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  • The Stories!

    I believe the camera is the most incredible invention ever invented. It captures actual moments and emotions connecting those in the picture forever to the photographer, which is why I love it when the clients become my friends.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and reading these true stories told in words and in pictures. Scroll down or go through the categories to see weddings, engagements or family sessions.
    "A picture captures a moment in life, a reason to remember, holding the ones we Love....Forever in a A Story in Time."

    Weddings, Wedding VenuesA Story in Time Photography, Best Wedding Photographers in Los Angeles - 2013 Bride's Choice Award Winner

Love is always sent from heaven, but sometimes it sent indirectly via an angel. Nick has a picture of his sister in heaven tattooed on his arm. In the most incredible coincidence, a girl with a link to his sister brought Nick and Stacie together. She knew that they would be perfect together. Nick proudly admits that Stacie was the first girl he ever asked out. Even though other girls had asked him out and gone out with him, Stacie was the first girl he wanted. On their first date to Downtown Disney, he threw a coin in the wishing well and wished that she would always be his. His wish is coming true. There is no other man Stacie would ever want. Of course it would be at Downtown Disney where Nick would propose. An angel smiled, a wish was granted and Stacie said, “Yes,” to forever.

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Stacie loves Nick

  • Mark Pool - June 30, 2016 - 2:30 am

    Really sweat story. They seem totally in love. Photographs are fab.ReplyCancel

I remember asking them about their family plans during their engagement session. That little daydream that made them smile that day is about to be a reality. Roxane and Memo will be parents to a little girl named Ruby.

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Baby Ruby

Nick asked the cute girl if he could see her paper and Vita let the cute, quiet guy copy in economics, but that was as far as that connection went. It would be years later when they would find each other on My Space. Vita did what she did not dare to in high school and asked him out. Nick was in a relationship with someone else so he nicely turned her down. Months would pass and Vita asked him again. This time he was free. They went to BJ’s. They can still remember what each other was wearing..Vita was in jeans and black thermal and Nick was in jeans in a black shirt…Where they sat…three seats from the back, on the left side of the first row down the stairs. They talked about their favorite food and colors and reminisced about high school. They talked about their families and their values. The date ended without a kiss. Nick called her and Vita told him, “I wish you would have kissed me.” Nick answered, “I wish I would have kissed you too. I wanted to.” Their second date had the kiss and Nick knew then he would never kiss anyone else again.
Nick wanted to propose on the Ferris Wheel at Disneyland, but Vita kept anticipating and asking too many questions. So months passed and Nick took her to the Mission Inn for dinner, but the nerves got to him and he ended up taking her to the park. They walked around the bases. Each base represented each year they had been together. Home plate was the future and there is where Nick proposed. It was there was that Vita said yes to forever.

Nick and Vita


Robin’s, “something blue,” were her cowboy boots, and they were as vibrant as her happiness that day. She joked and played and even put her flower girl in her wedding dress. “On her wedding day, I’m going to give her this picture.” Her friends told her the antics they were seeing the groomsmen do from the window and she laughed, as she joyfully waited to become only his. Nicolas had cut his finger the day before and Robin had rushed him to the emergency room. (In sickness and in health.) If he felt pain in his bandaged finger, he did not show it, and instead messed around with his guys. As he waited for Robin, to walk up to him, he became anxious, but the look in his eyes changed and he smiled, the moment he got a glimpse of her. “I was fine the moment I saw her.” The beautiful hills of Oak Glen surrounded them as they enjoyed their first moments of husband and wife and started celebrating their, “Forever.”


Younkin Wedding

A few years ago, a girl walked into It’s a Grind with the hope of learning Wedding Photography Business from me. I ruled her out as a stalker and claimed her as my best friend. She is fun, caring, an extremely good listener, and an amazing assistant and photographer. For so many reasons I love her.  Here they are…

Happy Birthday Stephanie_3454

I love her because she sits and pretends to be a bride while I find my settings…

Because of  her amazing sense of fashion.

I love her because she let’s me be me.   Happy Birthday Stephanie_3455

Because she never makes fun of me because I tear up during the emotional parts of the wedding. Many times she’s crying right next to me.

Because my clients love her.

 Because she works well with others…

Because she can hold a reflector, a diffuser, hold a water bottle, hang a wedding dress, hold a led light and still smile at he end of the night holding a sparkler.

Whether she’s working as my second photographer or as my assistant, she is amazing.

And though even sometimes she looks at me with a look that says, “What the heck are you doing?,”…


I know she will hold my hand through it all…

Happy Birthday STEP ON ME!!!  Blessed to do what I love and have you in my life!

They had heard the name Brooke ever since they started dating and just knew if they had a daughter they would name her Brooke. Her middle name came from her mommy’s obsession with Paris. Her daddy proposed to her mommy at the Eiffel Tower in Vegas. And so on June 12, 2015 Brooke Paris Ruiz was born.

She loves wearing her headbands, going to restaurants especially Benihanas & loves to clap when the Chef puts on a show! She loves to go visit Daddy at work at Toys R Us.

At the age of one, her favorite food is anything and everything with tomato along with crackers. She can walk with one hand support but tries to run. She says, “Mama & Papa,” and has Daddy wrapped around her little finger! People love talking to her. She isn’t shy and loves attention.

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Paloma Vargas es una talentosa cantante ranchera y de vez en cuando se hecha una que otra con banda. Acaba de regresar de una presentación en Puebla, México. Su voz también se transmite por la radio, y también trabaja como locutora por internet.  Si no está cantando, la encontraras escuchando sus favoritos artistas… Juan Gabriel y Vicente Fernandez, comiendo su comida favorita… enchiladas o visitando lugares de linda naturaleza como el bosque o el mar.

Su nuevo CD pronto saldrá pronto…

Traje de Charro diseñado por José Rodriguez Peralta

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  • Jasmine - June 1, 2016 - 11:19 am

    While I don’t speak Spanish i definitely dug the vibe of these, and they seem to capture her spirit wonderfully!ReplyCancel

It was an amazing American-Jordanian Wedding. There were two groomsmen who never stopped messing around, a beautiful sunset view, a grand entrance that lasted over half an hour, belly dancers, a DJ that played the drums and bride and groom who never stopped smiling. Blessed to do what I love!

Venue: Castaway Restaurant
Make up Artist: Corin from Something New Make up and Hair
Florist: Luxe Concept
The talented DJ who also plays drums!: DJ Danny
Cake Designer: Jackie’s Cake Creations

Photography: A Story in Time– Jessie Cadenas, Tyler Wadsworth with the assistance of Jesse Castorena and Stephanie Arellanes.

To see all pictures taken at this beautiful wedding or to order prints: Bawab Wedding

There were jesters, monks, nuns, peasants, nobles and royalty. Our kids danced, ate and played. Love it when my two world cross paths. “Blessed to do what I love!” and “Yup, your tax dollars at work!”

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To see more pictures click HERE if her Cinematic Story does not appear below.