Julie Shuford Photography » Los Angeles Engagement, Wedding + Family Photographer

Seanna and I go way back guys. Way back to high school days. Where we cut out photos from Teen Beat and decoupaged their photos onto shoes boxes to hold all of our notes to each other. Does this make us sound old? Yes, handwritten notes that you used to pass back and forth. Before text messages, Facebook and Snapchat we would put pen to paper write notes and then fold them in super cute almost origami ways before hand delivering it to each other.

So you can imagine my excitement when Seanna called me and said she wanted to get a few more photos of her gorgeous Lazaro wedding gown while her and her husband, Mike, celebrated their one year anniversary at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla back down in our hometown of San Diego. I was so excited to catch up and spend time with her and finally meet her husband! And guys, can I just say, she still looks as beautiful as she did in high school!


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It was one of those engagement sessions that worked out absolutely perfectly! We had beautiful golden light for some late afternoon snuggles on a short hike. Then we walked down to the beach and caught the most gorgeous pastel sunset. Colleen and Mark met through mutual friends, he offered to help her move some furniture into her new apartment and the rest was history. They were getting married in August and both love Harry Potter, which they incorporated into their wedding, so its only fitting we brought their Harry Potter books out and added them to the session to highlight Colleen’s engagement ring. XO

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This wedding was definitely a favorite of mine! Paula + Greg loved visiting Palm Springs together from their hometown of San Diego. So they knew it would be a gorgeous destination to have friends and family come for their wedding! It was definitely a family affair with her mom helping her with her bouquet and baking all the goodies and cakes for their dessert table. The chose Casa Cody Bed and Breakfast because everyone could stay there together and spend the entire weekend together, lounging in the pool, basking in the sun and being walking distance from some great bars and restaurants. Before their wedding, I scouted out a beautiful hillside spot for their portraits before the ceremony. They wanted to show the beautiful mountain and desert scape that is Palm Springs. I think I picked a good spot about 10 mins south of Casa Cody. Their portraits are so beautiful and you can just tell how in love they are. I really enjoyed being invited to spend the weekend with them and their friends and family and photograph all the special moments of their destination wedding in Palm Springs!

In case you did miss it, their wedding was featured on Wedding Chicks last year! Definitely check it out here when you’re done!

Photographer: Julie Shuford
Website: www.julieshuford.com
Instagram: @julieshufordphotography

Venue: Casa Cody, Palm Springs
Website: www.casacody.com
Instagram: @casacody

Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine, Eve Gown
Website: http://ruedeseine.com/product/eve-gown/
Instagram: @ruedeseinebridal

HMUA: All Tressed Up
Website: www.getalltressedup.com
Instagram: @getalltressedup

Invitations: Factory Made
Website: www.etsy.com/shop/factorymade
Instagram: @factorymadeweddings

Menus: Design by MLBandCo
Website: www.etsy.com/shop/MLBandCo

Catering: Miho Catering
Website: www.mihocateringco.com
Instagram: @amihoexperience

DJ: DJ Roditto
Website: www.djroditti.com
Instagram: @djroditti

Rentals: Planks + Patina
Website: www.planksandpatina.com
Instagram: @planksandpatina

Signature Rentals
Website: www.signatureparty.com
Instagram: @sigpartyrentals

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Emily + Bret were married back in 2014 at the Beverly Hills Courthouse and I loved photographing their wedding so much! When Emily reached out and told me she was pregnant you can imagine how excited I was for them! And of course even more when she wanted to meet up again for maternity and newborn photos. Little baby Eve was such a sweetheart. She was pretty much awake the entire time. I think she just wanted to hang, try on different head bands and see what the heck we were all up to! Newborn sessions are some of my favorite sessions. They are only this tiny for such a short amount of time it really makes the photos even more important.Welcome to the world Baby Eve!


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  • September 10, 2016 - 12:00 pm

    Zafia - Simply adorable. I want to hire a good photographer in London but it is so difficult to find someone who is a real professional. Most are cab drivers who do photography on the side.ReplyCancel

Happy Birthday to my one and only!!!!

To celebrate my husband, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a short trip we went on a couple weeks ago. We have been trying to get out for a camping trip for quite some time. But as a small business owner and his work as a freelancer, our schedules rarely align long enough to go out of town. So we found ourselves with less than 48 hours of time on our hands – we found some energy and took off for a trip to Death Valley National Park!

If you don’t know, my husband and I love to travel and love National Parks! So we were so glad to check out another one! We also knew we had just missed the super bloom, where the valley is carpeted in wildflowers. But we didn’t care! Death Valley is absolutely spectacular. I remember while growing up in California, wondering what was so special about a place called Death Valley – it;s a desert right? But as you can see it’s so much more. It’s almost like a museum where you have little stops here and there, and everything is different. Each little section of that valley has so much going on. Yes, it’s valley. Yes, it’s a desert. But it’s incredible. You have Badwater Basin where it’s just flat land with a salt crust (do I sound like I am describing food? haha). It is also the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. There is the Artist’s Drive which felt like the Cars ride at California Adventure. That could have been my most favorite spot there. At one point on the driving loop, you have to pull over and take in the beautiful multi-colored mountainside. All I remember was that oxidation of different types of metals causes the color changes in the mountain, making it look dreamy. I took a moment to sit and appreciate mother nature there. It was quite a sight to see. Then there is Dante’s View where you can take in the entire valley at almost 3,000 feet high. And the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, where you feel like you are trekking across the Sahara Desert. I can’t even begin to tell you how tired my legs were after climbing sand dunes – after 2 days of multiple hiking trips. We were wiped when we got back.

I am so lucky to have an amazing husband who loves the outdoors and wants to experience so much together. He is everything to me and I am so glad I get to celebrate his birthday today!! XO


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  • April 16, 2016 - 11:09 am

    Christine - Your photos are incredible Julie! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us & for fueling my wanderlust. Death Valley is definitely on my list 🙂ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2016 - 1:12 pm

    Lindsey - Great pics! I cannot wait to travel to Death Valley! It is definitely on our family’s bucket list.ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2016 - 12:20 pm

    Kira - Love love the adventurous feel of this post and the simplicity of the photos….this is good LIVING!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2016 - 1:13 am

    Dubai gift - There is no doubt that California’s Death Valley National Park is an unusual place and it’s a great place to celebrate a birthday. Good idea!!ReplyCancel

Seeing Emily + Bret again was so special because I photographed their wedding in 2014 with their closest family + friends present. It was such a sweet day! You can see it here. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when they contacted me to say they were expecting! AND they wanted me to capture them together while Emily was at 8 months pregnant with their baby girl! And it was perfect timing since I was scheduling holiday mini sessions. I hope you enjoy this session, it was beautiful and the light was perfect!

FAST FORWARD: I got to meet their gorgeous baby girl last week and I can’t wait to share that time with you! Stay tuned…


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  • March 16, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Mandi M - What a gorgeous session! I just love this!!!ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2016 - 8:49 am

    Jamie B - These are precious! Beautifully shot!ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2016 - 8:43 am

    Laura - Such a beautiful maternity session at sunset! So much love!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2016 - 2:25 pm

    Niki - Beautiful session!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2016 - 7:32 am

    Joy Phillips - These are gorgeous! The golden hour light..the beautiful couple.. The colors..it’s all beautiful!ReplyCancel