And there went summer 2014…

Oh, my poor, sweet, neglected blog.  I just haven’t had time for you.  It’s been for good reason – this year, I’ve been shocked at how much work has been coming my way.  Even with a ghost town of a blog – a still-unfinished website (I know that less is more, but I would still love a chance to update my portfolios, and cringe a bit when I think of clients looking at a half done site – it feels naked!) – and a very tight schedule, I’ve been working nonstop for months!  Each shoot is appreciated, and I am always grateful for all of the work – but I so am looking forward to a chance to catch my breath….  and to catch up with my editing.  If you have a shoot you are waiting for me to deliver to you, thank you for your patience: I promise it will be worth the wait!  I am always happy to pull out one or two shots upon request, if there’s something specific that you are dying to see right now!  Otherwise – bear with me as I diligently work through each photo.  I’ve tried to edit more efficiently by using auto settings, presets… I’ve tried letting go of my desire to exactly color correct and density/ contrast balance each and every photo…  but I just hate to release images that feel unfinished out into the world.  Apparently being a control freak about the final edits of my photography is the one place it’s good to obsess.

So, patience.  It’s a virtue, right??  I have been learning patience very intensively for the past 5 years or so…  I remember being pregnant and feeling excited that pregnancy and having an infant would be opportunities to learn patience.  And, boy, were they!  Just not the kind of angelic, calm and relaxed ease that I imagined patience would be.  I’ve since realized that real patience is NOT that kind of gentle sweetness I had imagined.  The patience I’ve been learning is more about not yelling out in frustration when your child won’t/ can’t fall asleep – taking deep breaths when you’re asked the same question ten times in a row – letting yourself laugh instead of cry when your brand new high end camera drops onto concrete – and, above all, patience is waiting for a 4 year old to put her shoes on.

Back to the photos – thank you for your patience.  Hopefully yours is a little more of the shining angelic loveliness that comes from knowing there’s an exciting event (why, the unveiling of your wedding photos, of course!) on the horizon.  Mine will continue to include practicing patience with myself – when there are 10 other things I want to be doing, but the most urgent thing of all is reading a story about a kitten to my daughter.  And part of that has been learning to let go of trying to turn around whole wedding photo collections within 2 weeks (or even 2 months, lately).  I’ve estimated that I’ve taken well over 30,000 photos so far this year, so my patience will also be the meditation of looking through each of those photos again – making sure it’s the best it can be – and remember that fraction of a second all over again.

More photos, coming soon.  In the meantime, this one sure is pretty, right?  xo

Theresa and David’s wedding, featured on Offbeat ...

I guess you can tell how crazily busy I’ve been with work this summer, as here is part 2 of Theresa and David’s wonderful wedding – just 2 weeks after I posted part 1.  This wedding is beautiful at any rate, though, I think!

Here’s the link on Offbeat Bride again.  I’m so thrilled that this wedding was published on OB, one of my favorite wedding blogs.  I have big love in my heart for this couple and their – our! – community and home base.  Sonoma County is truly something special.




Theresa and David’s wedding, featured on Offbeat ...

Ohhhh, I love this wedding.  When I “narrowed down” my favorites, the count was still well over 200 images.  So, while I’m doing my best not to flood my blog with images from this wedding, I am spreading it out over a few posts.  But here’s the jam-packed slideshow if you can’t wait!

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The feature on Offbeat Bride is getting a ton of love, understandably – because these two (who I’m lucky to call friends!) are adorable; they have extremely talented friends who all used their skills to help create an amazing wedding celebration; and their sweetness is made even more special with some coincidental and magical stories.

Here are some photos to set the scene…  I could do a full day’s shoot at the amazing Roshambo Farm any time, but to have the additional decorations and details of Theresa and David’s wedding was even more fun to shoot.

So, for part 1: getting ready!  Scene setters!  Gorgeous Theresa’s amazing handmade (by her) dress and stunning silver-grey hair!

 A few film shots for good measure:

Daniel and James, Kunde Family Winery, Kenwood

(Click on the image above for the slideshow)

So many of my favorite things were involved in Daniel and James’ wedding: shooting at one of my favorite wineries, Kunde; working with one of my favorite planning, floral and design teams, Alicia K Designs; one of my very favorite caterers and restaurants in Sonoma/ the world, the girl and the fig; the perfect time of year, in terms of weather and light, for photography; dogs, babies, two grooms getting legally and permanently married, a phenomenally colorful sunset complete with double rainbow, s’mores over a fire pit, pomegranates, succulents, dahlias, post dessert macaroni and cheese bar…  This wedding was amazing!