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Maureen + Todd

Maureen and Todd are an international couple of mystery. Their first meeting was in Austrailia, their first few dates spanned locations thousands of miles apart – some planned, some by chance (was their first or second date in India? It’s hard to keep track!). Maureen, from Australia, and Todd from Colorado, somehow found a way to make life work, not just on the road, but across the globe. I met Maureen while in San Francisco to photograph a wedding at the very same private estate we returned to in June. She was living in Singapore at the time with Todd, who I later met over Skype. We shot their engagement session in Malibu among the brushy cliffs over looking the ocean, and now they are moving on to live life in Tokyo.

Maureen and Todd both have this incredible warmth to them. They make you feel like a life long friend when you see them – so much time passes, and they have mastered the art of making it seem like no time passed at all. And when you meet their families, it’s no surprise. Maureen’s brother was wiping her tears all day. Todd’s nieces and nephews treated him like they see him all the time. I felt like a balloon swelling up with joy and I was fit to burst by the end of the evening. I am posting this blog after much happy toiling over images with a grateful heart.

Also, this might be my biggest blog post ever. A special thanks to:

Sherrie Long (hair and makeup): http://www.sherrielong.com/
Traci Steuteville (planner): http://www.napavalleycelebrations.com/
Max Gill (florist) (510)459-5831
Elaine Bell Catering: http://www.elainebellcatering.com/
Jenn Goodrich (invites): http://www.jenngoodrich.com

Let me tell you. Traci really knows how to put together a ridiculously gorgeous affair, and I am so grateful to have been part of this amazing team again! With this amazing couple no less!!

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Awesome work. Lovely ring shots

Beautiful photos of a beautiful wedding! It sounds like it was an incredible time.

A Happy Ending! And 10% Off!

First off I’d like to thank all of you who aided in the Bean Family Search for a kitty caregiver. We love our kitties very much – they were my first children, my long time companions while Husbone was on the road. And in the looooooong transition of moving to across our beautiful country to California while very much pregnant, we haven’t had the privilege to live with them in quite some time. And so we are incredibly grateful to have found someone who took them in for the past year, and when they just couldn’t keep them anymore, we are eternally grateful someone could step in and help us out for a few more months.

And that’s life with a baby. It’s more about saving money than it is about our creature comforts. It’s about paying off debt, making financially wise decisions, taking advantage of this opportunity to live rent free, especially since we will barely be home over the next 5 months and it behooves us to pinch our pennies so when we do move, we are on more sturdy ground. We made this decision for what’s best for our family, and thank YOU all for banding together on behalf of the Bean Family to help us make the best choice, and not have to give up our furry children in the process. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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for the Happy Ending to our plight! And to truly THANK YOU we are offering:

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*That goes for ALL Shoots, but cannot be combined with other offers or applied to products or travel fees. You must confirm your booking with a contract and deposit by September 1st. The Shoot – whether it be a family session, head shots, boudoir, or wedding package must take place on or before December 31st, 2013, subject to availability. Use the nifty Contact Form above to inquire and let me know what you have in mind!

In the meantime, here is a little taste of what we’ve been up to – coming soon to the blog!

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The Bean Family needs YOUR Help!!

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This post is a hail Mary – a last resort, if you will. The Bean family has been scrambling to find a willing and generous soul ANYwhere in Southern California to look after our two sweet kitties for a few more months while we save our pennies out here in the Inland Empire for just a few more months. So! I’m here to ask for your help! So here’s the deal!

What we need

Someone with no other pets (ideally but we can be flexible on that point) to take my dear kitties in their home love them and cuddle with them from August 15th until January 2013 at the absolute latest! We, of course, will pay for all their provisions, healthcare (they are insured, yay!), and toys. You will receive regular shipments of everything they need so you never have to lug a 20 lb bag of kitty litter from the store!

What we can do for you

We can pay you $150/month, plus $50 for miscellaneous expenses.

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We will photograph at NO CHARGE (except travel fees if occurring more than 80 miles outside of Los Angeles):

Up to 3 portrait sessions (1 hour each or one 3 hour session)

OR 1 wedding occurring on or before February 1st, 2013 (based on availability, 6-8 hours, DVD only)

OR 1 portrait session (1 hour) with $800 print credit. 

If you find someone who can take in my sweet Jokes and my dear Neville for us, there is a Finder’s fee: a 1 hour portrait session anywhere in Southern California. 

That’s right. I’LL SHOOT YOUR WEDDING FOR FREE IF YOU KEEP MY CATS FOR 6 MONTHS!! THAT is how grateful I would be! 

So! You can email me at weddings at punambean dot com if you or anyone you know can help us and we can talk details. We’d be ever so ridiculously grateful!!!

A little about Jokes:

Here is a little vid of Jokes as a kitten. (He’s a bit of a chubster these days :)) Yes, that’s right. He’s hairless. It’s amazing. He feels like a hot shammy, and he’s much cuter in person. He has a lively, stubborn, goofy personality. When we lived in Massachussetts he spend many evenings walking on my husband’s shoulders while he did household chores. He can be a little devil at times but he is the most entertaining pet you will ever have the privilege to care for. 

Here’s a video of Neville with his brother Walter (walters the lighter colored one here), who passed away a few years back. Neville is just CHILL. He looooooves people, lounging around, hanging out by the window or the door. This kitty lives the LIFE. He can be very vocal at times, I’ve had many conversations with him and sometimes have to remind myself we speak different languages. 

Hi Min! Val said you left me a message and I hadn’t gotten it – now I know why! oops! Anyhoo, We found them a home already – but thank you so much for your offer! I can’t tell you how much I truly appreciate it!!

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I saw this post from my friend Valerie Durant and I am interested. I was looking to get a cat eventually so this is a safe trial run! :) If you’re interested my number is @@@@@

Thanks!

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The Singh Family

People hire me, for the most part, as they are embarking on some momentous occasion in their lives – a wedding, a new baby, a right of passage. But when the wedding is long past, and the babies are no longer babies, usually what is left is a family. I offer Family Documentary Sessions, to capture exactly who your family is at this exact moment, without apology. Siblings have complex relationships, with their parents, with each other, with the order of things. Daughters have ugly dolls that mothers can’t stand, and sons can and will climb anything they can manage. Two people who love each other became a family of four, and these Family Documentary sessions are not about proving that they were all here together. There isn’t much looking at the camera and smiling here. It’s a day for everyone to be themselves, to create images mostly for their children to look back on and remember their relationships, their love, their giggles, their quarrels. Their family. I am grateful that this family trusted me with that task.

3 hours in New York City with the Singh Family. Running, jumping, tumbling, climbing, exploring, protecting, fighting, laughing, crying.

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ahh.. documentary family sessions – there’s no better way! i believe the best photographs happen when we (both the family and photographer) have let go of all expectations. love these moments you captured, punam!