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Now that I have taken two months off from blogging, I think it’s probably time to get back into the swing of things. And what better way to kick off an amazing new year than to blog boudoir sessions from the marathon in January?! I will be featuring three ladies over the next few days who were kind enough to share their images with all of you.

I have to say that I never imagined that this boudoir weekend would turn out to be so fun and fulfilling. Stepping away from weddings and family sessions for a moment in order to focus on the beauty of the female body was refreshing. Although every single girl was self-conscious, I think they were all beautiful. We will always find things we hate about our bodies, and we will always think that there is someone prettier out there. However, there is nothing more beautiful than a strong, confident woman. I applaud these ladies for stepping out of their boxes, baring the outward expression of their inner beauty, and giving themselves and their partners a gift that can’t be replaced.

Gold was very nervous. She wanted these images in order to please her husband, and I think she wanted them to please herself too. I love how exotic she is, with her gorgeous eyes and long, dark hair. Although it was hard for her to get comfortable in front of the camera, I feel that Gold remained cool and positive, resulting in some beautiful images. Feel free to leave her some love in the comments below!

Gold being made up by the fabulous Christi Reynolds.
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It always helps to bring a friend to a boudoir session. Gold’s friend Priscilla helped lace her up, give her encouragement, and even threw out ideas to try. I loved having her there!
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This image has to be my absolute favorite from the whole session. I feel that this is the moment that Gold let loose and felt a little more free and playful.
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Thank you for being a part of my weekend, Gold. Thank you for all of your encouragement, and for your confidence in me and my abilities. You shine in these pictures, and I have never seen you look more beautiful!

Thank you for your patience as this blog is under construction. I will continue to post current work here, but many exciting changes are coming soon. New website, new blog, new look, new NAME… I am so excited to share it all with you! If you have any questions, you can always contact me at granthamtia@hotmail.com or 916.599.5297.

Lindsi recently let me in on how she and Jason became an item – through a gathering at a BBQ thrown by Kari, a mutual friend. Lindsi remembered, “Jason and I hit it off right away talking with each other throughout the night until it was time to go to work the next morning. The next day I got his number from Kari, but chickened out on calling him. And according to Jason he got my number from Kari but was waiting a few days to call. Well a few days passed and I decided to hunt him down on Myspace… Yes, Myspace. From that point on we started talking had our first date at Willies Diner.” Lindsi went on to describe a future date in which the couple had planned to go hiking in some rather wet weather. Jason is very outdoorsy, and Lindsi believes that it helped seal the deal that she never complained about being cold and wet during their hike. On the other hand, the two enjoyed getting to know each other a little better while taking in the nature around them. Three years later, Jason proposed to Lindsi on the same hiking trail. This time, though, the weather was gorgeous and Jason came armed with a surprise picnic and wine. And in Lindsi’s opinion, it was absolutely perfect.

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Love the perspectives from two different angles! First, my image:
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Then a shot from Katherine’s perspective:
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Taber Ranch is such a beautiful venue, and the owners dress it to the MAX for weddings. Lindsi had to do next to no decorating for her event. In addition, the views are amazing. I LOVE it!!!
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Jason and Lindsi opted to see each other before the ceremony in order to help the wedding day schedule run a little more smoothly. Their wedding ceremony ran close to sundown, so we completed all the bridal party pictures before the ceremony began.
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In love with the reception details. I have to say that even as a wedding photographer who is used to seeing a lot of detail, I was overwhelmed with the overall amount throughout the day. And the fact that my bride didn’t have to do most of it… Priceless!
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Lindsi and Jason’s DJ ROCKED! He really knew what it took to get guests out onto the dance floor!
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The antique hats used to decorate the bathrooms were just too irresistible – we had to grab a fun group shot!
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A very, very special thank you to Katherine of Katherine Vess Photography for being my right hand gal for this shindig. I credit her for so much – keeping me calm when I got overwhelmed with all the beautiful details, fishing for hair flowers behind heavy furniture, capturing awesome detail shots, and much, much more. THANK YOU!!!

Cake: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca in Citrus Heights

Centerpieces: DIY mason jars with hydrangeas from Mom’s Wholesale Florist

Bouquets and boutonnieres: Mom’s Wholesale Florist

DJ: The Sundance Kid. Love him, he has done many of my family events and weddings.

Bridal Dress: Davids Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids

Hair: Mel George, working at Studio 55 in Roseville

Makeup: Renee Gargano, working at Macy’s Impusle counter in Roseville.

Tuxes: Tuxedo Den

Rings: Giraux Fine Jewlery

Officiant: Bob Waegell

Welcome to the newest addition to my family… My niece Jorgia! She was such a sweet, sleepy little peanut and did so well for her first pictures. More coming soon!

Newborn headband by Jacklyn Johnson of Trew Luv.

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Here is a Christmas sneak peek for a local Colusa County family. I love that the weather has been beautiful despite the fact that it is December. What a great gift for photographers this season!

Warm wishes to you all as you enjoy the holiday with your families!

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Loving this little girl! Her parents went through so much in order to conceive her and bring her into this world… And she’s SO worth it!

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Part two of this couple’s fabulous DIY shindig. Might I add a couple of tips for prospective brides?

One, if the bride and groom are on the dance floor, the wedding guests will be too. Note this in the images below, in which Liz and Keith amp up their guests by shakin’ it like crazy themselves.

Two, if your photographer offers the chance for “Golden Hour” portraits during the ceremony, TAKE IT!!! (Thank you Aimee Fredy!)

Three, if you feel the need to have your guests join you in singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of your lungs, go for it! This couple is going to look back on their lively reception with no regrets. The pictures say it all!

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This is part of the reason I love these two!

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The awesome bride and I:
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It is very important that I give credit to Aimee Fredy of White Daisy Photography for all her support on this day. Without Aimee, many of the above images would not exist or even be possible.

I am sure that Liz would like to thank quite a few people, but I will do my best to mention a few. I know that Foster McManus, Sharon Wonder, Dianna DeLashmutt, Paul McManus, Jeff and Joe (in charge of music in the next post) and SO MANY OTHERS contributed to making this day happen. Other than that, here are the basics:

Ceremony and reception location: Crawford’s Barn, Sacramento, California

Catering: Hannibal’s

Cake and dessert bar: DIY – Liz, family and friends

Centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres: DIY – Liz, family and friends

DJ: Playlist designed by Liz and Keith, played by friends Jeff and Joe

Bridal Dress: The Collective Bride, Yuba City

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Chosen individually by each bridesmaid

Hair: Ashleigh at Details Salon in Sacramento

Makeup: Mandie Jackson

Tuxes: Keith’s suit purchased at indochino.com, groomsmen provided suits of their own

Officiant: Liz’s father, Mike

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