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IMG_5776Several weeks ago I sent out an email requesting your support in voting for me in the Style Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards. And now I’m getting back in touch to show my appreciation because…

Lisa Richmond Photography was voted #1 Favorite Wedding Photographer and #2 Family Photographer for 2015!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for taking the time out of your busy schedule and the litany of to-dos, to click through the online ballot and register your vote. I am so fortunate to be able to do something I love every day and knowing that it is appreciated by the very people I do it for, is the icing on the cake and the cherry on the top of the sundae.

Although many of the winners took out ads to thank their customers in the most recent edition of the publication, I also wanted to let you know why you won’t see my name there. In lieu of spending money on an ad for my business, I instead decided to donate that money back into the community of the region at-large that supports me. My ad money was sent to the Red Cross efforts to help victims of the Butte Fire. Living in a town where the threat of wildfire is real, especially in these times of drought, supporting those who are not as fortunate whenever I can, is very important to me.

Once again, thank you for all you do to support Lisa Richmond Photography. I have loved working with every one of you and today my gratitude overflows.

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!

Lisa Richmond Photography_2018Eva and Stanton were already married in a civil ceremony in San Francisco earlier this year and so the pressure was off for all-but fun for their celebration with family and friends at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara.

Their ceremony was held outdoors, behind the museum, in a grassy, wooded area but we also got to explore the inside of the museum for their couples photos. It’s such a different environment, dealing with modern lines and architectural details of a museum, and I love the change and challenge from my usual Sierra haunts.

Eva is German and her sweet family came in from Germany for the celebrations, meanwhile Stanton’s super joyful family enthusiastically circled the events with their own Nikon camera(s). It was impossible not to want to take pictures of Stanton’s beaming smile every time he stared at his beautiful bride.

There were some really fun and thoughtful details in Eva and Stanton’s day. First, they opted not to have guests bring gifts and instead asked guests to put their place cards in one of two buckets, each representing a different charity: one for East Bay Parks and another for Pets in Need (their own dog, Shaun, is a rescue dog and was in attendance.) Then, for each guest card, they donated $5 to the charity they chose. What a wonderful idea! Stanton is also a big craft brew fan, incorporating some of his favorites into the wedding. On the table was a suggestion card for guests, recommending drinks, food, and explaining the donations process, to ensure that guests got the full flavor of everything that had been provided for their enjoyment. And the catering by Aurora was truly spectacular!

Such a beautiful day to celebrate the blending of two families, cultures, and countries. Congratulations Eva and Stanton!

Photographer’s Assistant: Racheal Roediger, Venue: Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, Hair Stylist: Vinnia Tjhin, Staging and Catering: Aurora Catering
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Lisa Richmond Photography_1966Just a few short weeks ago I photographed Michelle and Tim’s maternity session at Fausel Ranch. Within 2 weeks of our session, and 15 days early, little Madelyn came into the world. And I got to photograph her at home recently with her adoring parents.

Home happens to be a gorgeous house on Auburn-Folsom road that Michelle and Tim have made their “project” over the last few years (apparently Tim loves projects, a fact which my husband wasn’t thankful to have reported to him.) The kitchen is still in the middle of a renovation and the countertops aren’t yet fitted, leaving the wooden subcounter still exposed with measurements and notes. I noticed a spot that said “Baby Bouncy Chair Location Alternate 1”. It was such a fun detail – she came so early they didn’t get the chance to put that plan into action – that I photographed Madelyn right next to those words. I’m sure this will be something they will laugh about for many years to come.

I love photographing newborn sessions at home. It’s much easier and more relaxed for new parents, who can take regular breaks – as Michelle did – to feed and change baby, and it’s also a wonderful way to document baby’s first home.

Being a tad early, Madelyn was so petite and delicate and her size added to the tenderness of the images with each of her parents, no more so than with Tim who got all glassy-eyed every time he held her. Gives me goosebumps!

Can’t wait until my next session with this family as part of their baby package, and to see little Madelyn’s personality start to shine through.

Congratulations guys!
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Casey is one! And adorable and adored by her parents, Katrina and Joe, plus older siblings, Jordan and Shayla. The family purchased my baby package to document Casey’s first year, beginning with a maternity session, and this was their last session before I put together their one year memory album.

It seems almost impossible that it was a year ago that I arrived 5 minutes late to photograph Casey’s birth. One minute Katrina was 4cms dilated and then the next Casey was already with us. I couldn’t believe how quickly she zoomed into the world and that I had missed it by mere moments. Drats! But I then got to photograph Casey in her first days at home, and then again when she reached her 6 month milestone.

If you’re clicking through the links back to all these sessions, you’re probably feeling the same way as I do at this point in a baby package: how cool it is to see Casey and this family grow and forge these new connections together. Seriously, one of my favorite parts of my job.

Like their maternity session, we met by the river at Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael and enjoyed some shade. The light was hitting the trees on the other side of the river, creating a Fall-like glow. Even though the temperatures were in the 90s, we could at least pretend!

Love this family, who I first met when I photographed Katrina and Joe’s wedding on a sweltering day in 2013, and feel so privileged to share in their milestones.

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