Weekends for photographers, especially in the fall, are usually our busiest days.

This past weekend for us was a whirlwind of faces, details, and celebrations and it was our job to capture it all. If I haven’t mentioned it yet, or enough, to get the point across… I love my job. (Mischa does too, he told me). Being photographers is what we’re meant to do.

On Friday, Mischa started his day photographing a commercial headshot on location at Cal Berkeley, swung by Wunderlich Park in Redwood City for a family session with former wedding clients and their adorable 9 month old, and ended the day with a 2017 wedding couple for their engagement session in San Francisco. (I drove our kids to my mom’s house in Santa Cruz which wasn’t so much a paid gig, but totally necessary to accommodate our schedule – on the way, our toddler got a haircut and I posted an instagram pic, but that was pretty much the extent of shooting for me.)

On Saturday, I was the second shooter for a dear friend and fellow photographer at a lovely event at the Faculty Club in Berkeley, while Mischa photographed an event at Mondavi Winery

On Sunday, we finally got to rendezvous and shoot a wedding together at the Los Altos History Museum. Honestly, when the kids are with a sitter and we get to put on nice clothes, it’s like a date, even when we are working – because we very much love what we do and when we get to spend time together doing it.

While we did take time out to watch the debate together, it’s Monday night now and once again, Mischa is one place (putting the kids to bed) and I’m another (downloading cards, getting a blog post up…and half-watching a couple of episodes in my streaming queue {John Oliver & The Simpsons if you’re wondering})

Such is the expectation we have for the days that most people consider relaxing days off, weekends for photographers are busy. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

There are SO. MANY. MOMENTS from this weekend swirling in my head. I wish I had the time to cultivate thoughtful ways to share more, but tonight, I am just going to post this one. The very last photo from a very long series of shoots. Straight out of camera *no photoshop, no filters* Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too, enjoy

weekends for photographers

 

Mischa posted a version of this on our Instagram page from the back of the camera.

To all of our clients, past, present and future, we love spending our weekends with you!!

On a gorgeous Saturday in May, we took a drive down the Monterey Bay coastline to the Seaside golf course wedding of Janet and Pedro at Bayonet and Blackhorse. Seaside is a small town nestled between big-name coastal favorites: Big Sur, Carmel, and Santa Cruz and it shares their famously temperate weather and views of the bay. The ceremony was held on the golf course with a stunning panoramic view of the coast, and the reception was held inside the dining room, with windows facing the same breathtaking view. Chantal of Forma weddings was on hand to help make sure the details were perfect and the day ran smoothly.

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Angelina

 

wedding at Bayonet & Blackhorse

 

Janet got ready at a nearby home

makeup by Sarah

 

Pedro got ready in one of the offices at Bayonet & Blackhorse.

groom getting ready

We asked Janet & Pedro to help us spice up their blog post by answering some questions about their wedding experience and here’s what they had to say:

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Hard question! But our best part of our wedding was definitely the ceremony, so many emotions and honesty was seen in our eyes. It was a very special moment that will always be with us as well as the rest of our wedding day!

Seaside golf course wedding

Bayonet & Blackhorse wedding

 

Janet & Pedro ceremony

 

Bayonet & Blackhorse wedding

 

When we asked what their favorite images were, Janet answered:

“This is truly a hard question!!! All the images were so amazing!! Too hard to choose!! But if we must chose one of them all it would be one of the ones were we are surrounded by trees and the light of the sun is seen through the branches and we are right under it…”

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

We also asked, “What was unexpected that you loved?:
We were surprised on how beautiful the sunset looked and how amazing the picture were able to capture it! We both have always loved the way the Sunset looks and we were happy to have been able to take some pictures during that time of the day

 

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

Last, but not least, we asked them to describe their experience working with us….

Mischa & Brie were wonderful! This is the couple you want photographing and enjoying the wedding with you! They were professional and very casual, they listen to our opinions, they are funny and work well with each other. They were very creative together as well! Very kind too! Flexible with times too which we really appreciated it.

Here’s the last shot of the night:

light painting

The fantastic vendors involved in this Seaside golf course wedding were:

Venue & Catering: Bayonet and Black Horse

Florist: Betty’s Flowers & Gifts

Wedding Planner/coordinator: Chantal Forma, Forma Weddings

Hair: Socorro: 831-359-2997

Makeup: Sarah: 831-710-0992

DJ: Andre Higuera

Cake: Angelina’s Bakery

Wedding Dress: Diamond Bridal Gallery

Kelli and Dan described the feeling they were going for when planning their Delta Diamond Farm wedding as casual country.

It was a hot Summer day on the delta and guests were welcomed with lemonade, fans and and thoughtful rustic decor.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Kelli and Dan chose to have a quick first look before their guests arrived and the ceremony began. We arranged it in the courtyard between their getting ready cottages.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

A few minutes of canoodling and they were again separated to await their special ceremony.
Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

The florals were gorgeous, putting a glamorous spin on the casual country theme, and thoughtfully decorated both the bride and the ceremony space.

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

The ceremony itself was quite unique, in that it was arranged in a circle. The bride and groom were literally surrounded by family and friends while they vowed to faithfully love and care for each other.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

The reception was held in Delta Diamond Farm’s large open barn.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

In lieu of place cards, the seating chart was hand written on a rustic multi-paned window.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

The gift area was decorated with antiques and a large metal print from their engagement session with Mischa.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

The head table was lovingly decorated with paper and lace, flowers and crystal. Warmth and sparkle with a casual country feel. Delta Diamond Farm was the perfect location to pull off this style.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

The bridal party braved some pretty serious heat to support Kelli and Dan. These are true friends.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Dan couldn’t keep his eyes off his beautiful bride all day. Mid family-portrait, I caught this stolen kiss.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

We decided that we’d take a few of the bride and groom during the heat of the day, then postpone the rest for when the evening brought breezy relief.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

This is a great example of how much ambient light can affect the mood of a photograph. A similar pose a few hours later, and there’s a totally different feeling to the image. So dreamy and romantic in the sunset (both of these images are filter-free).

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Meanwhile, Mischa is using some off-camera flash to make a few of his signature “hero” images.

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

Delta Diamond Farm wedding

 

We are so glad that Kelli & Dan chose us to capture their circle ceremony, their barn reception, and their country casual event with rustic touches. We hope you enjoyed the images we shared from their Delta Diamond Farm wedding and you’ll let us know which are your favorites.

Exactly one month ago we had the pleasure of documenting the Lake Tahoe wedding of Tonia & Tom.

Toni got ready with her family and close friend Frankie at the Aston Lakeland Village Resort in South Lake Tahoe and Tom met us there for a first look on the pier. Both Toni and Tom were full of nerves.

Lake Tahoe first look

 

Lake Tahoe first look

 

But then they saw each other and the anxiety gave way to a special combination of relief and elation.

 

Lake Tahoe first look

 

Lake Tahoe first look

 

Lake Tahoe first look

 

Lake Tahoe first look

 

We continued photographing these lovebirds for about 10 minutes and captured some of the day’s most perfect moments on this pier. Both Toni and Tom described how happy they were about their decision to have a first look. By seeing each other and getting some time to connect without wedding logistics their stress was relieved, they were able to be more present and excited for the event itself.

Lake Tahoe first look

 

 

Lake Tahoe wedding

 

Lake Tahoe wedding

 

We piled in our cars and drove a short way over the stateline into Nevada for the ceremony & reception at Edgewood  Tahoe. The wind was strong but the weather was clear and warm. Before the guests began to arrive, we took more photos of Tom & Toni on the beach at Edgewood. There are so many favorites, I could hardly choose just a few to post.

Lake Tahoe wedding

 

Lake Tahoe wedding

 

Lake Tahoe wedding

 

Lake Tahoe wedding

 

The ceremony was held on Edgewood’s private beach, and it was perfection.

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We stole them away for a few more pictures as the high of being named husband and wife lingered fresh in their minds. Then they joined friends & family for cocktail hour.

Lake Tahoe wedding

 

It was a photography schedule we arranged during the planning appointment, breaking up the portraits into multiple brief sessions based on lighting and events rather than removing them from the festivities for one long hour right after the ceremony.  It worked well in no small part to the gorgeous venue and how easy it was to steal them away for a few minutes at a time.

Here’s a peek of what it looks like when Mischa is shooting with 5 minutes until sunset.

behind the scenes

 

behind the scenes

 

behind the scenes

 

Behind the scenes

 

behind the scenes

 

Celebrating and capturing Toni & Tom’s marriage was pure joy for us. Together, they are fun-loving and passionate, and committed to their families and each other. Congratulations TnT!

Lake Tahoe wedding

 

  • September 6, 2016 - 5:24 am

    Gayla (Chiriaco( Allen - Wow….I’m blown away by these gorgeous photos. So much more than I could have ever imagined. Great job you two. ♥

Mischa and I made the move from San Francisco to Sacramento 5 years ago. The decision to relocate had so many factors, we wanted to expand our business to include a storefront and we REALLY wanted to move our client meeting space out of our living room. We also had dreams of buying a home, getting married, and starting a family together. Our move to Sacramento made all of those dreams come true, and then some. What we didn’t expect to fall in love with about Sacramento is the sense of community. We are so thankful to all the families we’ve met, in our relatively short time here, Sacramento family portraits have proven to be some of our very favorite sessions to photograph.

Edie & Lloyd’s family is a highlight of our 2016 Sacramento family portraits. If Edie looks familiar, it could be due to her high profile as a KCRA news anchor. It’s no wonder she has won the hearts of viewers, she’s really delightful. Edie wanted to try and find some specific wildflowers to incorporate into the shoot, and Mischa did a little scouting to find just the right space.

After the shoot, Edie sent us a note, which read in part–
Thank you so much for the time and care you took in making sure the shoot would be perfect. It meant a lot to me to find California poppies, which always remind me of my dad. He never got to meet my youngest daughter, but he would have loved her. She’s named for him and I truly love the photos of her with the poppies. You captured so much love, joy and friendship between my girls and with us as a family. I had hoped to have some images that would freeze this moment in time, when both of my girls are little and changing so quickly. You exceeded every hope I had, and these are photos we will treasure.”

Here are a few of our favorites from Edie & Lloyd’s Sacramento family portraits,

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits

 

Sacramento family portraits