Monthly Archives: April 2014

Waiting Until Marriage (God AND Celibacy) Is So Worth It (according to Javon)

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Do you all remember the college friend I posted about last week? You know, the one who (along with his fiance at the time) posted ‘facts about his relationship’ as he counted down the days until he was a married man?! Well, as of this past weekend he’s married now (Shug Avery voice)!

I’m always pumped about weddings because I love when people find the love that is meant for them; however this one is special. As a photographer, you know I was super excited to see a few previews he allowed us to see since we weren’t actually in town to attend the wedding. What made it even more fantastic……Javon (also a photographer) made a video of he and his wife-to-be just giving some insight into their relationship and their feelings towards each other and getting married! Enough typing….check them out!

Definitely inspiring! And so super cute!!

– Joc

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The (in)justice of self-defense laws ( John McNeil)

What does justice look like…..?

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The (in)justice of self-defense laws ( John McNeil)

This man is from my hometown and is one of my insurance customers. His story is important and must not go un told. Be enlightened. – Joc

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Cancer-Stricken Dad Walks 11-Year-Old Down The ‘Aisle’ Because He Won’t Be There For The Real Thing

Cancer-Stricken Dad Walks 11-Year-Old Down The ‘Aisle’ Because He Won’t Be There For The Real Thing

Josie Metz’s father won’t be there to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. But thanks to California photographer Lindsey Villatoro, the 11-year-old was able to experience what it might be like anyway.

Her father, Jim, 62, had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he and his wife, Grace, hired Villatoro — a mother, photographer and founder of Love Song Photography based in Menifee, Calif. Two years ago, Villatoro began offering photography sessions for terminal clients or clients with serious illnesses to document their journeys and was referred to the Metz family.

“I try to really showcase the person for who they are and not the illness,” she told The Huffington Post during a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon.

Villatoro went to Jim and Grace’s home for a shoot and offered to do one with their young daughter, Josie. After she left, she posted about the family on her website to get gift donations for the girl to help make her last birthday with her father a memorable one. But she decided to take the surprise one step further and dreamed up the idea of a wedding for the girl — complete with flowers, desserts, a promise ring and a dress from L.A. Fashion Week — so that her father could walk her down the aisle.

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“I met Josie [the day of the wedding],” Villatoro said. “She was a little bit overwhelmed when her mom picked her up from school and told her. She just needed a moment. Later, she said, ‘This is the best day of my life.’ She was very glad and excited to have these moments.”

The wedding came together and Villatoro captured it on camera and created a video titled “Walk me down the Aisle Daddy.”

The full meaning of the special day was felt by all. The story of the wedding went viral and was covered by local network KTLA as well as the Daily Mail.

“They want to get his story out, to let people know Jim and to feel a part of his family,” Villatoro told HuffPost. “There is going to come a day very soon when he’s not here. So for everyone to see those moments inside their family and connect with them is a really big thing for them. They feel very blessed … The goal when I do these things is to preserve that person. Most people focus on the death and not the beauty of that person, who they were and the memories that they leave.”

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Watch a video from the surprise below.

Walk me down the Aisle Daddy from Lindsey Natzic Villatoro on Vimeo.

JOC’S ANNUAL B-DAY FLASH PHOTO SPECIAL!! (no foolin’)

JOC’S ANNUAL B-DAY FLASH PHOTO SPECIAL!! (no foolin’) 
It’s here again! Though wedding season is upon us, I still want to include you all in my birhday month celebration! So to celebrate, I’m bringing back the good ole FLASH sale! 

It’ll only be here for a short while! 

For ONE DAY ONLY,

you will be able to get a
15 minute mini shoot ( 1 edit)
or a
30 minute mini shoot (2 edits) just in time for Spring!
BASH
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