Fall Yosemite Elopement: Nami + Yuta

Fall Yosemite Elopement: Nami + Yuta

Nami and Yuta came all the way from Tokyo, Japan to get married in Yosemite National Park. As climbers, it was the perfect place to celebrate their love. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day covered in beautiful changing leaves. Even though Yuta doesn't speak much...

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Dinner AND a Show!

We had SOOOO much fun at Maria and Zach's wedding today! This couple is sweet, awesome, and very in love. Maria was literally hopping around in her dress and veil saying, "I'm so excited! I'm so excited!" Too cute! I finally got to photograph a gorgeous long, veil...

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Getting the Shot ~ The Art of Originality

If I had a dollar for every time a client showed me a photo on Pinterest and wanted it duplicated, I could buy that pivoting lens thingy I want so bad but can’t afford. Pinterest does have its place. It’s great for creating mood boards, planning stylized shoots,...

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Are we almost there yet?

Mark, Remember the wedding we shot at the fairgrounds eight years ago? As the bride was walking up the aisle with her father, there was a lovely giant dumpster behind her, which would be in the photos. We were working with bare-bones equipment, zoom lenses on our 35mm...

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Boudoir ~ Get Your Sexy On

Saturday I did another boudoir session with one of my beautiful brides. Gee, I wonder who it is? Sorry folks, but it’s a surprise for her very lucky groom. I recently dived head-first into boudoir, and I’m having a blast. Like any other shoot, I go all out for my...

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Dawn Kelly and the NOT Bummer Summer

There are several definitive characteristics about me that make me who I am. For instance, I watch I Love Lucy in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep, I can talk to a tree, and I’m highly addicted to dark-chocolate-covered honey comb. But there is much much...

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Bridal Couture ~ It Starts With a Dress

During last week’s treasure hunt, McKenzie was hopping around, grabbing items and saying, “Oooo, oooo! Dawn, we need this! OOOO THIS! Let’s get this!” In EVERY store. So, when she grabbed this gown off the rack at Buy Rite Thrift, I shook my head, dismissing the “OOOO...

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Chez Shari Manteca Golf Course ~ Stylized Shoot

Chez Shari is somewhat of a hidden gem in Manteca. It’s a fantastic event and wedding site with indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks their gorgeous golf course. We had great fun doing a stylized shoot there for their web site! Check out all the amazing details...

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