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Lars & Sarah :: Fullerton Engagement Photography

My baby brother is getting married in a month to his love of ten years, on their ten year anniversary (!!) and I couldn't be more excited for them. Getting to know Sarah over the years and watching them grow together has been wonderful. I don't know many couples who survived the many changes that happen to you after high school and throughout your twenties, but they've successfully navigated them together and came out stronger. 

Plus, I'm selfishly thrilled to be gaining my second sister in 6 months. :)

Please to enjoy these photos taken around Fullerton one gorgeous afternoon when I was visiting last fall.

I can't wait to witness, photograph and celebrate their union next month! So much excite!

xoxo

An Extravaganza Booth

The Fullerton Pooch Park’s 5th Anniversary celebration this past weekend was wonderful! There were all kinds of local vendors, agility and training demonstrations, food trucks, giveaways, the whole nine yards. We really had a great turnout! I met so many awesome people and their dogs. This is my first time doing an event as a vendor and it was a fantastic learning experience. My neighbor was Aimee Grove, a consultant for Thirty One Gifts. She’s super sweet and has an adorable beagle-dachshund mix named Pee Wee. And across the way was a booth for BARK therapy dogs – Beach Animals Reading with Kids. If only Dante could sit nicely for as long as their awesome dogs did!

I have to send out HUGE thanks to:

  • my mom for making the flower arrangements, bringing everything I didn’t think of, and helping me man the booth all day,
  • Nancy for loaning me the table and umbrella (and all her advice),
  • Nikki and Heather, for helping me sort out how to arrange my display, and
  • Lizzy for helping a frantic version of me narrow down which photos to get prints of.  :) (It’s like choosing your favorite child!)

Because I feel like I rarely see many photogs sharing their booth setups, here’s mine! Yes, I would have loved to have a slideshow going on an iPad, but while I’m saving up for one, an old-school portfolio book did the trick. Plus it got people to stop and chat longer.  ;)

Ellingsen Photography Fullerton Dog Park Event Vendor Booth

Like my shirt? It’s special just for volunteers at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center.  :)

Ellingsen Photography Fullerton Dog Park Event Vendor Booth

I got really lucky when shopping for supplies for my display. All the prints and postcard flyers are from my awesome printer, ProDPI. The cute little branch-like stands I found on special at Michaels. The green basket, navy and white tablecloth and bone-shaped white dishes are from TJ Maxx. Once the sun and heat came out, the one holding my business cards became an impromptu water dish for visiting pups.

Ellingsen Photography Fullerton Dog Park Event Vendor Booth Details
Ellingsen Photography Fullerton Dog Park Event Vendor Booth Details
Ellingsen Photography Fullerton Dog Park Event Vendor Booth Details

The whole event is designed to raise funds for the Fullerton Dog Park Foundation, because they manage the property on behalf of the City – including annual re-seedings of the grass. Those don’t come cheap, so I was happy to help them out in some small way. I hope it was a huge fiscal success for them! You can see their photos of the event on Facebook right here.

xoxo

The Lake

I think I’ve mentioned before that Dante and I love to go for walks down to and around a nearby lake, especially now that it’s light out later! It’s a man-made lake (like most around here), but the city has done a wonderful job with all the landscaping and the wildlife it’s drawn. We’re never alone there – it’s popular as a fishing spot and there’s always people out jogging, walking their dogs or biking.

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Lately it seems that Southern California plant life has decided it’s now spring, and the smell of jasmine and orange blossoms is heavenly (my favorite scent, actually), making the walk even more enjoyable. So earlier this week I made sure to bring the camera instead of the iPhone and tried to capture the warm, golden feel that is our evening walk around the lake. I kept it simple and only brought my 50mm lens, but if you’re into wildlife photography this is a great spot for it – besides the usual ducks and geese, we’ve seen swans, cranes and turtles.

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{Photographer geek-out moment: after five years of owning the 50mm 1.4 lens, I still get giddy about the gorgeous pinky-red sun flare it creates!}

Ellingsen Photography Fullerton Lake Dog Walk
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On the way there and back we take this little trail in between houses, so charming when we see hoofprints from local horses too:

And the fact that my allergies are always riotous by the time we get home? Totally worth it.

xoxo

What Mindy Wore :: Thrifting

This past Saturday my girlfriends and I got together for an awesome breakfast at the Brownstone Cafe, followed by some thrifting. And naturally, Mindy’s outfit did not disappoint! I don’t think the girl is capable of dressing not cute.