• Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • Hello readers! Well, I must confess that I messed up. Last week I talked about having an Emergency Day-Of Kit prepared on your wedding day. I intended to first write a post about what could go wrong on your wedding day and follow it with my post about an Emergency Day-Of Kit. Well, I wrote the latter and posted it last week. So these posts are out of order but I didn't want to skip this important information. You can read last week's post and our other Wedding Photo Wednesday Posts on our blog.

    The Emergency Day-Of Kit came about long ago when some groom lost a button or a groomsman forgot to bring the rings. These are just a couple of things that could go wrong on the big day. The bride could forget her bouquet or garter, chip a nail, run her hose or tear her dress. And, God forbid if her period should start early due to all the stress of planning the wedding. Brides, you will want to be prepared for all these possibilities. Not that you should be prepared for the worst, but being prepared for small mishaps is a really good idea. See our post last week for a list of things to include in your Emergency Day-Of Kit. And remember, be prepared and have fun!!!


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  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • We attended the Dream Wedding Show this last weekend and were excited to see that we were once again in the same building as Sweet Cakes by Rebecca. Her cakes always look so amazing. Her display linens were from Mimi & Co.

    You can find Sweet Cakes by Rebecca at:
    7601 Sunrise Blvd #5
    Citrus Heights, Ca. 95610
    order@sweetcakesbyrebecca.com
    916.370.7760

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  • I found out this last weekend that the reason her cakes look so very precise is that she uses a level (several) to ensure that all lines are perfect! She explained that it's her background in art and MATH. Of course you can see how much of perfectionist she is when you see that she even color coordinated all your cakes for her display. (the bottom right photo wasn't used in her display but rather used in the America's Party Rental display).

  • Sweet Cakes By Rebecca

  • What I love about her attention to detail is that you will see that for each cake she made, she made a corresponding sugar cookie to match and posted the cookie to a frame.

  • Sweet Cakes By Rebecca

  • Her other desserts are just as much to die for. Rebecca is the sweetest person ever - she gave Carie and I the entire tray of white chocolate caramel dipped pretzels at the end of the fair because she knew that we went nuts over them after the Premier Wedding Show in January. I LOVE those pretzels!!!

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  • If you are in need of a custom cake creation, you should give Rebecca a call!

    You can find Sweet Cakes by Rebecca at:
    7601 Sunrise Blvd #5
    Citrus Heights, California 95610
    order@sweetcakesbyrebecca.com
    916.370.7760



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • I photographed little Aiden at 3 months old this last week. Aiden is part of our Treasured Moments program where we schedule baby photo shoots at birth, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year.

    I just love it when I can photograph some same element from each shoot to show the growth between months. Here is Aiden at 2 weeks old (left side) and then again now at 3 months. Poor little guy barely fits not into this playground bucket (for lack of a better word)!

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  • But doesn't he look super cute in his white tux and bow tie...and hello....his hair is to die for!

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  • It was dry on Tuesday afternoon for a short while and we took our luck and went outside. I brought loads and loads of teddy bears so that we could put him in the middle of a teddy bear farm.

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  • Even my newest Valentine Day bear made it into our photos.

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  • I brought the Tonka truck so that next time we can show off how big he's grown again. His little feet just hung off the end - and I was way into photographing his shoes!

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  • Aiden is into hands right now. Next time I'm sure he'll be into feet.

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  • Really? sooooo stinken' cute!

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  • We were hoping for a head lift here, but it was towards the end of our shoot, and I think he was starting to be a bit tired.

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  • OMG - his little lips pucker so cute, and I can't wait to see how how he grows between now and 6 months. He's going to be a lady killer for sure when he grows up. Check out the last photo in this series - love the lips and the foot.

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  • We watched a little tv before I left. Aiden was fascinated by the colors.

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  • And the last photo I snapped.....he was tuckered out tired. He was such a good baby and I can't wait until our next shoot!

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  • Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • This week's Wedding Photo Wednesday post is about your Emergency Day-Of Kit. You can view our other Wedding Photo Wednesday Posts on the blog.

    Every bride knows that she needs to be ready for anything on her wedding day. Who knows what could happen on your big day? We want to remind all you brides and bridesmaids to put together a Bridal Emergency Kit.

    There are actually quite a few pre-made Bridal ER kits out there. You can find them many places including Target. We recommend making your own so that you have exactly what YOU might need and not a bunch of stuff someone else thinks you might need. You could even comprise a list, divide the items amongst your bridesmaids and have them all bring a few of the items from home the day of the wedding. We recommend a nail file, clippers, a sewing kit, tampons, tissues, hairspray, nail polish and a pen. The key is to remember you aren't just providing this stuff for yourself but also for your bridesmaids and moms or anyone else who might be hanging out with the bride.

    Photo courtesy of MindyWeiss.com

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  • We like to be prepared too and sometimes we get to play the hero when we have something that someone in the bridal party needs. In our Emergency Kit, we carry fake rings, a garter and a sewing kit....just in case.



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Last week we talked about bokeh and color cast. You can review our past Tuesday Photo Tips on the blog. I know I mentioned that we'll be covering color temperature and white balance in future posts, but this week I wanted to touch upon planning family photo outings since Cory and I had a mini visit with my sister and brother-in-law last weekend.

    If you read yesterday's post about Sheep Watching at Little Angel, this post in some ways is Part 2 - Sheep Watching at Chalk Mountain - the continuation of our sheep watching adventures.

    The point of this post is to make you think about what your family outing (or vacation) will entail and to be sure to think about what gear, lenses, tripods, etc. that you may want to bring.

    This first photo (top) is what we saw from a distance - the white flecks that you can kind of see are actually sheep. Rob and Val, being experts at spotting, knew right away these were sheep. To you and me, it's hard to even see the white flecks. But as you can see in the bottom photo, the white is actually sheep butts!

  • Sheep watching at Chalk Mountain near Fallon Nevada

  • Looking backwards across the valley from where we were parked at Chalk Mountain, you can see how far away everything looked. It almost had an eerie mirage feeling to it.

  • Sheep watching at Chalk Mountain near Fallon Nevada

  • As we hiked closer to the sheep, we realized that in the ravine-like area of the mountain were tons of sheep. As the first few started running up the mountain slopes, the rest followed creating a line of sheep.

  • Sheep watching at Chalk Mountain near Fallon Nevada

  • We even saw tons of babies. How cute! If you look closely in the center of these next two photos, you will see 5 babies.

  • Sheep watching at Chalk Mountain near Fallon Nevada

  • We followed the babies with our camera lens as they ran after their mamas up the mountain side. While it may seem rather flat, trust me when I say it wasn't.

  • Sheep watching at Chalk Mountain near Fallon Nevada

  • To give you a perspective on how far away we really were as we photographed these little ones, this photo was taken with a 70mm lens from where we were standing. Those sheep felt threatened and ran even from as far away as we were. You can barely even see their white butts in this next photo.

  • Sheep watching at Chalk Mountain near Fallon Nevada

  • They all made it to the top of the mountain in less than 5 minutes. It was amazing! It would have taken us forever. They all stood on the top of the ridge, watched us for a moment, and then they went over the top to the back-side. This photo is cropped in to show you a better view of these guys. There must have been at least 30, maybe even as many as 50 in this herd. Really amazing!

  • Sheep watching at Chalk Mountain near Fallon Nevada

  • The point to this photo tip, is that we planned ahead and brought our 300mm lens, tele-converters, and tripods. It's not something we would do with every family outing, it's much too heavy to lug that gear around. However, when the outing warrants some special planning, be sure to take the time to consider extra gear or out of the norm things you may need. You don't want to miss out on capturing such wonderful family outing photos.


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