Blog post title from one of my all time favorite shows 30 Rock:
So, sometimes I even annoy myself with my Pollyanna, blessed beyond my wildest dreams, life is good indeed self. That being said, here goes another rant about how blessed I am and how good life truly is… o.k I can spare you the rant and just post a ton of my commercial and portrait work favorites and we can call it a day. Deal ? From Bellies to boobies to babies, events, families, headshots, body builders to boxers, this gal does a wide array of work. Here are a few, o.k ALOT of favs:
Add drumming to yoga and you have AMAZING. I was over the moon to do this commercial shoot for this start up company Yoga and the Beat. I enjoyed these two yogis more than words can express. And I for one can not wait to try this cool fun new class. Life is good indeed. Heather and Nate are the real deal. Husband and wife and loving life. Their new site will launch very soon and I can not wait to see how they used these images. Oh happy day !
A bit of recent work printed in Sacramento Magazine to feed the hungry blog : ). I have said 423 times how much I love and appreciate shooting various assignments. Partly because I am noisy and love getting a glimpse into folks lives, and partly because I love the challenge of finding nailing just the right photo.
Note the flowers from Shannon ‘Totes Mc Goats’ from Flourish, her milk shake truly does bring all the boys to the yard. Great table shot from The Citizen Hotel, such a beautiful room.
My adorable bride Sara who was married at The Crocker Art Museum this past summer getting some lovin’ : )
FUN FUN FUN at karaoke at Oishii, I want to go back there
soon. It is such a unique venue.
I love it, they call her the ‘menu whisperer’.
This was a ‘why you gotta bring up old stuff’ shot we did of the band Desario a few years back. Desario is the gem of Sacramento. Jim Rivas, band member extraordinaire, is a friend and husband of our very own, again Shannon from Flourish ( name dropping like crazy over here ).
And Lastly, this image snagged ‘The big picture’ spot in the magazine. This was from the Christmas concert from the kids at St. Patricks Academy, completely adorable, this concert really reminded me of what Christmas is all about. So very touching.
My foray into being a paparazzi photographer was at the 2011 California Hall of Fame induction this year for Sacramento Magazine. So very exciting shooting celebs next to many of my fellow photographers. I was a bit star struck when I saw Robe Lowe. Instantly I was a 13 year old girl admiring him Justin Beeber groupie style. As he walked by I screamed ” Rob, I LOVED your book “, he stopped and acknowledged me for what seemed like an eternity and said ” who paid you to say that ” ? In my mind that was just like making out : ) I am a huge Rob Lowe fan and actually did read his book and loved it. His character on the show Parks and Recreation is one of my favorites !
I could have shot this for hours on end, the swing dancers at Veterans Salute Dance Party had mad skills. Loved watching them and shooting them ! The band The Jive Aces was incredible. Here is the one the ran in Sacramento Magazine for the ” Big Picture ” spread this month.
And as I am still super overkill in 2012, here are tons more of my favorite photos from my recent work in my beloved Sacramento Magazine : )
THANKS FOR TUNING IN !
This is my second time photographing Clint Eastwood, he was SO nice both times. Really an awesome guy !
Clint’s wife cracking up : )
Aldridge the O.G astronaut.
I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Ling ! Also SO nice !
That is Brenna Hamilton in the cute black and white skirt, she put this whole Sindig together. Her Skirt is a circus theme as she called it a ‘ media circus ‘. Fun fact, I shot her wedding oh so many years ago.
The beach boys. Awesome right.
The most excellent shot ever : ) This last one is of my beloved Kristen and Brian at the Citizen Hotel for the last issue of Sacramento Magazine ‘ great nights out’. I LOVE these kids and I LOVE the Citizen hotel. Total win win right : )
What Rebecca and her team from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca can do with some white flour, butter, sugar and some color is AMAZING ! This gal is an artist. One can feel her deep passion for her work and love of her creations. And if that were not enough to sway you, Rebecca and her husband Hector and sisters are some of the best people you will ever meet. I was so touched by their love and support of each other when shooting her ‘ spring collection’ in my studio. I am so happy for their success. Here are some of my favorite shots:
These were delish ! Under the art was an oreo !
WHEWWWWW ! Way to ROCK in the new year with the cover of Sacramento Magazine ! Loved this concept and our superstar models from CAST IMAGES ! Working with a pro makes my day. Great job on the hair and make-up by Jenifer Haupt, I am her biggest fan !
The best part of getting a cover is going into starbucks and seeing it on the stands. Often I am in gym clothes ( sadly whether or not I have been to or am planning to go to the gym ) and I tell the barrestas ‘ this is my cover’ and they look at me like ‘ yeah right ‘. Anywho, ALWAYS a big thrill ! And since I am too lazy to drum up another blog post I figured just putting up all my covers would buy me some time. So happy it is a new year ! i LOVE how we all get a fresh start. For lack of another word that rhymes, ready to DELVE into 2012 : )
2011 ruled with these 2 covers ! Whoot !
Why you gotta bring up old stuff right ? Re-living my glory days….
FUN FACT: This is Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Service
Sacramento’s Adrience Bankart
This was my first cover……oh the memories !
So get out the balm because it appears I am going to milk this for all its worth.
YAYYYYY ! Isn’t it the best to see spring polkin’ its little head in to our lives. And for me, No better spring time boost than seeing my photo of the cover of Sacramento Magazine ! What a thrill and an honor. We were so LUCKY to get a sunny day to shoot our ridiculously good looking Cast Images models, Ellen Hancock and Reed Daniels, for the March cover. Then ANOTHER sunny day with another stunning Cast Images model ( these good looking people make my work look GOOD ! ) for our shoot the next day !
A huge thanks to both of our make-up artists and my friends Sherri Morris ( cover shot ) and Shana Beals ( park shots ), two of my favorite gals in the business ( they ALSO make my work look good ) ! And one billion thanks to Debbie Hurst for being a dream art director and always bringing so much style to every thing she does !
This may sound sooooo cheesy, but I am in with LOVE Sacramento ! Born and raised here, I think Sacramento is the best place to live and LOVE so many things about our city. So who better than me to photograph some of the cool things to do around here.
Yes indeed I am a lucky gal :
And BONUS ! They used some of my photos from the California Hall of Fame !
YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMY FOOD ! Not only did I get to photograph these culinary delights, I got to EAT THEM after the shoot as they packed everything up for me and sent me home with a harvest of tremendously delicious food. Terri Gilliland, owner of the restaurants Roxy and Lucca is my dear friends so I have had the honor of doing many photo sessions for the two restaurants. You would be hard pressed to find more lovely people than Terri Gilliland and her husband Ron. Both Roxy and Lucca are such incredible places to dine, whenever I have an out of town guest, that is where I choose to take them to show off the cuisine of our fair city. I would not decribe myself as an expert food photographer, but I was very pleased with these images. And trust me, the FOOD WAS FANTASTIC :
Its not small…the BIG PICTURE in Sacramento Magazine that is. That is ONE of the reasons I LOVE shooting the BIG PICTURE for the pages of Sacramento Magazine, the other is that it is usually such a fun and exciting assignment. Also I LOVE shooting the back page as I want the magazine to end with a BANG !!
This was Sacramento’s lil miniture version of American Idol held at Pearl on the River. This gal won !
Sacramento’s own Mumbo Gumbo performing in the park. Sort of a cool hippy vibe in the air. A good time was had by all.
Miss Iris owns the coolest art gallery in Del Paso Heights, what a joy to photograph this woman:
Our very own ‘Green Grocer’ Michael Marks brought about 150 shirts with food on them to my studio. Great dynamic subject he was :
Here are a few more Images I LOVED from these shoots:
The man had some shirts…thats all I am saying…
The ‘winner in announced’ moment. Very exciting !
Picture me I screaming with delight when Lisa and Marcia from Sacramento Bride and Groom Magazine,told me I WON the Sacramento Bride and Groom magazine cover. What an ego boost to have 2 magazine covers I shot with BOTH OF MY BRIDES. Man alive life is good. I HEART Sacramento Bride and Groom so much ! I started my business on a wing and a prayer and could only afford to place a small ad in their magazine. All these years later they folks at Sac Bride are like family, they have been so very good to me. Tami Miller, their graphic designer and owner of Moonlight Graphics, has done me like 1,400 ‘solids’ ( favors ). Marcia and Gary Reimers…well….. let just say I LOVE YOU, and I feel the love :
Check out the big blooms on Martha from Blooms, she did the coolest flowers for this wedding at the Citizen Hotel last fall. I told her she owes me lunch as I got her amazing floral creations on TWO magazine covers simultaneously.
And WHERE would we be without our beloved make-up people, Shana Beals rocked the make-up AS USUAL, beautiful job sister, I adore you !
photos with heart and soul