December 25, 2009

O Night Divine

Christmas around our house

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!  

 This is my favorite Christmas carol, I sing it all month long. Wishing you Peace & Joy today. Merry Christmas.

December 20, 2009

Email troubles

No, not a fun holiday post! Just a note that my rayaphotography email has been down for an undetermined amount of time. It's all fixed now, but if you emailed me and have not received a response or your email bounced back, please send again!

That's all for now. Hopefully this week I will be blogging something far more interesting than that last paragraph.


December 16, 2009

Family Film

Recently a relative of Forest's dad sent us a link to a collection of slides he'd scanned from his Grandma Ruth's house. These ones charmed me - the beach, the camera, the cuff on that boy's jeans, the converse, the different than now, but also sort of the same : )

December 15, 2009

Kate Spade Bisbee 2006

How I re-found this ad campaign. Ready, Go:
1 - Meet Michelle Woo, get to shoot her wedding in August 2010
2 - Tell Faith about getting to shoot this cool girl's wedding, send a link to Michelle's site
3 - Faith browses, find this in her portfolio section
4 - My heart starts beating faster, I think YES this is why I have saved all my magazines since 2003. I must have these photos on my inspiration board NOW
5 - Immediately go to my mag shelf, only to find that somehow my March 2006 Vogue is missing. Of course it is...
6 - Ebay saves the day.

I just think this spread is perfection. Bisbee is a special little town in AZ that Faith loves and always tells me about, but has not taken me to - what's up with that? These photos make me want to take a road trip there like now. And maybe lose my suitcase off the top of the car and then take pictures of my clothes strewn about on the side of the road.

And socks with heels - something I will never pull of, but still so cute.

December 8, 2009

Christmas around the house

Finally getting my decorations up...I'm planning to make more trees for the mantle, finish my garland and make a few more things. Glad I started in November since it's taken me this long just to do the little bit I have : )

November 25, 2009

Junebug loves Joanna & David too

Joanna & David's wedding is on What Junebug Loves today! They did a feauture on all the gorgeous metallic accessories & details...perfect for fall. Click here to see more.

Thanks Amber for the wonderful write up accompanying the photographs & many thanks to Christy & friends for posting this. My full post on the wedding is here & Amber's is here.

Joanna & David's Wedding

Joanna & David. Love them.
Love their sweet personalities
Love their love for wine & beer
Love Joanna's shoes and rockin' accessories
Even love their love for Greenbay despite not being a football person. It's really cute. David even gave Joanna a jersey with her new last name!

I love how they approached their wedding day & made it a personal, intimate celebration. Amber, their fabulous coordinator and I agreed there was a lot of love & fun in the room that night.

Speaking of Amber, she wrote a great post about their wedding and you can see it right here. Amber is an awesome person and on top of that, so good at what she does. Thanks to her & all these wedding professionals the day was beautiful & such a joy to capture.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa – Venue
Amber Gustafson, Amber Events – Wedding Coordination
Raya Carlisle, Raya Photography
Spotlight Music – Band
Yamaguchi ‘s Flowers – Floral (805) 525-9268
Skyline Videography
Ambient Event Design – Lighting
Ventura Rentals – linens, chargers, chair covers
La Starr – Wedding Cake
Casey Robinson – Bridal Makeup
Melina Guerrero – Bridal Hair

Joanna’s Dress and Accessories

Necklace: Neiman Marcus
Shoes: L.A.M.B. (Nordstrom)
Dress: custom made by Jose Flores of In Style by Jose Flores. Joanna and Jose designed the dress from a blend of a few pictures and Joanna bought the buttons at M&J Trim in NY.
Veil: custom made by Pol Atteu, Pol Atteu Couture in Beverly Hills (he also made Joanna’s mother’s gown)

November 23, 2009

Photos for Friends

I've been doing Christmas photos for friends the last couple weeks - it's so great to bless my friends this way. T,S & R looking beautiful as always on the Carp bluffs at sunset. love.

*Better when viewed larger! click an image to see...Someday I'll fix my blog to have larger images...someday.

November 17, 2009

Christmas Decoration Inspiration

I am itching to pull out my Christmas decorations early this year. Maybe it's because we finally have a mantle above our fireplace begging to be adorned, or maybe it's because there is just so much inspiration out there. No matter, I am excited!

I wouldn't call this an inspiration board, but these are some ideas for new decorations I'd like to try. I am really feeling hard lines & soft edges together. How fun are those sparkly geometric pinatas? Mini versions would be so cute hanging form the ceiling.

Christmas Decor Inspiration

November 9, 2009

Five Year Anniversary Shoot

Ooh, now that Levi has posted these on his blog I can finally show you my favorites from our 5-year anniversary shoot! Obviously, I think photos are a great way to celebrate being in love and it has been FIVE whole years since we've dressed up and had our picture taken. And to be honest, thanks to my stylish brides this year, I have major birdcage veil envy! The wind did not really cooperate with me so I only wore it for a bit, but I think I'm cured of my jealousy for awhile.

Levi did a stunning job capturing our "date" where we flew a homemade kite (pretty unsuccessfully!), played dominoes & cards on a blanket and took a romantic sunset walk.

I could not find a bow tie for Forest anywhere so I ended up making one out of a vintage floral sheet and I also made the kite from wrapping paper & fabric scraps (though, test your kite first if you're going to try...some major mods were needed to actually make it work). I also made my birdcage veil from netting purchased at Michael Levine in LA and a fabric flower I bought at an indy designer sale in NYC. Forest's suit is H&M, my dress is vintage from Buffalo Exchange. You should have seen the house an hour before we were supposed to leave - it was crafting chaos. BUT, we pulled it off and have these lovely photos to treasure forever.

A huge huge thank you to Levi - if you like what you see stop by his blog & website to tell him so. I have loved having him as my assistant for the past year. He's off traveling & doing cool photography projects, but I hope to get him back next year...that is if he isn't too busy shooting his own weddings.

Anniversary photos are the new engagement session! We might have to do this every five years...or sooner : )