Sacramento Maternity Photography | Cristiane + Daniel

When we first met over e-mail, I knew I would love Cristiane. She is sweet, soft-spoken, thoughtful, and gracefully beautiful. She is a professor and works for a non-profit. Cristiane’s love for biology and nature is evident in their home. Her husband, Daniel, is bright, affectionate, and kind. As a pair they are easy to be around, and very gracious. After spending the afternoon with them for their maternity I am already excited to meet their little one in a couple of months.

We decided to start their maternity session in their home, since they are local it only makes sense to capture some images in their favorite place. With their pups frolicking around, I fell in love with the peacefulness of their yard. The fall colored leaves and their garden made the perfect backdrop for some photos outside. I enjoyed their company while we enjoyed the yard. Their beautiful dog, Winston, made an appearance by loving sweetly on his mom’s belly. I know I say this a lot, but in-home sessions are the absolute best. Home provides a special level of comfort.

After taking some photos at home and after Daniel finished his tea, we headed out to a nearby park for sunset pictures. The sunset was perfect, since we avoided rain I was happy with the gorgeous glow around these two. We danced around the puddles on the ground and enjoyed the crisp fall air.

Cristiane sent me this kind message after our session. these words mean so much to me, since I try so hard to capture genuine expressions and moments even in a staged session. Her kindness and thoughtfulness extends even here:

These are wonderful! Thank you. I can’t wait to show Daniel…everything looks so soft and natural. You caught us both in some genuine, relaxed moments. We’ll be cherishing these for a long time to come.
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Sacramento Family Photography | Julienne + Family

I have been falling in love with family photography. Hard. I met Julienne and her family a couple months ago for a lovely sunset session here in Sacramento. She found me through photography and she is a wonderful family photographer in this area. Her three kids and husband were amazing, totally easy going, and a great crew. We wandered around the beautiful Effie Yeaw and played on the trails. Some deer wandered by. It was perfect.

The sunset light glowed golden, and I took special time to capture Julienne with each of her children. As a photographer mother, I find myself often lacking from our family’s memories. I am always the one behind the camera. It is my mission, nay my purpose, to capture mama with her babies in natural moments. Of course, the gorgeous light doesn’t hurt. I want to thank Julienne and her husband for being so warm, natural, and going along with the easy chaos of a session with young children. It is never my goal to capture perfection, only to capture real life as best I can in a portrait setting. The little smiles from the kids and playful hugs are more my style. It is nice to get some of those “smiling at the camera” shots, but my heart forever lies in the in-betweens.

These kids stole my heart. Based on the way they all get along I feel like their house is a ton of fun most days. The littlest is the house’s princess. She is the boss lady and everyone adores her. The way the older two sweetly play with their sister is precious. Thank you to Julienne and her beautiful, spirited family! Your trust in these photos was everything. I wish your family an amazing and love-filled holiday season!

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Heavenly Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Tracy + Andy

Tracy and Andy planned their wedding at the top of Heavenly Mountain in Lake Tahoe. Ironically, I was there only three weeks before to celebration another Heavenly wedding and it was awesome to be back! I met Tracy on the phone before her big day. They opted out of an engagement session, and usually I prefer to meet my brides and grooms ahead of time. Tracy was so well prepared and communicative, so I really had nothing to worry about!

The bridesmaids got ready at the cutest house down on the lake. The weather was perfect, even though fires were raging nearby. We had some dense smoke cover during the day as we headed up the gondola, but I was determined to give this amazing bride some perfect sunset photos. We may have had to delay the cake cutting just a bit in order to grab five-minutes of glowing, gorgeous, sunset portraits. Worth it? Yes! Tracy and Andy danced their hearts out at their reception and I was dancing right along with them.

From the first look to hilarious toasts (thank you to the wonderful maid of honor for making me laugh so hard I cried!!) to the dancing, Tracy and Andy completely enjoyed their day. I hugged this girl so hard when I left and feel lucky to have met her and their families. Such warmth and affection and love surrounded us all day. It was a joy to photograph and document their celebration.

details:

Venue: Heavenly Lake Tahoe
Wedding Coordinator/Planner: Liane McCombs
Officiant: Nicholas Galante
Florist: Nidhana Perera, Paradise Parkway
Caterer: Heavenly Mountain Catering
Baker/Cake: Michele Witt, Witts Cakes
Hair and Make-up Styling: Marianna Lucido
Invitations: Samantha Kirner, Little Korner Store (stationery design and calligraphy)
Band/Live Musicians: Ben Mallare Events and Entertainment
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaids Dresses: Morning Lavender
Tuxedos: The Black Tux (groomsmen suits)groom is wearing a custom suit)
Groom’s Suit: Custom

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