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A Cornerstone Sonoma Wedding : Colorful and Cheerful

What a sweet and lovely wedding! Stephanie & John-Paul had a candy-colored wedding at the lovely Cornerstone Sonoma.  The bride and her friends were true DIYers and handmade nearly all of the decorations, accents and details of this adorable wedding. From the bouquet, to the beaded sash, from the banners to the ribbon decor, these lovely little touches infused color and handmade charm in the ceremony.

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Modern Tintypes : A new offering

I am so, so excited to finally unveil the project I’ve been working on. The Modern Tintype. Tintypes are a photographic process dating to the mid 1800’s and were one of the first quick and relatively easy photographic portrait processes. I’ve taken this process and adapted it to the contemporary portrait using a combination of modern digital negatives and vintage darkroom techniques.

My tintypes are hand coated with a photographic emulsion onto a prepared small, thin metal plate and exposed in the darkroom. Every emulsion is different creating unexpected and diverse results. The imperfections and variations are part of the beauty of the process and make every image a one-of-a-kind work of art. I then hand make and finish a block frame (this is in a piece of reclaimed walnut) that can be set on a table top or hung on a wall.


These are a labor of love, as each image can take many hours to create the final product. I owe a great deal of thanks to my close friend Brian Gaberman for helping me navigate the darkroom again and for sharing his tips on these alternative photographic techniques. (go look at his personal work for some of his ambrotypes)

I think these are a truly unique offering and are really well suited for weddings and children’s portraits. These will be available as an add-on to every wedding package and portrait package  and also available as a stand-alone session.  I can even create a tintype for you from a past session if the images are appropriate for the medium. If you are curious about them or want to add one to your wedding or portrait package, please contact me for pricing and availability.

I’ll also be printing some larger fine art pieces in the near future, so if these interest you please keep an eye out for those as well.

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Family Day: What a sunday morning looks like.

I’m not terribly good about sharing things on this here blog. I like to share my sessions and things I find interesting but never actually find the time to write too much. I’m not much of a “words” person, I suppose, but mostly I think that it’s because I’m really *busy* living my life. I used to be so tense, trying to cram all the things in, working non-stop, answering emails at all hours of the night… But lately I’ve been slowing down. Call it age or necessity, it’s certainly been a blessing. I rarely work on a Sunday because that’s my family day. We make breakfast, maybe go for a bike ride, have tea in the afternoon and bake or prep for the upcoming week. It’s a little bit chaotic (as life with two boys tends to be) but it’s filled with giggles and naked babies and funny dances.  I hope you enjoy this little peek into my family.

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I’m starting to make some new sample albums from my 2011 weddings, and I’m having such a hard time choosing which weddings to use.  Every single wedding this year had such beautiful details, lovely venues and adorable couples that I decided to come straight to the source. Which weddings do YOU want to see as an album sample? After I tally all the votes, I’m going to randomly choose from the top couples.

The best part? The couple will get a small copy of the sample album and one lucky voter (that’s you!) can win either a leather photo cuff or a sterling photo keychain! You can use ANY photo of your choosing – yours, mine or even a vintage photo!

Look at these beautiful albums – Someone is going to love getting their hands on one of these! And how cute is the photo cuff and keychain? Totally cute.

Two ways to register your vote:

1) Visit my Facebook page and leave the link to the couple’s blog post.

2) Comment on their wedding blog post.

Be sure to tell me what you liked the best about their wedding or the photos!

 So scoot along and tell your friends! You have until Friday December 16th!!

Here are the weddings that I’m considering  “immortalizing” 🙂

 Deirdre & John

Guy & Laura

Caroline & Al

Chloe & Jonathan

Juliana & Phil

Sam & Angela

Jennifer & Michael

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  • Mary Ann Donnell - I love these photos and the narrative that goes with them.ReplyCancel

Jennifer & Michael – Rancho Wikiup, Wine Country Wedding

This was my most anticipated wedding of the season. When Jennifer and Michael and I met up, we just clicked. Something told me that their wedding was just going to be one of those events that I would be so honored to be a part of. It was a chilly November evening, with scattered rain. But the clouds didn’t dampen everyone’s excitement.

Jennifer basically had this expression all day – She just kept saying “i can’t believe it’s happening!”The ceremony was moved indoors since the rain was coming down. But everyone agreed that the “alternate” location was meant to be – surrounded (literally) by friends and family the couple was entered into marriage. I’m not gonna lie – this wedding had me shedding a few tears. Jennifer and Michael whispered their vows to each other. So sweet. Their little baby Harmony was their ring-bearer. Can you tell they were happy?

I love this location – This is the 2nd wedding I’ve shot here and I just adore it!Seriously, they were so much fun, too. pretty willing to do anything we asked!Rancho Wikiup are lovely old stables converted into guest houses and an even space. The rich old wood and protected courtyard make for a very lovely setting.This was one of the details that moved me – one of the little “themes” for their wedding was YUM and it stood for You, Us, Me – Their formula for a relationship. Always remembering the individuals and the couple that make up a marriage. We went outside once the rain stopped for a dance through some sparklers.Inside, for some yummy Sift cupcakes…and how cute is the little woodland scene for the cupcakes?And then some dancing with glowsticks and feather boas. Why not, right?Such a wonderful evening. Thank you again for having me be a part of your special day.


Wedding Planner: Marisa Manna, So-Eventful

Catering: Vintage Valley Catering

Cupcakes: Sift Cupcakes

Venue: Rancho Wikiup


Hair: Ashley Allred, Muse Salon

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