Why I Do What I Do

I've always loved the art of photography, but I didn't understand the true value and importance of wedding photography until I lost my father. I don't have him here with me, but I have photos to remember him by. 

The photo of him giving me away at my wedding is literally the most precious thing I own. Not only is it a beautiful portrait of us, but it's a genuine moment. It was me saying, "OK, Papa, here we go!" I'll never forget that moment, and thanks to this photo, I can relive it over and over.

That photo of my father and I is displayed in both our living room and bedroom, because it's that special to me. Each photo in the collage above is in our home. Our walls are decorated with 16x20 photos of us, taken by Ash Imagery. The family photos my mother gave me are prints in an album, all these years later. 

So, imagine this: 

You and your spouse live a long, happy life together.  You laugh together, cry together, hold each other up during hard times. You have children, then grandchildren, and you get to watch them grow up. One day, the whole family is at your granddaughter's home celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, and she pulls out your wedding album, which you passed down through the generations. She's incredibly proud to own this family heirloom. 

You and your husband forgot how beautiful your wedding was, and you swell with emotion, remembering how you felt as you stood at the alter, being joined as man and wife. You grin at each other, reliving one of the most special days of your lives. The rest of the family gathers around to look at your pictures. What do you want them to see? 

Will they see trendy, overly-posed, overly-processed photos? Or will they see natural, timeless images that tell the story of your love. Will they FEEL your love as they turn the pages? Will they laugh and cry? THAT is what's important.  Not how much you spend on your wedding, or how perfect the flowers were. The memories and the legacy is what's important, and I want to give that to you.

When it comes down to it, I just want to change your life by giving you photos that will be cherished for generations to come. Your children and grandchildren will look at them, see your love, and remember you for generations to come. There's nothing more precious than your memories.

How I Do What I Do

When my camera is in my hand, something happens to me.  It's like a lizard-brain-thing. This instinct of motion, light, and emotion turns on, and I'm always looking for things worthy of film. I don't shoot, shoot, shoot.  I wait for it.  One frame. Maybe two.  Rarely more.

I capture everything on film, and I'm proud of that.  There's something deeply beautiful about the depth of texture, the vibrant colors, and the soft sweep of skin tones on film. Mostly, I love the honesty of film.  It's real, unedited life, which is how I like to capture moments. When you look at your wedding photos, I want you to feel like you've been transported back in time to that very moment it was taken, unedited.

Shooting film also makes me a better photographer.  After 25 years of practice, I know what I'm creating when I look through the camera. It's still incredibly exciting to get a wedding or portrait session back from the lab.  It's even more exciting to show the bride and groom, because they get to relive the most special day of their lives.  Every bride and groom says the wedding day flies by faster than they ever expected.  They love seeing all the moments they missed.  The groom gets to see the bride getting dressed in her wedding gown.  That's really special.

Film also makes me braver.  When I do personal or art projects, I thrive on trying new things without a net.  Without looking at the back of the camera, I have to make a beautiful, interesting, unique photo.  Sometimes I try really crazy things while doing my personal projects, not knowing how it's going to turn out.  There's a sense of pride when I create images that are really interesting and unique.  It's so much fun, I never want to stop doing it!   

Who I Am

I'm a sentimental fool who values family and art.  I'm a wife, fur-mama, friend, and free spirit who is seriously addicted to Candy Crush.  I can't ride a bike without training wheels (don't judge me) and I'm terrified of sharks.  I live in Modesto, California (no sharks) with my husband Mark, who's the best wedding-dress-fluffer ever, and our two very spoiled cats, JJ and Gracie. There's also a possum in the backyard.  

Where I Am

We are a boutique photography studio based in Modesto, California, serving California's Central Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite, and world-wide.  

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