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!
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
Devan is one. Well, really, 15 months. And isn’t that just how it goes when you are working parents trying to make it all happen between traveling jobs, new home buying, moving, childhood bugs, the unpredictable weather and all of that?
I met Kim, Sean and Devan on a beautiful fall morning up in Apple Hill just a few months after his first birthday—for his third session in his First Year baby package. We still celebrated even though we were a little late AND even though I know he wasn’t feeling his best.
Kim and Sean are past wedding clients and I credit them for my first paddleboard introduction during their engagement session in 2012. Now, I’m hooked! They are also wonderful parents and love their little boy to pieces who it ALL boy by the way. Between nose blows and a few fussies, we managed a few smiles and a couple John Deere “mini loads” in the beautiful morning light of Apple Hill.
I met Lauren and Chris on a glorious fall day for their engagement session up in Apple Hill. It is a great way for us to get to know each other in front of and behind the camera. As with many sessions, we slowly moved into those moments that feel real as we all got comfortable with each other. I always joke, “you mean you don’t have photo sessions every weekend?”. Lauren and Chris love fall along with the cooler weather and cozy evenings that it brings. They are both nurses and live in Hermosa Beach and were up having an early Thanksgiving with Lauren’s local family. They are getting married next fall (surprise, surprise) at The Serrano Country Club. Super warm people, big hearts and lots of love between them. Congratulations Lauren and Chris- I had a great time with you all.