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!
Loved this intimate and romantic November wedding at the Wedgewood Sequoia.
The day began with a prayer for the bride and groom, Carol and Michael, led by Pastor, Tim Baker. Carol and Michael held hands on either side of a partially closed door as they listened, not wanting to see one another before the ceremony but still wanting that moment of connection before they walked the aisle as separate people for the last time. (So sweet.)
A group of around 30 friends and family were waiting on the beautiful Sequoia patio, to cheer them on. Meanwhile, Carol’s daughters, Sara and Jenna, joined the bridal party processional toward the patio’s redwood tree.
After the ceremony, the whole group took their seats in the Wedgewood’s dining room which was a real treat as, with many larger weddings, it’s rare to shoot a reception there. The warm and welcoming decor, perfectly accented in peacock colors by the Camino Flower shop, made for a really romantic location for Carol and Michael to spontaneously begin dancing together among their friends and family as they ate the fabulous food prepared by the house.
Carol and Michael are a warm and gracious couple and I so enjoyed the private feel of their wedding – just perfect for them.
DJ: Lisa Ferrante | Florist: Camino Flower Shop | Photographer’s Assistant: Jerri Noakes
The Jamali family have been friends and clients of mine now for almost a decade. Just about every year I have known them, we have worked together for an annual family shoot. I also got the honor of photographing their son, Kian’s, birth.
So, you could say I know a thing or two about Kian and his family. Like most boys, Kian is a pot of boiling energy, just itching for a release and so he always challenges me to get the best out of him at every shoot. Giving him an outlet for all that energy seems to be the magic solution, this time swinging on trees, running, and moving throughout this private estate in Cameron Park. Meanwhile, his older sister Shirin, is quite the little model, flashing me with those big brown eyes and beautiful curly hair at every opportunity.
The Jamalis moved to Berkeley this year to take advantage of their excellent schools and new jobs; Amir is a surgeon and Negar is a PICU doctor. Kian and Shirin are being taught in one third Spanish, one third French, and one third English in their school – I’m not sure if there’s anywhere in the Sacramento region that even offers that kind of schooling. It also sounds like a lot of hard work but, I know from my own daughters, it’s amazing how much young children’s brains can soak up. With business becoming more global these days, being trilingual will definitely be a huge advantage for them.
I was so honored that they worked in a session while they were in town visiting family and can’t wait to visit them for a post-session glass of wine in their new home town(and my old stomping grounds) very soon.
Couldn’t resist adding a sweet memory from a session back when Shirin was a baby and still nursing.
Photographing brides and grooms at the Wedgewood Sequoia as their preferred photographer, I get to see so many different ways to use the beautiful house for ceremonies and receptions. For Heather and Nick, they forewent a courtyard ceremony for indoor nuptials, set against a backdrop of twinkling fairy lights. Along with Nick’s all-white tux, it made for a bright-and-beautiful ensemble.
Lots of memorable moments at this wedding: from the blessing Nick’s parents gave him before the ceremony, to an emotional mother-daughter dance, and finally one of the most wonderful speeches by Nick’s parents I’ve heard in a while: I loved their joint mandate to get out and enjoy life as a couple, to find joy in the little things. It was very inspiring while remaining personal, emotional, and often laugh-out-loud funny.
This was not my first time photographing this family either. Heather’s brother, Kevin, and his wife, Melissa, hired me for their Sequoia wedding back in 2009. Kevin and Melissa’s son, Kyle, was one of two ring bearers, along with Heather’s son, Mayson.
As always, in love with Dottie from Camino Flower Shop’s work with the floral arrangements, Nicki’s scrumptious cake (from D’Agostini Delights) and the usual fabulous food and service from Wedgewood Sequoia. Special thanks to the awesome Michelle McDaid for assisting and second-shooting.
Photo, below: Michelle McDaid
Photo, below left: Michelle McDaid
Photo, below: Michelle McDaid
Photo, below and top right: Michelle McDaid
The Anderson Family have been clients of mine since 2006. Mom, Jess, works with another of my friends, Ross Hayashi, who also happens to be one of my photo tech-geeks (I’m confident he’ll find this a compliment, by the way.) For instance, when I needed help coming up with a more air-tight back-up solution for my business, I called Ross.
All of this made it extra fun to surprise Jess and her family by bringing Ross along as my assistant for their recent session at a private home in Cameron Park.
Jessica’s mom and Bret’s parents were able to join us this year, as they have in years past; it’s so great that they are able to co-star in the photos with their children and grandkids. Great memories…
After the family groupings for mom, I got the opportunity to let Taylor and Ryan run loose and get out the sillies a bit. These are always some of my favorite, unscripted moments, and this time even Jess and Bret got into the spirit of things.
Love this family and being able to document them year-after-year.
Thanks to Nello of Nello Olivo for the generosity of allowing me to use his home.
Many thanks to Ross for taking a few photographs for us!
A trip down memory lane… a photo from 2009 of Taylor and Ryan
Beautiful Julia and I met up earlier this month to commemorate her Senior year in High School with some beautiful photos at Boeger Winery.
Julia, currently at El Dorado High, is quite the all-rounder: hoping to study business with an emphasis in marketing at Chico State, she also just retired from seven years of competitive volleyball. She’s planning to participate in snowboarding this year and track next year. Add to this, Julia is in the Natural Resources program at her high school and her senior project is refurbishing and improving a pond over there by designing a new landscape plan. She and her partner have to not only put together the plan but raise the money to pay for the supplies – and do the work themselves. It’s going to be a busy year for her for sure!
Once school is out, Julia plans to head to Europe for the summer. She’s eager to get out there to explore the world and experience other cultures.
I’m sure that, with her zest for life, she’s going to have an amazing final year, summer and initiation into college. Good luck, Julia!