• Mai
  • posted by Mai

  • Being a local, I look forward to this event every year! Dine Downtown Restaurant Week is definitely worth the experience as you get to try 3-course delectable menus for $31 at participating restaurants. Even if you're not from Sacramento, and are nearby, this event gives you the opportunity to explore some hidden gems.

    The trick in getting the best out of your dinner is to go with your significant other, friends, or family, and order different plates each, and share! Most restaurants usually have a menu with 2-3 different appetizers, main entrees, and desserts. So, you get to try a little bit of everything. And, believe me, you'll be full by the end of your visit. It's the ultimate food experience you don't want to miss!

    This is a 10-day event, so plan accordingly. Choose a few restaurants with the most appealing menus, and make reservations ahead of time! Share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #thememoryjournalists

    Photo Courtesy: Dine Downtown

  • Dine Downtown Restaurant Week: Sacramento




  • Mai
  • posted by Mai

  • The time has come to end the 2014 year, and begin a brand new 2015 year. The Memory Journalists has had a fantastic year with our beautiful brides, and their handsome beaus. And our family sessions were quite memorable, along with various events that made our year. We've worked with wonderful vendors, and couldn't be more thankful for a fabulous team!

    Thank you to everyone who's been a part of this year! Have a safe, and Happy New Years!




  • Mai
  • posted by Mai

  • If you're planning your 2015/2016 wedding, now is the perfect time to get tickets to this exclusive, luxury wedding show at Library Galleria! We are excited to kick off the new year with this event on January 4, 2015! You won't want to miss top notch vendors, bridal showcases, vendor giveaways, and more. We are also giving away 10 FREE TICKETS to the show on a first come, first serve basis (Email us). The Memory Journalists looks forward to seeing you there. Don't forget to prepare and bring the essential items for this bridal event! Check out my "What to Bring to a Bridal Show" list for ideas!

    Click here for show information and tickets!

  • Luxury Wedding Shows: Library Galleria



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Taking family photos for the holidays doesn't have to be hard. But there are several tips I can pass along to you that will help you make them a success!

  • Need some tips to take Fabulous family photos at Christmas?  Read why it's important to get them done early and how to coordinate clothing to make it easy!

  • 1) If you are planning to hire a professional photographer, keep in mind that you should schedule your session to be done by the end of October. Not only do they need time to edit the session and get your photo selection back to you, but they too have families and will be taking time off for Thanksgiving. And as you get into December, photographers have company holiday parties, Christmas trees to decorate, cookies to bake, and family to visit....just like you do! Plan on getting them done early so that you can have time to get them back, make your selections, get your holiday cards printed, and addressed and mailed out by December 1st.

    2) You can dress in holiday colors if you want. Everybody in red looks great and festive. And this type of photo looks great on your Holiday card.

  • Need some tips to take Fabulous family photos at Christmas?  Read why it's important to get them done early and how to coordinate clothing to make it easy!

  • 3) If you planning to hang your photos on the walls in your house, or give to grandparents as a gift, you may want to consider NOT dressing in holiday colors. Using more season-less colors will allow for your enlargement to look fabulous year round on the walls.

    4) If you have trouble coordinating clothes with a large family photo session, make it easy. Pick blue jeans, and a few complementary colors such as blue and green, or shades of black, grey and whites.

    5) To bring it all together, maybe you can purchase an item for all the girls and/or boys in the family. A scarf looks great on the women and it can help bring all the variety of color schemes together!

  • Need some tips to take Fabulous family photos at Christmas?  Read why it's important to get them done early and how to coordinate clothing to make it easy!



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Ever wonder why your Christmas tree photos either look too dark, or if you use flash they looked washed out? We're going to share some tips on how to photograph your Christmas tree using Ambient lighting aka the available light you have without adding any additional lighting.

    According to Wikipedia, Ambient Light refers to any source of light that is not explicitly supplied by the photographer for the purpose of taking photos. The Memory Journalists specialize in natural light photography. We prefer to use the ambient light, or available light, rather than to add additional lighting. We want photographs to represent how events and locations really looked so that your memories are preserved.

    When using only available light, you have to understand what is technically necessary to get the appropriate lighting. It's even more important to use manual exposure mode. In the next 3 photos, I set my ISO to be 1250 in all 3 photos using a 28mm fixed lens. I modified the F-stop and the shutter speed to show the difference in how these two settings can drastically change the look of your photo.

    In this first one, I used an f-stop of 1.4 and a shutter speed of 1/320th second. It seems dark, right? But it was metered at just slightly OVER zero. If you need need help with manual exposure, check out our series on how to take better blog photos where we discussed manual exposure.

  • using Available Light in photos

  • To get more of a warm photo and more detail in the dark tree, you should lower your shutter speed. By keeping the shutter open longer, you are letting in more available light. In this 2nd photos, I up'd my f-stop to 2.8 and slowed my shutter speed to 1/60th second. Remember as you lower your shutter speed to allow for more ambient light, in order to compensate for more light being added, you will have to increase your f-stop to let less light in if you want the same exposure reading. (again I metered at slightly over zero).

  • using Available Light in photos

  • This still wasn't the exact look I was after so I up'd my f-stop to 3.2 and lowered even further my shutter speed to 1/40th of a second keeping my exposure at the same levels. Now this is a much better photo of my Christmas tree!

  • using Available Light in photos

  • I hope this post was helpful to you and will enable you to take a beautiful picture of your Christmas tree this year using only available light.


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