Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Christina+George-A GORGEOUS Los Altos Wedding

To say we had fun shooting Christina and George's fabulous Greek wedding would be a huge understatement. Aside from the fact that the bride was stunning in every way, the wedding focused around family and tradition as well as gorgeous sunflowers (my favorite!) 

Look at this flawless woman...

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stunning...

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her honey George ain't so bad either..

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not only is she beautiful, she's also the sweetest thing ever. We took her and her also beautiful entourage to the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden to snag some shots before heading off to the church.

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hello gorgeous bridal party. 

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Their traditional Greek ceremony was at the gorgeous Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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I have a thing for stained glass windows...

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after their ceremony we all headed over to the Los Altos History Museum for their awesome reception. I adore this location. Seriously it's amazing. In addition to the fun artifacts like the cherry red tractor and barn (which went perfectly with Christina's sunflower centerpieces) out back there's this beautiful vineyard. We snagged more group shots there before the party began.

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Christina and George had this awesome photobooth where her guest got to put on fun costumes and put their pictures in a guest album for the bride and groom. Hilarious. 

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Then came the toasts which made everyone laugh like crazy (and cry as well of course!)

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Christina and her dad shared a touching dance
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followed by George and his mom breaking it DOWN Greek style

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Then the coolest part? Christina secretly changed into this amazing white dress and they busted out the most incredible first dance straight from Dirty Dancing

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people went NUTS

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 George chased Christina with their wedding cake...

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but they made up in time for a night of CRAZY fun dancing!!!

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Seriously, have you ever seen a grown man jump this high and come down and immediately take a shot on the floor? I didn't think so.
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It was a sensational night for a truly sensational couple!! 
Once again we were blessed to be a part of it!! Congratulations Christina and George!!!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Iman+Hillary Welcome FALL!!

Shooting Iman and Hillary's engagement shoot at the Sanborn Science and Nature Center was just as fun and gorgeous as I knew it would be. Why? When you mix the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains with an adorable couple good things are bound to happen

I liked Iman and Hillary from the first 5 minutes...particularly because they so adamantly articulated that they absoltuely do not photograph well. They wanted to make sure I knew that they were very very uncomfortable in front of the camera and completely unphotogenic....want to know the truth? Those are my FAVORITE kinds of people to photograph :)

did someone say unphotogenic?

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nice try guys. I'm calling your bluff.

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And we had a BLAST! We were cracking up. These two were completely natural and sweet in front of the camera. We just took in the beautiful day and I shot them as they chilled together on cobble stone paths and redwood stumps. Iman told jokes while Hillary giggled her adorable little smile away. Easy peezy. 

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By the end of the shoot they were pro's. I could have shot them all day. This is why I always always insist on doing an engagement shoot-because it builds TRUST. Come wedding day this couple will KNOW me. I'm not just some stranger to them. I know how they work best and they know how to work with me. This is a recipe for effortless, natural and gorgeous wedding photos.

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I've built my business around couples like Iman and Hillary-people who don't like to get their picture taken...people...like me :) But what I believe is that every photo should be a joyful experience and when the chemistry is right between photographer and subject-beautiful, effortless and sensational joy pour into the camera.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Danny+Renee are getting married!!!

Just this past weekend I was asked to shoot a very special engagement dinner in Atherton, California designed by the always incredible SarahSofia.

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Blooms, who we worked with previously here supplied the insanely gorgeous center pieces...

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while Componere Fine Catering created some truly edible masterpieces to the delight of Renee, Danny and their guests. 

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Alexander Koutsoyannis' company GrooveTronix Productions supplied the perfect background music to this special evening. 

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This intimate dinner party was both jovial and heartfelt with plenty of laughter to coincide with the incredible ambiance. I don't know how you celebrated after you got engaged but I know I went out for pizza. Somehow I missed the memo on this tradition! But when you're talking about an event thrown by Sarah and Carmen, you just know it's going to be pure luxury. Remember Samira's GORGEOUS raj tented birthday party? Um, yeah, these ladies know their stuff :)
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To Renee and Danny-congratulations on your new life together here in California!!!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mackenzie Grace-Sneak Peek

It's always nice to shoot friends (with my camera of course!) The Dunn's are some of our very closest friends here in California. Naturally we had a blast doing their holiday shoot! I'm processing it this morning over my "naturally decaffeinated english breakfast tea" (yes, I'm off of coffee-one month and counting! I'll update that later!)

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Only the luckiest of women get to go to work and stare at this little darling all day!

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my daughter Bella infiltrated the shoot of course. Mac was all too happy to have her join in the fun!

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And by the way, if you're looking to book a family shoot for the holidays please please please do NOT wait! We have extremely limited availability this year as we will be doing some extensive traveling over the holidays! Knock out your shoot now before it gets too cold or busy!!!