New Client Gifts!

This year I decided to do a little something special for my amazing brides!  I hate that I book couples usually 6 months to maybe a full year in advance and I don’t get to have much interaction with them!  To say a big thank you, I sent these little fun gifts to my brides!Bridal Hanger

Honestly it’s a bit self-serving since I hate filming a stunning dress with an ugly plastic hanger….sooooo shhhh don’t tell :) So far I have LOVED the reaction I’ve received from my brides.  Nothing like a simple gift to put a smile on someone’s face!  Okay cheesy plug over :)

I ordered these from the awesome Brianna with Whiskey & Wedding Bells on Etsy!  She did a fantastic job at the customization of each hanger and got them sent out insanely fast.  Thank you Brianna!

Can’t wait for the big weddings coming up this year!

 

“Who Has the Groom?” A Bridal Shower Game

For my friend Dianna’s bridal shower, we wanted to come up with a funny way to incorporate the groom and groomsmen!  This is where I got the original idea from (http://www.linenlaceandlove.com/2012/04/bridal-shower-ideas-part-1.html) but then decided a little step further :)

I started by finding a generic photo of a guy in a tux (I think this one was for Men’s Warehouse).  A quick google search and you’ll have plenty to pick from.  Then I found LOTS of celebrities photos.  Whoever I could think of.  I copied and pasted them into a word document and tried to make them all roughly the same size.  The original post used photos from magazines but I didn’t feel like getting a bunch of magazines.  Plus I wanted to make a LOT :) Just start trimming and glue the celebrities faces to the body of the “tux model.”

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It felt like I had my own little “bachelorette” show going on once they were all put together!  Haha.
Lisa Hadley Studios

You of course need the groom in there :)  I created the heart in word with a text box that said “I LOVE DIANNA!”  A perfect touch.

Last but not least I also included the groomsmen on a few of the tuxes!  Just stalk their Facebook photos for a little while and I’m sure you’ll find something.  We also snuck these into the groomsmen gift boxes on the wedding day :)  They were quite confused by them.  hah.

Lisa Hadley Studios bridal shower game

When it was time for the shower, I put each “man” in an envelope and passed them out.  Whoever happened to get the groom won a prize!  It was a simple game that didn’t require a ton of “forced interaction.”  Some games get old after a while :)

New Website is LIVE!!!

Let’s rewind……   I was sitting at Starbucks studying for a big engineering exam in September, 2012….. after “casually” eavesdropping for on a group of women for a minute, I quickly realized they were talking about one of the girls’ weddings.  I could instantly tell that one was the photographer and the other was the bride!  I was so distracted (studying was useless) and I waited another hour until they were done with their conversation.  As soon as they got up, I turned around and said “umm do you need a videographer??”  I hadn’t officially started my business yet since I was going to wait until my test was over in October.  But moments like these don’t just happen!  I found myself so angry that I didn’t have a website up yet so I handed the bride a slip of paper with my phone number and personal email.  That same night I went home and created an email, Facebook page and website.  I had to move quick!

Fast forward to today!  After using my previous site for about a year and a half, I started following along with SiteHouse Designs!  Their website designs are so clean and modern I was just itching to redo my site into something more my style.  They soon started to announce some giveaways with different photographers.  As luck would have it, Katelyn James Photography did a giveaway and I won!  I couldn’t believe it.  Thanks to Katelyn and SiteHouse, I am so excited to debut my new site!  Head over to www.lisahadleystudios.com to take a peek!  Hope you like it!

Lisa Hadley Studios WebsiteTemplate design by Lindsay Letters and Promise Tangeman.

Gonzalez + Trofeo Family Photos

The Mission San Juan Capistrano is a favorite for the Gonzalez and Trofeo families, so they knew it would be a great spot to take a few family photos!  Joe and Portia have been together since they were 16.  After raising 3 children, some who have gone on to raise families of their own, they felt like it was time to take some photos for themselves.  We also shot a few of Portia’s mom and sister who were a crack up!  These ladies sure know how to have fun.  Thanks for letting me spend some time with your wonderful family!

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

San Juan Capistrano Family Photos

Mystery Men

A friend of mine was walking into the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. on November 2nd around 12pm when he heard a crowd clapping and he happened to capture this moment.  He didn’t see anyone else taking pictures for them. We were wondering if the magical power of social media could connect these two people with this beautiful moment!  Please share and see if we can find them!  Thanks!

*UPDATE*
Within HOURS of this post, the “Mystery Men” have been found and are beyond excited to have these photos.  Never doubt the power of social media, as well as what you can do for others!  I’m so glad I was able to help put these pieces together  :)  Congrats AJ and Kevin!

Photo by Gilbert Vega

Photo by Gilbert Vega

Photo by Gilbert Vega

Photo by Gilbert Vega

Photo by Gilbert Vega

Photo by Gilbert Vega

Oliver | Newborn Session

This little prince was born on September 10th, 2013, to the best parents in the world! I’m so glad I was able to meet little Oliver and take a few photos of him!

Congrats to Michael and Kelly on their beautiful, growing family!

Also, a huge thanks to Harmony from the Sugar Stitch for her wonderful props!  They were the perfect addition to this shoot.

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com

Newborn Photography www.lisahadleystudios.com