February 2012 Archive

San Diego Boudoir Photography – The Sexy Mrs J!

Meet one of my dear friends and sexy hot woman, Julie!  I adore this girl!  When I announced my boudoir marathon at the gorgeous La Costa Resort & Spa last month she jumped at the chance!  She had never done anything like this and her husband was fully supportive.  Plus it was a fun opportunity to go lingerie shopping!  I saw her last weekend and she told me she cannot wait to have another session with me, she felt so confident and beautiful.  Best compliment ever!

The Prado, Balboa Park Wedding – {Alex + Lauren} – Photos by Mandi

Photos by Mandi Contreras – Associate Photographer

The one thing Mandi told me about this wedding was how sweet and fun Laura & Alex were and that their families and bridal party were one of the best she had seen, pitching in all day and making sure the timeline was right on!  Because of a later ceremony time, Mandi only had a few minutes of light remaining for their photos!  She had to get creative and use Balboa Park’s gorgeous lights and she rocked it!  Lauren and Alex were thrilled with the result. 🙂

Ceremony & Reception: The Prado, Balboa Park
Photography: Mandi with Melissa McClure Photography
Assistant Photographer: Jackie Guidi
Wedding Coordinator: Laura Rizzo – Weddings by Design

Mandi Contreras is an associate photographer for Melissa McClure Photography.  To contact her directly, email mandi@melissamcclure.com

San Juan Capistrano Train Station Engagement – {Kim + Ryan}

These photos are extra special to me since Kim is one of my closest and oldest friends!  We met back in 1999 and I am so excited to be a bridesmaid in her September wedding to Ryan this year!  Mandi will be shooting the bulk of their wedding.  🙂  These two live up in Camarillo, so we met in San Juan Capistrano for their engagement photos.  They hit some traffic so 95% of their photos were done after the sun went down!  Love my low light lenses 🙂  Enjoy!


Birth Photography – {Kapri Grace}

January 25, 2012 – A couple weeks ago my good friend Eve gave birth to a beautiful little girl.  I was very lucky to have been invited to be there for her birth and capture the process.  This was the 2nd birth that I have photographed and I loved every minute of it.  The anticipation, the calm, the birth and the joy.  It’s extremely emotional.  Kapri arrived just after 3am after a (relatively) short labor for Eve.

Hope you enjoy a peek at the photos of Kapri’s birth.

Mt Woodson Wedding, Ramona, CA – {Travis + Leanne}

 It’s so fun when I get to 2nd shoot for Mandi!  We always have fun working together.  Leanne & Travis were married on a warm Ramona afternoon at one of my favorite venues!  We got most of the photos done prior to the ceremony so they could join their guests earlier!  I adored their travel theme – Bethel even included some travel stories in their ceremony!  Brenda did an amazing job with the details, each table was a different place they have traveled!   You can see more details from the day on her blog!

I loved their first look, they were so excited to see each other!

Ceremony & Reception: Amy Strong Castle at Mt Woodson
Photography: Mandi with Melissa McClure Photography
Assistant Photographer: Melissa
Wedding Coordinator: Brenda from Swann Soirees
Caterer/tables/chairs: Personal Touch Dining
Florist: Poway Country Florist, arranged by Brenda Swann
Pies: Julian Apple Pie Company
DJ: Joe with JMC Events
Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Audra Rene
Favors: Chuao Chocolates
Bride’s Dress: Allure from Bridals by Susanti
Bridesmaids dresses were picked by them from various stores
Groom/Groomsmen suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Photobooth: Starlight Photobooth
Mini Donuts: Sensational Treats

Mandi Contreras is an associate photographer for Melissa McClure Photography.  To contact her directly, email mandi@melissamcclure.com

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