.Wednesday Wedding Day. {Redding, CA Engagement Photographer}

So did any of you know “Wednesday” as “Wednesday Wedding Day”? Well, when I was little I sure did… I was always mortified that somehow the person I liked, in third grade, was the one I was going to marry. Trust me, I never liked anyone on Wednesday’s! Okay, Okay.. I know, I know! Getting this blog prepared for a “Wednesday” made me think of that.

We had a super fun Memorial Day Weekend. Our family ventured to Reno, NV for the Jam It On Basketball Tournement. Both Conner & Kira played! It was incredible. I believe there were about 950 teams from around the state. It was pretty incredible. I had never seen anything like it, nor had I heard so many whistles as I did here!!!!!

So excited to share Matt & Jillian!!!!! I am always so thankful for referrals, especially from photographers! Thank you Shannon Rosan for sending this awesome couple my way!!

I have been seeing some pretty incredible proposals, but I have to say Matt’s proposal to Jillian tops them all! OMG! He won a few seconds during the superbowl halftime & guess what he did? yep! She had no idea! Watch it! You will melt!!!


Congratulations Matt & Jillian!!!!!



.Jordan + Elise. {Redding, CA Photographer}

He spotted her from across the sanctuary at church. He fell in love with her beauty at first sight.

It took her a tad bit longer, but as she gazes into his eyes, she falls more & more in love! Such a beautiful thing!

I was truly in awe at their gaze! So in love they are!!!!

Elise was one of my first Senior’s that I photographed, so to have the honor of shooting her wedding is beyond words exciting!!!! I mean! Yess!!!!!

.happy. {Redding, CA Engagement Photographer}

These two are just happy & in love! Truly! Just capturing them made me happy! I often wonder if couples are “extra” happy on their engagement shoot because it’s a shoot, they are together, it’s romantic, etc., etc., Well, this weekend we were shooting a wedding & in come Tim & Kimberly & guess what, they were just as happy as they were in the shoot! Of course it made me smile & fall even more in love with them! Absolutely looking forward to shooting their wedding here soon! It’s going to be a blast & extremely HAPPY!

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy!”

.Brenan. {Redding, CA Senior Photographer}

Yes! Yes! It’s that time of year! GRADUATION! I have had a handful of “Senior Mini-Sessions”! Seniors are needing some pics for announcements & I’m super excited!!!!

A few year’s ago I photographed Brenan’s sister, Meagan & was absolutely thrilled when they booked Brenan’s!

Loved shooting Brenan at the Feed & Farm out in Anderson, CA. He has a beautiful horse & wanted to snap a few with his horse!

Yah, I had lots of tricks up my sleeve to get the horse to smile & look right at me… No, Brenan was amazing & working with his horse & setting up the perfect shots for me!

Congratulations on your graduation Brenan! I know you are going to go for & be absolutely incredibly successful in whatever you do!

& with his awesome siblings!!

.Colin & Heather. {Chico Centerville Estates Wedding Photographer}

Heather & Colin were married just outside of Chico at Centerville Estates.  Brides, if you are in need of an amazing venue, look no further! Centerville Estates is incredibly beautiful & dreamy enchanting! An absolute magical place to become one with the one you love!!!!

We Do Designs did a fantastic job creating a romantic look, incorporating teals & golds & lovely peacock accents! Absolutely gorgeous! So wonderful working with you, Rabina!

Heather & Colin! Such a stunning wedding! Your vision of your day was incredible & to be the one’s to capture it was an honor! Your ceremony was the best one to date! Props to your officiant!!! & your dance! Are you kidding me? Thee BEST!!!

Happily Ever After!!!!

& a First Look Ahhh! No matter what this moment always makes me tear up!

Centerville Estate has an incredible Museum of exotic wild life & creatures! It was a thrill to photograph in the museum.

 DJ – Platinum Productions – http://www.djsana.com/
Irish Band – Pub Scouts, they play at a bar called Duffy’s in Chico on Friday nights
Florist – Salvagno’s Event Designer’s and Florist (bouquets only, we did centerpieces ourselves)  www.salvagnosevents.com/
Dress- Alfred Angelo – www.alfredangelo.com
Cake – Uppercrust Bakery – http://www.uppercrustchico.com/
Jam – canned, packaged and labeled by us! : )
Table linens/set ups – WeDo Designs – http://www.wedodesigns.net/

.Xan + Shyla. {Redding, CA Wedding Photography}

Truly every wedding that we get to capture is an honor. I know I have said this before, but it is! Xan & Shyla thank you so much for the honor of capturing your day! Your celebration! It was so beautiful!

Xan & Shyla were married in Redding, CA just outside of the Senior Citizen Hall early in the morning. After the ceremony we were off to the Diestelhorst Bridge to take pictures!

After, Xan & Shyla changed into their traditional wedding attire to celebrate in a tea ceremony with all of their guests! It was absolutely incredible to capture!

After the tea ceremony, Xan & Shyla changed back & the party began! Dance, Dance, Dance!

Xan & Shyla! May your lives together be filled with much love & happiness!

yes…. took a walk over the bridge! We had the pleasure of working with team Tyler Faires for this wedding! Love you Tyler!!!

Ben & Mitzi… Thank you for all of your hard work!!!!!!! I couldn’t do what I do without you! Thank you! 

.She Will Take Your Breath Away.

I found Tamara (From the Treetop) on eBay. I have been one of her biggest fans for probably, at least eight years, seriously. I tried, on many occasions, to be the high bidder on her auctions, but rarely won. Her auctions & the presentations of her auctions weren’t like any “ordinary” eBay auction.  They were exquisite, magical, charming, scary (in a fun way, during Halloween), beyond words incredible hand-sewn, custom-made, designed by Tamara auctions.  Every auction was intricately described & most of all incredibly photographed. Her little girl was captured in such a beautiful way!! True confession: Her auctions  inspired me to think I could sew… Yep, my hunny bought me a sewing machine & nope, nothing ever came out quite like Tamara’s…. But I tried & she inspired! I often feel like a stalker, but I just cannot get enough. Everything Tamara does is breath taking!

One of the dreams on my dream list is to have her take our family pictures! & to have coffee with her, & maybe have a sewing lesson.. just kidding! Love you Tamara!!! Thank you for being you & being so amazingly inspiring!!!!

Side note: Her blog today…. Ah! Big alligator tears rolled down my cheeks as I read it! It’s a must read!

Tamara has since become an incredible photographer & now offering amazing actions, textures, & photoshop tools for photographers! I was so honored when she asked if I might be willing to use her actions/textures on my images. I haven’t had a ton of time to play with them like I would like, but let me just tell you, after opening them up I feel like a little girl in a candy shop! SO amazing!

So, photographers be sure to add her actions & textures to your collection! They are FANTASTIC!!!

Seniors are about to graduate & orders are coming in, so I had a quick chance to “play” a little bit…

Here is a before & after:


After using From The Treetop Actions & Textures: Film Noir Texture & add depth/gosammer wings Actions

Looking forward to playing more with these actions!

Be sure to check out her website, her blog, buy her Textures & Actions, & become her biggest fan on facebook! 

.Collin + Heather. {Redding, CA Engagement Session}

Happy Monday!! Hope you had a great weekend. We had an amazing Saturday & Sunday. Saturday we shot a wedding just outside of Chico at Centerville Estates. It was so beautiful! & the weather was just gorgeous & sunny! Happy Happy! Then Sunday we went to see the Avengers with some wonderful friends. Yes, got tickets early, & waited in line for about an hour to block off about 20 seats! It was a party!! We all loved the movie! Loved the message of “team” & what can be accomplished if we work together!! So great!!

Excited to share Collin & Heather’s last minute engagement shoot. In fact, they were our wedding on Saturday. Heather, last minute called & asked if I could squeeze in an engagement session so they could have a picture for a sign in at their wedding! It was really great getting to meet them before the wedding & spend a bit of time together!!!