Couples Session | Katrina & Blake | Palm Springs, CA | Blink Conference 2016

Imagine yourself at a ballroom dance competition. There was an organized chaos between the dance coaches, the dancers, the production team, the judges, etc. I felt this type of tension and excitement at my afternoon couples photo session. Katrina & Blake were our models, but were also photographers presenting at the conference. One of my favorite wedding photographer couples, Amy & Jordan Demos were our mentors for the night and 10-12 eager photogs photographed this beautiful couple before the sun set over the Palm Springs mountains.

Once we found the perfect destination, the couple was ON! Their passion and love for each other was so FIERY. Like a dancer, he was her frame. He held her tight, twirled her, and gently kissed her. You could hear the sighs from the photogs as he whispered sweet nothings in her ear to get her to smile. Their body language and love for each other was infectious. The sun is setting way too fast! I need to shoot more of them! Amy & Jordan offered so many great tips. I was exhausted, but felt like a better photog when the session was over.

If you are a portrait/seniors photographer, I would encourage you to attend the BLINK conference. Attendees received many nuggets of information from successful photographers in their genre, brand and SEO strategists, legal consultants, business coaches, and printing companies to help you become more successful with your businesses.

Just like ballroom dancers who completed their successful performance, the group and models finished their choreographed dance at sunset. Katrina and Blake, thank you for your patience and allowing 10-15 photographers to stick our cameras in your faces! Amy & Jordan, thank you for showing us about the Expo Disc and many other amazing tips. Blink Conference, thank you for creating the wonderful group of creatives to celebrate our work and to honestly practice the community over competition movement.

Engagement Session | Cyndie & Ira | BLINK conference | Sagauro Hotel | Palm Springs, CA

Have you ever seen a couple that you instinctively want to hang around because their love permeates through everything they do? Cyndie & Ira are one of those couples. These cool New Yorkers exude caring and confidence as individuals, but when they are together, WATCH OUT! Red sirens are blaring and water sprinklers released!

I had the chance to speak with this gorgeous couple to find out a few details about their wedding plans. 

·      They will marry in Summer 2017

·      in the Mid-West 

·     With a Fun color scheme for the bride and groom

I can only imagine the love that will spread across all attendees.

These images were taken at the BLINK Conference at the Sagauro Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. The quirky and colorful building had interesting nooks and crannies throughout the property.  It also had great architectural lines, so a photographer could create editorial or modern looks or whimsical images.

Special thanks go to Kirth Bobb, my photography mentor for the morning. I appreciate being “gently nudged” to tell the couple’s story visually in a different way. 

Charon & Jason | First Wedding Anniversary | Special Events photographer | Renoda Campbell Photography

Charon & Jason were married in Hawaii one year ago. It was their goal to celebrate their first year anniversary at a California beach town. They decided to visit Pismo Beach and explore all that this beautiful town offers! Charon was an amazing researcher and found me on Google. SEO (search engine optimization) works! I had so much fun on this shoot. The love between the two was amazing. I felt like I was part of a novel being the historian to this wonderful love story. We laughed so much! They were so comfortable in front of the camera and so can you! If you are celebrating a special event in the San Luis Obispo county area, let me help you capture those special memories and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Sabrina | Class of 2017 | Arroyo Grande High School | Senior portraits photographer |

Sabrina was special. We didn't know each other at all before we met on the beach. We got to know each other briefly. She talked about her interest in Veterinary medicine, horses, and which universities she wanted to attend...and then BAM! She was on! She was an amazing model. She didn't need much direction and was willing to climb on rocks or whatever was needed to get the shot. And thank you LOW TIDE!!! Although we still got wet, it was minimal. I could tell from her dedication, being a great listener and having a great personality, she will be an awesome Vet! Have a GREAT senior year!

 

Student Academic Services EOP Service Awards | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

It is an honor every year to photograph the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) Service Awards. There usually isn’t a dry eye in the house after these first generation, low-income graduating students offer their stories of adversity, strength and determination. They offer hope to the other students who are still trying to be successful at Cal Poly. The validate the difficult work that the staff do--working with these students to make sure that they are successful. The administration, faculty, staff and the students are present to cheer on each other and offer love and support as they leave for the workplace. Each graduating senior receives a gold EOP graduation stole that the students wear with pride. As one of the Advisors for these students, I was also fortunate enough to offer their graduation stoles to wear at commencement as seen in the last photo. Congratulations Seniors!

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Location: Advanced Technology Lab

Sponsor: EOP Program 

Sponsor: Student Academic Services Department  

 

Emily, Alpha Chi Omega | Renoda Campbell Photography Senior photographer | Cal Poly

I have known the beautiful Emily since her second year at Cal Poly. She is an amazing leader, has a vivacious personality and is a loyal friend.

 She has already received a GREAT job offer after college in the field that she wants!

We met while I was advisor for Sorority/Fraternity Life  at Cal Poly and she served on the Panhellenic Board. Serving as Panhellenic Advisor was one of my favorite positions at Cal Poly. I had the opportunity to work with young women who worked on improving their leadership and communication skills as well as collaborating with the male fraternities and multicultural greek organizations. It wasn’t easy all of the time, but she managed with grace and calmness. She took all of her positions to the highest degree of professionalism and fun.

Best of luck and love to Emily in all of her future endeavors, congratulations on your graduation and please keep in touch! <3

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Sorority Affiliation: Alpha Chi Omega National Offices

Sorority Affiliation: Alpha Chi Omega, San Luis Obispo

Black Student Union “Decades” Fashion Show | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

The Cal Poly Black Student Union team worked very hard to make their May 2016 fashion show a success. The theme was “Decades”. There was a combination of music videos and fashion for every era: African cultural attire, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and current/future fashion. As a San Luis Obispo Events photographer, it was a lot of fun to watch and photograph.

Urban Optics EyeWear donated frames for the various eras.

Once the fashion show ended, there was a performance by BSU dancers and students socialized, asked questions about the fashions and looked at the clothing up close.

All enjoyed the activities and the delicious desserts from SeaBreeze Cupcakes.

 

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Sponsor: Connections for Academic Success

Sponsor: MultiCultural Center 

Sponsor: Urban Optics

Desserts: SeaBreeze Cupcakes

 

#I Am Cal Poly | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

I was so proud of Q, C and J for working on this campaign. This campaign has really helped bring diversity to the forefront on this campus. It was great seeing so many excited faculty, staff and students attend and take pride in what was displayed.

The testimonials were thoughtful and all guests appreciative. I also look forward to being one of the first who receives the book!

Congratulations to all who participated.

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Robert Kennedy Library

MultiCultural Center