Jan 122015
 

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

Though I am a 5th generation Californian (born, raised, and then fled), I’d never connected the dots between Salinas and Ventura via highway 101 until this past December when I had the opportunity to photograph a second Stafford family wedding–this time, Jenna’s; a little over a year ago I photographed the first Stafford wedding, Jenna’s brother, Devin, in beautiful Yosemite Valley.

Jenna married Anthony in San Luis Obispo at The Monday Club on a spectacularly beautiful December day. Prep took place in her folks home in Los Osos, just a few blocks from Morrow Bay, where these two held their reveal. While exchanging vows, Anthony, a super intelligent engineer who, self admittedly, has difficulty making certain decisions (aka fast food meal-deal options)–contrasted this trait to the fact that he’s never second guessed his love for Jenna! The good vibes kept groovin’ into their reception with great food, dancing, and celebration!

Congrats Jenna and Anthony!

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

Dec 182014
 

Backpacking in Craters of the Moon National Park

My article describing the trek I took across Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve was just published online! Be sure and follow this link (here) so you can give it a read.

Better yet, support National Parks Conservation Fund by giving them a donation…and subscribe to their magazine!

You can watch a featured segment from our trek that was included in Outdoor Idaho’s special, 50 Years of Wilderness, via this link (here).

Sep 092014
 

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Over the Labor Day Weekend, I traveled down to Monterey, California, to photograph Serge and Katie’s wedding which was held at the Pasadera Nicklaus Club. The weather was spectacular, the venue felt like we were in an estate in Tuscany, and everyone had a fantastic time. Serge’s family moved to the United States from Russia and their wedding customs (yes, vodka drinking) added a great touch to their reception. Here are some images from their big day!

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Jul 082014
 

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

Anymore, my clientele is primarily referral based and on occasion I get the pleasure of working for the same family multiple times. So it has been with the Kristyn’s family! I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned this in the past, but, seeing how the point I’m about to make has been one of the best and unforeseen perks I’ve found being a photographer, I thought I’d mention it again–that the relationships photographers develop with clients isn’t typically a one time deal–they grow and blossom crossing generations, family members, and friends.

Having this opportunity to photograph for Kristyn and Neill is awesome–my third wedding in their family. They are such a fun couple and thankfully they trusted me to take them on a bit of a road trip through the North Bay Area stopping through places like Nicasio, Point Reyes Station, and a handful of road side pullouts for their engagement session. Their wedding, like all weddings, is going to be a fantastic reunion of family and friends and that I know so many of their family and friends makes this upcoming gig that much more exciting!

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

Jul 032014
 

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

In late June I met up with Lindsey and Patrick to photograph their engagement portraits. We had a great time traveling around the northern section of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate in Kirby Cove. I kept thinking about how the Sierra range some 150 miles east is well known as “The Range Of Light,” and what with those same light rays passing through San Francisco first-it’s no wonder such wonderful luminance exists there in the afternoon! I’m already looking forward to being back with this fantastic couple at the end of September for their wedding!

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Dec 052013
 

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

It’s difficult to call photographing “work” when Sarah and Devin are in front of the lens. Earlier this year, we met up in Mendocino to photograph their engagement session and a few weeks ago we were in Yosemite for their wedding. Needless to say, I like their taste for locations! Though Sarah had envisioned a white wedding in Yosemite National Park, she was treated to an amazing warm Fall day. She had Sorel boots as gifts for her bridesmaids and they tromped around the valley with them despite the lack of snow!

Their wedding was an intimate affair with close family and friends in attendance. Prep photos were at the Ahwahnee Hotel, their ceremony at the Yosemite Valley Chapel, and then the reception was held at the historic Wawona Hotel. It was a fantastic wedding day that flowed effortlessly. Once their reception was over, we all tried to bust it back to the valley before the 10pm cutoff as the final tunnel was going to be shut down for 2 hours for construction. We arrived at 10:07 and the road crew wouldn’t let us through. So, we kept the party going for two more hours at the road block with a portable speaker, whiskey, and lighting provided by the California Department of Transportation!

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

I thought I’d post this comment Sarah sent from their honeymoon visiting the National Parks in the Four Corners area of the desert southwest; it’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about me and my photography! Thank you Sarah!

We are currently in Colorado freezing our asses off…who knew the storm I was hoping for in Yosemite was going to roll in as we left on our Grand Circle Tour?!?!

Genuinely, we are soo thankful for your presence at our wedding, your AMAZING talent not-withstanding, you were a BRILLIANT, HILARIOUS, and WONDERFUL addition to our wedding weekend and we could not have pulled it off without you. Devin and I would also like to thank you for initiating our “tunnel party” and recording our first dance which I get to tell my grandchildren was to Sublime’s “Date Rape.” What a story that will be!

Seriously, Devin and I feel so blessed to have met you and had you as a part of our wedding. You felt much more like a guest doing us a favor than a vendor we had to cater to. If you EVER need a recommendation please feel free to give people my email, phone number, etc. I am happy to sing your praises any time that it is needed.

Sincerely,
Sarah and Devin