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NMBblog-1The day Natalie contacted me about photographing her wedding, I knew 2015 was going to be a good year.  It was her that led me to photographing Jenna & Ben‘s wedding at the Helwig Winery in Plymouth last year, and I knew that the celebration for her and Marshall would be just as perfect.  Natalie & Marshall’s love story is sweet & simple. They were set up on a blind date in 2012, and after talking for hours, the rest became history. The proposal story was adorable, as it happened on their 2 year anniversary to the day. Natalie & Marshall share a love for baseball, specifically the Oakland A’s. The game wrapped up, and they searched for the perfect place to view the fireworks display from. After finding a spot to call their own, they stood and watched the show, and then and there Marshall got down on one knee and asked for Natalie to become his wife. Natalie put her heart and soul in to getting the details for her wedding just right, and their wedding was beautiful, not only in the details of their wedding day, but also the love that was beaming between these two individuals. It is easy to see that these two are quite smitten with each other, and of course gorgeous as ever. Their wedding took place in Sacramento at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, and after a weekend of crossed fingers and rain plans being formulated, the day was clear as could be for these two love birds to begin their new life journey together.  Their wedding was filled with friends and family from near and far, and had so many little elements to make it special and unique.  Natalie & her dad Michael started off the day with a first look and Marshall’s aunts continued these special family moments through in to the reception with the passing of a family teapot to the newest married couple.  Natalie & Marshall were the perfect couple to have kick off my 2015 wedding season, and I am so excited for their new adventure together:)

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hazelblog-7I’ve known who Hazel was for years, thanks to my family and their involvement with the Del Oro Golden Eagle Band program at the high school.  She participated in the Marching & Concert band programs, as well as the Winter Guard program the years that my sister was there as well.  Her mom called me early this spring and we began planning her portrait session.  Senior year was filling up with excitement that week.  She got her braces off, Del Oro hosted their Winter competition, and then Saturday evening was prom!  We met up at the UC Davis Arboretum, and spent two hours chatting about the end of her Senior year turning in to her new adventure yet to begin.  After spending time with her, her mom and her younger sister during her portrait session, I feel like I really got to know this lovely lady and how much excitement she has for her life to come in the next few months.  This lucky girl got an AMAZING scholarship to Boise State, where she plans to major in Psychology with a minor in Music.  She’ll be playing in the Boise State Marching Band, as well as pep band games for their Basketball team as well.  She’s got quite the journey ahead of her, and I had so much fun photographing her for this extra special occasion.  Here are some of my favorites from Hazel’s Senior Portrait Session:)

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EKblog-3About 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!

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CNblog-1I 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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ACblog-68I 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!

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