Part of my “goals” for 2014 is to keep my blog updated as best as possible! Last year I photographed 35 weddings and well over 40 engagement sessions and next to none made it to the blog! All made it to Facebook but none on the blog so I am starting fresh this year!!! I also have plans to slowly but surly do a little recap on each of 2013 sessions that have not been blogged…. but for now here is a glimpse at my very first engagement session for 2014! and what a way to start it out! This couple from the begining had some great, really fun ideas. I sometimes get caught between the motivation to not get stuck in a rut doing the same thing over and over yet maintaining the understanding that my clients book me for a reason and not to stray from that in order to not be “redundant” so sometimes keeping that balance is a personal challenge. So when Roxanne sent me her vision for this session I was SOOO excited. I was able to see what she saw and knew I could take those ideas and make them unique to them and stay within my style of photography. What a great way to start the new year!!
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I have had the pleasure of photographing several engagement proposals. It’s such an amazing way to be witness to the beginning of the wedding journey as well as the culmination. I partnered up with the amazing wedding planner, Amanda Vineyard of Vineyard Events and she and Tanner planned out this entire proposal from beginning to end!! All from long distance, Tanner and Toni are from Canada!!! Wow they did an amazing job! It was all so much fun. Basically Tanner told Toni that they were going on a group tasting at the top of the Mountain at Kunde Winery in Sonoma, CA. Amanda and I go there early and made sure the location was all set up with a table, chairs, glasses, etc. I had the ring in my camera bag ready to put out on the table just moments before. Amanda brought her lovely Mother along to play part in the rouse… Amanda and her Mom were fellow tasters along for the tour. I was the tour’s official photographer there to take photos for them all along the way. Dwight (the Kunde tour guide, amazing tour guide) and I played as if we were long time friends and have been doing this tour together for years!!! We rode up the mountain stopping at the usual stops doing the typical tour. Then on the way back down the Mountain Dwight stopped at Boot Hill. This is typically not on the stop but Toni didn’t know that. I jumped out first and walked over to the table that you couldn’t quite see from where we stopped the shuttle. Amanda distracted the couple to give me time to drop the ring off and get set. Then as they were walking over towards me I noticed that Amanda needed some extra seconds to get ahead of them more to put her phone on the dock and start the music so I stopped Toni and Tanner and took a photo of them to buy Amanda some time and I wanted to be sure they didn’t have their sunglasses on. I LOVE this photo of them because poor Tanner can’t hid his nerves. Then I backed away and Tanner walked right over to the table and did his thing. and of course she said YES!! Amanda then took out the lunch she had made from the cooler we hid earlier in the morning. We let the couple sit on the mountain top and eat lunch and enjoy their first moments as an engaged couple together!!
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Today was such a fun day! Today was one of those days that really reminded me how much I enjoy my job. The couple has asked me to keep the images off Facebook (which most of you know is where I usually post my sneak peeks) but gave me the green light for my blog… honestly I would have been bursting in tears in my office otherwise! This day was too too too amazing to not share! I absolutely ADORE this couple and have been looking forward to this day since the day I met Susan!!! What a wonderful couple these two are! Such a perfect day! Here is just a little sneak peek at this wonderful day! MANY more to come!!! (I am writing this as I eat my bag of cookies, YUP they had a cookie bar!!!!!! AH-MAY-ZING!!)
Venue: Trentadue Winery
Florals: Erica Rose Design