Early morning laughter at Tuileries Palace in Paris 🇫🇷 just now noticing how appropriate Saumya and Ashish’s outfits were here ♥️ Guys, I’m three days into building my bridal guide, and I seriously can’t wait to wrap up all these goodies for my couples to see!! It’s been nearly a decade of photographing weddings and I have soooo much to share when it comes to all my favorite wedding planning tips and tricks. From knocking out the perfect wedding timeline to important day-of reminders, I’m building this guide to ensure that all my couples enjoy every little second of their wedding day. How the heck do you get that killer exit shot without going overtime on coverage? I’ve got answers for you on that too!! Leave it to me to tackle this guide in the middle of one of my busiest months of the year 😅 It’s all going to be so, so worth it though. Stay tuned!
Sometimes I try and describe a scene or experience that has particularly moved me, and I find myself parroting the same words over and over again: “incredible”, “amazing”, “holy moly” (yup that’s me), etc. It’s so easy to fall into a rhythm with words, just like in daily life routines. But how different it feels when you stop going about life numb. I love this world immensely and every challenge and reward that the new days bring. Photo from Ubud, Indonesia. Film processed and scanned by @photovisionprints.
It’s still summer to me.. Maansi + Krishna at @matanzascreekwinery in the peak of lavender season 💜 film processed by @photovisionprints. I started my Tuesday off with a very doable list of tasks, and then it all completely went out the window when I decided to sit down and design an entire bride guide instead 🤷🏻♀️ happy day-after-Monday y’all.
Hey friends, I have an exciting announcement to share! . I’m teaming up with Renée of @marieeweddings this year to help co-host @thevivifyworkshop. This year’s workshop is a TWO day gathering on November 11-12 at the stunning @theranchatbirchcreek. Day 1 is geared towards wedding planners looking to up their game in topics like hands-on styling, online marketing + SEO, building a successful business, and more! Day 2 is a shoot-out style workshop for photographers looking to grow in the wedding industry, with teaching instruction across a variety of topics, as well as MULTIPLE scenes styled by @marieeweddings to photograph! . I’m posting the sneak peeks of our inspiration boards in my stories today.. let me know what you think and if this sounds like something you’d be excited to attend! Sign ups open next week, be sure to follow @thevivifyworkshop for all the updates!
Reliving Alicia + Yilok’s insanely beautiful ceremony views. The wind was blowing just enough to lift Alicia’s veil and ruffle the tops of the pampas grass ceremony display. There were HUGE smiles on all the guests’ faces as these two were married in not one, but two languages ✌🏻 (crazy impressive feat by one of their good friends, who was the sweetest officiant!). I especially love seeing Yilok’s face here as his bride shares her personal vows. There was so much individual personality and love in every little detail of this celebration 💕 can’t wait to share more soon! Florals by @ingelafloral, hair by @jenniferrose1130, dress by @bhldn, film processing by @photovisionprints.
When Joyce first reached out to me and asked me to help her and Norman plan an all-day prewedding session, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect to have so much FUN - but here we are, a week later and I’m already missing these two and our adventures from racing up and down this city. These longer sessions always push me to shoot in new and exciting ways, and I especially loved sharing so many of my favorite parts of San Francisco with these two. Thank you to J+N for trusting me with this vision and reuniting me with @urbanbeautyloft.fiona 💕 film processed and scanned SPEEDY QUICK by @photovisionprints.
In that “let’s spin the globe and GO” kinda mood. Photo from Kirsten + Tyler’s sunrise Paris session. Film scanned and processed by @photovisionprints 💕
Up bright and early to tackle the day ✨ I’ve been doing some thinking lately on how my 2019 is going to look. This might sound like over-planning to some, but when you work in a field where weddings are booked a year (or more!) in advance, to be honest, I constantly feel like I’m behind! It’s not something we talk about often here, but learning to project income and expenses in a space where payments are so stretched out is really a fascinating feat of accounting. This month, I’m focusing on the kinds of investments I want to continue making for my clients, as well as evaluating what new parts of my business I’d like to explore in the following year (a stronger onboarding experience for my couples, preferred vendor lists, photographer resources, etc). I’d love to hear what business investments have been most worthwhile for some of you down below in the comments! 🍊 . . . Photography: @cassievalentephoto Design + Planning: @spreadinglovely Floral Design: @laurasfloras Venue: @tygewine Hair + Makeup: @aprilfosterbridal Rentals: @theonicollection Linens: @latavolalinen @laura_latavola Suiting: @theblacktux Dress: @sarahseven Cake: @jdcakery Stationery: @pinkbypeach Ring: @susiesaltzman Candles: @creative.candles Models: @frecklesdar @cjbews Film Processing: @photovisionprints #californiaweddingphotographer #californiaphotographer #sanfranciscophotographer #sanfranciscoweddingphotographer #bayareaphotographer #bayareaweddingphotographer #sfphotographer #sfweddingphotographer #filmweddingphotographer #filmisnotdead
I’m freaking out over the double exposure magic currently in my inbox from Joyce + Norman’s prewedding session the other week. Dang @photovisionprints, y’all are killing it! I photographed these two against a rocky shoreline on a cloudy but bright day in San Francisco. For the second exposure, I took a shot of the waves crashing in below us. Both shots were taken slightly underexposed, to compensate for opening the shutter twice on one frame of film. I love the feeling of the wild natural beauty around us, set against Joyce and Norman’s calm and steady love for each other. I had so much fun on this beautiful day and can’t wait to share more soon! Hair and makeup by @urbanbeautyloft.fiona, film processing by @photovisionprints ❤️