Thanks for stopping by. Check in every so often to see recent photography sessions, weddings, and family fun. I also post little tidbits about my life and work so you can get to know me a little better. Take a peek, enjoy, and let me know what you think!
I was glad when Jeanette Di Muccio contacted me during the holidays with the idea for all the kids to gift Dee (her mother in law) a family session for Christmas. It’s not easy to get a busy family, scattered around states, together and usually takes someone with some inertia to make it happen. Good job Jeanette. I was glad to get to meet up with their family once again and capture them years later.
I first met them all when Joscilyn and Jared asked me to photograph their wedding back in 2007. Fairly new to wedding photography at that point, I remember the very warm (read: ridiculously HOT) day at the Iris Gardens fondly as I’m pretty sure it is impossible to take a bad photograph of Josci. Shortly thereafter Dee and Stew asked me to photograph their vow renewal/anniversary which was a lovely backyard gathering of family and close friends. Actually, I remember also doing some photographs at the old Catholic church in Coloma where Dee and Stew had originally exchanged their vows (I added one below).
I’m always grateful for my job but it is especially rewarding when it allows me the privilege to photograph families over time.
Happy holidays Dee!
Awww…I love these old images.
Julianne and Daniel chose to get married on 12-13-14 at Haggin Oaks Golf Club in Sacramento. This was the last sequential day for 20 years and also the anniversary of their first meeting at MIX, a dance club in Sacramento, where Julianne decided to passed along her phone number to Daniel. They texted all night long and well, the rest is history.
Julianne told me early on that they are both laid back and that the most important thing at the end of the day is that they are “husband and wife”. They were so grateful that they got to celebrate with their family and friends and they just wanted the whole day to be fun…the rest, in between, is how it will go and they will take it all in stride…and they did- and they had such a great time doing it too! We had so much fun with them. Easy going, playful, fun, connected, laughing all the time, genuine, the way they look at each other, the friends they choose, the family that surrounds and supports them…these are some of the big things that happiness is made out of. Click here for a slideshow of their day! (Be sure to watch on a main computer or a non i-device that supports Adobe Flash).
Thanks to Julianne and Daniel, for trusting me to capture these memories for you, to Meryll and Chris for understanding the importance of it and to my team of Doug Miranda and Riley for being so great to work with!
The next time a sequential date happens will be 01-02-34 and Julianne and Daniel will have just celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. How cool is that?
| 2nd Photographer: Doug Miranda | Photography Assistant: Riley Weinhold | Venue: Haggin Oaks | Event Coordinator: Rebecca Kirtlan | Music: Logan Productions | Hair Artist:Brockway Hair Design | Cake Artist: Lindsay’s Sweet Cakes |
Below, a beautiful image by Doug Miranda
Below, by Doug Miranda
Images right, by Doug Miranda
Below, one of my favorites by Doug Miranda
below by Doug Miranda
I have a series of images like this from over the years. A friend who caught the first one titled it “The Huntress”…and I guess I always am in pursuit of a tasty image…(and maybe a cat nap too), thanks Doug!
Oh the weather outside is frightful….and that is when Kailey said- “you know what, let’s just do it”. So, off into the stormy day we went up to a beautiful field above Placerville. We had originally hoped for snow having booked a few months earlier, but rain was what we got.
I love photographing Kailey and Matt and have had the pleasure of numerous big events with them. They are easy going, and respectful and patient of the creative process. We work well together. (Kailey is a photographer too! And Matt, well you should see him sporting that red scarf- he might as well be a European painter- even though he admitted he isn’t a “scarf guy”).
Having practically broken my toe the night before at a wedding, I spent the next 90 minutes completely immersed and oblivious to my black and blue toe.. well, until we finished and I spent the evening soaking it in ice water). Kailey and Matt have the affect on you. Good thing they are so photogenic too since many of my images were shot through a completely rain speckled lens- an interesting blur effect.
Nyron is due in February and I am so honored and can’t wait to be present at his birth and watch them all take their first breath of new life. Happy holidays Kailey and Matt.
I’ve been watching Taylor and Ryan grow at basically the same rate as my own kids. You see, our children are about the same age and I have been photographing the Anderson family, annually since Ryan was an infant- perhaps for 9 or 10 years now? Jessica and Bret are so great about making time for this every single year despite their crazy schedules. They don’t even need to explain a cancellation/rescheduling as I’m living that same life too- kids running in various directions, working parents doing the same, soccer soccer soccer, family in town for a visit, I remember stitches one year, and the occasional flu or head cold. This year we headed out to Alder Creek to capture this moment in time for them with their bluetooth music box in hand and enjoyed the end of the day together moving through one of their itunes playlists by the cold and beautiful river. Always playful, always fun.
Love you all! Happy Holidays!
Bret, I think you may be levitating…
“On the journey, lead with love, always.”
This was such a wonderful day in late October. Two beautiful ladies, Sallie Grace and Ashley, got married at the Inn at Park Winters in Winters, California. Picture an absolutely stunning location, mixed with a little weather uncertainly (of course) and an amazing array of friends and family. The skies were filled with dramatic contrast and blushed colors that matched one of the bridal bouquets perfectly!
Sallie Grace and Ashley contacted me last year about their wedding. We all attended the same boarding school, Chatham Hall, a small school in southern Virginia. Though not quite overlapping our time there, as alumni we all share a similar experience and sense of camaraderie. Years after graduating, Sallie Grace went back to Chatham for work. There she met Ashley, also employed there at the time.
The Inn at Park Winters has a rich history. This farm has been here since 1854, when George Washington Scott, one of the first American settlers in what is now Yolo County, bought it after crossing the plains (a six-month trip!). There were so many fun options for making really creative and unique portraits of these two fine ladies. I could photograph at this location over and over and still miss some of the fine details, both of the architecture and the gorgeous rural setting.
To photograph their big day, I included a surprise First Look, where I purposely went off our schedule so that Ashley wouldn’t know when it was. Sallie Grace was game for conspiring on the secret plan! As a photographer, their ceremony was one that made you stop and listen—brimming with humor, tears, smiles, and laughter. They included a “handwashing ceremony,” to symbolize beginning a fresh, clear life together. And one of the fun things about a double-bride wedding? Double bouquet toss!
As Sallie Grace and Ashley tromped out to the field in their sneakers and cowboy boots for their “just married” shoot, their cocktail party cheered them on from the patio.
I loved this quote that their friend John Epstein wrote on their Facebook page right after the wedding:
The greatest sound each of you will ever hear is the other one laughing. Devote your lives to creating that sound. Live long with much happiness and laughter.
Having been married myself for over 14 years now, this one really resonated with me. A successful marriage is work everyday. Hearing your partner laughing reminds you why you keep working at this union. It is a wonderful sound. Especially in the afterglow of a day like this, when there’s so much love and laughter flowing, we remain thankful that we live in a progressive state that believes everyone’s love is worthy of legal recognition.
I created a slideshow for them to tell the story of the day which you can see here.
Many thanks to my friend and colleague Jaime Emery and her amazing eye for all of her contributions. It’s such a luxury to shoot with a second photographer, and I really value her perspective—it’s great to have more than one at the same event. Congratulations Sallie Grace and Ashley!
2nd Photographer: Jaime Emery | Photography Assistant: Riley Weinhold | Venue: The Inn at Park Winters | Officiant: Bill Habicht | Event Coordinator: Alluring Events and Design | Catering: Elaine Bell | Music: Camillia String Quartet | Entertainment Director: Function45 | Makeup Artist: Spotlight Make-Up | Floral Stylist: Posh Shoppe Florist | Cake Artist: Cake Couture | Rental Company + Staging: Simple Country Weddings | Linens: La Tavola | Heater Rental: A Grand Affair