Monthly Archives: September 2011

I did this awesome couples engagement pictures a while ago and had so much fun getting to know them before their wedding at Trump National in Rancho Palos Verdes. I knew their big day would be amazing and it definitely was. So many pretty little details and Steve’s wedding vows had everyone at the ceremony completely tearing up. It was just so sweet and heartfelt!!  They had a great DJ that kept everyone dancing and dancing By the way, can I just tell you how much I  enjoy watching people dance at weddings? Oh my goodness!!  A few cocktails, some sweet tunes, and the guests just seem to go crazy!!  Granted, by that time most people don’t look so great anymore and they might be a hot mess but I still love to shoot it. They  aren’t usually the type of pics that make the album, but none the less, still gotta take ’em!!

I worked along with some fantastic vendors for this event so be sure to check them out if you’re planning your own wedding. They were all awesome!! Enjoy!!

Ceremony & Reception Location : Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes

Coordinator: Alexia : Party Blossom 

Florist: Yellow Vase

Caterer: Trump National 

Cake Designer : Trump National

Photobooth: SoCal Shutterbooth


Click here to check out Jennifer + Steve’s engagement session shot at the Griffith Observatory.

Here is another wedding post you might want to check out as well : Gopika & Jordan : Saddlerock Ranch 

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Loving this senior session of Miss Mandee from Valencia High School. We ended up doing two photo shoots since we couldn’t fit it all into one. Here is a little video of just a few (actually a ton) of my favorites. We had so much fun shooting all over the place in Pasadena (followed by an awesome dinner at Kabuki, yum!!) for the first session and then we did her next photo shoot here in Santa Clarita so we could feature her super cute Mini Cooper!! Seriously, these sessions are so much fun!! If you’d like to book a shoot, ask one of my models for a promo card so you can save some mulla!! Each model gets 10 cards to hand out worth $100 here at the studio and everyone else with a card will receive a $50 credit!!


You might also like this post of Liz, also from Valencia High School ( and Mandee’s friend too).

Please call the studio at 1-800-995-8272 if you would like to set up your own senior portrait session!!

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9/11 Tribute : 10 Year Anniversary : Freedom Photo Shoot

So, I have wanted to do some sort of photo shoot with an American twist for a very long time now and I thought doing a 9/11 tribute and it being the 10 year anniversary today, would be a pretty good reason to finally do it. I’m sure like many other people, I remember exactly where I was on that day. I was heading to my job at a photo lab when I heard the news on the radio. I was listening to Jamie & Danny (Bonaduce) like I did every morning on Star 98.7 and at first I thought they were pulling some sort of a prank or joke. At that point, the first plane had hit the World Trade Center building and no one seemed to know what really was going on. After the second plane, everyone, including myself, were in total disbelief. As the day went on it just seemed to get worse and worse. What the heck was happening? And here in America? That just seemed unreal to me.

Now I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not much of a political person and current events are probably not my strong suit unless it’s something I’ve read in People magazine or seen on E!. I’m sure that sounds terrible and I’m sorry, but it’s true. But, here is what I do know. I am so very grateful to live in a country like the United States. I am so proud to say that I am an American. I am forever indebted to the brave men and women that put their lives on the line to give me the life and freedom that I have here in this amazing place I call home. Does our government have it’s faults and problems? Of course. But it’s still pretty awesome if you ask me.

Well, here we are 10 years later and so much has changed. I now am blessed with two beautiful little girls that I would do absolutely anything for. They are just incredible. I want to especially thank our cousins, Timra and Bruce, for all that you have done to serve and protect our country and it’s people. You have given up so much and being parents to young kids, I know that is asking an awful lot. You have sacrificed and done so much that I am forever grateful to you both. You have spent months away from your kids so that the rest of us can live here with our families and have our freedom. Thank you to all the men and women, the husbands and wives, the mommies and daddies, the brothers and sisters, that protect and fight for all of us. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!

For all of those thousands of lives that were lost on that terrible day, you are missed, you are loved, and we will never forget you. God bless.

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  • Michael AnthonySeptember 12, 2011 - 8:04 pm

    This was really cool Tara! I am a big fan of your work, as well your writing. I remember that day like it was yesterday.ReplyCancel

    • tararochelleSeptember 15, 2011 - 12:27 pm

      Thank you so much Michael for your kind compliments. I actually think that I am a terrible writer so I’m glad it didn’t come across that way 🙂ReplyCancel