Archive for September, 2010

Newborn Photography | Fresno, CA

September 29th, 2010

Oh baby!  This little guy has an amazing story to tell about how good our God is.  The week before he showed up his daddy was diagnosed with a blood clot in his brain.  Immediately he was admitted to the hospital and the doctors did doctory things… as they always do.  His mommy remained by […]

 

Oh baby!  This little guy has an amazing story to tell about how good our God is.  The week before he showed up his daddy was diagnosed with a blood clot in his brain.  Immediately he was admitted to the hospital and the doctors did doctory things… as they always do.  His mommy remained by his daddy’s side along with his two older brothers (well, as much as the doctors would allow).  The day before his birth daddy was released from the hospital!  Hours later he arrived healthy and absolutely perfect.  Everyone is doing well.  God carried them through this trial as He will through every trial we face.

Congratulations, my friends, on your lovely new addition… enjoy…

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Iest Wedding Photo Booth | Madera, CA

September 27th, 2010

Check out this fun little photo booth that the bride’s father built!  It was so awesome and the guests had a lot of fun with (of course that was before the dancing started and then everyone got down with their bad selves).  I just wanted to share a few with you all.  The rest of […]

 

Check out this fun little photo booth that the bride’s father built!  It was so awesome and the guests had a lot of fun with (of course that was before the dancing started and then everyone got down with their bad selves).  I just wanted to share a few with you all.  The rest of the photobooth images can be viewed and downloaded for free to be used on the web at my photocart site!

Thank you Shahna for being there and manning the photo booth!  Without you we wouldn’t have captured all of these lovely, fun images!  You rock!

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Evolution of an Image | Post Production and Editing

September 26th, 2010

Curiosity killed the cat. I’m here to ask this one question: Did it? As humans, especially of the female variety, I’m convinced that we were designed to have an innate curiosity. I for sure am always wondering how things happened, how do things work, how do you feel, and how did they do that?! So […]

 

Curiosity killed the cat. I’m here to ask this one question: Did it? As humans, especially of the female variety, I’m convinced that we were designed to have an innate curiosity. I for sure am always wondering how things happened, how do things work, how do you feel, and how did they do that?! So I figure I’ll start sharing just a bit about the back end of Jennifer Eileen which you never really see.

Here is an example of an image I shot at the Lest Wedding a week ago. This is an image of the guys; the hilarious, witty guys.

The first image is straight out of camera, my RAW image. 100% unedited. If you look closely you can see my lovely hand at the top shielding the sun, you can see cars in the background on the far right which b/c of the border around the image  you can’t really see it (and it’s my sisters car to be exact… just thought you were curious), and you can see how overexposed it is. I tend to overexpose some, other photographers don’t. If I were shooting film I can guarantee I would NOT overexpose my film. I’d be a bit more exact like I was trained to be in school (Brooks Institute of Photography).

The second image is edited to be viewed as a proof online at my photocart website.  I edit everything in Lightroom.  I love me some Lightroom.  In this wonderful program I adjust the lens distortion, white balance (meaning if their skin looked green I’d make it look as normal as I possibly could), exposure (ie, I darken the brights), I try to save my highlights, I up the dark tones, I edit out large distractions (ie: my hand and the car) and bring the blacks to a place where it suits the image.  Some people tend to up the blacks for contrast but in actuality they do it so much that when it is printed it creates a big black blob of ink without detail in there.  I like to keep detail in my blacks.  I also adjust the contrast and brightness and sometimes I add a vignette (darkening of the edges) but for this image I didn’t… I didn’t like the feel of it.  Now, every image is different so I adjust according to the feel of an image.

The third image would be the image that the clients received if they ordered a print or a product.  Once the image is ordered I take the adjusted image from lightroom, export it as a photoshop file (it holds more information than if I exported it as a jpeg file), and then I do the final edits on it.  So for this image there are a few things that I edited.  First off do you see the groomsmen on the left?  In the first two images he’s looking off into space.  So for the final product I took his head off of another similar image where he was looking at me and I swapped out his head.  I fine tuned the skin tones for the guys as well.  Typically my proof images have a hint of red in them and I see it so it drives me nuts!  Anyways, the skin tones get corrected, I sometimes bump the contrast a bit more, sharpen the sucker, and then do some artistic finishes on the images.  For this specific wedding I know they love the vintage, warm feel… shoot, their whole wedding had that flare to it.  I specifically adjusted the tones to have that yellow warmth and slightly aged look.  After doing my own final touches, I then make sure my color profile is correct, my size and such is perfect, then I go ahead and order the products.  So far, I haven’t heard of any clients who have been disappointed (thank you God!).

Well, this concludes the first of my “Evolution of an Image” series.  I’m sure there will be many more to come and I’ll try to adjust the topics a bit.  But it’s kinda fun to see right?  Anyhow, if nothing else, I hope this was fun to read!

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Christmas Card Designs | 2010

September 21st, 2010

Wanted to share two of the five Christmas Cards that you can select and customize to send out to your family and friends this Holiday Season! I know that the leaves aren’t quite changing colors on the trees just yet and the mornings barely have that hint of brisk, coolness yet here I am pulling […]

 

Wanted to share two of the five Christmas Cards that you can select and customize to send out to your family and friends this Holiday Season! I know that the leaves aren’t quite changing colors on the trees just yet and the mornings barely have that hint of brisk, coolness yet here I am pulling the Christmas Card on you. (Get it, Christmas Card? … bad pun.) Still, they’re cute enough that I wanted to share. You can see the other five cards on my proofing site under the gallery of Christmas Cards… go figure. 🙂

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Ryan & Tricia’s Burlap and Lace Wedding Preview | Madera, CA

September 20th, 2010

I loved this wedding. I loved the location, the surroundings, the burlap and lace design, the wedding party, the food, the eclectic, vintage design, and so much more! But there will be a ton more on that later. For now, here’s one of my favorite images I thought I’d share. You’re gonna have to sit […]

 

I loved this wedding. I loved the location, the surroundings, the burlap and lace design, the wedding party, the food, the eclectic, vintage design, and so much more! But there will be a ton more on that later. For now, here’s one of my favorite images I thought I’d share. You’re gonna have to sit back and wait for awhile until the full post is ready! It’s so, so, so good.

Congratulations Ryan & Tricia! You two made me cry during the ceremony. It was beautiful. Enjoy Bora Bora!

burlap and lace, cornfield wedding pictures

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Sawyer’s growing up | Reedley, CA

September 20th, 2010

The series of the siblings… Here he is, the last of the three. But not in birth order, just in birth date order on a regular calendar year. Boys are so different than girls! Every time I shoot a boy something turns into a sword. This past weekend the groomsmen were sword fighting with stalks […]

 

The series of the siblings… Here he is, the last of the three. But not in birth order, just in birth date order on a regular calendar year. Boys are so different than girls! Every time I shoot a boy something turns into a sword. This past weekend the groomsmen were sword fighting with stalks of corn, and sure enough, this young man found stick after glorious stick that he would pick up and threaten me and my camera with. Okay, not really threaten but I did get a stick pointed at me with a serious gleam in the eye where you can tell that Sawyer is planning his imaginary, playful attack. I love boys. They’re so funny.

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9 year Birthday Pictures | Reedley, CA

September 20th, 2010

After this sweet little shoot, Savanna’s mom told me that they have been working on memorizing a Bible verse together. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a […]

 

After this sweet little shoot, Savanna’s mom told me that they have been working on memorizing a Bible verse together. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” What a great verse to teach young ones because it’s so true. When people listen and obey instruction everything runs more smoothly and everyone has so much more fun. Savanna was a joy to photograph! She listened, threw out ideas, and we had a good time together. I loved it and I think the images are absolutely darling! Well done Beepers, and thank you for lugging around that “heavy,” antique, hair dryer. 🙂

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The Family of Shinn Photo in front of the camera | Reedley, CA

September 16th, 2010

Earlier this week I had the coolest opportunity to photograph Andrew & Lisa Shinn along with their hilariously lovely children. Most likely, if you’re from the Reedley and surrounding areas, you know the name of Andrew Shinn; him and his wife own Shinn Photography located in downtown Reedley.  Well, a few weeks ago they contacted […]

 

Earlier this week I had the coolest opportunity to photograph Andrew & Lisa Shinn along with their hilariously lovely children. Most likely, if you’re from the Reedley and surrounding areas, you know the name of Andrew Shinn; him and his wife own Shinn Photography located in downtown Reedley.  Well, a few weeks ago they contacted me and asked me to photograph them!  What?!  I was nervous right at that very second.  I’ve never photographed another photographer except when I was a student at Brooks Institute where I would use my peers as models.  But now being in the Photographic Industry, shooting another photographer, my knees were shaking to say the least.  Plus, for whatever reason, I had this brilliant idea and I threw it out there shocked to get a green light from Andrew & Lisa.  Well, the brilliant idea was to get up and do their family shoot at sunrise!  Hello, they have a 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 (or is Liam 4 now?  I forget) year old children.  Still, we did it.  I don’t know if I was more nervous photographing other photographers or if Andrew had me beat with his shaky nerves from being in front of the camera.  Either way, we both sucked it up, had some fun, enjoyed an AMAZING sunrise, played Red Light, Green Light, then ended the family shoot with some Doughnuts-To-Go.  Now that’s a good morning.  Let me just back track for a sec, when I say the sunrise was amazing I mean I’ve never seen the rays of light stretching out from the mountain top into the morning sky like that.  It was incredible.  Then the sun peeked up over the hills and the light was absolutely brilliant.

Anyhow, here is a little storyboard from the shoot.  Enjoy…

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Trevor & Mallory’s Engagement Pictures | Monterey, CA

September 13th, 2010

This past weekend my sister and I headed off to Monterey, CA where we met up with Trevor & Mallory down at Cannery Row. First off, there was a car show on Saturday and there were massive amounts of people. The cars were pretty awesome. Right when Mallory & Trevor got there they informed us […]

 

This past weekend my sister and I headed off to Monterey, CA where we met up with Trevor & Mallory down at Cannery Row. First off, there was a car show on Saturday and there were massive amounts of people. The cars were pretty awesome.

Right when Mallory & Trevor got there they informed us they had stopped and enjoyed a beer and fries (chili cheese fries??? I forget what kind of goodness they had before hand.). They were so relaxed and fun to shoot! Mallory worked the camera and together they were brilliant to photograph. Angie and I loved hanging out with them and touring Monterey.

As Trevor & Mallory told us, Monterey is where they got engaged and the feel and mood reflects them. It was an awesome day and I’m thrilled with how the pictures turned out! Congratulations guys, I can’t wait for your wedding in November!

Enjoy…

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Newborn Photography | Reedley, CA

September 10th, 2010

First and foremost, I’m not a newborn photographer but I absolutely LOVE babies so I wanted to test my skills, give myself a challenge, and see what I get. Thankfully a few friends of mine have recently (within the last week and a half) have had babies so I’m jumping in feet first and capturing […]


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First and foremost, I’m not a newborn photographer but I absolutely LOVE babies so I wanted to test my skills, give myself a challenge, and see what I get. Thankfully a few friends of mine have recently (within the last week and a half) have had babies so I’m jumping in feet first and capturing some moments. Here’s the first shoot from this morning. I love these…

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Orange, Red, Blue, and Brown Wedding | Nevada City, CA

September 2nd, 2010

Kim and Odessa met and fell in love at their 10 year High School reunion. It wasn’t long before they started to live life together, decided to get married, and hired me as their photographer. 🙂  Look at this wedding day, no detail was overlooked.  Everything was seamless, it flowed, and in the air was […]

 

Kim and Odessa met and fell in love at their 10 year High School reunion. It wasn’t long before they started to live life together, decided to get married, and hired me as their photographer. 🙂  Look at this wedding day, no detail was overlooked.  Everything was seamless, it flowed, and in the air was a sense of love.  I wish all weddings could be this wonderful…

Check out these flowers.  Ridiculously beautiful.  Odessa sewed the ribbons and sent them to Flanders, her florist, to attach to her bouquet.  I absolutely LOVE the flowers!  Event the boutonniere’s were killer.  Flanders Setchel is brilliant.  Hire her, she won’t disappoint!  (By the way, I know the link goes to her real estate website but I couldn’t find her site for her flowers… don’t hesitate though, she’s a genius when it comes to floral arrangements.)

By the way, did you see that hankie?  That was Odessa’s grandmother’s hankie.  Something old.  Gorgeous.

Odessa’s dress was stunning.  Seriously beautiful.  She got it from Priscilla of Boston. I’ve never seen anything like it.  It’s creamy elegance suited Odessa to the T.  When Odessa put it on, I’m not joking, she took on a princess persona.  Her hands would move like Giselle’s in the movie Enchanted.  Really, truly, it was magical.

Odessa got her hair and makeup done at the coolest salon on the main street of Nevada City.  {Have I mentioned how charming, rustic, and amazingly beautiful Nevada City is yet?!}  Tamara at Bel Capelli Salon did a brilliant job highlighting Odessa’s natural beauty.  I didn’t get to have my hair or makeup done while working but if I were to be anywhere near Nevada City, I’d definitely stop in there to get all primped and beautified. 🙂

Odessa and her mom spent countless hours sewing over 800 fabric flowers for the centerpieces and pins that sat on the napkins for the guests to pin on, take home, and remember the amazing day spent celebrating the Shekar’s. Not only did Odessa sew each flower but her personal touches were seen throughout the wedding from the ribbon backdrop to ribbon that were framed and held the escort cards on the barn.  Plus she sewed these darling handbags for her bridesmaids!

Odessa ordered these beautiful Dupioni silk handmade flowers.  One for her hair as well as one for each bridesmaid who fastened it to the ribbon around their waste.  Such a lovely little detail.  You can find these flowers (and other amazing accessories on Etsy.  These specific flowers were made by JMG Jewelry Design.

Five years ago Kim’s mother passed away from cancer. At the wedding bracelets that his mom owned were worn by family and close friends so that her spirit could be there celebrating her son’s union.  Odessa’s ring was Kim’s moms wedding ring.  So meaningful.

Let me share with you the meaning of this chest.  First off, Odessa’s brother designed and built it.  Look at that woodwork!  It’s gorgeous! This chest contains letters from family as well as letters the couple wrote to each other.  It also houses other mementos from their lives and on their 25th wedding anniversary Kim and Odessa will open the chest, read the letters, and relive the memories of why they fell in love.  If rocky times fall in their path before their 25th anniversary is reached, they will open the chest and be taken back to the happiest time of their life; to be reminded why they fell in love, why they chose one another, in hopes of finding their roots once again.

Oh, did you see the ribbon backdrop that Odessa and Kim created?  It was perfect.

Before and after the ceremony the guests enjoyed cocktails in the Rose Garden. Hanging from the trees and shrubs were pictures from Kim and Odessa’s lives before and after meeting one another. It was here, in the Rose Garden that the couple were introduced and enjoyed their first dance before moving the party to the reception.

Kim and Odessa stayed at Our Sweet Retreat in Nevada City.  The morning of the wedding family and close friends came out and enjoyed some Yoga on the lawn.  The groomsmen stuck around and made an amazing breakfast then got ready for the big day.  The wedding party then met up in the early afternoon and so began the picture taking and the main event!

First, check out how charming this place was!

The Roth Estate was amazing!  Kim and Odessa used three separate areas for their wedding day.  The main lawn was where they had the ceremony, the cocktail parties were in The Rose Garden, and finally the reception was in The Party Pad.  It was ridiculously beautiful!

Do you see all this handmade goodness?  My word Odessa, you were busy all year long!  What you did, all the details, were absolutely gorgeous and so much fun to photograph.

Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering… three words: yum, Yum, YUM!!!  Seriously.  They served roasted vegetables (the eggplant was to die for), halibut (my mouth is watering right now), steak (oh goodness it was delicious), and risotto (get out!!!)!  And the salad, oh the salad, it was dressed with bananas and strawberries.  Who knew?!

Isn’t this cake darling?  The cake topper is one of those sweet little toys that when you press the button the couples limbs collapse, when released they pop back up.  Such a cute (and tasty) cake!  By the way, it was marzipan instead of fondant.  I LOVE marzipan!  The cake was lovingly baked, decorated, and designed by The Cake Artist.

The band at the reception ROCKED the house!  I mean we were dancing to Journey, Lady Gaga, and everything else in between.  They were so ridiculously cool and fun.  The Hits Band, totally a must have if you want a live band!

Joy of Life Events coordinated this whole shebang.  Donna was amazing, simply lovely to be around.  She was on top of everything and was always there, unobtrusive, doing her job.  Donna, you made this party rock!

Kim and Odessa, thank you!  Thank you for becoming my friends.  Thank you for hiring me to capture your wedding day.  Thank you for making your wedding weekend a blast to be a part of!  Enjoy the story that your images tell.  Remember those amazing, heartfelt moments and keep serving one another.  You guys are so great.  Congratulations and I look forward to taking pictures of your children!!!  🙂

If you’d like to browse through all of the pictures from Kim & Odessa’s wedding visit my online photo gallery where you can also order your pictures today. 🙂