.Chase Your Dreams. {Redding, CA Photographer}

One of my dreams has been to have the weddings that I’ve captured published on some of the incredible “Wedding Blogs” that are out there. With the help, and mostly encouragement from some of my friends, I have been submitting weddings! It’s been a bitter sweet process. All of the work it takes to submit a wedding, & then to be turned down feels a bit daunting… , but I am keeping at it. Finding the right places to submit! Such a process, but I love it & love to chase my dream! Anyways! Recently I submitted Heather & Anton’s wedding & it was accepted!!!! Yes, you know it! I waved my hands up in the air & made some crazy holler sound, as I was so excited!!!

Thank you, Inspired By This, for being inspired by Anton & Heather’s pumpkins!!!!! Be sure to check out the post & PLEASE leave a little comment if you have a second!!! Comments are just beautiful things!

AHH! The magic of pumpkins!!!!! Are you getting excited for pumpkin pie!!???

& a few more pics to post! Anton & Heather wanted their engagement shoot after their wedding, in the “cooler” weather… SO just a few to share!!! Have a beautiful weekend. We are off to Sacramento, CA to capture a wedding! Super excited!!!!

.christmas cards!. {Redding, CA Family Photographer}

Yesterday was absolutely one of my favorite Starbucks day! I walked into Christmas! Yep! I love Starbucks even MORE at Christmas!

Christmas Cards are in all of your minds, I’m sure…. & I have some exciting news for you! Need an amazing card? Well look no further, Bright Side Prints is fantastic & makes Christmas Cards fantastically jolly! Some of my images are being featured in her cards! Such an honor ! She is offering an incredible discount. For all orders placed, you will receive a 10% discount with the coupon code “armstrong”! Get a head start! I just know you want to show off your beautiful families & children!!!!!

Speaking of families! I had the honor of capturing the Gagnon Family! They are so special! Mr. Gagnon is actually Conner’s teacher, & I must say, one of Conner’s favorites!!! Such a treat to get to capture this beautiful family! Thank you, Gagnon Family for being such a blessing to so many! You are touching lives in many ways! Thank you for this wonderful session!


.11.11.11. {Redding, CA Photographer}

Yes! Yes! It’s a MUST blog day!!!! I’m slowing down blogging  just a bit, in preparation for my 25 Days to Christmas Countdown! Sooo, YES, so some FUN families, more seniors, & a few more weddings to share!

So, what was I doing this morning at 11:11 a.m.? Yep! Such a HAPPY moment!

& so excited to share Colleen! Such an absolutely gorgeous girl! Totally enjoyed capturing her & in LOVE with all of her outfits! Thinking of hiring her to be my personal shopper! Loved all of her layers, accessories, & style!

Colleen! May this year be remembered as your best year ever! Continue dreaming! Keep being you! You are AMAZING!

..Colleen took me down memory lane just a little. Her play house! AHH! Melt!

a little bit of what she LOVES! volleyball!

to be! to fly! to leap! to dance!

.Riverview Country Club Wedding: Jake + Starr. {Redding, CA Wedding Photographer}

I cannot even begin to say how incredible this wedding season has been!!!! Every wedding has been so beautiful! Each couple’s story so special! I am always in awe when I get through the images & prepare to show them off. The amount of thought and preparation is mind blowing.

Helping Jake & Starr’s wedding come together was Wedding Coordinator JoAnn Podleski of Ooh La La Events.  Jake & Starr’s wedding was nothing short of incredible! They were married & celebrated at the Riverview Country Club. Absolutely beautiful. Starr found her Maggie Sottero dress here in Redding at Occasions . The tux’s were from Men’s Warehouse by Calvin Klein. They brought in Salvagno’s Event Designer, Terrie Barr, who provided the  linens, chinese lanterns, ceremony chairs, cocktail linens & tables, martini tower, charger plates, & other rentals! Starr wanted to say how amazing they were & highly recommends them!
The gorgeous flowers were by Connie Blanc of Anderson Florist.  The dove release during the ceremony was by Snowcrest Lofts White Dove Release. The yummy yogurt was catered by Topings in Anderson, CA. The cake was designed by Sondra Brown from The Cake Shoppe. All of the food was catered by Riverview Golf & Country Club!  DJ services were by Jimmy Bryant. The videographer, Jim Blasquez of Indigo Images. The carmel apple gift favors were from www.daffyapple.com. & last but not least the photobooth was from PBJ Photobooth.

Jake & Starr!! Congratulations! Truly such an honor to capture your wedding! May your lives together be as happy as happily ever after!

Shoelaces untied
You can dry your eyes
Perfect shadows alive
Behind us
This is the day i make you mine
-Joshua Radin

& honorable mention… the bridesmaids & mother of the bride’s shoes were ahhhmazing!

& I so loved the bridesmaids gifts from star made by Silver Garage!

and down the road, not to far from Starr, Jake was getting ready! 

Jake & Starr opted for a first glance moment! Let me start off by saying I didn’t put any pressure on Star to see Jake before the wedding. We had a great lunch together & talked about options & Star was pretty set that they were going to go the traditional route! Well, after sending her the time-lines.. seeing each other before the wedding & not seeing each other before the wedding, they both agreed to see each other before!!!!! I asked her a few times… “Are you sure?” They were…. Well, after the family pictures, Starr looked at me & said, “Thank you so much for the option to see each other before the wedding! It was one of the best decisions I made!” Yeah!!!!!!!

Ahh! Magical! Seeing each other before the wedding does have it’s advantages! Jake & Starr had a good amount of shooting with just the two of them!

AHH! Sparkler exits are M A G I C A L!

Congratulations Jake & Starr!

.TBS Ranch Wedding = Kevin + Lindsay. {Redding, CA Wedding Photographer}

Showing up at TBS Ranch in Palo Cedro, CA, I was in awe! Every “I” was dotted & every “T” was crossed. The bride was taking in the beauty of what was yet to be the most beautiful celebration & all the bridesmaids right by her side, ready to go! And to top it off, she was so peaceful. Everything, thus far, had come together perfectly! Kevin was about to arrive! Oh the anticipation! A first glance moment! She was expecting a text from him & he was expecting one from her! About to become one! Each other’s “Everything!”

Lindsay & her Mom  hand-made ALL of the flowers! Every little flower, every bouquet, every boutonnière, every center piece, I was in awe! I’m still in awe! They started making everything in June. One flower at a time! One flower at a time! One flower at a time! Just photographing all of the flowers was “ahhhhing”! Absolutely floored! Absolutely stunning, & was wishing I was a bridesmaid so that I could have the coolest bouquet ever! Kevin & Lindsay, your detail, your design, your vision was spectacular! Gwen! You make wedding dreams come true! Your hard work & service is stunning! So happy that everything came together so beyond beautifully!

Kevin & Lindsay were married at TBS Ranch! It is a lovely, lovely venue! The amazing Gwen Edwardson was the Event Designer & coordinator! She continually does an exceptional job! I am always so lucky when we have Gwen for the wedding day! Hair & Make-up was done by Amy Edecott from Fox Hair Studios. DJ was Jon Thompson with Netsound. Garret Viggers played his dulcimer before & throughout the ceremony! Absolutely breathtaking! The yummy food was catered by Sean Gafner Catering! The most beautiful cake was made by Teri from Cake is the Best Part. The amazing Tyler Fairies was the videoographer! So cannot wait to see the video!!!!!!  & to Ben & my intern Mitzi! Thank you so much, both of you, for all of your hard work. We are an incredible team & I cannot imagine working without you!

Kevin & Lindsay! Such a joy! Such a dream come true to shoot a wedding such as your’s! So beyond my wildest dreams! Absolutely beautiful! Thank you! Thank you!  Congratulations!!!! May your lives together be happily ever after!!!!

Lindsay & Kevin have some sweet dance moves! Just wait… Keep on reading! This was just practice before the “First Dance!”

& for the amazing dance to the song Everything by Michael Buble`

You’re a falling star, You’re the get away car.

You’re the line in the sand when I go to far.

You’re the swimming pool, on an August day. And you’re the perfect thing to say!

And I can’t believe, uh that I’m your man,

& I get to kiss you baby just because I can.

Whatever comes our way, ah we’ll see it through,

& you know that’s what our love can do!

And in this crazy life, & through these crazy times

It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing

You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything!

Yep! AHHmazing DANCE! You two were incredible! Absolutely the most breathtaking dance!

& to end the time with Kevin & Lindsay we did a few by this stunning ride!! Oh how I loved how the bridesmaids decorated it!

and have to give props to TYLER FAIRIES!!!! Be sure to check out his incredible videography!

Thanks Tyler for ALL you do! We absolutely LOVE working with you!

.a little change up. {Redding, CA Family Photographer}

So, Robyn booked this session back in June, I believe! It was here before we knew it! My first family shoot of the season!

Robyn! You did an amazing job! Everything came together so handsomely! Your family is so awesome! Loved the energy! & the FUNNESS!

Such a change-up from weddings & seniors, but oh so great! Thought it would be fun to post a few family pics!!! Enjoy!

Happy Family! Happy Thursday!

.booked for 2011 & mini session goodness!.

Exciting news! I am completely booked for 2011! I am now booking sessions after January 11, 2012! For all sessions booked in January & February I am offering $75.00 off of your session fee!

Thank you to ALL of you for your business, and many of you, your continued business! I am beyond thankful for you! Thank you! Thank you!
& one more THANK YOU! To all of you blog readers & the one’s of you who continually leave comments! I love you! Seriously! Comments are my happiness! Thank you! Thank you!

Loved capturing Katie! She had a sweet little “yearbook” mini-session! I met Katie in the yearbook class at Foothill. I was thrilled when she asked me to take her pics!!! Girl! Good luck to you & all that you pursue! You are amazing & I know you will be successful in all that you put your hand too!

Always remember that the future comes one day at a time- Dean Acheson