Monday, May 13, 2019 - Comments Off on A Backyard Wedding on the Sacramento River

A Backyard Wedding on the Sacramento River

I am left completely speechless by this amazing wedding. Miranda and Kari are the most beautiful people on the inside and out! Here is what Miranda had to say about the big day;

"We held our Wedding at a private residence on the Sacramento River. We lucked out finding a place that would allow us to have our Wedding there. It worked great because we had many out of town/state friends that were able to stay with us the days leading up to the Wedding. We were able to spend so much more time with our Bridal Party and made amazing memories before our big day! We were inspired to throw a party for our friends and family for our Wedding. We wanted our guests to enjoy the environment, eat delicious food, dance to great music. Kari’s favorite memory from our big day is dancing with me (Miranda). The DJ was playing so many great songs! The mixture of the perfect outdoor temperature, the sun setting beautifully and being completely surrounded by love made for some unforgettable moments.

My favorite memory is when Kari changed out of her dress and into her power suit and made a grand entrance. I had to pick my jaw up off of the floor. She looked AMAZING!

If you’re planning a Wedding now, hire a Wedding Coordinator. It is worth every single penny. We worked with Events by Wise out of Woodland, CA. Shari and Dani are amazing at what they do. Many things happened the day of the wedding that we didn’t know about until the following day. We were truly able to sit back and relax on our Wedding day. It was perfect. We’re still gushing about how magical it was and how beautifully our friends showed up for us.

Another one of our favorite memories is of you! You danced with us, you drank a beer with us, you cried many happy tears. It was amazing working with you and I’m happy you were able to have a bit of fun too."

 

Thank you Mir and Kar for letting me be apart of your day. It was way more than a bit of fun and I am so happy to have been there!

Monday, Feb 4, 2019 - Comments Off on A Winter Picnic

A Winter Picnic

Meeting with Miranda and Kari for their engagement photo session was a delight! We started in their home, which they’d recently remodeled. I really enjoy this couple, who are parents to an adorable rescue puppy. They’re the kind of people who will post on social media that they’re handing out giant candy bars on Halloween and invite the entire neighborhood—super sweet, generous, and kind.
We started with photos in their bedroom, which allowed for an intimate and personal style. What I loved about this setting was being able to see Miranda and Kari in the space where they were the most comfortable. They might not have noticed it themselves, but in this particular setting, I could see it in their body language—their ease in the space, and their ease and familiarity with each other.
After getting some great shots of them in their home, we headed to the Davis Arboretum with a picnic lunch. Kari loves cooking and good food, so she made a charcuterie board. Miranda contributed gummi worms, which I thought was adorable. We went to the T. Elliot Weier Redwood Grove at the UC Davis Arboretum because redwoods are symbolic to the couple, as they spend a lot of time in the mountains with family.
They looked so sweet together. Miranda hates being photographed, which I’ve found is very common, but my approach highlights who the subject is as a person—I’m not looking for specific smiles or poses because I believe—and have witnessed—personality and character come out naturally and spontaneously when people relax and enjoy themselves.
Miranda brought a rose for Kari, and when they hugged, she surprised her with it. The moment was super romantic, and I’m thrilled to have caught it on camera.

Friday, Feb 1, 2019 - Comments Off on Frances and Michael

Frances and Michael

I had the absolute best time photographing Frances and Michael’s engagement shots! Their wedding will be on July 13th at the gorgeous Ardenwood Historic Farm. Frances, a landscape photographer, loves the animals and the lush greenery there.

Frances found me on The Knot and was drawn to my use of nature in my compositions. I was absolutely flattered to be her choice; it’s always an honor when a fellow photographer hires you!

The engagement session started in San Francisco with hair and make-up done by Vero Gersalia. We first visited the Legion of Honor for some formal photos. There were some interesting challenges involved in this site, because half of the building was covered in preparation for an upcoming visit, and also many other photographers were taking photos there.

A note to clients--don’t fret when unexpected things like this happen during a shoot! Professional photographers are aware of the challenges, and we are always prepared to handle them! While I chose my compositions and angles carefully to avoid eyesores like the building being covered up, I also used some Photoshop magic to remove the other patrons.

While walking back to the car, we discovered a beautiful grassy area with gorgeous filtered light. It provided an excellent background to some truly beautiful shots of Frances and Michael. Sometimes these unplanned stops are among my favorites!

Next, we headed to Baker Beach. This is another famous shooting location with tons of people, but again, I was ready with creative angles and compositions to minimize the distractions. It was a beautiful day out and the Golden Gate Bridge was prominent in the background.

Frances and Michael were fabulous sports, frolicking in the cold water. We got some epic shots of them in the ocean. Frances wore a gorgeous flower crown made by Sarah Larkin Design.

I’m always looking for something unique, though. In these areas, there are obvious shots, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, walking along the beach...but I wanted to find something different and unique for this couple. We moved to the opposite end of the beach and found some amazing rocky cliffs that offered a completely different look--algae and texture and dramatic lighting. These are truly not your grandma’s engagement photos, and they are all the more powerful for their vibrant, unique style.

Photographing Frances and Michael was truly a joy and an adventure, and I’m looking forward to their wedding in July!

Friday, Sep 28, 2018 - Comments Off on Krissy and Kyle – Engagement Photography

Krissy and Kyle – Engagement Photography

This week I was able to photograph Krissy and Kyle at the same place they went for their first date! How romantic, right?! Engagement photography sessions are included in every wedding photography collection that I offer. Engagement photography sessions are essential to getting the best possible wedding photos! It allows the bride and groom to see my process first hand in a laid-back setting. A notable difference between me and a lot of wedding and family photographers is that my techniques include a very hands off approach. While I do make sure everyone is in the best light and looking amazing, I like to let your own relationship shine. There is always less of me and more of you that makes these images special and stand out! The way Kyle watches Krissy with pride, the way Krissy laughs whole heartedly at his jokes... that is what makes the images the most beautiful. There is nothing cookie cutter about these very personal photos!

engaged couple at putt putt course

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Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 - Comments Off on The Ash Family – Woodland Family Photography

The Ash Family – Woodland Family Photography

I believe family photography should be custom fitted to your own unique family! It should fit your personality, and be something that you and your family will treasure for many, many decades. Woodland locals, the Ash Family, personalized their photography session by focusing on what they spend their free time doing the most together. The kids (Gavin, Sweden, and Emilia) spend a lot of time playing outside on the tree swing in their front yard, Gavin and Brian spend time together tinkering and building the coolest projects together, and everyone in this family is an amazing artist!

Woodland Make-up artist, Veronica Gersalia was inspired by Julia's natural red hair and created a soft and natural look, with some brilliant golden tones to highlight her gorgeous eyes! Having a professional make-up artist helps to ease the anxiety that so many of us get when we are put in front of a camera. Book a complimentary consultation for your family now!

family photography collage in woodland ca

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 - No Comments!

The Sullivans- Sacramento Family Photography

Fall is right around the corner here in Sacramento! I've harvested four pumpkins, heard the leaves rattling down the street, and have enjoyed the peaceful and quiet mornings while the kids are at school. Fall is a great time for family photography with all the beautiful Fall colors and cooler temperatures.

Katrina and I met on a garden tour at the amazing Park Winters. If you haven't been there, you are missing out! It is an amazing gem tucked away in the country side of Yolo County. Rafael showed us his beautiful gardens and taught us so much about his landscape design. Did you know carrots will produce flowers? If you are into gardening at all you need to sign up for one of their monthly tours. It is only a few minutes from Woodland, Davis, or Winters and it is the swankiest wedding venue around!

family photography of the sullivan family

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