Maternity Photos At Ace Hotel & Palm Springs
With the baby due in less than 3 weeks (OH MY GOSH!), Corissa and I made the decision to take a little overnight trip to Palm Springs while we still had the freedom to come and go as we please. We figured a short getaway to the desert would give us an opportunity to do another round of maternity photos (here are my abandoned house maternity photos from a couple months back), enjoy a little time together, talk baby stuff and simply relax before the endless nights of non-sleeping come to fruition. We booked a room at one of our all-time favorite locations in Ace Hotel, snapped photos, swam in the pool and ate so much I literally thought I would barf….I blame the vegan chicken wings from Native Foods for that. It was the type of relaxation that both of us needed and deserved after putting a nursery together, reading books about how to be awesome parents, going to doctor’s visits, taking classes and doing all of the things necessary for a child to come into the world ready to rock. The pool was cool, the weather was hot and the gay dudes were making me feel insecure about myself as always so everything was just about perfect. Here is a brief look at our day together yesterday told in the medium of photography. Enjoy!
Below are a couple snaps I took on my iPhone 5. More of my iPhone photography can be found on my Instagram account. For my iPhone photos I typically edit using VSCO Cam and AfterLight. However, there are a lot of great mobile apps for post processing now so Mextures and all those other ones are great too. I am just not that familiar with them!
Being a wedding photographer in Temecula has allowed me to see a number of awesome venues, wedding details and basically all of the minor and major things that make a wedding ceremony look amazing. However, I only paid attention to all of those things because it has been my job as a wedding photographer to tell the story of the bride and groom on their wedding day; and the scenery, details and guests are all part of that love story. The thing is I never realized how much frustration all those little hand-made Pinterest inspired signs, sweets tables or wedding cakes probably have caused the bride and groom until just recently. The reason is because with a week to go before my wedding I still feel like a chicken with his head cut off, as Corissa and I scramble to get everything in order before our wedding day scheduled for launch next week.
As I lay on my couch typing this I hear the loud humming of the carpet shampooer going. My office chair is in the living room, and my dog Sinatra feels the urge to pee on anything that has been cleaned. This is not even the tip of the iceberg of the chaos in our home. Corissa is trying to get the house in order before all her family flies in from Illinois in a couple days, and the time is ticking down quickly to get s*** done. Here is my short list of things I should be doing now that for some reason I feel the urge to avoid:
1. Confirm all set-up and final guest number with the caterer.
2. Send out final invites (This is just terrible I still have not invited everyone I have wanted).
3. Order my wedding ring (yup I already know).
4. Get in touch with the band.
5. Get PA system from band.
6. Purchase grooms men’s gifts.
7. Order kegs and taps for wedding.
8. Edit speeches
9. Book hotel for wedding night and night before honeymoon.
10. Get rental car for honeymoon
As I typed everything on that above list all I wanted to do was say “f***!”. I can seriously see why people leave town to get married or just pay out the buns for an all inclusive venue. Normally, I would hammer out most if not the entire list of things to do in a day, but I’m still feeling the pain from a three-day bachelor party in Las Vegas. Not to mention, my other duties running a GPS tracker website and Temecula coupon website require a lot of my time. There is a sense of burden that feels overwhelming right now. Let’s be clear that this has absolutely nothing to do with the marriage or actual process of getting married on 10-5-12. I’m simply talking about the dog and pony show that is the preparations for the wedding. Honestly, I can see why some brides and grooms shove cake into each other’s faces on their big day. That probably has more to do with months and months of arguments and frustration boiling over in one cake-filled violent moment. I have actually felt the urge to slam something in somebody’s face as well recently…
In all seriousness, I am very much looking forward to the wedding. Seeing friends and family, eating good food and drinking until the midnight hour sounds like a blast. And not to mention, the wedding day is the antecedent to the honeymoon, and Corissa and I very much deserve a break after putting this wedding together without professional assistance. The only problem is I’m not going to have the opportunity to enjoy these things or many of the other little things if I can’t start knocking off some of the crap on my to-do list! For all of you couples already married who put together a wedding on your own I want you to know you are all my personal heroes. And for those clients whose weddings I shoot in the near future, I will never look at your details the same again. They may not seem like much to the outside world, but I know each detail probably comes with a back story, argument or something crazy.
After Taco Tuesday at Guadalajara’s, Corissa was kind enough to let me take some photos of her so I could practice using my new tilt-shift lens. I really love my new tilt-shift lens, but at this point in the game I am struggling pretty hard with it (as you can tell by the above photos that were basically all shot with my 50mm). It probably did not help that I was trying to figure the darn thing out after two margaritas, which I swear were made from pure gasoline. Any margarita-enthusiast must stop at Guadalajara’s in Temecula during their happy hour and drop the $3 for one of these margaritas of death. I am actually shocked people can even drive out of that parking lot after a couple of those drinks…Anyway, after getting sauced up, we went behind Wilson Creek Winery at a spot off Buck Road to do a real quick mini shoot (Buck Road also happens to be one of the party spots of my youth, so it was nice to go back and relive the glory days of dirt party shenanigans). The reason I selected this location is because it is absolutely gorgeous this time of year. The spot is remote, so there are no distractions, and the fields are a rolling green and gold color. It is a location I would highly recommend any Temecula photographer use for doing an engagement or family shoot.
I would like to send a big thank you to Corissa for being such a awesome, sexy, smoking hot model, and not complaining about the continuous farts I was ripping from the all the beans and tacos I grubbed down during dinner! You’re the best sugar face!