And The Best of 2015 Winners Are...

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2015 Photo Contest!!!  

First Place:  Quyen Gin!!!  FREE SUMMER BEACH MINI-SESSION on July 9, 2016 in Laguna Beach including 10 digital images!!! 

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Second Place:  Kristen Peters!!!  $100 credit to be used toward a full photo sesssion in 2016 (does not include newborn or mini sessions)!   

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Third Place:  Aly Brown!!!  $100 print credit to be used toward any 2016 photo session (prints only…does not include canvases, books, or albums)

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Thank you all for participating!  It was a great year, and I am looking forward to capturing many great memories in 2016!!!  :)

Irvine Maternity Session - Orange County Maternity Photographer

It seemed only fitting that my last session before my own maternity leave would be a sunset maternity session.  Carrying a baby is such a beautiful time in a woman’s life (when forgetting about the nausea, tiredness and plethora of other symptoms!), and I was so happy to capture this time for such an amazing family.  Gage is expecting a little brother soon, and I can’t wait to photograph them together and see their love grow over the years!  

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Best of 2015 Contest

As of yesterday, I am now 39 weeks pregnant!  I’ve been ‘nesting’ at home and also organizing my business including backing-up hard drives and getting ready for a fresh start when I return to work in a few months.  One thing I noticed (aside from not blogging the entire fall season) is that I never did the ‘Best of 2015 Contest’ at the beginning of this year!  I’m so sorry as I know many of you look forward to the opportunity to win a free mini session along with other goodies!  So, while I have a few more free moments, let’s do it!  Please see below for details about this year’s contest…

It’s time for the Best of 2015 Photo Contest!  It’s always so much fun looking back at all of the amazing sessions that took place over the past year, and SO incredibly hard to choose which photos to include.  Thank you all for being a part of this fun and crazy business of mine!   I truly appreciate you asking me back year after year, and am offering some fun prizes as a special thank you to you all.  :)

2015 Photo Contest Prizes:

First Place:  FREE SUMMER BEACH MINI-SESSION on July 9, 2016 in Laguna Beach including 10 digital images!!!

Second Place:  $100 credit to be used toward a full photo sesssion in 2016 (does not include newborn or mini sessions)!  

Third Place:  $100 print credit to be used toward any 2016 photo session (prints only…does not include canvases, books, or albums)

How to win:

1)  Go to the Heidi Bolles Photography Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/HeidiBollesPhotography)

2)  Click on the album ‘Best of 2015’ to vote for your favorite image of 2015.

3)  For a vote to count, you must first be a fan of the Heidi Bolles Photography Facebook page and then leave a ‘Comment’ about the photo.  Each comment will count as a vote (only one vote per person/per photo). ‘Liking’ a photo will NOT count as a vote.

4)  Ask your friends and family to vote and help increase your chances of winning (they must complete both steps in #3 for their votes to count).

5)  Voting will end on March 11th at midnight.  The person/family in the winning photo will win the contest and the free photo session.  The free photo session must be used during the 2016 Summer Beach Mini Session Day (July 9th) to be valid and is good for their immediate family only.

Here are the images:

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South Coast Botanic Garden - Family Photos

I love, love, love seeing this family every year!  The kids seemed so much this time around, but were as cute and fun as always (and I love that Emma has turned into my own little personal assistant)!  :)  This year’s session was at the South Coast Botanic Garden which I had never been to before and have to thank Kelly for finding.  It was the perfect backdrop for our morning playdate!

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San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding

It’s always such honor to be asked to document a couple’s wedding day.  The love that surrounded Don and Kelly on this day was simply beautiful.  They were married at the San Diego Botanic Garden, which proved to be a gorgeous backdrop for every. single. photo.  Kelly amazed me with how calm she seemed to be throughout the day, and everytime I looked at Don he had a huge smile on his face!  Clearly, they were both excited to become husband and wife.  As the wedding flowed into the evening hours, there were speaches filled with tears, loud outbursts of laughter, and lots of dancing!  Thank you to this entire amazing family for allowing me to be a part of such a special day.  XO!

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Many thanks to this amazing team:

Wedding Venue:  San Diego Botanic Garden

Reception Venue:  The Presidio at La Costa Greens

Wedding Coordinator: Signature Events

Rentals:  Allie’s Party Rentals

Caterer:  Continental Catering

Flowers:  From the Garden

DJ:  DJ Doggie

Photographer:  Heidi Bolles Photography

Assistant Photographer:  Jan Marie Photography

Laguna Niguel Family Photos - Orange County Family Photographer

I’ve known Aly since college, but haven’t seen her in many years.  So it was so amazing to not only see her again, but to meet her husband and three children!  Life has definitely changed just a little bit since when we would hang out back at the sorority house…for the better!  :)  It was wonderful to see you all and I hope you enjoy your images…

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After the Rain - Orange County Family Photographer

To answer your questions in advance:  Yes, this Mom really has four kids and still looks this amazing…and No, it isn’t fair!  :)

It had been raining off and on all day and was actually raining just about 20 minutes before the beginning of our session.  I thought we were going to have to cancel, but then the sun started to peek through the clouds and we had the most beautiful light for our afternoon together.  I can’t believe how lucky we got with the weather!  

All I can say is beautiful light + a beautiful family = 1 happy photographer!  Thank you J Family for allowing me to photograph you all again this year!!!

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And Baby Makes Four - Orange County Family Photographer

I’m so excited because this amazing family is having a little girl in just a few weeks.  That means our baby girls will be only a few months apart and THAT means I have a firend to text when I’m up all night for feedings and another Mom to commiserate with through the first few months share newborn stories with.  :)  Love you guys and can’t wait for our girls to meet each other! 

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Fall Mini Session - Orange County Family Photographer

What can I say?  When you have a gorgeous family (inside and out) AND beautiful light, it’s like magic for a photographer.  I look forward to seeing this family everytime they book a session, and although it’s bittersweet to watch these girls growing up in front of my lens I feel honored to have photographed them throughout the years!  Thank you all for being a part of this year’s Fall Mini Sessions, and for another great afternoon together.  :) 

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Back to School - Ladera Ranch Photographer

Gage is undoubtably one handsome little dude!  The hard part is, catching him for long enough to snap a pic before he takes off to his next adventure.  :)  He is definitely all boy, which explains his love for all things Star Wars!  He was very excited to show me his new Stars Wars back to school supplies, and couldn’t have been any cuter during our session!  This little man is off to Pre-K, and let’s just say the force is definitely with him! 

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