September Bride

This was a beautiful Venue in Petaluma The Bridal party was a blast to Work with Congradulations Mr. and Mrs Steis ! 

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September wedding!!

Looking forward to doing a wedding at this venue in September!!

So this is my niece Sarah and her husband Paul.  You may or may not remember a photo or two of them about 5 years ago when they were first engaged?  Well, things have moved along naturally.. hehehe.. and they are now ready (?) to be first time parents.. two x!!!  Evidently twins run in both Pauls’ side of the family and on Sarahs’ moms side of the family.. yikes!!!  double blessed they will soon be.  Sarah is due on 12-12-12 but we are all pretty sure that they will come before that.  She is now 36 weeks along so anytime now would be a safe delivery for all.  I can’t wait to photograph the babies!  I loved spending time with her and her hubby last weekend.. (you may also note that her sister is Taylor.. star of many of our photo shoots… )  Can you see the family resemblance? 

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Summer shoots

Some great photo shoots this summer here are some of my favs
Ally

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Taylor’s senior photo shoot

Saturday morning started out as wet and foggy.. which meant that we’d have to change our plans for where we were going to have our photo shoot.  But as the day progressed the sky cleared and the sun peaked out.  I picked Taylor up and as we were driving to go to our first spot we spied this big orange fence.. Taylor was a good sport and jumped out to let me snap a few photos.. as we were driving away Taylor tells me that orange is her favorite color.. how crazy cool is that?   We had such a great day and some good laughs and shot some fantastic photos.. check them out!

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super secret photo shoot

These photos are the first photo shoot of many and Ally and I had such a wild and wonderful time with these three gals.. such brave and beautiful goddesses..


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Family Photography… tears and silliness…and flying babies!!!

WARNING! Just so you know.. the first set of photos are “out-takes.. they didn’t make the cut.. Most photographers will only show the “best” which can be a bit of trickery.. as you all know.. families are not perfect and no one sits still and smiles perfectly every time (or doesn’t blink!). I am putting these photos out here to show you all how much work and patience it takes to get the “right” photos.  This is the Avina family, my favorite family to photograph.  Gabriel is now two and spunky as heck.. Samuel is 6 months old and beginning to assert himself.. he did not like getting photographed for about the first 15 minutes of the shoot.  We started the photo shoot with him in tears as you can see in the below photo…. Kelli, his momma, did her best to soothe him but what finally worked was putting him down in the grass and letting his brother clown around with him for a bit.  I got some great photos of those moments which can be seen below.  It was a bit of a re-set and then we went back to the photo session.  

I had in my mind a perfect laying down photo with the four of them smiling and laying perfectly still.. lol.. that never happened.. The sun was too bright for them and G loved having his Dad and Mom on the ground and proceeded to climb over them.. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot..Phew!  and Amen!

 

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Sharpening your knives… aka..honing your craft

It is never a bad idea to take classes and workshops to learn new ways to see things.. Learning from photographers and artists that you admire is a great way to be better at what you do.  I don’t mean to imitate them and do what they do.. I mean use their tricks and tips and apply them to what you already know.. and do best.  These were taken at a Jesse Freidin workshop at the Teahouse Studios  in Berkeley.  I had a fantastic time there.. met some fellow photographers and learned a few things about manual photography, lighting and client dialogue.. great things to know.. here are some of the photos that I captured…

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Customer Satisfaction

“So, the canvas came today and its so AWESOME.  I *bleepin* love it!  Its exactly what I pictured in my mind but even better than I hoped.  You’re the best thank you!”

Sandy is a friend of mine from wayyy back.  Her Grandpa owned this bar in SF for many years.  She has memories of being in there as a little girl, doing her homework and having Shirley Temples.  She was up for a visit a few months ago with her Husband and they went in to visit the place.  The bartendress knew of Sandy’s family history and had a photo album of newspaper clippings and old photos.. things that Sandy hadn’t seen before.  When she went back home to N.C. she decided that she wanted a photo of the place put onto canvas so she asked me to put something together for her.  The photo above is one of a few that I had taken.  I dropped it into B&W and did some minor editing and sent it to her.. as you can see by the text that I received yesterday.. she is more than pleased … YAY!!  Nothing makes us happier then to have one of our photos on someone’s wall!  Let us know if there is something that you would like us to do for you.. *Kat

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