This weekend I had the pleasure of being Lisa and Jeff’s wedding photographer. We met before the wedding for the formal photographs. They were married at the Heritage Church of God just east of Kingsburg. I’ve been told the church building is close to 100 years old. The reception was out at The Kingsburg Gun Club.
Here are a few of my favorite images and memories from the day.
After finishing the formal portraits, I headed inside the reception hall to capture a few detail shots. A banner had been made for the couple. I loved this shot…….anyone remember Max, Buff, and Melvin?
I love asking my couples to pose in the “almost kiss.” BUT..it’s sometimes a challenge to explain and can take a few tries to achieve the look I’m hoping for. It’s not about the kiss. It’s about the moment just before. Lisa and Jeff got it right the very first shot!
I wish I could take full credit for the next shot, but I can not. So, here’s a huge shout out to my second photographer for the day, Tracie! Tracie has worked quite a few weddings with me. I was setting up the shot to capture it from a different angle. Tracie saw this angle and shot it. I LOVE the way this one turned out. Thanks Tracie!
You never know what’s going to happen when there are children taking part in a wedding. Little Wesley was great. We posed this one group shot with the men and Wesley wearing shades. The one below it is the same photo, just cropped in on Wesley.
Here’s one of Jeff and the ladies.
We had our share of laughs as well.
Both the flowers and the rings were gorgeous.
Lisa walked down the aisle hand in hand with her mom.
Once again, kudos to Tracie for this shot. Tracie was up in the balcony of the church during the ceremony.
I love watching for the little details while a couple is at the alter. I love watching their hands.
I stole the couple from the reception at sunset. This one is all them, not posed……..just a wonderful moment.
Four generations of Wesley. The youngest, “Little Dude,” his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. All named Wesley.
I was told there’s a story behind this shot, and that Jeff would get a kick of this. This gentleman’s wife sought out Tracie to have this shot taken. I think the tattoo on the finger is great.
Lisa and Jeff, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. Congratulations!
Today was an absolute joy for me. One of my first newborn clients is now one year old. What a joy it is to watch these little ones as they grow up.
Quinn came into the studio this morning. Boy did we have some fun!
Quinn has had my column in at least one portrait from each session her first year. Since they’ve all got something in common, at the end we can combine prints from different sittings.
Another column shot
Quinn, now age 1 year old, standing next to a canvas of HERSELF as a newborn taken last year in my studio.
Just Quinn, and my garden bench prop.
Quinn is now starting to walk.
And then came the birthday cake! mmmmm
I adore this shot!!
In each first birthday session at my studio….I tend to get this “pose” at least once with the cake.
This is all that was left of that cake!
What a day!
Sunday afternoon I met Lindsey and Raymond up in Fresno. I will be shooting their wedding in two weeks. I love to get together with couples before the wedding for an engagement session. For me the best thing about an engagement session is that the couple and the photographer get a chance to better know one another a bit. As the photographer I get to see how comfortable they are in front of the camera. I get to find out if someone chronically blinks….etc.
Tracie, who sometimes shoots second with me, was with me. We spent 1 1/2 hours driving around downtown Fresno scoping locations. I can’t wait to go back and shoot in some of the other locations we found today.
We met in downtown Fresno for a bit of an urban grunge setting. Then we headed to Playland in Roeding Park for some other shots and a bit of fun. 30 minutes before closing we went into Storyland for some shots as well.
The urban/grunge setting….(I love this shot)
A little bit of fun….
Inside Storyland. This is one of many taken there.
Lindsey and Raymond, I can’t wait to shoot the wedding. It’s been a joy getting to know you. See you in 2 weeks!
Today I met with one of my upcoming wedding couples. We arranged to meet in Visalia at a little park near downtown. When we met, the sun was still a bit too bright for my liking. We got a couple shots off and then a full on bridal party in a limo pulls up. The photographer for the wedding party that arrived is a friend of mine, and fellow Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer. I knew she would be working on a tight time schedule, so I started to look around for an alternate location to shoot.
In trying to find a brick wall, we noticed that across the street from this little park we were in is a beautiful red brick church. We decided to look closer. I am so glad that we did. What a beautiful little courtyard this little church has. I decided to run back to my truck and grab my new video light. The three shots below are taken using the video light for light.
Another shot from the little church courtyard.
It was then just about sunset. On my way to meet them I had passed a huge field filled with yellow flowers (ok, filled with yellow weeds….itchy yellow weeds!). We left the little church just in time to get to the field for sunset. Once again, this shot is lit with the video light.