Category Archives: Dana and Jeff

Today marks 10 years since the 9|11 tragedy.  Over the past several days there have been documentaries on TV and memorial tributes to 9|11.  We went to the Angels vs Yankees game on Friday evening and they rolled out the American Flag on the field as a tribute to America.  There are so many stories from those on that day.  I am sure many of you looked back and thought about where you were on that day the planes struck the World Trade Center towers.  Most of us on the west coast woke up to the tragic news.  Our alarm clock went off that morning to the news on the radio.  We were in shock to hear the 1st tower had been struck and immediately stood up in bed and turned on the TV to see the news. We have taken a moment to remember that day, it was tragic.  I teared up today as I watched the coverage in New York City as they launched the Memorial Fountains at Ground Zero.  Many lives were lost and peoples lives were changed forever.

It is hard to believe that someone would want to cause so much pain to a country and its people.  We will never forget what happened on September 11, 2001 but we will live our lives and hopefully cherish each day that we are given.  I know I do.   I can’t even imagine being near those buildings when they collapsed.  I can relate though to the loss of a loved one.  Though time goes by, we live on but never forget them.  It is hard to understand why things happen, but we must stand together and be thankful for each day we are given.

Most of you know how much Jeff and I love to travel!  Recently, we had a brief visit to New York City. Today I wanted to share some shots from our trip to New York City this summer as a tribute to the city.  Though the city suffered at one time, it is still a beautiful place.  We only drove by Ground Zero as it was and still is under construction, but explored many other places in Manhattan.
To all of those that lost their lives September 11, 2001 we remember you!  Thank you to all of those who served on that day and since then.  We will never forget what you did for us.



 I took this from the car of One New York Plaza in the financial district of New York City

 View of the city looking up through the sun roof in our car!

Portrait of a Couple walking in the street of New York City

Imagine in Strawberry Fields, New York City

Directing Traffic in New York City

Subway Sign in New York City

View of the New York City Scape from the 86th floor view of the Empire State Building

Another view of New York City and its skyscrapers.  This shot was taken from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.  In the distance to the right you can see the Statue of Liberty.  Just to the left of the Hudson from there you can see the construction of the new tower at Ground Zero.

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Bow Ties by

Hey everyone!  Recently, we were contacted by the good people at and were asked if we would like to check out a couple of their ties in exchange for blogging a bit about them.  In the past few years, as the wedding business has picked up for us, I’ve needed to step up my game as far my clothing, etc.  Dana and I end up at a lot of wedding industry mixers and other networking events where if you are not dressed up some, you look a bit out of place.  Having worked in the surf industry the past 12 years or so, I’ve been pretty accustomed to wearing shorts and T-shirts most days.  This doesn’t really fly when you are trying to impress potential clients.  The best part about is that the ties are very affordable, they have a ton of different styles and the quality is great.

I decided to check out a bow tie, since I’ve never really worn one, other than at my High School Prom.  And that was a pre-tied style.  I have to say, after searching various websites and YouTube for about an hour, I finally found a video that taught me how to tie it.  It wasn’t as easy, or as hard as I thought it would be.  Just takes some practice to get it right!  Keep on the look out for another post down the line featuring the other tie they sent me!



For more information about ties to wear  for your Wedding or Event.  Please visit

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We just want to welcome our new niece Kelsey into our family. Being featured on the Sipper Photography blog makes it official Kelsey, we are so happy you are here!!! Haha!! All kidding aside a big congratulations to Jenn and Andy on having another beautiful baby girl. Miss Emmi is going to be a great big sister, we love them both dearly. Ok, Jenn and Andy…we love ya too! 🙂 Anyways, here is Kelsey’s first official shoot for her birth announcements. Since Aunt Dana is the paparazzi with her camera. I am sure this will only be the first of many photos over the years, so get ready!

Meet Kelsey Grace!





Smiling at me.  She loves her Aunt Dana already!


Our two nieces!
“Little Sister” Kelsey + “Big Sister” Emmi

Love you both so much!!!!!!






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Jeff and I have lived in the Tustin and Orange areas for about 10 years now.  We have driven up and down Newport Boulevard in Tustin hundreds of times and have always wondered about the Ivy covered building called Nieuport 17.  We have always wanted to check out the restaurant, but never seemed to find the time.  Well, recently the mystery has been solved as  Nieuport 17 hosted our Orange County Blog Crush group this month.


Tustin’s Nieuport 17 Restaurant is a local restaurant serving premiere steak, seafood and cocktails.


Walking into the Aviation themed spot, I felt like I was walking into another time.  The walls were covered with photos and such of aviation history.  Owner Bill Bettis shared with us his story of opening his restaurant and told us the background of  Nieuport 17.  He named his restaurant after a World War 1 airplane.  Many of you may not know, but Tustin used have a large military base in their city, so famous Pilots and Officers used to flock to this restaurant for dining and cocktails.


Lobby of Nieuport 17 Restaurant


Neiuport 17 is filled with grand decor including the Antler Chandeliers


Nieuport 17 Dining Room


Executive Chef Marco Colin served several fantastic specialties including a

Goat Cheese, Pecan and Fig Appetizer (They were divine)


Not only does Nieuport 17 have fabulous food and a wonderful dining experience, but each evening they have live entertainment in the Barnstormers Bar.  Jeff and I loved this.  We sat by the fireplace in the tufted sofa and listened to the piano player.  The best part was we sipped some of our favorite classic cocktails.  I enjoyed a Pimm’s Cup (or two) and Jeff, an Old Fashioned.  We totally loved our experience and the service was impeccable.  We just may have found a new spot to dine or just sit and enjoy a cocktail when we need a break.


Nieuport 17 is located at:  13051 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780



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We are so excited to announce that Sipper Photography has been voted Top 5 My FoxLA Best of Orange County Wedding Photographer.  This is our 3rd year in a row we have been voted the best when it comes to your wedding photography and we want to say… THANKS!  We are ranked #3 for the 2011 contest and it continues to show that we love what we do!  We are so proud to be a part of such a wonderful community in Orange County and have wonderful clients here and beyond.

We want to thank everyone who voted for us.  Your love+support of us and our business makes us so proud.  We will continue to do the very best job we can capturing the moments in your life. Our clients are the best!   If you are a newly engaged couple and planning your wedding, we would love for you to consider Sipper Photography.  We invite you to stop by and get to know a little more info about Jeff and I,  About Us and Our Style!  Also, to see more of our wedding photography go to our Engagement and Wedding galleries to see more of our work.

Again, our sincere thanks to all!  J+D




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