3.28.2014

Updates and Intakes

Wow, it's been pretty much all business around here this week, hasn't it?  I've basically been working on the same thing all week and totally lost track of the days.  Working on the website, editing photos, working on the website, editing photos, working on the website... Until I realized I had all my website images at the wrong size and it became editing photos again, working on the website.  So you can see why, until about 7pm last night, I was convinced yesterday was Wednesday.

Good news is, the website update is finished!  Corina of Cocorrina designed a gorgeous new logo for my business.  She managed to capture the simple, organic, slightly-vintage-with-a-modern-twist aesthetic of my work in one simple logo and I couldn't be happier with it.  I've also added lots of new photos added to the galleries, include a whole new gallery featuring a full wedding from getting ready the morning of the wedding to the last dance of the night and a few shots from a day-after couple's session.  And a blog update is coming soon, too, so to say things have been "busy" around here would be a bit of an understatement.

In the midst of all this time behind the computer, I found a little bit of time here and there to slip out to the shelter and hang out with the dogs for a little while.  I had the opportunity to visit during a big intake last week and got lots of sweet photos of the newest pups at the shelter.  I'm always amazed by how sweet and friendly the dogs are when they come in.  Of course, they're a bit scared and nervous, as would be expected, but at the same time, they somehow seem to know they're in a safe place.  Things will only get better for them at this point and they seem to realize that somehow.  You can see it in their eyes - a sense of peace and relief that balances out the nerves and anxiety of being in yet another unfamiliar place.

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Twinkie and Sancho, excited to meet their new shelter-mates.

"northern california family dog rescue"
"northern california family dog rescue"
"northern california family dog rescue"

A lot of the dogs at the shelter come in as strays from all across the state.  Intake can be a bit chaotic but the shelter is prepped and ready with the necessary collars, tags, and paper work by the time the dogs arrive.

"northern california family dog rescue"
"northern california family dog rescue"

Gotta get a good "before" shot!  After an inspection and a dose of flea and tick meds, a little bit of grooming is sometimes needed.

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The new dogs get lots of love and cuddles from the volunteers as soon as they arrive.

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"northern california family dog rescue"

"Can I come home with you?"

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"northern california family dog rescue"
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"northern california family dog rescue"

If you thought shelters only had "mutts" you'd be sorely mistaken.  Yorky?  Check!  Akita puppy?  Check!  Sweet and friendly shitzu?  Check and check!
  
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"northern california family dog rescue"
"northern california family dog rescue"
"northern california family dog rescue"

If you're interested in adopting, fostering, or volunteering and would like to meet any of the pups in person, just schedule an appointment on Northern California Family Dog Rescue website.

Happy Weekend!
xo


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3.27.2014

Sneak Peek | Nathalie & John

In addition to a website and blog revamp, I'm also working on finishing up Nathalie & John's sweet elopement this week.  Honestly, San Francisco City Hall, can your light be any more beautiful?

"San Francisco City Hall elopement photography"
"San Francisco City Hall elopement photography"
xo

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3.26.2014

Yosemite Engagement | Melissa & Ryan

Melissa and Ryan, two active-duty Air Force officers who've served their country proudly for more than 9 years now, love hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors together.  So it was only fitting that these two lovebirds, who planned to marry at Evergreen Lodge, chose to do their engagement session in Yosemite National Park, too.

"engagement photos in yosemite"

Melissa is one sweet-but-badass lady.  You know those big military cargo planes?  The C-17s?  The cockpit of one of those bad boys is her "office."  And Ryan?  He's a meteorologist . . . and Special Ops guy who does all kinds of cool stuff.  (Well, I'm assuming it's cool stuff but he can't really talk about it in detail though.  It's that kind of cool stuff.)  They've been together since 2005 but because of the many deployments that come with a military career, the two didn't even live in the same state until 2012.  Seven years of long distance.  Seven years of long, late-night phone calls and missed dinners together.  Of sleeping alone and dozing off to thoughts of your loved one, hundreds of miles away and dozing off to thoughts of you.  Needless to say, these two are fierce, courageous, loyal, strong, and all-around good people.

Ryan proposed in the summer of 2011.  The two still weren't living together quite yet, but there was a light at the end of the tunnel.  About a year later, they moved to Washington together.  Finally!  To celebrate, Melissa planned a weekend getaway to Yosemite for the couple to relax and be together.  The beauty and peacefulness of Yosemite called to these two nature lovers.  They decided then and there to have their wedding in Yosemite, too.  A few months later, Melissa & Ryan made the trip down from Washington again to cement some final wedding planning details.  We decided that would be the perfect opportunity for their engagement session as well, so I drove up to meet them for an evening of photos in Yosemite Valley.  Half Dome was shining brightly in the setting sun but nothing could top the glow of Melissa's smile, which basically never left her face as long as Ryan was by her side.

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"engagement photos in yosemite"



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xo

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3.25.2014

Twosday | Spring Flowers

"yellow ranunculus"
"orange and black ranunculus"


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For those of you new to the Twosday link-up, the rules are simple:

1. Share two photos every Tuesday with minimal (if any) words.

2. Remember to grab the button below or link back in your post so more people can join the Twosday party.

3. Visit 2 other entries and share some love.  Let's support and encourage each other to pick up our cameras (or phones!) and play a little!

Twentieth Street

April Themes:

"twentieth street photography link up"
 (like what I did there with that picture?)

Last Week's Most Viewed: Just Add Tea

"twosday link up office theme"


Add your link below!



xo

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3.21.2014

Happy Weekend & Some Web Love

Happy weekend lovelies!  This week was off to a rough start for me for some reason so I'm super glad it's Friday.  And it's the first weekend of spring, which makes it double awesome.  This afternoon, I'm shooting a romantic elopement at City Hall and tomorrow, an engagement session at Moss Beach so I'm thinking Sunday will be perfect for relaxing with my books.  Yes, plural.  I'm currently alternating between Quiet and the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series.  (Gotta love the public library!)  Not necessarily the most exciting of my weekend plans but I'm definitely looking forward to it nonetheless.

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And now for something completely different...

\\ I went to the shelter to document intake yesterday.  Lots of sweet puppies came in to join all the other love bugs currently living there.  I've really come to love volunteering there so much but as much as I love the pups & get a bit attached, I find myself hoping they're not there when I return each week because that means they've found a forever home.

\\ This is basically how I clean house, too.  Minus the leopard kaftan.

\\ Good advice for attending a wedding in our tech-crazed age.  Oh, and that "nightmare" mentioned at the beginning?  Yeah, that's actually happened to me before...

\\ So NASA figured out when the world will end, and it's way sooner than I'd like.

\\ The power of love, and finding it again when once it was lost.

\\ Breaking News: Cookie Monster's real name is Sid!

\\ Whatever you just said right now, you probably mispronounced it.

\\ Oh, by the way parents, you're probably doing a better job than you give yourself credit for so, congrats!

Any big plans for you this weekend?

xo


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3.20.2014

You Want To Know What's Changed Since We Got Married?

Commercials.  No, really, hear me out.  Before, the people in the commercials weren't people I saw as my demographic.  They weren't me.  They were moms and dads with kids.  They had careers instead of just jobs.  And actual responsibilities to others, not just themselves.  And they worried about things like, which laundry detergent gets clothes the cleanest and whether swiffer would really cut back on their chore time.  They chose their cars based on safety ratings and whether car seats would fit properly.  The people in those commercials were definitely not me, nor any of my friends.

And then I got married.

"wedding dress at rustic cabin"
Now?  Now I see commercials and think, "That guy is my age.  This commercial is trying to reach my demographic.  When did these commercials stop trying to reach my mom's demographic and come after me instead?"

When I got married, that's when.

Well, not immediately upon saying I do, but shortly thereafter for sure.  I slowly started recognizing people I know in commercials - like, literally recognizing people (I did go to a theatre school, after all) and seeing people I knew "back when" who were now playing wives and mothers and husbands and fathers and all those roles "older" actors used to be cast in.  And then I realized, I recognized the people in those commercials metaphorically, too.  They were my friends, my colleagues, my clients.  Me.

At first, it was strange to notice.  I mean, they're commercials.  Why the eff am I paying that much attention to commercials?  The fact that I even noticed I was noticing was weird, too.  But then, it really sunk in.  I've entered a new phase in life.  A new chapter.  My life isn't just about me anymore.  I am not number one anymore.  We are.  'We' are the priority now.  Not 'I'.

If you'd asked 22-year old Stephanie -the girl who most definitely did not identify with the people in the commercials- what she thought about making someone else priority numero uno, she would've laughed in your face.  And with good reason.  That girl had just somehow managed to fully support herself while also paying for college full time.  That girl was just doing her best to balance multiple jobs and remain independent in the Windy City.  That girl had no patience for anyone or anything and had a hard time softening the edges, if you know what I mean.

And then, that girl grew up.  And she got married.

But a funny thing happens when you get married.  What I failed to realize before was that when you get married, you promise to put 'we' before 'I', it's true, but you're not the only one.  Someone else is standing right there beside you promising to do the very same thing, day after day for the rest of your life.  And it's not just any Joe Shmoe off the street telling you this.  We all know anyone can say just about anything - words are wind.  But, no.  That's not the deal here.  The someone telling you this is someone you love and trust like none other and with all your heart, so you know they mean it.  It's like this awesome magical safety net that appears out of nowhere.  And guess what?  Because you've promised to do this for each other, you're both free to let go of all that selfishness and make room for all the awesomeness that awaits you in your life together.

And before you know it, even commercials have a new meaning.

xo

(PS - Linking up with Nicole.)


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3.19.2014

Engaged | Jamie & Ben

Jamie & Ben chose to start their colorful fall engagement session at their family home, where their wedding will also take place later this summer, followed by a trip to Picchetti Winery to wrap up the evening.

"Cupertino engagement photos"
A cuddle with their sweet pup Stella and a drink to calm the nerves.  Not a bad way to start the session, I'd say.  After a little liquid courage, we headed out to the yard to take advantage of the beautiful fall colors.  Fall is Jamie's favorite season, after all.

The two held each other close, snuggled tightly against the crisp November chill, and soon learned that the session that made them so nervous just a short while ago wasn't truly about "getting perfect photos" after all; it was about just being together.  Holding each other, whispering to each other, soaking each other in and being fully present for one another.  Just for a little while.  Just for couple of hours, before the stresses and worries of normal day-to-day life come creeping back in and the never-ending list of To-Do's reclaims their attention.  For just a little while -one hundred and twenty fleeting minutes to be exact- the only thing either of them needed to focus on was each other.  Nothing else.  Because nothing else mattered.  Nothing else was important.  Just them, Jamie and Ben, and their love for each other.  Because in the end, isn't that all that really matters anyway?

"Cupertino engagement photos"
"Cupertino engagement photos"
"Cupertino engagement photos"
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"San Francisco engagement photos"
"San Francisco engagement photos"
"San Francisco engagement photos"
"San Francisco engagement photos"

We took a short break for a wardrobe change before heading to our second location, a nearby winery.  Ben used the time to pick the season's last veggies from their garden and, of course, sweet Stella was not far behind.  Lucky me got to take a whole baggie full of freshly picked tomatoes, peppers, and other goodies home at the end of the evening.

"San Francisco engagement photos"
"San Francisco engagement photos"
"engagement photos at Picchetti Winery"
"engagement photos at Picchetti Winery"
"engagement photos at Picchetti Winery"
xo


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