Jennifer and Dayton are a San Francisco City Hall wedding couple that found us in a unique way.

In 2012, we met Jennifer while photographing a wedding at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose.

Jennifer was doing the bride’s makeup. Here’s a flashback of our bride Theresa with Jennifer, her make up artist.

Jennifer makeup artist

 

Bridal rooms are often cramped and this one at Hayes Mansion was no exception. We end up working very closely alongside makeup artists and hairstylists as we begin our wedding day coverage and they put the finishing touches on a fresh and excited bridal party.

 

Jennifer makeup artist

 

We do our best to cover these moments completely, without taking over the energy of the room. It’s always reassuring to hear from wedding industry vendors, years later, who have remembered us, followed our work, and are ready to book us for their own wedding.

We knew that Jennifer’s makeup would be flawless. We didn’t know it would be daring and bold as well. A dark, edgy lip color made Jennifer stand out in an otherwise classic strapless lace dress with a striking sweetheart neckline and mermaid shape. Dayton’s grey suit paired confidently with stylish navy details and complimented the deep range of indigo and violet hues in both the bride’s bouquet and the blue-green tones of her hair color.

Not all of our wedding couples are looking for full day coverage and especially for San Francisco City Hall weddings we tend to cover just a few hours with ceremony coverage, a little after time for family portraits, and often some time for just the bride and groom at a nearby San Francisco location that suits the couple.

We met up with Jennifer and her fiance Dayton at the Palace of Fine Arts right before their San Francisco City Hall wedding appointment time for a brief first look and a chance to connect and get the giggles out before their ceremony.

 

Palace of Fine Arts wedding photos

 

Palace of Fine Arts wedding photos

 

Palace of Fine Arts

 

Once at San Francisco City Hall, we had time for a couple images of the couple between signing the paperwork and meeting with a Justice of the Peace.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

Their ceremony was held on the rotunda at the top of the grand staircase. Family and friends gathered to witness their vows and offer enthusiastic congratulations.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

Then the bride and groom let loose on the steps of San Francisco’s famed City Hall building.

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

It was a beautiful day in San Francisco for Jennifer & Dayton’s city hall wedding.

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

When Jennifer & Dayton came in to the studio to choose artwork for their home, they decided on this image in canvas of them on the 4th floor of City Hall.

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

Unfortunately, using the available cropping guide for canvas gallery wraps cut off their feet.

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

Fortunately, Mischa was able to extend the sides of the image and keep a more appealing crop of the bride & groom.

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

In addition to the original version, Mischa offered two artistically interpretive options for the clients to consider at no additional charge.

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

Which is your favorite version?

We hope you enjoyed this post and continue to follow our work.

~ Mischa & Brie

In May of 2016, we had the great pleasure of photographing Chelsea & Reid’s Catta Verdera wedding.

Catta Verdera wedding

It’s coming up on their first wedding anniversary and we have been finalizing their album images and layout with them. You may remember their album cover photo from this previous post.

From the details, to the ceremony, to the first dance, Chelsea and Reid lovingly picked their favorite images from the day for us to retouch and lay out into a cohesive set. In these photos you will see their signature color, a rich blue, repeated throughout their details. You will see Chelsea’s glowing bridal grin, Reid’s reserved expressions but doting gaze for Chelsea. These photographs tell the story of their wedding day.

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

 

 

Catta Verdera first look

 

Catta Verdera first look

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

 

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

 

Catta Verdera wedding

From the excited energy of getting ready through the whirlwind of emotions that is a wedding day, Chelsea and Reid never left each other’s sides.

Photographing their Catta Verdera wedding was a memorable day of laughter and tears and we can’t wait to present them with their completed album and know that they have these memories to cherish and share as the years go by.

 

Sacramento headshots with Mischa are a great way to get multiple, polished looks in one brief shoot. Mary Alice came in with her husband Scott and they both got headshots at the same time.

Mischa used a nearby park for lush greenery in the background and an outfit change to add variety.

These are my four favorites, though honestly, Mary Alice is as kind and warm in person as she is breathtaking in photographs, and it was really hard to cut any.

Sacramento headshots

 

When Mary Alice felt her smile was too stiff in stationary posing, Mischa started having her walk the path to capture more natural movement.

Sacramento headshots

 

Sacramento headshots

 

sacramento headshots

 

If you or someone you know needs to update their professional imagery, we offer the best quality Sacramento headshots.

Scott and his wife Mary Alice contacted us for updated headshots. Having an out-dated or low quality headshot simply isn’t putting your best foot forward in an age where so much of our interactions are virtual. Choosing the right photographer is the first step in getting updated headshots that you love. Especially with headshot portraits, connection with the photographer is important. Mary Alice and I met in a local mom fitness group here in Sacramento and it’s amazing how often I meet folks in social situations and end up hearing from them in a professional capacity. Sometimes we’re just waiting for the right connection to finally move forward with something we’ve been meaning to do.

Let’s get to the photos already.

Here’s the image Scott liked best from the outdoor portion of his session. There’s a park near our studio that has beautiful foliage and plenty of variety.

updated headshots

Scott has a new book coming out. He’s a man of many talents.

Although the original image is a horizontal rectangle, we can easily crop it for the dimensions Scott needs for his author photo.

updated headshots

Every headshot file we provide comes with a custom black and white conversion.

After the session began, Scott told Mischa that he really liked the look of high contrast studio portraits and the next image is a product of that re-direction in the session.

updated headshots

 

Not all photographers are created equal. When finding a headshot photographer, it’s important to consider the range of talents and capabilities they are offering for the price. Lighting like this is a statement.

updated headshots

If you don’t love your current headshot, what are you waiting for? These sessions are quick and relatively painless. We have tips on what to wear, referrals for professional hair stylists & make-up artists and offer sessions in studio, on-location or a combination of both. We’d love to hear from you and can often accommodate same day sessions mid-week depending on your urgency.

Mariah, Pete and Bubba live down the street from our studio and would pass by our storefront windows on regular neighborhood walks. They found themselves in the market for Sacramento newborn photography and stopped in to introduce themselves. Little Miss Piper Rose made her family wait for her arrival and we were delighted to hear that she had made her debut and was ready for Mischa to visit.

We picked a day and started the session on their family bed.

Mariah and Pete wanted to include their “first son” Bubba in the newborn photos.

Even though he’s not usually allowed on the bed. We think the pictures are worth it.

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

Next we posed Piper with some simple personal items as props.

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

The best props are usually parents. Adoring looks are a bonus.

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

Her expression here makes this one of my favorites.

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

As a parent, the feeling I get when I see this image of Pete holding his baby girl is warm and wistful. It’s definitely one of my favorites.

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

Piper was such a natural and happy to keep sleeping after we got what we set out to get, that there was a bit of extra time for additional props and poses. Our rustic bucket made an appearance.

 

Sacramento Newborn Photography

 

The contrasting textures of baby soft skin and loosely woven cloth give this one visual interest.

Sacramento Newborn Photography

This is on the front of the custom announcements that Mischa designed:

Sacramento Newborn Photography

and the back:

 

 

We love the opportunity to connect with other parents through Sacramento newborn photography. And we especially love it when they include their awesome pets. We hope you enjoyed our new friends and neighbors, Mariah, Pete, Bubba and baby Piper.