Category Archives: Life

Weddings that Inspire Hope [dylan & charlie, nevada city]

Sometimes…just sometimes…life can get you down.


You know, the routine of carpool, homework, gymnastics, cleaning toilets, sweeping floors, picking up the same toys as yesterday, laundry, toddler tantrums, grocery store trips – two in one day because you forgot at least 3 things on your list… Oh, and lets add in there a home business, career changes, an out-of-state move and going back to school.

Ya, that life.

[Not the way you though a wedding post would start?? Keep reading...]

In the middle of this thing called life…this life that has constant changes yet lingering pasts, this life that has ups, downs, twists and even barrel rolls…we can still find HOPE at a wedding.

A wedding is the epitome of a new chapter. It is two people – two very different people, committing to love each other. FOREVER. How can you not find hope in that? Not every wedding is the same, I understand. Dylan and Charlie’s wedding though… I found myself in tears…several times. And then again going through and editing their pictures…and again writing this blog. They ooze love. The excitement and joy permeated the entire day.

I remember during their first dance – which was excellently choreographed by the way – leaning against the walling snapping a picture and thinking, “Will I ever be that happy again?” Not in a depressing way…not at all… more of in an awe-inspired, personal reflection kind of way. Their joy in marrying one another, their excitement in beginning their life together, their happiness in making a vow to love one another until death IS all available. — To all of us–

That makes me pretty HOPEful.

Their happiness rooted in an unconditional loving relationship. And we all have that opportunity with a loving God. One that loves us unconditionally even though we certainly don’t deserve it. One that wants to live in commune with us every day, even when we are being bratty (read: complaining about our To-Do lists). There is a popular song out right now “Even So Come” by Kristian Stanfill that goes:

“Like a bride waiting for her groom, we’ll be a church ready for you.”

When I first heard that I remember thinking of Charlie, and her anticipation & excitement for her groom. Her joy and love for her groom. Oh goodness. Yes, I want to be that happy. I want to be that excited and joyful…

Farm to Table Catering
Tin Roof Farmhouse – Event Planning
Miners Foundry, Nevada City – Venue

Fathers Day 2014 Memorable Gift

Are you looking for a Fathers Day gift that stands out from every other gift? There is nothing better than a Fathers Day session to capture special moments between Daddy & his children.

Looking back on pictures evokes beautiful nostalgia that takes you back to the moment and lets you revisit that day again and again.

This year, give the dad in your life something that will last a lifetime!

fathers day photo session

fathers day photo session

Make this Mothers Day Memorable [Family Photos, greater Sacramento Area]

Mom’s. They devote their lives to these little humans, little ones that need them to kiss boo-boos, scare away the monsters, give butterfly kisses and count little piggies. Not to mention, feed them, clothe them and teach them everything from ABC’s to “please” and “thank-you”‘s.

Mom’s. The most loved, the least recognized, always treasured and seldom told so.

This Mother’s Day give your mom a gift that she can treasure for the rest of her life. Give her the gift of a family photo session. One hour, spent joyfully with her family. Then let her pick the enlargement for the mantel! Each session comes with an enlarged 16″x20″ print to frame, hang, and cherish forever.

This Mother’s Day, think outside the box.

Mothers Day Photo Gift

Stay true to your style [style & standards]

Not everyone is going to like your style as a photographer. There. I said it.

And that’s ok.

Imagine how boring it would be if every picture we looked at was the same style. Or every wedding invitation was the same, every wedding dress the same, every bouquet… the same style. That would get kinda — mundane and very.very boring.

As your business grows, you refine your style and smooth out the edges to create a solid brand. There is naturally going to be people whose style preferences do not match yours. Friend, that is ok! I’m not saying do not try new things, or be willing to adapt and grow as you wish…but that is the key… as.YOU.wish. Do not let the tides of society who idolize a style one day and bury it the next determine your style.

As your business grows, you will put a lot of time, thought, tears and technique into your style. It is wise to take constructive criticism, acknowledge advice; however, if we all change whimsically with the winds of a negative comment or displeased on-looker, there would be no consistency or foundation for our businesses.

Not every photographer is going to like your photos.
Not every person [read: potential client] is going to like your style.

That is the beauty in diversity. The clients that do not like my style I can guarantee will find a photographer whose style they like. Sometimes I even make recommendations to other photographers based solely off the style the client is wanting! [I'm referring to editing style as well as shooting style]. Our clients will have a style all of their own. It may be something small, like they prefer cooler tone photos to warmer tone photos…easy to accommodate without jeopardizing style and standards. It may be something big, like they want a zombie attack in a cemetery…not as easy to accommodate with jeopardizing style and standards. You have to decide where you draw the line. Cooler photos, sure. Zombie attack, not gonna happen. Its not a matter of right or wrong. Its a matter of style and standards. Plain and simple.

It is important that we stay true to our style and standards when building our business and booking clients. I remember a photographer once telling me he would refer clients out to other photographers that he knew would match their style – and I thought he was crazy. Now, eight years later I completely agree with him. Sacrificing your style and standards for the sake of booking a client will lead you to the edge of a slippery slope where it will become too easy to forsake the brand you have built. Trust me, there will be a photographer out there for them. It’s okay if it isn’t you.

Photography is an art. And what I see through my lens is different than what you see through yours. Its okay to get inspiration from social media, but why would I want to force myself to see (capture) the exact same thing that was already captured? I would much rather look at it from my own perspective, and create my own beautiful. When a client sends you a link to their Pinterest boards that have hundreds of pictures, they are not their to replicate exactly, but to create an ambience from which to begin.

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