Monday, August 04, 2014

wedding party at it's best.

i really love this photo.. it is bursting with love, happiness and joy.
candid photos are always my favorite.

San Diego Museum of Modern Art Engagement Shoot

So sorry I have been so quiet over here.. In the best way possible.. this wedding season is kicking my butt..
some amazing things coming soon my friends..
its hush hush right now but just wait!
here is a photo from last nights shoot..
 i shot this wonderful couple in balboa park and it was rad.
so rad.
xo
Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

sometimes..

sometimes when i am editing.. a photo just takes my breath way.. this is one of them.

and this one.. did it again.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Print Shop Now Open!


Hey Guys!! Happy Friday!! I have some fun news! I started a little Print Shop! I have without even realizing it, developed quite a collection.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Shannon and Brad // The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding

I met these two at a Starbucks with my usual, sample albums and a Soy Latte in hand. They sat down and I instantly felt like we were old friends. We chatted about their wedding, engagement, and of course, any visions they had.. and come to find out, I was their very first vendor they met with. The venue was not even nailed now but they did have little ol' me in mind and I was beyond flattered. These two were a dream to photograph, listen to and capturing their story was an honor. It was perfection. They are perfection. Congratulations Shannon and Brad.
{To see more of their perfection is featured on San Diego Exquisite Weddings Magazine}











Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Florals: Leaf it To Lexi
Coordintaion: Anchored with Love
Band: The Class
Dress: Monique Lhullier

Friday, June 06, 2014

happy friday.


so my littlest, she turned seven last month. we celebrated at disneyland. it was amazing. i just love her so much. being a mom is the hardest job EVER. kids make you love like you could never imagine. these girls teach me so much about myself, being vulnerable and accepting.. trusting that your emotions are what should lead you.. because after all, there is no manual to this gig.. you really lead with your heart. i do not know what i am doing, i just know i love them beyond words and i hope that is enough. 
motherhood is a crazy beautiful thing.
i am honored to be their mom


i have a wedding on saturday and plan on spending sunday paddle boarding and laying with my little family on the beach. there are a few amazing projects and new adventures awaiting me this week that i am so excited and honored to be a part of. it is a feel good kind of project. i love those kinds of projects so much.

the girls are officially out of school as of next week and i can not wait! we have some fun stuff planned, we are camping on the water in big sur this summer, visiting seattle, san francisco and doing a girls trip to LA! we will hike the hollywood sign, visit museums and lunch at the beverly hills hotel.. i cram as much as i can into the summer months, family time and travel are my ABSOLUTE favorite things in life. hands down. 
i don't want diamonds.. i want an adventure.


 i was at a friends house for a little bbq last week and she made these chocolate almond tarts, OMG.. they were divine.
get the recipe here.


am in love with this vertical plant wall. it is in new mexico. i have been sprucing up the backyard a bit preparing for summer entertaining.. i need to practice doing it more. i don't think this wall is happening, but a girl can dream, right?
image via pinterest



man, i love summertime. it is actually not here yet. but i can feel it. can't you?

happy friday!




Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

waiting..

 i am in full swing wedding season right now and loving every second.. here are some of my favs from a recent wedding i am editing.. these are the photos that you can not plan.. they just happen and i am sure to be there.. waiting for them..
  and i smile REALLY big inside when i capture photos like these..




Friday, May 16, 2014

my story and a donation or two for those san diego firefighting heroes!


wednesday morning, i went for my usual run, died a little as it was super hot and it was tougher than usual, i came home guzzled water, took a shower, folded some laundry, took the dog on a walk, answered some overdue emails and headed out to trader joes to shop.. as i rounded the corner, i saw a huge plume of smoke right over the row of houses in front of me.. my heart sank, flipped, then flopped. right then, i got a call from a friend and she was in panic mode! worried about the kids and questioning, do we pull them out of school and where do we go? i just stared as this plume of smoke, with no words.. i was more in a foggy daze than in a panic... i turned right, towards the girls school as thankfully, they are only a 1 minute drive from home. I parked the car and wandered inside the school, there was no panic in the air.. nobody picking up their kids, just a few moms chit chatting and staring at this plume of smoke.. Like me, in a daze.  slowly cars began to pull up and you can see a bit of panic overcoming the school.  i wandered in the office and in in a crackly voice said I guess I'm pulling the girls out.. a rush of parents rushed the office, some calm, others beginning to freak out. i grabbed my girls and we headed out. makena was really worried and i assured both the girls we are fine. We are fine. We ARE fine. we went home, grabbed some stuff and headed south..  i called a friend who lives in a safe part of san diego and we headed there.. my phone was blowing up with texts, concerns and generous offers to help. it is amazing the support system we have as moms. people generously opening their homes. friends and family are what make life good when it's good and great when it's bad.
It is all a big, cloudy blur.. i watched the news, comforted the girls and prayed a lot on this wednesday.. So here we are friday morning, firefighters still fighting with all their might... we returned home yesterday and i drank some bubbly {usually a celebratory drink, but not on this smokey thursday} I drank with neighbor friends, we told out stories and expressed out fears. we watched the news updates from our phones and we were distracted for a bit. I was exhausted by 4pm as another fire flared up and another was contained, and then another one almost there.. That night, we ate dinner as a family and i took the dog for a walk by myself as my husband cleaned up dinner,  on my walk, in this quiet moment, i cried.. i looked at the gorgeous, purplish orange sunset and palm trees as they swayed so gracefully. . paradise was being burned to the ground, but somehow? I could feel a bit of calm in the air.. sort of a feeling of hope. i reflected on my wonderful support system, how we just "trust" that we will be protected by these heroes and  mostly, how all i cared about my family and friends being safe. in this crazy.. On Wednesday as we fled I didn't  care so much about  my "stuff".. It's actually a good feeling that i didn't! I just wanted to be safe with my loved ones.
 That's all.
my hard drive, some photos and my bag of camera gear, that's what I grabbed.
Memories.
life is what is precious.
hug your family tonight. I mean., really hug them. 
the amazing firefighters are still fighting their little hearts out and i am so greatful and want to give back.
we donated coffee, water and pantry items to our local fire station this morning.. but i want to do more.
i am donating a family photoshoot to TWO firefighter families..
please email me at weddings@fawnchristianen.com.
i will literally be pulling your name out of a hat once i have a good amount of names and things have calmed down.. but if you know of an amazing hero and want to submit his name.. email me.
 if you want to help.. here is a list of san diego fire station. pick your local one and do what you can.
http://www.sandiego.gov/fire/about/firestations/

 {this photo was taken off my facebook page and photo credit was lost in translation, please let me know if you know so i may credit}




Monday, May 05, 2014

my job..

"My job is to give you photos that will remind you why you had that damn expensive party in the first place" 


when a wedding is done, it is bittersweet, i feel happy to give the images, happy when i get a response of gratitude and i love that i am providing something that couples will seriously have forever!! i mean, wedding photos are FOREVER, one of the only things that you really have forever from your special day.. {well, besides love, affection and an amazing best friend}
i have been working hard on the little touches.. your sweet package you get to hold in your hands of that amazing story..
the story of your wedding..
 
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fawn Christiansen Photography featured on Style Me Pretty

these two.. oh how i LOVE these two.. they are just overflowing with awesome sauce.. i wish i could shoot their wedding over and over and over again.. take a gallop on over to Style Me Pretty and check them out.. it'll make you day! :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding

so, i am editing this super rad couple and their super  rad wedding..
it was at the inn at rancho santa fe and it was perfect.
stay tuned.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jeter our Sheepadoodle




He is 15 weeks old already and he is so darn cute. He rings a bell to go potty and he sits on command. he also snuggles, whines and will run like the wind if a door is left open. He is awesome.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

San Diego Exquisite Weddings Magazine


 So i shot my first editorial and it was for the awesome magazine San Diego Exquisite Weddings.. It is so surreal.. To see my work in a glossy hand held magazine is SO crazy cool! The fact they asked ME to shoot, pick the model AND location.. It is pretty nuts! This photog gig just keeps getting better and better!! It really is amazing what you can accomplish if you just go for it.. Don't be afraid of rejection and do what you get most excited about! What makes you tick.. You won't be disappointed.
Happy Wednesday lovelies.. xo-f