Birtcher Family Photos

The Birtcher Family has lived in the same house in San Juan Capistrano for as long as their kids can remember.  Now that the kids are grown up, it felt like time to move on to something new.  Before they did, they wanted to take some final family photos at the house that has meant so much to them over the years!  I had a great time shooting this wonderful family and getting to know them!

Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos
Lisa Hadley Studios Orange County Family Photos

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

Bride’s Panty Box

This was a FUN gift to make.  I got the idea from this other blog post here: Lingerie Shower Gift .  It tells you everything as far as how to make the box and getting started.  It’s a good idea to do this with 1 or 2 other people so you can get a lot of cute stuff without breaking the bank!  As we started collecting undies, I realized I had a ridiculous long flannel that my sister-in-law gave me for my bachelorette party…. so we had to incorporate it :)  From there we just kept finding more and more funny things to include.  Like His and Hers Candy underwear, nighttime mask and warm fuzzy socks.  Ultimately we wanted to make sure she got a bunch of cute undies… BUT if we could make it funny too, well then why not?!  I got the box at HomeGoods ($15 I think) and with deals at Victoria’s Secret and Frederick’s of Hollywood, it wasn’t hard to get the rest without spending a ton.

The ingredients:

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Just my contribution.  We probably had over 30 items between the 3 of us!

I had a little help cutting the hole on top :)

I haz underwears?

I haz underwears?

Uh oh.

Uh oh.

All items combined to make a perfectly unassuming package……..And away we go!

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I wanted to include captions to describe what she was getting and to make it more personal.  I typed out each phrase, whole-punched it and put it through the ribbon.  As she lifted the lid and pulled the ribbon, the first thing she read was this:

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We had captions for each type of underwear.  Items in BOLD are what we added after the note.  Here’s how the rest went:

For a long day at the clinic. (COMFY UNDIES)
For those fun date nights. (SASSY, FUN UNDIES)
For a night at your in-laws… (LONGJOHN’S, FULL LENGTH NIGHT GOWN ETC)
For those cold winter nights. (WARM SOCKS)
For days when you just want to get away. (“RELAX” MASK)
Can’t forget the ta-ta’s! (CUTE BRA OR TWO)
For those wild and crazy nights :) (ANYTHING GOES!!!! HAHA)
With all this fun we must not joke, We can’t forget the night you become Mrs. Oakes!
(CUTE, WHITE BRIDAL UNDIES FOR THE WEDDING NIGHT)

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It just keeps going and going and going….

Oh wait…
We forgot the groom!

Since Adam is such a kind and “sweet” groom, we must find something that’s fitting for him too! (CANDY UNDIES FOR HIM…..BEWARE THESE ARE ONE SIZE FITS ALL….THE SIZE MAKES IT EVEN BETTER)

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Lisa Hadley Studios

Something fun for him too :)

The End :) Wishing you a fun, sexy, sweet, exciting life together.

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As you can see the gift was quite a hit and you can really customize it to whatever you find or what the bride likes.  Have fun with it!  In the end, she will definitely have several fun items to wear as a newly married woman :)  After the shower the groom showed up so we put the box back together and let him have some fun with it too :)

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Lisa Hadley StudiosWho would’ve thought their first matching outfit would be candy thongs?! :)  haha love these two!

 

Bridal Shower Activity – The Newlywed Game

Showering your bride but don’t want to forget about the groom?  For my friend Dianna’s shower (you can see all the shower photos here), I sat down with the groom, Adam, and asked him some simple questions about the bride!  We then showed the video at her bridal shower and had Dianna answer the questions before we showed his answers.  It turned out great.  It was so nice to incorporate the groom without him actually being there.  Plus, a few of his answers really surprised everyone and even made most of us tear up!  It was the sweetest :)

It really wasn’t too hard to do and you could really do it yourself!  Or better yet…hire me :) haha

Here’s a few photos of the bride playing along with the DVD.

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And here’s the video :)

Retro Summer Bridal Shower

I’m loving the showers and bachelorette parties happening with everyone’s weddings.  My friends Adam and Dianna are getting married in September so we are in the final stretch!  The other bridesmaids and I had so much fun getting ready for this shower…complete with a few DIY projects!  Dianna decided she wanted a Retro Summer Shower.  We did our best and I think everything turned out pretty well.  Here are a few pictures! :)Untitled_0065.jpg

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Since Dianna is known as Princess Di to a lot of us, we wanted to make sure she was dressed appropriately for the occasion!  Complete with crown, sash and goblet!
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Toilet paper bikini bride contest :)
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Their first Christmas ornament!
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Playing the Newlywed Game!  See how we did it here!
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My favorite gift… the Undie Box!  Along with a few other surprises….
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Who Has the Groom Game
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The bride and her girls!
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We gave the groom a chance to open the undie box too :)
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Their first matching outfit!!!
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