• Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Join us for our mini photo session days in preparation for the holidays! It was such a hit last year that we're doing it again this year. It's time to start thinking about that once a year holiday family portrait. We'll be doing Thursday November 4th and Saturday November 6th to start with (weather dependent) and we have some back up dates secured in case it becomes necessary. Please give us a call to secure your slot now!

    the Scoop:
    1/2 hour session costs $150.
    It includes either two 8x10 prints or one digital image so that you can then go create your own holiday cards through Tiny Prints or Minted.





  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • As you recall from just a post ago, Natalie and Ryan were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Sacramento. As they left the church,Ryan's uncle lent his old Cadillac and was their driver. Right before I jumped into my car (Cory was the lucky one to ride with them to the reception at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg) I caught this last image of them.


  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • During Natalie and Ryan's engagement session in Old Sacramento, we used an old wooden frame as a prop. It was inspiration for their wedding day! With wooden frames on the table, along with disposable cameras, it gave the guests something fun to do while they ate appetizers and enjoyed a glass of wine.

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • Wine was a focal point for Natalie and Ryan's wedding day. They had bottled special wine for their guests a few weeks prior at the Old Sugar Mill, which we were able to capture on film. Danielle, their event designer from A Petite Affair, incorporated this theme all throughout the details. Danielle is for sure one of the nicest and most reliable event designers. As she may be new to Sacramento in the wedding industry, she is a tried and true event planner who I can't wait to work with again! While her website is in progress...please contact her! She is the bomb!

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • As we mentioned yesterday, Natalie and Ryan's wedding party was super fun. They didn't roll their eyes at all when I asked them to strangely pose for photos.

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • We were a bit behind in time, so we jammed through bride and groom photos on the grounds of the Old Sugar Mill. But since Natalie and Ryan were more than familiar with us, they didn't mind.

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • Doug and Dara, from Music on the Move, got the crowd going right away with the $1 game. Who knew what you would win....or lose!

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • You've lost that loving feeling....was the proclamation from the groom and his men. I loved Natalie's surprised reaction!

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • This is by far one my FAVORITE photos of their entire wedding day!

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • Natalie and Ryan are fans of Yogurtagogo and rather than have cake, they did a yogurt bar. Very unique and very yummy.

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • The dancing went into the night! We have some great photos of the dance floor packed with fun couples enjoying the evening. To see more of Natalie and Ryan's wedding, please click here, or click the below image. Enjoy!

  • Old Sugar Mill wedding photos

  • I can't wait to have dinner with you (Nat) and Ryan soon! hugs and kisses!



  • Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • This week our Wedding Photo Wednesday post is all about those ever important details. You can check out our other Wednesday Posts on the blog.

    As wedding photographers we are nuts about details. We love to tell our clients' stories in their entirety and in order to do so we need all the elements of your big day including all the paper products we can get our hands on. Many couples these days send out "Save the Date" cards, invitations and have multiple showers which they send out invitations for too. Well, all these items make for great photos and help tell the whole story of a couple's big day.

    Ashlie and Charlie (May 2008) had beautiful invitations and several showers. We used the invitations in their album.

  • Save all wedding paper products for photos

  • Shawna and Jeremy (June 2010) had so many great paper products! We were thrilled that they saved copies of all of them and provided them to us to photograph with all their other details.

  • Save all wedding paper products for photos

  • And sometimes, we like to take cool ring shots with the invitations. So, don't forget to save a copy of all your paper products for your wedding photographer.

  • Save all wedding paper products for photos



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • The Memory Journalists photographed Natalie and Ryan's wedding at the Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church in early October. Cory and I started the day with Natalie as she was getting ready while Keith hung out with Ryan and the Guys. Teresa later joined up with us before the ceremony started.

    I loved the little details that Natalie and Ryan created as part of their day. Natalie had her Grandma's rings sewn into her bouquet. As Natalie explained, "My Grandpa bought it for her on their 25th wedding anniversary...the big diamond is for my Grandpa and the 8 little diamonds are for each of their children." We love this type of sentimental element. It really makes the day even more special.


  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • Doesn't Natalie look amazing? Seriously, her dress fit her perfectly and was such a gorgeous style on her.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • Mom helped Natalie put on her pearls. We love a bride in pearls, especially when they are something borrowed.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • I love this soft look on Natalie. She is someone who looks great with or without smiling.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • Stephanie Smith did such a fabulous job on the flowers. These bright colors looked so beautiful and cheery! I love the fall sunflowers.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • We were so lucky with the weather that day. Those few scattered clouds made for some awesome photos at St. Mary's Church in east Sacramento. I was lucky enough to come over with the girls in the limo and to feel the anticipation building up was a different experience for me.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • Teresa had headed over to the church earlier than me to spend some time with the guys. Teresa took this next photo. Ryan always looks great but was he extra handsome in his suit or what?!? He has such an easy, great smile. Between Natalie and Ryan, they made our jobs easy.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • Teresa got some great shots of the guys goofing around. Natalie and Ryan's wedding party was one of the most fun groups we've ever worked with at a wedding. They were game for anything and had a great time.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • I love this shot of Natalie with her Dad. She was crying and still looks so beautiful. These moments are so amazing to capture. Her Dad looks so happy and proud. I get teary just looking at this photo. Someone else's flash had gone off as I took this image...but I just couldn't bare to part with it.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • The wedding party looked so great! I can't get over the girls' green dresses. So gorgeous! I want one! I love when brides allow their girls to choose the shape of the dress to best fit their style.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • Teresa took this stunning overhead shot of the St. Mary's Catholic church during the ceremony. The lighting was amazing and that celestial sky is so blue.

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos

  • The bride and groom were transported to the reception in ultra cool style in a vintage Cadillac loaned to them by a family member. I love, love, love this car!

    Check back in the next day or two for the reception post and sneak peak from the Old Sugar Mill!

  • Sacramento St. Mary's Catholic Church wedding photos



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Last week we talked about f-stops and the role of depth of field. You can review our past Tuesday Tips on the blog. This week, we're going to talk about the second of many topics on exposure. In particular we are going to talk about shutter speed and what it is. We'll talk about how it relates to exposure in a future post.

    As we mentioned last week, Depth of Field tends to be more important to us wedding or portrait photographers. Shutter speed taking a back seat. Shutter speed is what "stops" motion. We will discuss how shutter speed impacts the overall exposure in a future post.

    In this first example, you can see the garter mid-air. While our focus in on Ryan as he launched the garter, and he's completely in focus, the garter zoomed through the air and we get the sense of motion in this example by the garter being a bit blurry due to the speed of it as it was launched.

  • Shutter Speed examples

  • In this next example, Natalie and Ryan were hugging on the dance floor. As they looked by way, they were still enough to be the only thing in crisp focus as the rest of the dancing couples moved onwards.

  • Shutter Speed examples

  • In this example from Susan and Mark's engagement session, I purposely made the shutter speed be slower than I would have normally. I wanted the blurry effect of the sparklers.

  • Shutter Speed examples

  • And lastly, one more example of where I again purposely reduced my shutter speed to below 1/25 of a second so that you could see the drops of water drag downward. Don't you think this is a cool image? This was of Lani and Shay's engagement session.

  • Shutter Speed example

  • Please take a look at Wikipedia's shutter speed definition and samples. We will be discussing ISO next week.


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