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:
Engagement session are one of my favorite gigs. I love being able to do ‘ all the things ‘ our beautiful and vibrant city has to offer and capturing the couples essence. This Engagement session was one of those times. Kyla and Patrick were simply the best. Coffee lovers and madly in love, we were smitten with them from the go get. They will be married NEXT WEEKEND at The Crocker Art Museum ( yay ) and my friends at Alluring events will be there to keep it all together. Stay tuned for part two of this happy couple when we get to show off their wedding photos. Whoot !!!!
That thing when you get to do a group of gals wedding and you get to see them at each others weddings supporting each other. I LOVE this group of super cool gals and was THRILLED to be doing Savannah and Patricks wedding at The Croatian Center this past September. They were the sweetest couple, with the most fun wedding. I felt so at ease during the family photos as I had done Patricks sisters wedding. You sure can feel the love tonight and it was great to see the couples I had photographed in the past still standing ( on a roll there with song titles ). rump
You hear the term ‘ my knight in shining armor ‘ often, but in this case Jim LITERALLY was a knight in shining Armor in a video game when He and Elizabeth connected. The rest is a tale as old as time…Boy meets girl on game, meet in person, fall in love and get married with me as their photographer and live happily ever after. I LOVED this sweet wedding at Silva’s Sheldon Inn ( the owner are friends of mine ), what a darling venue with loads of great spots. One of my favorite florists, Scarlett and Grace made the most beautiful bouquet and the sunset was ever so delicious. I felt such gratitude for getting to be a part of this fun and magical day.
Three cheers to this Brillant ( yes they both have PHD’s ) couple and their BEAUTIFUL wedding at the Crocker Art Museum. I was thrilled to be chosen to shoot Cynthia and Andrew’s wedding especially when I heard the one and only Kate Whelan Events would be their event designer. And one of my favorite Masters of Ceremony S.J’s DJ would be running the show and Rev. Tan ( I am a fan ) rocking the ceremony. All fabulous things. But wait, don’t order yet as we had my beloved Lea from BGorgeous doing the hair and make-up and the talented Melissa designing her flowers. Winning. This couple was pure delight from the get go, I loved how they were so relaxed and easy going throughout the entire day. And I loved how the bride texted me the next day and told me I was a badass. Mama likes indeed.
I have been searching for the right words to describe my joy regarding Allison and Scott’s wedding for some time. It will be hard to express my true love ( yes, cheesy plug inserted there ) for this wedding but I shall try. First off I have known Allison for many years, and her mom, Lora Ward and I go way way back. Lora Ward from A Day to Remember, is one of the most seasoned well known wedding planners in the area, and so for her daughter to have chosen me, out of ALL of the photographers they have worked with over the years was most flattering. And to add even more goodness into the mix, the wedding was held at my studio. Well not in my studio, but downstairs at Antiquities or “Tara” as I call it. The wedding was small and intimate and the details were FABULOUS ! So many of Lora’s peeps brought the heat, with the talented Kendra Pfeiffer at the coordinating wheel, Jennifer Gilchrist making the bride and gals oh so glamours, Jackson Catering making amazing food, Sarah from Cuttings making the event beautiful with her floral designs, my beloved Doug and Dara from Music on the Move rocking tunes and mastering the reception fun, and Mike Jensen capturing the magic on video. But with all of the beauty and well planned events, what touched my heart most was this couple. Allison is truly one of the most amazing gals on earth, she was the worlds best bride. And her very handsome husband was one of the most sincere stand up guys. I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. An amazing time was had by all. Life is indeed very very good.
LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this wedding. The Citizen Hotel, and Music on the Move, and Claire and Garret ! So many good things going for Claire and Garret’s oh so happy wedding day ! They were pure sunshine and delight, and their peeps were uber cool. Just slipping this one at the last minute to give these wonderful folks and 2014 one last shout out. Heading into 2015 with bells on over here. Lets get it started !!!!
Heading back to my roots with this one ! The Retro Blogging of my first wedding of 2014 ! This wedding was just a gem ! Working with some of my favorite peeps like Diana from Simple Pleasures catering and Matt from Extreme ProD.J’s, and these two love birds Ann and Logan. These two were just as precious as humanly possible, so sweet and in love ! We were all over joyed with this sunny January Day at the Flower Farm, and dig those oranges right. A shout out to Ann’s friend and make-up artist Summer Brazell. And Fun Fact, Diana Burke from Simple Pleasures Catering actually did everything for this celebration ! The flowers and designs were all from the gift we call Diana Burke !
I am not much of a Christmas person but LOVE heading into a new year, for me it is a very important time to re-group and start anew. I find myself extremely thankful for my many blessing at the end of 2014, and being blessed to be a part of so many weddings is pretty high on my list of things to be thankful for. Life is good indeed. One more gratitude shout out for my treasured Second shooter Sarah ! You rock sister. Here is to a fabulous season in 2015 !
Oh LAURA and ROBBIE, how do I love thee…let me count the ways. I was so honored when Laura choose me to be her photographer for her Forest House wedding next spring. She is a wedding planner for Alluring events so she had many photographers to choose from but I won ! Yay !!!! So as you can imagine the talented and creative gals at Alluring had some ideas and I had MANY ideas. Add that all t together and you have one fun filled jam packed engagement session ! We started at my studio and then had to add a bit of their favorite ice cream habit and then headed off to the stunning and unique venue Park Winters. Man alive is that place a photographers dream. This engagement session had it all ( said like Stefan from SNL ). See for yourself !
Yeah, I REALLY want to take full credit for how awesome this wedding turned out, but truly there were many factors that contributed to the magic that was Heather and DJ’s wedding. Like my AMAZING and talented partner Sarah Torres who I adore and takes incredible photos to add to the mix. The Stunning setting and incredible sunsets at Serrano Country club with Jennifer at the wheel making everything flow with ease, our talented florist Dawn from Natural Flair Custom Floral Design and my oh so beloved one and only Matt from Extreme Productions. Also one of my favorite officiants Cindie Wilding did their ceremony like a boss and my pals at All Dolled Up made this beautiful bride even more beautiful. And of course This delightful couple ! Man alive did I LOVE Heather and D.J ! So fun loving, delightful and all around chill. Fabulous families and friends, incredible skies, jelly beans and kittens happening on the very very special day ! I could write a small novel about this wedding and how much I loved everything about it, but me thinks if you are looking at my blog it is because you want to see photos, so lets get to the good stuff below already.
Yes, we did put the rings on a page of War and Peace ?
photos with heart and soul