Intimate Ceremony on Kehoe Beach

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Intimate Ceremony on Kehoe Beach

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Dorothyrose's first words to me were, "interested in photographing a tiny June wedding on Kehoe Beach?" UM YES, Dorothyrose. I AM interested. "Interested" is the understatement of the year.

Together, She and Josh live in Arizona, but both grew up in California. Josh spent much of his childhood on Kehoe Beach so it was a no brainer to have their ceremony somewhere with such history. A 15 minute walk to the beach from we had the shoreline almost all to ourselves. Vows were shared, applauses were made, and Josh + Dorothyrose became husband and wife.

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Tuscan Villa Inspired Wedding in the Heart of Amador County

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Tuscan Villa Inspired Wedding in the Heart of Amador County

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Natalie and Rob's wedding was extremely special to me. I had photographed Natalie's twin sister's wedding a year and a half ago and had felt a special connection with her family. So, when Natalie met with me after she was engaged, we got right into planning mode for her engagement session and got her date on the books.

On the wedding day, I pulled up to their venue, the Grand Reserve Inn, and felt immediately transported into an italian countryside. The venue is set back quite away from the road and is completely surrounded by vineyards on sloping hills. Natalie's vision for the day paired with her event planner's eye (Shannon of Tin and Twine Events) and ability to tie it all together made for one magical wedding day.

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A BIG shout out to all of the vendors who made this wedding run so effortlessly!

Photography: Vanessa Lynne Photography

Venue: Grand Reserve Inn

Event Planning and Design: Shannon McAlister of Tin and Twine

Rentals: Ritual Rentals

Day of Coordinating: Tan Weddings & Events

Flowers: Yay for Cake

Dress: Miosa Bride

Rings: Shane Co.

Hair & MUA: Brandi Ritberger of Do My Hair

DJ: Brandon + Kami of

Cake & Dessert Bar: Frank Vilt's Cakes

Officiant: Lonny Felcher

Restrooms: Executive Restrooms

 

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Adventure Session along the Big Sur Coast

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Adventure Session along the Big Sur Coast

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At literally every turn, Big Sur never ceases to blow my mind with its landscapes and breathtaking views. it is HANDS-DOWN one of my favorite locations to shoot; it has a unique sort of magic that I haven't found elsewhere. For those who've visited, I think, will agree with me here.

After grabbing lunch at Nepenthe (and some tasty local vino, of course), we chatted about the day and made a loose game plan for where we wanted to shoot. We started in the redwoods, frolicked on the beach (yes, I frolick), and watched the sun set on Bixby Bridge. 

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Amber + Camden's Mountaintop Spring Engagement Session

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Amber + Camden's Mountaintop Spring Engagement Session

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When we were trying to choose which location to choose Amber and Camden's engagement session, I gave them probablyyyy a few too many options. I have lots of places on my "dream shoot" list (ahem, death valley) and so I had given them several choices to see which fit them best. They landed on the mountains; a couple after my own heart. Don't get me wrong, I love the ocean, but the mountains are my *jam.*

We started the session with a beer and ended it with one of the best sunsets I've seen this year. The Eastern Sierras have a certain magic that is beautiful all year round, and I was so glad that Amber and Camden trusted my vision for their adventurous mountain-y engagement sesh. <3 

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Engagement Session: From the Sierras down to the River

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Engagement Session: From the Sierras down to the River

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We've had Lauren and Jason's Engagement Session on the books since January. They picked a day in late April, hoping for some blue skies and the chance of wild flowers. We went over location ideas and Lauren settled on both the Sierras and the American River. 

When the day finally came, we set off for the mountains in Jason't truck, not realizing he was on E. When we got to the next gas station, the pumps were down (What??!!). We were baffled but at the same time it was a completely laughable scenario. We made the safe choice to go back down (losing about 35 minutes of time) and fuel up at the last gas station. Once we were finally back on the road, Jason started talking about a super cool look out spot. Normally, I have the general locations more or less picked out, but the way his eyes lit up when talking about this amazing spot, I knew we had to go.

As we pull off the highway, I was beyond excited to realize that this was a place I've always wanted to go, but never really had the chance to explore. It was fate! We hopped out and got started shooting right away, having the spot to ourselves.

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From the epic view of Lake Tahoe, we drove all the way down to the river in Coloma - one of their favorite places to spend time together.  Even with the gas mishap, we still had plenty of light left and hiked up to get a good view of the sunset over the river. 

We literally ran around in the wildflowers and chased the sun going down. If this doesn't epitomize adventure, I'm not sure what does. 

Cheers to Lauren and Jason. I canNOT wait until your wedding next year; I'm already counting down the days.....only 525 to go....

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Anniversary Session: Kate + Kyle Celebrating One Year of Marriage

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Anniversary Session: Kate + Kyle Celebrating One Year of Marriage

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Kate and I worked at Starbucks several years back and were instant friends. She was my hiking buddy, my on-call model, and my sanity from the barista madness. She now lives in Germany with her hubs, so we took advantage of her short time visiting in California, chatting over iced teas before the shoot and catching one another up on the newest details of in our lives. Kate told me about life in Germany and I told her about my latest travels and summer plans.

When it came time for the shoot, Kyle met up with us as we packed up and headed for Pena Adobe Regional Park. We explored, climbed a few hills, chased the sunlight and documented this special time in their life. Happy one year anniversary, you two.

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The Channel Islands on a Sunny Spring Weekend

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The Channel Islands on a Sunny Spring Weekend

Raise your hand if you know next to nothing about the Channel Islands? Me, too. And up until my most recent National Park visit (if you're keeping tracking, this is stop #3) of the Channel Islands last weekend, I had little to no knowledge of this majestic wonderland. There are eight separate islands, but we only had time to visit two of them: Anacapa and Santa Cruz. 

The first island we visited was Anacapa. We boarded a boat out of Oxnard, California with Island Packers at 9:00 am. It took us about a half hour longer than it was supposed to because we kept seeing whales and dolphins and, of course, had to stop. 

It had been foggy the whole ride over on the boat and for the first two hours that we roamed the island. When we finally pulled up, the first thing I noticed was the seagulls. Seagulls EVERYWHERE. There's no freshwater on the island and for whatever reason these seagulls just absolutely love Anacapa and are basically the only life on the whole island. They were so fun to photograph and had no aversion to humans. They ignored us most of the time, but, man, were they up close and personal when we were snacking on our lunch. I could've watched them for hours. But just after 1:00 p.m., the fog finally lifted to give us more of a view of the rest of the "banana" shaped island.

I could've stayed there all day with the sun out and the birds flying all around me, but, alas, the boat arrived at 3:00 p.m. to take us back.

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The following day, we left out of the Ventura harbor. Thank GOODNESS I had taken plenty of Dramamine because it was the roughest boat ride I've ever endured. And if you've ever been on a boat or kayak with me, you know how terribly sick I get if I forget to take it, Unlike the start of the previous day, it was warm and sunny for the get-go. Thankfully, we packed the sunblock (SPF 100 for my ginger self). It was going to be a hot one. We had a solid seven hours to explore, so we had a packed lunch and lots of water. The first thing I noticed was the similarity to landscape found in Northern California, so I felt right at home. 

We chose the longer of the hikes since we had pretty much all day. Not far into hike, we started seeing a sprinkling of caterpillars right on the trail. A few hundred yards of that, though, drastically morphed into a solid mile of THOUSANDS of caterpillars. So much so that we had to focus so hard on the ground to watch every single step we took to avoid stepping on them. I've never seen anything like it. 

For lunch, we made a pit stop down at a gorgeous sandy beach to take a little break from the sun and sit under the Eucalyptus. After about a 2 hour lunch break, we headed for the boat since we had quite a bit of a hike left. All in all, I think we did a 9 mile hike - lots of hills and sunshine.

Fun Fact: The Island Fox is found on the Santa Cruz Island (and a few of the other Channel Islands) and they exist nowhere else in the entire world. Another tourist asked one of the National Park Naturalists if we'd be likely see one of them. She chuckled and told us the only way we wouldn't see them was if he kept our eyes closed. Sure enough, we rounded the corner and one (of many seen throughout the day) was right there. They were so precious. Very petite and quite clever little creatures.

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Spring Maternity Sessions in Northern California

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Spring Maternity Sessions in Northern California

After many, MANY weeks of rain, the sun came out just as I had back to back maternity sessions.

Spring is an especially popular time for expectant mamas, and it's no wonder. The birds are singing, the grass is green and the weather is a 10/10. From the ocean to the American River, these two mamas rocked their sessions, Check out a few of my favorites and let me know yours!

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American River Newlywed Session in Foresthill

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American River Newlywed Session in Foresthill

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Julie and Will both have hectic and sometimes opposite work schedules, so we had planned their engagement session months in advance to be sure they both had it off. Julie is a nurse and Will is a firefighter, and with all of the crazy fires we had last fall, Will was putting in some major over time. So, with many rescheduled dates and the wedding day approaching, Julie proposed to me that we do a newlyweds session during the off-season. "Heck yes!" was my immediate response. Count me in.

They wanted to stay close, since they just got a new puppy (adorable!), so I dreamed up this shoot at a new location I've been dying to bring a couple to. It's a bit of a hidden gem and I knew I'd need a super adventurous couple who would be up to sort of explore the area with me. It ended up being so fun, we just followed the light and enjoyed the sunset over the American River.

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Adventure Session in the Snow-Covered Sierras

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Adventure Session in the Snow-Covered Sierras

We haven't had much of a winter in Northern California, but with March came lots of fresh snow up in the mountains. Jen and Travis are some of my most adventurous and outdoorsy friends so I knew they'd be the perfect fit for what I had in mind. My typical approach to couple's session is to drive in a general direction and pull off when I see something magical, whether it be light or landscape. All I knew was I wanted snow, so we detoured off of the freeway and headed up to a lake I've wanted to photograph for years.

The road we went up wasn't plowed, so we kicked it in 4 Wheel Drive and had a little fun. Once we arrived and jumped out, we quickly realized that the snow was thigh-high and it was going to be a workout to get down to the lake, which was a good 50 yards or so. Thankfully, we all brought layers because it turned out to be quite the chilly trek! Chilly? yes. But worth it? Absolutely.

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Thankful for my assistant, Christie, for grabbing this behind the scenes shot!

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The 2 Hour Trip to Redwood National Park

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The 2 Hour Trip to Redwood National Park

My, oh my. Stop number two for this year's National Park journey. We went from warm, sunny skies to impending snow up on the mountains, so we made this trip happen with a mere two hour hike. 

Even with only two hours to spend in the park, it was time well spent. The fog rolled in, the rain held off, and the forest made some magic.

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Weekend Winter Trip to Pinnacles National Park

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Weekend Winter Trip to Pinnacles National Park

I've deemed 2018 to be my official Year of National Parks, visiting (and photographing) as many  as I can squeeze. First on the list was decidedly Pinnacles National Park. Located about 30 minutes outside of Hollister, we were met with a desert-like climate. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but a desert terrain wasn't it!

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For mid-February, it was pretty darn warm, which made for comfortable day time outings yet cooler night temperatures. As we trekked through Pinnacles in short sleeves, it was easy to imagine how hot it must get when visiting during the summer months. Luckily, February was totally the perfect combination of good weather and few visitors!

Knowing we had a full day in the park on Saturday, we committed to a longer hike in the late morning and a shorter hike before sunset, breaking midday for lunch and an obligatory nap. We discovered some unexpected caves (flashlights recommended) that were both awe-inspiring and a bit claustrophobic at times. 

On Sunday, we set the alarm for what felt like the middle of the night to hike the high peaks before sunrise. One of the main things we hoped to see while visiting the park was a California Condor, an endangered bird that calls Pinnacles National Park home thanks to a recovery program that's primary focus is to help the species survive. Sunrise turned out to be a win-win because not only were we the ONLY ones on the trail to watch the sun come up, but we also found about 8 condors flying above the high peaks of the pinnacles! The markings under their wings distinguish them from other like birds; you can easily see a white triangle on their wings when beneath them. 

Pinnacles National Park is certainly a hidden gem and an easy weekend getaway for campers and outdoor lovers alike! But the real question is, who wants to do their engagement session here? ;)

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Winter Engagement & Family Session: Jayme & Jake

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Winter Engagement & Family Session: Jayme & Jake

To say weather this "winter" has been ideal would be the understatement of the year. Yes, we need rain. Yes, we are in a drought. I LOVE rain. And snow. But, I REALLY love not having to reschedule family/engagement sessions due to terrible rain (remember last year?!). I've been one happy gal with all of this sunshine and with spring being right around the corner.

Jayme and Jake had a two-part engagement session. The first one took place about two months ago and our second location had to be rescheduled because we arrived too late and ran out of daylight. We were bummed at the time but with gorgeous light like this, I will not complain! And bonus! They brought baby Cooper to be a stand-in model to make their family complete, dimples and all! <3

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Urban Winter Wedding in the Heart of Modesto: Julie & Will

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Urban Winter Wedding in the Heart of Modesto: Julie & Will

Julie and Will brought in the new year on January 6th, 2018 by tying the knot and partying like it was 1999. What better way to kick off the year than by getting hitched?! 

We watched the forecast leading up to the wedding, sure that it would be an overcast, rainy day. But the sun surprised us (as California has a sneaky way of doing) and kept us warm all day! Julie and Will had us all in tears, from and laughing to crying and everything in between. Their day was heartfelt, hilarious and an all-around good time. 

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Photography: Vanessa Lynne Photography

Venue: The Century, Modesto                      

Make up & Hair: Christi Reynolds Beauty

Event Planning and Designing: The Century, Modesto

Dress: David's Bridal

Ring: Shane Co.

Catering: Diana Burke, Simple Pleasures Catering

DJ: Matt Brys, Extreme Productions

Florist:The Century, Modesto

 

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Family Session 101

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Family Session 101

Okay, so you booked the shoot. Set a date. Picked the location. Now what?

Now! You plan.

Planning a family session can be overwhelming. But with a few helpful tips, you'll have photos you look back on and have allllll the feels.

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Outfits. Never underestimate the power of your outfit choices. Whether you have a family of two or a family of seven, choose 3-4 colors that complement each other. Select colors that work well out in nature and avoid solid black and neon colors as well as large, busy logos. Bonus points for choosing colors suitable for the season you're having your session!

Location. Sometimes putting in the extra miles really pays off. Talk with your photographer about what type of look you have in mind and he/she will more likely have the perfect spot in mind. Pack up the kiddos and some snacks and hit the road. 

Time. Okay, guys. This one might just be the most important piece of advice. Photography, my friends, is all about the light. Ask your photographer for their opinion on what time is best for the shoot. Personally, I prefer to shoot right at sunrise or about an hour before sunset when the light is soft and warm. 

Relax. Let your photographer do the work. Plan on making it fun with your kiddos instead of worrying about their behavior. If your young child is misbehaving, disciplining them in the moment will only escalate the problem (aka, not the most photogenic look). Instead, give them a short break. Let your photographer use his/her magic (it exists!) and be in charge of the kiddos' attention. Their attention span is short, so keeping things moving is key to happy children.

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Well! That's all, folks! Rest up before the big day and remember to have some fun. You want your photos to be a perfect representation of your family. Your crazy, energetic, beautiful family. 

Did I miss something? Find this helpful? Tell me in the comments below!

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Intimate Newborn & Family Session

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Intimate Newborn & Family Session

The Whitfords invited me into their home with their newest addition, Asher Louis, just 9 days old. Asher preferred to be held in his parents' arms, only fussing briefly when laid down for a few moments. 

In-home sessions with newborns are so quiet amongst the chaos of this world that time seems to stand still. So still, in fact, that the shutter of my camera even startled Asher once or twice. It fascinated me that I had never before noticed just how abruptly loud it could be in the absence of noise or movement each time I pressed the shutter button.

Congratulations, Jess & Matt, on your sweet baby boy. <3

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