- posted by Jennifer
- As Isabel and I pulled up to Wilson Vineyards and got out the car, the wind whipped our hair about. As a photographer, there is nothing worse than not being able to see the viewfinder due to the wind blowing your hair in your eyes. Luckily for us, I carry yoga gear in the car all the time, and I dug out two yoga headbands. It may not have been the greatest of looks, but it sure allowed us to be able to see! Thanks goodness for yoga!
- posted by Jennifer
- A few weeks ago, Isabel and I met up with Robyn and Guido at Wilson Vineyards to take their engagement photos. We started off with some cheese, bread, a cocktail and some great conversation.
- The two of them were naturals in front of the camera, don't you think?
- The grounds were in full bloom and the red flowers in the background made for a wonderful backdrop.
- I love the way this photo turned out. The green is leaves and I was barely tall enough to peer through them to capture this.
- Hands, more importantly hand placement, is huge in photos - it's a way of expressing emotion without speaking and it speaks volumes between Guido and Robyn.
- We took advantage of the indoors as we waited for the sun to set and the wind to die down.
- This is one of my favorites...though I have many from this engagement shoot.
- Robyn has the most beautiful blue eyes, just like her mom.
- We all laughed so much throughout the evening, which made it difficult to narrow down the photos as there were so many good ones.
- Before we hit the actual vineyard, I wanted to use the river bank. Isabel headed with Robyn and Guido to the opposite side and I took this picture of her in action. I love the photo she took from her perspective.
- And this was my perspective from across the river.
- The sun was just setting just as we walked in the vineyards.
- I love the last hour of that glorious warm light. It had been pretty windy most the evening, but it sure gave a nice flow-y look to Robyn's hair. Almost as if we were standing close by with a fan. :-)
- This is the photo I captured (top) as Isabel was capturing me in action (bottom).
- And Isabel's angle. This was one of my favorite engagement sessions ever. We had such a good time and we easily could have continued photographing these two for hours! We can't wait for their wedding.
- posted by Jennifer
- A few weeks after Parker's birthday party, we met up again to take his 1 year family photos. I love that Kirsten has an eye for colors and dresses Parker in the cutest clothes, though I'm sure Keith has some say in the matter.
- How could you not love a little boy in a bow tie!!!
- We tried again to get him to wear his hat....almost success.
- We took a few photos with mom and dad. Look at that grin on his face.
- He is such a little man with his suspenders.
- I posted this photo on FB yesterday. I am in LOVE with it.
- We even got a really good family photo at the end of our photo shoot.
- Kirsten got the letters ONE to use a prop and Keith painted them. Parker makes me laugh out loud when I see his expression in this next photo.
- Happy 1st Birthday Parker!
- posted by Jennifer
- Two weeks ago Cory and I celebrated our 7th anniversary. I'm not sure I've ever posted much in the way of our wedding photos (too long ago) but every anniversary I dig out our photos and I love them all over again. I sometimes hear about people who are disappointed in their wedding photos, but I'm so lucky that I found the best Sacramento wedding photographer for my wedding - and she was still shooting film at the time!
Our photographer was none other than the wonderful Beth Baugher of True Love Photo. We got married in San Francisco. Cory and I did a separate photo shoot the day before we got married so that we could take the time to get photos in some of the landmark spots I wanted, but knew on the day of the wedding would take too long.
Here we are at the famous Painted Ladies, practicing our first dance at the back side of the Embarcadero, and the Legion of Honor. I loved my 1st dress, bought off the rack as 4 seasons old, and was re-designed by Carol Kenney Design, keeping what I loved, getting rid of what I didn't. Yes the photo shoot was an excuse for 2 dresses and two bouquets.
- We rented a limo, and our friends Ashley and Reece went with us as we drove around the city. Fog City Diner, famous for the movie "So I Married an Axe Murderer", even opened their doors for us (they were closed) so that we could have a soda. "So I Married an Axe Murderer" is one of our favorite movies. I mean who wouldn't love lines like this:
Charlie Mackenzie: How many people have you brutally murdered?
Harriet Michaels: Well, brutal's a very subjective word. I mean, what's brutal to one person might be totally reasonable to somebody else.
- The next morning, the sun broke through the clouds (in May) and it looked to be a fantastic day. We were the first wedding ever at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco. They had just opened.
- Cory and I had treats waiting in the rooms of all our guests...all 18 of them.
We hired local San Francisco floral designer, Nancy Liu Chin, and we used many of my favorite flowers, including Gerbera daisies.
- The decor was simple...we rented the penthouse suite and the floor below for the ceremony and reception. The Bay Bridge in the background was perfect. Sailboats on the water....picture perfect.
My sister made the aisle runner and each pillow on the chairs.
- We had our closest friends in attendance. Our friend, Matt 2nd shot for Beth during the ceremony.
- The cocktail hour, complete with pomegranate martinis, allowed everyone to get their smiles on....even my dad...who may have had a few.
- We surprised our guests with a rented Cable car ride before dinner. Beth had to work it, like she always does, to not only get shots of us while on the Cable car, but also as the Cable car came rolling down the street.
- Cory and I had been taking dance lessons from Del Campo Studios. Upon return from the cable car ride, we performed a fox trot right straight away to Frank Sinatra, so that we could actually enjoy dinner. Otherwise, we'd be waiting anxiously trying to remember our routine.
- As The sun began to set, we sat at a King's table for dinner. At the time, being so new, we were allowed to order right off the open menu at the Americano Restaurant. Those of you in the wedding industry know that is unheard of...but again, we were a party of only 18. The Chef even came out to greet us.
Each table place setting had a different movie quote per person, selected and paired to fit each person. Thanks to Stephanie J. at Honey Paperie for creating such wonderful paper products.
- The sun had gone down and my dad I danced our father/daugher dance. It was cold and I was able to wear a family heirloom to keep warm.
- Our cake was left for last, as the black frosting and cake left your teeth just a little black too. :-) Not the greatest for photos. But our cake maker, Cecile from Cakework, was super excited to be able to make a black wedding cake!
- I'm not sure who took this next photo, most likely my dad, of miss Bethy B. (Funny the date on the camera is off by a day.) Our wedding day (well weekend) was perfect. I love looking back every year on our photos. You are the best, my friend. Your warm and generous heart makes these photos all the more meaningful. It couldn't have been more perfect!!! Thanks for the wonderful memories year after year.
- Most of these photos were taken by Beth of True Love Photo, however there could be some of my sisters and Matt's mixed in too.
- posted by Jennifer
- Before I post photos from our 1 year photo shoot, I think I should post some photos of Parker's 1 year birthday party. Kirsten did an amazing job with the Curious George themed party...except I'm pretty sure I didn't get to bring home a monkey! :-(
- Going from the typical colors from the books, a pale blue and yellow were used as colors.
- Kirsten decorated their mantle with photos that were taken all throughout the year. And in the dining room, hung a banner where each month Parker posed in the same chair. I loved that she was consistent and took these photos every month!
- Outside, the patio wasn't left out and was decked out in decor in blues and yellows. Pinwheels, monkeys and yellow gum balls adorned the tables.
- Inside, Parker's bib laid ready to be used for his cake.
- For the rest of us, we had too many options to pick from: banana cream pies, chocolate cream pies, and cupcakes.
- Before the cake, we make sure to take a few family photos with mom, dad and grandparents.
- They tried to put his hat on...but Parker wasn't having anything to do with it.
- And here is the cake....lined with fruit!
- At first Parker was using a spoon to try and eat the cake. Dad had to step in and show him it was okay to use his hands. :-) We almost had cake on the floor!
- By the time it was demolished, Parker made the cutest faces because I think he had cake up his nose.
- This was just a random last image to share...because I love Parker's expression.
"Whachu talkin' about Willis?"