs some tweaks and refining touches, but I’m really happy that it’s live. I hosted our website and purchased templates through bludomain for YEARS and I do not recommend it. I went with it because it was cheap and easy and I thought their sites looked good… and they do. But if you want to get SERIOUS, they’re the worst. I had nothing but trouble with them. They over billed me, refused to refund me, and their customer services is absolutely awful. So I FINALLY got out of that with both briannacaster.com and shyheartstudios.com and I could not be happier. I have ONE person who actually works on my websites and does anything I ask her to, and has made both of my websites look beautiful. Because of the many issues with bludomain, our site was down for way longer than I would have liked. We navigated the domain to our facebook page for a while to avoid the embarrassment of the busted up old site that was no longer functioning properly… and although the new site isn’t TOTALLY done – it looks 1,000 times better than it did before and it is LIVE! Go check it out πŸ™‚

Or… stay here and look at these pretty photos of Kailey and Kristopher… we took these on a cloudy drizzly day but they still turned out beautiful. You can’t go wrong at The Mission in San Juan Capistrano.

 

Aren’t they cute!? I loved photographing their engagement session at Mission San Juan Capistrano this month… the rain held off just long enough for us to finish our session. Thanks mother nature!

 

For more information on wedding photography in Orange County and beyond – check out my website at briannacaster.com or check out my team at shyheartstudios.com

 

Happy New Year everyone!!

I am not a big New Year celebrator… I keep it mellow. But I do like to reflect on the previous year and the goals of the new year and I do enjoy this time. For me 2018 had a lot of ups, and not many downs… for which I am very grateful. Business was wonderful; my marriage was wonderful; we traveled to Costa Rica and to Ecuador, and we found out that we are expecting a baby girl. There was a lot to be thankful for in 2018 and I hope that 2019 offers us, and all of you, just as many blessings.

The first few days of 2019 have already started me off on a high! I woke up on New Years Day 2019 much like I did on New Years Day 2017… In 2017 it was the realization that we were getting married in just a few months and it felt like TOMORROW. In 2019 it was the realization that WE ARE HAVING A BABY, and it feels like she’ll be here tomorrow. SO MUCH TO DO! So exciting.

On January 1st I captured my youngest brothers proposal to one of my photographers, and his long time girlfriend Alexandra. So on day one of this year the excitement of knowing our baby is coming, AND I’m getting my very first brand spankin’ new sister-in-law had me feeling that there is so much excitement and love to plan and enjoy this year. Then on day TWO of this year I reconnected with one of my oldest friends who I have very dearly missed. We are only 4 days into this year and I am just on cloud 9 with all the goodness and love.

Take a look at my very first session of 2019… Three Caster’s down, One to go!

 

Wishing you all a very blessed 2019 full of love and happiness.

 

Xo,

Brianna

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