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Friday, March 27, 2009

if i were a diva, my name would be ferocia coutura

i guess it all started the first time i went through the second grade. when i caught my reflection in a spoon while i was eating my cereal, and i remember thinking, "wow, you're ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career".

that's what i would be saying if i was as ridiculously good looking as these girls. we had the pleasure of shooting some drop dead gorgeous models here in san diego. this is a little preview from one of our shoots :)
first up is the extremely stunning irmina ragauskaite. if you think you've seen her before, you probably have. i don't know how to say this, but she's kind of a big deal. seriously.

the beautiful lauren henno.

other people i'd like to thank for helping on this shoot are as follows:
creative director / stylist / super cool person - laura latour
make-up artist - lainey walker
all clothing by the fashion design students at the Art Institute of San Diego

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

alisa and matt's wedding at the grand del mar in san diego

i am super stoked to do this post!
why, you ask.
because it features one of the hottest couples on the planet!
alisa and matthew kicked off our 2009 wedding season at THE GRAND DEL MAR right here in sunny san diego. it was the perfect day, at the perfect location, with the perfect couple, for the perfect intimate wedding.
Yes, it was that perfect. :)
see for yourselves.
we present to you, alisa and matthew.

and their son, Kingston. isn't he precious? this is one of his GQ poses with iPhone in hand.

alisa's smile makes us smile. can you tell she's happy to be married to matt? :)

alisa and matthew's combined hotness nearly burned down the library.

the rings just had one thing to say.
do i dazzle you?

thank you so much alisa and matthew. you set the bar extremely high for 2009 (or any other year for that matter). you are both wonderful wonderful people and we could not be happier for you. congratulations! may you both have a long happy life together.
we also want to send a warm and very sincere thank you to your family and guests. everyone, and i mean everyone, was so kind and very patient while we stole you away for pictures.
while we're handing out thank you's, we want to also send a BIG one out to your pal and ours, jennifer. without her, we would have never met. mahalo jennifer!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

alisa and matthews wedding teaser from the grand del mar

check this sneak peak of the uber hot alisa and matthew at the the grand del mar. stay tuned for more of this beautiful san diego wedding!

Friday, March 13, 2009

CALARTS just made this the luckiest friday the 13th EVER!!!

as of today, we will no longer associate friday the 13th with anything bad.
kim and i are absolutely busting with pride because today our daughter april received a brightly colored letter in the mail.
no, it wasn't from willy wonka. it was from a place april has been dreaming about since she was a tadpole.
let's go back a bit shall we. (insert dream waves here)
from the time april was just a cute little girl she saw the world with animator eyes.
here's how she pictured us.

when she was about 6 years old she drew her first animated character, andy bug.
she drew this little guy everywhere... for years. she even added andy bug to her ultimate collection of pokemon champions. I CHOOSE YOU PIKACHU!
seriously, from the time this little guy popped into april's imagination drawing was her passion. she never stopped drawing. ever.
when she was 9 she drew an entire comic book game based on the trials and tribulations of andy bug and his numerous variations (air bug, regular bug, water bug, winter bug, and my personal favorite, mystery bug).
we still have the book and nearly die laughing every time we look through it. it's awesome. especially the page april censored because andy suffered too grim a fate at the hands of the dreaded king chompper. (yes, she spelled it with 2 p's. april's caption on that page reads, "sorry, under the cercemstances we are not allowed to show this scene." isn't she precious.

as april grew a little older we put a camera in her hands. from day one she took some amazing photos, and she still does today.
this portrait of her, however, is slightly less than amazing. in fact, it kinda creeps me out.

with practice comes improvement. over the years we have watched april's drawings get better and better. our whole family LOVES disney and pixar. while we watch in amazement at their animated characters, april puts pen to paper, or in this case paint brush to grocery bag, to recreate her favorite scenes.

there is nothing better than gifts that come from the heart. april has presented kim and i with some of the most incredible gifts from hers. we absolutely love all of april's art, but it's drawings like this one that mean the most to us.

for the past few years april has been polishing her artistic skills at the college level. we give her endless ribbing about her "noodz" but the life drawing classes she's taken really helped her get to where she is today.
today! that's what i started talking about before i sidetracked myself.
today is the proudest kim and i have ever been of april...

because of this brightly colored piece of paper.

today april received her acceptance letter into CALARTS.

congratulations april. you won!
all those years carrying a sketch book with you everywhere you went finally paid off.
you have made rain, mom, and i extremely proud. we couldn't be happier for you. we can't wait to see what the next few years hold for you. you are going to see and do so many amazing things. this is such an exciting time in your life and ours.
just so everyone knows what an incredible accomplishment this is, CALARTS only accepts about 8-10% of applicants. the average class size there is about 12 students. so, out of thousands of applicants, they thought april had something pretty special. we think so too.

april, as you get ready to head out on your own path, never forget that mom and i will be there for you through all life's challenges. even though you'll be 3 hours away from home, you'll never be alone. we will always do everything in our power to support you. we're so happy that you achieved this goal and we can't wait to see you graduate and be super successful.

as an added bonus, rain's softball team (the maroon monkeys) CRUSHED their opponents tonight (team wicked)!

to quote april from earlier today...
this was the best friday the 13th EVER!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

family photos on breakers beach in coronado

this post, with minimal bad puns, short sentences, and massive amounts of pictures is brought to you today by kim and april. we're condensing dave's posts so you don't have to.

we recently went out to breakers beach in coronado. the weather was awesome and we decided to take some pics of the ohana.
before we get to those, how 'bout a quick look at america's finest city. drink it in. always goes down smooth.

here rain decided the spotlight had been on april long enough and started doing jumping jacks in front of the camera

however, april was not done bogarting the frame.

one quick tuck and roll later and...

rain was ready for her closeup

the navy was doing some rescue training exercises while we were there. it was pretty rad. men in uniform rule! (especially david!)

i'm david and i approved this message :)