Monday, January 31, 2011

{I heart Faces}




 This weeks challenge is "People's Choice Photo"! 
I chose this photo because, have you ever seen a three year old and bubbles? 
Well, it is too much fun. Plus, I love his cute little face in this photo!
Happy Monday!

If you' like to vote for this photo, I am # 531:)  Vote here. !!! Voting ends Thursday night...
Thank you for the support!




{Polaroid}

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 28, 2011

{Rue}

Happy Friday everyone! Do you Rue? Well, the new issue of Rue is here! Woo hoo! This is one of my favorites! Lots exclamation points I know! But I am so excited! Love the cover photo too!
I hope you have a delightfully lovely weekend! 
Will you eat some sweets for me? Maybe ice cream or a snickers bar?
My mouth is watering just thinking about yummy ice cream... mmmm good!
We are cutting back on eating sugar to live a healthier life. By cutting back I mean almost non existent and that is including not eating high fructose corn syrup or anything from the corn syrup family...did you know that stuff is in almost everything! Well a lot of it, he he!
Plus, we are moving! Wish us luck! 
Happy Weekend!!!!!!
(I had to end with exclamation point finale)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

{Matchbook Magazine}

Confession time... I am a design magazine junkie. 
This week we are moving, which equals the unfortunate task of packing:(.
While I was packing I rediscovered piles and piles of magazines that I have tucked away for years, but I can't bare to part with because they bring so much inspiration when I reread them.
I mean, what if I need to know how to organize my junk drawer or fashion trends from 1999? 
 I have the amazing, miss it so much collection of Domino magazine. I couldn't toss those away.  So, I keep them, a lot of them. At least my favorites, well most are my favorites, he he. All together they amount to a few hundred (I know:)).
Guess what? I found a solution! Online magazines! And if I really like them, hopefully, I can buy a copy or order it:). Nice compromise huh? The latest one I am a fan of is Matchbook Magazine. Check it out...

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

{Free}

I don't usually use my blog as a place to express my sadness, but I woke up today and did not want to get out of bed. I was feeling down, feeling downtrodden, feeling like curling under the covers and staying there all day. I am normally a quick waker upper (my own word:)). Ready to take on what life brings. Today, as I saw the sun peeking through the window and my husband sleeping sweetly next to me. I shuffled to get away from the sun, when my husband put his hand in mine and said a soft heart touching, " I am so proud of you." 
My cranky heart melted away. As much as I wanted to keep my grumpy pants on. I could not. My husband is amazing, so thoughtful, and those words were just what I needed to hear. 

I hope you hear what you need, to keep you going, keep you inspired, keep you true to you. 
It is a long journey to find what it is we are looking for in life. Validation being one of those components, but sometimes if you stop searching and just be. A calm brings direction, brings truth, and brings out inspiration in everyday moments. 
As the day progressed and work subsided. I was looking through some pics and this one stuck with me. 
Free, is the word that comes to mind when I see this photo. 
If no one has told you lately, "I am proud of all you do! All of your hard work. For you just being you!"
Then let me say it from the sincerest part of my heart. 
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

{Bedroom love}

 I am smitten with chalk right now! It is so versatile and just plain cool, in my opinion.
 I love this headboard, so grand. And the be-a-u-tiful chalk art, brilliant! We are moving soon, which means  I will be redecorating:). Yay! I adore all things design and here are a few inspirations for our new bedroom (I will tone it down a bit for my husbands sake:)).
inspiration wall coco+kelley
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How elegant! I want to curl up and read a good book.
(2)
I have always admired this bed from anthropologie. It is simple, yet whismsy at the same time. Love it!
I hope you find lots of inspiration this week to do what you love!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 24, 2011

{The Plonkas} San Diego Family Photographer

Hello and I hope you had a sun filled weekend, it is gorgeous here in San Diego! We went for a harbor cruise with Parker's grandparents and I got a little too much sun...so I had to break out the aloe vera in the middle of winter, who knew? 
And this weekend I also had a super fun time taking photos of the adorable and loving Plonka family!
This is the first photo I took of the day, their 3 year old Pierce said, "his dinosaurs needed a picture too!"
I gladly obliged. 
Meet Pierce. What a cutie! 
Meet Sloane...look at those beautiful doe brown eyes!

Anthony and Kirsten are the proud parents of these cute kids..
I love this moment between them! Such a great family!



How great is this shark beanie? I looove it!

We met a little after sunrise and the light was fantastic!


This is one of my favorites...look at those lashes!







Who likes bubbles guns? I do! I do!




I thought it would be appropriate to end with Pierce's friends too!
Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

{I heart Faces}

This is such a great resource for photographers and such a wonderful way to challenge yourself.
They have weekly photo contests and fantastic judges! Truly it is an amazing learning environment!
Thanks to I heart faces! 
This weeks contest is "Innocent Wonder" 
This entry is: Leaves are yummy!


Who likes leaves? Brooklynn does! She was so in love with these leaves. She is 9 months and enamored with all the newness around. This is a moment I will adore always!


Happy Sunday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

{Words to live by}

{Desk love}

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 I am swooning over this desk/work space! I adore the vintage meets modern aesthetic. I think I might just have to try and find a piece of gorgeous reclaimed wood and have a beautiful desk top made. 
I love re-purposing vintage or any item in a new way. It is fun to create alternative uses for a typical item.  
Hope you are having a lovely week so far!
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

{Valentines Mini-Sessions}

Valentines Mini-Sessions
We are excited to announce this once a year fun-filled mini-session...
Included in Session:
30 minutes of fun & photos
7 high resolution images for you to keep
Price: Only $40 
Wed. January 26, 2011 @ Scripps Ranch
Wed. February 2, 2011 @ Old Poway Park 
Email me to reserve your session today!
natalie@nataliebray.com
Happy Valentines Day!!!!
xoxoxoxo
**This offer is for 1-2 children  

Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

{Over the Rainbow Cupcakes}

Who likes cupcakes? I do! I do! We had the honor of tasting Over the Rainbow Cupcakes  delicious sugary delights this weekend at Our favorite salon and I could not help capturing the sprinkles, the coconut, and the amazing buttercream frosting goodness. My mouth was watering looking at my 7D's LCD screen, so I finally broke down and took a bite of the Hawaiian cupcake with coconut frosting and vanilla bean cupcakery deliciousness. OMG! It was aaaamazing! 

oooh la la!!!
Strawberries and Champagne...


 These cutie cupcakes made us smile! 
Thanks Roman and team for the fantastic cupcakes!
Happy Monday!!!

 P.S They offer gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free cupcakes for all the loved ones at your event. What a great idea! They have been featured in Food and Wine magazine, CNNliving, and are a preferred vendor on the inspirational Wedding Chicks Blog for Palm Springs.

Friday, January 14, 2011

{Chakra Aveda Salon-Open House}

We are on our way to Palm Springs for the weekend! Yay!
The weather is supposed to be gorgeous and I can't wait for the Chakra Hair Studio's Open House Party
this Saturday, January 15th, from 4:30pm-7pm. I will be taking photos and mingling. They will be serving Over the Rainbow Cupcakes and champagne! Yummy!
If you are in the area swing by and say hello!
Here is my jam of the moment, enjoy!

 
 Happy Friday!

{Missy + Zane- Smitten} Part 2

Hello & happy Friday!!! Here is part deux of Missy + Zane fun engagement session. I am still reveling in the fact that Brooklyn Bride featured one of our studio's shoots...

Congratulations to Zane & Missy! We are so elated about your engagment...your love is truly inspiring!