Looking at the end of 2015 and pondering my many blessings. Again and again I contemplate my good fortune and how I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams. Getting a few of my favorites from this year together to refresh my wall art at my super cool studio and so I had these on the ready. And I am in a blog challenge to blog every week so here goes. THANKS 2015 and to all of the folks who let me be part of their big days.
Talk about your ‘girl power’ collaborative effort ( o.k there were a few guys too ). This wedding theme styled shoot based on the NEW Oz movie ‘Oz the great and powerful’ turned out to be one luscious gift. The Brains behind the theme were truly Stephanie from Honey Paperie and Rebecca from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca. Add in my cool and gifted friend Jenifer Haupt with I make beautiful and my #1 hair lady of all times Tina Romo, AND a TON of other very cool ladies such as Martha Martha Martha from Blooms by Martha, Aimee Wendell from The Find, the hotties at Mimi and Co and even our own on the set nail lady Alena, and we were off and running. We were so thankful to have such hot fashion models also, we are nothing without them. I for one can not wait to see the movie, but until then please enjoy our little tribute to the Great and Powerful Oz !
And, as the ultimate gift, this will be featured on ROCK AND ROLL BRIDE today. I LOVE Kat from Rock and Roll bride, she gets me : )
Our beloved Libby got an ab workout getting this shot : )
Amanda, to know her is to love her, really a gem throughout the whole venture.
So you all may know that ‘everyone loves Raymond’ right ? Well add one MORE person EVERYONE loves, it is PHOEBE. Really, the mere mention of her name and a person will say ‘ I LOVE PHOBE ‘ and often repeat that a few times.
One HUGE shout out to Martha from BLOOMS. That lady BRINGS IT !
I have wanted to do a bridal shoot with Libby for so long, my dream came true : )
One of my all time favorite photos, great job team !
How perfect was our male model, we were so lucky to have Victor in the mix. Such a cool guy in every way.
The things Stephanie from Honey Paperie can make, she is so uniquely talented.
I am so deeply in love with this image. I would like to fool myself and think it is just all
my photo skills, but in truth, it could be Amanda’s good looks : ) Dig that cool couch from our treasured Aimee Wendal at the Find, thanks so much sister, you always have the right stuff at the right time.
Now THAT is a dessert bar people. Rebecca, how many more times can I tell you that I love you and you are gifted ?
A mondo thanks to Dreamenette Bridal and Celebrations for letting us use their wares ! So appreciated. Man alive I hope I did not leave anyone else out : )
Lets rein supreme eating tangerines, I will be the keen photo queen, in 2013 ( and yes, I DID google words that rhyme with 13 to come up with that ). Just a bit of silliness to end the year 2012. Man alive do I feel blessed and filled with love as I write this last post. I am in the process of launching a new web site, so I have about 5,000 ( I wish I was kidding about that number ) favorites to pull from for an end of the year ‘ favorites’ post. Honestly I could post 575 images as had so many rad weddings this year. One million thanks to all the folks who let me take their photos in 2012. And even more thanks to the 2013 brides who have trusted me with one of the most important days of their life, I promise I will deliver the goods.
I have massed 4 gift cards for massages that have been beckoning me to use them for some time, I am planning on using them all before 2013. So I will be one relaxed photographer come the new year. Life is good and only getting better. Mama likes…mama likes indeed !
THIS FUN AND COLORFUL SHOOT ! What a lovely collaboration of vendors. Shot at one of my favorite venues,
David Girard Vineyards, I loved the way the ladies at Mimi & Co Luxurious Linens pulled this whole thing together. Their intention for the shoot was to show off their beautiful linens, mission accomplished. My beloved Beth Sogaard from Beth Sogaard’s Catering created some incredible culinary delights, Super star cake artist Rebecca from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca made that fun cake, and the talented and effervescent Jajuan from Design with Florae’ did the florals. Much thanks to Celebrations Party Rentals for lending us their goods. Girl power all the way. This felt like a great way to brighten this cold rainy winter day and give all of the spring and summer brides some great colorful ideas :
Beth Sogaard looking super cute !
I just needed an excuse to use this blog title : ) Thanks so much to all my clients for all the great reviews. I can not tell you how grateful I am to be so very blessed and have such great clients. Life is good !
LUCKY !! Sacramento was the proud hosts of super cool wedding photographers Zach and Jody Gray this past week. These two darling and TALENTED hot shots had so much to share. Carmen Salazar set up the whole gig which was held at my stu stu studio which I affectionately call ‘ Lucky Star Studios’. Everyone kept thanking me for hosting this event, but really all I did was say ‘ O.K’ when Carmen asked : ) She did ALL of the work !
What an amazing workshop these two dynamo’s gave ! Loved it and learned LOTS !!!!
ONE MILLION thanks for sharing your gifts with our town. Here are a few pics….one of the things they taught us was not to make our blog posts short and sweet, I will try, but that is not my strong suit:
I wanted to do a post of all the things that I was thankful for on Thanksgiving ( passed by ) Christmas ( gone ) and then New Years….so I am a bit late on this one. So here goes.
Again and again I marvel at my many blessings. In my WILDEST dreams I could not imagine my good fortune. I am so very thankful for so many things this post would be 6 pages long, but here are just a few:
My cute boyfriend
The worlds cutest cat
My family, I really hit the lotto in this area
Just the best friends a girl could ever wish for, they truly make my life better in every way every day
All forms of white sugar combined with white flour
Sacramento, born and raised here, i ABSOLUTLEY adore this place and have often thought about being the spokesmodel
Some bad ass lens, I am a bit of a gear junkie
Home ownership, I love it
Zumba class at 24 hour fitness, love getting my work out on
The wind, man alive do I LOVE the wind
A big fast computer ( again with the gear )
Shooting for Sacramento Magazine
A warm comfy bed to sleep in every night
My good health and wealth of energy
Being able to describe myself as ‘witty’
Chocolaut Ice Cream, chocolaut candy, all manor of chocolaut really
Being fortunate to do so many killer weddings and having so many awesome couples
My sense of humor, man that sure can carry you through things in life
Having not one, but 2 hammocks in my backyard
My HOT TUB, we have a close relationship that borders on obsession
Soup and pasta ( not in that order )
Great vendor friends and relationships, this job can be tough, so cool to have so many buddies
Did I mention how cute my boyfriend was……
Alas here are some of my favorite photos to sum up the year:
We did this shot with the oh so talented Shannon from Flourish and Fancy Pants weddings for her Ad, and who’s that girl with the sexy legs ? None other than the coolest wedding planner herself…what they call Kate Miller.
Brad Haynes, you are the BEST ! One BAZILLION thanks for helping me through my busy time. I do not have the slightest idea how I could make it through May and June without all of your help. You are my gift and I LOVE you VERY much ! That reflector DID NOT hold itself…Brad Haynes did : )
I remember the first time I saw shannon, it was MANY years ago, she was bringing in her flowers to show the bride. The joy on her face was so memorable, like a kid bringing home an art project to their mom. She obviously had so much pride in her work.
I have often wanted to blog about my super cool vendor friends, but wondered…
How in the world could I EVER do a blog post about Shannon from Flourish. It would be impossible. First off we have done 1.4 million jobs, so how could I post just a few photos. And how could a person sing her praises, it would be a like a novel to read…
O.k I will try. Shannon rules the world. She is : adorable, funny, smart, beautiful, talented, creative, kind, loving, giving, witty, and one of my best friends.
Talk about a renaissance woman, she is this amazing florist, mother, wife and friend, but wait a minute, don’t order yet, because you also get budding photographer, card maker, and now BLOGGER.
Her new blog FANCY PANTS WEDDINGS is the talk of the town. Get clicking people.
I like to keep my posts short and sweet and filled with loads of photos, here are a few images from our last ‘hot fashion model’ shoot:
And alas… Shannon ( aka Nonnie butter, Nonista, Shannona rider ):
MAKE UP BY THE FAB SHANA BEALS, love you Shana !
FANCY PANTS GRAPHICS BY THE TERRIFIC STEPHANIE J DESIGNS
FUN FACT : Shannon and I give all of our mutual brides nicknames, so if you hire us both..you have a nick name : )
photos with heart and soul