Monday, March 23, 2009


It's official! We have moved our blog over to our new servers, and the new design is ready to go.

We are so excited! Make sure to visit our new blog and update your RSS feeds. The link is here:

See you on the flip side! :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Out and About

We had another great shoot with the Lacsons last week, and this time, we ventured out of their house! With the two kiddies old enough to go play outside, we all cruised over to Heritage Park in Old Town for some fun in the sun. There are some VERY cool Victorian houses over there, and a huge cobble-stone walkway/circle. Lots of room for the kids to play around, and plenty of benches for Mom and Dad to rest! ;) Doesn't the picture above sum up how moms feel some days? Ahhh, yes, the trials and tribulations of motherhood...

We love families who request our photography over and over again because we can really see the progression of the kids' personalities over time! I think that Maeve has finally gotten over her crush on me because she actually gave Betsy some attention on this day. :)

After our time together, we had to get our Mexican food on for some yummy chilequiles, burritos and quesadillas. It was too early for a margarita, so we will just have to share one with them next time. :) Thanks for a gret morning, and we will see you guys soon!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's finally happening! We are currently migrating La Vida Creations' new website and blog to our new servers over the next few days. Since our email will be affected as well, here are some alternate ways to get in touch with us:

Betsy's Facebook Page | Jeff's Facebook Page | Alternate email | Twitter

We can't wait to share our brand new look with all of you!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Made for Each Other

Krista and Scott live right near the coast of Windansea in La Jolla, which was the perfect spot for their engagement session! It is a great vibe down there, with cute little communities sporting old and new houses alike. The people are very friendly in that area, as we observed when a nice lady pulled up in her car asking "Are you folks lost? Can I help you find what you are looking for?". We were looking around for nice light and background. We didn't get lost looking for their house. Nope. That's the story I'm sticking to! :)

We love it when our couples can have fun with each other (and with us)! HER-CU-LES!

Alley shots are always fun to do. Usually, really great light can be found in random back alleys when the sunlight bounces around between two buildings. Throw in a colorful garage door and voilá! A fantastic natural light studio! Krista and Scott had a great time hanging out in front of someone else's garage door. "They'll think we're famous or something!"

We had a great time guys! We also thoroughly enjoyed feasting on BBQ chicken pizza after our session together. Thanks for inviting us into your home and into your lives. You are truly special people and we are very excited to be there for your wedding! :)

Monday, March 09, 2009

Reunion in the Park

Lani is a dear friend of mine that I met through our BNI group about a year ago. She was SO impressed with how our mutual friends' family reunion session turned out that she wanted one of her own! We are always happy to provide a fun and relaxed session for large groups like Lani's family. It's especially great when kids are involved because they add a whole new level of interactivity. And they totally keep us on our toes! :)

Everyone was so awesome during our shoot! We had lots of space at the organ pavilion in Balboa Park to play with all of the families, so everybody was able to have a fun while we created some great images. Thanks to you all for allowing us into your lives; we really enjoyed our time together! :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Laura & Eric Rock the Dress!

Laura and Eric are two of our dearest friends, and we were so thrilled to hear that they were interested in doing a fun shoot downtown in her wedding dress! We shot their wedding 3 years ago at Marina Village in San Diego and had a great time...the dance floor was packed, the buffet from El Indio was rockin' and everyone was having a blast! We started their Mr. and Mrs. Session at the Omni Hotel in Downtown San Diego.

While we call these shoots "Mr. and Mrs. Sessions", they are based on the concept of "Trash the Dress": dress up in your wedding regalia and play around in an unexpected location. There are varying degrees of Trash the Dress... beaches and fountains are sometimes involved, but that's entirely up to the couple. Although we have been known to triple-dog-dare before ;-) More than anything else, it's a great opportunity to rekindle that feeling from your wedding day...and the bride gets to wear that beautiful dress again! :) These shoots really give us lots of time and opportunity to get creative!

We HAD to come back to the Omni and play around on their escalators. They are bathed in warm, glowing light from the gigantic windows to the side. It was tricky to find moments where the four of us could be alone here since the USA Sevens Rugby matches were going on all day; the Omni boasts a path directly to PetCo Park! We got some awesome looks and comments from the fans! :)

These two are so relaxed in front of the camera and are always up for playing, which we love! We really wanted to represent their personalities and great relationship. Eric's quite the rockstar guitarist (and he even sings too!) and Laura is a fan of vintage clothes. How sweet are those shoes and jacket? She looks like straight out of the 40's! Very opportune that an ancient freight train ended up at the trolley station for a few minutes during the last part of our shoot. Fits right in with the vintage feel... And we watched as Eric went into another world as soon as he picked up his guitar and started playing. That's what we call passion!

What an awesome way to celebrate Valentine's Day! Betsy and I had a lovely time hanging out with our old friends. We are so happy that we could share these moments with Laura and Eric on Valentine's Day! We look forward to seeing you guys again soon!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mini in Mission

JoAnna and Larry are such an adorable couple! We've been trying to connect with these guys for awhile so that we could go out to a nice meal and do a quickie engagement session before the big day in April. We all have busy schedules, so we love it when we can connect with our couples even if it's just for a little while!

We took JoAnna and Larry down to the Mission Restaurant in Mission Beach for some GRUB breakfast. It's totally our new favorite place! It was raining before we got there, so we just figured we could at least enjoy a nice meal, and maybe take a few portraits under shelter. The cool thing is that as soon as we finished breakfast (I highly recommend the chilequiles, by the way), the clouds parted for a moment and the light came through. Hooray!

We played around with JoAnna and Larry for about half an hour and headed back to our cars. As SOON as we got to the cars, it started raining again. We were SO happy that we were able to sneak in this session between the storms. YESSS!

Thanks for hanging out with us you guys! We had a blast enjoying breakfast with you and we can't wait for the big day in April! Your wedding will be GORGEOUS. :)