Sunday, February 21, 2010

Knotts Berry Farm Resort - Bridal Showplace Bridal Expo

Yesterday's Bridal Show at the Knotts Berry Farm Resort was beautiful, elegant and all around FUN! The brides we met with were beaming ear to ear with wonder and anticipation of their wedding planning adventure. Bridal Showplace puts on shows throughout the year and this year Nick Corona Photography is participating in two of those shows. Our goal at a bridal show is to stand out! We bring a sofa, a couple chairs, bright red backdrops and large format prints.

We enjoy getting to talk to all the brides that come by our booth, and getting to know a little about them and their wedding. Although meeting with all the brides is wonderful, the next best thing about bridal shows is getting to meet the other photographers and network around So Cal.

Lasting Images Photography Studio was also there, and we were able to throw around lots of ideas and avenues of marketing... which is always a PLUS!

Laura, from Remember Me...Photography we there with some steller prints. She is a fellow member of IEPPV, and we were able to talk throughout the show. One particularly hot topic was last weeks IEPPV speaker Mike Colon, which I blogged about a few days ago. We also talked about how to potty train Kara, our two year old... thanks for all the tips Laura! (See why I like to network?!)

Last but not least... Henry Wang from Henry Wang Photography was also there! Talk about a fun guy to have at your wedding! Henry - your photos are incredible and we look forward to getting together at WPPI!

It was so wonderful to get to meet all of you at the show...We will be at the Queen Mary in August, and we hope to see you there! We also have a bridal show this coming Sunday with ExpoBridal at the Hyatt Regency in Newport. Come out and see us!

- Liz Corona

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Adam & Andrea - It's all in the Details

Planning a wedding does not have to be stressful (though it usually is!) Thanks to the internet, there are hundreds of do-it-your-self articles and planning guides to help today's bride plan her wedding. But, today's bride does not just want to be involved with the planning...they are hand's on, personalizing, "Making sure this reflects us!" kinda bride.

That is my kind of bride...which is why our goal is to capture the moments that reflect the true you as well. Your heart and soul goes into planning every last detail, and we will be there...cameras ready... to snap away of you enjoying all your hard work.

Adam and Andrea did just that. They spent their day enjoying all their planning, and did not stress if there was a hiccup. Andrea put her flowers together herself after ordering them from Riverside Flower Club!! One of her friends even made the wedding that is keeping it personal!

We loved everything Adam and Andrea did to bring together their closet friends and family as they said their vows and tearfully were announced "Husband and Wife". Nothing is sweeter... and I am sure that at that moment... they may not have cared so much about all the little details.

Hector & Jessica - Giddy with Love

Hector and Jessica got married right before Christmas (Yes, I know that shows our slack in blog posting!) and the entire day neither of them could contain their excitement. Every moment was filled with laughter and a few with tears as they said their vows in front of family and friends. It was more than happines... it was giddiness. Hector and Jessica were giddy with excitement and love to embark on their journey of life together. It was a breath of fresh air! Here are a few of our fav's from the day.

Fire & Water - true definition of opposites attracting! Hector and Jessica has the fire and water symbols engraved into their wedding rings. Super special!

Hector and Jessica wanted a small, simple cake, filled with all the little symbols of their favorite things. I did their cake for them - red velvet with butter cream frosting... yum! Hector loves batman, hence the batman logo, and both are very fond of their puppies, and wanted to incorporate little paw prints into their cake. What a way to personalize it!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Amber & Eddie - The sensation of a Kiss

Amber and Eddie are saving their "first kiss" for quite literally their "first kiss". I don't know of anything more romantic that being in love with your fiance and making their heart race by a kiss on the cheek. In today's over sexed, over dramatic society, kissing is downplayed to almost a "Hello" (at least in my opinion.) Amber and Eddie have fought that societal norm and come out stronger on the other side. The magnetic connection between these two love-birds draws you in from across the street. What a lock of their eyes express is more than a million kisses could ever convey.

Nick shot their engagement session in Pasadena, around City Hall and other fun back allies. Looking through their photos there was entirely too many, "I LOVE THAT ONE" to pick only a few for the blog... so hence the multitude of pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Amber and Eddie...I am thrilled to be photographing your wedding, and having the opportunity to capture that very sweet, very romantic, very emotional first kiss. I can hardly wait!

- Liz Corona

Thursday, February 18, 2010

IEPPV - Inland Empire Professional Photographer and Videographer Association

We received a text message from one of our photographer friends... (Thanks Diana) that one of our pictures was featured on the IEPPV homepage! We were stoked to see that one of our award winning prints was featured in their opening slideshow as well as their rotating banner. This is the second year we have been members of IEPPV and we are loving every second of it.

Last night we got to sit and listen to Mike Colon tell us about how he grew his business and what marketing strategies worked best for him. Without hesitation Nick and I looked at each other and knew that this was the direction we needed to go. In less than 24 hours after hearing Mike speak, we are being published on and potential linking with a local chapter of Big Brother Big Sisters to begin a photography program. WOW!

When we get our studio featured, you can be sure we will link to it from here!

There is no real segway back to IEPPV from that, so I will jump back on my own. Besides awesome speakers (like Mike) IEPPV hosts quarterly print competitions and works closely with PPC for exhibitions. It is a tremendous association to be a part of, and we are looking forward to al the upcoming events in 2010!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Oh to be Engaged!

Getting engaged is one of the most fun times of your life, up until the wedding day, of course. The romantic idea of being together forever, the precious image of holding hands at 80 years old as you cross the street, the beautiful wedding dream within grasp, are all floating around in your mind from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep (and even while your asleep for that matter!!) It is only fitting to celebrate this fun, beautiful, loving -albeit sometimes chaotic - time in your life with some Engagement Pictures! Engagement sessions are geared towards capturing the romantic love shared between the two of you and the fun energy you bring to each other. They can be traditional or contemporary, but the main thing is they REFLECT you and your relationship!

We love engagement sessions because they give us a little one on one time with our brides and grooms, as well as give the bride and groom an opportunity to get familiar with our camera equipment. An even greater bonus is that the engagement photos can be used at your wedding as centerpieces, made into awesome sign-in books, played as a slideshow during your reception... the possibilities are endless!

Right now we are offering 1/2 off our engagement session when you book your engagement session and wedding package together - contact us for details!

Here are a few of our recent engagement sessions that we wanted to share with you!

Aiyana & Jason - Laguna Beach

Audrey & Jeremy - Balboa Beach

Missy & Jake - Downtown Riverside