Karen ReVelle Photography :: vibrant. sassy. inspired. » southern california and destination lifestyle photographer for extraordinary individuals!

  • Welcome to Karen ReVelle Photography

    Anything can happen on any given moment on any given day, and moments are just that: single moments, frozen in time. That is the beauty of the classic still image. Life is about the journey; not the destination.

    Our attention spans have been cultivated to be so brief in this day and age; with video, advertisements, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and more... all vying for a precious moment of our time. Capturing a perfect moment means being ready for anything.

    THOSE perfect moments are the ones that we frame, that we enlarge, that we hang on our walls because we want to see them every day, because they fill our hearts with joy, with memories and with happiness.

    That is what you will find here, a collection of perfect moments from a mixture of portraits, weddings, events and more. Karen ReVelle Photography strives to capture more than just ANY image, but a collection that tell a complete story, from small details, to glances stolen between new husband and wife; loving moments between parent and child; laughter between best friends; and so much more.

    The moments in the in-between are what tell the story. Welcome, and hope you enjoy the journey.

    ** NOTE :: 08/2015: the "galleries" section of this site is currently under construction :: please check back soon for updates!! **

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    Family :: Babies :: Children

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    Weddings :: Engagements :: Love

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    My Favorite Things

    Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that

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    2012 Holiday Portraits!

    Hello, friends! I am SO remiss in not blogging faithfully. Life proves to be crazy busy and that’s a wonderful,

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    Announcing 2011 Holiday Portrait Details!

    Hello friends! It’s the beginning of November and that special time of year is upon us. A chill in the air,

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    It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

    Why … hello there, friends! What’s that, you say? It’s been a while since I’d blogged and you

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    Sweet Child O’ Mine

    She’s got a smile that it seems to me Reminds me of childhood memories Where everything was as fresh as the

How I wish that there were more
Than the twenty-four hours in the day
‘Cause even if there were forty more
I wouldn’t sleep a minute away…
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas

A quick nod and a thank-you to one of the fathers (if not THE father) of rock n’ roll, Mr Elvis Presley! (“Uh, thank you, thank  you ver’ much.”)

This is an appropos song title to post, in the post-wake of returning from six days — that’s right, SIX days — in Vegas. And oh, how behind on my blogging I am! I have a Vegas wedding to post, engagement portraits, band images from the Ghost Bar at the Palms, images from 2nd shooting a wedding alongside Kristina of PhotoKisses with the Becker himself in San Diego this past weekend, not to mention my WPPI recap (Wedding & Portrait Photographers’ International; it’s a yearly convention in Vegas, and over 10,000 photographers from all over the US, Canada and even other parts of the world were present!). There’s prob’ly more, but it’s so late (after 4 in the morning) that it’s actually now early and I still have to be up in 3.5 hours! Yikes! So… on with the show!

I’m starting tonight’s post nice n’ simple, with Raeanne and Aaron’s wedding.

When Raeanne, who lives in San Diego and was referred to me through a colleague of mine, got in touch with me  and told me the date of her wedding, I quickly checked it against my calendar. It was the Friday before WPPI started and what better reason to drive out a few days early?! With my good friend and fellow fabulous photographer, Tracy Norred (who agreed to second-shoot for me) in tow, we started our road trip.

Raeanne and Aaron were married in the Bellagio (but the Bellagio has “house photographers”, so sadly, we were not allowed in for ceremony shots); afterwards, we stopped by the fountain show outside the Bellagio, hopped on their rented party bus with the wedding party and cruised the Strip, along with a quick photo-opp-stop at the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. The night was rounded out with the reception held at the Border Grill in Mandalay Bay (where, incidentally, we ended up for Becker’s coveted thebschool party while at WPPI 4 days later!). We would have loved a stop by the Neon Boneyard, but it’s currently shut down for renovations. Boo! That’s okay… we still made it work! 🙂

Without further ado, I present the highlights of Raeanne and Aaron’s wedding day! (with a big thank-you to not only  Raeanne and Aaron, for a super-fun trip to Vegas and a fantastic day of celebrating their marriage, but also to Tracy for being my partner in crime for the 6 days we were in Vegas — what a great trip!)

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these are the days
that you might fill with laughter
until you break

never before and never since, I promise
will the whole world be warm as this
and as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true
that you are blessed and lucky
it’s true, that you are touched by something
that will grow and bloom in you

Yes, it’s 3:45 a.m. in the morning and I felt this was a post that had to be made… it’s been on my mind. Last Sunday the 21st was a group “shootout” organized by my friend and Photo Sharp Shooters leader Nancy Ramos (you can find her group here on Facebook and if you’re based in Southern California and want to practice your photography skills and also learn more about business, retouching, etc, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t join her group!). She organized a vintage bridal shoot at the Heritage Park in Santa Ana (oddly, the same name as the place I did the shootout in San Diego several weeks back) and although I was there at Nancy’s request, more to assist than to take pictures, I still managed to get a number of wonderful images.

Oh! You might be wondering who the song quote is by for today’s post. Growing up, I fell in love with Natalie Merchant‘s folksy sound with 10,000 Maniacs and then subsequently her solo career. I probably had a predilection for it as I was raised with English folk music by my mom.

So, I hadn’t thought about her music recently until a commercial on TV was using the melody as the background music; I immediately recognized it and felt it was perfect for this post! I feel so fortunate to love what I do, and every day I feel I take just another baby step forward towards my end goal of becoming a full-time successful photographer and becoming better at what I do in this realm, personally and professionally. We are so lucky during shootouts to share time where we bond and laugh a lot (“that you might fill with laughter until you break”) and capture these moments in time. So, as the song says, I feel that I have something that continues to grow and bloom inside of me, and it touches me constantly.

And, shouldn’t we cherish those days of laughter, the kind that DOES fill us up til we break? We don’t laugh like children anymore, and when we do, it’s usually with reservation. According to a web search I did, children laugh anywhere from 200-400 times/day on average, whereas adults average 15-20 times/day. What’s wrong with this picture? Remember the last time you had a side-splitting laugh and how great you felt after it? I say we should aim to laugh better, and laugh more often! Call up a friend who always has something funny to say, or look up something silly on YouTube. Whatever you have to do, do it!

So, getting back to pictures… consider this a sneak peek of the vintage shoot, featuring Jesslabelle Avelar (not just a model, but also a makeup artist!). Other credits follow after the pictures, and more pictures to come soon! TGIF!

Vintage car, courtesy of Dennis Spillman
Model Jesslabelle Avelar, Makeup Artist, Vintage Hair Accessory Designer
Model Jennie Mello, Makeup Artist, Esthetician, Hairstylist; works at Salon Amerige in Fullerton (appointments: (714) 738-8800)
Hairstylist Stephani Morris
Hairstylist Desiree Arman Kirst, Vintage Hairstylist Owner of Dyzdesi Designs
Bridal Dress Designer, Dolly Thicke of Dolly Couture
Flowers, The Enchanted Florist

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You give me feelings that I adore
It starts in my toes
And I crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes, I always know
That you make me smile

It starts in my soul and I lose all control
When you kiss my nose, the feeling shows

Howdy, hi, hello, bonjour, hola, aloha, good morning and good afternoon etc and so on and so forth!

Okay, normally I’m not a syrupy-sweet, cutesy-song type, BUT, I love this song by Colbie Caillat. Seriously, you can’t help but feel cheery, happy and tap-your-toes chipper when you hear this song. You’ll see why the lyrics fit in just a minute. Really. Stick with me.

So, I need to share an engagement session (aka an “e-sesh” in photog lingo, don’t’cha know?) that was taken back on the 31st of January, and although I’ve had the proofing gallery up for, oh I don’t know, at LEAST a couple of weeks now, life kinda got in the way and I was bound and determined to get my new-and-improved blog up and running before showing off the pictures here as well.

And now, low-and-behold,  the new blog is up and done! (Yay me, for finishing something and not over-perfectionist-ing it. Not like that’s a real word, but it works, right?) And, I’ve even managed to get up some new posts to go with the new blog. It’s like they go hand-in-hand. (and, it’s SO easy to post with my new format, that really, there’s no excuse NOT to blog everything) Ebony & Ivory. Yin & Yang. Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Laverne & Shirley. Hall and Oates. Wait a minute — who snuck that last one in there?! (Sadly, many of you may be saying “Who’s Hall & Oates?” Just don’t ask if you don’t know! I’m writing this at 2 a.m. and I can’t be held responsible for the way my brain works at this hour. But… my Private Eyes *clap* … are watching you … *clap clap* Oh yeah… I just went there.)

Now, while I introduce you to Michelle and Mike, whose wedding is just about 9 weeks away, I know that they’re in the process of picking out their favorite image from the shoot for me to print and frame for the big day. (The good news is, that they have too many favorites — which always makes me happy to hear!) We hopped on out to Corona del Mar on a very chilly late afternoon and made use of the upper and lower levels of the beach, the stairs that went on and on and on for about 3 days, and the rocks. One thing that stuck out to me about Michelle and Mike’s story was how they met: they met at a Halloween party (and no, no one was hidden behind a mask!). Oddly enough, Michelle’s parents also met at a Halloween party. It’s enough to make you believe in destiny, fate and all things meant to be. 🙂

So, without further ado, please enjoy a handful of favorites from Michelle & Mike’s engagement session! Oh… and so many of these pictures? Totally made me think of the lyrics from Bubbly: “When you kiss my nose, the feeling shows.

Michelle and Mike… your big day is not so far away anymore! I loved shooting your e-sesh (see how I’m adapting to the lingo and hoping you are right there with me too) and I can see from this shoot how amazing you both will be on your wedding day.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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You say it’s your birthday?
Well it’s my birthday too!

Nah… I’m just kidding. It’s not REALLY my birthday, that was a couple of months ago. But, in the spirit of giving, I’ve got a present for you, my faithful reader! ‘Cause, I’m just a giver like that. *wink*

As you may be aware, I just launched my new fancy-schmancy blog (like my technical terminology?) on Saturday, February 13th in the WEEEEE morning hours (yes, I was still up from the night before, I admit it!). And to get it all purty-like, I used this AMAZING plug-in for WordPress called ProPhotoBlogs, targeted specifically for photographers, but really, anyone that wants their site to be highly customized and amazing could use it. Plus, they just released an upgrade which allows you to create Flash-based photo galleries in a “lightbox-style” presentation format.

And my gift to YOU, my dear reader, is this: a $10 off coupon towards the purchase of a ProPhotoBlog plug-in!

What’s that, you say? You HAVE to have it right now? Well then, here  you go!

Start by clicking here.

Then, whether you want the “Do-It-Yourself Package” or the “Handheld Installation Package”, there’s a box next to the “Buy Now” button. The code you want to put in is:

KARREV684

And you’re golden! If, by chance, you have a problem with the code working, contact their support team. They’re good people and they will honor the code and credit you back — and you won’t have to wait for days to hear from them. I promise! That’s what they did for me. And, because I love this product so much, I want to pass some of the savings on to you.

Not 100% convinced just yet? Got 4 minutes? Well, then kick back with a few sips from your latte as you watch this informational video. And, the tutorials on their site are outstanding! I’ve probably literally never been to another site that has the tutorials so well prepared (AND, they have them for both Mac and PC, and for ALL levels of experience, if you want to be a DIY’er!).

And I probably don’t have to tell you how important it is as a photographer to have a strong web presence, right? This blog will get that for you. Get your new blog branded with your logo and you can keep the look & feel consistent with your website and business cards. It’s SOOO easy! What more can I say?

So… What’cha waiting for? (oooh, another potential song title… Gwen Stefani’s “What’cha Waiting For?” I’ll have to use that for another post sometime soon!)

In the meantime… happy blogging!

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There’s nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing that you can say but you can learn how to play the game

It’s easy

There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to beat in time

It’s easy

All You Need is Love

Who doesn’t love the Beatles? Especially Jeff & Rachel’s little girls, who I took pictures of this past Saturday (which happened to be February 13th… so we’ll call this edition of my post a “Very Special Valentine’s posting” — appropos, with the title of “All You Need is Love,” yes?). Jeff and Rachel play the Beatles for their girls, and as a result, they are the favorite band in the household. That’s classic!

Here’s what made this photo session extra special: Jeff and Rachel are friends of mine from college waaaay back in the day (not saying when… you can’t make me! Unless you tickle it out of me, which I kept threatening to do to the girls to get them to smile for me). 😉 Jeff and Rachel are one of those special couples (I don’t mean that in a euphemistic way!) that have been together forever and make you believe in more than just love, but in soul mates. They just fit. They met when they were 12, started dating at 16, and married at 24, I believe it was (and I was a guest at their wedding and caught the bouquet! They have it on film… but oddly enough, I did NOT marry my boyfriend at the time. Maybe it’s because they made him catch the garter?! Hehe, we’ll never know!).

Anyways, it had been a number of years since I’d seen Jeff and Rachel (Jeff was a member of the fraternity with my ex-boyfriend), and through the power of Facebook, we reconnected and I recently got the call for family photos. So excited to see and catch up with them, I couldn’t wait to meet up. These two are among the most genuine people I know.

Their daughters charmed me from Moment 1. Katie Rose is 6 and a natural for the camera, a confident, peaceful soul who is independent but quick to laugh. The twins, Meagan and Dana (age 4), although they look similar (they’re fraternal twins), were very different in personality. Meagan is shy, but has a sparkly laugh and a very delicate, girlie quality to her — and I didn’t have any problems getting her to smile for me, either. Dana was my friend from the beginning, and always ready with a gorgeous, natural smile for my camera as well. Meagan, despite being more shy, also struck me as more independent, while Dana typically stuck closer by us. I wasn’t surprised what great kids they are though… they come from amazing parents!

We took the girls over to Dinosaur Park in Laguna Hills and the photos began… check them out below!

Thanks Jeff & Rachel for getting in touch, and for letting me capture a day with your girls! What an amazing family you have, and I feel so lucky and honored to know you and to be a part of your life again!

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