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Award winning Northern California wedding photography

Big Sur wedding ceremony

A windy wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean provided this interesting ceremony photo.

I excited to announce that I had three winning photos in the most recent Wedding Photojournalist Association contest.

The image above, of a windy wedding ceremony in Big Sur, won second place in the “Weather” category.

Here are the judge’s comments:

The light and color enhanced the windy moment in this photo. Everything came together to give this frame energy and whimsy.

I really like all the faces and the four blonde heads…

One hardly knows where to begin or end with this whoosh of wind whipping hair to and fro, left to right and beyond to dreams and mirth turning all to a magical gust of wind – nature’s hairstylist at work.

Bride and Groom portrait, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

This image won fourth place in the Bride and Groom Portrait category. It is a portrait of Daniela and Miguel at their wedding in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

Judges comments:
I was drawn to the playfulness in this image. The groom has a great expression. Again, it’s a picture I want to linger on.

This final image won an award in the Kids portrait category.

If you are interested in seeing more of the winning contest photos follow this link to the WPJA web site.

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Old Sugar mill wedding – Jess and Jon

Old Sugar Mill wedding portrait, Clarksburg, CA

Jessica poses for a wedding portrait at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA.

A few quick photos from Jess and Jon’s wedding at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA. I was preparing these for the brochure that the Old Sugar Mill uses to hand out to prospective brides and grooms when they visit the Old Sugar Mill to find out more about their weddings. I figured I would share a few of them with you here – enjoy!

Interested in a wedding at the OSM? Get in touch with Marnie Stiles at 916-275-8719 or send her an email to Events@CarvalhoFamilyWinery.com

Old Sugar Mill wedding portrait, Clarksburg, CA

Jess and Jon pose for a wedding portrait after their wedding ceremony at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA.

Old Sugar Mill wedding ceremony, Clarksburg, CA

Jess and John walk up the aisle as a married couple following their wedding ceremony in the barrel room at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA


 

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Legion of Honor wedding photography – Michelle and Marshall

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Michelle and Marshall outside of the Legion of Honor following their wedding ceremony on the lawn there.

Michelle and Marshall held their wedding ceremony and reception at the beautiful Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The ceremony was held on the lawn area outside of the Legion and the reception was inside the Museum. What a wonderful venue for a wedding! Congratulations Michelle and Marshall.

Vendors included Grace Street Catering for the food, DJ Brian Fitzsimmons of 21st Century Sound and flowers by Three Sisters Custom Flowers & Events.

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Vine Hill House wedding photos – Kelsey and Aaron

Kelsey and Aaron at their wedding ceremony right after Aaron crushed the glass and the crowed yelled Mazel Tov!

Kelsey and Aaron were married in a wonderfully intimate ceremony at the Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California. The Vine Hill House is a lovely place for a wedding, complete with an historic farm house, outdoor wedding area and an outdoor area for dancing after dinner.

I also photographed Kelsey and Aaron’s engagement session at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco… those photos are here…

Congratulations and Mazel Tov to you both Kelsey and Aaron!

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Nestldown wedding photos – Alison and Jonathan in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Alison and Jonathan

Alison and Jonathan in the back of a 1958 Chevy Bel Air following their wedding ceremony at Nestldown in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Alison and Jonathan were married at the beautiful and historic Nestldown Estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Los Gatos. Alison got ready in the cottage on the property with her bridesmaids and some family. The wedding ceremony at Nestldown is held in a beautiful outdoor chapel down a hill from the main part of the property. It is really quite a beautifully special place to get married.

They held their cocktail reception and dinner on the grounds outside of the main barn. The festivities moved inside for dancing and cake following dinner.

What a fun place for a wedding – congratulations to Alison and Jonathan!

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MacCallum House wedding photos – Stori and Bill in Mendocino

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The cover of Stori and Bill’s wedding album was a canvas wrap with these two images – one on the front and one on the back.

In my last post I shared some photos from this wedding that were taken using film cameras and black and white film.

In this post I am going to share the album spreads from the wedding album I made for Stori and Bill – these are a combination of digital and film images. If you did not read the previous post, the wedding ceremony was on the Mendocino Headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the reception was held at the historic MacCallum House in Mendocino.

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Mendocino wedding photos – Stori and Bill at the MacCallum House

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A wedding portrait of Stori and Bill on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino, California.

Stori and Bill got had their wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the quaint town of Mendocino on California’ North Coast. It was a wonderfully romantic place for a wedding and something that made their wedding photography a little bit different was that Stori had asked me to shoot some of the wedding on black and white film.

I was really excited about Stori’s request since I started out in photography by playing in darkrooms, developing my own film and dunking my hands in toxic chemicals for hours at a time while making prints. I had not shot any film for about 10 years before this wedding and was really looking forward to going back to my roots for a bit.

Taking photos with film is a really different experience that taking photos using today’s modern digital cameras. First of all there is no instant feedback loop since you cannot review your images on the back of the camera. Secondly, you need to be much more thoughtful and patient with your photography since film and processing are both expensive. Twenty rolls of film will give you about 700 exposures, which is a lot less than most wedding photographers shoot when they are shooting digital.

Here are a selection of the photos from the wedding that I shot along with my second shooter, Bob Durell. We used Canon EOS 1V cameras and a selection of films from Ilford, Fuji and Kodak. We also shot digital and I will follow up in my next post with some of the images from our digital cameras.

Stori and Bill held their wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and held there wedding reception at the historic MacCallum House in Mendocino. Congratulations Stori and Bill.

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Placerville engagement photos – Casey and Ryan

Placerville Airport engagement photo with Casey and Ryan

Casey and Ryan pose for an engagement photo by a vintage airplane at the Placerville Airport.

Casey and Ryan decided that they wanted to do an engagement photo shoot that was a little bit different than your usual engagement photo session. Casey told me that she felt awkward in front of the camera, so she wanted to be doing something for her engagement photos that would make them feel real. She and Ryan came up with three different shoots for their engagement session.

Casey and Ryan both grew up in Placerville and met while they were both in the same third grade class, so they decided to have their engagement session (and later their wedding) in their hometown, even though they have moved from Placerville since college.

The first mini session was at the Placerville Airport. It was complete with a vintage plane (I think it was from 1947), some vintage luggage and a few maps and passports. I decided to process these in a way that would give them a vintage look from the era they were depicting with their props.

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Big Sur wedding photography – Kristina and Jonathan

A portrait of Kristina and Jonathan at Pfieffer Beach ofter their wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur.

Kristina and Jonathan were recently married on a bluff along the Big Sur coast in a small ceremony that included close friends and family. Kristina and her family got ready at the Big Sur Lodge while Jonathan got ready at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. Before the ceremony all of the guests gathered at the Big Sur Inn for a bus ride along the coast to the spot that Kristina and Jonathan had selected for their wedding.

Big Sur is a special place for Kristina and Jonathan as they were engaged there and have spent many weekends exploring the coast and camping in the area.

Following the wedding ceremony the guests boarded the bus and made the trip along the coast to the Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant for a wonder intimate dinner.

Kristina and Jonathan wanted some photos at Pfeiffer Beach at sunset, so as the sun was about to set we took the short drive to the beach for some beautiful photos.

Congratulations Kristina and Jonathan – it was an amazing day and a wonderful way to start your lives together.
 
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