Posts Tagged 'California Wedding Photographer'

October 02, 2015

It was nearly a year ago that I found myself surrounded by the beauty of high cliffs and crashing waves as I traveled to California for the Engagement Session of Lib and Magnus.
Fast forward to the present, via American Airlines, and I was making a return trip to the West Coast for their wedding of a lifetime.  Being a photographer at weddings both small and large, I must admit I’ve never seen anything like this. It was amazing to say the least. In fact, the word amazing doesn’t even come close.
Amidst a backdrop of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, the wedding was held at the Chalk Hill Estate in Healdsburg.  This estate is home not only to the award winning Chalk Hill Winery, but to a vast array of their culinary artistry as well.

For a wedding of this magnitude, only the best of planners could arrange everything down to the minute detail.  Enter the incredibly talented Kelly McLeskey Dolata of A Savvy Event, who managed each intricate facet with effortless ease.

With Lib being a California girl with friends on the East Coast, and Magnus hailing from New Zealand, the guest list was like a worldwide celebration as friends and family traveled from across the globe to celebrate this momentous occasion. The bride, who was truly radiant and calm amid the whirl of activity, put everyone at ease with her gracefulness.  I can only imagine this is what it would be like to witness the wedding of a Princess.

While photographing the couple’s portraits later in the afternoon, we were absolutely shocked to look in the sky above them and see heart-shaped clouds. Unbeknownst to the bride and groom, it appeared that even the Heavens had sent their own salutations and best wishes for their marriage.

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” ~ Genesis 2:18

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The Incredible Team :

Venue –
A Savvy Event –
Videographer – Paperweight Films
Caterer – Pascaline Fine Catering
Florist – Loop Floral –
Hair and Makeup – Whimsy

Very special thank you to my second shooter Marilyn Diaz with Marilyn Days Photography.


February 12, 2015

One of the many highlights of 2014 was attending the “Every Wedding is an Adventure” Workshop hosted by the incredibly talented Ed Peers and Nirav Patel.

I discovered these artists just weeks prior to their workshop and knew that I had to attend this adventure in San Francisco, California. I had never been out west before, as the bulk of our vacation each year is spent abroad. I truly didn’t know what I was missing!

To have the opportunity to learn from such incredible artists was a life and business changing experience. We hiked in the beautiful Mount Tamalpais State Park for Magda & Mark‘s session. As the sun began to set, I just had to stop and take it all in. I was surrounded by complete tranquility and peace.  Just thinking about it as I write this, still brings that same feeling of inspiration.

Special thanks to Magda and Mark from Mark Trela Photography for being awesome models as well as workshop attendees.


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December 31, 2014

So….when you’re in a faraway location, you have no friends or family close by, and you’re about to embark on yet another photo adventure to a place you’ve never seen, sometimes the fastest way to acclimate yourself is with an internet search of the location. In other words, try to blend in with the locals. This session was at Muir Beach, near Mill Valley, CA, and promised to be a dramatically romantic setting.  It also promised to be a little daring, given the ‘Tips’ I found on the website. Just my kind of session!

There I met my couple, Lib and Magnus, who are true Californians in every since of the word — in-love, carefree, adventurous and totally captivating.

Just before our short session, I was staring in wonderment at the scenes before me. They were utterly gorgeous — crashing waves, high cliffs, winds blowing from the coastal waters — it was like a dream world.  I tried to keep in mind the ‘Tips’ I had read on the website:
Tip #1 – “The site is scenic but windy.”
Tip #2 –  “Avoid the Overlook Trail if you’re afraid of heights.”
Tip #3 – “Cliffs along the coast are isolated and very dangerous.”
Tip #4 – “Use caution. There are no lifeguards.”

I gave the ‘Tips’ no more than a fleeting thought as we headed to the water, then scaled the cliffs for the perfect picture.  More than ever, I could feel my surroundings as the beauty captivated my soul.  I was in my element — a destination shoot, a trip into the unknown, and an adventure that keeps me yearning for more.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~ Susan Sontag


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