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One of the biggest excuses I hear from women for not scheduling their boudoir sessions is that they are not happy with their bodies. I made it a point to emphasize that my boudoir marathon weekend would include ladies of all sizes who wanted to spice things up for their partner. I have to stop here and say that I have received some very nice messages from some VERY happy husbands. Ladies, they love the pictures, I assure you.

My job is to focus less on details and areas of the body that my client likes the least, and maximize those that are best to showcase. Lauren spelled out for me the concerns she had about her body. She revealed to me what areas she and her husband loved the most. Together, Lauren and I came up with a session full of hotness for her and her husband to enjoy.

Boudoir is about dressing up, letting loose, and stepping out of your daily roles in order to focus on YOU. Lauren is a mommy, a wife, a sister, friend… She works hard to take care of her family’s needs and neglects her own if necessary. For a couple of hours, Lauren instead focused on feeling beautiful. Enjoy her results!

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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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The story of Liz and Keith’s wedding day is told by me in vivid, detailed images. The story of how they met and their proposal, however, will have to be paraphrased from their wedding website. It goes something like this…

Keith recalled that the first time he laid eyes on Liz, she was onstage at The Acting Company’s show “Into the Woods”. Liz played the role of Cinderella, and Keith remembered wondering, “Wow. Who’s that?” A few months later, Keith was given the opportunity to find out. It turns out that the pair were cast opposite each other in The Acting Company’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. In Keith’s own words: “The first day she arrived at the playhouse, I was outside the front entrance with friends. She rolled in on her favorite cruiser bicycle, her brilliant smile flashing. Her beautiful, kind eyes fell on mine and my heart fell completely for hers.”

Wow, Keith. Making a few girls jealous right about now, I’m sure!

Again, I am going to quote this sweet groom’s words about his proposal to Liz:
“By the beginning of March, 2010 (Liz and I had been dating just over six months), I was sure of two things regarding Liz: One, I’m spending the rest of my life with this woman. And two, the day the big question is uncorked will be a day neither of us would forget… On the eve of her twenty sixth birthday, I took her down to the foot of ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, Burney Falls, and, after she had opened her first two presents, I opted to open the last. The ring was wrapped, and safely hidden inside a gift bag so there would be no clues to ruin this moment I had worked so hard for. I knelt to one knee (’cause I’m a true sap at heart), recited my rehearsed line, and let the question fly…

… And, with the sun peaking over the top of the ridge to cast a few moments of sunset for my stage, she smiled. And laughed. And cried. And she said, ‘Yes!'”

As an extended family member of Keith’s, this couple and their special day meant a lot for me. I watched Keith change after meeting Liz, and I loved the person he had chosen. This bride has a beautiful soul to go along with those gorgeous eyes and the brilliant smile Keith referred to in his story. I loved watching Liz’s excitement as she witnessed all of her planning and hard work come together. Even on a tight budget, the details complimented each other so perfectly. Liz splurged where it was important and cut back where necessary. She is the ultimate Do-It-Yourself bride on a budget, and proved to all of us that an amazing wedding can truly be pulled off with enough inspiration and help from friends and family.

On to part one of Elizabeth and Keith’s day…

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The view from Liz’s window. The skies threatened to let loose all day, eventually settling with a few “good luck” sprinkles during formals. Thank goodness!
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SO beautiful.
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Liz and Keith opted for a first look in order to make the best use of their time during the tight wedding day schedule. I want to take this opportunity to point out that typically, the schedule would allow us to spend more time with the groom as he is getting ready. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way during this event.
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It is very important that I first 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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Here is a little look at why I am so head-over-heels with this wedding so far. And this is just the beginning! I seriously can. NOT. WAIT!!!

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This sweet family was referred to me by my best friend. Vinny and Jenny have 2 1/2-year-old twins, and they were so adorable… But Emily and Jillian made me work for my shots! Here are a few to hold them over until I can finish their package.

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Let me emphasize that this is ONLY a small peek at the deliciousness that was Andrea and Fred’s shindig. You could say that these 22 pictures are just a handful of my favorites, and a rather large post will follow soon. Thank you again, Andrea and Fred – you have blessed me by placing your trust in me for capturing your special day.

For me, this day was truly memorable.

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I was convinced that Melissa and Jonathan were expecting a little girl, and so were many of their friends and family. Melissa, however, thought all along that it felt like a boy. Turns out mommy knows best – Logan James was born August 21st, less than two weeks after this session took place.

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This post is a good example of how sessions go when toddlers are involved – they have a very limited attention span and pictures go according to their schedule, not ours. Little Lance was a SUPER cutie:
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But I am sure that many parents can relate to THIS, especially on picture day!
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So we let Lance relax and do his own thing for a while…
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Lance soon decided that pictures might not be SO bad:
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Jonathan and Melissa are so sweet together!
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And then our session completely changed direction with the appearance of an unexpected guest. With the introduction of this little guy, Lance became instantly animated:
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Congrats to Melissa, Jonathan, and Lance! I hope you are enjoying your sweet new little boy!

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Here’s a quick little peek into a sweet session from tonight. More to come soon!

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Last month, I advertised my Summer Fun Contest on my blog and on Facebook. Part of my reasoning behind having such a contest is due to the fact that August is generally a slow month for my business. I wanted to get out and capture some images of people who were deserving of an amazing session. The other reason behind holding a contest is that I wanted to see what explanations my fans could come up with for needing (or wanting) such a session. I set up a panel of judges, made my announcements, and waited for the entries to roll in!

I want everyone to know how much I (and my judges) enjoyed reading all of the responses. Our original winner was definitely in need – a mother of three boys and two of them had passed away at a young age. However, because of the most recent son’s death, she had to forfeit her session. My judges chose Kimberly Walls as a runner-up in the case that the original winner could not participate in the session. Please note that in this case, the entries were submitted to my panel of judges anonymously, so that there was no chance of bias on their parts.

Here is the winning entry from Kim:
“I think I deserve a session because I deeply love and adore my family and we haven’t gotten family portraits since all the kids have become adults and added a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law. My family is wonderful and close and I’d love to document us as we are…my s-i-l is 7 mo. prego so I’d like them pre babies. My parents just celebrated 24 years and there is lots of love… Plus, my family loved and adored your photos from my wedding, I know you can capture us the way you captured mine and Russ’s special bond.”

I posted a couple shots from Kim’s wedding last year in Maui – wasn’t she a gorgeous bride?! You can see the full post from her wedding here. Kim, thank you for entering the contest. I hope that I have met – and possibly even surpassed – your expectations when it comes to your family session.

Moments before Kim and Russell tied the knot:
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The couple directly after their beach ceremony:
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And the two at their session with me recently:
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Mom and dad, who recently celebrated 24 years together:
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I loved having the opportunity to capture a large family photo. Such a good-looking family too!
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Kim and Russ getting all smoochy in the yummy evening light:
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Kim’s sister-in-law Sara and brother Lucas, who just introduced their son Mason into the world last Saturday:
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…Sister Cassi and brother Alex – these two are SO silly sometimes!
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It was important to Kim that we get some good shots of all of the siblings together, and I think we accomplished that!
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One last shot of Kim and Russ being SOOOOOO cute together:
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Thanks for such a great evening, you guys! Enjoy your pictures!

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I get a lot of really funny looks and comments from wedding guests when I’m shooting. Sometimes my job requires me (and my fellow photographer friends) to get into weird positions or use odd techniques to get the shot we are looking for. I decided it would be fun to give my clients and fans a “behind the scenes” look into what this type of positioning can produce. Those of you with a hobby – along with anyone else who loves photography – don’t hesitate to experiment! We didn’t come to the conclusion that these shots would work by having someone tell us. There is a lot of experimenting that goes on in photography, just like any other art form.

Aimee Fredy of White Daisy Photography grabbed this shot of me capturing some bridesmaid getting-ready snacks:
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Here is another of Aimee using a fun position in order to get a beautiful shot of the bride getting ready:
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At one of Aimee’s weddings, I took this image of her going the extra mile for that amazing wedding dress shot (editing done by Aimee):
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Last but not least, here is an image from Jessica Cole, soon to be Jessica B Photography. This is a typical way of shooting a reception in order to get great shots of guests partying:
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