September 2015 Archive

Maui Wedding, Olowalu Plantation House – {Brian + Melissa}

Maui Olowalu Wedding 01 I rarely get to meet my clients prior with destination weddings but Melissa + Brian made a special trip to San Diego for their engagement photos! It was fun already knowing their fun personalities at the wedding! It was pouring rain every day surrounding their wedding but the actual day was perfection. You can’t miss Brian’s strut down the aisle either – that was one excited groom! I also love how included Brian’s 3 kids were in the day! Maui Olowalu Wedding 02 Maui Olowalu Wedding 03 Maui Olowalu Wedding 04 Maui Olowalu Wedding 05 Maui Olowalu Wedding 06 Maui Olowalu Wedding 07 Maui Olowalu Wedding 08 Maui Olowalu Wedding 09 Maui Olowalu Wedding 10 Maui Olowalu Wedding 11 Maui Olowalu Wedding 12 Maui Olowalu Wedding 13 Maui Olowalu Wedding 14 Maui Olowalu Wedding 15 Maui Olowalu Wedding 16 Maui Olowalu Wedding 18 Maui Olowalu Wedding 19 Maui Olowalu Wedding 20 Maui Olowalu Wedding 21 Maui Olowalu Wedding 22 Maui Olowalu Wedding 23 Maui Olowalu Wedding 24 Maui Olowalu Wedding 25 Maui Olowalu Wedding 26 Maui Olowalu Wedding 27 Maui Olowalu Wedding 28 Maui Olowalu Wedding 29 Maui Olowalu Wedding 30

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Olowalu Plantation House
Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography
Planning & Coordination: Cherise, The Perfect Wedding Maui
Floral Design: Sunya’s Flowers and Plants
Caterer: Food for the Soul
DJ: DJ Boomshot
Bride’s Hair: Beauty by Trisha
Bride’s Dress: House of Brides

Disneyland Engagement Photos – {Kristen + Andrew}

This Summer has been the Summer of humidity! The day we shot at Disneyland ended up being one of the warmest days! These two were total troopers! Plus the breaks for a dole whip and a cold beer helped! I loved their energy and playfulness together! Disneyland Engagement 01 Disneyland Engagement 02 Disneyland Engagement 03 Disneyland Engagement 04 Disneyland Engagement 05 Disneyland Engagement 06 Disneyland Engagement 07 Disneyland Engagement 08 Disneyland Engagement 09 Disneyland Engagement 10 Disneyland Engagement 11 Disneyland Engagement 12 Disneyland Engagement 13 Disneyland Engagement 14 Disneyland Engagement 15 Disneyland Engagement 16

Lifestyle Portrait Session – {Noah + Renata}

From Renata:

Infertility is the loss of an assumed future.

The past five years of our lives have been fertility-centric.  All leading up to the big guns – In Vitro Fertilization.  IVF was a year long process for us, which was like the slowest roller coaster ride imaginable – filled with mechanical delays and the magical ability to slow down the space-time continuum.  Despite a great team of medical professionals – our journey did not end up in success.

But we aren’t victims of the process.  We were given a chance and we gave it our all.  And oddly enough, I feel grateful for it.  We have a new perspective on life and we get to re-write our plan for the future – this time with a little less assumption.

I submitted my story to Melissa’s contest because I wanted a way to capture how much I appreciate the family unit that I do have. I have an awesome husband that supports me through anything my heart desires… with humor & logic (as opposed to my tears & irrationality.) We have a German Shepherd named Valentino that brings joy & exasperation to our lives. And we have two cats – Ren and Tiger – that provide such a sweet, cuddly love. I am so lucky!

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San Diego Rainy Day Elopement – {Chuck + MJ}

San Diego courthouse wedding 01Chuck and MJ wanted a quiet and personal day together. I was thrilled when they asked me along to capture their day and be their witness! Such an honor when a couple asks this. We spent time around their old neighborhood, Little Italy and ended with some cake and champagne at Extraordinary Desserts! The predicted rain even let up in time for outdoor portraits! San Diego courthouse wedding 02 San Diego courthouse wedding 03 San Diego courthouse wedding 04 San Diego courthouse wedding 05 San Diego courthouse wedding 06 San Diego courthouse wedding 07 San Diego courthouse wedding 08 San Diego courthouse wedding 09 San Diego courthouse wedding 10 San Diego courthouse wedding 11 San Diego courthouse wedding 12 San Diego courthouse wedding 13 San Diego courthouse wedding 14

Melanie – San Diego Nature Portraits


“I reached out to Melissa in hopes of her photographing me to capture this special and symbolic time of my life. The last three years have felt, at times, like literal hell. Now, it is as if I am being rebirthed into a powerful time of femininity, grace and peace that has been in me all along, but I hadn’t fully recognized myself.

I thought I was adaptable. I thought I was flexible. I thought I was capable of making things work in any situation and that my transition from NYC to San Diego would be a breeze. I had no idea what was waiting for me on the other side of the country when I moved in 2012. The Universe had more turbulent plans for me…to help me learn the importance of embracing impermanence, forcing me to truly live in the moment, to let go of things and rid myself of attachments to people and objects.

It took me being perpetually sick, abused and transient to learn these difficult lessons and start being brutally honest with myself about what I need, desire and deserve to give and receive. Eventually, I began to surrender to whatever situation was in front of me, because as it turns out, only pain comes with resistance. Kindness is non-negotiable. Accountability is essential. Go with the flow, let it be, keep moving forward, que sera sera: These are all clichés for a reason. Life lessons are learned abundantly in real-time, if you allow them.”













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