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Less than a month before Valentine’s Day... what are you giving your man? ❤️Let me help you with that, but don’t want too long, limited spots left! 💋

It has been raining like crazy here in Southern California and I love it! Of course, I’m not the biggest fan of driving in the rain but it’s so relaxing to enjoy a nice hot tea and a good read (currently reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng) in this weather!

Oh you know, just dreaming about hot sunny weather on this chilly morning. . . . . . . Shoot Styling by Whimsie Studios Editorial and Styled Shoots Groups @Whimsiephotographie HMUA: @Katelynalfordmakeupartistry Florals: @Mustardseedfloraldesign Dress: @jnoelle.design Silks: @heyitsohsopretty Bride Model: @Giselleborden Groom Model: @StevenBorden Bridal Ring: @Villarrealjewelers - Designers of Exquisite Jewelry Invite and Calligraphy: @Fourthingspaper Bridal Shoes: @Bellabelleshoes Veil and Hair Piece: @_AllAboutRomance_ Table Decor: @Pinkskyrentals

Engagement sessions are one of my favorite things to photograph. How could you not love seeing two people in love ♥️ plus all the beautiful rings I get to see😍 • • • #engagementphotos #photographer #weddingphotographer #theknot #photography #engagementsession #engagementrings #engagementphotoshoot #engagementphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #weddingphotos #weddingwire #redlandsphotographer #oakglenphotographer #chelsaemarxphotos

Why haven’t you booked a boudoir session yet!? 🖤Do you realize there isn’t a better gift for your lover. ❤️They will be in awe of how gorgeous you look! 🔥Let me make that happen for you! Text 909-528-5872 Don’t lose out on the discount I have going! 👌🏼

I have met with so many beautiful couples, I couldn’t be any more excited for the 2019 wedding season! It’s definitely going to be an amazing year. What are you most excited for this year? 🌿

That moment right before the kiss gives me the chills every time. So good! . . . . . Photography: @michellepetersonphotography Hair and makeup: @foxyfacesbyjen Wedding dress: @justinalexander Bridal boutique: @enchantedbridalboutique Rings: @bluenilediamond Florals: @800rosebigcom Cake: @greenapplebakery Venue: @frangipaniestatewinery Jewelry: @hairfloaters87 DJ/music: @localboydj

Soooooo excited to announce the winner of my giveaway tonight!!!!!!! I'm thinking 8 or 9pm and possibly going LIVE. 🤔 Anywhoo, look at these two! Super excited to show their wedding at one of my dream venues. Hurry up November!!!

We’re excited to kick off our first session of the year with this family this afternoon!

It’s been a rainy weekend, I’ve been looking back at one of my favorite engagement sessions when this beauty rocked it in the poring rain! Where’s all my engaged beauty’s at? 🙋🏼‍♀️ 10% off all engagement sessions now threw February 1st!!! • • • #photographer #photography #engagementphotos #engagementphotoshoot #engagementphotography #engagementphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer #theknot #weddingwire #redlandsphotographer #oakglenphotographer #chelsaemarxphotos

Woo, it’s Friday! Which means another productive week has come and gone! I can’t believe we are almost two weeks into the new year and it only feels like yesterday I was photographing Lesly and Daniel’s gorgeous wedding! 🌿💍

Today was my first day back to work in the new year. It’s been an awesome and much needed break, but I’m ready for the awesome year ahead! I have big plans for this year and am excited to get started! . . . . Photography: @michellepetersonphotography Hair and makeup: @foxyfacesbyjen Wedding dress: @justinalexander Bridal boutique: @enchantedbridalboutique Rings: @bluenilediamond Florals: @800rosebigcom Cake: @greenapplebakery Venue: @frangipaniestatewinery Jewelry: @hairfloaters87 DJ/music: @localboydj

SPINNING // that's what my mind is doing right now. I just got both kids down for a nap. Woo Hoo!! As soon as I sat down to do my @katelynjames homework, Selik woke up. After I got him to sleep again, I am sitting on the couch and my head is spinning with so many thoughts. It feels like a Google search engine going crazy in my head right now. ❣ Does anyone else struggle with a million thoughts and things to do, that you actually never get anything done? #stacistackphotography #snowlineorchard#snowlineappleorchard #fallphotos#falltrees #oakglen#oakhlenengagementphotographer#engaged#oakglenengagement#snowlineorchardphotos#mountainphotographer#oakglenphotographer

OK, sooooo did anyone else FEEL DIFFERENT the moment you got engaged or married?? And not as a couple. As an individual. I felt more confident. Grown up. Sexier. It was totally all in my head, but I think there was a different way I carried myself. We were big time serious now. Haha! I don't know. I saw this picture of Cassie and immediately took me back to that feeling. I think she was feeling it here too...at least this is an accurate depiction of how I felt. Ha! ✨🤗✨

Finishing up this stunning wedding today and I can’t wait to share all the gorgeousness with Gen and Dan!!!!! So much love on their big day, surrounded by family and their beautiful kids! Ahhhh! I’m not crying your crying!!! 😭😭💕💕📷📷🥰🥰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #realwedding #weddingonfilm #filmweddingphotographer #weddingphotographer #californiaphotographer #destinationfilmphotographer #hybridphotographer #losangelesphotographer #irelandphotographer #travelingphotographer #parisphotographer #sandiegophotographer #filmphotog #lafilmphotographer #newyorkphotographer #camarillophotographer #malibuphotographer #oakglenphotographer #serendipitygardenswedding #serendipitywedding #filmphotographyteacher #photographyinoakglen #socalphotographer #fineartfilm #fuji #fuji400 #thefindlab #fujifilm #ishootfujifilm fuji400h ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Venue @pinerosewedding Florist @jasmineroseweddings Photography @whimsiephotographie

I looove Sunset Cliffs sooo much, but at sunset...oh my gosh...it's crowded with people. I don't shoot UP often because no one likes nostril shots...but a little kissing solves that!

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“A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” - Marion C. Garretty

I really wish I could pull off an oversized sweater like Cassie does. Look at these two!!! 😍

Last week when I announced that I was going to be starting a Wedding Wednesday series I asked for questions or situations that you might want to talk about. I got a comment that stopped me in my tracks. It was along these lines... “I wish I didn’t get a scam artist as a wedding photographer.” Of course as a wedding photographer this hurt my heart. I hear about things like this happening way too often in the wedding groups I am in and it breaks my heart. In this post I will try and share my two cents about how not to get scammed by any of your wedding vendors including your photographer. This could turn into an extremely long post very quickly so I’m going to just pick a few of what I think are the most important things to look for and red flags to touch on very briefly. . . SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE- Anyone can throw up a page on Facebook and call themselves a professional. Professional wedding vendors should have a professional website and social media profiles. Now, I’m not saying they should be on every social media site, but on a few for sure. . . CONTRACTS- Plain and simple, if your vendor does not make you sign a contract, RUN! No reputable wedding vendor is going to work without a signed contract. These are meant to protect both of you. . . PRICING- Now this can be a touchy subject because everyone has a different budget. One thing to take into consideration is the average price for the vendors in your area. There is a reason the vendors charge what they do. It takes money and experience to run a successful business that produces quality products and services. So if a deal seems too good to be true, then it usually is. Sadly, there is no way to completely prevent yourself from falling victim to dishonest businesses. My hope is that these tips will help at least a little bit. Bottom line is go with your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t.

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How gorgeous are these wedding bands? An important symbol of the wedding day and I do my very best to capture every significant detail, which includes the rings! 💍

These two. These two were so effortless during their engagement session, which was just a dream! I am so excited for their wedding later this year and can’t wait to see these two tie the knot! 🌿 Happy Tuesday!

𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝕤𝕨𝕠𝕠𝕟✧

It's that 'he put a ring on it' giddiness. 💍

We found this tiny patch of green-grassy-mossy-ground at the edge of the cliff. It almost felt like we were in Ireland. A girl can dream! Which isn't too hard around these two.

I don’t know about you all but I’m ready for summer! Well, my body isn’t yet but I started today soooo bring it on summer I’m ready for water and sunshine! 🙌🏼

When your freaking adorable client rocks her desert shoot and nails her outfit! ✨

Something fun about this wedding was that most of these guests were about to get on that cruise ship in the top left with the Bride and Groom for a five day cruise to Mexico! They said they didn’t want the celebration to only last a couple of hours. Such a fun idea! Lead: @grsphotographyy

During the Bride and Groom’s first look the bridal party couldn’t help themselves. Lead: @grsphotographyy

I.L.O.V.E.Y.O.U.

You can tell just how much in love two people really are by the way they touch and hold each other. It’s nice to take a moment to photograph a small, but just as important, intimate detail!

Know someone who got engaged recently? See me previous post on how to get $50 cash and $25 off any session! 💚💍

I never did get the chance to post my top nine for my 2018 wedding season, which has definitely been one of my favorites! I’m so happy that each of these photos received such a positive feedback from all of you and I cannot wait to see what beautiful things 2019 will bring. I am so ready for the New Year and eager for another wedding season! 🌿🙌🏻

This cake was so perfect for this rustic outdoor wedding in Oak Glen! 🌻

Easily one of my favorite photos of their session. These lovelies, her hair, the hundred or so people staring at me laying down on the cliff to get this shot. I don't care...I'll do just about anything for the shot. So worth the dirty booty. Haha!

It’s wedding Wednesday! OK, I’m not sure if this is still a thing, but I’m just gonna go with it. This year I’ve decided on Wednesdays to make my posts wedding related. It may be some sort of advice, tips or tricks. I’m going to start with what I think is the biggest one first. Book your vendors EARLY! Couples are on it these days. Most couples book the majority of their big vendors about a year in advance. It’s heartbreaking when a potential client contacts me and I have to turn them away because I’m already booked. The more time you leave between booking and your actual wedding date the better chance you have of getting your dream team. For example, if you book your venue first and then reach out to your favorite photographer and they are booked chances are with a lot of time in between they can give you some alternate dates and hopefully you can change your venue date. That way you’re getting both! Another thing to keep in mind when booking is that certain dates are very popular and book fast. So if you are looking at one of these dates you definitely don’t want to wait to book. Happy planning! . . . . . Photography: @michellepetersonphotography Hair and makeup: @foxyfacesbyjen Wedding dress: @justinalexander Bridal boutique: @enchantedbridalboutique Rings: @bluenilediamond Florals: @800rosebigcom Cake: @greenapplebakery Venue: @frangipaniestatewinery Jewelry: @hairfloaters87 DJ/music: @localboydj

These girls were so excited and happy for the bride the entire day. Always makes for a fun wedding day. Lead: @grsphotographyy

You guys...I'm freakin D.Y.I.N.G over these!!! So happy to share my very first image of the year from the final and most special engagement session of 2018. My sweet handsome cousin is marrying the most beautiful girl and I'm so honored they asked me to be their wedding photographer. And it wasn't just because we were family, it's because they are true fans of my work and that just means the freakin world to me. Cue the tears. 😭😭😭 I really don't know how I am not going to cry the entire wedding day. . . . We went to a special place for them, Sunset Cliffs in San Diego...and dddaaaayyyyyuuuuuummmm. Cassie & Brett killed it!!!! I'll be posting these forever and a day.

♡✧ Tag a newly engaged couple and if they book me by Jan 31, 2019 YOU GET $50 cash and THEY GET 19% off any package!! ♡✧ SCREENSHOT this and repost on your story and YOU GET $25 off a 2019 session of your choice. Make sure to tag @heathersmithphotos so I can be notified. **Bride and groom must give a referral name upon booking. Offer good until 1/31/19 19% non refundable deposit must be paid before February 1. Only good for 2019 weddings.**

These two 😍

Happy New Year!!!! I hope you all had a fabulous night, even if you spent it in your PJs at home like me. To those of you that said “YES” last night and put a little extra sparkle on your finger, congrats! Cheers to a fabulous 2019! . . . . . Venue: @the_grove_redlands Florals: @ks_floral_concepts Hair and makeup: @hairbycourtneyburns Photography: @michellepetersonphotography

Here's wishing that this coming year is full of yeses that make your relationships more meaningful and your connections more purposeful. Yeses to adventures that make your life richer, challenges that strengthen you, lessons that grow you, and unspeakable joy. 🎉 Happy new year, friends! 🎆

Just wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2018 and thank each and every one of you for your love and support. We are so honored every time you choose us to capture your precious memories! We are looking forward to working with many of you again in 2019, and meeting new clients as well!

So happy I was able to be apart of this special day for these two. Jake put so much work into the proposal and made sure everything was perfect. So cute!!!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas with loved ones! I’m sure this soon to be bride did showing off her new ring.

My baby! Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.