About ten or so years ago, I was at a sleepover party for my best friend’s birthday. At some point during the party, her younger sister came up to me and introduced herself quite plainly, “My name is Emily, but you can call me Emily K.” Fast forward a handful of years, and now the little girl that wandered through those birthday parties is now a high school senior herself! She followed her sister & mom’s footsteps and joined the Golden Eagle Marching Band and participated in Color Guard & Winter Guard programs. I’ve been lucky enough watched Emily grow over the years, especially as she and my sister both spend time in the music programs at Del Oro. She spent her senior year as the Color Guard captain, to which I often reminded her that the ultimate best Color Guard Captains are named Emily. I had the fun of picking Emily up on a Sunday following a fall competition and driving her out to Bodega Bay to meet up with her family. After a handful of family photos, it was off to create some portraits of this gal to celebrate her upcoming high school graduation. Best of luck to you, not so little Emily K!
I received an e-mail on my birthday last year from Chrissy, excited to tell me she had a great guy in her life and wanted to capture their relationship just in time for the holiday season. Of course I was excited, and started planning things right away. I’ve known Chrissy for a handful of years now, as she was the band director at Del Oro during my younger brother’s sophomore year of high school. That was also the year that I took my first documentary photography class, and selected the Golden Eagle Marching Band as my subject. Our paths crossed again when I graduated from Sac State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography and Chrissy was graduating with her Master’s Degree in Music. Since then, Chrissy has continued to teach music at a high school level. She met Nathan last summer, and just from the time I spent with them, they are quite a duo! We spent a little time wandering the main area of the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg for some photos with all of the wonderful brick work, and then finished up in the large grassy area by the parking lot. I’m so certain we could have easily spent all day wandering the area, the possibilities are endless!
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I remember the day I met Anna. It was a Thursday in December, and I was getting ready to teach dance classes for the day. She came in to inquire about enrolling her kids starting in January so they could receive the classes as one of their gifts this holiday season. We chatted for a bit and then she was on her way out the door, paper work in hand. Two and a half years later in September of 2014, I was lucky enough to be there as Anna & Chris started their new life together as husband & wife. Anna made a gorgeous bride, with some amazing DIY peacock accents throughout the entire wedding. The ceremony was held at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and the interior was STUNNING. After a full Catholic mass ceremony and all the portraits close by, the reception was held at the Elks Tower just a few blocks away. Anna & Chris had a day filled with all of their closest friends & family, and it was truly a great, energetic group to be around that day! View full post »
I think it’s finally getting to that point where all the “little kids” I’ve come to know over the years have started to find their other halves and are starting to get married. Case and point: Dallis. My first memory of Dallis is way back in 1997, as we sat next to each other back stage waiting to go on for the Daddy/Daughter Dance at that year’s recital. 18 years later, she’s getting ready to marry the man of her dreams. These two met when they were 13 years old, but it wasn’t until 7 years later that they began a friendship that turned in to where they are at today. I am beyond excited for these two to celebrate their love this upcoming July, and I cannot wait to see where their new life together will take them.
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What is there to say about Jenna & Ben? They were downright fabulous. I didn’t get a chance to mix and mingle with this amazing couple and get to really know them in person until their big day due to them living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but thanks to social networking, I felt like I knew them already. The wedding was held out at the Helwig Winery out in Plymouth, and the entire area was gorgeous! The day was hot and smokey, with the Sands Fire just miles away from the venue, but Jenna & Ben didn’t sweat it one bit. Their love was strong, and the excitement they had for their wedding day finally happening was clear to anyone that was around them. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw them together. The day kicked off with Jenna & her girls, followed by a special first look. Not with Ben, but instead with the two men in her life who helped her grow in to the gorgeous young woman she is today… Her dads. The day went off without a hitch, and at the end of it all, Ben surprised Jenna with the location of their honeymoon. Belize! View full post »