We love finding out that our photos have been published.

Sacramento Magazine’s “Our Wedding” Summer/Fall 2016 edition features images by Mischa Purcell of Mischa Photography.

Here’s the layout in the print version:

 

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and a link to the online version: http://ourweddingmag.com/wine-country-chic/

Our team on this shoot was:

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mischa Photography

STYLING & DESIGN: Heirloom Affairs and Mischa Photography  

VENUE: Rancho Victoria Vineyard

GOWN: La Soie Bridal

TUXEDO: Tuxedo Den

CAKE: Ingrid Fraser Elegant Cakes

FLORIST AND TABLE DESIGN: Heirloom Affairs

LINENS: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

RENTALS: Celebrations Party Rentals

STATIONERY: Angela Dal Bon, Invitations Ink

MAKEUP & HAIR: Henna Moods

MODELS: Karly Falkenberg and Tyler McKinney

Here are the individual images:

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If you’re considering a stylized project to feature your talents and are interested in having us provide the photography, let us know! When we’re not photographing real weddings, engagements and families, we love collaborating with models and wedding industry professionals to network, get creative, and expand our portfolios.

Thanks to Facebook’s history feature, I was reminded this morning that we got the keys to the Sacramento photo studio location 5 years ago today. Which threw me down a rabbit hole of reminiscing and pulling up old photos.

We became the first owners to occupy the building at 2794 21st Street in some time – it had been renter occupied as all sorts of different businesses for years – we’ve gathered tidbits of its history along the way, many through the anecdotes of 37 year neighbor  (not 37 year old neighbor) Patrick McCormack of Patrick’s Barber Shop. He’s the best neighbor and neighborhood watch we could ask for. If you have any stories of your experiences to add to our building’s historical timeline, we’d love to hear them!

The oldest photos I could find come from Jocelyn Munroe Isidro’s book: Sacramento’s Land Park. http://www.amazon.com/Sacramentos-Land-Park-Images-America/dp/0738529656

These are photos from her book:

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For fun, I did a super quick recreation of these images today:

 

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(I pulled Mischa away from his desk and didn’t let him change his shirt or look in a mirror for this)

 

When we purchased the building in 2011, it was the location of California Upholstery, The Country Bear, Legacy Tattoo & Girlfriends Hair Salon.

These are exterior photos from the real estate listing:

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We took on the project knowing that the location, size, and potential of the building were exactly what we were looking for. This would not be a short or easy process.

Slowly but surely we tackled one project and then the next. In the 5 years since we started, we’ve learned more than we bargained for about our style and what’s important to us. Here are some highlights:

The kitchen is awesome, style and function from the counter tops ( vogue quartzite ) to the range (Capital Culinarian), it was our first major project. (ahem, priorities)

We have a hidden bookcase door. (this was a life long dream come true)

After the unavoidable basics, (code compliance, windows, roof repair, heating & cooling) decorating the studio space was at the top of our to do list

Decorating our personal space is an embarrassingly low priority – besides the fridge – which is covered in photo magnets.

 

Here are some extremely satisfying before & after photos to give you an idea of what we did and how our studio looks today:

 

Looking out towards 21st Street. The day we got the keys, May 16, 2011. We discovered the old front door and decided we’d like to use that as an entrance again. Compared with the same view today.

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This is the view from the current front doors, looking into the building. Old asbestos popcorn ceiling had to go in favor of safe & gorgeous tin ceiling tiles. Raised parquet floors were removed and the concrete floor underneath was finished with a metallic epoxy. The access door to the studio and offices in back was moved to the right hand side and decorated to camouflage into the interior design. I don’t see these types of design ideas in my head the way Mischa can, so I did a lot of trusting and hoping (and drinking) during that first year of ownership.

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This is the wall with the old door – looking out on our parking lot and the railroad crossing. You can even see our old logo on our 2 door company car, both of which have since been replaced with classier, more useful versions that reflect where we are now (ahem – brand recognition & car seats)

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We were so stoked to discover the brick hiding under this wall-papered particle board wall. Replacing the windows helped with not only the heating & air conditioning, but the noise from the trains as well.

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Comparing these two images, there are almost more differences than there are similarities. It is so satisfying to see the work we put in and realize the vision Mischa could see the whole time. We’re all set up for consults and product display in the front, fully controlled studio lighting in the back and Mischa even makes his own frames here… even our front yard looks a million times better. I can’t imagine what we’ll have accomplished in another 5 years!

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Please come and visit us when you have the chance. Whether it’s for your own portrait session, to see what we’re working on today and snuggle the baby (Nico will be 5 months old on the 24th!) or just to check out the rest of the studio and see what we’ve done to the house. There are cold drinks in the fridge and always a story or two to share.

See you soon!

~ Brie & Mischa

On Earth Day, 2016, I had the pleasure of photographing an intimate beach wedding at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California.

Jess and Eric are the proud parents of two adorable girls, and Jess is truly a super mom. I have photographed lots of brides getting ready, but never have I witnessed such a selfless woman, putting the needs of her babies before her own comfort. Her youngest, Marley, is just 3 months old and exclusively breastfed, there was no question that Jess would make sure she was full before lacing her dress.

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Or that she would continue to hold her baby girl as the dress was tightened.

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Jess & Eric’s older daughter, Jules, missed her nap, but that didn’t stop her from being adorable.

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The forecast called for rain and it poured all morning. Though we were all a bit nervous for what the evening would bring, the puddles were beginning to dry up when we arrived at the beach. How gorgeous is this beach bride!?

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Jess’ “Poppy” walked her down the aisle and spoke words that Jess said will be with her forever,

“I’m not giving her away. This is just a lifetime lease”.

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When Jess talked about her wedding photo wish list to me months before, she described a wide shot of everyone in two half circles. When I asked her to tell be about some of her favorite images, this one made the list:

“OMG, Jules is reaching out to touch Marley’s face! It was already my fave pic of everyone, but now it’s extra special!”

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Little Miss Jules decided that she wanted to be held mid-ceremony. Jess didn’t skip a beat, swooped up her little girl, and still looked like a goddess doing it.

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Jess & Eric had a little something special planned for the end of their ceremony… a celebratory shot. Jess explains:

“The significance of the drinks was that the first night I finally got Eric to hang out with me outside of work we drank an entire bottle of Jack just the two of us, so our marriage started the way our relationship did – a shot of JD on a Friday night!”

 

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This isn’t their official “first kiss”, but it’s my favorite of the kiss photos at the ceremony. From my perspective, it was a spontaneous display of affection. Jess gave me the low down:

“That wasn’t just a random hug and kiss after we first became husband and wife, that was me hugging him to quietly {tell him a personal secret inappropriate for a public blog} and then us laughing about it.

This is my favorite of the series, because of Jules in the background watching her mommy & daddy.

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Now, as you can see, the weather held out and we were all pretty stoked that there wasn’t a downpour.

Little did we know, it was about to get spectacular.

From a sudden warm glow

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To the beginnings of a decent sunset.

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Then a rainbow appeared

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Then the sky got more intense and the rain started again, but only lightly, almost magically.

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And then, the rainbow became a double. For real. It was an amazing moment to be alive.

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I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Earth Day indeed.

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We had just a few moments left of light and I snapped a few shots of beautiful Jess, my barefoot bride.

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It was a rare moment without her kids in her arms, so I suggested that Eric seize the opportunity.

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The glorious sunset and rainbows put us all in a fabulous mood and we made our way back to the beach house to hose off the sand and enjoy cocktails and desserts. Upon the relentless insistence of the bride & groom, I stayed a while after my official time had ended and enjoyed a margarita and some cupcakes.

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I am so honored to be part of what Jess remembers of her wedding day:

“My favorite quote of the day, that I’ve actually played over in my head about a million times since because I love it so much…(It may be my new life motto lol) was “We can fix almost anything in Photoshop, but I can’t Photoshop happiness”. It totally made me focus on how happy I really was right then, all the bs and prep aside.

Now Mischa wants to add it to our website.

That’s cool with me, everytime I remember Jess & Eric’s intimate beach wedding, I smile, remembering how magical it was to be there.

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  • May 10, 2016 - 10:40 am

    Jessie Weigum - I literally got goosebumps and teared up a little! It was such a special day and you captured it beautifully.

  • May 10, 2016 - 12:55 pm

    Susan Bibler Kolk - Love the pictures. I managed to stay out of all posted ones!

  • May 10, 2016 - 12:58 pm

    Melissa Bierer Parker - Absolutely amazing. The pics with the water are amazing finish to a gorgeous wedding. I love how you captured the moments with the girls. Great job!!

Sometimes the ones you love don’t all live under one roof anymore. It’s then that photographs as wall art are even more important.

We ventured to Half Moon Bay for this extended family portrait session.

Mina & Paul Cole have three handsome grown sons, a gorgeous and sweet daughter-in law, one incredibly adorable grandson and a beloved nearly-daughter-in-law. Their hearts are full to say the least.

Mina, loving matriarch of the Cole family, found us on a very special day in her life, the wedding of her eldest son. (See our blog post of their wedding here)

During the reception, she told us she’d be calling us for family portraits someday, and she was absolutely true to her word.

We scheduled the on-location family session for a bit of a destination for all of us, Half Moon Bay. Mina’s husband is an Assistant Fire Chief and works with Cal Fire in Half Moon Bay so they have lots of fond memories of visits through the years, especially at one beach spot.

Mina envisioned portraits of her favorite people at her favorite place, decorating her home for years to come. An extended family portrait session specifically geared towards wall art. That’s exactly what we love to hear and were excited to help make happen.

We met up with the Coles about an hour before sunset and took a short walk to a beautiful bluff overlooking the ocean. The weather was a bit misty, which is characteristic of Half Moon Bay, and we all hoped the sun might make an appearance on the horizon eventually.

We started off with some posed group photos to warm everyone up.

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We had a mental list of groupings that were important to Mina, and started in right away. Getting a photo with all the gentlemen in her life.

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It wasn’t long before the boys had loosened up and their personalities started to shine through.

Here, loving on their mama

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Cracking themselves up

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This is the image they decided to order as a 24″ x 20″ wall portrait.

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On Mina’s request, Mischa artistically retouched this family portrait image beyond the look of a traditional photograph. This is the version that will grace their walls in a gorgeous custom frame:

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It was time for an outfit change and a walk down to the beach. So we had a few minutes to photograph the family interacting. This image made the final cut and will remind us all how small little Paulie was last Fall. (personally, it also reminds me how many times I sang “the Itsy Bitsy Spider” during their session to get his attention and make him smile)

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How gorgeous is this family and this beach! This is another one of the images they chose to print and display in their home. Rather than change the aesthetic of this image, they decided to leave it natural. It has a custom frame as well and is more than just a photo on the wall at 60″ x 30″.

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We took advantage of the empty beach and increasingly beautiful light to capture some individual portraits of Mina & her family.

This one of Mina got a special artistic treatment before printing. Here’s the original:

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Here’s the artistically retouched version, following Mina’s request for “purples” and the freedom to design an art piece without being confined to reality:

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Working together with our clients to create the art pieces that they want for their homes is so fulfilling. Getting to collaborate and use our talents to inspire daily happiness when they see these images, is what it’s all about for us.

Shooting is a really good time too. You can see how seriously we take ourselves in the expressions we get from our subjects.

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And you can see that the sunset finally cooperated too. This was one of  the last images of the night. A stunning image for a very special family.

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Not long after this session, we found out that this family is expecting a new member in 2016, a little girl, Mina’s first granddaughter. She will grow up seeing these images on the walls of her grandparents’ house and we couldn’t be prouder.

We hope you enjoyed this Half Moon Bay extended family portrait session and that it inspires you to decorate your own home with images of the ones you love.

Families are ever changing. Little Greg and his family scheduled a photo shoot to capture the last days before he’d become a big brother. Little Greg’s daddy is a fireman, so we visited him at work for a fun, fire station themed session.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from being parents to a little boy, it’s that trucks are a big deal.
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Little Greg is a BIG helper. Practicing for big brother duties, no doubt.

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The colors and textures of the fire station were fun to play with. Little Greg was happy to show off the hoses and rear-step simultaneously. He’s such a snappy dresser too!

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Incorporating the engine in a family portrait was a treat! Little Greg seems to be enjoying it as well. This image will be gracing the walls of their home as a 30″ x 20″ metal print.

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We use a lot of different aesthetics during one session. Choosing the right lens for each image is both an art and a skill. Especially when space is tight, like in the cab of an engine. Being able to set up shots quickly and fluidly is crucial when working with kids.

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Making time to have professional photos taken where your family is today means that you’ll be able to revisit these moments as your family grows and evolves.

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Looking back at this session from just a few months ago, and their dynamic has already changed so much. This wonderful family welcomed a baby girl shortly after having their fire station themed session.

If Little Greg is anything like our boys, he’s already too big to fit into this outfit. Though she looks stunning while pregnant, Little Greg’s mama is likely relieved to be out of maternity clothes… and really glad she has photographs to remember this special day.

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