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!
Congratulations to Shanna and Jon, who married recently at the Wedgewood Sequoia in Placerville.
You may remember this fun and easy-going couple from my engagement session with them at Boeger Winery & downtown Placerville in March. It was great to get to know them a little before their special day; it really does make all the difference in being more relaxed on their wedding day.
Shanna and Jon, like many of my couples, chose to do a First Look before their ceremony. I love that private moment when the groom gets to see his bride for the first time! You just can’t get the same intimacy or joint reactions when that moment happens with the bride walking down the aisle in front of all the guests. We also chose to photograph their families shortly thereafter – again, before the ceremony. This meant that, after they were married, we had time to capture a few, fun and informal couples shots without being time-crunched for family photos. Just twenty minutes after they said “I do” Shanna and Jon were sipping champagne with their guests, joyful and relaxed. How great is that?
They shared their day with Shanna’s daughter and flower-girl, Samantha, who looked just gorgeous in lilac. In fact, the lilac theme was worked-through beautifully in all the little details of the day: from the stunning candy bar to the flowers and favors.
Fantastic job by Wedgewood’s team, Chad and Dottie, and special thanks to Michelle McDaid and Ashlynn Gist, for assisting.
Photograph, below, Michelle McDaid
Photographs, below, Michelle McDaid
Photograph, below left, Ashlynn Gist
Photograph, below right, Michelle McDaid
Beautiful Cammy is graduating this spring and heading to California Baptist University in Southern California to study drama. She is currently in the El Dorado High School production of “Cats” and so she is no stranger to the stage.
We met up recently to commemorate her graduation at Sly Park Lake, where we talked about her summer plans to run, hike, and camp with friends and family. I loved Cammy’s sweet and playful nature, making goofy faces in the field and splashing in the lake. She definitely has enough personality to light up the stage, the same way she does the camera, and I wish her the very best of luck pursuing her passion.
It was a beautiful April day for Courtney and Chris’ wedding at the Wedgewood Sequoia. Despite a hiccup with the bride’s dress that meant she had to switch gowns in the final days, everything was simply perfect – including their amazing purple and gold cake with peacock feathers.
Courtney and Chris clearly wanted a day that was focused on them and their love and that’s just what they got. You can see from their playfulness in the grass outside the Sequoia and the way that they continually kissed during their first dance, that they’re going to be so incredibly happy together.
Special thanks for Michelle McDaid and Ashlynn Gisten for assisting.
Dulce and Jorge’s wedding at the Wedgewood Sequoia last month was a beautiful joining of two families, bringing together not only the bride and groom but three girls as sisters: Dulce’s daughters, Mia and Karina, and Jorge’s daughter, Kennedy.
Jorge’s proposal last year was quite the romantic affair. He took Dulce on a horse and carriage ride through Central Park in New York, accompanied by a dozen red roses and a paparazzi-like photographer that followed along on a skateboard. Then, at a perfectly-researched spot, with the New York skyline as backdrop, he dropped to one knee and asked Dulce to marry him.
Their wedding was no less romantic, buoyed by the enthusiastic support of their friends and family. I had so much fun photographing them and I wish their new family the very best for the future.
This was such a fun and unique engagement session for Sheri and Mike, who are getting married in June at the Wedgewood Sequoia.
Our location was their farm in Elk Grove that has been in Sheri’s family for more than 100 years. Sheri’s parents moved back to the farm when she was in 7th grade and she and Mike now live there with their herd of 8 does and 20 goats. Sheri shared so many happy memories from her childhood during our session, from feeding the sheep her grandfather bought her at age 6, to “roller-coaster” rides in hay buckets. In our highly-mobile world, where most of us seem transplants from somewhere these days, it’s so wonderful to meet a couple with local roots. It was also fantastic fun to incorporate the landscape, vehicles, and buildings that are so much a part of Sheri’s history: I just love the rusty old truck half-hidden in the tall grass, which Sheri says was a truck from her grandpa’s dairy farm business.
Mike and Sheri met 8 years ago at work and were friends for a year or so before dating. On November 10th of last year, Mike proposed on an annual camping trip at Dillon Beach. Mike’s daughter Cassie will be in the wedding party and joined us on the shoot for a few photographs. They are all such down-to-earth, great people and I am so looking forward to their wedding next month.